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The Brittas Empire: The Complete Series 2 [DVD] [1991]

Chris Barrie , Harriet Thorpe    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: Chris Barrie, Harriet Thorpe, Michael Burns, Tim Marriott, Russell Porter
  • Writers: Andrew Norriss, Richard Fegen
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Eureka
  • DVD Release Date: 20 Oct 2003
  • Run Time: 203 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000C8XZB
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 28,966 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



The ultimate depiction of workplace perdition has to be Whitbury Leisure Centre in The Brittas Empire, despite the later claim of The Office to the title. And while David Brent seems all too uncomfortably real, Chris Barrie's Gordon Brittas carried the gung-ho officiousness of mediocre middle-management to its surreal conclusion. The Brittas Empire could never quite make up its mind if it was a quasi-realistic sitcom or a fantasy comedy, and it's this uneasy mixture that invites you to question whether there's anything terribly funny about unplanned single parenthood, childcare problems, assault in the workplace and women who are addicted to prescription drugs (see also Waiting for God) because of their partners' behaviour. Then, just as you're pondering all this, Brittas comes out with another mouthful of managerial psychobabble that makes you realise that only this kind of tragi-comic exaggeration is robust enough to stand up to Barrie's monstrous creation.

This second series treads a fine line between the merely bleak and the really rather nasty with exquisite precision. It opens with the news that Brittas has been killed abroad in an industrial accident, prompting his tranquillizer-addled wife to mourn him for less time than it takes her to remarry--except, of course, that Brittas is alive and well. Along the way, receptionist Carole attempts to murder Brittas with a JCB when she mistakenly thinks he's assaulted her baby, which she keeps in a cupboard under her desk.

On the DVD: The Brittas Empire, Series 2 carries all seven episodes on two discs, together with several extras including a gallery, a profile and a Brittas Management Quiz (don't ask!). --Roger Thomas

Product Description

Contains all seven episodes from Series Two:

  • Back From the Dead
  • Temple of the Body
  • An Inspector Calls
  • Set in Concrete
  • Mums and Dads
  • Safety First
  • New Generations

Customer Reviews

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it!! 6 April 2009
By Andruff
Being from the US and pretty much hating everything on television today I have been looking elsewhere for good decent programming. As a huge long time fan of Red Dwarf and Chris Barrie in particular, I stumbled across Brittas Empire on youtube one day. At first I wasn't sure if I would like it, but after viewing all the way through the first season I was hooked. "The Brittas Empire" is hilarious warm hearted show, with characters that grow on you. It also gets better and better with each show. It's a breath of fresh air to see a show that isn't full of obscene and indecent subject matter. The humor is always good without being offensive. One of my top 5 all time favorite shows.

Each disc has a whole season of episodes on it and good extras that will keep you entertained for quite sometime. If you like good funny sitcoms, you will not regret picking up this great series.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Barrie Strikes Again 3 Nov 2003
It is wonderful to see this completely underrated comedy finally hitting the shelves on everyones favourite format, DVD. This is a must have for everybody, and if you don't already own season 1, then buy them both. Chris Barrie's performance is not to be matched, but when supported by the rest of the cast, it truly is comedy dynamite.
This series contains such highlights as the fire / bomb / everything else feasibly possible drill, the Russian Recital, and the end of Brittas - at the beginning :oS
As well as the highlights, the constant laughs, and misunderstandings, make this one of the most amusing, light hearted, and wholly entertaining comedies.
The only minor downfall is a lack of special features but this is more than made up for in the entertainment of the series itself, bring on season 3, and enjoy seasons 1 & 2, a must for the collection :o)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "eeeeeexcellent" 24 Aug 2003
By A Customer
The Brittas Empire is, as the man himself, Gordon Brittas, would say, "eeeeeexcellent".
Gordon brittas is brillantly played by Chris Barrie, who is more well known for his role as Rimmer in the sitcom Red Dwarf. Barrie grew and developed the role of Brittas enormously and is beyond imagination making Gordon brittas, in my opinion, one of the most memorable characters in history.
Everyting about this show was always funny because it had a good script and had a good lead actor which made it a great sitcom to watch.
The Brittas Empire is a terrific show which I am glad to see that it has been released on DVD for its fans to enjoy again and again.
I would highly recommend this show to anyone who has not yet seen it.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent!!! totally fab!!1 14 April 2001
Format:VHS Tape
i think that the story lines are brilliant and i think that the actors playing these characters are perfectionist - they make it great. i particulary like mrs Brittas played by Pippa Haywood! she has a totally different attitude from others. i think that this is a good video to buy as it is totally different from any other -i wish more was available!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Leisure management is just like this! 26 Nov 2009
By Rover
I worked as Attendant, Supervisor and Deputy Manager in and then Managed a leisure centre for over twenty years and Oh brother is this series accurate. A caricature of life in a leisure centre but one that is so near the underlying truths of so much that happens in the job, albeit exaggerated,that I for one weep with laughter. Just call me Brittas - some of my staff and users used to!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT! THE GREATEST SHOW IN THE WORLD! 20 Feb 2006
A great start to a great series. The Brittas Empire is PACKED-FULL of great characters, jokes and wonderful ideas!. This first series features some of the funniest episodes, but remember, the first series is where the cast are just getting use to there roles, and in fact come series two the character Angie was replaced with Julie, a much stronger character. This first series see's Brittas less likable, but very funny. You'll soon warm to him and all the great characters, but Brittas in more of a likable character series 2 onwards. You can't compare The Brittas Empire to any exsisting Sitcom, it's a star in it's own league. It's Unique, and combines a mixture of dark edgy moments, with fine humour with a hint of darkness, can you think of any other Sitcom that is packed full of explosions, fires, floods electrocutions, cows giving birth and falling water tanks, along with great characters, great jokes and throw in hilerous situations, comedy wit, and superb acting and you've got yourself a winner, and the show is packed full of plenty more great ideas to!. The series is however generally better series two onwards, but this first installment is still GREAT and one of the funniest out of the seven!. Worth getting, but Series 5 is by far the best.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic comedy! 27 Mar 2004
By A Customer
In series 1, Gordan Brittas was a bit of a David Brent type character. ie, the boss from hell. In series 2, it's a lot clearer that Brittas is actually a very caring guy and is much more likeable. Some moments in this show are very moving. Like when Carole looses everything and opens her heart up to Brittas. A different side to him is shown which made me pity him. He tries so hard and is very considerate, but is never successful. He tries to please everyone and doesn't put himself first. I found his general character a lot more likeable in this series.
Each 'sentimental' bit in this series is cut short but a classic comedy scene however, and it's this which makes it so unique. The entire series also focusses around a cliffhanger which begins in the first episode but isn't resolved to the final scene of the last episode. We know Carole is pregnant (again). She doesn't know who the father is. Through a series of bizarre occurrences we find out who the unlikely dad is. The dad knows nothing about it until the end of episode 7.
The acting is as we would expect from the brilliant Chris Barrie. He's top notch in every episode. His supporting cast also fulfill their duty and makes each charcater their own. Especially the hilarious Colin with his sceptic hand. And his boils. And his weak bladder. And his 'loose' muscles.....
This show is another classic British comedy and like Red Dwarf, it deserves far more attention on 'best sitcom/comedy' polls that it receives. It seems as though The Office's David Brent may have taken a few pointers from Gordon Brittas. Brent is funny, but makes us uncomfortable. Brittas is hilarious, and a charcter which I warmed towards.
If you like the Office, you'll love it's predecessor. The Brittas Empire is an exccceeeelleeennnnttt show made all the better by Barrie's comic genious. Buy it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Memory Lane
I used to love this series when I was younger and it is still as funny the second time around, great gift to myself
Published 29 days ago by Deborah FOX
5.0 out of 5 stars Eeeeeeeexxxxxcelent
The brittas empire one of the funniest comedy's ever. Gordon brittas is so funny and so are all the other characters.
Published 5 months ago by Gaz
5.0 out of 5 stars Difficult to find
Difficult to find. My son love Chris Barrie. Have first 3 series so far so will look to collect the remainder over time.
Published 5 months ago by Ms. Therese Brehaut
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Show
Incredibly funny. I absolutely love the whole thing. I think Chris Barrie is wonderful in his character of Brittas, a man who really does mean well but can never seem to connect to... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Louise
5.0 out of 5 stars Xmas present for who shall be obeyed
Bought this set for my wife for Xmas,some hope! It was grabbed immediately and played to death.Thanks for everything from one who now can do no wrong.
Published 7 months ago by gasassesser
5.0 out of 5 stars The Brittas Empire
This programme is awesome! I'd forgotten how funny it was. And even though the DVD's were second hand, they were in perfect condition.
Published 10 months ago by MISS NS GOFORTH
5.0 out of 5 stars Present
Bought it for a joke present for my friend as she reminds me of the receptionist and she has never watched it. She loves it!
Published 11 months ago by chopsybev
5.0 out of 5 stars Crazy series!
Gotta love the stuff that goes on in the series! Worth watching if you love British comedy or want to be introduced to it.
Published 12 months ago by MR TAN ANH J NGUYEN
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Cannot understand why the Brittas Empire has not been repeated on TV. I was laughing out loud while watching the chaos being created by Mr "Brit-Ass"!
Published 13 months ago by Audrey
5.0 out of 5 stars Who doesn't love British Comedy
I picked The Brittas Empire up based on the fact that it has Chris Barrie in it, a great guy who is in another great British Comedy called Red Dwarf. Read more
Published 14 months ago by William Hoplight
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