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The Brittas Empire: The Complete Series 7 [DVD]

4.4 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Chris Barrie, Andree Bernard, Michael Burns, Judy Flynn, Jill Greenacre
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • 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: 23 May 2005
  • Run Time: 230 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007LYDHS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 40,549 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Gordon Brittas goes from strength to strength. Despite his failed endeavour, and despite the endeavours of both his staff and his wife to depose him, Whitbury Leisure Centre continues to thrive.

Brittas continues to dream up new schemes to promote and improve the centre including a bungee jump, sequential staff reviews and computerisation - all with the usual Brittas diplomacy, aplomb and mayhem. Julie, heavily pregnant, embraces the bungee jump whereas Tim tries everything he can to avoid it at all costs. Meanwhile Colin has several tons of elephant manure delivered in a bid to find his engagement ring, lost at the zoo. The ring holds the key to his future happiness with Mrs Harcourt.

Julie is enjoying armed police protection and the constant body searches begin to irritate Brittas; Helen however does not share this irritation particularly as a certain PC Edwards is not such a bad looking chap! Helen is studying to be a therapy counsellor and needs to understand the benefits of both giving...and receiving! Maybe the body searches aren't such a bad thing after all.

Finally, the goings on at Whitbury bring about the attentions of Roger Ferguson, Investigative Journalist. Brittas believes this to be a serious documentary, begins coaching his staff in television presentation techniques and recruits a good looking male model as a stand in for Colin! Colin's rat takes a swim in the pool and there follows a strange outbreak of Bobula fever. Will Whitbury survive???

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A lot of people seem to dismiss the last 2 series of The Brittas Empire as being rubbish, after the original writers and Laura had left and that awful sauna woman was brought in. But I think people forget that Series 7 was a great improvement on the previous Series 6. Gone is the sauna woman and the rubbish stories and most of these episodes stand out as Brittas classics. Apart from Reviewing the Situation, which probably belongs in Series 6, it really did return to form and the writing is almost back to the high standards of Fegen and Norriss, even though the plots and characters like Carol and Helen are even more bizarre and unreal than the earlier series. The cast really work well together. Laura is still missed however. This series is miles better than any comedy in the schedules nowadays. Episodes I particularly liked were.....

Wake Up The Lion Within
Brittas has been on a course abroad and comes back teaching his staff to assert themselves using their inner power, the lion within, by roaring like a lion. Carol seems to have the loudest roar and, with the help of an imaginery vindictive Carol, uses her assertiveness to become deputy manager. She tricks Brittas and his principals force him to resign, leaving Carol as manager of the centre. Brittas even comes back asking for work! Quite a bizarre story as Carol becoming manager is one of the last things you'd expect to happen, but that's what makes it funny.

Brittas has computerised everything in the centre. Not everyone takes to it, especially Carol, as she now has to input loads of data into a computer causing long queues. Everything works automatically but the staff worry that their jobs are no longer safe because of it.
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I have always thought that the series went downhill after the excellence of series 5, but rewatching episodes of series 7 I have to say that it's far better than I remember. Series 6 did feel a bit awkward in some parts, and I felt that the character of Penny Bidmead simply didn't work. Series 7 works a lot better, partly because she's gone, and mostly the quality of writing has far improved.

A note on the ENDING that a lot of Brittas fans seem detest. I always thought of Brittas Empire as a rather over the top show with quite a bit of fantastic elements in it that stretched believability and credibility. These are things like keeping babies in drawers, people coming alive after being flattened, stuff like that. But you enjoy yourself too much that you accept such quirks and accept it as part of the reality of the Brittas Universe.

In the end of the series, we see Brittas waking up from 2 "dreams". He wakes up and he sees himself as NOAH, and then he wakes up for a second time to see himself on a train before he becomes manager of Whitbury Newtown. Well, consider this: What if that is a dream as well? Would it be too unbelievable within the context of the Brittas Universe for him to wake up again in Series 8, back at the center, after being knocked out by a flying goose?

In fact, the ending is FULL of potential. Since the end established the notion of Brittas waking up to a realities populated by the staff of Whitbury Newtown in different roles, it opens up the series to some tantalizing possibilities if they decide to do another series.

What if Brittas wakes up in the first episode of Series 8 as Captain of a starhip called the Centerprise? Where Colin is an Engineer of dodgy engines, Helen is the pill popping Doctor, Laura is the emotionless Vulcan...
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Well, it's time for another visit to Whitbury New Town Leisure Centre, the sports facility with more than its share of problems. Most caused by the manager, Gordon Brittas.
I have to admit, I started buying these DVDs because I'm a fan of Chris Barrie. I kept buying them, because they are watchable, if not great. But the sixth series finally seems to have gotten the formula bang on.
I know others disagree with me, but I personally found Helen Brittas' constant whining and gurning a pain in the butt that often had me reaching for the mute button. In this series she has calmed down a bit, and only cries in small doses, which I find a relief. The actors still seem to be enjoying themselves in their roles and this shows and the series flows a bit better.
There's the usual mishaps like tropical diseases never seen in Britain and minor plans turning into a disaster. The most notable being when Brittas decides to computerise the leisure centre and, as always, takes things a little bit too far. Another highlight is Brittas being interviewed for what he thinks is a local feature on TV about the leisure centre, but is actually one of these fly on the walls exposition films. Brittas, determined to make a good impression, gives everyone scripts to remember, and hires a replacement for Colin who is a little kinder on the eyes.
For me, the best episode was Gavin Featherly, RIP, where Gavin appears to have killed himself on a group trip to the beach. Everyone believes he has drowned himself because Brittas made him write to a record company to admit to copying a tape, and he gets a letter demanding money to cover his copy.
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