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The Fast Show: Series 1 [VHS] [1994]


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  • Actors: Paul Whitehouse, Charlie Higson, Arabella Weir, Simon Day, John Thomson
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: BBC
  • VHS Release Date: 1 Oct 1999
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CQNK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 116,355 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

A compilation of the best bits from the first series of the Fast Show, including Ted and Ralph, Channel 9 News, Unluck Alf, coughing Bob Fleming, Ron Manager and many more. Paul Whitehouse stars.

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Built up from sketch ideas rejected when they were working on Harry Enfield and Chums, Paul Whitehouse and Charlie Higson conceived The Fast Show as a lean, protein-packed comedy package. The idea was to cut the essence of sketches and characters without undue build-up--hence the high number of catchphrases the show yielded. "Suits you, sir", "Brilliant!", "You ain't seen me, right?" and even "Chris Waddle" were all quickly established in 1994's opening series, whose highlights are on this video. Despite its relentless verbal riffing, slapstick and gleeful use of four-letter words, such as Whitehouse's "Arse!"-grunting sidekick to Coughing Bob Fleming, there's a very knowing subtlety about The Fast Show and a freshness to the subject matter. "Channel Neus", the skit on the TV station of indeterminate foreign origin is very cleverly turned, as is Whitehouse's incomprehensible pre-war comedian Arthur "Where's me washboard?" Atkins, while the sketch in which old man Unlucky Alf walks up a road and falls down a hole is, although it may not appear so on paper, a mini-comedy masterclass. Then, there's the perverse pathos of young landowner Ralph's infatuation for his elderly gardener, Ted. This pair are the least "Fast", yet possibly best characters on the show. --David Stubbs

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 27 April 2000
Format: VHS Tape
"This week,i have been mostly watching The Fast show" The Fast show is one of the best British comedy series ever made, Paul Whitehouse and Charlie Higson has created a classic sketch series of characters created by Paul Whitehouse, Charlie Higson, Simon Day, Mark Williams, John Thompson, Annabella Weir. Kenny and Kenneth should get their own televison show. because they are one of the most crude and funniest characters on the show
ANYWAY! BBRILLIANT.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 17 Feb 2000
Format: VHS Tape
The Fast Show is one of the best comedy shows to be produced in Britain in the last ten years. If you haven't caught it yet, this video is where you should start. It's actually a 'Best Of' covering Series 1. It doesn't contain all the material in the first series (unlike the video sets for series 2 and 3) but it has some wonderful highlights. Buy this video and witness the humble beginnings of Ted and Ralph! Genius.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By "hellodudeycheese" on 30 Jun 2004
Format: VHS Tape
a brilliant video and as i found it for 3 pounds in my local video shop it was evening more rewarding
i dont care how you find this video- buy it
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S. Clark on 8 May 2000
Format: VHS Tape
Paul Whitehouse is a brilliant creator of characters, and an extremely charismatic person. And Simon Day is always good when doing his rapid fire cockney know-it-all routine. But the other performers, as well as the overall writing, are very weak. The only comic character that saves this from the dustbin is Arthur Atkinson, the manic Music Hall comedian. Many of the routines fall flat, and some are actually painful to watch, such as the one where a whole surburban family is drunk round the clock (although I think that's from the second series, and not on this tape). Comfortable middle of the road comedy for middle Britain.
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1 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Queen Latifa on 2 Jan 2001
Format: VHS Tape
Once British comedy ruled the world - it this what it's descended too? The fast show is nothing more than a series of uninspired catchphrases. The first time I heard Paul Whitehouse say 'I was very very drunk' I smiled weakly. God knows how many times he's repeated this dreary idea but it's about as witty as the rest of the feeble ensemble. 'Scorchio!' wasn't funny the first time and after god knows how many sketches it still isn't. 'Does my bum look big in this?' It's not funny after a hundred repetitions. They've made three series out of 8-10 catchphrases. Thank God it's finished. May it never return.
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