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The Men's Room: The Complete Series [DVD]

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  • Actors: Bill Nighy, Harriet Walter, Amanda Redman, Charlotte Cornwell, James Aubrey
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Simply Media
  • DVD Release Date: 20 May 2013
  • Run Time: 250 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00CA59OX2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,475 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Bill Nighy, Harriet Walter, Amanda Redman, Charlotte Cornwell and James Aubrey star in this BBC drama, first shown in 1991. An intoxicating black comedy, adapted from Ann Oakley's novel, about love and sexual politics. This hard-hitting five-part serial, set during the Thatcher years, launched Bill Nighy's career

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By jorvik on 13 Jun. 2013
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I saw this series on TV at the time and loved it! Bill Nighy made a huge impression on me as a actor. The whole series made such an impact on me that while watching it again I can still recall what the next line in a dialogue is. It was a long wait for its release on dvd and at some points it is a bit "period dated" but still highly watchable. Bill NIghy has proved he was lasting quality, whether he plays a womanizer professor, head of a newspaper, an aged rock star or an octopus!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By joy packham on 3 July 2013
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Have waited a long time for this to go on dvd, just as good as when I last saw it on tv 22 years ago.A really thought provoking program with excellent acting, it made a deep impact on me at the time and still does and the fantastic theme tune at the end of each program makes it well worth watching.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By B. Darwin on 17 May 2014
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I was unaware that this had been released as I have an old VHS copy of the series with the first episode missing!!
So I was delighted to see the DVD and bought it-with the first episode. This was the first series that brought Bill Nighy to screen recognition. It was a fabulous series and watching again made me realise it's still worth watching.
The story really hasn't changed just the fashion which appears pretty ghastly now. It's just brilliant there is Amanda Redman Harriet Walters and Charlotte Cornwell and many more reconisable actors. It's very well written and moves alopng well.So if you're fans of Mr Nighy or indeed the others it really is worth the watch.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Laura TOP 100 REVIEWER on 26 Nov. 2014
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I have always remembered this series and it was the first time I saw Bill Nighy in anything. I had given up looking for it on DVD as I'm aware the BBC are quite poor at releasing certain programmes. Having just watched Bill Nighy in a film by chance I came on Amazon to search under his name and 'lo and behold I see 'The Men's Room'! Brilliant!!

The story has stuck in my mind for some reason especially the ending. I loved the music and Bill Nighy is quite different in this than what he plays nowadays. His character Mark is a married Professor but serial adulterer and he comes across as a a weak man. He meets Charity (Harriet Walter) a married mother of four who is feeling bored in her marriage to the only man she has ever slept with. Her and Mark begin an affair. However, Mark has stated that he will never leave his wife but then Charity's marriage falls apart and Mark gets scared of what she expects from him. Their relationship continues over a span of 10 years with them breaking up and getting back together but along the way, Charity becomes very career orientated and for someone like Mark who likes to feel love and have his woman take care of him this doesn't bode well and soon Mark's eyes begin to stray again.

At times I felt like Charity should have booted him out a long time ago but although they constantly profess their love for one another, it is a toxic love affair. There is a side story about her best friend Sally's (good acting from Amanda Redman) struggle to become a mother. Some of the storyline is a bit 'boring' (the Sociology/Feminism/Politics) and the ageing of the characters is a bit odd and it seems they only decided to age Charity! but it didn't seem dated to me. I really enjoyed watching it again.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By gadg17 on 21 Jun. 2015
As others have pointed out, the DVD sleeve's description is somewhat wide of the mark: it is not a comedy, black or otherwise, but a 20th century, extra-marital tragedy played out by respectable, middle-class people who can't seem to take their finger off the self-destruct button. I guess we can all identify with that.
This 1991 BBC adaptation of the feminist novel (for which read, all the male characters are spineless) by sociologist Ann Oakley plays here on a higher emotional level, thanks to impeccable casting and performance. Harriet Walter is at once heartbreaking and smouldering as Charity Walton, and Bill Nighy, whose first major TV exposure this was, manages convincingly to voice thoughts even most men would write off as too crass to say out loud. ("I need to have affairs because it keeps me vital and I keep them from my wife to protect her.") Amanda Redman is deeply moving as Charity's best friend, struggling with the agony of trying to conceive, and a young Hermione Norris appears as Nighy's teenage daughter.
I seem to recall that when this was first shown, much was made of the Thatcher-era backdrop - but from a distance of nearly 25 years it has nothing to do with politics other than timeframe references, and everything to do with base human emotions which if we hadn't experienced then, we have now or will soon.

The DVD presents all five episodes on two discs, with no enhancements or extras. Picture quality 8/10, sound 10/10. The memorable theme music is I Am A Woman by Sarah Jane Morris, a terrific version of which is on iTunes, Spotify, etc., on her album Heaven.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jane Evans on 12 Jan. 2014
I remember this excellent series from the 1990s so when I saw it available on DVD I asked for it for Christmas. It is still as classy and well-acted as when it originally aired,. with superb performances by Bill Nighy and Harriet Walter, and also Amanda Redman who I had forgotten was in this. I'm not sure I'd call it a 'black comedy' though - it's a tense and realistic drama of sexual and social politics.
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