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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
  • 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 (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00CA59OX2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 28,988 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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11 of 11 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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12 of 12 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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5 of 5 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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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Laura TOP 500 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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Julie McMorran on 21 Jun. 2013
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I didn't see this when it was broadcast but had heard how good it was. And it is though it's very much of its time, set in the early 1980s and features supposedly intellectual, academic sociological debates about feminism, etc. The acting is somewhat exaggerated but don't let that put you off. And Bill Nighy's character is wonderfully vile!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kim Petch on 21 Oct. 2014
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I have been waiting for this to come out on dvd. Watched the first time shown on the BBC.
Watched again and loved it as much as the first time Brilliant series.
Thankyou
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. H. M. Powell on 21 July 2013
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Like the other reviewers, I watched the original TV series in the 80's when I was in my late 20's... and it had a profound impact on me. At the time, the idea of Mark and Charity meeting on Valentine's Day in 2000 seemed a very long way ahead, and somehow I hoped that the BBC would repeat the series in this year ~ in fact I wrote to them suggesting it! I thought that Bill Nighy was perfectly "aged" for the final shots, considering we now know how he actually looked in 2000! Many lines stayed with me, including the line Mark issued to Charity after he had met Tessa Pascoe: "I don't have to struggle with her". The series shows how destructible and selfish the love affair between Mark and Charity is, and of course the effect this has on Charity's children in particular, but yet it endures above all others. The drama shows its age a little and appears somewhat dated, most notably in fashion trends, but this in no way detracts from the appeal. Some promising actors had cameo roles, including Hermione Norris and Peter Wingfield. Many scenes were beautifully filmed, and the relationships between characters were well developed. I would recommend this DVD to anyone who watched ~ or missed ~ the original showing on TV. It has stood the test of time and as many have said, effectively launched Bill Nighy as an actor. I don't suppose there is any chance of a sequel...?!
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