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The Smoking Room - Series 2 [DVD]

Robert Webb , Leslie Schofield , Gareth Carrivick    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Robert Webb, Leslie Schofield, Nadine Marshall, Paula Wilcox, Fraser Ayres
  • Directors: Gareth Carrivick
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 16 Oct 2006
  • Run Time: 240 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000HEZ7LQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 30,000 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

Complete second series of the BBC3 comedy set in the smoking room of an anonymous company, where an ecclectic group of characters including crossword addict Barry, lazy lothario Clint, self-obsessed Annie and lovelorn skiver Robin nurse that last ciggie and discuss the ins and outs of their mundane lives. Episodes are: 'Buzz', 'No Place Like Home', '1987', 'Smashed', 'Pity the Fool', 'Quitters', 'Last Night a Graphic Designer Saved My Life' and 'Significant Others'.

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In the world of work, there is only one place where seniority counts for nothing, where shoptalk is banned, and where the last bastions against fresh air gather to discuss the minutiae of their lives - the smoking room. Returning to the nicotine lovers' den, Series Two finds the team with issues of ambition (mainly unfulfilled, obviously) when they find a box of old photos of themselves dating back to 1987. How different their dreams were then to the reality that has befallen them. But is it too late to do anything about it? Sharon is on the warpath when she finds someone has broken in and scrawled 'TWATS!' on the wall. When Sally is offered a new job she is in two minds - until Gordon urges her to think of her career (like he has) and then promptly has a heart attack. And, a 'no smoking' seminar goes badly awry when Lilian takes a shine to the facilitator - a man dressed as a giant cigarette...


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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Find out what happened next.... 25 Oct 2006
Format:DVD
If you enjoyed series one then you will enjoy series two. Len is still swearing, Robin still has a crush on Ben and Heidi is still boring. The scene is still the same and I am so glad to have another glimpse into their lives. The second series has a bit more of Sharon, head office have forced her to organise a "quit smoking" day and have sent her some "Diversity" policies that seem a struggle for her to implement; and you'll never guess who loves her.

Robin is as ever the comfortable constant presence in every episode; yet as all the characters are so well developed and played it would be very difficult to pick a star amongst so many wonderfully polished perfomances.

Buy this - you will not be disappointed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Smokin! 19 Mar 2009
Format:DVD
Excellent! Smoking as it should be. A brilliant 1 set comedy fest. Some of the best characters to appear (and not appear Ben from the post room, Alky Malky and others) on the BBC in a long while. Excellent script. Watched entire DVD in one evening as I couldn't bring myself to turn it off. A tired work day followed but well worth it.
5 Stars isn't enough.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great 1 Dec 2010
Format:DVD
If you want to laugh, wince and generally enjoy a really good series buy this, and series 1. It is excrutiatingly funny.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nicely observed... 24 Oct 2013
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Watching the idiosyncratic/dysfunctional collection of characters interact as they pass in and out of the dreary basement that gives the show its title is just so much FUN that you have to doff you cap to writer Brian Dooley who makes a "simple" idea work so effectively over a sustained period - 16 episodes across two seasons and a Christmas Special. It could so easily have been a one-off or spoiled by someone not realising that less is more.

Through his focussing on a narrow range of attributes and restricting the action to the single location Dooley shows his main ten characters in close-up detail. I imagine that many viewers will spot a few personality types that they recognise from cringe-inducingly personal experience. I don't know how well this translated to other anglophone countries, although I'd imagine that Australians and New Zealanders would also derive much enjoyment from it.

(What really beggars belief is that, after this tremendous start, there seems to be so little else from the same writer. Shame!).
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4.0 out of 5 stars Amusing, but not as good as the first series 22 Jun 2009
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Format:DVD
The first series of the smoking room incorporated good scripts with top-notch comedy performances from stars such as Robert Webb and Paula Willcox, however the second series doesn't quite live up to the promise of the first. It's the same scenario, a static sitcom set in the smoking room of a suburban London-based company where there's an unwritten rule of 'no shop talk' which inevitably means that the conversations take a rather bizarre route at times.

Many of the characters are given more depth in this series which is a good and a bad thing, but the last episode seemed rather flat in my opinion. There are some laugh out loud moments though - Heidi is usually the bearer of these and Emma Kennedy's deadpan delivery really makes the part come alive. The storyline concerning Robin's sexuality seems rather clumsily written, but the actors are able to make it believable. Overall it's a funny sitcom but it seems rather dated after a short space of time - maybe they should have timed the last episode to coincide with the eve of the smoking ban?
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