Richard Richard and Edward Elizabeth Hitler (Rik Mayall and Adrian Edmondson) present The Very Best of Bottom
, a selection of episodes from the flat-share sitcom that plays like an ultra-violent comic-book Withnail and I
going ten rounds with Men Behaving Badly
. Between 1991-5 Edmondson and Mayall made three series and 18 episodes of the non-adventures of the sex-crazed virgin Richie and the alcoholic Eddie, delivering as many belly laughs as their seminal Young Ones
, though shorn of that show's brilliantly inventive surrealism. Outrageous slapstick and spectacularly crude innuendo are to the fore, and there are guest appearances by Young One
Christopher Ryan as the literal-minded Dave Hedgehog. Packed with sharp one-liners and imaginative routines, there wasn't a weak episode in the entire run, so selecting five best
shows is a matter of personal taste (or lack thereof).
"Smells" features pheromone spray, cheese-and-onion condoms and a lesson in how to remove nose hair with pliers. In "Accident", Richie breaks a leg, before almost getting one over with Helen Lederer's uninhibited "Digger". "Holy" is a Christmas special involving an immaculate misconception and five minutes of added footage, while "Hole" finds our heroes trapped on a condemned Ferris wheel.
On the DVD: The Very Best of Bottom on disc has a 4:3 picture which is excellent for a shot-on-video sitcom, while the mono sound is clear and perfectly functional. Other than the five minutes of extra material in "Holy", originally cut to keep the show down to half-an-hour rather than for censorship reasons, the only extra is a routine photo gallery. --Gary S Dalkin
Actors: Adrian Edmonson, Rik MayallManufacturer: 2 Entertain Video