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The Worst Week of My Life - Series 1 [DVD]

Ben Miller , Sarah Alexander , Dan Zeff    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: Ben Miller, Sarah Alexander, Alison Steadman, Geoffrey Whitehead, Dean Lennox Kelly
  • Directors: Dan Zeff
  • Producers: Mark Bussell
  • 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: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: 2 Entertain Video
  • DVD Release Date: 21 Nov 2005
  • Run Time: 210 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000BD7NL0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 27,353 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The week before a wedding can be fraught, but for publisher Howard Steele, marrying the delectable Mel, it becomes a nightmare of gargantuan proportions. Everything that can possibly go wrong does go wrong, much of the chaos resulting from Howard's earnest attempts to do the right thing. Cassie, an office colleague with whom he had a one-night-stand at the Christmas party two years previously, turns out to be homicidally obsessed with him and sets out to wreck the imminent nuptials.

Howard's sycophantic attempts to schmooze his in-laws-to-be (a High Court judge and his society wife) fall on stony ground and their relationship becomes virtually terminal when - through a sequence of unfortunate events - Howard hospitalises Mel's granny, accidentally gropes her mother, loses the wedding ring (a family heirloom) and, worst of all, kills the family dog. Other disasters to plague Howard include his best man falling into a coma on the stag night (to be replaced by Howard's mate Dom), Cassie running over the vicar, his wide-boy father taking his new girlfriend - a mouthy pole-dancer - to the wedding, and getting arrested.

The Worst Week Of My Life is a real rarity: a decent, British 21st-century sitcom that wasn't performer/star written (as were Spaced, The League Of Gentlemen, Phoenix Nights, I'm Alan Partridge and their like). A classy comedy of errors from Bussell and Sbresni, two of the creative team behind Barbara, the show expertly exploited its central premise to the fullest degree and was enriched by a first-rate cast, particularly Geoffrey Whitehead as Dick, a towering monolith of suppressed rage and percolating loathing.

Synopsis

The week before a wedding can be fraught, but for publisher Howard Steele, marrying the delectable Mel, it becomes a nightmare of gargantuan proportions. Everthing that can possibly go wrong does go wrong, much of the chaos resulting from Howard's earnest attempts to do the right thing.


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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Full of Laughs 11 Feb 2006
By A Customer
Format:DVD
This is a must watch DVD. It is just so funny and entertaining. Every episode has a good number of incidents where you cant help but laugh out loud. I'll be getting the 2nd series as soon as it arrives on DVD as it was equally funny!!!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful 6 Jan 2006
Format:DVD
I really love this series and feel that it is so underrated. Every episode is brilliant and superbly written - it flows much better than the 2nd series, which was more of a cringe fest at times (although still very good). For me the highlight is the performance of Ben Miller, and particularly his interaction with his prospective father-in-law. Gave it 4 stars because the extras were so poor ( the out takes are not that funny)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars W have all been there ! 11 Jan 2006
Format:DVD
The achingly funny thing about The Worst Week Of My Life is not the physical humour and slapstick , as fantastic as thatis, but the universal experience of how disapproval leads us to simply continue to do what is causing annoyance in the first place .It feeds it .You follow?
I, agree that Geoffrey Whitehead is BRILLIANT,
how much reproach can the smallest of gesture convey?He MUST win a BAFTA.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fockers - it leaves them standing 3 Nov 2005
Format:DVD
Everyone knows 'Meet the family' and 'Meet the Fockers' but to even consider putting this very British comedy series in the same category is ridiculous. However, the one thing it does share with the American originals is the type of humour that makes you laugh out loud at the same time as cringing with embarrassment.
This is a truly funny series with disaster following disaster. If you haven't seen it yet, there's no way you'll ever want to eat lamb casserole again .... I'll leave you to find out why.
And then there's the dog in the cement mixer; the demented and psychotic ex-girlfriend who stalks the 'hero'; the near assassination of granny-in-law; the hyper sister of the bride-to-be; the flavoured condoms and .... well, it just goes on and on. And there's still the lamb casserole!
The acting is superb, but for me, it's Geoffrey Whitehead as the prosepective father-in-law who steals the show. He under-acts so brilliantly that even the twitch of an eyebrow can make you burst out laughing. Absolutely wonderful.
When I first saw this on BBC as a series, I wished they'd make a follow-up. But on reflection, I hope they don't because this is such a perfectly formed gem that it would foolish to risk overdoing things.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible! 25 July 2006
Format:DVD
This has got to be the most consistently funny series I can remember- just incredibly funny. I really like other series like Little Britain, etc, etc, but I can't think of another series that comes close to being so funny.

The writing is amazing, and the casting is absolutely perfect.

And it is worth buying just to see the 'concrete' dog!

Cant't recommend highly enough- just get it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding 23 May 2008
By Paul S Ell HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
I only picked up on the Worst Week of My Life franchise when the second series was broadcast on BBC TV. I guess I'm fairly resistant to new TV comedy sticking with 'classics' like Dads' Army, Fawlty Towers and One Foot in the Grave. However, the Worst Week had me captivated after about 10 minutes. It follows the hapless Howard Steele during the week leading up to his wedding and involves ever closer contact with his bride's family, and in particular his Father in Law and his Parents in Law's dog (RIP).

This is classic British comedy in the Fawlty Towers school with almost hide-behind-the-sofa embarrassment as Howard moves from one hapless event after another. It's also absolutely brilliant. If you liked Fawlty Towers see this - it's as good if not better.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars very very funny 14 Oct 2005
By Ajo VINE VOICE
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This is a very intelligent and funny series (a pitty it has only 7 episodes - but a week has only 7 days). It was compared to the movie "Meet the Parents" but this is even better! Watch it an laugh.
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