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Trigger Happy: Best of Series 1 [DVD]

Dom Joly , Dom Joly , Sam Cadman    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Dom Joly
  • Directors: Dom Joly, Sam Cadman
  • Producers: Dom Joly, Sam Cadman
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Channel 4 DVD
  • DVD Release Date: 19 Jun 2006
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000F4LGB8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 40,146 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



First shown by Channel 4 at the beginning of 2000, Trigger Happy TV is one of those hidden-camera shows that plays pranks on the unsuspecting public. The brainchild of writer-performer Dom Jolly and his co-director Sam Cadman, it's a beguiling selection of endearingly daft scenes triggered by the admirably straight-faced Jolly (an inappropriate name if ever there was one). His characters include, among many others, a traffic warden who ticks off street cleaners for parking their carts on double-yellow lines; a business man who produces a three-foot-long mobile phone and bellows loudly into the handset; and an incompetent secret-service agent who sidles up to people on park benches, slipping them cryptic messages.

Unlike the elaborate ruses of other hidden-camera shows, the best gags here are decidedly low-tech and simple: Jolly's attempt to interact with a stuffed dog he's taken for a "walk" in the park, much to bemusement of passing joggers, is fairly typical of the programme's mix of deadpan humour and surreal visuals--less Beadle's About, more absurdist street theatre. And instead of relying on a laugh track to set the mood, the show has a surprisingly eclectic, even at times strangely mellow and introspective, soundtrack from such acts as The Happy Mondays, Elastica and the Stereophonics. While some of the recurring gags were beginning to flag by the end of the series, the beauty of this compilation is that it features only the strongest material. However, we won't get a chance to see the prank Jolly played on Bill Wyman, who objected when it was first screened on television. Wyman might not get Jolly's impish brand of humour. But this fresh and entertaining compilation gives the rest of us a chance to sample it for ourselves. --Edward Lawrenson

Product Description

United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), English ( Subtitles ), SPECIAL FEATURES: Alternative Footage, Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: A hidden camera comedy show where members of the public and celebrities are set up by prankster Dom Joly in various disguises, from giant squirrels to mad foreigners. It is all combined with a brilliant pop music soundtrack that makes Trigger Happy TV one of the funniest and original TV comedy shows around. ...Trigger Happy TV - Best of Series 1

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All that I miss 10 Feb 2003
By Akane
Trigger Happy TV was the funniest and the most wonderful TV programme during my stay in London. I couldn't imagine my life there without Dom Jolly's pranks and the innocent British played pranks on. Its stories gave me impressions of the people who were so kind that they couldn't help falling into the jokes.
Honestly, I have no idea why it hasn't been imported to my country yet. I can't deny that TV channels here haven't yet noticed that there are truly funny masterpieces in Britain.
Buying VHSs of Best of Series 1 and 2 was the only to fail because of a technical reason. But, fortunately, I could buy and watch those DVDs made in Britain. When it was successful, I was so excited.
To all Japanese readers: Suggoku omoshiroiyo!! Osusume!! VHS ha damedakedo, DVD nara mireruyo.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Genius 23 Jan 2003
By Vinnie
This dvd is perfect in every way. Not too long so as to promote boredom, sufficient variety to tickle everyone's funny bone, fine extras.
Joly and his co-writer(s) have a wonderful appreciation of aural and visual humour and combine the two to delightful effect in side-splitting scene after scene, usually at Joe Public's expense. The soundtrack hits the spot time and again, complimenting the on screen antics to full effect. However, this is not all 'in ya face' jokery for there is undoubted subtlety too to be found in a number of sketches - the brilliant "don't go" of the lonely sailor as he is left by the 'worried' OAPs to his harbour and thoughts.
Extras include 'archive' material and 'Comedy Lab' sketches. See what Joly and comrades got up to at Paramount tv prior to joining C4. At the expense of famous politicians, it can't be bad!
A comic genius at work and a must have dvd for anyone's best of British comedy collection.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BRILLIANT!!!!!!! 16 Nov 2000
This DVD is pure comedy gold, 90 mins of the very best of series 1 stuffed with 15 mins of new unseen footage and clips from the comedy lab. Trigger Happy TV will have you in stitches and this DVD is certainly worth every penny!! CIAO!!!!!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Quite frankly, WOW! This has got to be the funniest programme on TV since the original, I repeat, original Ali G show. Dom Joly has enough courage to parade around the streets of the UK making a fool out of himself while satirising how stupid us british people really are when we go shopping. My favourite sketches are the ones with Joly and a friend dressed up as animals waging war and his interviews with famous people where he does something ridiculous during the interview. Its so interesting how no-one does anything to stop him when he is wearing a burglar suit with a banner around him saying "IM A THIEF!!" and he pretends to steal something, everyone just stares at him and does nothing about it - RA!!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Don't be fooled into thinking.... 3 Nov 2009
When the sketches work it's hilarious - especially the ambivalence and complete apathy of the public to what's going on around them. The soundtrack really hits the spot as well. Just a shame then the title leads you to think this is the whole of season one, whereas, in fact, it's just 'the best'.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This best of Trigger Happy series one DVD is very good. It would be tempting to desire the whole of series one rather than a selection, but actually this compilation does work. It may be better to have a compilation to avoid over repetition of some of the familiar gags.
The humour may not appeal to some people but I find it really funny. There is no bad language, sex or crudeness; instead it is just silly dead pan pranks. There is no canned laughter either as the humour relies completely on daftness and the reaction of the general public that the jokes are intended for.
This is hidden camera style of production but it is not "Beadle's about" or "Candid Camera" although it is similar/
The gags include a man that takes a stuffed dog for a walk. There is also a traffic warden that confronts motorist at traffic lights for parking. And there is also a pantomime cow/bull that wonders into a china shop. Also there is someone in a spotty dog costume in the street that gets beaten up by someone else in a brown dog costume. Added to those are interviews with celebrities that always and deliberately go wrong.

The soundtrack includes tracks by The Happy Mondays and The Stereophonics. The DVD makes a good hour and a half of the best bits of comedy from a good series.
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4.0 out of 5 stars trigger happy tv 10 Sep 2009
one of the funniest british tv programmes but watch an hour then the rest later as it can get a bit repetative watching it all at once. the music is excellent too
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4.0 out of 5 stars Comedy as an art form 26 Mar 2008
When the skits work (which they generally do) this comedy production raises what is essentially candid camera work to an art form level. Dom Joly explores a number of themes (answering an absurdly large mobile phone, running away, cliched spy scenes) in the same way as a painter explores the themes. I would say get this collection as compared to the whole series, it has the best skits in about the right quantity.

Also helped by some very well placed theme music... you might find yourself humming the songs long after the gags are a distant memory.
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