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Trigger Happy: Best of Series 1 [DVD]

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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: 14,596 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

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.


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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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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5.0 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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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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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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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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Not "Complete Series" but only a "Best Of" unfortunately.

Just as the US version of the Trigger Happy TV show doesn't work (due to the lack of the UK public, who are necessary for the gags to work); the timing and length of the show is also crucial. The show must be in it's half hour format to work: it's final gag being punctuated by the familar electric theme song outro; the silence of which is often followed by a final 'response line' from the last 'gag victim' (such as John McCririck) to great effect.

However, 'Best of Trigger Happy' dvd's edit a season's "best of" into one 90 minute programme. Not only is it totally mysterious as to who gets to decide for everyone which bits are "best", but the show simply does not work when edited into a 90-minute episode. It's just too long. The show was devised for half hour episodes, and that's the only way it works.

Like all "Best of" comedy dvds, this one is annoying because watching it will just remind you of all the scenes and sketches that are missing...which of course you'll remember from when you saw it on TV first time round. What's here is good, but it will just make you want to see the rest, which isn't here. That's why 'Best of' Dvd's are so annoying. (I'm looking at -you- 'Best of Adam & Joe'; 'Best of Trigger Happy 1,2,3'; 'Best of Balls of Steel';'Best of Smack The Pony'; 'Armstrong & Miller' etc).

Hopefully one of these days there will be a DVD release of "Trigger Happy TV: The Complete Series" that really is complete. (And a re-release of the 3 cd soundtracks would be a great idea, too!)

Then, can join the ranks of other comedy shows whose DVD's are COMPLETE!
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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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