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Trigger Happy TV - Series 3 [DVD]

Dom Joly    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: Dom Joly
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Channel 4 DVD
  • DVD Release Date: 7 Jan 2008
  • Run Time: 81 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0012CKACI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 58,320 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Trigger Happy TV 3 is another compilation from the cult late night Channel 4 comedy that turbo-charged the old Candid Camera format with a cool rock soundtrack for the MTV generation. While the show itself could become repetitive, the 42 minutes of highlights distilled into the main feature here are frequently hilarious. See public prankster Dom Joly wrestle a giant badger in the woods, enjoy the office populated entirely by people dressed as bears and collapse with laugher at the most surreal estate agent scenario in the world. From a terribly insecure policeman to the street guide who doesn't know the location of anything, Joly's nerve at pulling off some of these gags is breathtaking. The supporting feature is a half-hour spoof biography of Joly made to introduce Trigger Happy TV to American audiences. Deadpan in the extreme, it sends up the fly-on-the-wall genre and celebrity interview with uncomfortably accurate wit. That's not the end, because the presentation makes the line between programme and extras largely irrelevant, so read on to see what else is...

On the DVD: Trigger Happy TV 3 can simply be played straight through so that everything on the disc makes a 90-minute pseudo feature, or individual sections can be selected as extras. There are 14 mostly worthwhile unseen clips, three "Bad Rabbit Jokes" (and they are bad), the three "Worst Ideas Ever" (they are), "Brushes with the Law" (which was bound to happen with such stunts as White Van Man's road rage), and four hugely entertaining previously unseen Celebrity Interviews with Hanif Kureishi, Bret Easton Ellis, Uri Geller and Alan Titchmarsh. The commentary track by Joly and Sam Cadman rambles with entertaining irrelevance from a deaf George Martin producing their recording at Studio 2, Abbey Road, to rather more believable recollections of being arrested in Belgium. --Gary S Dalkin

Product Description

United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), English ( Subtitles ), SPECIAL FEATURES: Alternative Footage, Commentary, Interactive Menu, Music Video, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: Dom Joly is back with more surreal pranks than ever in Trigger Happy TV 3 - this year's must-have compilation featuring the recent Christmas Specials, a spoof documentary - 'Being Dom Joly' - and masses of unseen footage.; ; With his bizarre sense of humour Dom Joly injects the bizarre into every ordinary situation. Brand new characters on this new compilation include a meditation expert with an explosive temper, Fu-Manchu the Rickshaw driver, the Grim Reaper smoker stalker and Mary with her Three Wise Men fighting in a store window. As ever, each scene is set to a perfectly chosen soundtrack. ...Trigger Happy TV Series 3

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Dom Joly is back for the last time in the best hidden camera show on the telly. The last (and best) two episodes of Trigger Happy released some time last year as Christmas specials are put together, along with a brilliant mockumentary about the man behind the genius that is Dominic Brankem-Joly.
In the two episodes, new and old characters are included in the cream of the Trigger Happy trilogy. How Joly can keep a straight face when setting up these people (mainly tourists), I'll never know.
If you've never seen TH, then it's basically a sketch show, where Joly dons various guises to set up members of the public in and around London. My personal favourite scene is where Joly traps a woman in a hedge maze but there is plenty of other stuff to amuse.
'Being Dom Joly' is the next feature on the DVD. In a wonderfully dry mockumentary, Dom talks about his life and allows a camera crew to follow him round his day-to-day existence as an overnight sensation. But it seems that the footage has been 'edited' in such a way that just exposes him as a selfish, thoughtless... well... pig (refusing to do a school raffle for less than 100). Attention to detail is very important when watching this! (E.g. note the sniper approaching from behind while Dom talks about jealousy that his 'friends' may have about his new-found fame.)
Delightfully funny, a real pleasure to watch.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Value :-) 23 May 2013
I bought this item from here as it was so cheap! I thought what's the catch. Nothing, it was great!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Very funny but only one episode on DVD 11 Jan 2011
Was expecting a lot more from this but luckily the bit we wanted to see was on the DVD if not would of been a waste of space. Would want more episodes and footage.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious - but too short 4 Dec 2002
This DVD could have been a Series too far, but the material is still fresh and is as funny as the first two series. The only problem Dom Joly faces is his notoriety (as seen in the Alan Titchmarsh interview).
The extras are good, the interviews are funny and the commentary track is entertaining. As already noted, the 'bad rabbit jokes' are not as funny as their predecessors in series 1 and 2, but are not as bad as you'd expect from the title 'three bad rabbit jokes'.
The '3 Worst Ideas Ever' are indeed the three worst ideas ever, but it's nice to see that not everything Dom Joly touches turns to gold and he is indeed fallible. The 'Brushes with the Law' feature is funny but a bit short - I'm surprised that there weren't more of them, but maybe that was all the trouble he got into.
The main feature, at 42 minutes, is far too short as its about the length of 2 Channel 4 episodes, but the 14 unseen clips partially make up for this.
If, like me, you have the DVDs of series 1 and 2, this is worth getting to complete the collection but, for a newcomer to Trigger Happy TV, its probably better to buy the series 2 DVD instead.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dom Joly is God 25 Mar 2003
By Lydia
I love Trigger Happy TV so much.
I watched it religiously when it was on TV. Series 3 is hilarious, so this DVD is well worth buying if you wanna have a laugh. I know not many people can understand these Hidden Camera shows, thinking they're dumb and stuff, but this is truely wonderful. I insist that you go buy it now! Maybe its just the fun of laughing at random, unexpecting people that makes Trigger Happy so neat, haha!
My point is, I haven't laughed so hard at anything else. Dom Joly is my God!
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