When I was younger, I wasn't allowed to stay up to watch the show, but my Mum taped it for me to watch the following evening. I still recall lying on my bedroom floor and listening to it through the floorboards.
Victoria Wood is faultless when it comes to building characters and producing witty dialogue and 'As Seen on TV' is the perfect evidence to prove it.
For years I've been nagging poor Vic and BBC Enterprises to release this series in a complete format as 'Best of' videos are just inaccurately titled. How can a 100 minute tape be 'best of' when it's all so fantastic?
All thirteen episodes are featured on this two-disc set and each one is an absolute gem. This DVD has been that elusive Holy Grail for me for so many years and now I have this sense of completion.
If I had to choose highlights, they would be;
The song 'Crush' from series 2 (episode 4),
'In the Office'
'Whither the Arts'
'I'm Counting Moonbeams'
and the hysterical 'Happy With Your Wash?'
But, oh, there are so many more.
Thank you Victoria, 2 Entertain and the BBC! You have made me a very happy man!