I bought Wild West on DVD having never seen it, just because I wanted something to watch. And I've always loved Dawn French (French and saunders, Vicar of Dibley etc) so I felt it was an ideal choice. It is so far removed from any of her other comedy but don't let that put you off. This is one of the best programmes I've seen in a long time.
The humour is fairly subtle so you need half a brain to understand some of the speech and sight gags. Set in a Cornish village it is based around an ensemble of characters - Mary (Dawn French) and Angela (Catherine Tate) are the linch pins of the community, serving behind the counter of the post office - where they also live in the flat above and share a bad as a lezbian couple until something better (i.e. a bloke) comes along. Then there's Old Jake, a lonely fisherman, Harry, the local "lad" and Holly (played by the very talented Anne-Marie Duff) who runs a witchcraft museum/shop.
The first episode is a bit dodgy, but every sitcom has that problem of setting up the characters - but in the subsequent episodes many strange and hilarious things occur such as Old Jake going missing, Mary and Angela holding a protest against holiday homes by breaking into an actresses home and using her widescreen tv and helping themselves to the liquor cabinet, the discovery that the local pub holds social evenings (swinging parties) upstairs to which Mary invites herself, arriving at the event with the line "I'm here for my poking".
I urge you to give this comedy a try. It's different - but it's certainly not to be missed! 5 stars.