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You Rang, M'Lord? - The Complete First Series [1988] [DVD]


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  • Actors: Paul Shane, Jeffrey Holland, Su Pollard, Donald Hewlett, Michael Knowles
  • Directors: David Croft
  • Format: PAL, Full Screen, Dolby, Digital Sound, Mono
  • Language: 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: 2
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 6 Feb 2006
  • Run Time: 250 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000C0Z5BW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 48,437 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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All five episodes of the first series of the BBC comedy from writers Jimmy Perry and David Croft. When Alf Stokes (Paul Shane) and James Twelvetrees (Jeffrey Holland) meet in the trenches of World War One, they help save the life of a wounded officer. Years later, they both find themselves working on the household staff of that officer's brother, Lord Meldrum (Donald Hewlett). In this series, Lord Meldrum's car is vandalised, and James begins to fall for Miss Poppy (Susie Brann). Episodes are: 'The Phantom Sign Writer'; 'A Deed of Gift'; 'Love and Money'; 'Fair Shares'; and 'Beg, Borrow or Steal'.

Synopsis

Ten years after their initial meeting in a trench during the First World War, two soldiers, Alf Stokes (Paul Shane) and James Twelvetrees (Jeffrey Holland) are reunited with the officer they saved, the Honourable Teddy Meldrum (Michael Knowles). Both James and Alf are taken on as staff for Teddy's aristocratic brother Lord Meldrum (Donald Hewlett) who is head of a large wealthy household. Series one of the comedy penned by David Croft and Jimmy Perry contains the episodes "The Phantom Sign Writer", "A Deed of Gift", "Love or Money", "Fair Shares" and "Beg, Borrow or Steal".

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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 21 Jan 2006
You Rang M'Lord? seems to have gained quite a negative reputation - the critics are all WRONG. This is the best Perry & Croft sitcom, and ran from 1988 to 1993.
The shows are full of wit, drama, and character. The characters are ALL finely drawn and played to perfection. Paul Shane is superb as Alf Stokes - a magnificent performance, and he really makes the episodes sparkle. All the actors are brilliant and the scripts are mostly excellent. Not only do they contain the usual Perry/Croft comedy, but in it is gritty drama and character development.
Its also a treat to see all of David Croft's rep company involved in one show. (Paul Shane, Jeffrey Holland, Su Pollard from Hi-De-Hi!, Donald Hewlett, Michael Knowles from It Ain't Half Hot Mum, Bill Pertwee and Frank Williams from Dad's Army, as well as Mavis Pugh, Brenda Cowling, Angela Scoular, John Horsley and guest starring Barbara Windsor in two episodes).
Each show is 50 minutes long, and the sets, costumes and locations look superb. The title music, sung by Bob Monkhouse is a joy - i just cannot praise this show enough. It is truly an excellent comedy drama, and well worth buying.
By the way, i see on the DVD it credits Jeremy Lloyd & David Croft as the writers - this is WRONG. Jimmy Perry & David Croft wrote the scripts. Lloyd and Croft originally were going to write a sitcom spoofing Upstairs, Downstairs in the early '80s, but wrote 'Allo 'Allo! instead.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Iceni Peasant on 11 Feb 2006
Of all the series this cast team have been in together, this series was always my favourite, and I was amazed why it was never repeated fully on TV. Finally the DVDs are being released and it was WELL worth the wait!
The cast have such a brilliant chemistry and comic timing on-screen. The butler Alf Stokes was just MEANT for Paul Shane. With Bill Pertwee as the policeman, always popping in for a free feed. The wonderful Jeffrey Holland as the pompous Mr Twelvetrees. I think the part of Ivy showed Su pollard at her very best...just excellent and very funny. Of the servants I have to say Mabel steals the show, with her "can't remember the last time I had....." catchphrase.
For a sitcom it's remarkable how accurate the period settings and actions of the characters are to the 1920s. Above all, the writing is just superb and will have you laughing at the episodes no matter how many times you watch them. From the goings on of the upperclass to the views and schemes of the servants "downstairs".
This was BBC comedy at its best!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By V. Colclough on 19 Feb 2006
I have always loved this programme despite being very young when it was shown on tv (I'm 21, this shows the wide appeal the series has. I had the dvd for my birthday and love it. It is well worth the money and I have pre-ordered series 2 off amazon. The storylines are hilarious and as has been said on a previous review, you can watch them over and over again and not get bored. My favourite character is Ivy the maid - Su Pollard plays her wonderfully, and I think it's her best performance in a Perry and Croft series, even better than Hi Di Hi.
I think this dvd can appeal to everyone, and the BBC should welcome such a series back onto television, as well written light-hearted comedy dramas such as this are not seen very often anymore.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Y. Jones on 19 Feb 2006
I used to watch this show when I was about 10 and loved it, and I can't believe it was never released on video or DVD up until now, it was never even repeated on TV which was such a shame because You Rang M'Lord was brilliantly written as you would expect from Perry and Croft, and deserved so much more praise than it got.
Each character has been carefully crafted, my favourite has to be Henry and his brilliantly dry one - liners, and the rest of the cast were just superb - the team worked so well together - it's easy to see why they were in so many of the Perry and Croft sitcoms.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 23 Aug 2006
i used to watched it on my local tv and i've waiting years for they to rerun it but it seems than the dvd have came first.

as i missed the first episodes now i can enjoy the complete story -why ivy was such a bad maid, for example :)

i love the stories, the setting and all the characters but my favourite one is james.

by the way, regarding to another comment, this dvd DO have subtitles! (thanks god, my english is not good enough to follow all the jokes and understand the chatting from the 20's)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By O. C. Bryant on 12 Jan 2007
What a harmonious pleasure, to sit and watch at leisure the entire series' of You Rang M'Lord.

From the superb theme tune (performed by the sublime Bob Monkhouse) to the myriad mix of characters, this sitcom/drama is an under-rated little beauty. Using the cast of Hi-Di-Hi was a masterstroke and works perfectly here, lending a much-loved familiarity of a former classic to new effect.

With great performances, wonderfully crafted characters, a progressive storyline and plush BBC sets; this show stands the test of time that so many others fail. Sue Pollard, Paul Shane and Jeffrey Holland are the undoubted lead characters and do not let the side down with some fine character acting. However, my favourite is clearly the Hon. Teddy, played with real panache by Michael Knowles who terrorises the local servant girls with his love of carbolic soap!

Hopefully with the release of the show onto DVD format it will get the recognition it deserves.

Jolly good show chaps.
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