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Benidorm - Complete Series 4 [DVD]
Benidorm - Complete Series 4 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Sheila Reid
Price: £5.14

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Very mixed, 1 Mar. 2015
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The good: Les/Leslie is a good character and in many ways carries the Series. Why? He's likeable and is on some level, intelligent. Benidorm is at its best when its characters are diverse as it struggles when it relentlessly focuses on people's stupidity. So a good character. Other good points, was episode 3,4 & 5. Some brilliant moments, such as the bond between Mateo and Leslie and them dressing up as women for the double date. Elsewhere, Michael and his date was very sweet and Joan Collins was excellent with a little more insight into her character shown. The whole Mr Pink episode, whilst far-fetched was good fun.

The OK: Kenneth. Another stupid character who replaces Troy, who was one of the few relatively bright characters. Therefore, the balance becomes a bit too tilted in favour of 'stupidity'. That said, his relationship with Gavin is good fun and is his opposite nature works well. There's a really good scene with them on a nudist beach. Prudish Gavin isn't impressed!

The bad: Cilla Black in episode one. Pointless and unfunny. It added nothing. The two young women - they added nothing, with one being gobby, irritating and yet unfunny, whilst the other being sweet, but dull. However, the worst character by far was Liam, who's role purely consisted of taking everything literally. He became increasingly irritating, predictable and boring as the Series progressed. Another low point Was Noreen's daughter. Completely unfunny and I just spent the whole time feeling sorry for Noreen as she puts up with her alcohol addiction and snobbery.

The ugly: Donald faking his own death with the aid of Jacqueline. Jacqueline and Donald are seen as eccentric, yet likeable and harmless characters. The ease to which Donald tells others about only having three months to live and Jacqueline seemingly relaxed at others kindness and shock when 'he dies' damages two very respected characters. In short: it's not believable and is disrespectful to the audience who have built up an affection for these characters.

Summary: Guilty pleasure!

Benidorm Christmas Special 2010 [DVD]
Benidorm Christmas Special 2010 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Jake Canuso
Price: £6.00

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars OK, but relatively very poor, 24 Feb. 2015
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After a strong three series this was a big flop. Obviously the sad death of Mel made it tricky to write but it centred around the depressing build-up. The subplots were largely uninspiring and Su Pollard's apperance was God-awful. Her ending up at nudist hotel was cheap and dull writing and almost as bad as her food fight with Madge.

As someone mentioned the characters are unlikeable in this one. It was a stretch for the swingers couple to attend the Xmas meal and Mick's directly agressive outbursts at Donald was OTT. Mick is more likeable and funnier when he's his usual passive-agressive self.

There was no Jonny Vegas, meaning Norma's role felt redundant and the subplot with her and her new 'friend' produced zero laughs. Missed Troy and Gavin as well.

So I'm afraid to say that it was a real let down. Perhaps I was just used to high quality episodes as seen in series 1-3.

RIP Geoffrey Hutchings.

Benidorm - The Special [DVD]
Benidorm - The Special [DVD]
Dvd ~ Johnny Vegas
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Price: £3.52

3.0 out of 5 stars To be taken with a pinch of a salt..., 21 Feb. 2015
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This review is from: Benidorm - The Special [DVD] (DVD)
It's generally quite good, if more of a guilty pleasure. However, it's definitely far-fetched and its portrayal of the Spanish police, doctors, and nurses seems to a pretty cheap way to make a few jokes and a plot workable. Madge is more irritating and unbelievable than someone who is usually a bemusing character. Her whole nonchalant attitude towards the gun man is a stretch. Mel to the rescue was again, far-fetched, but it kind of worked. On the flip side, there's plenty of usual jokes and if you enjoyed series one and two then you'll probably at least find this watchable. So, not its best showing, but fun enough.

The First World War: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
The First World War: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
by Michael Howard
Edition: Paperback
Price: £4.99

2 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Overrated, 6 Jan. 2013
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I bought this for a family member who wanted to improve his knowledge on the Great War. Looking around the internet, I found some very encouraging reviews for this book. So I bought it and he read it.

His feedback was that it poorly flowed and that he found the language at times to be unnecessarily complicated/flowery. He came out saying that he only "learnt a bit".

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