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This Life +10 [2007] [DVD]
This Life +10 [2007] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Jack Davenport
Offered by claires_media_store
Price: £34.99

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars This Death, 14 Oct. 2010
This review is from: This Life +10 [2007] [DVD] (DVD)
For those of us then 20 somethings who loved and even identified with the superb original series 1 & 2 in the 90s and were left feeling cheated and hungry for more by the explosive finale of series 2 (brilliantly written but gutting for those of us who wanted a happy ending with Millie and Egg together and Miles and Anna finally a couple) .... you will hate This Life 10 !

This is a total pile of steaming ordure

It is appallingly written, with a totally unbelievable story line, missing characters Ferdy, Lenny, Keira, Jo, Rachel not to mention miles barrister friend Graham (who later appeared as chief constable Adam Odeko in The Bill) or the slimy O'Donnell

Miles played by Jack Davenport (possibly the least likable of all the characters in the original series - an arrogant, vain, spoil, prejudiced and somewhat implausible public school boy (wrong accent, hair cut etc..)
has somehow given up law grown his hair long and become a millionaire apparently in the process ditching his first implausible wife Franchesca

the irritating miss perfect Milly and nice but infuriatingly directionless and boring Egg have patched it up and had a child - Egg has finally become a successful writer like his father Jerry despite the fact he had perpetual writers bock in series one and had turned into a chef by series two.

I agree totally re. the comments that Miles had morphed into the sort of stereotypical wooden role Jack Davenport plays in Hollywood eg Pirates of the Caribbean - interestingly I bumped into Milly Amita Dhiri not so long ago and her persona in real life seemed very similar to the character she plays in This Life and the Bill

(some actors just seem to play themselves)

I would dearly love another series of This Life but they will all be 40 something now - it would have been better for the BBC to have left well alone
rather than produce the ludicrous and dismal TL10

still I wouldn't put it past the BBC to make a This LIfe 80

Verdict: THIS LIFE 10 has none of the magic and vitality of the original series and is totally incongruous in terms of plot and characterisation - dont buy it - it will only spoil the whole of the superb original series for you - best pretend it was never made !

But series 1 and 2 are fantastic - seminal 90s !

This Life 10 - 1 out of 5

Green Wing Complete Collection [DVD]
Green Wing Complete Collection [DVD]
Offered by Quality Media Supplies Ltd.
Price: £28.99

12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Statham's Revenge, 14 Jan. 2010
Green Wing is without doubt one of the best TV comedy series ever written
This BAFTA Award winning sureal comedy shot in Basingstoke and Southampton Hospitals is a must have.

I first came across this channel hopping one evening whilst I was looking after my girlfriend who had co-incidently just come out of major surgey at Guys hospital - this was the perfect antedote and we laughed so much that she had to stop watching as her industrial size metal stitches were in danger of exploding.

Green Wing will take you through all the gamets of human emotion it is superbly written. it will always have you smiling and sometimes even crying with laughter.

The natural chemistry and razor sharp banter between arrogant but insecure public school Swiss born, anaesthetist Guy Secretan (Steve Mangan) and Julian Rhind Tutt(crazy name crazy guy) as the unconventional, popular and high flying surgeon Dr "Mac" MacCartney must rate among the funniest spontaneous double acts of all time. With the tall, quirky, honey toned Tamsin Greig (Debbie from "the Archers")as new Dr Caroline Todd - the eventual centre of their affections.

The other star of this series has got to be the up tight, dark and twisted (but not unsymapethic) stammering Radiologist Dr Alan Statham brilliantly played by Mark Heap
(Lark Rise to Candleford) who's is unable to reconcile himself to modern society. His school master authority always undermined by people who dont fit into his old fashioned view of Britain, in particular by his extremely tall and street-wise bullying bysexual pupil Mr Boyce.
His carnal desire and touching affection for the unlovable Joanna Clore is often thwarted (usually by her)eventually leads to tragic consequences involing a stuffed heron and a dwarf
(who incidently played Jack Large - the ball-buggering beast killer of no fixed abode in Rowan Atkinson and Richard Curtis' Black Adder 1's final episode - another comic classic !)

Green Wing introduces us to a whole host of exagerated and increasingly demented characters with superb performances from Michelle Gomez as mad queen Sue aka staff liaison (they enlarged her part as she was so funny) and the unsymapthetic and apty named Joanna Clore as the slightly older, aged obsessed, sex crazed uber nasty head of human resources. (why Pippa Heywood won an award for her role and the others didn't is beyond me - they are all superb)

Karl Theobold plays the irritating elfin under achiever Dr Martin Dear, who is also in love with Carolyn Todd. Throw in those smug irritating but talented women (Angela and Holly) and the tall token man (Jake) from Smack the Pony and you have a riotus comedy. Look out for new comic stand ups playing cameo roles.

Green Wing is a series of hilarious sketches and vynettes tied together with a complex plot, superb dialogue (much of which seems natural and unscripted)coupled with superb human observation and a very dark under tone.

My girlfriend and I have watched these series far more times than we care to mention and each time find something new to amuse us. We even hooted when we accidently discovered the rainbow bunny freeze on her post operation visit to Basingstoke Hospital (which shows how sad Green Wing fanatics we have become) - no sign of Statham or any camels however !

My only two regrets are 1. that there is not an entirely happy ending its bitter sweet depending on which one you choose and that they have not made more (although we did note a series of Mac and Guy adverts as a spin off).

Green Wing is like nothing you have ever seen but it is in the same league as Fawty Towers, Black Adder I (the funniest one) and Rick Mayall's New Statesman

Green Wing has superb male and female comic actors and script writers - there are gags here which appeal to both sexes. Green Wing is more banter and witty dialogue than slapstick but there are great visual jokes too.

Script writing and British comic acting at its very best - dont miss out it will have you in stitches (no pun intended) - you will never look at hospitals the same way again
- go and buy it !
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Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall: Beyond River Cottage [DVD]
Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall: Beyond River Cottage [DVD]
Price: £7.60

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Beyond the Pale, 27 Nov. 2009
As the name suggests this is not set at River Cottage - this is all about Hugh buying a farm and setting up a restaurant

Gone is the charm of River Cottage 1-3

This is all about Hugh setting up a restaurant elsewhere - and up sizing from a small holding supplimented with local / wild food to his own farm (but without the technical farming husbandary / rare breeds / Farming and willdife bit which was all very sadly lacking

The Beyond series all about River Cottage as commercial brand - HFW fans will feel this is a commercial sell out !

RC 1-3 may have been contrived but they were also charming and inspiring for anyone wanting to get into self -sufficiency or small holding - Beyond RC is just too commercial.

Gone are most of the country characters and organic gurus and wild food experts
Hugh cant even be bothered to do all the presentation himself he gets his staff in to demonstrate.

Not Impressed. Buy the fore runner of RC - A cook on the wild side instead !

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