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Look Around You : Complete BBC Series 2 [DVD] <b>DVD</b> ~ Robert Popper
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
If you're looking for a re-hash of series 1 then you'll be sorely disappointed, but if you find the overall concept appealing (spoof of popular/educational science programmes) then there is enough to keep you amused in series 2.

I won't repeat what others have said about the format, but will add that I found the ensemble to work well, and the humour pleasantly subtle, and treading the right side of the line between total silliness and plausibility. There are enough running gags to make you feel at home ('Thanks Andy...') but not too much repetition.

I know that many were disappointed not to get more of the 'Open University' style spoofs, but really I don't think that… Read more
A Bit Of Fry & Laurie - Series 2 [DVD] [1989] <b>DVD</b> ~ Stephen Fry
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Unlike other reviewers, I didn't see this first time around, being too young. Perhaps that's why I didn't take to it in the same way that they did.

I adore Stephen Fry, and British comedy, and sketch shows, so I thought this was a dead cert, but was sadly disappointed. The sketches are too long for the amount of material they contain - there is a lot of the 'This was funny the first time I said it, so I'm going to say it again, and it will still be funny. And again. And...' approach. In short, some good ideas ruined by the lack of good script editing. If you like 'catchphrase' humour ('Suits you, Sir') I guess it might appeal, but for me the funny bits were too sparse to make me… Read more
The London Encyclopaedia (3rd Edition) by Christopher Hibbert
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5 stars for this book as the previous edition gave a Londonophile many happy hours (was read cover to cover) and I haven't heard any complaints about the new edition.

However, 1 star for Amazon. This is not the first time I've bought hardback books as presents, only for them to arrive with damage (tears to slipcovers, serious denting etc). I didn't feel able to give the Amazon copy as a gift, given how much I knew it would be cherished, so I sold it on to someone who wouldn't mind the damage (life's too short to try retuning a book of that size just before Christmas) and bought a pristine copy from Foyles.

Amazon may be cheaper, but I won't use them again for expensive… Read more