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Crystal Tipps And Alistair: The Complete - All 50 &hellip <b>DVD</b> ~ Michael Grafton Robinson
Midway between 'Yellow Submarine' and the murals that one can imagine decorating the interior of the Biba boutique, the look of 'Crystal Tipps and Alistair' is so rooted in time and place that the passing of the years has merely enhanced its psychedelic nursery charm. Reminiscent of Terry Gilliam's Python work at times, the animation was apparently undertaken by the same team that made the memorable 'Charley Says' public information films. Virtually miniature silent movies, each five-minute episode is beautifully simplistic and eccentric in a way that British children's series of the early 70s so often seem in retrospect. Viewing them 40 years on is a delight and tinged with a little… Read more
The Herbs/Parsley The Lion - Complete Collection [&hellip <b>DVD</b> ~ The Herbs and Parsley
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
You have to be a certain age to remember 'The Herbs'. It seemed to disappear at some point in the mid-70s, along with a fair number of other 'Watch with Mother' shows that illuminated my early childhood, such as 'Andy Pandy' and 'The Woodentops'; but distance hasn't diminished the charm of this series, which has retained a hold on the memory ever since. I still think of the characters whenever I see herbs lined-up on the supermarket shelf, and it's no wonder. These characters are instantly memorable and prove to be an imaginative take on a novel idea, making Basil and Rosemary slightly dim aristocrats, Bayleaf a cap-doffing 'oo-arr' gardener, Sage a grumpy owl, Parsley a less-than-ferocious… Read more
Takin' Over The Asylum [1994] [DVD] <b>DVD</b> ~ Ken Stott
5.0 out of 5 stars Loony Tunes, 11 Jan 2014
I'm ashamed to say I'd never even heard of this series before the DVD was purchased for me as an Xmas present, so I came to it with no opinion whatsoever. Now, having watched it, I have one. It's absolutely superb. Ken Stott and David Tennant are both outstanding, but the strength of their performances doesn't overshadow the rest of the cast, all of whom portray complex and compelling characters with a kind of acting that seems very contemporary; only the fashions, hairstyles and cultural references place the programme in 1994. Watching this, you can see why Stott and Tennant went on to carve out long careers on TV; Tennant in particular makes an astonishing debut in his first big… Read more