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Marion & Geoff - Series 1 [DVD] [2000]
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 12 September 2002
Take one single camera and a crazed Welsh taxi driver now living in London. A concept you think would be laughed out of the BBC's light entertainment office for sure. Someone however, shrewdly took it on board and the result is "a slick, clever alternative comedy masterpiece."
Follow Keith (Brydon) around in the foot-well of his taxicab and let the story unfold.
Marion (Keith's ex-wife) and Geoff (her new man and work colleague) are now living together in Keith's ex-house with his two kids back in Wales.
The story unfolds and becomes so obvious to all, except to our long-suffering cabby.
Without giving too much away I strongly urge you to climb on board and enjoy the ride as Keith agonisingly struggles to come to terms with life as a single man once more, and justify his lowly existence.
Rob Brydon has the art of deadpan comedy off to a tee and the scripts are immaculate.
A MUST!
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on 2 August 2015
Rob Brydon's early role as the character he always seems to play (eg Gavin & Stacey), likeable and positive thinking, a little slow to catch on. Gentle comedy with laughs a little thin on the ground, and clocking only 80-something minutes in all, being originally shown as a series of (I guess) 10-minute shorts. His gas problem does become a bit annoying, though written into the story, seems real enough! Not exactly a comedy classic but an interesting idea well performed.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 18 February 2003
We are in the midst of a new golden age of British TV comedy the like of which we haven't seen since the 70s. The Office, I'm Alan Partridge, Phoenix Nights, League of Gentlemen, Brasseye, why even Vic & Bob are back on form.
And of course, Rob Brydon with this wonderful series. He is an immense talent who seems, like Ricky Gervais, to have come from nowhere. Well local radio obscurity anyway (a role he reprises in the show), and he was a continuity announcer on BBC Wales apparently.
It's a beautiful piece of television, and here spliced together on DVD plays like one long mesmiring feature-length monologue. It works a treat, although purists can have the option of seeing the shows as originally transmitted in 10min segments.
Despite the incredibly minimal, pared-down production values, this is the kind of TV that needs repeated viewing, not just to get the full benefit of the (deliberately underplayed), tragi/comic dialogue, but also the beautiful shooting and editing. Scenes melt into one another. Light changes from night, to day within a scene. Despite the DIY aesthetic, the director has taken time to frame scenes perfectly. Whatever is through Keith's car window is always relevant to the scene.
Unlike the stifling, suburban atmosphere of say, Alan Bennett's TV monologues, there is a lot of movement, light and space. Jeff is always on the move, although of course he always comes back to the same places.
Between monologues, The camera lingers on an eerily melancholic landscape, or on Jeff falling alseep, or eating some bananas.
It looks great, and has fantastic use of music so it sounds great too. And it's very funny.
The DVD extras are superb. Great out-takes, illuminating and enthusiastic commentary from Hugo Blick & Rob Brydon who are quite rightly delighted with their creation. The only glaring omission is the one-off TV special where Keith throws a celebration Barbecue for Marion & Jeff and we actually get to see inside the home and see fleeting glimpses of Marion and Jeff(played by Steve Coogan) and the little smashers. Perhaps that'll be on the DVD of the second series.
Get this. You need it.
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on 9 April 2011
This is a slow burner. If you don't get it at first, then you might not. But as soon as you do it becomes an instant classic. Rob is under rated, and this is definitely worth persevering with. Enjoy it!Marion and Geoff - Series 1 [DVD] [2000]
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 29 April 2004
And you can't help but like Keith Barret, a minicab driver originally fromCardiff. A minicab driver who is a failure in every way. He has lost hiswife Marion and "little smashers" Rhys and Alun to Marion's coworkerGeoff, now lives in a student flat and has never picked up a fare in hiscab in London.
The performance from Rob Brydon is what should attract you to this darkcomedy series. The comic timing is not matched by any TV sitcom star,exemplified in gags like "These sleeping policemen . . . I'm not againstthem, I would never say that, I mean if they only save one life . . .probably not very cost effective." Plenty more lines like that, and someastute observations on everyday life which all great comedies include. "Icould browse in Smiths - half an hour" I haven't told you all the bestbits so don't worry - buy it and you'll see.
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on 1 March 2013
Bought this along with series 2, great if you enjoy watching gentle dark comedy. Can't believe when I first watched the t.v. series I thought this was real due to his great acting.
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on 11 May 2015
Awkward, embarrassing and pathetic to watch at times, Marion and Geoff is fabulous! You just cant help feeling sorry for such a kind hearted character! Novel idea, fabulous viewing
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on 4 February 2009
Its not very long for a series, but you really feel for Rob.
The most awful things happen as he tries to see the bright side of a life that has gone down the plug hole.
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on 15 September 2013
Very funny! Rob Brydon at his best.

Subtle comedy, but it's also a bit sad in places too.

I would recommend.
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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on 12 March 2003
What can I say about Marion and Geoff? I remember seeing it on BBC 2 when it first started not really sure what it was about initially. However when it was replaying in 30 minute format I sat down and watched it properly. I was amazed at the refreshing comedy, a bleak monologue from Keith a cabby who has lost everything in his life, yet sees the positive side in everything.
I don't normally review DVDs, because usually (as with this one) they get the credit they deserve and Marion and Geoff is an amazing comedy, which has had great reviews. However, the reason it hasn't got 5 stars is the features on the DVD.
The commentary is great and I always enjoy them, but my main gripe with the DVD is this: I assumed as soon as I heard about the DVD, that there would be the option to watch both the series in 10 minute shorts AND the combined 30minute episodes. The main reason being that there are large amounts of footage that did not make the 10 minute short episodes as they had to keep the time down, this is often referred to in the commentary. Also the episode that was shot outside of the car, where Marion leaves Keith is missing as well. Don't get me wrong this is a fantastic comedy, I really wanted to give it 3 stars because of the missing 30minute episodes, however even without this and the lack of features in general, the series is flawless it's just a shame about the DVD, after such a great Alan partridge DVD from the BBC, I really expected more.
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