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53 of 54 people found the following review helpful
on 7 January 2009
What you get on the discs is every single episode from the two series (each episode lasts roughly 51-52 mins), plus a few bonuses as listed below.

Disc 1: Series 1, Episodes 1-3
1. The White Wedding
2. The Dentists' Dinner Dance
3. The Angling Club Christmas Party
Bonus: Interview with actress Nicola Pagett
Bonus: PDF of original Press release for series 1

Disc 2: Series 1, Episodes 4-6
4. The Charity Horse-Racing Evening
5. The Crowning Of Miss Frozen Chicken (UK)
6. The Registry Office Wedding
Bonus: Interview with writer David Nobbs

Disc 3: Series 2, Episodes 1-3
1. The Church Wedding
2. The Christening
3. The Grand Opening of Sillitoe's
Bonus: "Dogfood Dan and the Camarthen Cowboy" (52 mins) TV play by writer David Nobbs
Bonus: PDF of original Press release for series 2.

Disc 4: Series 2, Episodes 4-7
4. The Farewell Party
5. The Inauguration of the Outer Inner Relief Ring Road
6. The Funeral
7. The Civil Wedding
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on 11 March 2009
This wonderful and subtle comedy series is great entertainment. Special mention must be made of Nicola Pagett's delightful portrayal of a middle-class lady who starts an affair with a working-class neighbour (David Jason), but we also meet a number of other characters who react to the affair in various ways. The episodes consist of a series of local functions, often held in a pub or hotel, when all the characters meet up (sometimes inadvertently!) and the story line develops as the series progresses. Just as enjoyable today as when it first appeared on our TV screens.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on 2 February 2004
The 'Bit of a Do' series is David Nobbs' at his satirical best!! This series is one of the few translations to screen that actually does justice to the book. I have waited a long time for this to come out on DVD and can recommend that if you have enjoyed his books or enjoy satirical comedy that this series is for you.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 21 June 2011
This is a comedy you would only find in england, observed around those awful "do's" which everyone dreads and feels obliged to attend, but secretly loathes and loathes everybody else because they are snobs, boring, insufferable, unable to help getting drunk etc etc. I love this series and think it is much underrated. From the "tickedy boo" barman to the wonderful David Jason (who steals the show as he always does) and the equally wonderful Gwen Taylor who has a poignant role as a cheated wife with little self esteem who loses her dad...but regains her strength and dignity. Wonderful wonderful highly recommend.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 6 March 2012
I watched A Bit of a Do with my Mum as a kid and really enjoyed it. When I found this DVD of the complete series at such a bargain price I snapped it up, and looked forward to rewatching it. The series itself is every bit as good as I remembered: brilliantly written and superbly acted by a wonderful cast. Nicola Pagett stands out for me as the real star of the show. Fun too to see a very young David Thewlis in the first series. There is also a nice bonus - the original Yorkshire TV one-off comedy drama "Dogfood Dan and the Camarthen Cowboy" (later adapted into a BBC sitcom) also written by the brilliant David Nobbs. The other bonus features are not great - a rather insipid interview with Nicola Pagett from a chat show, and a brief interview from what I think must be Yorkshire TV's Calendar show with David Nobbs, which has very little to do with A Bit of a Do. That said, nice to see snippets of TV from a bygone era...

What is odd though, as some other reviewers have commented, is that this DVD has been released with the gaps for the ad breaks still in it! I have to say, I don't really mind that - it fuels the nostalgia factor for me (in fact, I was half tempted to find some 1980s ad breaks on YouTube and watch them at the appropriate junctures) but I can see it being annoying for some. It seems to me a very lazy effort. Oh, I shouldn't have said that, not today....
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon 9 September 2012
We saw most of the original episodes of Bit if A Do and managed to tape 10 out of 13 of them, but we only had them added to ends of films we taped, to fill the tape up. This was a mistake as when you want to watch one you have to run the tape to the end. Anyway, that propmpted me to purchase the boxed series 1 & 2 set. They are absolutely the best. Sarterical and up to date comedy even though the series is over 10 years old. It could have been written yesterday.

Each Bit of a Do episode is an occasion that most people would at some time or other attended. And the antics will have happened at some do somewhere. It is so well written you find humour not just in the lines but in the facial expressions o the actors, all of whome have done a wonderful job.

I'm really surprised that it has not been back on TV.

It's well worth the money.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 22 April 2012
An excellent series from the late 80s, all 13 episodes of which have been brought together in this very reasonably priced 4 disc collection.

Disc Quality

While the picture quality's not suberb, this is understandable considering the format the show was first recorded in. It is however, still highly watchable. Don't be put off by the two short lapses in sound near the start of episode 1. Although, extremely annoying, there are only two. When they occur, just grit your teeth, turn up the volume (you'll need it full blast) and be reassured that it won't happen again. Even new, the set hardly costs a fortune and you'd be hard pressed to find these little gems on TV or anywhere else again.

The Show

With David Jason, Gwen Taylor and the fantastic Nicola Paget heading the cast, you know you're in for a rare treat. Combine this with the comic genius of writer David Nobbs (of Reginald Perrin fame) and what you've got is one heck of a legendary series. Coronation Street fans may wish to look out for two of today's most familiar faces (Sylvia and Norris) adding to the fun. All in all, this is life comedy at its best.

Special Features

The interviews with Nicola Paget and David Nobbs, taken from TV chat shows, prove nostalgic and be sure to watch David Nobb's most clever creation, "Dog Food Dan and the Carnarvan Cowboy." Whist not the most attractive or inspiring of titles, the play itself makes excellent viewing. Good entertainment and food for thought all round.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on 9 December 2009
Like the other offerings I have tried from Network the quality is poor. It looks almost as if it's been copied from a VHS recording 'off air', only the ads have been stripped out, each episode is still divided into multiple parts, complete with continuity cues.

Worth buying for the content, but I'll be loathe to buy more than I have if it's produced by Network

That aside, the production is true to David Nobbs book, and has a superb cast.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Although quite dated, I thoroughly enjoyed "A bit of a do". David Jason seems to adapt himself to any role, and that's one reason I bought this set - I think David Jason is a super actor. Gwen Taylor also plays a good part. The series is quite hilarious. I'm glad I bought it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 4 September 2013
This is an excellent DVD set. You get 4 x DVD's covering the entire series. I read some review about poor quality but my DVD copies are perfect, both sound and vision

This was also a great piece of television. The interplay between all the various characters is superb, as are the individual performances by every member of the cast. As always with this type of series, the characters grow and get funnier as the program progresses.

With so many re-runs of other David Jason programs like Only Fools and Horses and Open All Hours, I find it strange that A Bit of a Do is not up there too. For my money, it's every bit as good, perhaps even better

Enjoy
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