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5.0 out of 5 stars It's back to Spain for more fun and Frolics!, 14 July 2004
By A Customer
Another excellent series, what a pity this was the last, left wondering whether David and Amy make a proper go of their marriage again at the end when she's enticed him away from Linda with a smouldering version of 'Falling in Love Again'!
Good for Gwen Taylor - didn't know she could sing! Woman of many talents!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Series 1, 17 Nov 2002
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Ian Phillips (Bolton, Lancashire, UK) - See all my reviews
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A huge hit in it's day, Duty Free was created and written by Eric Chappel and Jean Warr - a talented duo that enjoyed success with an earlier sitcom, Rising Damp. Duty Free was an instant hit with viewers though drew a mixed response from critics. The plot goes that David Pearce (Keith Baron) is made redundant and so decides to blow his money on a package holiday to Spain with his wife, Amy (Gwen Taylor). Whilst Amy believes that the holiday will be something of a second honey moon, all goes pear-shaped when David sets his eyes on Linda Cochran (Joanna Van Gyseghem). He immediatley falls in love with her and Amy is quick to click on with whats going on even though Lindas husband Robert (Neil Stacy) is not so quick off the mark. This plot set the tone for the series as it eventually mid way through season 1 came with a will-they, won't-they ethos. Lightweight comic fun with several misunderstandings, hiding under beds and in wardrobes, going into the wrong hotel room etc. The first pair of episodes, Viva Espana and El Macho are good, though interests wanes for some reason through Praying Mantis and Spanish Lace as they seem more dated than any of the other episodes but things get better and more fun once the series settles and its the fifth episode in this season entitled, Bedroom Farce that sees the series have more pace where it marks the build up to the final in the season. The series reached a glory point with the fantastic episode of Forty Love which saw Amy finaly catch David and Linda kissing passionatley in her hotel room. The verbal tennis match that follows is pure classic British comedy and Gwen Taylor in particular has some consistently amusng lines to deliver. The season ends with Hasta La Vista where David and Linda decide to run off into the sunset together but will Amy and Robert manage to stop them? The first season neatly ends with an open-ending that picks up exactly where it left off in season 2.
A great comedy classic that enjoyed huge audiences in its day in the 1980's where it was constantly re-run. It now seems to be one of ITV's more over-looked shows despite its continued success where it is regularly re-run on Cable TV. This was but a start to three great seasons with seemingly each one getting better and better each time. Season 2 would actually eclipse season 1 quite easily.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another great series!, 25 Sep 2000
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ianphillips@uk.dreamcast.com (BOLTON, LANCASHIRE, ENGLAND) - See all my reviews
The second series follows David, Amy, Linda and Robert on their second week in Spain with the first episode on this video continuing from the last of the first series. Equally as good as the first series and again Gwen Taylor steals every scene she is in with her witty delivery and she plays the the character of Amy with such great comic timing. The other players here are good too but its Gwen Taylors show more than anything. The cast again also includes Keith Barron, Joanna Van Gyseghem and Neil Stacy. The best episodes include the accidental smuggling of cannabis during a ferry trip and when David hits the jackpot at the casino. The very best one though is the first of this series which picks up where it left off in series one where David has to make up his mind over who he wants to be with - pretentious Linda or down to earth Amy. Gwen Taylor again has some great moments in this episode and you even feel sympathetic towards her. A great, much missed British sitcom which is all fun and games and comic misunderstandings. This release on video is much welcome and long over due.
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you loved series one then this is for you, 16 Sep 2000
By A Customer
The same actors appear in this second series of Duty Free. If you loved series one then you'll love this even more because it's twice as good. Yes, it's all in the studio again and the actors look as if they've never seen the sun, but who cares if the scripts are that funny?
All the actors play their charectors wonderfuly and there is a special "guest star" (well in Duty Free" standards!)
And all I will give away is look out for the monkey!
Please treat yourself to this video, it's a great laugh for non serious, harmless viewing.
Wendy in Birmingham, England
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5.0 out of 5 stars duty free, 13 Jan 2014
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This review is from: Duty Free: The Complete Second Series [DVD] [1984] (DVD)
very good box set love this dvd, brought as a christmas present and it was just what it says on description
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another must see!, 14 July 2004
By A Customer
The second week and indeed second series of this hilarious sit com has some marvellous work from Keith Barron and Gwen Taylor, who both steal the show. The last episode makes me titter the most, Carlos the waiter always seems to be watching from somewhere!
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5.0 out of 5 stars DAVID ROBERT LINDA AND AMY., 1 Mar 2007
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I loved Amy`s suspicious put downs, Carlos`s funny faces, David`s shifty behaviour, and Linda`s cool posing but my favourite character was Robert. He knew there was something going on but could never quite work out what or rather who. This programme had a very good cast and it was silly fun. A farce for the eighties.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of Britain's Finest sit coms!, 14 July 2004
By A Customer
I just adore this series, it reminds me of my childhood as I was about 4/5 when it was shown. Gwen Taylor does steal the show, but I do think she's well cast next to Keith Barron who also has excellent comic timing!
My favourite episode has to be where they go on a donkey ride up in the mountains and Robert delivers his hilarious line about one fo the german tourists 'I think Zimerman had the right idea, he carried his most of the way!'
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5.0 out of 5 stars CLASSIC BRITISH SITCOM, 25 Sep 2000
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ianphillips@uk.dreamcast.com (BOLTON, LANCASHIRE, ENGLAND) - See all my reviews
I was four years old when this was origanally broadcast on ITV. I have always loved this series and have enjoyed catching the constants repeats on various cable t.v channels but was delighted to find out that the first two series' were being released on video which is way overdue. ...Itstypical British humour made memroable by performances where the golden star must go to the likeable, down to earth Gwen Taylor who steals every scene shes in with her quick, witty put downs and down to earth humour. This particular series was possibly the best of the three that were produced in the 1980's. The first episode begins the video well and sets the tone of the rest of the series. The best episode on here is when Amy catches David and Linda in a passionate embrace in her hotel room. The fast dialogue becomes a complete verball tennis match. Great comic playing from the cast which also stars Keith Barron, Joanna Van Gyseghem and Neil Stacy. Classic British comic gem.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Make mine a double!, 26 April 2006
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Louise Stanley (Reading, Berkshire United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
This is pretty good, half-way between the old-school Britcom and some more modern stuff and the best of both worlds. Redundant Northampton draftsman David and his wife Amy meet up-market Henley couple Robert and Linda on a package holiday to Spain - when such things were still a luxury - and after trying to impress them, David falls for Linda and the hilarity continues from then on over six episodes set during the first week of the holiday. Caustic Amy and parochial Robert both find themselves trying to reign in their respective spouses, and although some of the jokes stretch a little thin over six episodes, the plot's ups and downs resemble something more like recent favourite Nighty Night rather than trying to be a Blackadder or Red Dwarf or 'Allo 'Allo where each episode is more of a stand-alone story in its own right.

Gloriously silly moments abound, such as when Amy takes her revenge on David by painting a swastika on his back and letting him loose among a bunch of German tourists (the butt of many of Robert's wilder moments - when he's not propping up the bar seemingly oblivious to what his wife is getting up to) and the discussion over a Praying Mantis working up to the inevitable comparison with Linda's appetite for David.

Brilliantly scripted, the acting can be a little wooden or OTT and Amy's voice does start to grate a bit (Gwen Taylor is more North-West than Northampton). But overall it's one more screen classic that should be repeated more often - and probably would have been if it had been made by the BBC rather than for ITV.
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