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95 of 97 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ham roles, corn, and never a cross road spoken
This is quite a short little DVD, coming in at just over the hour, with no extras and quite an abrupt start ... which helps sustain the image of a low-budget, incompetent production. Victoria Woods' beautifully observed and scripted assassination of 'Crossroads' (and a few other, now moribund, television series) unfolds before you like an accident happening in your...
Published on 10 Mar 2005 by Budge Burgess

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2.0 out of 5 stars A dissappointment
Considering it had all the cast members of Dinnerladies, which I absolutely loved, I was disappointed in this. The format was short scenes, none of which made much sense to me, and the sound was poor.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ham roles, corn, and never a cross road spoken, 10 Mar 2005
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Budge Burgess (Troon, Scotland) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Acorn Antiques [DVD] (DVD)
This is quite a short little DVD, coming in at just over the hour, with no extras and quite an abrupt start ... which helps sustain the image of a low-budget, incompetent production. Victoria Woods' beautifully observed and scripted assassination of 'Crossroads' (and a few other, now moribund, television series) unfolds before you like an accident happening in your sitting room. A dozen episodes, with no pretence at continuity, are dealt for your delight, each opening with the wonderful Julie Walters lurking in shot, in a doorway, ready to deliver her line, her coffee, and the odd macaroon or two.
All the dreadful timing, the fluffed lines, the out-of-sequence entrances and exits, the perilous props, intrusive camera angles, bad hair days, and lethal technology are present, not to mention the pretentious scripts, ham acting, abrupt editing, lack of fading, and monotonous direction. It's a pastiche of bad television which can only be put together by a superb cast - and Victoria Woods assembled a magnificent ensemble for this classic. Julie Walters, of course, and Victoria Woods herself, but Celia Imrie, Duncan Preston, Kenny Ireland, and Rosie Collins play their ham roles magnificently. Their timing and professionalism is impeccable ... well, nearly.
Every mistake you can imagine is beautifully choreographed and scripted, and the dozen episodes of 'Acorn Antiques' are stitched together via the continuity of Susie Blake, playing the worst television announcer since ... well, I'll leave you to fill in that gap.
Short, sharp and witty, and a national treasure. Excellent.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Missed cues and home-made macaroons, 15 Oct 2007
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Bob Sherunkle (London, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Acorn Antiques [DVD] (DVD)
This was one of the finest hours of the Wood and Walters team. Acorn Antiques was a five minute item in the mid 1980s series "Victoria Wood as seen on TV". This DVD gathers all the Acorn Antiques episodes from both series of "As seen on TV".

Acorn Antiques is heavily based on "Crossroads" (the original series, not the glossy resurgence of 2001). If you ever cringed through Crossroads, you will love this. I was lucky enough to hear on Crossroads, live, the immortal fluffed line "But David, she's the father of Hugh's child!"

Acorn Antiques mercilessly spears the low-budget soap, showing the world behind the scenes as well as the world in front of the camera (though often the two worlds literally collide). Other soaps get a look-in, as in the reference to the programme's supposed theme song "Anyone Can Break A Vase" (a dig at EastEnders and Anita Dobson), but Crossroads is the main target - including the theme tune, which echoes Tony Hatch's composition for Crossroads. There is also a brief trailer for an evidently endless series of turgid spin-off books.

Plot-lines are introduced in the most amateurish way possible -"It's awfully quiet in here. Anybody would think you were talking about million-pound legacies or something." Scenery wobbles, and props fail to convince. The shop sign "Acorn Antiqes" (sic) has been crudely painted over the real name underneath.

The star performance is Julie Walters as Mrs. Overall, the faithful servant to the family business. Her dialogue abounds in malapropisms, non sequiturs and sententious observations beyond the realm of logic -"I sometimes think being widowed is God's way of telling you to come off the pill". She is recognizably modeled on Crossroads' Amy Turtle. Celia Imrie excels as the brittle shop owner. Duncan Preston manages to achieve a more wooden performance than Ronald Allen did in Crossroads (which is a mighty challenge). Added mirth is provided by Susie Blake as the snobbish TV announcer who introduces each episode ("We'd like to apologise to viewers in the North. It must be dreadful for you.")

I bought the video about 15 years ago. As far as I know, it soon disappeared from the catalogue, and was unavailable until the DVD release in 2005. Buy now before it disappears again.
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50 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This calls for some tonic wine and a sponge finger..., 16 April 2005
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Dr. Rich Boden "rich boden" (Plymouth, UK) - See all my reviews
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There aren't many DVDs that are so funny they can litterally make you wet yourself laughing the third time you watch them, but Acorn Antiques somehow manages it. Although the DVD doesn't have any "extras" (it would have been nice to have the Acorn Antiques spin-offs in the sushi bar and The Mall), it's well worth the price to be able to relive the "glory" of Acorn Antiques. It's a comedy that works on many levels, some people find it hysterically funny on its own, but those who remember the original "Crossroads" and the "Making of" for "Eastenders" will find this even funnier. It's a funny old show because there are no catchphrases as such and yet you'll find yourself mentioning having your macaroons on a low light since Wednesday or having just whipped your coconut buns out of the microwave for weeks, nay, even years. And if that's not enough, you'll be pinching insults from Susie Blake's excellent continuity announcer between the scenes, if you don't, then perhaps you suffer from frigidity. I know I do!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best soap...ever, 19 Nov 2000
Do you remember that magical episode whereCousin Jerez forgot the cheque? Or when the triplets went to see 'Get Carter'? How about that heart wrenching moment when Mrs. Overall bit into that macaroon or when the extras finally bought the leopard statue. If not then you need to buy this video to relive the fabulous antics of the workers at 'Acorn Antiques'. Never has there been a soap opera so warm, so genuine and so utterly hilarious - apart from, maybe, 'Eldorado'. If you are in need of a good laugh... buy this video interspersed with the dry wry delivery of Susie Blake as the Coninuity announcer. Join Celia Imrie, Julie Walters, Duncan Preston and of course, the genius, Victoria Wood at the prestigious, glamourous and atrocious 'Acorn Antiques'.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Made me laugh out loud, 28 Mar 2006
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BigMac (Ingleby Barwick, Cleveland United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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It's not often that a piece of comedy makes me laugh out loud these days - this certainly did. Wood and Walters at their very, very best!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wobbly sets, ham acting; a wonderful pastiche, 25 Oct 2005
This review is from: Acorn Antiques [DVD] (DVD)
A chance to laugh again and again. This is the most brilliantly observed and written parody of all things awful in soaps - with tongue firmly in cheek as Victoria Woods lampoons Crossroads. True comic genius from Mrs Overall's lumpy tights, to the wonderful ham acting, bad use of misses Berta and Babs poodle boucle outfits, wobbly sets, and the same "antique buyers" each week just made it hilarious and with the added benefit of Suzie Blake as a continuity announcer "just fiddling with a gilbert there" (watch it to find out!)... my only sadness? that the shady character opening of a coffee shop seen only in a TV awards ceremony hasn't made it on to this excellent DVD.... (could those lumpy tights possibly be Mrs O?!!)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Comic genius, 6 Sep 2003
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C. J. Hormann "chris_hormann" (Wellington, New Zealand) - See all my reviews
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This is quite possibly the funniest series of sketches ever to appear on television and deserves to have a DVD release. I recently acquired this video and have watched it over and over again for the past 2 weeks. Celia Imrie is a brilliant Miss Babs while Julie Walters provides excellent support in the thinly veiled Hilda Ogden character of Mrs Overall. If you ever sat through early series of Crossroads you will see what a treat this send up is!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dress it up, 15 Aug 2012
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I bought this to remind myself of Mrs Overall's marvellouse dress sense as I planned to go to my son's 40th birthday as Mrs O. I loved seeing Acorn Antiques again and my outfit was a triumph!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Charming, 28 Aug 2011
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Although at least two National Treasures are acting in this series, they are neither lovvies nor self indulgent - so tempting in the setting - but visibly enjoy the pastiche of sit-coms that function on the level of the banal without being patronising. The wobbly scenery, missed cues and need for the services of the prompt are a delight, reminiscent of a below average amateur dramatics company in a local church hall. Instead of suffering on hard chairs and watching a performance in such an uncomfortable environment, perhaps our of duty, it is possible to sit back with the comforts of home and laugh. What more can you ask?
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24 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A mug of homemade sherry!!, 25 Feb 2005
This review is from: Acorn Antiques [DVD] (DVD)
Even with the complete lack of any extras on this DVD it is worth buying for the pure genius that Victoria Wood and cast have created here. A parody of the original Crossroads, this is a soap set in a small Manchesterford shop, and features bad acting, wonky sets, and a bitter cast revealed in the "making of"... This is hilariously funny, and will have you giggling over scenes weeks after watching it. Buy buy buy!!!
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