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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent veteran creative comedy!
Don't miss this timeless treat - half the Pythons, Marty Feldman, Tim Brooke Taylor, Jo Kendall, Barry Cryer (occasionally) and Bill Oddie (once)! You will learn that "The Four Yorkshiremen" did NOT originate with Monty Python (and Tim Brooke Taylor co-wrote the sketch) and that Mr Brooke Taylor has immense comic talents. His demonstration of the new dance craze "The...
Published on 4 Aug 2006 by Pete J Garbett

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3.0 out of 5 stars "Just you and me... and an Arab."
The Missing Link between The Frost Report and Monty Python - indeed, the show's famous Four Yorkshiremen sketch is often misattributed as a Python sketch - this compilation of surviving sketches from the 1967 series teaming Marty Feldman, Tim Brooke-Taylor, John Cleese, Graham Chapman and the lovely Aimi MacDonald (with bit parts by Eric Idle and a beardless Bill Oddie)...
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3.0 out of 5 stars "Just you and me... and an Arab.", 23 Sep 2009
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Trevor Willsmer (London, England) - See all my reviews
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The Missing Link between The Frost Report and Monty Python - indeed, the show's famous Four Yorkshiremen sketch is often misattributed as a Python sketch - this compilation of surviving sketches from the 1967 series teaming Marty Feldman, Tim Brooke-Taylor, John Cleese, Graham Chapman and the lovely Aimi MacDonald (with bit parts by Eric Idle and a beardless Bill Oddie) veers from the inspired to the silly. Moving away from the satire of the Frost Report into more music hall sketch territory, parts of it can be heavy going. Much of the first episode might even be enough to put you off the rest, though it's worth persevering for the sketches that do work, such as the Chartered Accountant dance demonstration, the Let's Speak English show, Tim Brooke-Taylor guiding a party of Arabs through a live broadcast of a Forsyte Saga-like show while Feldman's randy sheik tries it on with the leading lady as John Cleese adlibs desperately, the belligerent Scottish and English ballet hooligans (a sketch foreshadowing a later episode of The Goodies), the game show where Cleese's fascist host Nosmo Claphanger makes no attempt to disguise his utter contempt for the contestants, and the empty-headed egotistism of Aimi MacDonald - sorry, the Lovely Aimi MacDonald's links.

Although only six of the original 13 episodes survive in variable quality, this two-disc set only includes five 24-minute compilation episodes re-edited for Swedish TV, and those are ordered rather haphazardly - the first episode actually includes part of the last episode while a follow-up gag to the Make Ami MacDonald a Very Rich Lady Appeal appears before the appeal is launched in the subsequent episode. The remainder of the misleading 157-minute running time is taken up with two interviews with the undervalued Tim Brooke-Taylor about the show and Terry Jones about Do Not Adjust Your Set carried over from the DVD of that show. And to add to the haphazard feel of the discs, despite being labelled as PAL, they actually seem to be NTSC DVDs...

However, avoid the double-bill double-sided DVD of this and the inferior children's show Do Not Adjust Your Set that's available - that only includes half of the episodes of each title on a double sided disc.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent veteran creative comedy!, 4 Aug 2006
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Pete J Garbett (Leicester, England) - See all my reviews
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Don't miss this timeless treat - half the Pythons, Marty Feldman, Tim Brooke Taylor, Jo Kendall, Barry Cryer (occasionally) and Bill Oddie (once)! You will learn that "The Four Yorkshiremen" did NOT originate with Monty Python (and Tim Brooke Taylor co-wrote the sketch) and that Mr Brooke Taylor has immense comic talents. His demonstration of the new dance craze "The Chartered Accountant" and his performance as the NHS automated hospital visitor (used for lonely patient Bill Oddie) will make you want to cheer! Cleese and Feldman are superb, of course, and the extras are interviews with Tim Brooke Taylor and Terry Jones. The latter was in "Do Not Adjust Your Set" (1967 - 1969), which was released as a companion set to this one - both interviews are in both sets.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Will somebody PLEASE sing something?, 13 Feb 2007
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E. A Solinas "ea_solinas" (MD USA) - See all my reviews
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Before there was "Monty Python's Flying Circus," there were two other series produced by the legendary comedians later known as Monty Python. One of those was the hilarious "At Last the 1948 Show" -- not quite as funny as the series that came after it, but definitely hilarious and full of weird Pythonian moments.

Each episode (and most skits) are introduced by "The Lovely Aimi MacDonald," a blonde airhead who basically does nothing but pose and self-promote (such as the Make the Lovely Aimi MacDonald a Rich Lady Fund, or Aimi MacDonald songs), and occasionally make out with sailors.

Then there are the hilarious skits: a man visits a shrink because he thinks he's a rabbit, karate-chopping docs, a severely underfunded secret agent who has to burn down the Kremlin, a man who claims to be an underpaid gorilla, snake devourings, a game show where the only answer is "pork," a robotic visitor at a hospital, an invasion of tourists on a soap opera set, and others.

You can definitely see seeds of Monty Python here -- the constant chartered accountant jokes, cross-dressing, surreal sketches, mockery of the BBC, and John Cleese going ballistic ("OF COURSE YOU'RE NOT A RABBIT!"). Well, we don't have Terry Gilliam's weird animation, but at least we have Marty Feldman in a frothy dress and blonde wig.

In fact, the skits themselves are often comedy that could have been lifted from the Flying Circus -- lots of weird scenarios (Feldman desperately trying to answer the question of "Is there free speech?", but not being able to get a word in) and equally weird dialogue ("Just you and me... and an Arab"), which usually ends up in some explosive or strange confrontation. It's not quite perfect, though -- the Aimi MacDonald stuff gets old quickly, and a few skits (like the Charted Accountant dance) fall flat.

John Cleese and Graham Chapman are, obviously, hilarious -- lots of kooky stuff, like Chapman as the pitiful vicar begging the congregation to sing anything. But Tim Brooke-Taylor is also funny, albeit in a more hammy way. And there's the buggy-eyed Feldman of "Young Frankenstein" fame, who fits in seamlessly (even if he is of a different nationality).

It should be noted that this show is rather old, and apparently wasn't stored very well. As a result, the black-and-white prints have gotten a bit fuzzy over time, and occasionally the picture jumps. This apparently wasn't really reparable, but eventually you stop noticing it so much.

"At Last the 1948 Show" is not quite as hilarious as its successor, but it is a funny, surreal little show that is definitely worth watching. At last! The 1948 Show!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars pure nostalgia, 25 Jan 2010
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This is a must buy for any fan of Python. It's remarkable how many Python sketches were tried out here first. Regardless of how well they've aged, they were cutting edge in the mid-60s and for that it deserves respect.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 'At Last the 1948 Show' - must-see for Oxbridge Mafia fans, 6 Jun 2007
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gary shooter (Surrey, B.C., Canad) - See all my reviews
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Wow. Anarchy in the U.K. back when Johnny Rotten was still picking his nose. "At Last the 1948 Show" is absolute must-viewing for all Oxbridge Mafia fanatics. It doesn't have the glossy pop surrealism of "Monty Python," but it certainly has its moments of ragged glory. (The skit with an historical soap opera being interrupted by bands of tourists from other countries could almost have been a Monty Python skit.) My personal favourite is the skit with John Cleese and Marty Feldman on a train - a classic. As you can tell from the evidence of the digital disc, John Cleese and Graham Chapman were, in this show, well on their way to becoming, well, John Cleese and Graham Chapman. It's fun to spot the mannerisms and predelictions in these two that would be given full vent in "Monty Python's Flying Circus." Marty Feldman shows considerably more comic range here than in his later Hollywood work - hilarious. For those of us who think Tim Brooke-Taylor was one of the most underestimated comic talents of his generation(and I count myself one), this DVD contains some of his most glorious comedic moments. Some of his routines here at priceless(especially the accountant dance). Incidentally, it's really funny to watch Tim Brooke-Taylor in that skit where the police officers in drag are preparing to go undercover in a club. The other actors were changing their names and lines to mess with Tim's head and he was clearly at something of an amused loss. The audience furthermore seemed to realize what was going on. It's a great moment in live comedy. Tim should have been much more used in movies than he was. I even get a kick out of Aimi MacDonald's routines - her cheerful egotism and self-promotion. This show was a joy in itself and a harbinger of things to come. For all you students of the Oxbridge Mafia, some of this will appear on the final exam. Comedic hedonists will find much here to satiate their desires. It's a pity BBC erased so many episodes of this show. I guess they figured Posterity wouldn't be interested. They were wrong. Buy this. And also be sure to check out the "Don't Adjust Your Set" DVD. Material from both will be on the final exam. Spike Milligan was no doubt proud of his 'children'... Greg Cameron, Surrey, B.C., Canada.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I'm glad to have this but what about those 7 other episodes?, 14 Aug 2012
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Varian Beauregard (Le Jardin d'Angleterre) - See all my reviews
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The sketches themselves are excellent and should appeal to any Monty Python fan. I found this to be very watchable despite the poor quality. Note that these five "episodes" are made up from old Swedish compilation tapes and so are somewhat artificial. Seven complete episodes exist which are far better quality but have not been released on DVD. It's about time they were!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars wacky comedy, 10 Jan 2011
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Miss M. Potter "marcia" (england) - See all my reviews
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At last the 1948 show is an earlier show from 1967 and starred Tim Brooke taylor, John Cleese, Graham Chapman, Aimi MacDonald, Eric Idle, Marty Fieldman and Bill Oddie. I found this show a bit too silly for my liking, but it does have its moments like the Chartered Accountant dance demonstration, the Let's Speak English show, a randy sheik and the Scottish and English ballet hooligans.
All of the original episodes do not survive and this is just a few episodes.
Each episode is introduced by Aimi MacDonald, who acts the dumb blonde. Once again the series was recorded on poor quality video tape and the picture quality is not very good
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good quality from what is obviously old film, 6 July 2014
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Good quality from what is obviously old film. Great price on this rare item - hard to find here in the states. More than reasonable price, product and shipping charge, for item being shipped "over the pond".
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5.0 out of 5 stars AN ICONIC SERIES, 26 May 2014
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ANOTHER GREAT SERIES, FOR THOSE WHO ENJOYED THE PYTHON TEAMS, GREAT COMEDY AND ANOTHER FOR ANY AVID COLLECTOR OF TELEVISION SERIES FROM YESTERYEAR
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4.0 out of 5 stars at last.., 24 May 2014
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The DVDs as explained elsewhere are compilations of surviving video clips rather than original programmes as broadcast, there is some continuity confusion regarding the Aimi MacDonald sequences which appear possibly out of order, the video quality is grainy to say the least, but this is a wonderful DVD set. The still vastly underrated Tim Brooke Taylor, the much missed Marty Feldman and Graham Chapman and John Cleese (before he started getting unbearable..my opinion, sorry!) with odd appearances by Barry Cryer Bill Oddie and others makes this a landmark in British TV comedy. The additional interviews with Terry Jones and Tim Brooke Taylor are also interesting but from the way I interpret it from the interview Tim says that Graham Chapman was in radio's 'I'm sorry I'll read that again'. He wasn't. That was Graeme Garden.
But this is a fascinating DVD. Comedy can date badly but this shows what a fundamental difference these guys made to British comedy.
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