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Lily at her vulgar best
on 14 December 2014
WARNING: 'An Evening with Lily Savage' is NOT included in this box set, instead you have 'Lily Savage: Untransmittable'. I hope that Amazon corrects this mistake eventually because it is very misleading. As this special has never been released on DVD at all, I assume that a lot of people might be tempted to buy this box just for that.
Anyway, I have had all of these shows on VHS for years, and they still make me laugh. I was happy to upgrade to DVD, and think that this box set offers fantastic value for money. Although we have come to love the man behind the drag act even more, and Paul O' Grady is rightly considered as a national treasure, fans should not ignore the beginnings of his career.
Working-class through and through, Lilian Maeve Veronica Savage was more than just a drag act (and ''international sex symbol'' as she so modestly labelled herself ;)), she was a brilliant, perfected character who hit the right notes every time. She was vulgar, but so down-to-earth and funny. I'd like to imagine that there are quite a few Lily's out there in real life.
In 'Lily Savage: Untransmittable', the lady takes you on a guided your behind-the-scenes of her hit BBC sketch show 'The Lily Savage Show', with a combination of clips from the series, and some unseen outtakes. To my knowledge, you can't buy this separately on DVD.
In 'Live and Outrageous', you have a cracking 1995 live performance at The Garrick Theatre. This is my personal favourite of the three discs.
'The Live Show' is, as the title suggests, another live performance, this time from 1998. To my knowledge, you can't buy this separately on DVD. This was recorded during Lily's first UK tour in four years, but the acid tongued blonde bombshell hasn't quietened down, and still packs no punches. The '80s pop star Sonia also briefly appears on stage as Lily's bubbly daughter Bunty.
The stand-up is hilarious, and was very topical for the time. Although you may feel like you are being transported back to a 1990s time warp, I think Lily's comments about the celebrities and TV shows like 'Coronation Street' are still very funny. Other topics that don't seem as aged, are Lily's forthright opinions on men, stewardess on aeroplanes, and negative opinion of fellow Liverpool lass Cilla Black, of whom Paul is now close friends with. This isn't the light-entertainment Lily you saw on ITV's light-entertainment show 'Blankety Blank', this is no-punches spared humour, which knew no bounds.
Perfect present, tons of laughs guaranteed!