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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
on 21 January 2007
There are so many obsessive Green Wing fans out there, with so many different wishes for the series, that this special could never have done right by everyone. As it turns out, it's a bittersweet, and funny episode, but it does feel like it could have done with a bit of pruning. The parts with the character of Martin Dear in particular feel like they were popped in to give the actor something to do. But Statham and Joanna's scenes were genius (behold the cows), and all the love-triangle stuff with Mac and Guy is particularly funny and touching. The ending is definitely odd, and might not please all, but the 'alternative' extended ending gives a touch of hope to caromac fans...

overall, it's a quirky and mostly-satisfying way to say goodbye to a much-loved show.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on 5 January 2007
Having waited so long, hoping for a resolution beyond the tragedy that ended the second series, finally we find out how it all ends. I won't say what happens of course, since fans will want to find out for themselves, and naysayers just won't care, but believe me when I say that you'll be smiling through the tears come the end of this most extraordinary of journeys.

Despite the moments of comedy genius we've all come to expect, this is actually a very poignant finale to a comedy/drama that truly deserves both of it's genre definitions. Genuine moments of tenderness appear from the least obvious places, and while the end might border on saccharine, there are still a couple of bittersweet pills to swallow.

While not as colon-splinteringly funny as the series it completes, this still must rate as highly as possible simply because it allows a work of art to burn out, rather than fade away. Like The Office before it, this final episode in an emotional journey gives a sense of resolution to the stories we've become inexplicably enthralled by.

And so we are bereaved again, thankfully without the spirit-crushing stupidity of a happily ever after.

Parting is such sweet sorrow.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 28 December 2013
Greenwing is one of the funniest things I've ever seen. It's not to everyones taste as it can be quite surreal and bizarre but I would definitely recommend it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
This show is really crazy! Most of the characters are weird, but in a good way (mostly). It's hilarious! Really great piece of British comedy and humour! Good dvd with alternative end, deleted scenes, behind the scenes featurette and audio commentary. Really like the deleted scenes and alternative end:) This series is hilarious and you should definitely buy it!
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on 7 October 2012
The Green Wing Special is the final ever episode of the surrealistic, partially-improvised hospital comedy that has been described as "Holby City on acid": the slightly overrated Green Wing. Carrying on from the literal cliffhanger ending of its second series, the 2007 screening of this feature-length twisting plot - split unevenly between three groups of its large ensemble of characters in a variety of locations - brought mixed views from both critics and fans alike. Some felt it was a typically winning blend of comic acting, dramatic intrigue, broad slapstick and idiosyncratic editing. Others took the view that it was below the high standard that this award-winning series had set for itself, the ending was unclear, and the underplaying of its best character - the deranged HR officer Sue White - was misguided. I am more drawn to the latter perspective. Why? Firstly, at 90 minutes - around twice the length of a normal episode - the Special is overly long. Secondly, it concentrates too much on the personal lives of the characters at the expense of its more interesting comedy sketches - making it seem rather less like some mad acid trip, and more uncomfortably close to a rather unexceptional episode of long-running BBC hospital drama Holby City. The result is a slightly disappointing, overly sentimental conclusion to an intermittently hilarious series.

The DVD extras to the Special include standard features such as: a short Behind the Scenes documentary; 20-25 minutes of deleted scenes, and commentary from the cast. The inclusion of an alternative ending - which is prominently promoted on the packaging - turns out to be something of a damp squib.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 12 July 2009
The surreal and quirky final episode of the Green Wing series. It ties up all the loose ends left at the end of the second series. Its decisions, decisions for Caroline, will she marry Guy or Mac or both? Will Joanna and Statham get away with one murder or several, and how far will they get in the Campavan? The answer to all these questions and more are answered in this final episode in the usual bizarre and funny way. If you loved the series you will love this feature length episode as well. It also features an alternative ending.
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on 22 July 2013
I loved this series when I first saw it aired on channel four. This workplace sitcom/comedy/drama (delete as applicable) not to mention its unique mix of zany characters had me hooked! I have series 1 and 2 on dvd, but felt that this special episode merely set out to terminate the characrers in various ways, most of which I felt were inappropriate. The love triangle between the three doctors was not satisfactorily resolved,and the writers missed a trick in that they could have written a new series,set in the same hospital five or ten years in the future with new characters and plotlines. However,the star of the show is Stephen Mangan as Dr Secretan, whose audacious antics during operations are hysterical! You wouldn't want him to be YOUR anaesthetist! Series 1and 2 are very good, but this is strictly for die hard fans only, and it missed out on five stars because the character ressolutions were a little too convenient.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 26 November 2013
We have only recently discovered The Green Wing series but are now totally hooked. It's cast of bizarre characters and the quirky humour are truly wonderful - we feel bereft now that we have watched it all with out any prospect of new material being broadcast - guess we'll just have to watch it all again!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 25 June 2014
I loved the first and second series and love this special as well. Brilliantly funny. I will be watching it again and again I'm sure.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 7 February 2014
The episode that tied up all the loose ends ... sadly it didn't stop me yearning for more, but for Green Wing fans it's a must-see.
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