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Storming bravely into the rather overused genre of fantasy parody comes this 6 part BBC comedy. Featuring a clueless all American hero,(Krod), & his brainless companions, Zezelryck the magician with no powers , Bruce a gay prisoner they release & Loquasto a half man half pig brute. With them travels a warrior pagan called Aneka, formerly Krod's girlfriend, whose thirst for fighting is only outdone by her inability to say no to any man or indeed men.
This hopeless quintet are chosen to help free the land from oppression by the evil Chancellor Dongallor & his aide Barnabus. Dongalor is played by Matt Lucas and in truth much of this series success is down to him. He plays the pint size egomaniac with great relish and a fine sense of fun is brought to the screen every time he appears. Utterly ruthless & completely self obsessed he thinks nothing of killing a young womans father & then trying to woo her straight away. Lucas swings his characters moods all over the place and really brings him to life with all sorts of mannerisms and ticks.
The sets and costumes are up to scratch and the plot zips along at a fair old pace. Along the way a host of characters appear briefly to add interest including John Rhys Davis as a proper wizard, and a smart turn from Jonathan Slinger as the complete & utter perv Biclops.
The usual fighting & quest for adventure ensues & there are times when you feel that it's been done before but this is a slick effort that has the savvy to usually not dwell very long on any one scene and to keep up the quickfire banter so that you don't get bored. There is also a feeling of all the right PC boxes being ticked as well but nothing feels forced or out of place so this doesn't detract from the story.
All involved give at least solid performances and the effects are pretty smooth & unintrusive.
This shouldn't be mistaken as being for all the family as there is the odd moment of blood & violence & there is a strong air of innuendo & sexual references are strewn all over the place.
Overall this looks the part, places it's tongue firmly in it's cheek but not so much that the atmosphere & story are sacrificed. It can get stuck a little too long in a scene from time to time but it is great fun & the 6 episodes fly by with much to enjoy.
An open ending seems to point towards the possibility of another series & that would certainly be welcome.
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on 30 January 2010
PROS
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-A funny and original fantasy tv series
-Sean Maguire is excellent and really funny, even Matt Lucas (WhoI dont find funny) is hilarious.
-India De Beaufort is one of the hottest women on the planet - worth the DVD for her alone
-Great script and entertainment that passes so quickly you'll want alot more.
-Better than Robin hood and other dramas as it's never going to take itself seriously

CONS
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- Is very funny, but needs more variety and scope for it to be a success.
- Waiting for more !

CONCLUSION
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In the present trendof fantasy series, reality TV and crime drama's this is a great addition to the BBC list of shows. I don't know if there is a second series due, but it would be criminal to give it a chance as it is like mixing Robin hood, lord of the rings, monty python and American comedy genius all into one. Just buy it as Im sure it has something for everyone.
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on 13 February 2010
This is fun. It's a spoof, lampooning so much clichéd, lazy genre fantasy writing over the years. And it's very well done, written by people who clearly know and love the genre they're having fun playing around with. And the acting is delightful.
Highly recommended. Let's hope there's a second series.
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on 31 May 2013
I watched this a few years ago on the BBC and loved every episode! It's a perfect mix of comedy and action with great acting, characters and story! I wish they had made another series!!!!!!!
Anyone who loves sword fights and light hearted comedy I recommend Krod Mandoon!
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on 25 May 2012
Run for cover. Krods here!
Sean Maguire and India de Beaufort have the comic timing of an established duo.
A laugh a minute.
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VINE VOICEon 5 March 2016
I have no TV so bought this on spec; it's an old gag, but the cast was interesting - though I can live without Lucas. It had the usual gags mocking the sword and sorcery genre, which were entertaining enough for the first couple of episodes, but the writing got lazier - as did the performances - and I lost interest. There's probably more fun to be had from the straight S&S films, which are enjoyable without trying to be clever - with a high rate of success. Really rather dull
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on 5 May 2013
one of the best and hilarious comedies wrote cant help watching over and over again still find coments ive missed
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on 7 July 2009
Stupid, Ludicrus, Farcical - and thats just Krod and Anika, never mind their demented "love life" - Anika takes acception to chastity belts (she also has the brains).
Unlike other US scripted and modern UK humour, this is actually funny.
I suppose Matt Lucas does add some overwight grotesque humour, but any other demented raving half wit of an despot would have done. The end bit where he tries to exit the castle via (far too small) bat wings (with Barnabus in the rear) is particularly potty.
Sean Magure sports a particularly nice US accent, while a lot of the extras appear to be Welsh ! Seems that in the version of Middle Earth found here, Racoons replace Badgers !
The most disapointing character was the imbicele of a wizard - apparently a US standup comic of some sort.
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on 20 June 2014
I watched this when it originally aired on BBC, and after discovering this DVD on Amazon, I just had to buy it and re-watch it all. It is funny, silly and sometimes rather bizarre; Matt Lucas is a tour de force as a lustful, despotic, murderous tyrant overlord, and the supporting cast are all well chosen for their roles. A brilliantly amusing fantasy drama.
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on 3 August 2015
Simple, funny light entertainment. Made me smile and sometimes giggle. Not LoL funny, but always entertaining. Some of the spoof titles are very humorous. Also probably the best thing Matt Lucas has been in. Worth watching once - probably not twice.
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