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Curry And Chips - The Complete Series [DVD] [1969]
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119 of 132 people found the following review helpful
on 13 February 2010
The L.W.T. sitcom 'Curry & Chips' was written by Johnny Speight, who obviously hoped to replicate the success of his B.B.C. classic 'Till Death Us Do Part'. But, popular though it was, it was dropped after only one season, and in recent years has been repeatedly featured on boring late-night documentaries of the '50 Questions Of Political Correctness' variety. You know the kind of thing - an out-of-context clip is shown, and then someone you've never heard of pops up to tell us that it was 'racist' and 'shown never be shown again'. Well, thanks to those nice folk at Network, we can shortly make our own minds up. The premise is this: Kevin O'Grady, ( Spike Milligan ), a Pakistani, gets a job as cleaner at Lillicrap Ltd, a factory devoted to making those rubbishy novelty toys you buy in seaside gift shops. Immediately, there is antipathy towards him ( he is given the less-than flattering nickname 'Paki-Paddy' ), even from the only other black face around, played by Kenny Lynch. To add to their prejudice, O'Grady is also half-Irish. Standing up for him is Arthur Blenkinsop ( Eric Sykes ), the foreman, who takes him to stay at Mrs.Bartok's ( Fanny Carby ) lodging house. The humour is largely at the expense of the racists themselves, and both Milligan and Sykes give funny performances. Norman Rossington, Sam Kydd, and Geoffrey Hughes lend support. Anyone easily offended probably will be. Like a lot of comedy from that era, it needs to be regarded as a period piece, and not compared to today's shows. If you liked 'Till Death Us Do Part' ( Spike reprised 'O'Grady' in two episodes of that show ), you should like this too.
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43 of 48 people found the following review helpful
A big fan of Milligan and Sykes, I purchased this having read some pretty scathing reviews. I like to form my own opinions thanks! It is clearly a product of it's age. You'll laugh and cringe in equal measure. I know this couldn't have been made in these days of social awareness, but I'm very glad I bought it. speight has again made the 'white' component of the script the actual joke / point of ridicule. Milligan plays and irish pakistani in a way only he could.

People who have taken offence at this show need to read between the lines and look beyound the physical characters. Only then will they see the cleverness and value.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 28 July 2012
For a number of good reasons they don't make comedy like this anymore, it's amazing how openly racist and bigoted British society once was, of course, these days those attitudes are blamed on ignorance. Despite my woes, the Curry & Chips story line and acting is fantastic, uncomfortably funny! I also highly recommend Love Thy Neighbour - The Complete Collection (Not Complete Series) [DVD] another entertaining DVD set I bought.
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41 of 47 people found the following review helpful
on 15 August 2010
There have already been a number of reviews of this DVD package, I don't know if my review will help any potential customer but here goes. I was prompted by Amazon that I may like this Spike Milligan/Eric Sykes vehicle written by Johnny Speight of the Comedy series Curry and Chips. I only vaguely remembered this series as I was out of the UK a lot at the time when it was first shown. So I thought why not? I purchased a copy. I wondered whether I would like it as I believe it was deemed insensitive at the time(it certainly would these days) and I agree times have moved on. The series does have a certain charm of days gone by. My View? I enjoyed it. Other actors in the series are Kenny Lynch, Norman Rossington and Geoffrey Hughes. Also tagged on is a Johnny Speight creation he wrote for the Play for Today TV dramas from the Seventies featuring Ian Holm which you will find included in this presentation as an extra.
If you are in to TV nostalgia and have an open mind taking into account the way things were back then you too may also enjoy this.
It's out there if you want it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 9 June 2014
Whilst the language is offensive by any standards and will offend this is still a great satire.

Speight has created a wonderful satire. It highlights the bigotry that was and still is alive with some. However, the real butt of the jokes are the bigots, but are too stupid to see it.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 24 June 2013
Johnny speight was far from racist and anybody who thinks he was is thick! also has any of these pc do gooders actually watched these shows they dismiss as racist? Love thy neighbour has the white bigoted character being shown up all the time! The PC brigade are just as much narrow minded and warped as the racist/sexist/homophobic are, they are the flipside of the same coin
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 18 May 2014
The hey day of Proper humour none of this politically correct Rubbish which we now have to put up with
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 10 August 2014
Great cast and writer , but not the finest hour of any of them , just not funny , or satirical
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on 11 July 2014
Spike Milligan can do no wrong and I really enjoyed this series, but it is definitely very " non-p c".

This was how life was back in the seventies and the writing does reflect those years. Good supporting cast, shame there was only one series....
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 25 December 2011
Great dvd and funny. I am a Pakistani and enjoyed this DVD - Interesting how things have not changed from then till now with some people's attitudes towards Pakistani's
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