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The Strange World of Gurney Slade [DVD]
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
I was way too young to appreciate this show on original broadcast, but my mother had a single of the distinctive theme music by Max Harris which always intrigued and fascinated me, I would play it more then her Beatle singles!
Now after all these years I can finally see it, and it doesn't disappoint.
It's originality for the time is thoroughly breathtaking, and Mr Newly is cast perfectly for the role, for which he was also one of the shows creators.
It got moved to the late night graveyard slot after episode two because most of the audience just didn't "get it".
But the strange world of Gurney Slade, is a better world.
Originaly broadcast by ITV from 22 October to 26 November 1960.
(Trivia:- Gurney Slade is the name of a real quarry in Somerset.)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 23 September 2011
The Strange World of Gurney Slade is a must-see for anyone who is fond of early 60s fringe humour. Gurney Slade, fed up with his lot as a soap actor, leaves the studio and walks into his own world where posters come to life and animals communicate with him. Becoming more bizarre as the series progresses, it climaxes in the final episode with Gurney having to find lives for the characters he brought into being in his imagination. An imaginative series, probably ten years ahead of its time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 7 August 2012
This was shown in the early days and on ATV.

I didn't see it, unless I was staying overnight with my Godparents, as it was on after 9 pm and I wasn't allowed, normally, to stay up that late.

Plus Uncle Ted had his TV fitted with a 'converter' so he could pick up the only "other" channel to the BBC which was a new 'commercial' channel. Yes there was only one BBC channel until ITV arrived.

The Strange World of Gurney Slade was what the later Python lads were undoubtedly influenced by and you don't need to be a genius to see that.

Weird, strange and wonderful, Anthony Newly before Hollywood got hold of him.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 2 February 2015
... and then the unimaginative powers-that-be who didn't understand this sort of comedy put the rest of the series on much later - and my mum wouldn't let me stay up to see the remaining episodes. So this, albeit 50-odd years later, completes my early education in early alternative comedy. This was so ground-breaking back then, but sadly seems so tame nowadays. However this IS with the hindsight of having seen Monty Python, The Day Today, etc.

If you want to investigate the roots of British alternative comedy, this is a must.
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on 15 April 2012
this (elderly) lady has been longing, longing and longing for someone to release this gem to the world. And they have and in what style, too! The booklet is informative and entertaining in itself, the quirkiness of the cover intrigues, the whole is a package you cannot mistake for anything other than The Strange World of Gurney Slade.
50 years on and the theme tune was instantly recognisable, as was the slightly mournful often puzzled face of the delightful Anthony Newley in the role that was created only for him, no one else could have carried it off with such aplomb and should you say it? grace and charm. The scene where he walks out of the studio, busy ignoring everything everyone is saying to him is classic, something we all long to do at times, walk out of our lives into something else. (I know I did - not that long ago, too.) From then on the series just becomes more surreal and wonderful. It is such a treat to see a sharply defined film like this, the black and white photography leaps from the screen in all its glory, like high class black and white photographs do. Superb, it really is.
For anyone who remembers this amazing sitcom, buy this and watch it and keep your copy and watch it again and again and be grateful for the people who decided to release it so us 'oldies' could grab a piece of our past and relive it once again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 4 November 2013
I was 13 years old when I first saw it. It instantly became a cult with us young teens. I have never forgotten the music, and some of the comedy lines have entered the realms of family running gags - the ants carrying the grand pianos in their mandibles spring to mind!
I never thought I'd ever see it again - not everyone will 'get it' - they didn't then and that's why there are only 6 episodes but for me it takes me inside someone else's subversive head - maybe like the head of a 13 year old!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 14 September 2011
This is such an off the wall series. I recall watching it back in the sixties and was so excited when it came outon DVD. It's a must watch comedy that set new standards in TV comedy.
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on 22 October 2013
I was very young when this was first aired by ATV. Anthony Newley was very successful at the time and this show was given a prime time Saturday evening slot...unfortunately as is the way with commercial broadcasting as it didn't get the viewers it was expected to, it got hastily shifted to later in the schedules. It is so clearly of its time and so strange and quirky, but I loved it then and I love it now although the middle episodes on the series lack a little sparkle, as they seem a little aimless even if you take into account the very surreal nature of the series as a whole; the opening episode where he walks off the live TV broadcast and into the street and eventually meets the fantasy figure of Una Stubbs from the vacuum cleaner poster is a memorable television moment, and the closing episode still gives me the shivers. It did when I was tweve years old and it still does today! There is something unsettling about ventriloquists' dolls. As an aside the series looks like it might have been filmed in a different order to the one it was broadcast in -- there is a cast change in one of the supporting actors partway. A precursor in a way to 'Stop the World' this is notable very early sixties' TV, and Tony Newley is much missed as a very inventive and very fine performer
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 20 June 2012
I loved this series when it was shown on TV way back in 1960 so I was delighted to discover it was available on DVD. It was so different and ahead of its time when you think of shows like Monty Python & Comic Strip that came much later. It is funny, weird, philosophical and thought provoking and it develops as the series progresses.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 16 January 2012
I'd forgotten how strange this tv series was. The music is totally unforgettable.
In only 6 episodes there was a certain surrealism that would later surface in other tv series such as Monty Python. The ending still caught me out! Interesting, entertaining, and it was a Must Have for my dvd collection. Great entertainment.
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