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Andy Capp - the TV series
on 7 July 2012
As a long time fan of Andy Capp in the Daily Mirror I grew up with the adventures of the incorrigible Andy, and many of his cartoons from the old annuals are still etched in my mind, even after a few decades. I bought this DVD on an impulse, and have not been disappointed. The casting, locations, dialogue and stories all match how I see Andy, the long suffering Flo, Chalky, Ruby, the rent man, vicar, etc. James Bolam as Andy and Paula Tilbrook (Betty Eggleton in Emmerdale) as Flo are excellent, and spark off each other convincingly. Unlike a conventional TV situation comedy, each scene is played very much like a cartoon strip, and with no audience reaction or canned laughter. No doubt many people will find this off putting, but this works for me as the comedy is left to one's imagination - just as when reading off the printed page. There was only one series made (in 1988) as the show was probably misunderstood by all those viewers only used to watching comedies made in a conventional manner, but I think many die-hard Andy Capp fans will enjoy and appreciate this DVD as much as I did.