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A fitting box set for a unique comedy classic!
on 7 December 2012
In many ways 'Father Ted' is THE quintessential sitcom, which has rightfully earned its place alongside such classics as 'Fawlty Towers', 'Only Fools and Horses', 'Blackadder' and 'The Office'.
Such is the genius of 'Father Ted' that nowadays one barely even needs to acknowledge how good it is, let alone justify it, but for those who have never watched it ... you really don't know what you're missing!!
As riotous as 'Fawlty Towers' and as witty as 'Friends' and 'Frasier', as quirky as 'Phoenix Nights' and as brilliantly insightful as both 'The Office' and 'Peep Show', this gem of a comedy quite literally has it all: a cast of wonderfully colourful characters, an abundance of quotable lines and catchphrases, and, underpinning it all, a perfectly crafted script. Mere comparisons do not, however, do it justice, and with its unique, eccentric and almost cartoon-like humour, this timeless and endearing classic really is in a league of its own - a true one-off.
'Father Ted' is also broad in its appeal without compromising on quality and content - rude but not crude, cheekily satirical but not political - and as such it will be loved by young and old alike, and by people of all backgrounds and persuasions. I also wouldn't be at all surprised if the Catholic Church in Ireland secretly love it!
And as one would hope from the producers of such a towering comedic achievement, this fantastic box set is quite a fitting tribute. Not only does it boast a whole host of special features, including the wonderful documentary 'Small, Far Away ..', but the artwork, on both the box/case itself and the DVD on-screen menus, captures quite nicely the show's unique quirkiness.
Oh, and for those who may be wondering, yes it does include the Christmas special 'A Christmassy Ted'.
**Please note: my copy of this box set was faulty and had to be returned, as did its replacement, which I think was bought some months later. Perhaps it was down to a bad batch, but because of these problems I've kind of almost given up on this particular product now and am hoping that an alternative box set will be released at some point in the future.**