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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant comedy drama about Snooker
Created by Geoff McQueen, Give Us a Break was a BBC comedy drama from 1983 that centred on Snooker, and the series was followed by a Christmas special in 1984. Robert Lindsay starred as Micky Noades who describes himself as "an overall concepts man". He is an ace promoter, but the only problem he has is that he has nothing to promote. Enter his brother-in-law Mo Morris...
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2.0 out of 5 stars Like Minder on half-speed
Good fun to be involved with the London low-life again. But the speed and razor-sharp wit of Minder is lacking. Moderately entertaining. Can't remember why I missed it first time round. Perhaps I saw the first episode.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant comedy drama about Snooker, 29 Sep 2013
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Mr. A. J. Tennant "Metalhead" (Warwickshire, England) - See all my reviews
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Created by Geoff McQueen, Give Us a Break was a BBC comedy drama from 1983 that centred on Snooker, and the series was followed by a Christmas special in 1984. Robert Lindsay starred as Micky Noades who describes himself as "an overall concepts man". He is an ace promoter, but the only problem he has is that he has nothing to promote. Enter his brother-in-law Mo Morris (Paul McGann), with one redeeming feature: his outstanding talent at Snooker.

Despite the fact that I had never seen Give Us a Break before buying it on DVD, I really enjoyed watching this series and the 1984 Christmas special as it is full of great humour as well as very good storylines for each episode, and it's the sort of show I would gladly watch again in my lifetime. What I believe helps with the enjoyment of this show is being a fan of Snooker, a game that I have watched on the telly since childhood and I still watch the game now whenever it's on.

There are two things I ought to point out for this DVD release of Give Us a Break. Firstly, the episode titles and descriptions are not listed on the DVD sleeve: the first four episodes "Heaven Sent", "A Flagpole Painter from Liverpool", "Street Wise and Nancy Free", and "When It Rains, It Pours" are on the first disc, the next three episodes "One Good Stroke Deserves Another", "Business is Business", and "Right Bad Company" are on the second disc, and the 1984 Christmas special is on the third disc (this episode doesn't have a particular title so it's titled the same as the series itself). Secondly, when the menu comes up you need to go to the "Subtitles" section to switch the subtitles off before you play the episodes if you don't want the subtitles to appear on the screen.

Overall, Give Us a Break is a really good show that gave Paul McGann his breakthrough role as Mo Morris, and also relies on great acting from Robert Lindsay as Micky Noades and all the other actors who appeared in the series and the 1984 Christmas special including Shirin Taylor as Micky's wife Tina (also Mo's sister), and David Daker as pub landlord and former policeman, Ron Palmer (David Daker's character does not appear in the Christmas special). Very highly recommended.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Give us a break, 19 Sep 2013
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This is a gem I had forgotten about, I had selected episodes of this on v.h.s, and once the video gave up, it was consigned to the attic. This is a Robert Lindsay classic. A post Citizen Smith feature with Lindsay as the man who uses Paul McGann's natural talent as a snooker player to make money by taking bets against punters in the snooker halls. Don't be deceived into thinking it is all about snooker , there is always a different plot line developed in each episode. If you only know Robert Lindsay as a comedic actor, this shows a fine mixture of comedy and drama, backed up with a sterling performance from Paul McGann as the gifted player who Lindsay takes under his wing. Not in the same off beat comedy genre as My Family, but well worth a look, the clothes may have dated, the comedy has not.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, 2 Mar 2014
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Dean Fuller (UK) - See all my reviews
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I remember watching this when i was just a lad...
It is kinda like MINDER meets BIG DEAL, and made around the same time.
Great 80`s clothes and London scenery...

Wheeler dealer Micky gambling it all on Mo`s snooker skills,
One does the work the other picks up the profit...or not.

I just cant understand why the never made more, it was set up for it.
The christmas finale ends with Mickey giving up the snooker business and eyeing up a pop dance group...

So why didnt he become their manager in the next series ??

Oh what they could have been... Uncle ;)
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2.0 out of 5 stars Like Minder on half-speed, 8 Feb 2014
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A. Mackay "Tony" (UK) - See all my reviews
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Good fun to be involved with the London low-life again. But the speed and razor-sharp wit of Minder is lacking. Moderately entertaining. Can't remember why I missed it first time round. Perhaps I saw the first episode.
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