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This review is from: Dick Emery - The Thames Television Specials - Comedy Legend [DVD] (DVD)
Whilst it's fair to say this isn't the very best of Dick Emery, that honour will always belong to his BBC output, what you have here are the three specials he recorded when he defected over to ITV for a while.
They hark back to a time when variety shows were the order of the day, with musical guests, dancers, and Dick sings a bit himself as well.( a little bit too much if I'm honest!)
All his characters get an outing, although some are seen far too briefly, one of the best moments is seeing the frustrated Hettie introducing Lynda Carter of Wonder Woman fame.
Each of the specials passes quickly, and it's nice to go back in time, and see how a star like Dick Emery could entertain without the need for swearing and shock value, I was going to say and without smut, but I'd be lying!
So at Amazon's price, this DVD is a must have, and will put us on until the BBC see the error of there ways and start releasing the many series that he did for them.
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Initial post: 8 Mar 2010 22:43:19 GMT
Ouch, apologies for the use of 'there' when it should have been 'their'
In reply to an earlier post on 11 Mar 2010 18:13:20 GMT
Kevin 'Bionic' Jones says:
Great review. The absence of Dick's B.B.C. work on D.V.D. is indeed strange. I enjoyed the Thames shows though. The sketch where 'Bovver Boy' tries to load a cannon is hilarious! Written by Mike Winters ( brother Of Bernie ), incidentally.
In reply to an earlier post on 8 Sep 2011 12:38:30 BDT
'The absence of Dick's B.B.C. work on D.V.D. is indeed strange.' Sadly - and it's sad in every sense of the word too - it's not really that strange in this day and age as it's 100% down to the pc brigade. BBC are scared stiff of releasing a lot of 70's material, Alf Garnett being another victim of their attempts to rewrite history due to some kind of white liberal guilt complex. Even if you're lucky enough to catch any Emery's material on cable/satellite you'll notice that the shows are cut down to 10 / 15 minutes and certain characters have been totally eradicated from the broadcasts. No doubt down to fears and paranoia about potential and completely ridiculous accusations of racism and homophobia.
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