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2.0 out of 5 stars A production of its time and place, 31 July 2010
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This review is from: Tutti Frutti [DVD] [1987] (DVD)
Like some other reviewers, I was disappointed by this series. I admit I am a southerner, and I found the dialogue very difficult to follow for long periods. The sound is poorly recorded (mono) by today's standards, and several of the characters fail to pronounce consonants clearly. The only actors I could always understand were Richard Wilson and the non-Scottish one, i.e. Emma Thompson.

Another aspect I found annoying was the constant aggression and needling between the characters. If this is at all representative of the prevailing Scottish attitude today, I am not surprised that life expectancy is among the lowest in the UK. Lighten up, guys! Try being nice to each other!

And Robbie Coltrane may be able to dance, of sorts, but his mimed singing and keyboards playing are poorly concealed.

There have been plenty of comedies about 'crap bands on the road' since this one, and most of them are better, in my opinion.

What I most enjoyed about this DVD was the closing credits for each episode. And without Tutti Frutti, arguably we might not have seen 'Absolutely' or 'Rab C Nesbitt'.
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Initial post: 29 Dec 2010 23:11:35 GMT
MarkP says:
As a "southerner" who has spent the majority of his life in Scotland I will admit to cringing when I encounter the complaints about not understanding what the Scots say because they "can't speak properly". It is a different country so it shouldn't be a surprise that there may be strong accents, though I recall from my "education" up to the time I moved up here I had been led to think Scotland was pretty much a county in the north of England - very far from the truth.

What you hear on this DVD is pretty much how people in the West of Scotland speak - it caused a few raised eyebrows up here that one of the major roles was given to Emma Thompson who then had to use a fake Scottish accent, rather than use a Scottish actress.

I am disappointed that the social disparity and economic conditions that have meant healthier lifestyles are achievable in the south has resulted in the comment of "Lighten up, guys". It's not just Scotland that has this problem - in England, Blackpool, Manchester, Liverpool, Salford, and Blackburn are among blackspot locations that appear in bottom ten lists for male and female life expectancy either at birth or from the age of 65.

Posted on 3 Oct 2011 20:23:20 BDT
The Scots are no more aggressive with each other than anyone else. The problems with their life expectancy come from their diet. We were the original sugar refiners and importers, and subsequently we still have the UK's sweetest tooth. It's this that leads to high incidences of diet-related diseases and heart conditions. If you want to blame anyone for the unpleasant, supposedly 'funny' banter in this, blame John Byrne. It's his idea of the Scots and is as snobbish as any other 'intellectual' looking down on the hoi polloi. He's seen 'lower class' people fighting in the street and believes they all behave like this all the time. It's his idea of being 'of the people'.

Posted on 20 Sep 2012 15:32:55 BDT
R Hawkins says:
You seem to have missed the point that this is a drama - not a documentary!

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Sep 2012 11:06:16 BDT
Which "you" are you referring to?
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