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This review is from: You Rang, M'Lord? - The Complete Boxset Series One - Four [DVD]  (DVD)
You Rang M’Lord has always been a bit of a poor relation to Dad’s Army and Hi-di-Hi! In Perry and Croft’s comic canon, but watching it again after nearly twenty five years confirmed my original belief that this is one of their very best series. The reasons for this assertion are manifold: not least the quality of the casting which ensures every line and character is exploited to the full. Then there is the situation itself-the Upstairs Downstairs scenario is a perfect vehicle for comedy affording the writers countless amusing situations and the chance to occasionally turn the humour sharp with Paul Shane’s butler portrayed as a servant whose contempt for his employers is only matched by the number of bottles of fine Claret he can steal from their cellars. Donald Hewlett is also excellent as the hypocritical Lord who preaches morality to his daughters whilst having his ‘sick’ mistress to stay overnight as often as possible. Special mention must also be made of Su Pollard who is excellent as the naive but willing maid and Jeffrey Holland whose strictness and loyalty are used to great comic effect. This series is also notable in the length of its episodes which at 50 minutes allow for a greater development of plot and character and undoubtedly produce a better end product. The production values are also higher than many sitcoms of this era with lavish sets and props. Although no extras are offered on this set, this remains a must buy for fans of classic comedy. One other tip: make sure you buy the box set of all four series as the story develops slowly over the course of the episodes. Recommended.