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Does what any great comedy series should do...,
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This review is from: Extras : Complete BBC Series 1  [DVD] (DVD)
Which is?...make you laugh. If you caught a couple of episodes on its first run and wondered what on earth it was all about, or if you missed the whole lot, then this DVD is a real treat because the six episodes hold together as a "story" and, as you start to understand what's going on, the three main characters just get funnier & funnier. And, like all great comedy, it gets better with repeat viewing. Gervais' acting is superbly understated, Ashley Jenson is his perfect foil as the "put upon" extra, Stephen Merchant is a perfectly cast comic revelation as his fast-talking but hopeless agent, and the idea of making famous stars make fools of themselves is excruciatingly embarrassing and, as a result, brilliantly funny.
Sure, some episodes work better than others, but with the possible exception of Fawlty Towers, no "classic" comedy series has hit the bull's-eye every single time and there are more than enough winners here to put it straight into "classic" status. The result? A full evening's worth of great comedy that you'll watch over & over again. Not bad for a "follow-up".