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2.0 out of 5 stars Not the strongest material..., 12 April 2010
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This review is from: Les Dawson at ITV - The Specials [DVD] (DVD)
Les Dawson was without doubt a master of words. I wonder then what he may have said about this collation of, arguably, some of his weaker moments.

The three discs mainly serve up the material from the early/mid seventies from his time at ITV. There are laughs here but it has to be said that Les enjoyed a far more fruitful period at the BBC some years after these shows were made. This is definitely not the Golden Era of Les that many may remember.

This will be of interest to collectors, vintage TV fans and die-hard Dawson supporters. Other less committed souls could may find themselves enduring long pauses between laughs.

It's not that I want to be unkind to the great man, it's just that it's difficult to be positive as he's not delivering here. Most of the sketches are luke warm at best and end without proper comic conclusions: They seem to have to fade out in the absense of a real punchline sucker-punch ending.

The characters are here - in one form or another - We see early glimpses of Cissy and Aida, the partnership which was later to propel Les to superstardom. They are nonetheless early glimpses and not the well trodden, slick performances that we are to later remember from Dawson and Barraclough. There are other characters: Dawsons impersonation of WC Fields, his take on a drunk (A La Frank Randle) and a bit of Rob Wilton thrown in for good measure - All of which don't mean much these days I suppose.

The monologues are here too, but they're not the classics. These were to come later.

All-in-all a portrait of Les' early television career but this really can't be described as 24 carat Les.
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Initial post: 18 Jul 2010 19:12:30 BDT
Last edited by the author on 21 Aug 2015 15:07:35 BDT
Why do people knock perfection? Les' B.B.C. output included 'Blankety Blank' and that crap show he did with Lulu and later Kids International and the Roly-Polys. As for the sketches ending without punchlines, well so did many of Monty Python and Spike Milligan's. Read the credits if you can and you'll see the scriptwriters included Barry Cryer and David Nobbs. 'Les Dawson On I.T.V. - The Specials' is worth buying just for 'Dawson & Friends' alone. Les at his best.

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Aug 2010 22:19:07 BDT
Diabolo says:
Like I said... "This will be of interest to collectors, vintage TV fans and die-hard Dawson supporters."

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Dec 2010 13:22:43 GMT
Last edited by the author on 21 Aug 2015 15:05:21 BDT
So shut up then.
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