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4.0 out of 5 stars What You See Is What You Got, 9 April 2008
This review is from: French & Saunders Series 1-6 Box Set (6 discs) [DVD] (DVD)
Okay - so this DVD package is basically what it says. 6 discs including all six series of French Saunders. No special features except subititles.
But some of this stuff is quite rare and never before released. And it is nice to have it as a complete set and not a compliation
So here is a quick over look of the quality of each series:
Series 1
The concept was that that girls performed in a studio with a dance troupe and Raw Sex. You also see backstage goings ons - including make up artists and costume designers. It's still a fresh looking series and it has never been released before - so it is well worth having a look at it. I think it's one of their best.

Series 2
A completely different concept. The characters in the living room first appear - and the funny dance routines. Each episode has a similar intro and theres loads of sketches in it. I think this is series is more family entertainment then the last - and this is where they started to get their wider appeal. All good stuff though.

Series 3
This is the benchmark series really. They started doing film parodies - and yes it has got The Sound Of Music completely! This series also had 7 episodes (and not the usual 6). It also has them taking the mick out of TV stars - they continue ideas from the last series, introduce new characters and it has Star Test in it. It is just a brilliant series and is the one that really made them popular. Also features the wonderful Kirsty MacColl in all the episodes.

Series 4
You can't stop them now. It's a step up from the last series - with more film parodies but they got bigger budgets. The classic Silence Of The Lambs and Misery are here. And their version of The Seventh Seal and Whatever Happened To Baby Jane? is just brilliant. As strong as Series 3.

Series 5
There was abit of a gap between this one and the last one. This also has 7 episodes in it and there loads of celebrities including Dusty SPringfield. By now Raw Sex have left the girls and they try out new ideas. It is a bit hit and miss but when it does hit - it is brilliant - Baywatch in particular.

Series 6
This series happened much later and actually purposely breaks away from the previous ones. There's still loads of sketches in it and reaccurring characters - but the girls really play on being a paraody of themselves as the whole thing is set in an office type environment at the BBC and is about the girls trying to write the sixth series. I think this is more of aquired taste and it makes more sense seeing all the episodes together more then passive watching. Still - it was a brave move and also very original.

And that's it. It is worth getting - and the great thing about them is you can dip back in and watch them again. They really do make me laugh and brighten my day. Lets hope a box set of the TV specials lands with us soon!
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Showing 1-5 of 5 posts in this discussion
Initial post: 12 Apr 2008 06:27:30 BDT
silly question but is this the same or similar to french and saunders collection - 2005 (The one with jennifer dressed as THE BRIDE from kill bill?

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Apr 2008 01:56:35 BDT
T.M says:
No, the French and Saunders Collection were only highlights from each series. This set features every episode from every series.

Posted on 16 Apr 2010 19:17:19 BDT
ALVARO says:
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Posted on 6 Mar 2011 19:55:52 GMT
Thanks for this review - I wish more of them were like this. Detailed, direct and concise without bias. I've only just found out that the 1st series is available. I recorded two episodes off the BBC in 1987 and can't wait to see the other four again.

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Jan 2013 20:17:11 GMT
MARK C. BALE says:
I take it this set does not include what is known as series 7, nor the TV specials
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