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1.0 out of 5 stars The horror, the oh, so British horror!, 8 Aug 2010
This review is from: The Beiderbecke Affair [DVD] [1985] (DVD)
"The Beiderbecke Affair" has just made it across the Atlantic and into Canada.

An earlier Amazon USA reviewer described the writing of this British series as brilliant. Another reviewer noted the resemblance of the two main protagonists to Nick and Nora Charles. A third reviewer professed to find a family resemblance to the Monty Python series.

Such comments clearly demonstrate that Amazon reviewers are as likely to espouse preposterous notions as anyone else.

How do I despise this series? Let me count the ways:

The writing is universally dull, repetitive, pompous, illogical and profoundly, appallingly, grimly unfunny.

The actors, some of whom have shown competence elsewhere, display themselves as frighteningly inept here. This might be the fault of the writing, the direction or even the actors themselves. Having suffered through this dismal swamp of a series, I have become convinced that all three are equally to blame.

The plot--I'm virtually sure there was one--ranged somewhere between ethereal and twee. And, of course, I mean this in the very worst sense.

To anyone who truly enjoys dull, illogical, unfunny, twee scripts, especially those which are poorly directed and ineptly acted, this is definitely your thing. Five stars for you, and welcome to them!

For myself, though, I'll content myself by awarding one star and regretting that I cannot cut that in half.
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Initial post: 10 Sep 2010 15:49:48 BDT
lemur5 says:
"dull, repetitive, pompous, illogical" would appear to apply more to this reviewer than to the series.

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Sep 2010 09:05:32 BDT
Last edited by the author on 11 Sep 2010 09:07:04 BDT
lemur5's comments are fair enough.

I shall only add that there is more intelligence, wit and sheer competence in Mr. (Ms.? Mrs.?) lemur5's observation than in all of this dreary "Affair."

Posted on 10 Jun 2012 07:43:01 BDT
DickH says:
I disagree profoundly with you on all points. A pity it's not your cup of tea, I enjoyed all 3 Beiderbecke series greatly.

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Jan 2014 12:12:04 GMT
kenninuk says:
Thank you DickH. The Beiderbecke series showcases some of the best in British Comedy. The writing is first class as is the acting and production. True the humour is very British (in fact it is very 'Midlands') and to be kind I expect that some of our friends abroad may not 'get' most of the location comedy. But hey, I have the same problem with many overseas comedy shows (Cheers, Frasier and Northern Exposure excluded).

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Jun 2014 17:02:16 BDT
Grovestg says:
Clearly the reviewer has missed the point and fails to understand the subtlety of British Northern humour

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Jun 2014 17:04:00 BDT
Grovestg says:
I agree with you totally.
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