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1.0 out of 5 stars A poor imitation of the film, 18 Dec. 2006
This review is from: Billy Liar 1 [DVD] [1973] (DVD)
Please don't buy this! It's not a patch on the film. It really is a good lesson in how not to write comedy, it's got very annoying stereotypical characters in it, [Billy's Dad for one] some dreadful storylines and poor acting. The 70's are awash with good comedy, [Steptoe, Fawlty Towers, Porridge, Open All Hours etc etc] so buy those instead.
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Initial post: 10 Sep 2010 06:58:28 BDT
I disagree. George A.Cooper was brilliant as Billy's dad. Those other shows you mentioned also featured stereotypes ( 'Manuel' from 'Fawlty Towers' being typical ). I love the film to bits but like this too ( the episode where Billy took his grandmother to a pub was hilarious! )

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Oct 2010 12:21:58 BDT
I'm with you, Fergus. What the bloody hell's he swining, pigging on about?

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Oct 2011 20:48:44 BDT
A. Clarke says:
I much prefer George A. Cooper in Steptoe & as the caretaker in Grange Hill if I'm honest. At least Manuel was a funny stereotype. I suppose I was disappointed because the film version is so well made and the tv series just looks cheap & tacky.

Posted on 25 May 2012 20:42:36 BDT
"A poor imitation of the film"

Which itself was a just the right side of mediocre adaptation of book which had also previously become a stage play...

Posted on 22 Dec 2014 16:48:21 GMT
R Hawkins says:
"It really is a good lesson in how not to write comedy"

And yet it was written by Keith Waterhouse and Willis Hall - who also wrote the screenplay for the film and Waterhouse wrote the novel. All of which suggests you really don't know what you're talking about.
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