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Perfect World: Complete Series One [VHS] [2000]

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  • Actors: Paul Kaye, Derren Litten, Nina Wadia, Michael Cochrane, Hannah Storey
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: BBC
  • VHS Release Date: 8 Oct. 2001
  • Run Time: 174 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005NGUT
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 153,989 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The complete first series of the sitcom following the adventures of obnoxious marketing executive Bob Slay (Paul Kaye) and his colleagues Vaughn (Derren Litten) and Maggie (Nina Wadia). Includes the episodes 'Parents', 'Deadline', 'Tarquin', 'Charity', 'Money' and 'Love'.

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Without ever being truly hilarious Perfect World is one of the funniest and crudest comedies to come out of British television in the 1990s. To his colleagues, marketing executive Bob Slay (Paul Kaye) is a workshy lying parasite, but as far as he's concerned he lives in a Perfect World. He has a beautiful supermodel girlfriend, Lauren (Tasha de Vasconcelos) and outraging herbillionaire parents only results in her being more X-rated in bed. He has a well-paid job in an office where he never does a stroke of work, and the support of the barking mad marketing director (played with barnstorming vulgarity by Michael Cochrane). Derren Litten is fine in the thankless role of Vaughan, honest, hardworking wage-slave and endless foil to Slay's ever more outrageous lies. Nina Wadia is outstanding as Maggie, regular subject of Bob's cruel jibes about her weight, but always ready with an equally stinging retort. Paul Kaye himself is superb as a deeply insecure character without a single redeeming feature, a comic monster in the tradition of Rowan Atkinson's Blackadder and Rik Mayall's New Statesman. Stylish, clever and audaciously rude, together with Coupling (2000), Perfect World put the spark back in BBC comedy. --Gary S Dalkin

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 May 2004
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Its seems a shame that this show isn't up there in the top ten of the best BBC sitcoms ever. It was truly hilarious in its first series and utterly brilliant in the second, yet there appears to have been little recognition of it or long term attempts to push it as a "sleeper hit" by releasing both series on DVD and relying on word of mouth to do the rest. In short, this is one of the funniest sitcoms of recent years and I'd strongly recommend it to anyone. It stars Paul Kaye at his very best (although judging by his BBC interview he doesn't seem to think so) as a lazy and corrupt marketing executive. The machiavellian storylines borrow heavily from the New Statesman and perhaps Blackadder but with far more outrageous conclusions. Coupled with this are the two "patsy" characters Nina Wadia, and Derren Litten, and the brilliant Michael Cochrane as the oversexed Marketing Director. You will not fail to be amused!
Please, if anyone from the BBC, Tiger Aspect, or the cast and crew is reading this, do another series or at least release both on DVD! This was a brilliant show that was poorly promoted. It took 3 series before anyone really got into Coupling, maybe that is what's required here...
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 7 Nov. 2003
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This is one of the best comedies that I've had the pleasure of seeing in years. It is full of one liners and the storylines are so ludicrous that they themselves are funny! Paul Kaye puts in an exemplary performance as 'Bob Slay' who is a cheating, lying and fraudulent character. Brilliant! Ask anyone who has seen it and they will also tell you how amazing it is.(on the BBC website 85% of poeple rated it 5 stars)! For some mad reason the BBC looks as though it's stopping(or has stopped) production. Get your hands on this while you can, i promise that you'll enjoy it!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Innuendo2013 on 9 April 2002
This is probably one of the most fruitfull British Comedy Series that has come out lately. Bob Slay stars in this outraging comedy that mainly consists of picking at your co-workers and having that one of a kind manager that calls you a golden boy.. Literally.. This is a must buy,,, dont let it slip through your fingers.. With this you wont get bored.. I am waiting for the season 2 to come available for ordering..
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Alban Squires Jamison on 5 Feb. 2005
'Perfect World' is truly in a class of its own in the comedy world. I have yet to see a comedy series that matches the script writting and comic gestures portraid.
From episode one you instantly acquire a graving to watch the whole series in one go!
The comedy is based around four key Characters in a marketing department of a toiletries company. Bob Sleigh aka Paul Kaye singal handedly managers to manipulate and play off his colleagues around him in order to retain his 'golden boy' tittle from the MD.
From sheer perversion to utter contempt of others this series highlights non P.C. attitudes in the competitive world of marketing.
If you've ever worked in the city your find watching this a refreshing and satisfying experience!
If anyone from the BBC reads this, please please relese the 2nd series, they are both brilliant!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "msagrubb" on 1 Aug. 2005
Perfect world is utterly brilliant, it makes The Office look amateurish, pathetic and rather sad. Although some of the characters are nearing the boundaries of believability, if you worked in the City or media in the 90's it is amazing how close to the truth this series actually is. Bob's seafood plater and the Tartan Turd (he is a Scot) from accounts are priceless, the Chateaubriand and Tarquin are inspired and the day Vaughan (the prawn) goes on a career development course and tries to oust Bob is a riot. At the end of the day, Bob uses his own inestimable skills to bring in the bacon and look after his people - he can't be all bad! Please release series 2 BBC, for me this rates with Faulty Towers - it is that good.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 19 Aug. 2006
Tiger aspect productions were behind this comedy.I think everyone should write to complain that they have not released the 2nd series.Which was equally as good.

This scenario reminds me of Fawlty Towers.When it was origanally released it wasnt that recognised as doing very well.Until 5-7 years later it was re-run.Then.CLASSIC!

There could be an element of political correctness(i hope not)

But its very strange the 2nd series was not released.Dam ,bother and the usual swear words.Buy it now or you will never experience superb comedy.The office? Dont make me laugh.

Its rubbish compared to our BOB!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 Jan. 2002
This is one of the best comedies of recent years. A total diamond that hardly anyone watched. I liked Paul Kaye from his Sunday Show/Dennis Pennis days and wished he'd do some other comedy on telly. He plays THE most evil sadistic b**tard you could ever imagine. His deviant boss is superbly played and is just right!.
Buy this Vid, you will not regret it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 30 Nov. 2001
At the end of the day what do you want from a tv sitcom? If it is to laugh out loud then this is the show for you. Although there were 2 series of this show it seemed to go pretty unoticed at the time. This sitcom should have enjoyed the success "Gimmee Gimmee Gimmee" does, both Perfect World and Gimmee Gimmee Gimmee rely on vulgar, school boy humour the difference being Perfect World was much much better! Cant wait for series 2 to come out!
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