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on 14 July 2009
These are probably the better "Beadle Scams" from his TV show. They are all there, the man whose van ended up in the dock, the "new boy" at a furniture shop having to cope with a very "large" family who want to buy a bed. It does omit, though, what I thought was the best one with the woman who thought she had an alien in her back garden, but maybe that's on volume two. Yes, I think this is what you'd expect from the late master prankster, who I actually knew when he lived around the corner from me in 1962/3, and one of the other scams is actually done in the local Cotmandene carpet shop, where he caught my Dad but that one wasn't televised.....
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I am too young to be able to remember this show first time around, but had heard only good things about 'Beadles' About'. I decided to give it a go with this DVD, I am so glad that I did. It gave me some first class entertainment to fill in my Saturday night, just as it would have done for countless other people when originally broadcast.

This was a simple candid-camera programme, with the late host Jeremy Beadle (RIP!) clearly relishing in his role as pranks master. Some of the bizarre situations that he allowed his real, unsuspecting victims become involved in were hilarious, as well as the funny tricks he and his team played on those unfortunate people walking down the street. Some pranks obviously worked better than others, but when they were good, they were priceless to watch.

What I like about this DVD, is that it isn't just a clip show compilation, you do get the complete six shows from series one, originally screened on ITV throughout November/December 1986, in their entirety. With my appetite now wetted, I fully intend to buy the second series.

I do wish we had another show like 'Beadle's About' on our television screens today, because this was a real joy to see.
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on 1 May 2013
The First Series of Beadle's About, came about by the ending of Game for A Laugh. Building a new formula for a show after the success of Game For A Laugh (considering how varied that show was with on location filming and studio audience inter-action) was always going to be a struggle.
This new show was always going to be an experiment, considering that this kind of hidden camera show had already been established with LWT'S 'Candid Camera' in the early 1970's. They had to build on that success for a new generation of viewers.
So SOME pranks work on this first series, some don't.
You find that the more the pranks are near to 1980's way of life ,the more the pranks work. For example.. the prank with the Wife's Husband as a disguised stripper (something NEVER depicted on these UK Television show's before, Because of the Social Politics of the 1960's and 1970's) and the Female shopping Customer, Changing her clothes in the locker room, to try on a new dress or other garment to purchase, leaving them there in the locker room, and finding when she is walking around in the dress she is hoping to purchase...finds another female customer WEARING HER CLOTHES, she had left in the locker room.
These Pranks work. The prank with the people waiting at the Bus Stop, singing songs and following the instructions of the bus stop announcer do not work, because it comes across like those old fashioned pranks of LWT'S 'Candid Camera' of the early 1970's.
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on 3 October 2010
i bought this last week and it is just brilliant. i used to watch the programme when i was a kid the best ever moment in my opinion is the part when they filmed the truck going into the river. it was filmed in docklands and i remember watching it happen as an onlooker with my parents. we all had a laugh and were told to be quiet since it would give the game away if we laughed. all in all a classic from the late jeremy beadle. try and get volume two it is also worth a watch.
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on 9 December 2016
great to re live some great classic tv will bring a smile to your face ,make's a refreshing change to todays terrible second rate Saturday/sunday evening karaoke tv that's well past its time
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on 20 October 2014
Old funny jokes played on people
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on 22 January 2016
Still working like a beast.
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on 26 April 2012
A chance to relive all those saturday nights in front of the telly from the 80's. These programmes are genuinely laugh out loud funny, we need to be making telly like this again. This is the first series, and it shows that it is something of a work in progress at times, you can spot the same audiece members in every show so they must have recorded the whole lot in an afternoon. Don't expect to see any of the character pieces that were found in the later series such as the go-lightly's and more expensive stunts, but in this series you have the essentials - real people, in unreal circumstances - and Mr Beadle taking full advantage of this! Classic!
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on 17 March 2015
very funny
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on 21 November 2011
This DVD is okay but not as good as I was expecting. Mainly becuase the hilarious Golightly family are not there - I guess they came along circa 1988/89. They are the legendary oversised family that went into shops and flattened beds, bumped into glass cabinets and stretched bridal dresses to breaking point - leaving the poor shop assistants completely stunned.

I really hope that the other series are added to the range so that classic characters such as Dainty Golightly and Wally Pratt can be seen again. They were Beadle at his brilliant best.
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