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Bo' Selecta: Series 1 [DVD] [2002]

4.3 out of 5 stars 63 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Leigh Francis, Patsy Kensit, Karen Hayley, Craig Phillips, Caroline Flack
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: 2 Entertain Video
  • DVD Release Date: 16 Jun. 2003
  • Run Time: 152 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000096KL3
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 41,684 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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DVD Special Features:

  • Behind the scenes
  • Deleted scenes
  • Bloop Selecta
  • Craig David’s life story
  • Trailers
  • Avid’s Gallery
  • Commentary

DVD Technical Information:

  • Video Aspect Ratio: 16:9 Anamorphic
  • Main soundtrack: English, stereo
  • Disc Format: Single sided, dual layer – DVD9
  • Feature Length: 140 mins approx.
  • DVD Extras: 57 mins approx.
  • Colour PAL
  • Region Code: 2
  • Subtitles: English for the hard of hearing

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Featuring Avid Merrion as the Scandinavian stalker/host and sketches in which he plays the parts of pop stars like Craig David and Britney Spears in lurid, latex masks, Bo' Selecta! is a brilliantly surreal take on celebrity culture. This first series (originally broadcast in 2002) features a number of cameos and guest appearances from minor celebs: Boyzone's Keith Duffy, Davina McCall, Vanessa Feltz and the hapless Christine Hamilton, one of numerous guests to be interviewed by a puppet bear played by Merrion whose feverish line of questioning invariably results in him sprouting a little erection.

Another character is hauled up in a neckbrace (following an altercation with Lisa Tarbuck), but Merrion's innocent broken English can't conceal the fact that he's a psychotic sex maniac who explicitly lusts after celebs who "make me do a sex wee", keeps Craig from Big Brother locked in a cupboard and his dead mother in a wardrobe.

Merrion's pop spoofs are also masterly: rather than mimic the stars, he reinvents them--Mel B and Britney Spears--as farting, hairy-chested Northerners, slobbing out on fry-up breakfasts washed down with lager and, most improbably, Michael Jackson as a cussing, jive-talking black dude à la Huggy Bear. Bo' Selecta! doesn't so much satirise celebrities as debase them, exposing their humiliating none-dimensionality by drawing them into a vortex of vulgar absurdity, not unlike Vic Reeves' Shooting Stars. Of course, they play along--they're on television. Although initially off-putting to some, once you get into Bo' Selecta! there is, as for Big Brother's Craig, no escape.

On the DVD: Bo' Selecta! on disc features numerous extras, including a behind the scenes feature in which the production team discuss making the show ("like directing a squirrel on roller-skates"), deleted scenes including Gareth Gates as a Tourette's victim, which was deemed a little beyond the pale, some unfunny bloopers and a feature on the life story of "Craig David" with Kate Thornton, including an unmissable nativity scene in which the infant Craig plays Jesus. There's also a commentary, with Merrion as his stalker self watching himself with consternation (It's strange seeing yourself on TV"). It's a pity we don't get to hear from the "real" Merrion. --David Stubbs

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After seeing the short but massively funny trailers for BB3 including Avid Merrion, I was introduced to Bo' Selecta by a friend. At first glance I thought that this series would be a series of random sketches with no substance whatsoever.
How wrong was I! This is NOT an impressions show believe me! Don't expect a charicature of the celebrities shown; expect a complete redesign or twist of their personalities. The targeted celebrities range from Craaaaig David, with his pet peregrine falcon 'Kez' and emergency p*ss bag (say 'Proper Bo I tell thee' to any Bo' Selecta fan and you'll have them in stitches!) to Enrique Iglesias' mole, to Mel B; scary spice in every possible way!
These sketches are then accompanied to some brilliantly conceived original characters: the Bear, a very naughty little cuddly bear who shocks real celebrities with his 'tail' popping out (watch the one with Liberty X, it's hilarious!) and of course Avid, the stalker (or 'superfan' as he puts it) of Celabrities (no that's not a typo there) who keeps 'the Craig from Big Brother' in his cupboard. Avid's trips out into the world of celabrities ends up with hilarious consequences, himself being pretty unheard of at the time, shocking all involved with his outbursts - 'she makes me do a sex-wee'.
Obviously a show this strange and off-the-wall will not be a massive hit with everyone. In many scenes it is just plain vulgar, which makes you almost feel guilty for laughing your head off (the Michael Jackson/Jackass scene - 'Omlette for your G' is particularly revolting). I would suggest having a peek at it on TV before buying the DVD as it is definitely a love-hate kind of show.
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Bo Selecta is a brilliantly modern adult themed comedy show starring the extremely talented and funny man Avid Merrion. All the characters in the show are depicted by Avid wearing a latex mask of that person. Everyone also wears thick rimmed spectacles! This is a must see video that will have you rolling around on the floor! It's probably the best modern day comedy show on the planet, well done Avid 10/10 Fantastic, Buy It!!
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Although slightly overshadowed by the second series, the first series of Bo' Selecta! is still an essential purchase. It introduces us to Avid Merrion and his crazy world of celebrity, and is unlike anything before it.
Michael Jackson brings us a tour of his "crib" and stars in a bunch of hilarious Jackass-style stunts with his lovely assistant Bubbles (replaced in the series 2 by the less lovely, but funnier Martin Bashir), while Craiiig David takes us through a typical seven days, as well as day trips out to places such as a bird sancutary, and his home town Morely in Leeds.
The majority of characters, such as Mel B ("...better known as Scary Spice!"), Will Young and Gareth Gates, will have you crying with laughter, while others like David Blaine and Geri Haliwell are funny in their own unique way.
The show won't be to everyone's tastes though, as it is vulgar and some may find it offensive, but if you have an open mind, then go for it. It's proper bo, I tell thee.
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By A Customer on 15 Jun. 2003
Format: DVD
Avid is hysterical.
His sketch of Micheal Jackson mixed with a perfect ozzy osbourne impression is one of the funniest moments in television history.
This first series may be far too crude for some viewers but for others it will become a favourite.
Jokes are plenty and Craig David as a falkener who wets himself is billiantly concieved.
Well worth buying for fans of any "off the wall" comedy!
brilliant.
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By A Customer on 24 July 2003
Format: DVD
Avid Merrion, the celebrity stalker, presents the first series of Bo' Selecta. Pure Genius.
All the characters are side-splittingly funny, ranging from the grim Northern Mel B, looking for a good fook to Michael Jackson, checkin' his bad self, chamon!
The brilliance of Craig David as a Northener, Davina McCall as the pregnant, frantic, swearing Big Brother presenter and the sheer filth churned out by the bear add up to some top quality entertainment.
All I can say is that 'It's proper bo, I tell thee!'
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Format: DVD
Bringing to life one of the freshest and funniest TV comedy programs to hit UK TV screens since the likes of the now rather stale Ali-G, Bo Selecta! is a spitting image for the 21st century. Some of the impressions aren't 'top notch'; or as a friend put it, upto Alistair McGowan's standards - Bo Selecta! focuses more one the side splittingly funny comedy writing and grossly eggagerated costumes and facial masks.
Early hints lead us to Expect to see Avid Merrion upto his usual tricks along with other backstage clips and trailers and TV shorts. The DVD also contains a stunning array of extras including; Craig David's Life Story, Outtakes, Trailers, Avid's Picture Gallery and a huge number of deleted scenes.
So all in all, this is a must for fnas of British Comedy and of course, die-hard Bo Selecta fans alike...
Happy Shopping...
Bo!
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By A Customer on 31 July 2003
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One of the wackiest and funniest comedy shows ever. A bizzare and surreal universe of minor celebrity mixed with adolescent fantasy and sexual desire. Avid's, or is it Leigh's versatility and skill in playing the various parts is incredible. The show is a great leveller of our new religion of adoration of all things celebrity. It is worth buying, if for nothing else, for the 'Jacksons' title montage a la Osbornes, which is hysterically funny and pure genius.
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