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The Brittas Empire - The Complete Series 1 [1991] [DVD]

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  • Actors: Chris Barrie, Harriet Thorpe, Michael Burns, Tim Marriott, Russell Porter
  • Writers: Andrew Norriss, Richard Fegen
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Eureka
  • DVD Release Date: 21 July 2003
  • Run Time: 171 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 47 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B00009MGJ4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,589 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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The first six episodes of the hit television comedy starring Chris Barrie as Gordon Brittas, the manager of the Whitbury Leisure Centre. Episodes comprise: 'Laying the Foundations', 'Opening Day', 'Bye Bye Baby', 'Underwater Wedding', 'Stop Thief' and 'Assassin'.

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Broadcast between 1991 and 1997, The Brittas Empire is a sitcom set in Whitbury New Town Leisure Centre. It stars Chris Barrie as Gordon Brittas, the prattish, blazered manager who remains loudly oblivious to the fact that his high-handed efforts at running the place result in utter calamity. As his gin-supping, nervous wreck of a wife observes, he thinks he's the oil that lubricates the machine but in reality he's "a bag of grit".

This first series introduces Brittas, whose arrival at the new Centre prompts a rash of resignations as his petty and pedantic managerial methods constantly rebound on him. Mishaps in these episodes include a malfunctioning set of automatic doors, a disastrous wedding in the pool and a lost baby. Somehow, however, Brittas' strange sense of idealism keeps him bobbing up as all others sink into despair.

The Brittas Empire could either be seen as a satire on the new tier of superfluous middle-management types who flourished in Tory Britain, or a 90s update of the old stereotype of the bureaucratic buffoon. Compared to, say, Alan Partridge, Brittas seems a bit broad and one-dimensional, a sketch-show character stretched beyond its limits. The rest of the cast don't offer much in the way of resistance or support and Brittas very swiftly becomes very annoying. Despite all problems, however, The Brittas Empire was an immense success, attracting over eight-million viewers at its peak.

On the DVD: The Brittas Empire include some perfunctory, text-only items, including a Chris Barrie biography and a Brittas Fitness Quiz, as well as a sketch performed at the Royal Variety Performance of 1996, in which Brittas reveals himself as an enthusiast for conformity with EEC regulations. --David Stubbs


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