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Campus [DVD]

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  • Actors: Andy Nyman, Lisa Jackson, Joseph Millson, Sara Pascoe, Will Adamsdale
  • 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.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Channel 4 DVD
  • DVD Release Date: 16 May 2011
  • Run Time: 270 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004LQG198
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,651 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Vice Chancellor of Kirke University, Jonty De Wolfe (Andy Nyman, Dead Set) swells his puffed-up chest as he surveys his crumbling kingdom. Huge debts, government cuts, the impending arrival of an icy management consultant, falling student numbers and lazy heads of department mean that his dream of dragging concrete Kirke up to red-brick status is getting harder and harder.

He's tried talking a troubled student into committing suicide, he's locked his bank manager in a stationery cupboard for being a Gaylord, and he's lost his owl. But all is not lost - for his lovely Senior Maths Lecturer Imogen Moffatt (Lisa Jackson) has written a best-selling 'Mathsbuster' and Jonty wants his staff to follow her example - even the perennially under-achieving English Professor and serial seducer Matt Beer (Joseph Millson). And so starts a new academic year...

The series, from the makers of Green Wing and Smack the Pony, features an ensemble cast, including Joseph Millson (Quantum of Solace), Sara Pascoe (Free Agents), Will Adamsdale (Perrier Award Winner for Jackson's Way), Jonathan Bailey (Off the Hook), Dolly Wells (Star Stories) and Lisa Jackson (Bright Young Things) and introduces Katherine Ryan.

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Having worked in what I consider to be the most dysfunctional university in this green and pleasant land I was initially drawn to this series by its premise. When I found out it was by the same team of writers who produced Green Wing (a tragically under-appreciated and uniquely British comedy) I was even more intrigued.

The show is a delight and whilst comparisons with Green Wing are inevitable (set in a labyrinthine institution which many have experienced but few understand the workings of, a picaresque central character (Matt Beer) with a strong supporting cast, beautifully observed asides etc.) it must be recognised as a standalone work. Some characters get more of a bite of the cherry than others, Lydia Tennant had considerably greater scope than actually was made use of, Flatpack only became two-and-a-half dimensional in the final episodes but hopefully they will develop in the next series (I have to assume that there will be a second series as life without one will be a bleak prospect).

Overall the writing was immaculate and the cast managed to pull huge amounts from their scripts. For fans of Green Wing this is a natural choice and for those who are of the opinion that British comedy is in decline this series is reason to take heart. I hope beyond measure that the commissioning editors out there realise what a gem they have.
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When Campus first came out on Channel 4 people immediately took a dislike to it because it was deemed to be the squatty sibling of Green Wing, after all it had the same crew behind it. However it has enough of it's own unique aspects that it can easily stand out as one of Channel 4s Best Series' of the past couple of years. Some of the humor in the first episode is very crude but overall it's a perfect balance of surreal humor and character development we've come to expect from these writers.

It's just a shame that Channel 4 decided their priority was going to be with lowbrow shows like "Made in Chelsea" and have opted to stop making great British comedy like this.
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Having seen Green Wing before this, and completely adoring it, I had unrealistically high expectations of Campus.
No, I don't think it's as good as Green Wing, but that doesn't mean it isn't great.
There are a few similar characters in Campus and Green Wing - Matt Beer reminded me forcibly of Guy Secretan, and I thought Jonty was the Sue White of Campus - and I suppose that doesn't help its case, but I fell in love with Campus, it made me laugh, and it took me in. The characters were great (mostly) despite the similarities - I loved the different dimensions to Matt Beer's character (the Beer/Moffat storyline may be cliched, but the scenes with them are beautifully written), and I thought Flatpack was adorable. I completely bought the love triangle and the storylines, and the surrealism, while not always as spot on as Green Wing's, reminded me of it. And that is almost as good.

I think its unfair to compare Campus to the absolute epitome of comedy, Green Wing, because it will always fall short. Campus is, in its own right, a wonderful new comedy. And I want another series. A lot.

Buy it.
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Everyone is comparing Campus to Green Wing and it would appear to not do well in this comparison. Having not seen much of Green Wing, I am reviewing campus for its own merrits. It is a very good show! Very funny, if rather stupid and slightly offensive in some areas (but after all it is comedy and it is not offensive to the extent that some critics have said). I must admit that the first episode did not grab me particularly but after sticking with it for a few episodes I couldn't wait for the next one to come out. Should hopefully be back for a second series!!
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Unlike many of the critics, as with the previous reviews on Amazon, I can truthfully say that this is one hell of a good series. Yes - it has it's mediocre moments, yes - it's random, but that's part of it's amusement! Green wing was a very hard series to top in my opinion and still is, but this is different enough to call it original.

Jonty (Andy Nyman) is as good as the character Alan Statham (Mark Heap) from Green Wing. Perhaps I am somewhat oblivious to offensive TV, but I generally didn't see this as a highly offensive series, contrary to popular opinion.

All of the characters play a well crafted role and the disjointed feel actually adds to it.

You can't judge this after one episode. Watch three and you'll want to finish the series!
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It's a bit of a shame that Campus started with a weak and not especially typical opening episode; after that this semi-improvised series grew steadily better and better. It is most definitely worth persevering with for some magnificently surreal moments (where its affiliation with Green Wing, with which it shares some writers, is most marked), excellent acting (particularly from Andy Nyman as the repellent but mesmerising Jonty de Wolfe, Joseph Millson as the louche Prof. Beer and Lisa Jackson as a wonderfully gauche Dr Moffat). There are some extraordinary, laugh-out-loud set pieces, and the offensive crassness which seemed to characterise the first episode rarely returns (this is not to say that it doesn't teeter on the brink at times). For me, only the character of Lydia Tennant was consistently unfunny and never developed. I very much hope that it gets a second series. If you missed it first time around, are a University vice-principal/chancellor hoping to pick up a few management tips, or just want to savour that remarkable ending again, this is definitely worth a bob or two.
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