- Actors: David Bamber, Martin Ball, Amanda Boxer, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Nicola Walker
- Language: English
- Classification: 15
- Studio: BBC
- VHS Release Date: 24 Jan. 2000
- Run Time: 86 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B00004CX36
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 323,717 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
Chalk: Suzy Arrives [VHS] 
The first three episodes of Steven Moffat's school-based comedy series, centring around the exploits of Deputy Head Eric Slatt (David Bamber). In 'Suzy Arrives', the arrival of a new teacher coincides with the Headmaster (the late John Wells) going walkabout on the school roof. 'The Interview' sees Slatt attempting to impress his interview panel when the Headmaster smokes dope with the sixth form. In 'The Staff Meeting', a student makes a rooftop demonstration while the teachers are all locked in the staff room. Can Slatt's bladder hold out under the strain?
Top Customer Reviews
The answer - Very,very,very funny
Ok it looses it around the middle of the second series , but I think the BBC should be applauded for 10 epsoades of class, rather then 2 filled with rubbish. Its a moot point anyway, since the second series hasn`t been released on video yet (and knowing the beeb, never will be)
In a way, Chalk reminds me of a modern day Fawlty Towers, with the same larger-then-life charcters who never seem to do anything majorley wrong, yet still get into the strangest situations, with Depuety head Eric Slatt getting into trouble as easily as John Cleese ever did.
If it wasn`t for `Coupling`, Chalk would rank as the best BBC comedy of the ninties, and if nothing else, beats watching those endless re-runs of Friends
Set in a school, this series casts David Bamber as a manic deputy head trying in his own dysfunctional way to keep the school up to his somewhat strange repressed and outmoded standards. It has rightly been called "Fawlty Towers goes to school" but it also has enough invention of its own to make it more than a knock-off. Steven Moffat wrote it, prior to his Doctor Who involvement I think. Each episode is a sweaty palms ride with one disaster building on another, and not all of it is "on message" for our politically correct age, but for the most part it's all the better for that!
Replay video have released the first series on DVD now and you can buy it direct from them, but I'm surprised Amazon's not selling it by now?