Dead Ringers - Series 1 
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Ransacking the worlds of politics and broadcasting in the name of comedy. No public figure is safe from this exceptionally talented team of impersonators and their satirical digs at subjects that range from the newsworthy to the naughty. Celebrities and politicians are mercilessly lampooned - Russell Crowe, Judi Dench, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Robbie Williams, Nigella Lawson, George Bush, Tony Blair and Iain Duncan Smith crop up in strange places, doing the oddest things. Movies and television also get a new twist, as 'The Elephant Man' appears on the grooming-for-a-date show Would Like To Meet, and 'Tom Baker aka Dr Who' befriends the Daleks. Sharp, clever and exceptionally funny, this is satire at its finest.
The standard of the impressions in Dead Ringers is never less than superb, even when some of the more obvious characters (Rolf Harris, Nigella Lawson and Parkinson, for example) seem over-familiar thanks to the BBC's other similar series, Alistair McGowan's Big Impression. Others, such as Thora Hird or Tom Baker as Doctor Who, simply lack the contemporary edge present throughout the rest of the show. But for the most part the large and talented cast provide enough variety to ensure that the sketches are a pleasure to watch: be it George W Bush's "shockerating" and "erogenous" use of the English language, interviews with the aggressive Lothario Russell Crowe, the reinvention of Michael Buerk as a threatening celebrity kingpin, or the appropriately pretentious Newsnight Review send-up.
One of the most unique and rewarding segments of the show captures the cast on hidden cameras interacting with members of the public while in disguise. Thus we are treated to the unusual sight of Tony Blair addressing a confused bus queue, Jimmy Hill attempting stand-up at a hostile open-mike night, and Gladiator's Maximus Decimus Meridias getting quotes from real-life builders for the reconstruction of his ransacked Roman estate. "I'm not sure I like the sound of decking, how about some Saxon paving?"
On the DVD: Dead Ringers DVD features all six episodes from the first series, including the Christmas special plus the original Pilot. The only features are episode and scene selection. --Paul Philpott
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I couldn't agree more with the Daily Mail credit cited on the box :"... a mastery mix of impersonations and top-notch writing."
With each episode containing dozens of excellent short sketches the LOL moments come in a hazardous pace.
The actors simply shine in their impersonations, and although based on some ten years or older events and TV-shows, it hasn't aged a bit thanks to the superb writing.
Here's just a fraction to be mentioned::
Dr. Who (mainly candid camera very funny outdoors sketches)
"- How much is it?
- Have you got change of a Galifrean Zonk?"
George Bush (with some of the funniest sketches I've ever seen) & Saddam Hussein
Tony Blair, the Queen, Michael Buerk, Ozzy Osbourne,So-called TV chefs Nigella Lawson, Delia Smith ,Jamie Oliver,
Darth Vader (warned about the use of Tabasco - "Don't underestimate the power of the sauce") & Obi Wan Kenobi,
Gandalf & Frodo Baggins ,Prof. Ryan (Silent Witness), Hyacinth Bucket,
Russell Crowe /Gladiator as John Nash (Sorry - Maximus Calculus Decimalus)
and many others.
My only quibble is the total lack of extras and the fact that the subtitles are far from being exact transcript, with large chunks missing and many changes, which for me made it almost useless and I had to turn them off.
The pilot episode is not subtitled at all.
Overall highly recommended. Such a pity later series aren't available on DVD.