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Fun at the Funeral Parlour [DVD]
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The complete series of the BBC comedy, following the misfortunes of a Welsh family of funeral directors. With some of them scared of the bodies and others desperate to escape their humdrum existance, life - and death - is never easy. In this series, the firm gets extra work after a wolf goes on a killing spree, an undercover journalist starts causing problems, and evil spirits begin to haunt the business. Episodes from series one are: 'Death in the Valleys'; 'The Jaws of Doom'; 'The Heron Incident'; 'The Mountains of Doom'; 'Blue Ice'; and 'Dead Aid'. Episodes from series two are: 'The Balls of Doom'; 'Polterghost'; 'A Pocket Full of Gravel'; 'Gwynne's Marvellous Medicine'; 'Marooned'; 'Dog Dago Afternoon'; and 'Moira Stewart and the Clown Syndrome'.
Aiming to do for Welsh undertakers what Father Ted did for Irish priests, this series follows a family who try to get their business of the ground... but fail to get their clients under it. The Thomas' run a family firm of undertakers. They're a colourful bunch whose daily mishaps and unsuccessful burials develop into offbeat antics with hilarious outcomes. At the beginning of each episode a villager dies in bizarre circumstances. And with each deceased villager, the funeral parlour becomes less and less competent in burying the dead. Ivor Thomas, head of the family firm, is petrified of dead bodies, and with his three eccentric sons in tow, every attempted funeral turns ino anther botched job.
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The show centres around Thomas, Thomas, Thomas and Thomas Funeral Directors - dad Ivor (big-hearted, unfortunately corpse phobic, played by the fantastic William Thomas) and his three sons, Arwell (straight-laced, a bit wet, played by Alex Lowe), Gwynne (porky, simple-minded, played by Tony Way) and eldest son Percy (a bit evil, jailed for five years for dressing the stiffs as Roy Orbison and taking them on tour, played by Rhys Thomas who also wrote the series). Paul Whitehouse features prominently - a filthy newsagent in the first series, a flouncy camp vicar in the second - and the guest stars include Jo Scanlan, Steve Furst, Matt Lucas, Tom Baker, Bill Oddie, Charlie Higson (also the series script editor), Brian Blessed, Mark Williams, David Walliams, Christopher Cazenove, Phil Cornwell, Nerys Hughes, Michael Jayston, Simon Day, Art Malik, etc, etc.
There are actually two discs in this box, to wit Series 1 (6 episodes) plus extras and Series 2 (7 episodes). For reasons we may never know, Series 1 is on disc 2 and Series 2 is on disc 1. Series 1 is variable - there are a couple of episodes in which the guest stars appear as themselves, which basically devolve into wheeling out the catchphrases and inviting the viewers to notice the big name guest. The rest of it is good stuff, though.Read more ›
This sitcom appeared on the ill fated BBC Choice and asides from a short run on UK Gold disappeared into relative obscurity. Shame! It really is a tidy little ensemble and never took itself at all seriously. Some of the best cameo performances ever; who needs 'Extra's' when you can watch Tom Baker and Brian Blessed at their best with some of the most inane babble you've ever heard.
You get both series 1 & 2 (a complete boxset for all the diehard fanatics!) and the extra content is fairly competent.
But the gem is to watch these episodes with some knowledge that only you and nine other people will ever watch the most underated overlooked and very well hidden comedy series never to be shown.
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Load of rubbish, watched about 10 minutes of sub-lavatorial "humour" and binned it - certainly couldn't have taken it to the charity shop.Published 11 months ago by nonver