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Gimme Gimme Gimme: The Complete Collection [DVD] 
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All 19 episodes from Seasons 1 to 3 of the BBC sitcom that follows the ongoing chaotic adventures of over-the-top tart Lynda La Hughes (Kathy Burke) and perenially lonely gay guy Tom Farrell (James Dreyfus) - who happen to share both a London flat and a yearning lust for whatever luckless man happens to cross their paths. Series one episodes are: 'Who's That Boy?', 'The Big Break', 'Legs and Co', 'Do They Take Sugar?', 'Saturday Night Diva', 'I Do, I Do, I Do!'. Series two episodes are: 'Millennium Special', 'Teacher's Pet', 'Stiff', 'Prison Visitor', 'Dirty Thirty', 'Glad to be Gay?' and 'Sofa Man'. Series three episodes are: 'Down and Out', 'Lollipop Man', 'Secrets and Flies', 'Trauma', 'Singing in the Drain' and 'Decoy'.
Gimme, Gimme, Gimme took situation comedy to new peaks of vulgarity when it returned for a third and final series in 2001, thanks to the full-on performances of James Dreyfus (Tom) and Kathy Burke (Linda) who suck up Jonathan Harvey's innuendo-laden scripts and spit them out like a couple of thespian tornados. "I don't think anything could relax my lips, baby," leers Burke, milking the endless supply of double entendres. "Mind you, after a couple of vodkas they're usually flapping around like flip-flops."
Tom's descent into self-parody--when he looks in the mirror, he sees the new Noel Coward--can have only one logical conclusion: the offer of a bit-part in Crossroads which eventually splits up this dysfunctional friendship. Sex-crazed Linda is deluded beyond all reason--when she looks in the mirror, she sees Catherine Zeta Jones--and here we finally get some insight into the reasons behind her grotesque traits: visits from her old Borstal wing governor (the excellent Ann Mitchell, sending up her Widows character), and the long-lost son she gave up for adoption.
Like all successful comedy, Gimme, Gimme, Gimme has its dark side. It also becomes increasingly surreal as the episodes pass: Tom fails miserably in a walk-on role in a conceptual Japanese drama presented in a fire station; and Linda turns the back garden into a campsite. Sophisticated it isn't, but it's often wickedly hilarious and occasionally brilliant.
On the DVD: Gimme, Gimme, Gimme is presented in standard 14:9 format with a stereo soundtrack, replicating the sitcom viewing experience. Apart from the episode index, there are no extras. At the very least biographies of Harvey, Burke and Dreyfus would have been useful. --Piers Ford --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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I'm delighted to hear that this DVD also includes the special episode, 'Millennium'. This is one of the series' funniest, and it basically consists of Linda and Tom spending a New Years Eve alone in the flat. But Burke and Dreyfuss are so fantastic and their characters so well defined that it works brilliantly. The series proper gets going with 'Teacher's Pet', an hysterical episode featuring Elaine Lordan's return as Linda's sister, Sugar. Watch out for some side-splitting scenes with Linda and a doll. 'Stiff' is a great episode involving Linda and Tom trying to make sense of a strange occurrence. 'Prison Visitor' features Phil Daniels in a brilliant guest role as an ex-con. 'Dirty Thirty' is simply fantastic, and Tom's parents are an absolute riot. 'Glad To Be Gay?' is, in my humble opinion, the best ever episode of the series. Moya Brady guests stars in this masterpiece episode of British comedy. 'Sofa Man' is not quite up to the standards of the other episodes but is still hysterical, featuring possibly James Dreyfuss' best performance as Tom.
It's hard to fault this series. Buy it, keep it, treasure it forever. You'll laugh so much it'll hurt!
Episodes include DIRTY THIRTY where Tom finds out his mum and dad are swingers.STIFF the dead body in the coffin and who can forget the episode PRISON VISITOR where Linda sits on the rubber ring lol.I laughed so much I could hardly get my words out.
The beauty of the Gimmie series is that you will still be laughing days or even weeks later. BUY IT!!!!!!
The premise of the show focuses around two unlikely flatmates, Tom and Linda. Tom is an untalented aspiring actor condemned to being an extra in soaps and adverts, whilst Linda is an aggressive, man hungry idiot with no ambition whatsoever. Throughout the series we become associated with their neighbours, Jez & Suze and their landlord Beryl. It features a number of spontaneous laugh out loud moments during episodes such as Tom getting married and Linda constantly trying to steal Jez from Suze.
There are some spectacular situations which make the show wholly enjoyable, but if you're easily offended then this isn't really for you. There are times when even I think they take it too far especially involving the anecdotal segments when Linda is talking about her childhood which imply that she had a life of child abuse and even hints at more dark humour in relation to said abuse, but I wont go into that. As much as I think everything is fair game for comedy, there is still a limit and trying to make a joke of child abuse just isn't right.Read more ›
Brilliantly funny, completely UN-politically correct and filthy.
One of the best and underated comedies of the last 5 years.
7 episodes including the Millenium special (which starts with a very funny dream party sequence with a cameo by Melinda Messenger!).
The only criticism - no extras! I would love to have seen out-takes from this series (there are no extras on any of the DVD's).
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I love gimme gimme gimme! It's so funny. Kathy Burke as Linda La Hughes and James Dreyfus as Tom. One of my favourite lines of Linda was "I bet your dying to eat a new plate of... Read morePublished 4 months ago by ravi
Very well packaged, turned up on time and I'd recommend this product -Thank-youPublished 7 months ago by Jason walker