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on 5 September 2015
Bought this as a present for a friend, but it arrived with the box split and the lid broken, so a bit embarrassing when I passed it over to them and they opend the package. Just as well it was such a sturdy box as it seemed to have protected the disks inside.
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on 30 June 2017
The product was great overall,but it says on the box and the dvd sleeve that there are no subtitles for series 1 and 2.I put the disc in the dvd player that has the first few episodes of series 1 and they do have subtitles on.
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on 18 July 2017
First class series. Good from start to finish.
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on 15 July 2017
thank you superb
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on 20 April 2017
These still make me laugh
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VINE VOICEon 29 November 2009
This programe is simply superb.

The cast and crew must have had an absolute ball making all 58 episodes of Hi De Hi. This programme was on the air for an amazing 8 years and when the final episode was shown in January 1988 it really was an end of an era.

During the 1950's when air travel was out of the question for many families, holiday camps like "Maplins" were extremely popular for the families yearly getaway. Food, accomodation and entertainment were all thrown in and the writers of Hi De Hi used their own holiday experiences to write this comedy. You had a Camp Host and comedian along with many other entertainment staff and this is the main story line of Hi De Hi. Each series follows the antics of the entertainment staff through each season and as each season comes and goes there are changes to the staff which change the whole plot!

I liked the series as it progressed and the character portrayed by Su Pollard "Peggy" became one of the most loved characters of the day, this propelled Su pollard into the limelight which even gave her a small music career!!

Everyone knows about Hi De Hi, so I will not got on!! However, if you like this series you will probably also like: You Rang M'lord and Oh Doctor Beeching. These series are written by the same writers and all star Su Pollard, Paul Shane and Jeffrey Holland, who in my opinion shine off each other and excel in what they do.

The only down side is the boxset. It is a very poor re-release of what is already avaliable in individual series sets. They have literally thrown all the discs together in a box! There are no extras such as a booklet which is disappointing especially as the RRP is £79.99! However, the series alone deserves 5 stars!
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TOP 100 REVIEWERon 6 October 2015
This is the third part of Jimmy Perry & David Croft's almighty sitcom trilogy. The first two were set in wartime ('Dad's Army' & 'It Ain't Half Hot Mum') and this third chapter is set in the post-war world of a British Holiday camp. The location is Maplins, a fictional holiday camp, during 1959 through to the early 1960s. The title was the greeting the campers heard. The series revolved around the lives of the camp's management and entertainers, most of them struggling actors or has-beens. The inspiration was the experience of one of the writers—after being demobilised from the Army, Jimmy Perry was a Redcoat at Butlins, Pwllheli during the holiday season.

It's been a while so here's a rough'ish outline. Hi De Hi! is set in the fictional seaside town of Crimpton-on-Sea, Essex. Loosely based on Butlins, Maplins is part of a holiday camp group owned by Joe Maplin (never seen), with Yellowcoats replacing Redcoats. Cambridge University Professor of Archaeology, Jeffrey Fairbrother (Simon Cadell), who had tired of academia, has been appointed the new Entertainment Manager. This has annoyed the Camp Host, Ted Bovis (Paul Shane), who had expected the post. The job of Camp Comic was given to the naive but kind-hearted Spike Dixon (Jeffrey Holland) who wanted an introduction to the world of show business. Many episodes involved Ted Bovis attempting to scam the campers as well as the well-meaning Fairbrother, who also had to avoid the romantic approaches of the chief Yellowcoat and Sports Organiser, Gladys Pugh (Ruth Madoc). The other main characters in the show were out-of-work actors and entertainers at the tail end of their careers. These included Fred Quilley (Felix Bowness), a disqualified jockey; Yvonne (Diane Holland) and Barry Stuart-Hargreaves (Barry Howard), two former ballroom champions; and Mr Partridge (Leslie Dwyer), a fallen music-hall star reduced to performing Punch and Judy puppet shows, despite hating children. One other main character was Peggy Ollerenshaw (Su Pollard), an eccentric but ambitious chalet maid who dreamed of becoming a Yellowcoat.

It won a BAFTA as Best Comedy Series in 1984 and in 2008 Hi De Hi! was voted the 35th most popular comedy catchphrase. You get either 57 or 58 episodes here. I count 58 (53 x 30 mins., 1 x 40 mins., 3 x 45 mins., and 1 x 60 mins) and the Amazon blurb agrees with that, but the case cover artwork states 57 so maybe one of the specials is missing. Whatever, the location scenes of Hi De Hi! were filmed at a real holiday camp run by Warners in the town of Dovercourt near Harwich, Essex. The pilot episode (1979) and first two series (1980–1981) were all filmed during early spring before the holiday camp was opened to the public for the summer. This is noticeable during outdoor scenes, because most of the trees are bare.

Like 'Dad's Army' and 'It Ain't Half Hot Mum' before it, 'Hi De Hi!' is not only about the Home Guard/Army Concert Party/Maplins Holiday Camp, but also about the wider issues of Britain at war and post-war Britain itself. The characters represent the survivors of that appalling holocaust, using escapism to help them to forget while they rebuild their lives. This is British sitcom at its very best - both hilarious entertainment and timeless social history. In February of this year (2015), it even began a rerun on the telly (BBC2). 5 glowing stars.
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VINE VOICEon 26 October 2009
Hi-de-Hi! is a British sitcom that aired on BBC1 from 1980 to 1988. Set in a 1950s holiday camp, it was written by Jimmy Perry and David Croft, The title was the phrase used to greet the campers at events. The inspiration for the series was drawn from the real-life experiences of writers Perry and Croft.

This innocent, but very good humour. It simply makes you laugh a lot or smile. The cast is just brilliant and portray their characters to perfection. However Ruth Madoc as Gladys Pugh, the chief yellowcoat, is in this series just amazing.

But I cannot help I like Su Pollard best as Peggy Ollerenshaw, the potty Peggy was the chalet maid. Just watch when she gives her acceptance speech for an imaginary prize she has won. Hillarious.

I just loved it!!
5 stars - a shame one can not give more!!!!!!
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on 31 January 2013
This box set is not complete, the following 5 episodes are missing:

The Graven Image,S5, Ep5
Peggy's Pen Friend, S5, Ep6
The Epidemic, S5, Ep7
Hey Diddle Diddle, Who's on the Fiddle?, S6, Ep5
Raffles,S6, Ep6

It consequently does not contain all 58 episodes, but only 53, and is thus a marred set. This is a great pity, and extremely annoying since the Product Information is incorrect. Whether this is the fault of the manfacturer or of Amazon, I cannot tell. Probably the former.
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on 29 August 2016
Just bought this but as yet have not watched it - good price
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