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Hi-De-Hi! - The Complete Series [DVD]

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  • Actors: Paul Shane, Ruth Madoc, Jeffrey Holland, Su Pollard, Felix Bowness
  • Format: Box set, PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: Unknown
  • Number of discs: 13
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 9 Nov. 2009
  • Run Time: 1825 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (138 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002L7O7R2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 57,219 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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All 58 episodes of the BBC sitcom set in a holiday camp in the late 1950s/early '60s. Maplin's holiday camp is the scene of japes, fiddles and scrapes galore as Teddy-cum-wide-boy Ted Bovis (Paul Shane), camp entertainer, concocts yet another scheme to get one over on haughty camp manager Jeffrey Fairbrother (Simon Cadell). Meanwhile, razor-tongued senior yellowcoat, the glamorous Gladys Pugh (Ruth Madoc), has her sights set on becoming Fairbrother's muse and gormless chalet-maid/wannabe-yellowcoat Peggy Ollerenshaw (Su Pollard) picks up and spreads rumours with abandon.

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By Mellow Yellow TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 29 Nov. 2009
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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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Thankfully at long last those nice people at Playback have seen fit to issue this classic comedy, all episodes of series 1 & 2 contained in this boxed set where first broadcast in 1981. The strength of all the Perry-Croft series is in the casting, and their real tour de force with HI DE HI! is the catalyst of Simon Cadell's beautifully observed Jeffrey Fairbrother, around whom the rest of the eccentric staff at Maplin's Holiday Camp weave their spell. By far my favourite characters though are the sour ballroom dancers Yvonne and Barry, looking down their noses at the dreadful vulgar activities run for the campers, they are a joy on every entrance. Other stand out performances include Gladys Pugh as the man hungry chief Yellowcoat Gladys Pugh and Su Pollard's infectious chalet maid Peggy Ollerenshaw.
In fact this is the first time that Jimmy Perry and David Croft had attempted to write strong comedy roles for women, their previous series together had been predominately male orientated due to their military settings. Highlights on these discs include "The Partridge Season" where the Punch and Judy man gets blind drunk and barracades himself in his chalet, "Day of Reckoning" containing the classic sequence where a pantomime horse is seen riding a real horse over the sand-dunes, "Peggy's Big Chance" stolen by Su Pollard's tearful performance and "A Night Not To Remember" where Mr. Fairbrother has his drinks laced by some rugby players and ends up drunk in his chalet with Gladys Pugh, but next morning Gladys isn't saying what actually happened... Each episode is a masterclass of ensemble playing, faithfully recreating the late 50's when holiday camps were all the rage. HI DE HI! won a BAFTA award and it's easy to see why here. This is broad comedy at it's finest, with expert characterisation provided by the legendary team of Perry & Croft.
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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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I had fond memories of hi di hi as a young boy and I remember being a fan of Spike, Ted and Peggy. Now in my early 30s those characters still have a lot to offer but I was bowled over by the wonderfully understated performance of Simon Callow as Mr Fairbrother. While the volume of Ted and Peggy ensure the actors cannot be ignored, Mr Fairbrother's disquietude is enthralling and steals many a scene from his colleagues.
Watching the show as an adult I realised the nuances of the show eluded me as a child (obviously), and there is a surprising depth of characterisation that rarely becomes too involved or overly sentimental. Granted, some of the ‘jokes’ are dated but they reflect the gentler age of broadcasting and the BBC. However, some of the gags are certainly open to ‘contemporary adult’ interpretation.
I am looking forward to seasons three and four, even though my memory of these seasons suggests they were inferior. I am sure I will prove to be mistaken.
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