- Actors: Alan Cumming, Forbes Masson, Siobhan Redmond, Patrick Ryecart, Hilary Lyon
- Format: Colour, Full Screen, HiFi Sound, PAL
- Language: English
- Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
- Classification: 12
- Studio: Network
- VHS Release Date: 28 April 2003
- Run Time: 200 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (116 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B00008MJ0T
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 344,681 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
All six episodes of the camp BBC sitcom starring Alan Cumming which followed the crackpot antics of the crew of a Scotia Airways charter jet. Episodes are: 'Feart', 'Birl', 'Winch', 'Choob', 'Dug' and 'Dunk'.
Top Customer Reviews
Highlights include the gorgeously camp Batman spoof in the final episode, the Eurovision Song Contest entry "Pif Paf Pof (I Want To Have It Off)", complete with black lycra cycling shorts, and the hilarious opening titles and theme song, also written by Cumming and Masson. Siobhan Redmond is also fabulous as head air steward Shona Spurtle - "Hitler in tights".
A truly original comedy gem that should have been given a second series, before Cummings went Hollywood-bound.
Wonderful characters: Captain Hilary Duff - part-Volcan, lamenting his marital difficulties 'she didn't understand me, she's from Sri Lanka', and always having to be reminded that he's meant to be piloting the plane to Heathrow. Shona Spurtal - Chief Stewardess - aka Mussolini in Micromesh, Hitler in Tights or Goebals in a Gossard. Steve McCracken - ginger haired, sex-starved with a passion for finding ever elusive passion. Sebastian Flight - Bitchy fellow steward with Eurovision stardom pretension, composer of that fabulous null-point corker 'Piff Paff Poff'. Cameo roles by such luminaries as Guy Wersh - Scottish rock star 'Pushing 30.... Years in showbiz, babe!', composer of classic albums such as 'Badger Ma Tadger' by the Ganting Screechs. And so on.
Really hilarious, perfect viewing for those evenings when you need to recover from your soul-destroying job. Just think, it could be worse - you could be a trolley-dolly driven to cabin-aisle performances of Bolero in a cleaning pinny to liven up the early hours... Oh deary me!
The High Life somehow manages to combine pre-school-age humour, playground sexual innuendo, amusing tongue twisters Ronnie Barker would be proud of, surreal visual jokes (often involving the equally surreal Captain Duff), Blackadder-style sarcasm (spewing from and more often directed towards chief purser, Shona Spurtle) and camp song-and-dance numbers. It all sounds a horrible mess - but it isn't, mainly due to the convincing and intelligent dialogue, highly inventive storylines and the superb comic acting of the main cast.
Written by and starring Alan Cumming & Forbes Masson, the show's central characters Sebastian Flight & Steve McCracken were based heavily on their famous (in Scotland anyway) comedy alter egos, Victor and Barry. Along with Naked Video, Chewin' The Fat and Absolutely, the High Life further illustrates the rich vein of Scottish humour that is all-too-often ignored by the television schedulers south-of-the-border.
I think the greatest strength of this show however is that it doesn't have any feeling of nastiness and cruelty that many other modern British comedies seem to leave the viewer with. And it doesn't take itself too seriously either like American comedies are prone to with their heavy moralising.
All the six episodes are equally funny.Read more ›
The writing is superb, and quite unlike any other show of the genre. All the leads are excellent in their respective roles and the whole show has the feel and (dare I say) quality of being less "regional" than it actually is. Having said that, it's so Scottish it's not true (and that is part of the attraction).
The DVD contains all six episodes that were ever made. Watching it makes you wish there were more series commissioned, but maybe Cumming and Masson stuck to the "Fawlty Towers" rule of comedy - don't milk a good idea.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Absolutely hilarious, tongue in cheek look at cabin crew life. What a shame they only made 6 episodes. Very camp at times but real laugh out loud funny!Published 2 months ago by Clare Slater
love this series. characters brilliant and great acting.a My favourite is both Sebastian and Steve cant stop watching the dvd.Published 2 months ago by Lynne Cameron
Deary,deary me, the funniest thing I've watched in ages, but as ex-cabin crew it would be.Published 5 months ago by Gill Jackson
Service and delivery first class. Content, absolutely hilarious. Pity it was taken off so soon.Published 7 months ago by bulldog