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on 12 January 2015
Great. But only 2 + 2 episodes in this DVD.
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on 3 August 2017
I remember it was very funny and it still is.A plus for the subtitel in swedish.
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The Missing Link between The Frost Report and Monty Python - indeed, the show's famous Four Yorkshiremen sketch is often misattributed as a Python sketch - this compilation of surviving sketches from the 1967 series teaming Marty Feldman, Tim Brooke-Taylor, John Cleese, Graham Chapman and the lovely Aimi MacDonald (with bit parts by Eric Idle and a beardless Bill Oddie) veers from the inspired to the silly. Moving away from the satire of the Frost Report into more music hall sketch territory, parts of it can be heavy going. Much of the first episode might even be enough to put you off the rest, though it's worth persevering for the sketches that do work, such as the Chartered Accountant dance demonstration, the Let's Speak English show, Tim Brooke-Taylor guiding a party of Arabs through a live broadcast of a Forsyte Saga-like show while Feldman's randy sheik tries it on with the leading lady as John Cleese adlibs desperately, the belligerent Scottish and English ballet hooligans (a sketch foreshadowing a later episode of The Goodies), the game show where Cleese's fascist host Nosmo Claphanger makes no attempt to disguise his utter contempt for the contestants, and the empty-headed egotistism of Aimi MacDonald - sorry, the Lovely Aimi MacDonald's links.

Although only six of the original 13 episodes survive in variable quality, this two-disc set only includes five 24-minute compilation episodes re-edited for Swedish TV, and those are ordered rather haphazardly - the first episode actually includes part of the last episode while a follow-up gag to the Make Ami MacDonald a Very Rich Lady Appeal appears before the appeal is launched in the subsequent episode. The remainder of the misleading 157-minute running time is taken up with two interviews with the undervalued Tim Brooke-Taylor about the show and Terry Jones about Do Not Adjust Your Set carried over from the DVD of that show. And to add to the haphazard feel of the discs, despite being labelled as PAL, they actually seem to be NTSC DVDs...

However, avoid the double-bill double-sided DVD of this and the inferior children's show Do Not Adjust Your Set that's available - that only includes half of the episodes of each title on a double sided disc.
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on 21 June 2007
This is a double sided disc, DNAYS on one side, 1948 on the other, both shows are excellent, although the black and white picture isn't brilliant.

only four stars because the information on the box states running time as 416 minutes, giving the impression that this is the equivilent of the individual DVDs of each show. But there are only 3 episodes of 1948 and 5 of DNAYS, meaning the running time is half of that stated, presumeably volume 2 will follow.
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on 11 March 2015
I did not like this DVD because for two reasons:
1): When I put the disc in, it turns out to be the first disc from At Last The 1948 Show (Episodes 1-3), and then flip it over you get the first disc of Do Not Adjust Your Set (Episodes 1-6), on a double side disc.
2): The duration time is wrong on the back of the box. It's actually says 416 minutes which would mean the right length of time of both releases seperatly. The duration comes up to 3 hours and 45 minutes in total just 'cause it's missing the rest of the shows like At Last The 1948 Show (Episodes 4-5), and Do Not Adjust Your Set (Episodes 7-9), plus the extras. There's no second volume available with these on so you'll have to buy the 2-disc editions to watch them with the extras.
Do not waste your money on this, BUY THEM ON THEY'RE OWN SEPERATELY.
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on 9 March 2014
Future Monty Python team members John Cleese and Graham Chapman starred in one of the earliest British sketch shows entitled At Last The 1948 Show, and while it is definitely not in the same league as Monty Python, you can see some early ideas that certainly inspired the team in their later years particular with the classic Yorkshireman sketch.
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on 23 January 2017
This is a bit disappointing. This show is very old and in B&W but that is not the issue. There are only 5 episodes of the 13 originally made and they are not the best 5 by any means. Perhaps the original recording have been lost, as were so many tapes from the past although this program was made by Rediffusion for ITV. The quality is very poor with the picture sometimes jumping about and occasional gaps in the sound track.
It is somewhere between The Frost Report and Monty Python (it also features the original 4 yorkshirmen sketch) but it is not nearly as good as Do Not Adjust Your Set was. I remember watching this show as an adolesecent and that really is about the true limit of the humour. Amie MacDonald's
contribution is pointless except for the fact that she is very attractive and wearing extremely revealing clothing for that time (probably why I enjoyed it so much when it first came out) but she isn't funny in the slightest. Other than its limited value as nostalgia I can see no reason why anyone would want to watch this.
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on 26 July 2015
no info sheet and only one dvd in the package!!!
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on 31 December 2015
Not all classic clips included e.g. 'Ferret Song'.
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on 4 August 2006
Don't miss this timeless treat - half the Pythons, Marty Feldman, Tim Brooke Taylor, Jo Kendall, Barry Cryer (occasionally) and Bill Oddie (once)! You will learn that "The Four Yorkshiremen" did NOT originate with Monty Python (and Tim Brooke Taylor co-wrote the sketch) and that Mr Brooke Taylor has immense comic talents. His demonstration of the new dance craze "The Chartered Accountant" and his performance as the NHS automated hospital visitor (used for lonely patient Bill Oddie) will make you want to cheer! Cleese and Feldman are superb, of course, and the extras are interviews with Tim Brooke Taylor and Terry Jones. The latter was in "Do Not Adjust Your Set" (1967 - 1969), which was released as a companion set to this one - both interviews are in both sets.
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