Pushing Daisies - Complete Season 1 [DVD] 
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Bryan Fuller (the creator of Wonderfalls and Dead Like Me) is back with original and quirky Pushing Daisies. This forensic fairytale follows Ned (Lee Pace, Wonderfalls), a young man with a very special gift. As a boy, Ned discovered that he could return the dead briefly back to life with just one touch. Now a pie maker, Ned puts his ability to good use, not only touching dead fruit and making it ripe with everlasting flavour, but working with a private investigator to crack murder cases by raising the dead and getting them to name their killers. But the tale gets complicated when Ned brings his childhood sweetheart (Anna Friel, Goal), Chuck, back from the dead -- and keeps her alive. Chuck becomes the third partner in Ned and Emerson's private-investigation enterprise, encouraging them to use Ned's skills for good, not just for profit. Life would be perfect for Ned and Chuck, except for one cruel twist: if he ever touches her again, she'll go back to being dead, this time for good.
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Ignore the fact that ITV, bizarrely, decided to meddle with its UK transmission of Pushing Daisies by lopping out an entire episode. Instead, consider giving this box set a chance, which brings together every episode--fully in tact!--of one of the most interesting new shows to come out of the States.
The concept behind Pushing Daisies is quite simple, but unsurprisingly, it doesnt take long before it gets more complicated. It follows Ned, a young man who discovers he can bring the dead back to life for a short period of time. Inevitably, he starts using his gift on humans, solving crime as he goes along. Yet things get far more troubled when he then brings the love of his life back from beyond the grave.
In lesser hands, Pushing Daisies could so easily have gone wrong. But in the mits of Bryan Fuller, the man who previously gave us the terrific Dead Like Me, it really does work. The concept gels exceptionally well--thanks also to a cast led by Lee Pace and Anna Friel--and its an unpredictable programme that you simply cant help but enjoy. On the downside, this maiden series is just nine episodes long, and thats a pity, but a promised second series--off the back of this first run--is a very welcome prospect. --Jon FosterSee all Product description
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The love of his life is Chuck (Anna Friel). They would love to draw closer together, but dare not, for she was drowned. By rights, she should still be dead. Ned revived her with a touch from his magic finger. Unfortunately, if he were to touch her again, she would return to being dead. Permanently, this time!
If that weren’t complicated enough, Olive Snook, the blonde young lady who helps out in the pie restaurant(Kristin Chenoweth) is in love with him.
Ned and Chuck get together with private investigator Emerson Cod (Chi McBride). They do good business solving murders. Ned revives the deceased for one minute, and they ask who the murderer is. Simple!
The series is done in a deliberately stylized manner, with a delightful voice-over by Jim Dale.
I loved the quirkiness of it, and although the basic premise stays the same, there's usually some twists on it. The show also features Chuck's shut-in Aunts, who used to be synchronised mermaids and their love of all things cheese; and there's also an unrequited love interest, namely Olive Snook (played by Kristen Chenoweth), who works for Ned (Lee Pace) at the Pie Hole. The private eye, Emerson Cod (Chi McBride) main love of his life is money... and lots of it. He doesn't take too kindly to Ned allowing Chuck(Anna Friel) to work with them, as it means that the reward money going 3 ways, instead of 2. It's also got background narration provided by the former Carry On star, Jim Dale.
Anyway, that's basically it, without any spoilers. There's only 2 series of Pushing Daisies and personally, I'd hoped that another channel would pick it up, because there was nothing out there like it then, and there still isn't now.
Unfortunately disc 1 did have a few issues with skipping but it only happened once per episode and I didn't miss an awful lot, so it wasn't too much of a problem.
Ned needs to be extra careful when with his dog Digby and childhood sweetheart Chuck, both living anew because of him....
Lee Page and Anna Friel shine as the untouchables, real romance impossible for obvious reasons. A lively cast does full justice to OTT roles - especially the two aunts (ex-synchronized swimmers) and Ned's adoring waitress Olive (distraught on learning their saliva is incompatible).
Jim Dale narrates. Witty scripts. Vivid colours. Lush music. Many surprises and lots of laughs, including that hilarious brief allusion to Hitchcock's "The Birds". (Just one regret, apart from only nine episodes and no bonuses. Surely Ned could have found a better name for his diner!)
A fairy tale for adults, "Edward Scissorhands"-style? A bitter-sweet love story? Call it what you will. Simply salute a series that jumps on no bandwagon, preferring to offer something entertainingly and refreshingly different.
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