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Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em - the Complete 1st Series [DVD]
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Join accident-prone Frank Spencer (Michael Crawford) and long-suffering wife Betty (Michele Dotrice) for the complete first series of the popular 1970s sitcom. In 'The Job Interview' Frank manages to get stuck in a lift en route to his latest job interview. 'George's House' sees Frank unimpressed by Betty's brother's gadget-filled house - especially after he manages to break everything. 'Love Thy Neighbour' has Frank use the new neighbour's phone when Betty's mother has one of her turns. 'Have a Break, Take a Husband' finds Frank and Betty embarking on their second honeymoon. In 'The Hospital Visit' Frank has to fend for himself while Betty is in hospital. 'The Psychiatrist' sees Frank attempt to convince himself - and his therapist - that he is not a total failure. Finally, 'The Employment Exchange' has Frank get into trouble with a tea urn and a computer when he starts his new job.
Although Britain has changed almost beyond recognition since Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em was first broadcast in the early 1970s, the show's simple slapstick humour has an ageless quality that makes it enduringly hilarious. Michael Crawford found fame as Frank Spencer, still probably television's most accident-prone man, and still Britain's most mimicked sitcom character, having inspired thousands of wannabe entertainers to don black berets and Humphrey Bogart-style rain coats and feebly exclaim "Mmm, Betty!". Crawford's great insight was to portray Frank as both a figure of fun and an endearingly sympathetic character: we laugh at him but never cease liking him, and we always admire his plucky never-say-die spirit.
Most of the episodes share the common theme of Frank attempting to find a job (ranging from a holiday camp entertainer to an RAF cadet), but because of his clumsy demeanour and lack of common sense, losing the positions within a matter of hours. Pitted against a variety of middle-aged, male professionals (his GP, a psychiatrist and a public relations consultant for example), Spencer's stupidity reduces these "experts" to nervous wrecks. His long-suffering, doting wife Betty (Michelle Dotrice) features throughout, but despite his wild behaviour and idiocy she appears only mildly flustered by her husband's actions.
On the DVD: Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em was one of the first comedy series to be recorded by the BBC in colour, but the sound and vision of the episodes transfer perfectly satisfactorily to DVD format. At times the production values of some of the episodes are decidedly ropey (watch out for stray boom microphones and the skewed opening and closing credit). Apart from the episode and scene selection menus, which incorporate sound extracts from the show, no extras are included. --John GalileeSee all Product Description
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