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Some Mothers Do 'ave 'em: The Specials [DVD]
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All three Christmas specials from the popular Seventies sitcom are gathered together here in one collection. In 'Jessica's First Christmas' (from 1974), Frank (Michael Crawford) stands in as the angel of the lord in the nativity play, even supplying his own flying special effect. But what are the chances that it will work without wrecking the entire production? 'Christmas 75' sees Frank offered the chance to appear on a BBC DIY programme, while in 'Christmas 78', Frank's first flying lesson takes on a new urgency when he manages to knock his instructor unconscious.
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 Galilee -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.
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Anyway! Sentimental grumble over, there is comedy gold within this DVD, and, as ever, is a must-have!
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Very fast delivery and such a bargain for all 3 seasons plus the Christmas specials. Classic programme, a delight to add to my collection.Published 5 months ago by Paul JG E
Thank you for DVD of some mothers do 'ave 'em, and I have watch this and made me laugh!! And good funny and enjoy it, thanks for