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4.6 out of 5 stars
The Best of Not the 9 O'Clock News - Volume 1 [DVD] [1979]
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on 28 August 2014
That Was The Week That Was is always wheeled out as THE ground-breaking television satire, but if anything Not The Nine O'clock News was sharper AND laugh out loud funny. In my view it is on a par with anything Monty Python or Pete and Dud managed (and that's from a huge fan of both). Rowan Atkinson and friends also paved the way with this show for much that came after - Spitting Image and Naked Video to name but two - and there has been nothing of this class in this comedy niche for a good two decades. So PLEASE can somebody bring out a complete DVD collection of all the episodes, and PLEASE can a comedy producer somewhere find the courage to take up the flag again and prick pomposity where it is deserved instead of cowering in fear from the latest army of indignation-seeking prigs.
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on 24 May 2017
The original fake news! stuff of legend!
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on 17 June 2014
Brings back great memories of my "teenage years" and still VERY funny! however so sad "Mel Smith" died quite recently!
Although still an attractive woman "Pamela Stephenson" certainly stood out back them! (Lucky for our "Billy"!)
Easy to see why "Rowan Atkinson" went on to even greater success!
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on 24 November 2016
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on 28 December 2015
Fantastic
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on 27 July 2017
I'm very satisfied.
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on 3 October 2011
good to see the old ones again good to re jog your memory still as funny today as when first shown
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on 19 March 2013
hasn't really lasted the test of time as well as the program it took over from. Still some absolute gems but too topical to be too funny any more. Only those of us with good memories remember how good it was in its day. A great reference DVD tho
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on 6 February 2011
My goodness, it 's been a long time since I watched these first time around.Browsing through some clips on the internet persuaded me to purchase both Volume 1 and Volume 2 and I have been laughing like the proverbial drain ever since.
The DVD packaging is pretty basic and the lack of extras may leave some feeling as little short changed but at the bargain price it didn't bother me at all.
Some of the comedy is "of its time" but coincidentally ,given the current tendency for politics to repeat itself, seems very current (the address at the Tory party conference which Rowan Atkinson executes to perfection, being a case in point).
A brilliant skit of Question Time, the classic Gorilla sketch ("wild ? I was absolutely livid")and tons more.
Some of the musical interludes are more hit and miss but on the whole are pretty entertaing.
Be, in no doubt, these are an absolute must. This really was for me, where real alternative comedy shows started. A comedy classic - but I guess if you watched it at the time, you'll know that anyway.
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on 20 January 2005
I disagree strongly with any assertion that the 'Not the Nine O'Clock News' sketches are dated. They have, if anything, improved with time, and if you are new to the programme, or wish to revisit the series, this DVD is a great place to start. It contains such classics as the darts sketch (which had such an impact at the time it temporarily ruined the reputation of the sport), the racist policeman, and Rowan Atkinson's brilliant turn as a Conservative politician addressing the Tory conference. It is a reminder of what classic sketch comedy is all about, and what Richard Curtis was capable of in his early career (though he was admittedly only one of a vast number of writers - who included members of the public).
It's a shame there are no extra features - I remember watching a very good documentary about the impact of the programme a few years back, and wonder why it isn't included. However, this is still well worth buying - and better than volume two.
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