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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 14 July 2016
2016 has seen the death of so many wonderful entertainers. The most recent was the very talented comedienne and writer Caroline Aherne. I have always loved her magnificent comic creation Mrs. Merton, the sweet looking, but acid tongued chat show hostess who could always put her celebrity guests into a false sense of security, and then ask them the most personal, embarrassing question within the next second. You can buy the complete collection of 'The Mrs. Merton Show' on a five DVD set here: The Mrs. Merton Show - The Complete BBC Series 1-5 [DVD], which is well worth the money, and something I can personally watch again over and over again.

This official tie-in video was released in 1996, and contains the best bits from the very first series, which aired on the BBC over the previous year. These aren't complete episodes, just a compilation of clips, but they all make for a hugely entertaining VHS which runs for 85 minutes.

The most famous innocent on here is that now notorious question addressed to Debbie McGee about her older husband Paul Daniels (another recently departed veteran), but other entertaining highlights include her encounters with the likes of Dale Winton, Russell Grant, and Steve Coogan.

On this tape, there is an exclusive, specially made introduction from Mrs. Merton, and Ann Malone, who was one of the many wonderful elderly members of the show's audience who contributed so much to what really was a unique, landmark programme which still holds up reasonably well today. In my opinion, things only got funnier as the series went on (see Mrs Merton - The Best Of Mrs Merton Show - Series Two [1995] [VHS]), and watching the VHS tapes now makes me truly sad that Caroline is no longer with us. She was somebody special, a comedic genius who knew all about good timing, and her excellent work will live on for many years to come.
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on 2 April 2000
Caroline Ahern must surely be one of the most intelligent, funny and gutsy comedians of the 90s. Although her comedy is unique, it is derived from everyday life in the North West area of the UK. It is perhaps for this reason that some of her caustic comments tend to be lost on some people outside of that geographical area. Nevertheless, I have played this video to non-Brits and most have found it to be as hilarious as I do. Hers is truly ingenious comedy!
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on 8 August 2000
I've always loved caustic humour and it doesn't come any more caustic than this! If you love to see people being insulted(subtly mind you!) then this is the video for you. (By the way, the best of series 2 is superior in my opinion, but this is still great stuff)
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on 27 October 2014
Great
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on 11 March 2000
I loved Caroline Aherne in the Fast Show, and she was nice in the Royle Family too. But I don't get the appeal of this faux chat show. Maybe it's because I'm a yank. Maybe the show is aimed more at pensioners, after all, most of the studio audience shown are at least middle aged. I'm middle aged myself, but the humor seemed too thin, too weak, too self concious. I watched it once, and will probably never watch it again.
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