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  • Actors: Phil Cornwell
  • Directors: Michael Cumming
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Second Sight
  • DVD Release Date: 18 Jun. 2007
  • Run Time: 174 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000PC6EY4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 80,571 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Brothers Barry and Garry are landlords of the least-successful pub in the East End but help is on hand with their ever-scheming mate Dodgy Phil. One quick call to Renovation Reg, Memorabilia Mick or Big Screen Dean and the punters will soon be flocking in. "Naket Gun meets The League of Gentlemen" (The Observer)

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Sometimes, World of Pub has accurate satire; other times it's full of pure, surreal silliness, served not in a "look-at-us-we're-so-crazy" way, but in a natural "this-is-just-our-daily-boring-life" way, and that's what makes it work admirably. The actors' conviction in the delivery of such bonkers material is wonderful, and sometimes, in its exercises of apparently free association, the World of Pub dialogues manage to sound, almost, like some new, crazy form of comedic poetry. Peter Serafinowicz, Martin Freeman, Kevin Eldon, etc - this is a delightful who's who of genuine talent. It's just a bit bad that this edition is tainted with some awful, unnecessary and previously non-existent audience laughter. This is a sitcom that was clearly not designed to have that, so it sounds awful. However, the comedic material is so good that you'll quickly forget that annoying noise.
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World of Pub is the TV version of the anarchic Radio 4 show of the same name. It stars Phil Cornwell (Barry) and Peter Serafinowicz (Garry) as landlords of a pub, and each week, they are assisted by Kevin Eldon (Dodgy Phil) in a scheme to get more punters in.

The loosely-structured episodes give the flexibility for a lot of Family Guy-style cut-away humour, and the programme is perhaps one of the most successful British attempts at the American animation style of comedy, despite being live action.

The cast is stuffed with big comedy names: Martin Freeman, Kim Wall, David Walliams, Geoff McGivern, Ronnie Ancona, Germiane Greer, and loads of others. There's even a welcome appearance by Michael Caine, straight out of Stella Street, in the episode Caine.

Generally, I would rate this show between 4 and 4.5, as Tony Roche's writing is often superb, and all of the performances are spot on. The show loses half a mark for occasionally being a little slow, with the British 28 minutes feeling longwinded against the American 22.

What really upsets me is that, despite my comments on the fansite I wrote years ago, Second Sight have chosen to issue this in the as-broadcast format. What's the matter with that? I hear you ask. Well, World of Pub was filmed on a set and did not have a live studio audience. However, a laughter track was recorded in the BBC Radio Theatre and then superimposed. On the early episodes, the laughter is overly prominent, and drowns out some of the dialogue. On later episodes, the laugh track is faded right down and gives the impression the show isn't that funny (which is wrong). Why could they not have made the effort to go back to the original masters and strip off the BBC's unnecessary laughter?
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I bought this dvd, regardless of the negative reviews, for the people appearing in the show. I was suprised how much they managed to cram into each episode. It was a great laugh! fans of the darker side of brit comedy should enjoy this. Kevin Eldon is ofcourse awesome as "Dodgy Phil" and it was great to see him as a more prominent character.

recomended.
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Some class acts here - phil cornwall peter serafinowitz etc but
i loved the 'dodgy' kevin eldon putting in another superb performance.
Best moment for me - Kevin eldon doing a piss take of the notting
hill 'passing seasons' bit with the aid of a hose pipe.
I am going to buy the dvd now
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By heretic666 TOP 100 REVIEWER on 29 Nov. 2013
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To test if you would enjoy this series you must answer one simple question. Do you despise all things synthetic cockney like Eastenders/all mockney?. If yes then this is bang on for you. If no, then you have no hope of getting the subtleties behind the bludgeoning obvious jokes.
This series should have been shown daily in the lead up to the Olympics in London.
Let me warn potential buyers; you will not enjoy this if you dont find Eastenders pathetic.
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I love World of Pub - yes it's silly and sometimes a bit slow but the episode when 'Dodgy' meets his match with the Lovely Susan in the woman's pub is comedy genius! Susan teaches Baz and Gaz 'how to talk to women' and introduces them to Ah! magazine but the best bit - before the demise of the pub - is the football style commenting during the Pride and Prejudice screening. "Don't fancy this Darcy much!" Buy it!
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I'm a big Kevin Eldon fan and up to buying this I'd not seen anything he'd done i didn't like.

This is poor. Obvious scripts - just generally weak and the characters don't really work. Considering the number of quality participants it's a bit of a disaster!
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By Stephen on 20 Mar. 2010
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Its not the funniest comedy on tv but I think it was a shame it only ran for one series. I don't know why this happened whether the BBC pulled the plug or the writers did. But if it was the BBC its a shame as there is some very funny moments in this, and lets face it remember the first series of Black Adder. just think what we would of missed if the BBC had pulled the plug on that one. I think if you can get this for around a fiver its worth buying just to see Kevin Eldon who is fantastic in this.
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