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on 8 February 2012
I recall the awful late night scheduling and the distinct lack of promotion. Watching it now is actually funnier than the first time round partly due to the generous helping of extras. You don't often see such venal insincerity in a comic character. A right bas***d but a very funny one.
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on 19 September 2011
Great Dvd. The show is amazingly intelligent and both actors are fantastic. I had heard about them a few years ago and immediately decided to see "Garth Mareghi's Darkplace" which I loved, but this series is in no way inferior. It is definately a good buy.
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on 21 January 2013
Just brilliant! Refreshing, funny, and worth the buy just for Merriman Weir, let alone all the other interviews. Can rate this series highly enough. I just wish there was more...................
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on 21 October 2016
LOSE THE LAUGH TRACK!!! Maybe including it was supposed to be "ironically funny" but it just makes the dialogue difficult to hear. Otherwise, the material is hilarious.
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VINE VOICEon 26 September 2009
Having watched the "pilot" (one of the extras), it is clear that the show was greatly improved by the changes made to the format. I'm glad they did, because Richard Ayoade (in the character of Dean Learner) is a comedy masterpiece. Far removed from his techno-geek in The IT Crowd: Series 1-3 Box Set [DVD], Dean Learner is a sleazy porn-boss and night-club owner. His cosy TV chat show is another self-promotional vehicle - we are clearly supposed to see him as a cut-price Hugh Heffner.

All of the guests are artistes "managed" by Learner, most of them clearly victims of his bad management as he says to one guest who had a bad car "accident" - "I told you that things wouldn't go well for you". Dean runs "Deano's", and runs it as if political correctness had never happened. He's actually quite sinister if you listen closely to what he says, especially to his artistes!

There are various guests - a Leonard Nimoy spoof, a folk singer, a Nigel Mansell racing type, an Uri Geller like mystic, a now-dead bad actor, and the legendary Garth Marenghi Garth Marenghi's Darkplace [DVD] [2004]. All of these are greatly exagerated from their sources, and all played by the same actor, Matt Holness. Surprisingly, he manages to keep them all separate, both visually and in his voices.

You'll see some of the other people who often work with Richard, such as Matt Berry (Boosh, IT Crowd). It's like the old Comic Strip - a group of friends who work well together.

The episodes can be watched in or out of sequence, but the final episode gives Holness a chance to reprise all of his earlier roles, and is best seen last.

The extras are many, and quite good fun. In the whole package, you would be forgiven for thinking it is a real setup, because you don't see the names of the performers anywhere on the box or very comprehensive insert booklet.

All in all, if you enjoy the chat show format, but think that it deserves a healthy kick up the backside, this is the series to do it. Once you've finished, try their other roles, and make Dean Learner slightly richer than he already appears to be.
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on 18 April 2012
Chances are if you're wanting to see this, you may well have already seen Garth Marenghi's Darkplace.

Man to Man with Dean Learner sees Richard Ayoade reprising his role, with Dean now a chat show host (along side his many other professions) interviewing a succession of characters (some more interesting than others) each played by Matthew Holness.

the format is pretty much the same each episode and the show depends greatly on the character Holness is portraying, as a result of this the episodes are quite uneven quality wise and viewing back-to-back is maybe not helping the show.

When things work well (Marenghi and Weir episodes in particular) it's funny, witty and inventive. The acting is spot on as you'd expect and the interviewed video segments (e.g. section from Marenghi's new film) are wonderful and the highlight of the series.

However, some characters aren't as engaging and struggle to fill the time (a joke that's played on a few times), the character based on Nigel Mansell for example is quite dull, but once the humour of just how dull he is wares off, there's very little else for the rest of the episode.

Overall, fans of the darkplace should give it a go, it has similar styles of humour and the acting is familiar and good. But it never quite reaches the same kind of consistent high.
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on 9 March 2014
This dvd has me rolling in the aisles every time I see it. Lovely stuff and genuinely hilarious, well worth your time.
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on 6 March 2013
if you liked garth marenghi you will definitely like this dvd it is hilarious..watch it and do a small laughter wee.
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on 14 June 2008
It is the same gang that did the excellent 'dark place'

Here the format is more 'Alan Partridge Knowing me, Knowing you'

Occassionally funny, but not in the same league.
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on 26 October 2014
Pure entertainment. Funny, clever, excellent to watch.
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