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on 16 December 2008
Network's latest plundering of the comedy archives is this seven-part anthology series from Yorkshire Television in 1977. Let me drop a few names; Arthur Lowe, Richard Briers, Frances De La Tour, Roy Kinnear, Freddie Jones, Warren Mitchell, John Bird, Henry McGee, and Leonard Rossiter. Top quality actors, with material to match.

'Car Along The Pass' has dear old Arthur Lowe as a xenophobic British tourist trapped with foreign holidaymakers in a cable car over the Austrian Alps, in 'Big Deal At York City', Warren Mitchell plays a lucky gambler preyed on by card sharps while travelling home by train, in 'Swap You One Of These For One Of Those' Richard Briers is cast against type as a would-be swinger wanting a piece of the so-called 'permissive society', the lovable Roy Kinnear is an airline pilot whose wife walks out on him in 'Naught For Thy Comfort', but the cherry on the cake is 'I Tell You, Its Burt Reynolds'. Leonard Rossiter plays an idiot who becomes convinced he has spotted the movie star in a repeat of 'MacMillan & Wife', and despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary, refuses to let the issue go. You cannot help but laugh as this man falls apart before your eyes. It was later remade as a vehicle for Paul Merton.

You cannot have enough Galton and Simpson in my view, and this D.V.D. is long overdue. Shame that none of the episodes evolved into a series ( Alan Simpson retired soon afterwards ). The Arthur Lowe one had the most potential for further development. With 'Dad's Army' still in production at the time it was made, the role of 'Henry Duckworth' was a natural for him. He did however play a not-too dissimilar character in Roy Clarke's 'Potter' two years later.

Ignore the meaningless complaints about 'outdated' humour. I fail to see how this series could have been made funnier if Arthur Lowe had been using a mobile phone! Network will shortly be releasing 'The Galton And Simpson Comedy' from 1969, and I wholeheartedly recommend that too.
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on 3 March 2016
I purchased this Galton and Simpson collection as I have always adored "Steptoe and Son" which I believe to be the second best sitcom of all time maintaining, as it did, high standards over a long period between 1963-1965 and 1970-1974.

However I was disappointed with this collection of "Also ran" sitcoms. There was one, though, that I found extremely funny and that was a story with Arthur Lowe, as a puffed up " Englishman abroad", on holiday in Switzerland with his long suffering wife. When they and other people get trapped in a Cable Car he takes control even though, in Military terms, he is outranked by an ex Luftwaffe Squadron Leader.

On the whole I feel it is worth purchasing this set as it slots into the history of Comedy on Television. The other episodes are eminently watchable but not of the standard that one expects of these Giants of the TV genre. There are performances by many well known actors. One, for example, is the wonderful Roy Kinnear who only scratched the surface of his talent. Other stars include Richard Briers, Charles Gray, Leonard Rossiter, Warren Mitchell, Frances de la Tour and many others.
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on 26 March 2014
These seven short comedy vignettes are very entertaining and well worth what I paid on Amazon (bought second hand for £7.55 at the time of writing). The Amazon price of a new copy is now £9.81 (26.03.2014) which is very reasonable.

The video is a good print although a bit grainy and slightly offset from centre with a black line down the left side although I can live with that considering the broadcast dates of the original shows. The sound is good - not at all compressed sounding and there is no line noise or spotting and an absence of artefacts that might spoil the enjoyment of the content. Network have done a good job with the print here.

A good buy.
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on 27 July 2011
I bought this specifically to see again the episode called 'I Tell You It's Burt Reynolds,' with Leonard Rossiter playing a knowitall who becomes obsessed by the absurd notion that a minor, unnamed, actor in a modest TV show is actually the famous Hollywood star. It made me laugh for ages when it first went out, and I was delighted to find it did so again on DVD. The other plays are all amusing to varying degrees, and, as always with Galton and Simpson, they maximise the comic potential by using skilled character actors who know all the tricks of the trade. The picture quality is very good indeed, and, as a whole, this little collection is very entertaining.
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on 3 January 2013
This was bought for my mother as a Christmas present and the whole family ended up watching all 7 episodes back-to-back. The acting is excellent (as you would expect from the featured actors) and despite being from the 70s, most of the plots still felt relevant.
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on 4 March 2010
My favourite on this collection is "I Tell You It's Burt Reynolds", which shows how masterful Leonard Rossiter is when you compare it to the horrendous Paul Herton remake.
The majority of the plays on this disc are excellent. Well-written and great performances from some legends of British comedy including Roy Kinnear, Frances De La Tour, Arthur Lowe and Richard Briers.

Fans of 70's comedy will enjoy this.
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on 6 April 2014
Ordered this for cable at along the pass with Authur Lowe, have searched for years. So pleased with this collection
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on 3 June 2013
Good for anyone who is a fan of 70's playhouse type entertainment with Arthur Lowe, Roy Kinear, Richard Briers and Leonard Rossiter. Not overly exciting but a trip down memory lane.
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on 9 March 2016
This DVD is a gem, all episodes are fine entertainment and Arthur Lowe &
Len Rossiter ones are classics. Good quality reproduction too for its age - buy it and have a few good laughs
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on 1 July 2015
Well-written comedy that stands the test of time, superior to much of British comedy written today.
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