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Brilliant comedy drama about Snooker
on 29 September 2013
Created by Geoff McQueen, Give Us a Break was a BBC comedy drama from 1983 that centred on Snooker, and the series was followed by a Christmas special in 1984. Robert Lindsay starred as Micky Noades who describes himself as "an overall concepts man". He is an ace promoter, but the only problem he has is that he has nothing to promote. Enter his brother-in-law Mo Morris (Paul McGann), with one redeeming feature: his outstanding talent at Snooker.
Despite the fact that I had never seen Give Us a Break before buying it on DVD, I really enjoyed watching this series and the 1984 Christmas special as it is full of great humour as well as very good storylines for each episode, and it's the sort of show I would gladly watch again in my lifetime. What I believe helps with the enjoyment of this show is being a fan of Snooker, a game that I have watched on the telly since childhood and I still watch the game now whenever it's on.
There are two things I ought to point out for this DVD release of Give Us a Break. Firstly, the episode titles and descriptions are not listed on the DVD sleeve: the first four episodes "Heaven Sent", "A Flagpole Painter from Liverpool", "Street Wise and Nancy Free", and "When It Rains, It Pours" are on the first disc, the next three episodes "One Good Stroke Deserves Another", "Business is Business", and "Right Bad Company" are on the second disc, and the 1984 Christmas special is on the third disc (this episode doesn't have a particular title so it's titled the same as the series itself). Secondly, when the menu comes up you need to go to the "Subtitles" section to switch the subtitles off before you play the episodes if you don't want the subtitles to appear on the screen.
Overall, Give Us a Break is a really good show that gave Paul McGann his breakthrough role as Mo Morris, and also relies on great acting from Robert Lindsay as Micky Noades and all the other actors who appeared in the series and the 1984 Christmas special including Shirin Taylor as Micky's wife Tina (also Mo's sister), and David Daker as pub landlord and former policeman, Ron Palmer (David Daker's character does not appear in the Christmas special). Very highly recommended.