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on 6 February 2014
Bought for my wife who also has collections of 'Oh Doctor Beeching' and 'You Rang M'Lord'. It's lovely to hear her laughter at these old favouriites of ours, remembering the original screenings [yes we're that old].
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TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICEon 27 July 2017
Croft and Perry's gift was to create a range of contrasting, multi-layered characters and place them in a milieu which threw them together. At the heart of Hi-de-Hi is the combination of cheeky seaside humour and the poignancy of human fragility. Ted Bovis can be brash, and always has a fiddle going, but underneath he's a broken man who failed to catch up with the fame and fortune he once pursued. The potty chalet maid Peggy dreams of becoming a yellowcoat, and although each rejection devastates her she continues in her goal with optimistic dignity. The most complex, and my favourite, character is ballroom dancing champion Yvonne, whose acerbic snootiness belied a deep vulnerability and a need to be loved. The episode in which Barry has left her and we see her bedraggled and forlorn at the chalet window is beautiful and touching. These are not two-dimensional characters in a slapstick farce, they're real people, and it's the integrity of the characterisation which makes the comedic situations so hilarious. It's because Yvonne is so prim and po-faced that, when she says to Ted 'I stood in your chalet doorway with my hand on your knob...' I laugh until my sides hurt. The awkwardness of Jeffrey Fairbrother as he desperately tries to be funny, the Punch and Judy man who hates kids, Gladys Pugh's simpering over Jeffrey...it's all funny because it's believable. Hi-de-Hi is classic comedy where everything fits together perfectly, the writing, acting, comic timing and the balance between humour and pathos is all so finely judged that it's exquisite to see.
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on 4 July 2016
I love this. This is an extremely funny series, and you have to watch it to do it justice. It starts off with Geoffrey (Simon Cadell) arguing with his mother about giving up his architectural job in order to become Manager of a failing Holiday Camp. We meet Ted Bovis (Paul Shane), Peggy Ollerenshaw (Su Pollard) Leslie Dwyer(Mr Partridge- the Punch and Judy Man), Spike (Jeffrey Holland), Ruth Madoc (Gladys) and Barry and Yvonne (Barry Howard and Diane Holland. This is Maplin's Holiday Camp, which is run by the uneducated Joe Maplin. Add these ingredients together, and you will understand why this comedy (which was written so it was in the Fifties) was so successful!

Picture quality is clear, and subtitles are very welcome. If you get this version, I can confirm what another reviewer (Edward) said that despite the info on the box stating that Series 1 and 2 do not have subtitles, but all the rest of them do, I can confirm that series 1 and 2 DO have subtitles as well as Series 3-to 9!

Enjoy!
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on 11 December 2016
A brilliantly funny/humourous takeoff of, the once popular Butlins mass holiday camps, scattered in many parts of Britain. Most popular in the post-World War Two financially strapped GB.
Butlins offered highly organised entertainment for the masses in highly organised camps. So structured that they mirrored the Nazi's concentration camps with their loudspeaker wake up calls, instructions of where and when to go next, forced jollity, and mass movement structured sport/ activity.
Very nostalgic and full of innocent memories compared to today-2016
Not to missed if you enjoy trips down great nostalgic moments.
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on 1 January 2016
here's the complete series on dvd. And thankfully you get all the episodes of this very funny show. I don't know of any show around today that has the amount of laughs as some of the british shows from this era. This is a classic show. And one of funniest tv shows of the last 40 years too. This is only region 2, but I have a all region 3d blu ray player , which can play this so it's all good.
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on 3 June 2016
Can watch over and over and still laugh like a drain at the gentle comedy. Brings back memories of cherished childhood holidays at Pontins Prestatyn. Great characterisation and casting. Su Pollard's off her head, she really goes for those laughs, and it's so heartwarming to see Peggy finally achieve her lifelong ambition. Like all the best comedies, plenty of pathos to go with the laughs too.
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on 8 March 2017
Can't beat the classic comedies like these. Took me back to my young days laughing at this as good today as it was when it was new!
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on 6 February 2015
Took a couple of episodes to get back into it as its character driven - very funney and well written - Enjoyable familly fun - Actually better than I remember it being - Reccomended to those that like Dads Army, Only Fools, Allo Allo etc, My wife said she originally didnt like it but was laughing and enoyed every minute of it, Another great British Comedy masterpiece.
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on 24 November 2015
Superb trip down memory lane with another chance to revisit some late greats. I had forgotten some of the episodes but enjoyed them all without exception. It is such a shame so many modern comedy writers have not studied the genius of writing such as this but it makes it all the more special. From the slapstick of Su Pollard to the expert timing and facial expression from the ever gorgeous Ruth Madoc, a series to be treasured.
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on 30 July 2017
Great.
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