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This review is from: The Brittas Empire - The Complete Series 1  [DVD] (DVD)
Yes, Brittas Empire is up there with the rest of them.
It won't appeal to all comedy tastes; it might be considered a bit light, silly or safe maybe.
Still, Chris Barrie shows how one good character idea,a well-tuned script and a fine comedy actor can make a show work. It's not like Basil Fawlty though, I suppose it has similarities. It is more subtle humour, rather than farcsical.
If you suffered at the hands of 80's/90's middle management theories, you should like this.
I love the pettiness of Brittas; ..having staff sign-out a borrowed pen. His secretary who sees through him and gives him all he deserves.
I wasn't too keen on the character development of Mrs Brittas I have to say - even though it was fairly well played. I think it would have been funnier if we had NOT seen Mrs B (as in Mrs Mainwaring of Dad's Army). Towards the end it lost it's way a little with the overdevelopment of Mrs Brittas and Colin, but they were well played and quite funny. I guess they ran out of Brittas lines??
i'd happily watch most episodes and probably laugh quite a lot.
I just wish Chris Barrie could find more quality scripts like this one.