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4.0 out of 5 stars Brittas never never will be enslaved!, 18 Feb. 2005
This review is from: The Brittas Empire - The Complete Series 1 [1991] [DVD] (DVD)
This series is one of my childhood favourites; along with Red Dwarf, it marked Chris Barrie's (entirely inaccurate) typecasting as the archetypal...well...uptight git.
The first series is interesting to watch, as it deals with the opening of the Fawlty Towers-esque Whitbury leisure centre and is more of a mini-series than what I remember of the other series. Like the first series of Red Dwarf, it is more concerned with character interaction and development than formulaic slapstick (if only Fawlty Towers itself could have been more like this!). Indeed the end of the series raises a question mark over its whole future - perhaps the writers weren't confident of a second series - and made it an excellent example of Britcom writing at its best, and a good programme for aspiring comedy writers to learn from.
One star off for the irritating theme music which pervades every inch of the DVD outside the episodes, though...not one of the Beeb's finest, unlike the AbFab "Wheels on Fire" or Red Dwarf's hymn to nonsense.
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