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5.0 out of 5 stars Buy it - its comedy (and drama) gold!, 21 Jan. 2006
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This review is from: You Rang, M'Lord? - The Complete First Series [1988] [DVD] (DVD)
You Rang M'Lord? seems to have gained quite a negative reputation - the critics are all WRONG. This is the best Perry & Croft sitcom, and ran from 1988 to 1993.
The shows are full of wit, drama, and character. The characters are ALL finely drawn and played to perfection. Paul Shane is superb as Alf Stokes - a magnificent performance, and he really makes the episodes sparkle. All the actors are brilliant and the scripts are mostly excellent. Not only do they contain the usual Perry/Croft comedy, but in it is gritty drama and character development.
Its also a treat to see all of David Croft's rep company involved in one show. (Paul Shane, Jeffrey Holland, Su Pollard from Hi-De-Hi!, Donald Hewlett, Michael Knowles from It Ain't Half Hot Mum, Bill Pertwee and Frank Williams from Dad's Army, as well as Mavis Pugh, Brenda Cowling, Angela Scoular, John Horsley and guest starring Barbara Windsor in two episodes).
Each show is 50 minutes long, and the sets, costumes and locations look superb. The title music, sung by Bob Monkhouse is a joy - i just cannot praise this show enough. It is truly an excellent comedy drama, and well worth buying.
By the way, i see on the DVD it credits Jeremy Lloyd & David Croft as the writers - this is WRONG. Jimmy Perry & David Croft wrote the scripts. Lloyd and Croft originally were going to write a sitcom spoofing Upstairs, Downstairs in the early '80s, but wrote 'Allo 'Allo! instead.
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