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Little Britain - The Complete First Series
     

Little Britain - The Complete First Series

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Director: Matt Lucas, David Walliams

Cast: Matt Lucas, David Walliams

 
By the time it cleaned up at the 2004 British Comedy Awards, beating out such formidable competition as The Office and Nighty Night, this sketch-comedy showcase had already been through several incarnations. Originally produced as an audio series for the BBC's Radio Four, Little Britain won fans across the U.K. for its subversive send-up of 21st

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By the time it cleaned up at the 2004 British Comedy Awards, beating out such formidable competition as The Office and Nighty Night, this sketch-comedy showcase had already been through several incarnations. Originally produced as an audio series for the BBC's Radio Four, Little Britain won fans across the U.K. for its subversive send-up of 21st century British archetypes: a laddish lothario with a thing for his mate's elderly gran; a bossy small-town gay boy desperate to hold onto his uniqueness; the world's most unconvincing cross-dresser; and a sour, surly diet guru with a weight problem of her own. The brainchild of Matt Lucas and David Walliams, who portray many of their own creations, Little Britain progressed to a successful television incarnation on the new digital channel BBC3 in early 2003. With Tom Baker on board as the program's sardonic narrator and Buffy the Vampire Slayer vet Anthony Stewart Head portraying a put-upon prime minister, the show quickly earned a cult following. By the time a second series appeared in 2004, Little Britain had been promoted to the more mainstream BBC1. Multiple wins at the aforementioned British Comedy Awards established the program's status as a marquee attraction. But its geographically specific humor did not immediately attain international popularity the way previous Britcoms such as Absolutely Fabulous had.

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Barnes & Noble - Christina Urban
There's Emily Howard, a "not very good transvestite"; Andy, a man in a wheelchair who can, in fact, walk, and his caretaker, Lou (based on versions of Lou Reed and Andy Warhol); Vicky Pollard, a fast-talking juvenile delinquent; and Daffyd, "the only gay" in his Welsh village. These characters (and almost 50 more) are brought to life by the phenomenally talented Matt Lucas and David Walliams in the BBC comedy series Little Britain. The series began as a radio show on BBC Radio Four in 2001, moved to TV two years later, and now ranks among England’s biggest hits. It debuted in the U.S. on BBC America in June 2004 and came out on DVD a year later. A mix of Monty Python, The Kids in the Hall, and The League of Gentlemen, Little Britain derives its humor mainly from its oddball characters, rather than strictly script-based comedy. Multiple "personalities" appear in every episode, and it's a testament to Lucas and Williams's talent that every single skit will leave you laughing. The prosthetics, wigs, makeup, and different accents the pair use to transform themselves are so good that it's hard to believe that only two actors are involved. And the Series 1 DVD offers tons of behind-the-scenes information and extras that reveal exactly how it's done, from commentary on every episode to audio interviews about the birth of the series and how it has become a sensation.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/16/2005
UPC:
0794051227522
Rating:
NR
Source:
Bbc Warner
Region Code:
1
Time:
3:45:00

Special Features

Commentary by Matt Lucas and David Walliams (also includes producer Myfanwy Moore on episodes 1-4 and director Steve Bendelack on episodes 5-8); behind the scenes documentary; pilot episode with commentary; deleted scenes with commentary; Best of Rock Profiles; four live sketches; Little Britain survey; interview with Matt Lucas and David Walliams; and more.

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Little Britain: The Complete Series One, Disc One
1. Opening Titles
4. Emily Howard: In the Pub
8. Moonlight Sonata: Bag
12. Ray McCooney: Soup
14. Daffyd & Hywell
17. World Record Attempt: Bath of Beans
1. Opening Titles
5. Kelsey Grammar: Absolute Silence
8. Dr. Lawrence & Anne: Garden
13. Marjorie: Slimmer of the Year
16. Kelsey Grammar: Absolute Silence
20. World Record Attempt: Tallest Man
1. Opening Titles
6. Kenny Craig Plays Scrabble
11. Daffyd & The Trekkies
13. Emily Howard: B&B
15. Ray McCooney: The Critic
19. World Record Attempt: Hard Boiled Egg
1. Opening Titles
4. Lou & Andy: Pub
9. Sandra & Ralph
14. Peter Andre: BBC
18. Dame Sally: Wonderful
21. World Record Attempt: Smoking
Disc #2 -- Little Britain: The Complete Series One, Disc Two
1. Opening Titles
5. Marjorie: Where's Meera?
10. Bernard Chumley: Meals on Wheels
13. Matthew Waterhouse: Musicals
16. Lou & Andy: Broken Lift
19. World Record Attempt: Cards
1. Opening Titles
5. Denver Mills: Police Federation Dinner
8. Ray McCooney: TV Repair Man
13. Sandra & Ralph: RSC
18. Lou & Andy: Trousers
22. World Record Attempt: Ant
1. Opening Titles
5. Lou & Andy: Paint Room
8. Edward & Samantha: Parents Evening
13. Sandra & Ralph: Waiting Room
16. Roy's Toy Shop
19. World Record Attempt: Mince Pie
1. Opening Titles
4. Boris: The Babysitter 1
7. Boris: The Babbysitter 2
11. Marjorie & Mrs. Hamilton
14. Sebastian & Michael: Italian President
17. World Record Attempt: Mini

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Little Britain - The Complete First Series 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
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Bookreader22 More than 1 year ago
You never thought something like Little Britian could be made when you hear and see Britian at its best. You'll find some great laughs and some great fun. It's totallly for teens and adults. There are some slips of swear words. But overall, there is some great fun! I hope you watch it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the funniest shows i've ever seen. Buy this DVD even if you have never seen the show, because you will laugh and laugh for hours!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
A wacky series from across the pond involving different characters from around Britain. This show is guarteeed to make you scream with laughter. Absolutely spectacular!
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