Wakefield CAMRA Homepage Ale On DVD Index Bob Wallis (reviewer)
DVD is a collection of six episodes from the first series that was shown
on Sky and then many times on Paramount Comedy Channel. Although it was
conceived to showcase Al Murray’s universally bigoted jingoistic,
French-hating, Brussels-blaming Pub Landlord character, that only
Canadians take seriously, there’s a supporting cast of strong
characters, whom we’ve all encountered for real at sometime or other.
Julia Sawalha is Janet, a feisty and foul-mouthed but sex-crazed
Australian barmaid. Rebecca Front who found a wider audience in Nighty
Night is Ms Jackson the
twittery and prim brewery rep. Phil Daniels, one time star of Quadrophenia
is Terry the thoroughly revolting flatulent slob of a barfly who I’m
told is now in East
as Kevin Wicks.
Sawalha was in Absolutely Fabulous and is also the voice of the little
Mouse in Kipper the Dog, whilst Phil
Daniels was masterly in Chicken Run voicing Fetcher the rat. If you’re
happy with low-brow humour you’ll have found it refreshingly original
and innovative, happily watching the episodes again and again and chiming
in with Al Murray’s re-definitions, but there may be folk out there who
wonder what the others are laughing about.
Shop around - it’s Ł14.99 from Play.com or Sendit.com
the Winter 2005-6 edition of O-to-K