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Class Act The Complete Series (1994 1995/Network U.K./PAL Region Two/2/DVD Import Set)

 

Picture: C+     Sound: C+     Extras: D     Episodes: B-

 

 

PLEASE NOTE: This DVD set can only be operated on machines capable of playing back DVDs that can handle Region Two/2 PAL format software and can be ordered from our friends at Network U.K. at the website addresses provided at the end of the review.

 

 

Playing on her early success with Absolutely Fabulous, major British comedy star Joanna Lumley teamed up with producer Verity Lambert (Doctor Who, Adam Adamant Lives!) to create an hour-long comedy series and the mixed result was Class Act, which only lasted 14 episodes over two short seasons. Besides the occasional drama, Lumley had left her action days (The New Avengers, Sapphire & Steel) behind and her comic skills are on display here as Kate Swift, her husband has disappeared and left her in trouble, which leads to a jail stint.

 

There she meets the street-wise, obnoxious Gloria (Nadine Garner) and they do not get along well at first, but with a goofy, alcoholic journalist (John Bowe) who helped put her away in the first place also not going away, she becomes reluctant allies with both and tries to rebuild her crazy life, but she has plenty of enemies and plenty of people who simply want to get back at her and/or her husband for many reasons.

 

A wacky idea that only a savvy producer like Lambert would have tried, the situations just became too unreal and the teleplays uneven. Lumley saves more than a few scenes, while stealing others, though her co-stars are not bad, no real chemistry ever develops. The search for her husband seems pointless and the show has missed opportunities all over the place. Richard Vernon also stars.

 

The 1.33 X 1 image seems to have originated on film, then finished on analog PAL video, so there are small flaws like aliasing errors throughout, but it looks good otherwise form show to show considering its age. The Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo is basic and not bad, but has some slight edge to it. There are no extras.

 

 

As noted above, you can order this DVD import set exclusively from Network U.K. at:

 

http://www.networkdvd.net/

 

or

 

www.networkdvd.co.uk

 

 

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