The Piglet Files – Case Files Sex, Spies & Videotapes (Set Three)
Sound: C+ Extras: C+ Episodes: B-
BFS Entertainment has finally issued a third set of the
funny Spy send-up series The Piglet Files, a fun, smart show that is always
a pleasure to watch. I wish it would
even get crazier, but the makers were playing it close to the chest. That means much of it is witty, thanks to
the teleplays and great cast, followed by some great bursts of physical comedy.
To explain yet again, Nicholas Lyndhurst is the title
agent, Peter Champan, who gets his job through The Peter Principle. He’s a good guy, but not the brightest agent
MI-5 ever had. Since he is just
qualified enough to keep his job and with no one available quick enough to replace
him, off he goes on high priority missions.
You can see more initial details in the first review, though he is does
not dip into being sillier.
episodes this time are:
Guerillas In The Mist
Sweet & Sour Piglet
Sex, Spies & Videotape
In Which We Serve
The Plane Truth
Under New Management
With Friends Like These
the Soviet Union had fallen by 1991, the show still operates as if it were
going on. Oddly, this does not date the
show as much. It is just simply funny
and since the Spy genre has been reborn since the mid-1990s in feature films,
many of the gags strike again. The
funny bone, that is.
frame, color image is shot on analog PAL video and once again looks good for
its age. The shooting and editing also
continues to be funny. The Dolby
Digital 2.0 Mono is clear and also good for its age, including appropriate
music for the shows by Rod Argent and Peter Van-Hook. The extras this time include a fun outtakes reel that
runs 12:39, more tales & trivia, cast profiles and stills gallery not
unlike the previous sets, all on DVD 2 in this case. It is the best of the sets to date.
The bloopers are funny, but are best seen after looking
through the previous DVD sets of the show.
Many people keep thinking this has something to do with Winnie The Pooh,
but forget that. The Piglet Files is another solid British comedy series, one far too few have seen
yet. Start at the beginning with the
previous two sets, covered elsewhere on this site.
- Nicholas Sheffo