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Oh No! Its Selwyn Froggitt The Complete Second Series (1975 76/Network U.K./Region Two/2/PAL DVD)

 

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 address provided at the end of the review or at finer retailers.

 

 

Before he was so funny in the hit BritCom The Gaffer, Bill Maynard played the title character in and earlier hit BritCom with the amusing title Oh No! Its Selwyn Froggitt. This Complete Second Series continues the mishaps of the man who dreams he can remedy anything and come up with new ideas to make his life better, but all his ideas and plans tend to backfire or bomb.

 

The way Maynard applies nave enthusiasm in playing the character is one of the many reasons he works and that leaves the others around him laughing at him or supporting him in vain. The seven half-hour shows here include:

 

1)     Daze Of Hope

2)     The Game Of The Name

3)     Raffles

4)     Selwyn Rides Again

5)     Alphabetical Order

6)     The Protection Racket

7)     Just Cause & Impediment

 

 

Those titles should give you an idea of how wacky the shows get and thanks to the great writing of Alan Plater (the Beiderbecke mystery mini-series, reviewed elsewhere on this site), the shows hold up very well and play as well as the best U.K. and U.S. videotaped situation comedies of the time. Just as well, it has a great producer in Ronnie Baxter, at his peak here juggling this show and the great hit comedy Rising Damp (also reviewed elsewhere on this site) at the same time. If you like that show, youll enjoy this one.

The supporting cast is also a plus including Bill Dean, Robert Keegan, Richard Davies and Megs Jenkins as Mrs. Froggitt. Why this smart comedy has not been seen in the U.S. is a crime, but if you can play other regions and you are from The States, you definitely want to see it. The rest of the world can enjoy too.

 

The 1.33 X 1 PAL image is soft including some haloing and aliasing, while the Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono has the expected distortion you would expect for its age plus other distortion that shows these surviving copies are not in the best of shape. Someone did their best to clean them up, fortunately. Unfortunately, there are no extras.

 

 

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

 

http://www.networkdvd.net/

 

or

 

www.networkdvd.co.uk

 

 

- Nicholas Sheffo


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