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gbh by kristinekm on 5 December 2005 6:08pm
Well, I haven't actually spent much time chatting here lately due to my studies but I felt like sharing this piece of info with all of you:

According to play.com the 1991 series GBH (featuring Michael Palin in a rarely seen serious role) will be available this summer on DVD.

GBH: 4 Classic Episodes
Due for release on 12/06/2006
our price: £14.99 Delivered
RRP: £19.99 You save: £5.00 (25%)

Iím looking forward to be able to buy and watch this sought-after series of which I have heard so many nice things.

Re: gbh by perfectbitch on 5 December 2005 7:29pm
Thank-you for this info Kristine. I had not heard of this before. Linz
Re: gbh by sighthound on 6 December 2005 12:06am
Just watched it. A friend who worked for Channel 4 had shown me some footage from it before it aired and I'd been wanting to see it ever since.

Actually there are 7 episodes, not 4. Check that you order the whole series - it comes in 2 separate DVD packages. No DVD extras on the version I viewed; I would have loved to have heard a commentary by Alan Bleasdale, the writer. I especially could have used a bit of enlightenment on early 90's UK politics. The main character is based on a politician from Liverpool I'd never heard of.

It runs a total of about 11 hours, although I probably would have cut a hour or so out of it 'cause it does move a little slow in spots but it's quite amazing and has held up well. It's a very unusual, clever almalgamation of drama and farce, definitely a writing and ensemble acting tour-de-force. Robert Lindsay's politician character is especially hysterical as his life begins to fall apart and he develops all sorts of facial tics and an arm that develops a mind of its own - that flashy bit was probably what gave him the edge to beat out Palin for the BAFTA. (BTW Palin spends fair amount of the film in the nude - probably why it wasn't picked up by American television back then - would be perfect for HBO now.)

Now that I'm no longer limited to Region 1 DVDs, I definitely plan to track down other stuff that Bleasdale has written. I think the only thing he wrote that got aired in the US was his re-working of Oliver Twist which I missed. Any Bleasdale connoisseurs out there who can tell me where I should start?
Re: gbh by purple on 6 December 2005 10:31am
Fabulous news! I was very *very* lucky to find the 4 tape VHS set at an old rental shop. I really enjoyed it, especially Michael's performance (not just because he was naked through some of it, I swear!) though I was warned the context of the story would be out of my depth. So, I'm crossing my fingers that it might be out here.
Unfortunately, I haven't seen much of Alan Bleasedale's other works Slighthound. What else has he written?
Re: gbh by sighthound on 6 December 2005 7:24pm
Boys from the Blackstuff, a mini-series from 1982, seems to be the best known after GBH and really established Bleasdale's reputation. Saw some quotes from his adaption of Oliver Twist (1999)which were hilarious - that's probably the one that will be easiest to find a copy of since it appeared in the US on Masterpiece Theatre. He did another mini-series in the 90's, Jake's Progress, that is based on a character from GBH, the horrid little boy at the holiday resort. That one doesn't seem to have been as well received. I found an article saying he was adapting Barry Lyndon for the BBC but can't seem to find out if it was produced; it would be great to finally have an entertaining version of Lyndon to erase memories of Kubrick's breathtakingly beautiful but utterly boring version.
Re: gbh by canaveralgumby on 7 December 2005 2:50am
[Cori develops own facial tic]


I mean -- thanks, Kristine, fir the information! Wow. Ripping Yarns, Do Not Adjust Your Set, and GBH all available within about a year's time. Almost makes up for George Bush.
Re: gbh by sighthound on 7 December 2005 3:08am
(I knew someone would start salivating over the nude news. )

Ah well, as wonderful as all those new releases are, NOTHING could ever make up for George Bush.

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