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There's no better way to cheer yourself up over a cold, wet weekend than to hunker down with a classic comedy series

Oh look, it's raining again. The economy is down the pan. The nights are drawing in. But that week of summer we fleetingly experienced was brilliant, wasn't it? There is no better way of cheering yourself up over a cold, wet weekend than hunkering down with a comedy box set. Work your way through these five chuckle-cluttered classics – detailed below in no particular order – all of which should stand up to multiple watches. By the time you emerge the economy will probably still be down the pan, but the sun might possibly be putting in an appearance. Possibly.

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