Spoof comedy show in which Rob Brydon plays Peter De Lane, a director of TV shows on both sides of the Atlantic. He shares behind-the-scenes tales and anecdotes in a special director's commentary as you see on DVD's

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 Peter de Lane (7 episodes, 2004)
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Spoof comedy series where fictional director Peter De Lane (Rob Brydon), provides a voice-over commentary for some of the programmes he has directed during his long career in films and television. De Lane shares with the audience amusing anecdotes about the stars of his "work", divulging some interesting personal information in the process. Written by Mark Smith <msmith@osi.co.uk>

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28 January 2004 (UK)  »

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Peter De Lane: There's the Director of Photography, the DOP, Denny Hall, shooting through the bedstead.
Peter De Lane: Haven't we all.
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Very witty and good entertainment
3 May 2006 | by (London) – See all my reviews

I usually only write a review when the opinions of others here are utterly irritating. "Director's Commentary" was a simple idea and nicely done. Sure, it's no "Fawlty Towers" but there were some real gems of jokes there, good satire on the pretentiousness of film making and Brydon always develops rich detail in his characters. Sometimes it's his rambling anecdotes about things that have nothing to do with the programme he's commentating on that are the funniest. Sometimes it's the little intonations he has that make me smile. I haven't seen the show since the original run, but here are my favourite bits: "Dan Blocker...trained as a dancer" "And the production assistant was about to pick it up for Peter Bowles when I stopped him; 'no, don't interrupt him...he's acting' I said. And do you know who that young production assistant was? No, neither do I...I had him fired." "I had great times with Roger Daltrey on his farm, restoring old Ford Capris...sometimes we'd invite Pete Townshend to join us but his phone line was always engaged...this was in the days before broadband"


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