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Strange subject for a comedy
Having grown up with this sort of sitcom in the 80's, I jumped at the chance to buy the DVD when I noticed in my local store.
The subject of the "salvation Army" in a sitcom might not seem the obvious choice, but the talents of Thora Hird and the rest of the cast help to make it light and enjoyable, without it becoming too serious.
The series has 7 episodes in it and while they all have there own story, there is a underlying thread which ties the series together nicely.
After watching them again after many years, I was surprised by the amount of references to local places in Yorkshire (I know its where it is set but considering it was broadcast nationally some of the references/jokes will have been lost.)
For anyone who likes spotting people from other shows then this is a must, the cameo by the late Richard Whiteley is superb.
In general, great cast, good stories and plenty of humour, a good traditional comedy
a must for muppets fans
This should be watched by all fans - fascinating to see the background scenes and how the chaos and mayhem on screen isn't what is happening with the performers - good use of footage and commentary from all the the team.
You should be pleasantly surprise by all the work that goes into bring kermit and co to the screen, this is shown by the enthusiasm by the team and you get to understand how the show had such high production values.
Also gives a great insight into how many stars of the day were lucky enough to work with the muppets.
The Muppets Take Manhattan (1984)
a great family movie
Don't think of this movies as just another kids movie - the whole family can enjoy it. Its a strange mix of a movie, as its seems to have a movie within it, but at least it does make sense at the end (unlike modern films!) It does give you all the elements of a film (decent plot, good characters - well it does star the Muppets, a list of lesser celebs* which films would clamour for) What is surprising, is the fact that it can be a roller coaster of emotions, some sad, some heartwarming, some funny and some serious - it all makes an enjoyable family film that everyone can watch together.
* The celebs in the film are actually top stars of the day but there is only one true star of the film and no one dare outshine Miss Piggy!!!!
Yorkshire Televisions News Magazine programme
So here we have it, the regional news programme from YTV in Leeds. Over the years it has seen presenters come and go, but the basics has never being changed - always a chirpy, light way of bringing the news to the region it serves. The main presenter for many year was Richard Whiteley, but there has been many other famous faces appear, the programme itself has been a starting point for many personalities.
The programme itself has evolved, and has seen cosmetic changes, although, until ITV "Nationalised" the regional news - it did manage to keep the same theme tune for over 20 years!!! To this day the spirit of the programme is there (although it has been watered down)but at the end of the day, if you live in the region, you cant go wrong in using it as your source of information for all the days events