The Brittas Empire: DVD reviews

Now available for eight quid apiece, the first two seasons of The Brittas Empire are back on DVD. Lucy checked them out...

Chris Barrie in The Brittas Empire

Given that I was just six years old when this series began and have only vague recollections of watching repeats on the TV, I embraced the opportunity to watch The Brittas Empire again with a much better understanding of what was going on.

However, you don’t need an ounce of intelligence or maturity to ‘get it.’ I’m not, of course, saying you’re thick or immature – I’m just saying that The Brittas Empire is just a pure and simple comedy. There aren’t any ‘in’ jokes, or even anything particularly rude. It’s not filled with sexual innuendo or taking the piss out of people like so many modern series. The humour of The Brittas Empire relies on its simplicity, and the madcap ways of its main character, Gordon Brittas, played by Chris Barrie.

A very annoying, somewhat arrogant, and completely oblivious leisure centre manager, Gordon Brittas is just trying to “do what’s best.” However, things always seem to go wrong, mainly due to Brittas’ interfering ways. He’s not mean or callous, he just honestly believes that he’s helping people.

But when they end up with their finger stuck in a filter in the bottom of a swimming pool, or crashing to the ground from the top of an inadequate fire escape, you have to suspend disbelief. It’s just slapstick humour and fun for the family to watch.

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It’s been compared to Fawlty Towers, and although I can see the similarities, there are enough differences to make it worth while watching both. The first two series of The Brittas Empire have just been re-released on DVD at a bargain price and I watched and thoroughly enjoyed both. It’s refreshing to have humour that’s just in your face and will give you laughs-a-plenty.

With some reasonable extra features on both discs, if you’re into this kind of humour it’s definitely worth buying the DVDs to add to your collection. You and your friends and family will giggle yourselves silly – even more so if you’ve been drinking…

3 out of 5


3 out of 5