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Saxondale: Complete Seasons 1 and 2 (DVD Review)

3 Jan, 2009 By: John Latchem


Street 1/13/09
BBC Video
$39.98 three-DVD set, NR.
Stars Steve Coogan.

The British just see things differently than Americans, very often to the credit of our friends from across the Pond.

In “Saxondale,” British comedian extraordinaire Steve Coogan plays Tommy Saxondale, an ex-roadie who now runs his own pest-control business.

Each episode begins with Tommy in an anger-management group as he works to control the issues that plague his meager existence. Styling himself as a modern-day Pied Piper, Tommy doesn’t much care for his fellow man. He often takes out his frustrations on the poor dolts who are unfortunate enough to cross his path, usually leading to any number of verbal confrontations.

It doesn’t much matter what happens. Coogan has so committed to this character, and the dialogue is so acerbic, that most viewers would be content enough just to sit back with a smile on their face and take in the atmosphere of levity.

This DVD set includes all 13 episodes from the first two seasons of the show, including six episodes that never aired in the United States.

Fans will appreciate the extras, including a few fun commentaries, an interview with Coogan and “Saxondale” co-writer Neil MacLennan, and the behind-the-scenes documentary “On the Road,” which includes footage of Coogan promoting the show on British television. Also included are a selection of deleted scenes that offer more of the same of Coogan’s brand of wit.

The release of the DVD is well timed to take advantage of Coogan gaining exposure in America lately with roles in such films as Tropic Thunder and Hamlet 2.

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