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'Spy - Series 1'
(Darren Boyd, Jude Wright, Robert Lindsay, et al / 2-Disc DVD / NR / (2012) 2013 / BFS Entertainment)

Overview: In this award-winning British sitcom, bumbling single father Tim Elliott (Darren Boyd - 'Dirk Gently') is accidentally recruited as a trainee spy for MI5 when applying for a civil service position.

DVD Verdict: I actually came across this UK TV series by accident - happy accident, as it turns out. Because wow, what an incredible, funny, brand new British quirk of a TV show!

Tim (Darren Boyd) is a single father trying to win back the respect and affections of his precocious nine year old son, Marcus. In the hope of proving that he is not a complete loser, Time quits his dead-end job at a hight street computer store and goes for a Cival Servant office interview.

But, unbeknownst to him, he walks into the wrong testing room and soon becomes (accidentally) recruited as a trainee spy for MI5! And yes, that's how the entire first series of 'Spy' plays out. No real action, no adventures. Everything is kept in house, fun, lighthearted and just down right hilarious!

Supervising Tim at work is the brilliant Robert Lindsay, as The Examiner, the boss of MI-5. A man behind the times of what is right and what is wrong with certain things associated with MI-5, he teaches the recruits his own unorthodox approach to the espionage game. Back at home he is NOT allowed to tell anyone he his now a spy - not even his son who is highly educated and frowns upon his father with every single sentence. Not his ex-wife or her new boyfriend Philip, who is also Marcus' Headmaster at school! Indeed, he accidently tells his best (only) mate Chris, who tries to help him at every juncture.

What makes this show good en masse is that although the main character Tim has many disasters happen, this is more of an ensemble comedy - with all the other characters having their own comedic moments. Lindsay is particularly amusing as the Spy boss, but it's the young lad as Tim's son Marcus who steals the show throughout. Jude Wright is downright obnoxious to everyone, but he gets taught a few lessons too along the way.

And Series 2 is just as good, if not better! And the UK must have thought the same thing as the first season was just 6 trial episodes, Whereas the second season was 11 episodes ong! Released thus far only in the UK re: Season 2, this show just keeps on getting more brilliant! These are all Full Screen Presentations (1:77.1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.

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