These folks were in the box so you missed them. Now they’re inside a Chinese dvd wholesaler, ready to give as well as keep …
By far the most delightful new comedy on Australian television this coming year had been a British show known as the Detectorists, starring Toby Jones (Dobby in the Harry Potters) and Mackenzie Crook (wooden-eye in Pirates of your Caribbean and dorky Gareth in The Office). Crook also wrote it and directed it, and it won a BAFTA award as Best Situation Comedy of 2015 – the “situation” being the green fields of southern England, where two losers named Lance and Andy go searching for buried antiquities and discuss life.
You most likely didn’t view it since it was in the pay channel BBCFirst, which happens to be not open to 72 % of Australians. However it’s out being a Wholesale 50pcs House of Cards Season 5, that is accessible to 100 per cent of Australians. Six instances of The Detectorists for $20 is the perfect Christmas gift for anyone who liked Fawlty Towers, Yes Minister or even the Vicar of Dibley.
Hang on one minute. Did this column just say DVD? Surely that’s old technology? Next we’ll be suggesting Australians buy their music on CDs. Well yes, for both counts. Countless Australians still buy silver discs. Adele’s album 25 sold 400,000 copies within a month of its release. We could download our singles, but we still want physical specimens in our favourite albums to present on our shelves.
And countless Australians still stack DVDs alongside their TV screen. They might download or stream individual episodes, however they require a tangible souvenir of the largest blockbuster movies and also of their favourite series, to enable them to binge about the entire narrative arc. See our Top 10 chart, above.
Many people may be giving subscriptions to Netflix or Stan or Presto this coming year, but a streaming service is tough to gift-wrap, while a ribbon fits nicely round Doctor Who Season 10. And others box-sets are less costly than ever before, since the shops are worried the technology is on the solution. (The ABC shops are loaded with bargains dexnpky59 they’re likely to turn off in March, and they don’t desire to be left with cartons of ancient English sitcoms and mysteries).
Right now you can get all 156 episodes of The West Wing for $75. That’s lower than 50 cents an episode. Or all 10 group of Friends for $104. Or maybe the complete Breaking Bad for $132 – still fabulous value at $2.50 an episode, specially when accompanied by commentaries from writers and actors.
Those are acknowledged classics. But because television is presently undergoing a golden age, a variety of new classics have appeared or disappeared this year. You didn’t discover their whereabouts mainly because they were on obscure platforms or played at weird hours through the mainstream networks. Now’s your moment to snap them up.