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By far the most delightful new comedy on Australian television this coming year had been a British show referred to as Detectorists, starring Toby Jones (Dobby within 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 also 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 in search of buried antiquities and discuss life.
It is likely you didn’t look at it as it was around the pay channel BBCFirst, which is not accessible to 72 per cent of Australians. But now it’s out being a Wholesale 50pcs House of Cards Season 5, which is offered to 100 per cent of Australians. Six episodes of The Detectorists for $20 is the best Christmas gift for anybody who liked Fawlty Towers, Yes Minister or perhaps the Vicar of Dibley.
Hold 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, on counts. Millions of Australians still buy silver discs. Adele’s album 25 sold 400,000 copies within 30 days of their release. We might download our singles, but we still want physical specimens of our favourite albums to showcase on our shelves.
And millions of Australians still stack DVDs close to their TV screen. They could download or stream individual episodes, however they want a tangible souvenir of the largest blockbuster movies as well as their favourite series, to enable them to binge around the entire narrative arc. See our Top 10 chart, above.
A lot of people could possibly be giving subscriptions to Netflix or Stan or Presto this season, but a streaming service is difficult to gift-wrap, while a ribbon fits nicely round Doctor Who Season 10. And others box-sets are cheaper than before, because the shops are concerned the technology is around the way out. (The ABC shops are full of bargains dexnpky59 they’re gonna turn off in March, and they don’t want to be left with cartons of ancient English sitcoms and mysteries).
Right now you may get all 156 episodes of The West Wing for $75. That’s lower than 50 cents an episode. Or all 10 series of Friends for $104. Or the complete Breaking Damaging to $132 – still fabulous value at $2.50 an episode, particularly when together with commentaries from writers and actors.
Those are acknowledged classics. But since television happens to be dealing with a golden age, a lot of new classics have appeared or disappeared this year. You didn’t discover their whereabouts simply because they were on obscure platforms or played at weird hours by the mainstream networks. Now’s your moment to snap them up.