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The Best of Never Mind the Buzzcocks


Starring: Simon Amstell, Phill Jupitus, Bill Bailey, Noel Fielding, James Corden, Amy Winehouse, Lily Allen, Russell Brand, Stephen Fry and Dermot O'Leary
RRP: £19.99
Certificate: 18
Available 16 November 2009

Never Mind the Buzzcocks former host Simon Amstell and team captain Phil Jupitus have a speedy out of hours get together to look back at some exclusive, never-before-aired, deleted material from the last three series. This exclusive DVD includes clips ranging from the too rude, too drunk, too nasty, too sweary, too awkward and in absolutely no instances too funny for TV...

The Best of Never Mind The Buzzcocks features the best bits from the last three series hosted by award winning comedian Simon Amstell, fans can relive his most cutting remarks and riotous banter.

There are four main features on this DVD - all pretty much follow the same idea; to collect numerous short scenes from various episodes.

First up is Imagine a Mildly Amusing Panel Show: Alan Yentob looks back at the most talked about moments from the series, including Amy Winehouse spitting, Preston walking and Lily Allen controversially wearing funny glasses.

A Moving Tribute: A touching retrospective on Amstell's time as the show's host. This is tongue-in-cheek and pretends to be a retrospective that is examining why Amstell quit (because some kids stopped him in the street and said he wasn't as cutting as he used to be). There are many more clips from the show, as well as spoof interviews talking about Amstell and how this tragedy has affected them.

Technically the Best Series Ever: A look back at what were technically some excellent moments from the last series.

The Exclusive DVD Featurette: Introduced by Amstell and Jupitus, who also provide a compulsory audio commentary. This looks at outtakes, fluffed lines, gags that didn't work and generally stuff that was too poor to be included in the show.

There's a hidden Easter Egg in the form of Phil's 'Phabulous' Interactive Pop Quiz (1 min, 14 sec tongue-in-cheek quiz).

It's a shame that some of the greater moments weren't actually included in their entirety. It would have been great to watch the entire Amy Winehouse episode, as well as the Russell Brand episode which wasn't broadcast. But what we have here is entertaining enough for fans of the show to enjoy.


Nick Smithson

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