At Last the 1948 Show And Do Not Adjust Your Set
By user12607856 on Jan 03, 2008
Continuing the tradition (if three years in a row can be called a tradition), I gave myself a DVD for Christmas. Four of them actually.
Back in June, when I read a book by Stephen Leacock, I mentioned that the story Self-Made Men was very similar to the Four Yorkshiremen sketch by Monty Python. I received a comment saying that the sketch actually pre-dates Python, and was first presented as part of At Last The 1948 Show.
I'd never seen that TV series, so when I was browsing HamiltonBook.com and came across it on DVD, I just had to see what I'd been missing. While I was there, I also got the two DVD set for Do Not Adjust Your Set.
Note these are new, but remaindered, hence much cheaper than what Amazon is selling them for new.
Between these two shows, you have most of the people who went on to create Monty Python, so it was going to be interesting to see them in their formative years.
So far I've watched the first three episodes of At Last the 1948 Show. It's 1967, so the shows are in black and white, and at times the sound quality just goes out the window. But if you can get past that and just watch the content, then there are some very funny sketches. Duncan was also watching and tended to enjoy the physical comedy more. But that's okay. He's nine. Most of the jokes were going right over his head.
One of the interesting giveaways with each of these DVD sets is a poster showing the Comedy Family Tree. It strongly suggests that most comedy shows can show that their roots came from both of these early shows.
And the Four Yorkshiremen sketch was there, but with Marty Feldman and Tim Brooke-Taylor instead or Michael Palin and Terry Jones. Apart from that, the sketches were almost identical.