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A Bit of a Do

4 discs. color. 658+ min. David Reynolds & others, ITV Studios, dist. by Acorn Media, 888-870-8047; www.acornonline.com. 2010. DVD ISBN 9781598283921. $59.99. F
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This award-winning British comedy series, which debuted on ITV in 1989 and ran for two seasons, is an odd-couple story of two dissimilar families brought together by the shotgun marriage of their children. The pregnant bride's parents are middle-class snobs while the groom's folks are working class and proud of it. Fortunately for all, the families only get together at "do's" (weddings, funerals, etc.). Bringing these relations and their friends together leads to both hilarity and occasionally heartache. A satire of British snobbery and class consciousness, the series features familiar personality types and the mischief and troubles in which they can find themselves. Although it is not as funny throughout as some British comedies, A Bit of a Do, written by David Nobbs and starring David Jason and Nicola Pagett, is appealing and holds your interest.—Julie Stump, Voorheesville P.L., NY

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