The Worst Week of My Life-Series 1 (2004)

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Released 6-Feb-2008

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Comedy Main Menu Audio & Animation
Interviews-Cast & Crew
Rating ?
Year Of Production 2004
Running Time 199:39
RSDL / Flipper Dual Layered Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By Mark Bussell
Justin Sbresni
Dan Zeff

Roadshow Home Entertainment
Starring None Given
Case ?
RPI ? Music Nina Humphreys

Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.78:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.78:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English Smoking Yes
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits Yes

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Plot Synopsis

    The Worst Week of my Life is an English comedy series which first aired on the BBC in 2004. Subsequently, it has been shown in Australia on the ABC and two more series have been made. The third series, based on the build up to Christmas, showed on local TV just before Christmas 2007. Now, Roadshow are releasing the first series on DVD, which I am very glad about because I missed a couple of episodes when the first series aired locally.

    The seven episodes cover the seven days of the week of the wedding of publishing executive, Howard Steele (Ben Miller) to his fiancé Mel Cook (Sarah Alexander), one day per episode. To put it mildly, the week does not go well as Howard causes many problems, accidental and otherwise. He then makes things worse by trying to cover the problems up. One of the biggest problems he faces in this series is an obsessive ex-girlfriend, Cassie who does not like the idea of his getting married. Mel's family never liked him to begin with but the week tests their patience and sometimes their health and wellbeing. Her family includes her High Court judge father, Dick (Geoffrey Whitehead), socialite mother, Angela (Alison Steadman), flirty younger sister Sophie, Granny, ex-SAS Uncle Frasier and Binky the dog, who takes an immediate dislike to Howard. Howard is extremely unlucky but is also his own worst enemy as his attempts to avoid or cover up problems usually make things worse. The only other important characters are Eve, Howard's long-suffering PA and Ronnie, his embarrassing father.

    This is a very funny show featuring lots of sight gags, amusing (if unbelievable) situations and some excellent comic acting by the whole cast. Some scenes are certainly belly busting in their hilarity, usually ones involving Howard and Binky. A lot of the comedy is either slapstick or based on the class differences between Howard and his wife's family. There is also a nice undercurrent of heart in this show which aids its believability. Recommended for fans of slapstick and English comedy generally.

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Transfer Quality


    The video quality is reasonable but marred by a low bitrate.

    The feature is presented in a 1.78:1 aspect ratio 16x9 enhanced which is the original aspect ratio.

    The picture was reasonably clear and sharp throughout, with no evidence of low level noise. There was some light grain throughout which tended to be heavier in darker scenes and sometimes turned into macro-blocking in backgrounds e.g. 91:05.The shadow detail was decent.

    The colour was good but sometimes marred by inconsistencies in broad expanses of colour e.g. 184:32.

    There was also some mild aliasing.

    There are subtitles in English. They were clear, easy to read and included some summarisation from the spoken word.

    The layer change occurs between episodes.

Video Ratings Summary
Shadow Detail
Film-To-Video Artefacts
Film Artefacts


    The audio quality is good.

    This DVD contains an English Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo soundtrack encoded at 192 Kb/s.

    Dialogue was very clear and easy to understand and there was no problem with audio sync.

    The music used is mostly the nice theme song but it suits the show well and sounds good on this transfer.

    The surround speakers were not used.

    The subwoofer did add bass to the music plus some tension noises.

Audio Ratings Summary
Audio Sync
Surround Channel Use




    The menu features rotating stills, the theme tune and a nice cursor motif.

Interviews (14:53)

    This featurette includes sound bite style interviews with cast & crew along with scenes from the show. They discuss the characters, the use of physical comedy, their desire for believability, the house used as the main setting and adding the 7th episode. Interesting but light.

Outtakes (4:09)

    An amusing selection of stuff-ups.


R4 vs R1

NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.

    This show is also available in the same format in Region 1 & 2 plus as part of a set including all three series in Region 2 only.

    On this basis lets just call it a draw.


    A very amusing class difference and slapstick based comedy series from the UK.

    The video quality is reasonable.

    The audio quality is good.

    A small selection of extras are included.

Ratings (out of 5)


© Daniel Bruce (Do you need a bio break?)
Monday, January 14, 2008
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Audio DecoderBuilt in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Video Essentials.
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SpeakersMonitor Audio Bronze 2 (Front), Bronze Centre & Bronze FX (Rears) + Sony SAW2500M Subwoofer

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