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Desmonds: The Complete First and Second Series


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  • Actors: Desmond's Complete First and second series
  • Format: Box set, Color, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Studio: Unidisc Music Inc.
  • Release Date: Feb. 27 2007
  • Run Time: 480 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000MCIC3I
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #17,824 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

Product Description

The Original Barbershop Comedy!

Welcome to Desmond's barber shop - a friendly family business that is the hub of the community's social scene, where you and eat, drink, watch videos, play dominoes and if you're lucky u'll get a haircut!

Norman Beaton stars as Desmond Ambrose, a self-taught barber who knows only one style short-back-and-sides. Born in Guyana, he dreams of going back to the old country to retire, unlike his enterprising wife Shirley who has successfully crossed the cultural divide with the aid of their three children: "buppie" son Michael, college student Gloria and teenage son Sean, who is as keen rapper as he is a computer geek. The Desmond's ensemble also includes West Indian loafer Porkpie, streetwise wheeler-dealer Lee, trendy hairstylist Tony (played by Dominic Keating known for his role as Lt. Malcolm Reed on Star Trek: Enterprise) and the African student Matthew, who bears the brunt of many jokes around the shop.

Desmond's became an extended family to its devoted viewers around the globe that embraced these vibrant characters on the screen, not only generating laughter but also gaining a sense of belonging from them.


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. Kennedy on Feb. 11 2007
OMG I Don't know who to thank first but thanks amazon Canada for making it possible for the release and for the production team that put the first 2 seasons of Desmond's in a box set. Thank You. Speaking as a Guyanese Canadian this show hits close to home, and the jokes will make you laugh & cry (ie Desmond & Beverley with ther classic battles) Please make more of these soon. I believe there are 4 more seasons left.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Martyn Webb on June 25 2007
I've been waiting years for this excellent British comedy to be released and at last it is! I laughed so much whilst watching it! All I can say is please release the remaining series!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Carol on Jan. 5 2009
This is a wonderful programme. It is funny funny funny. The jokes and topics still resonate. I hope the rest of series comes to dvd soon. I would buy them without hesitation.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
The best black britsh comedy ever Aug. 31 2007
By lee - Published on Amazon.com
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In the early 90's Desmond's was shown on BET cable channel and this is where most American were exposed to the comedy. This is one of the funniest shows to come from the BBC channel 4. It is up there with Are you being served and Keeping up Appearances.
Desmond's is about a West Indian barber his wife and family and the regulars that frequent his shop. The cast consists of Desmond Ambrose played by (Norman Beaton), who owns the Barber shop with his wife Shirley (Carmen Munroe). He has three children Michael (Geff Francis), Gloria (Kim Walker) and Sean (Justin Pickett). Regular customers were the West Indian, Dominoes mad Porkpie (Ram John Holder), one of Desmond's old friends (about 50) African student Matthew (Gyearbuor Asante) and Shaky Lee (Robin Gee) hair stylist Tony (Dominic Keating) and Gloria's best friend Louise (Lisa Geoghan).

If you are from the Islands or you like BBC comedies you will enjoy this series.It is a wonderful and truly funny comedy series. If you are feeling down and want something to cheer up to this DVD definitely worth the money, You can watch the episode over and over again. The DVD contains 3 discs series (season) one and two.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Brought back good memories. Sept. 13 2008
By laurenmom - Published on Amazon.com
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I first saw Desmond's when I first came to this country and it's frequent references to Guyana and the easy going life there was comforting. It was fun comparing the parenting styles that are still hard to change even today for many Guyanese fathers!!!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Desmonds- Great British comedy Oct. 9 2007
By L. Treadwell - Published on Amazon.com
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At last, this great show is finally on dvd. This was the only Brit-com I had seen with a Black cast. This series takes place in a barber shop , with Desmond (Norman Beaton--he appeared the Cosby Show) and his wife Shirley, played by Carmen Munroe. Together with their 3 children and the barber-shop regulars Matthew and Porkpie, you never knew what was going to happen next.
It was hilarious,up-beat and great comedy. If you are a Bit-com fan, you will really enjoy this show.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Brnman March 22 2008
By Honest - Published on Amazon.com
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Finally!! I found it.

I own a lot of British comedies and I have been looking for Desmond's for many years now.

Besides 'Chef'; Desmond's is the only comedy that I know of from Britian with the majority of cast members who are of African descent.

BET showed many episodes during the 1990s. I was surprised that it was not shown anywhere else.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Desmond's June 27 2007
By Kam Steele - Published on Amazon.com
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I stumbled into this show on Cable TV in the early 90's and fell in love with it, so I am ecstatic to find it available on DVD, and can't wait to watch them all again.

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