Desmonds: The Complete First and Second Series
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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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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.
It was hilarious,up-beat and great comedy. If you are a Bit-com fan, you will really enjoy this show.
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.