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Class Act
Class Act
Actors: Joanna Lumley, John Bowe, Nadine Garner, Richard Vernon, Neil McCaul
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Television
UR     2003     11hr 30min

Aristocratic Kate Swift (Lumley) has always lived the champagne lifestyle, until her unsavory husband disappears, leaving her in trouble and in debt. But Kate is at her best in a good fight. She forms an unlikely alliance ...  more »


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Actors: Joanna Lumley, John Bowe, Nadine Garner, Richard Vernon, Neil McCaul
Creators: Ian Frame, John MacDonnell
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Television
Sub-Genres: Comedy, Drama, Television
Studio: Bfs Entertainment
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 03/18/2003
Release Year: 2003
Run Time: 11hr 30min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 4
SwapaDVD Credits: 4
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 8
Edition: Box set
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Languages: English

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Lumley is fabulous
vanhubris | Verona Beach, NY United States | 06/04/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Class Act is a great show-combining comedy with a detective story. Joanna Lumley is easily the star of the show portraying the aristicratic and snobbish Kate Swift who goes to prison largely thanks to the cowardly John Bowe-who unlike real life reporters-decides it's better to reveal his sources! In prison she meets Nadine Gardner-an Australian burglar-who becomes her unpaid live in assistant upon their release from jail-when they meet up with Bowe who has been fired for previously revealing his sources. Kate's husband-who were never given a lot of information about--but apparently is a bit of a high rolling crime figure-disappears in episode one--which in turn leaves Kate penniless upon her return from her stint in jail.
Though the stories that follow are not very realistic--quite tongue in cheek for the most part--the comedy is great and the adventures of the unlikely trio are quite entertaining. Lumley is quite lovely as Kate--perhaps her most glamourous role outside of Purdy on the New Avengers. Bowe is also quite good as the cowardly journalist Jack and Garner's role is also quite endearing.
I wish there was a rating between 4 and 5 for this show--I do recommend it strongly--though a few of the episodes seem to contain a litle filler and we never truly find out what became of Kate's husband--though it is implied that he may have been killed.
Altogether-there are 14 episodes in this series--each about 50 minutes long. Well worth watching and owning!"
A Thoroughly Entertaining British Comedy!
Tiggah | Calgary, Alberta Canada | 12/16/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is a thoroughly enjoyable, not to mention very, very funny British comedy. Two series were made (fourteen 50-minute episodes in all), and they're both here. The episode length may preclude this from being a Britcom, but it is sure to be enjoyed by anyone who enjoys shows typical of that genre.

Joanna Lumley (Absolutely Fabulous) stars as self-centred, avaricious Kate Swift, a feisty, vain and very unsympathetic aristocrat, who has found herself cash-strapped since being shafted by her husband, Donald (who had his fingers in a number of less-than-legal pies!). You see, Donald has disappeared, apparently leaving Kate to weather the repercusions of his illegal ventures but without, alas, the consolation of the corresponding cash.

Kate forms two unlikely alliances. Firstly, there's Jack Booker, an out-of-work, asthmatic journalist with a serious alcohol addiction. Jack is an absolutely hilarious character, a nervous coward whose claim to fame (if one can call it that) is that he revealed his sources. Secondly, there is Gloria, a gutsy, street-wise young Australian burglar who is more than capable of taking care of herself--in short, she's everything Jack isn't!

Kate teams up with these two misfits and together they try to find out what happened to her beloved Donald and, more importantly, to his beloved cash. The earlier episodes often involve Kate crossing paths (though swords may be a more apt term!) with Donald's assorted underworld associates. In some cases, they'd like slice of Donald's now-nonexistent monetary pie; in others, it's Kate who wants her (ie. Donald's) share of what she feels is owed. The latter episodes often see Kate coming to the assistance of some friend or relative--even her old nanny. Regardless of the situation, money is at the heart of the episodes, and Kate will do whatever it takes to get her hands on some much-needed cash.

In conclusion, this is a witty--at times hilarious--series which I thoroughly enjoyed and highly recommend to all fans of British comedy."
Love Love Love it!
Cazanya | Sweden | 02/05/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This aired over the summer when I was like 13 and I loved it!
I laughed til it hurt! The only thing is that my "wonderful" country dident bother to air both series, just the first and I ve been searching ages for both (I have the first on a bad copy VHS) I was so happy seeing that sells it!

Anyway, the best thing about this is Joanna Lumley. Shes hilarious! Diffrent hilarious then in Ab-Fab but hilarious. I also love John Bowe and the duck LOL. In all well worth buying and watching again."
Really, completely, extremely entertaining!!!!! It has grea
Ruby Lindsay | Anacortes, Wa. | 12/04/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I have watched this several times, and enjoy it more each time. It fun, clean, and exciting!"