This series is one of my absolute favourites!
Much of it is not even dated but can be applied to the world today.
If you like verbal and contextual humour with great acting you should buy this set.
WHY 3 STARS
The video is horrible. There is major macro-blocking, white-outs and the picture is a mess.
Sure, packing in 200+ min on a DVD9 is tough but this is bad.
I saw an other series from BBC on dvd that was just as bad, The Vicar of Dibley, so I was prepared when I ordered it that it might not be the best of transfers.
Also noted that the bitrate is indeed around 4 Mbit and that should be able to give one a really great picture (The Lord of The Ring Trilogy hasn't much higher bitrate and that picture is really good).
So it is a horrible transfer, or the master is a mess. BBC really should re-do and re-issue what they have released on DVD!
I will buy this series again when they release a remaster with better quality, for now this is what we get and it is still a great treat to watch.
Much of the original material of TV series has been thrown in the bin and only some low end (for today's standard) master is kept. To bad for us the viewers.