Without a doubt, The Fast Show is one of the funniest comedy sketch series ever to come out of the UK. Many times funnier that Harry Enfield at his funniest, similar to Big Train in its slightly surreal style. The comedy is offbeat and sometimes touching. Recurring characters and scenes allow the cast to slowly tell stories over the course of several episodes and even years – stories with moments of genuine sadness mixed in. This boxed set IS quite an investment, so I would recommend trying to find a few clips on youtube just to be sure you like the style but it really is fantastic stuff. From ‘banana republic tv’ to the slowly developing relationship between Ted and his groundsman to the rambling football reports that invariably degenerate into reminiscing about “small boys in the park, jumpers for goalposts” it's all solid gold comedy.