'Oz & James Drink to Britain'
(James May, Oz Clarke / 2-Disc DVD / NR / 2011 / BFS Entertainment)
Overview: Fast car fanatic James May (Top Gear) and world famous wine expert Oz Clarke embark on a quest to find the drink that defines modern Britain and tackle the subject with great passion. The peculiar pair motor the length and breadth of the UK, sampling the broad range of booze on offer.
DVD Verdict: My goodness, what another delightful, quirky, fun British show this was. Here, in the sequel to 'Oz and James's Big Wine Adventure,' it follows the same format of the established dynamic between Clarke and May, of bickering and bantering while drinking alcohol, and of tips and suggestions for (successful) drinking around Britain!
Travelling in a classic Rolls-Royce Corniche Convertible with an appallingly kitsch 1978 Sprite Caravan in tow, they engage in much verbal jousting along the way - until reaching their final decision on the white cliffs of Dover - in this entertaining and amusing tribute to British drink!
And, of course, along the way - whether you are a drinking novice or are well educated on alcohol in general - choices are made, choices are given, and results are consumed for your enjoyment!
Starting in a barley field in Yorkshire, the hapless duo meander their way through the country exploring the best and worst of British beers and sampling numerous other drinks of the land, including wine, whisky, gin, vodka, and cider.
Their destinations include maltsters (small chocolate malted balls), small breweries and distilleries, sparkling wine makers, and hop growers, and along the way Oz and James quibble and row with hilarious results, of course!
The eight (8) lighthearted and accidentally educational episodes finally culminate with British sparkling wine and visit a traditional Kentish hop garden. A fun look at the state of drinking in Britain today (or, at least, back in 2009 when it was filmed!), 'Oz & James Drink to Britain' is brilliant fun. I laughed and learned a whole bunch whilst watching this series. I think you will too. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.