Tuesday, 1 December 2015

DVD review : The Incredible Adventures of Professor Branestawm

Yesterday saw the release on DVD and digital of The Incredible Adventures of Professor Branestawm,  the new star-studded adaptation of the classic children’s book series by Norman Hunter.

Professor Branestawm (played by Harry Hill) is the ultimate mad professor, an absent-minded inventor who is oblivious to the chaos his hare-brained creations cause when they go wrong, which they always do ! If it weren't for the efforts of his long suffering housekeeper, Mrs Flittersnoop (Vicki Pepperdine, Getting On, Rev.), and his dim but loyal best friend, Colonel Dedshott (Simon Day, The Fast Show, Mount Pleasant), the professor would long ago have blown himself to smithereens !

In this adventure, the professor’s friends and his young apprentice Connie (Madeline Holliday, Holby City) join forces when evil businessman Mr Bullimore (Ben Miller, Johnny English, The Armstrong and Miller Show) and officious local councillor Harold Haggerstone (David Mitchell, Peep Show, 10 O’Clock Live) plan to have Branestawn branded a danger to the community so that they can bulldoze his workshop and make way for a giant munitions factory in the middle of town.

This is the role that Harry Hill was born to play ! He's absolutely perfect in the film and the silly jokes and slapstick humour had the Madhouse kids giggling their way through the whole film. We were surprised at how short it is though - it's only an hour long. The second adventure is airing on BBC One this festive season so this is the perfect way to catch up.

star rating : 4.5/5

DVD and Digital Release Date: 30th November 2015
Runtime:  60 minutes
Certificate: U

Disclosure : We received a screener in order to write an honest review.

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