Wot's this, then...? (25.04.10)
Well, I'll be jiggered. Look what's blown in on the
It's one of those shiny DVD thingybobs. Summerton
The complete first series, and all. Never thought I'd
day, so I did...
And we can
cast that crude West Country accent aside now
as we repeat, most truthfully, that this really is a
day The Hound
thought might never come. You
see, Summerton Mill is a
series that takes you off life's highway, parks you
in a layby
and pours you a nice hot cuppa from a flask. It wants
share a sandwich with Dan, Fluffa and Mr and Mrs Naybhur.
And now we're at it, here's a big sticky bun to follow,
might as well lay back on a blanket and lose ourselves
the rolling clouds, till tea-time, whereupon we'll light
and toast marshmallows and tell stories till it's way past
bedtime, and - oh - we seem to have lost track of the
But that's just the point. If you've read The Hound's
rundown of the Top 10
Toons of the Noughties, you'll know that
this dawg rates Pete Bryden and Ed Cookson's little
very highly indeed. And you'll also know that it's a series
appears to have defied the broadcasters. The thing is, they
know nothing. Let's repeat that again, with separate
They. Know. Nothing. Not a thing. Nil. Zilcho.
"Summerton Mill" is lightning in a bottle.
And the really clever
thing is, it's not just some soft-focus rose-tinted
trip for us dull old thirty and fortysomethings. It's
bang up to
date, and it's funny. Yes, funny. Dan and the gang have
quite ridiculous encounters. And Dan - bless 'im - is
daftest mop-headed bumpkin you could ever hope to meet.
And you can see exactly what he gets up to now, thanks
this first season release.
Mill - Series One
is available now, only through
Amazon. That's all thirteen episodes, to watch again
as the blue sky turns, and the long days blur. And
better yet, if you're hooked up to iTunes, you
can download the
complete second series as well. That's the season we've
yet seen on UK television, so you're getting it on your iPod
ahead of your TV. Why, it makes your brain go all fizzy,
so it does...