I loved Hippies, but I might well have been in a minority – perhaps the world wasn’t ready for a sitcom about the British 60s counterculture. But if you want to give it a second chance, you can in March when it gets a first-ever DVD release.
It’s got a great pedigree too. Written by Arthur Matthews (Father Ted) and starring Simon Pegg (Spaced, Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz etc), Julian Rhind-Tutt (Stardust, Green Wing) and Sally Phillips (Green Wing, Alan Partridge), the show is based around a Notting Hill commune, with Pegg as Mouth magazine editor, Ray Purbbs, an idealist fighting (not very well) against the establishment. He’s not helped by the co-contributors to Mouth, girlfriend Jill (Phillips), reluctant co-conspirator Alex (Rhind-Tutt) and the permanently spaced out Hugo (Darren Boyd).
It’s released on 10th March, retailing at £12.99. Extras include audio commentaries by writer Arthur Mathews, Hippy Invasion (1970 archive footage from the notorious edition of the David Frost Show), photo gallery and subtitles.