What To Buy A Grumpy Old Man For Christmas?
When I say grumpy, I mean the sort of chap who is aggrieved at what has happened to the world around him since his slightly happier days.
The misery of grumpiness that is brought on by malicious looking youths who seem to have a problem with…well, everything. The lack of respect you get these days, the queues, the ignorance, the poor customer service, MacDonald’s, smart watches, the X-Factor, rudeness….I could go on….for I am that grumpy old man!
With that, if you’re ever in a situation with a grumpy gift problem, I can say without a shadow of a doubt, that being asked ‘What To Buy A Grumpy Old Man For Christmas?’ isn’t difficult to answer.
Go back to the good old days. Do they like comedy TV? Do they like stuff from way back? Vintage, even? Well the perfect Christmas present for over an over 50’s man (grumpy or not) has got to be Sgt. Bilko – The Phil Silvers Show Complete Collection.
OK…A little self indulgence here! Being a child of the 60’s and 70’s, I grew up on comedy that was already many years old. Especially American sitcoms such as The Munsters, The Addams Family and my all time favorite, The Phil silvers show, or more readily known as Sgt. Bilko.
Over the last 30 years or so, I have watched old video tapes of the show but as I’ve now sent the VCR to the great scrapheap in the sky, I’ve had to rely on the Forces TV show on Sky and record them on the built in Hard Drive, or Sky plus as I believe it is called.
The trouble with that is when your son decides to record just about everything from the Walking Dead to Slaves Live in concert, your Bilko collection has to make room…in other words, deleted!
So, imagine my great excitement when the whole Sgt Bilko Collection, all 142 episodes, is now available on a 20 disc DVD package! That’s 4290 minutes of Bilko and a ton of bonuses included.
I’m a huge Bilko buff to be honest. I’ve had dogs named Doberman, Rocco and Bilko…Doberman, by the way, was a collie cross and naming him as such endlessly amused me.
My favorite episode was called ‘The Court Martial’ where, in an endeavour to break all records of inducting new recruits, they manage to enlist a Private Harry Speakup into the ranks…even though he was a chimpanzee! The acting, speed, story and improvisation is a joy to watch.
There are many, many episodes I could watch at the drop of a hat and this is why I’m dropping heavy hints to my wife at every opportunity as soon as the subject Christmas presents arises! I already know almost everything about each Bilko episode as I’ve watched them hundreds of times, but I never get tired of them.
This package is also said to be far superior to the US version and has been enhanced to further our enjoyment of viewing. Instead of me listing all the goodies inside the Bilko collection, nip over to Amazon here and also read the reviews. The Phil Silvers show was voted the best ever comedy sitcom of all time by the Radio Times and I can tell you, they were not wrong!
So, if you’re wondering what to buy a grumpy old man for Christmas, drop a few prying questions into a conversation to eek out of they were a Bilko fan. And if they were…BINGO! I can tell you that Sgt. Bilko – The Phil Silvers Show Complete Collection will be probably the best Christmas present surprise the old grumpy fella will ever receive…it’s that good!