What To Buy A Grumpy Old Man For Christmas?

What To Buy A Grumpy Old Man For Christmas

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.

the phil silvers show 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 Breaking Bad to Squid Games, 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.

Bilko DVD collection

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.

the phil silvers show sgt bilko complete dvd collectionThere are many, many episodes I could watch at the drop of a hat and this is why I’m dropping heavy hints to Mrs. Crackered at every opportunity as soon as the subject of Christmas presents arise! 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 if 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!

*Update Christmas 2021

My hints and several mentions of Sgt. Bilko worked…I got the set for Christmas and it’s every bit as wonderful as I’d imagined!