DVD: Curb Your Enthusiasm: Season 6, (Warner)

The trick played by this hit semi-improvised sitcom is to make you sympathise with a character who should make you sick.

Larry David – a heightened version of the real thing – is a phenomenally rich television writer (the co-creator of 'Seinfeld'), with ample leisure time to play golf in the Californian sunshine, and yet because he talks himself into more excruciating situations than any sitcom hero since Basil Fawlty, you don't resent it. No wonder Ricky Gervais and Jack Dee are such brazen imitators.