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  • Big Train - Series 1 & 2 [1998] Big Train - Series 1 & 2 | DVD | (25/10/2004) from £7.65  |  Saving you £17.34 (69.40%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Originally shown in 1998, Big Train was the eagerly awaited follow-up to Father Ted from writers Graham Linehan and Arthur Matthews. Resisting the pressure to make another sitcom, Big Train is, instead, a sketch show in the best Monty Python tradition, updated with influences from arch-surrealist Chris Morris as well as the contemporary The Fast Show. The sketches can be joyously odd--Pythonesque firefighting showjumpers, the evil hypnotist, and the outrageous onanistic office workers, for example--but the show never neglects to keep the punchlines coming thick and fast (though the animated staring contest does rather drag after a while). The cast comprises some of the best new names in comedy, including Kevin Eldon, Simon Pegg, Mark Heap, Julia Davis and Amelia Bullmore (who went on to become Alan Partridge's Ukrainian girlfriend). Series 2 didn't pull into the platform until 2002, by which time Graham Linehan was absent writing Black Books. But Arthur Matthews maintains the quality of the first series on the whole--the man with oversized hands, the creepy cult questionnaire, the zookeeper's recruitment agency--adding some spot-on French art house cinema spoofs and other movie-style take offs somewhat in the manner of Spaced, which Pegg and Heap had gone on to make. That duo return here for more silliness along with new cast members Rebecca Front (The Day Today, Knowing Me, Knowing You) and Tracey-Ann Oberman (better known now as Chrissie Watts in Eastenders). On the DVD: Big Train belatedly arrives on DVD in a two-disc set which includes a plethora of deleted scenes for both Series 1 and 2. There are cast biogs plus three of the sketches as performed on a German TV sketch show. Commentary on the first series is by both writers, though happily Pegg, Heap and Eldon gatecrash halfway through. Matthews and Eldon join director and producer for the somewhat more straight-faced commentary on the second disc. Menu options thankfully include the treasurable "Play all" facility. --Mark Walker

  • Meg and Mog Doublepack [DVD] Meg and Mog Doublepack | DVD | (28/09/2015) from £4.95  |  Saving you £2.75 (34.40%)  |  RRP £7.99

    Meet Meg, whose spells usually end in disaster, and Mog, her long-suffering cat in their brightly coloured world of lively adventure, crazy comedy and magical mayhem.

  • Spitting Image - Series 1-7 - Complete [DVD] [1984] Spitting Image - Series 1-7 - Complete | DVD | (02/11/2009) from £34.49  |  Saving you £25.50 (42.50%)  |  RRP £59.99

    A milestone in television comedy Spitting Image lifted satire to a new level for over a decade through the 1980's and 90's. No target was safe from the series' gunsights: politicians of all persuasions Ronald Reagan the Pope and even the Royal Family could find themselves up for a ribbing on any given programme. Exceptionally topical the series was worked around that current weeks news stories to retain its biting edge and many famous impressionists honed their craft portraying the voices behind the wickedly accurate rubber puppets: Chris Barrie Rory Bremner Phil Cornwell Steve Coogan John Culshaw Harry Enfield and Kate Robbins (among many others).

  • World of Pub [2001] World of Pub | DVD | (18/06/2007) from £3.99  |  Saving you £2.04 (12.80%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Brothers Barry and Garry are landlords of the least-successful pub in the East End but help is on hand with their ever-scheming mate Dodgy Phil. One quick call to Renovation Reg Memorabilia Mick or Big Screen Dean and the punters will soon be flocking in. Originally tagged as 'Eastenders meets The Simpsons' World of Pub is one of the most inventive comedy series of recent years following a path from Radio 4 to TV (as with The League of Gentleman and Little Britain) and featuring an all-star line-up of British comedy talent. Welcome to the World of Pub!

  • Meg and Mog (Volume 2) Meg and Mog (Volume 2) | DVD | (18/10/2004) from £3.89  |  Saving you £9.10 (70.10%)  |  RRP £12.99

  • Spitting Image - Series 1 - Complete Spitting Image - Series 1 - Complete | DVD | (28/01/2008) from £9.99  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £19.99

    A milestone in television comedy Spitting Image lifted satire to a new level for over a decade through the 1980s and 90s. No target was safe from the series' gunsights: politicians of all persuasions Ronald Reagan the Pope and even the Royal Family could find themselves up for a ribbing on any given programme. Exceptionally topical the series was worked around that current weeks news stories to retain its biting edge and many famous impressionists honed their craft portraying the voices behind the wickedly accurate rubber puppets: Chris Barrie Rory Bremner Phil Cornwell Steve Coogan John Culshaw Harry Enfield and Kate Robbins (among many others).

  • Stella Street - Series 2 Stella Street - Series 2 | DVD | (13/08/2007) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £15.99

    The cult BBC comedy show sends-up the world of celebrity like no other! Come and join the illustrious residents of Stella Street including Mick Jagger Keith Richards Jack Nicholson Michael Caine Jimmy Hill Joe Pesci Al Pacino David Bowie and Madonna amongst others!

  • Stella Street [2003] Stella Street | DVD | (22/03/2004) from £11.28  |  Saving you £8.71 (43.60%)  |  RRP £19.99

    A large number of Hollywood actors rock stars and other celebrities move into Stella Street a quiet suburban street in southwest London. Away from the celebrity life they settle down in domestic bliss until the day they follishly entrust their wealth to a cousin of the Duke of Marlborough and lose everything! For the first time in their lives these showbiz legends fall on hard times and suddenly the simple life they craved in Stella Street has become all too real...

  • Stella Street - Series 1 - Complete Stella Street - Series 1 - Complete | DVD | (18/06/2007) from £10.89  |  Saving you £5.10 (31.90%)  |  RRP £15.99

    The cult BBC comedy show sends-up the world of celebrity like no other! Come and join the illustrious residents of Stella Street including Mick Jagger Keith Richards Jack Nicholson Michael Caine Jimmy Hill Joe Pesci Al Pacino David Bowie and Madonna amongst others!

  • Meg And Mog - Vol. 1 Meg And Mog - Vol. 1 | DVD | (12/04/2004) from £2.76  |  Saving you £7.23 (72.40%)  |  RRP £9.99

    Thirteen stories with the incomparable combination of little witch Meg and her cat Mog. 1. Meg Mog And Owl 2. Owl's Voice 3. Meg On The Moon 4. Meg's Tent 5. Meg's Cake 6. Meg At Sea 7. Meg At The Circus 8. Meg And The Baby 9. Meg's Veg 10. Mog's Hiccups 11. Mog In The Fog 12. Meg's Picnic 13. Meg's Eggs

  • Dead Ringers - Series 1 [2002] Dead Ringers - Series 1 | DVD | (07/07/2003) from £6.75  |  Saving you £7.10 (44.40%)  |  RRP £15.99

    The standard of the impressions in Dead Ringers is never less than superb, even when some of the more obvious characters (Rolf Harris, Nigella Lawson and Parkinson, for example) seem over-familiar thanks to the BBC's other similar series, Alistair McGowan's Big Impression. Others, such as Thora Hird or Tom Baker as Doctor Who, simply lack the contemporary edge present throughout the rest of the show. But for the most part the large and talented cast provide enough variety to ensure that the sketches are a pleasure to watch: be it George W Bush's "shockerating" and "erogenous" use of the English language, interviews with the aggressive Lothario Russell Crowe, the reinvention of Michael Buerk as a threatening celebrity kingpin, or the appropriately pretentious Newsnight Review send-up. One of the most unique and rewarding segments of the show captures the cast on hidden cameras interacting with members of the public while in disguise. Thus we are treated to the unusual sight of Tony Blair addressing a confused bus queue, Jimmy Hill attempting stand-up at a hostile open-mike night, and Gladiator's Maximus Decimus Meridias getting quotes from real-life builders for the reconstruction of his ransacked Roman estate. "I'm not sure I like the sound of decking, how about some Saxon paving?" On the DVD: Dead Ringers DVD features all six episodes from the first series, including the Christmas special plus the original Pilot. The only features are episode and scene selection. --Paul Philpott

  • Stella Street 3 Stella Street 3 | DVD | (01/10/2001) from £7.79  |  Saving you £0.94 (9.40%)  |  RRP £9.99

    The cult hit show's complete third series demonstrates celebrity send-up at its best.

  • King Arthur's Disasters King Arthur's Disasters | DVD | (06/11/2006) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £7.99

    Behold the madness that is King Arthur's Disasters! Lots of animated fun for kids voiced by Rik Mayall and Little Britain's Matt Lucas.

  • Roger And The Rottentrolls - State Of Emergency [1996] Roger And The Rottentrolls - State Of Emergency | DVD | (22/07/2002) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £2.99

    The Rottentrolls are a group of crazy three-foot-high trolls who live in a strange Yorkshire valley called Troller's Ghyll. When young Roger Becket crashes his bike into the valley he doesn't suspect that he is about to be crowned King of the Rottentrolls and set out on a series of amazing adventures. Episode titles: The Football Sponsorship Scandal The Great Television Franchise The Gambling Crisis The Art Gallery The Complementary Cafetiere.

  • King Arthur's Disasters - Series 2 King Arthur's Disasters - Series 2 | DVD | (21/05/2007) from £14.97  |  Saving you £-6.98 (-87.40%)  |  RRP £7.99

    Behold the madness that is King Arthur's Disasters! Lots of animated fun for kids voiced by Rik Mayall and Little Britain's Matt Lucas. Featuring episodes 7 to 13!

  • Roger And The Rottentrolls - Combat Without Contact [1996] Roger And The Rottentrolls - Combat Without Contact | DVD | (22/07/2002) from £N/A  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £2.99

    The Rottentrolls are a group of crazy three-foot-high trolls who live in a strange Yorkshire valley called Troller's Ghyll. When young Roger Becket crashes his bike into the valley he doesn't suspect that he is about to be crowned King of the Rottentrolls and set out on a series of amazing adventures. Episode titles: The Civil War The Miner's Strike Dirty Tricks The First Rottentroll Revolution plus a special episode The Rottentroll Files.

  • Out Of Depth [1999] Out Of Depth | DVD | (26/11/2001) from £3.26  |  Saving you £16.73 (83.70%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Out of Depth tells the tragic story of misguided good intentions of family love and of the personal hopes and fears that lay behind several gangland killings. In the same mould as The Long Good Friday and Get Carter Out of Depth is a gritty expose of the South London underworld. Paul Nixon (Sean Maguire) has grown up with the poverty and violence that is part and parcel of life in certain parts of London. Now in his twenties Paul has a job in the media and an 'it-girl' girlfriend Sarah (Josephine Butler). He is on his way up. When his mother (Rita Tushingham) is attacked however instinct tells Paul that he must exact revenge but when the professional villain he hires to carry out the beating asks for a favour in return Paul is sucked into a life of drugs violence and death.

  • I'm Alan Partridge--The Complete Series [1997] I'm Alan Partridge--The Complete Series | DVD | (08/10/2001) from £5.49  |  Saving you £14.45 (72.30%)  |  RRP £19.99

    I'm Alan Partridge finds Steve Coogan's media creation back in his native Norwich, having lost his beloved chat show Knowing Me, Knowing You, and now reduced to the pre-Breakfast slot playing old T'Pau and Soft Cell singles to an audience of farmers and all-night bakery workers. He's also lodged at the Linton Travel tavern, whose permanently smiling manageress, bland decor and themed buffets are redolent of what vast tracts of England have become. He's very much at home there. While there's much media satire in Partridge's pitiful pitches of programme ideas to the BBC ("Inner city sumo? Monkey tennis?"), I'm Alan Partridge is more a bleakly hilarious take on Modern Middle English Man, irascible and profoundly bored. Between innumerable moments of high, wild comedy, such as a disastrous video Partridge does for a boating agency and an encounter with his one (insane) fan, the most telling moments of the series come with his efforts to fill his dismally empty days, taking a trouser press to pieces, staring at the astro turf at an owl sanctuary or walking to a service station to buy windscreen cleaning fluid just for something to do. All this proved a little too darkly uncomfortable for mainstream audiences--yet Alan Partridge was probably the finest British comic creation of the 1990s. --David Stubbs

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