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The Thick Of It Collection | DVD | (19/04/2010)
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Featuring every series special episode and bonus extra of the BAFTA and British Comedy award winning series. Welcome to the Ministry for Social Affairs and Citizenship (DoSAC) a government department barely registering on the Today Programme radar but high-profile enough to receive the attentions of Malcolm Tucker the government's director of communications whose ferocity is only matched by his skill in delivering incredible foul-mouthed tirades. Successive ministers (Hugh Abbott and Nicola Murray) and their backroom team lie backstab and hopelessly bluff their way through gaffes crises Prime Ministerial resignations and possible election dates - only thankful that Shadow minister Peter Mannion also has little idea what is going on... Irreverent brilliantly sweary and painfully funny this series smashes its way through the corridors of power in a bulldozer of hilarious farce and sharp satire.
Two Pints Of Lager And A Packet Of Crisps - Series 1-6 Box Set | DVD | (16/10/2006)
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The complete six series of the hilarious BBC comedy drama Two Pints Of Lager And A Packet Of Crisps brought together in this fantastic 10 disc boxed set. Features every episode ever made.
Spaced - Definitive Collectors' Edition | DVD | (14/08/2006)
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Spaced is a sitcom like no other. The premise is simple enough: Daisy (Jessica Stevenson) and Tim (Simon Pegg) are out of luck and love, so pretend to be a couple in order to rent a flat together. Downstairs neighbour and eccentric painter Brian suspects someone's fibbing, and almost blows their cover with their lecherous lush of a landlady, Marsha. Fortunately he soon falls for Daisy's health-freak friend Twist, while Daisy herself goes ga-ga for pet dog Colin. Tim remains happily platonic with lifemate Mike; a sweet-at-heart guns 'n' ammo obsessive. The series is chock-full of pop culture references. In fact, each episode is themed after at least one movie, with nods to The Shining and Close Encounters of the Third Kind proving especially hilarious. Hardly five minutes goes by without a Star Wars reference, and every second of screen time from Bill Bailey as owner of the comic shop where Tim works is comedic gold. The look of the series is its other outstanding element, with slam-zooms, dizzying montages, and inspired lighting effects (often paying homage to the Evil Dead movies). It's an affectionate fantasy on the life of the twenty-something that's uncomfortably close to the truth. The second series finds the gang at 23 Meteor Street a little older, but definitely none the wiser. Tim's career is hampered by severe hang-ups over The Phantom Menace. Daisy's career is just plain non-existent. There is still a spark of sexual tension between them, but it's overshadowed by Brian and Twist getting it on. Propelling the seven-episode series arc is the threat of Marsha discovering that none of the relationships are what they seem, Mike's increasing jealousy and a new love interest for Tim. That's the basis for a never-ending stream of in-jokes and references that easily match the quality of the first series. Tim has a Return of the Jedi flashback, then déjà vu in reliving the end of The Empire Strikes Back. There are spoofs of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Robocop, The Sixth Sense and comedy rival The Royle Family. There are guest spots from Bill Bailey, Peter (voice of Darth Maul) Serafinowicz and The League of Gentlemen's Mark Gatiss and Reece Shearsmith. Every episode is packed with highlights, but this series' guaranteed geek pant-wetting moments have to be the mock gun battles, slagging off Babylon 5 and learning that "The second rule of Robot Club is: no smoking." Jessica Stevenson won a British Comedy Award for this year. It deserved a whole lot more. --Paul Tonks On the DVD: This three-disc collector's edition contains all the extras from the previous DVD releases, plus a host of brand new features including music promos, cast interviews, and an in-depth and specially filmed documentary featuring interviews with cast members including Simon Pegg, Jessica Stevenson, Nick Frost, cameo actors (Bill Bailey, David Walliams, Mark Gatiss, Reece Shearsmith) and journalists. It also includes a tour made by Simon, Jessica and Edgar of different show locations with clips of archive footage from the very first programmes Simon and Jess appeared in together.
The Apartment Limited Edition | Blu Ray | (18/12/2017)
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Romance at its most anti-romantic--that is the Billy Wilder stamp of genius, and this Best Picture Academy Award winner from 1960 is no exception. Set in a decidedly unsavoury world of corporate climbing and philandering, the great filmmaker's trenchant, witty satire-melodrama takes the office politics of a corporation and plays them out in the apartment of lonely clerk CC Baxter (Jack Lemmon). By lending out his digs to the higher-ups for nightly extramarital flings with their secretaries, Baxter has managed to ascend the business ladder faster than even he imagined. The story turns even uglier, though, when Baxter's crush on the building's melancholy elevator operator (Shirley MacLaine) runs up against her long-standing affair with the big boss (a superbly smarmy Fred MacMurray). The situation comes to a head when she tries to commit suicide in Baxter's apartment. Not the happiest or cleanest of scenarios, and one that earned the famously caustic and cynically humoured Wilder his share of outraged responses, but looking at it now, it is a funny, startlingly clear-eyed vision of urban emptiness and is unfailingly understanding of the crazy decisions our hearts sometimes make. Lemmon and MacLaine are ideally matched and while everyone cites Wilder's Some Like It Hot closing line "Nobody's perfect" as his best, MacLaine's no-nonsense final words--"Shut up and deal"--are every bit as memorable. Wilder won three Oscars for The Apartment, for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Screenplay (cowritten with long-time collaborator I A L Diamond). --Robert Abele
A Bit Of Fry And Laurie - Series 1-4 Complete Box Set (Exclusive to Amazon.co.uk) | DVD | (30/10/2006)
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This box set features all four seasons of the classic comedy series A Bit Of Fry And Laurie. After a few appearances on various television shows ex-Cambridge University students Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie finally got the chance to shine in their very own A Bit Of Fry And Laurie. Full of turns of phrase and elaborate wordplay A Bit Of Fry And Laurie was the kind of sophisticated comedy that had been little seen on British TV screens. With an old-fashioned revue-type atmosphere and oddly 'British' sketches the delicate innuendos coupled with Fry's ability to suggest hidden meanings in everyday phrases were a winning formula that allowed the pair to continue their partnership for almost 10 years.
Greg Davies Live - Firing Cheeseballs at a Dog | DVD | (14/11/2011)
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You'll already know Greg Davies as the psychotic Head of Sixth Form Mr Gilbert in The Inbetweeners (Ch4) and as the most out-of-shape member of We are Klang(BBC3). His hotly anticipated debut stand-up show was a critically lauded sell-out smash hit at the 2010 Edinburgh festival picking up a prestigious nomination for the Fosters Comedy Award (formerly the Perrier). Following a sell-out autumn tour and a spring 2011 extension added due to popular demand now's your chance to see this incredible stand-up show live on DVD. It promises to address every single issue important to the human race. But it lies - it won't address any. Buy it though it'll be funny. Greg's many television appearances also include the most recent series of Live at The Apollo and Have I Got News for You as a regular on Ask Rhod Gilbert (BBC1) - as well as appearances on Mock the Week 8 Out of 10 Cats and Never Mind the Buzzcocks.
Lord Peter Wimsey Boxed Set (10 Disc) | DVD | (05/11/2012)
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Ian Carmichael stars as the aristocratic detective Lord Peter Wimsey in this classic BBC adaptation of the novels by Dorothy L. Sayers. These five feature-length adaptations bring all the wit, elegance and style of one of England's classiest detectives to the scene of the crime - five crimes to be exact - each one presenting an interesting challenge for this sharp-witted mastermind. Join Lord Peter Wimsey as he uncovers the mysteries of: <i>Clouds of Witness, The Unpleasantness at The Bello...
Booze Cruise - Series 1-3 | DVD | (18/09/2006)
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All three comedy-drama features featuring the mis-matched neighbours on another booze cruise to France...
Watching - Series 1 -7 - Complete | DVD | (09/11/2009)
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Watching: Series 1 - 7 (8 Discs)
The Beiderbecke Trilogy | DVD | (27/11/2007)
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The Beiderbecke Collection is a charming mix of comedy and drama that has all the hallmarks of a classic detective thriller. Follow the exploits of jazz fan Trevor and his long-suffering girlfriend Jill as they find themselves embroiled in various mysteries which follow them to Amsterdam and Edinburgh and include dodgy businessmen black economies refugees and much much more.... 'The Beiderbecke Affair' (1984) - Follow the exploits of Jazz nut Trevor Chaplin (James Bolam) and his long-suffering girlfriend Jill Swinburne (Barbara Flynn). Whilst trying to track down a set of missing records they encounter a mystery platinum blonde who weaves a complex web of intrigue that soon escalates to dealing with dodgy businessmen 'black economies' and council corruption. 'The Beiderbecke Tapes' (1987) - Feature length mystery with Trevor and Jill as they continue to embroil themselves in all sorts of clandestine meetings and intrigue. Nuclear waste in the Yorkshire Dales sinister conversations and a missing barman take Trevor and Jill on a whirlwind mystery from the Dales to Amsterdam and Edinburgh. 'The Beiderbecke Connection' (1988) - Trevor and Jill are now parents to a baby boy however their old pals Big Al and Little Norm prevail upon them to give sanctuary to a homeless refugee. It is not long however before they are again caught up in a complex deception of a musical kind featuring the music of jazz supremo Frank Ricotti.
M.A.S.H. - Season 1 | DVD | (19/05/2003)
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Set in an emergency medical camp, the sitcom M*A*S*H was based on Robert Altman's 1970 movie of the same name, which notionally took place during the Korean War but was implicitly a bleak commentary on the US involvement in Vietnam. First aired in 1972, the series is broader and less edgy than the film, taking the original characters and reducing them for stock comic value. Nonetheless, the sense of hip insolence is preserved in Alan Alda's carousing, wisecracking but essentially decent Hawkeye--Groucho Marx in a surgeon's mask. The first series shows Hawkeye and buddy Trapper John (Wayne Rogers) dealing with the bloody and messy end of the war. Though not often explicitly critical of the conflict, their attitude towards the uptight, irascible Major Frank Burns (Larry Linville) and Loretta Swit's prim, buttoned-up nurse "Hotlips" Houlihan suggests a healthy contempt for military mores. Fortunately, their commander Henry Blake (McClean Stevenson) is an easy-going soul who indulges them and allows a genial atmosphere to flourish at the 4077th. The pilot--in which Hawkeye arranges a raffle where the prize is a night with a gorgeous nurse to raise money for a Korean kid to get to college--sums up the spirit of these early episodes: soft-centred liberalism mixed with somewhat dated sexism, albeit more slickly delivered than contemporary British sitcoms such as On the Buses. The skirt-chasing and buffoonery in this first series would give way to a more earnest tone as the show continued. On the DVD: M*A*S*H is disappointingly short on special features. However, there is the option of removing the jarringly inappropriate intrusive laugh track that was used on US broadcasts of the show but not the UK version. These episodes have been comprehensively cleaned up for DVD consumption. --David Stubbs
Nighty Night - Series 1 & 2 Boxset | DVD | (15/10/2012)
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<b>Series 1</b> Meet Jill, the unhinged owner of a small town beauty salon, and enter her dysfunctional world. Pretending that her hospitalised husband is dying, Jill is on a mission to find a man. She joins the 'Lassoo the Moon' Dating Agency, but when her dates don't come up to scratch, she sets her sights on her neighbour Don, a doctor, and develops a very unhealthy obsession about him. Moving in to 'nurse' his terminally ill wife, she is determined to seduce him and bring their marriage...
Rita, Sue and Bob Too (DVD + Blu-ray) | Blu Ray | (22/05/2017)
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British films about sex are fairly rare, and mostly embarrassing: from the painfully anxious (Brief Encounter) to the hopelessly naff (the Carry On films). What a treat then is Rita, Sue and Bob Too, Alan Clarke's filming of a stage play by young Andrea Dunbar. It's an unsentimental, gleefully lewd comedy about shagging. Tagged for its cinema release in 1987 as "Thatcher's Britain with its knickers down", it even provoked a minor moral hullabaloo in the newspapers. Rita (Siobhan Finneran) and Sue (Michelle Holmes) are two giggly Bradford lasses stuck on a ramshackle housing estate. They keep themselves in fags by occasional baby-sitting for nouveau riche couple Bob (George Costigan) and Michelle (Lesley Sharp). Bob fancies himself rotten, but Michelle has ruled that sex is off the menu. So one night, driving Rita and Sue home, Bob detours to the Yorkshire moors and offers the girls a little something extra in his front seat. Rita and Sue decide to grab it while they can. Alan Clarke's cult following is founded on his bleak, brilliant films about violent young men (Scum, The Firm, Made in Britain). But Rita, Sue is a tribute to Clarkey's ribald sense of humour. It even sports a cameo from novelty pop-act Black Lace, performing their non-hit "Gang-Bang". Teenage debutantes Holmes and Finneran are terrific--just watch them dancing lustily around Bob's red leather sofa to Bananarama. In support, Clarke wisely cast skilled northern comedians like Patti Nicholls and Willie Ross, as Sue's foul-mouthed mum and dad. Amid the laughs, Clarke as usual doesn't stint from showing us the harsh, unlovely side of life. He shot the film on location at Bradford's Buttershaw estate, where Andrea Dunbar grew up and where, tragically, she died of a brain haemorrhage only a few years after the film's release. --Richard Kelly
Bottle Rocket - The Criterion Collection | Blu Ray | (04/12/2017)
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Wes Anderson first illustrated his lovingly detailed, slightly surreal cinematic vision in this witty and warm portrait of three young middleclass misfits. Fresh out of a mental hospital, gentle Anthony (Luke Wilson) finds himself once again embroiled in the machinations of his best friend, elaborate schemer Dignan (Owen Wilson). With the aid of getaway driver Bob (Robert Musgrave), they develop a needlessly complex, mildly successful plan to rob a small bookstorethen go on the lam. Also featuring Lumi Cavazos as Inez, the South American housekeeper Anthony falls in love with, and James Caan as local thief extraordinaire Mr. Henry, Bottle Rocket is a charming, hilarious, affectionate look at the folly of dreamers. Shot against radiant southwestern backdrops, it's the film that put Anderson and the Wilson brothers on the map. Director-Approved Special Edition Features: New, restored high-definition digital transfer supervised and approved by director Wes Anderson and director of photography Robert Yeoman Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack (DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 on Blu-ray) Commentary by director/co-writer Anderson and co-writer/star Owen Wilson The Making of Bottle Rocket: an original documentary by filmmaker Barry Braverman featuring Anderson, James L. Brooks, James Caan, Temple Nash Jr., Kumar Pallana, Polly Platt, Mark Mothersbaugh, Robert Musgrave, Richard Sakai, David and Sandy Wasco, Andrew, Luke, and Owen Wilson, and Robert Yeoman The original thirteen-minute black-and-white Bottle Rocket short film from 1992 11 deleted scenes Anamorphic screen test, storyboards, location photos, and behind-the-scenes photographs by Laura Wilson The Shafrazi Lectures, no. 1: Bottle Rocket Murita Cycles, a 1978 short film by Braverman PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by executive producer James L. Brooks, an appreciation by Martin Scorsese, and original artwork by Ian Dingman
Whatever Happened To The Likely Lads | DVD | (22/05/2006)
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Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais returned to the world of The Likely Lads with this sequel series which is generally considered to be even better than the original show. Terry Collier (James Bolam) returns from his stint in the army to find his north-east home-town and its inhabitants have changed beyond recognition. Out of contact during the intervening years his best friend Bob Ferris (Rodney Bewes) has settled into a respectable white-collar job and is engaged to his boss'
My Name Is Earl - Seasons 1-4 | DVD | (05/10/2009)
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Sean Lock: Live 2008/Live 2010/Purple Van Man | DVD | (17/11/2014)
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Includes Sean Lock Live, Lockipedia Live and Purple Van Man.
You Rang M'Lord? - The Complete Boxset | DVD | (11/09/2006)
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Working class chancer Alf Stokes (Paul Shane) and James Twelvetrees (Jeffrey Holland) first meet as soldiers in the trenches in France during the First World War. They find the body of an officer and assuming that he's dead Alf robs him of his valuables. Then they find that the officer the Honourable Teddy Meldrum (Michael Knowles) is still alive so they carry him off to a field hospital. Ten years later James is working in the household of Teddy's brother Lord Meldrum (Donald Hewlett). Alf suddenly turns up and is taken on as the new butler against James' wishes. Alf's daughter Ivy (Su Pollard) also starts working in the household as a parlour maid but her relationship with Alf is kept secret... An outstanding comedy series written by acclaimed veterans Jimmy Perry and David Croft which reunited many of the cast from the award-winning sitcom Hi-De-Hi! Series 1: 1. The Phantom Sign Writer 2. A Deed Of Gift 3. Love And Money 4. Fair Shares 5. Beg Borrow Or Steal Series 2: 1. Labour of Love 2. Trouble at Mill 3. Money Talks 4. The Meldrum Vases 5. The Wounds of War 6. Stranger in the Night 7. Royal Flush Series 3: 1. Please Help the Orphans 2. Current Affairs 3. Mrs. Lipton's Nasty Turn 4. Meet the Workers 5. Gretna Green or Bust 6. The Night of Reckoning 7. A Day in the Country Series 4: 1. Yes SIr That's My Baby 2. Requiem For A Parrot 3. Come To The Ball 4. The Truth Revealed 5. Fall Of The House Of Meldrum 6. Well There You Are Then!
Les Dawson On ITV - The Specials | DVD | (23/11/2009)
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Les Dawson At ITV: The Specials (3 Discs)
Jeeves And Wooster - The Complete Collection | DVD | (01/09/2008)
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Featuring the entire series of 'Jeeves And Wooster' based on the characters created by P.G. Wodehouse. Jeeves & Wooster is one of the most delightful period comedy series on TV. Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie have captured the wit and sophistication of P.G Wodehouse and manage to portray the marvellous light hearted atmosphere in which the stories were originally set to perfection. Now you can enjoy every episode at your leisure in this delightful digipack of the complete tip-top shenanigans of Jeeves & Wooster.