Starring Donald Sinden and Windsor Davies as two curmudgeonly antique dealers, Never the Twain rapidly became one of Thames Television's most popular comedies. Created by sitcom legend Johnnie Mortimer who, with Brian Cooke, created Father Dear Father, Man About the House and George and Mildred this classic comedy was a constant favourite with the viewers throughout its whopping ten year run. Showcasing guest appearances by Honor Blackman, Gabrielle Drake, Barbara Murray, Prunella Scales and Christopher Ellison, this set contains all eleven series and the 1989 Christmas special. Simon Peel and Oliver Smallbridge are not the easiest of neighbours. Simon is a blue blooded Oxbridge snob while Oliver is a former barrowboy with a chip on his shoulder the only thing they have in common is a willingness to stoop to endless lengths to do the other down. But when Simon's son and Oliver's daughter begin to show more than a passing interest in each other, what was a mutual cold war rapidly turns into something decidedly hotter!
In 1970, The Goodies unleashed their legendary blend of surreal storylines, strikingly topical satire, slapstick and general lunacy on an unsuspecting viewing public. Capturing the irreverent and rebellious flavour of the decade, this phenomenally popular, award-winning series spread its mischief over twelve years, making household names of creators, writers and performers Bill Oddie, Graeme Garden and Tim Brooke-Taylor. For the first time ever, Network is incredibly proud to present the complete run of episodes and specials made for the BBC (apart from that pesky original version of Kitten Kong, which is still missing) in this 12-disc set: All eight BBC series Kitten Kong - Montreux '72 A Collection of Goodies Goodies Travelling Instant Five Minute Christmas Superstar The Goodies and the Beanstalk The Goodies Rule O.K.? From a giant white fluffy kitten called Twinkle to a slippery climb up a giant beanstalk, from the ancient Lancastrian art of 'Ecky Thump to fighting a ban on fun instigated by an all-too-real puppet government, this is television comedy at its undeniable best!
This 21-disc box set includes 20 classic Laurel & Hardy films and various shorts, plus a bonus disc containing the original version of Brats (1930), extracts from the German version of Pardon Us (1931), Thundering Fleas (1926), Fluttering Hearts (1927), Prudence(1927) and the documentary Laurel & Hardy - A Tribute to the Boys(1991).
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).
Like a skidmark through history the Edmund Blackadders left an indelible dirty stain on every era they passed through. No one knows where the notorious Blackadder family originated from - some say the shallow end of the gene pool others just nod and point to the cess-pit behind the pig-sheds. Every new era produces a more contemptuous Edmund Blackadder each incarnation bearing a striking resemblance to the last carrying forward the family traditions of cowardice treachery and po
Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte and Miranda take another bite out of the Big Apple in the sequel to the 2008 blockbuster. Returning in their starring roles, as the four great friends are Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis and Cynthia Nixon.
Benny Hill Annuals: 1980-1989 (9 Discs)
Doing the right thing isn't always easy. Just ask Earl Hickey (Jason Lee) a recovering ne'er-do-well with a lifetime's worth of dirty deeds to make up for. Join Earl and his gang of lovable losers as he takes a wildly offbeat transformation from hood to good in the uproarious and outrageous My Name Is Earl... It's not always politically correct but it's always hilarious!
Enjoy again the classic comedy series with the complete collection of every episode ever made plus the three 'specials'. All 22 episodes with 12 hours of classic comedy. From hanging off his car over a cliff edge to roller skating down the high street behind a bus accident-prone Frank just seems to find one harassment after another! Episode titles: The Job Interview George's House Love Thy Neighbour Have A Break Take A Husband The Hospital Visit The Psychiatrist The Em
Life's a gamble. Robbie Box is one of life's good guys. Except that his gambling addiction threatens everything. In the lowlife circuit of pubs bookies and smoky gambling dens he rides a rollercoaster from bankruptcy to wealth and back again but when it jeopardises his relationship with his long-suffering family Robbie is determined to give it all up. Until the next big game all-night poker session or race meeting...
3 of the Pub Landlord's best ever stand-up shows brought together in this boxset collection. Includes: One Man One Guvnor The Only Way is Epic and Barrel of Fun Live.
AliceA woman develops magical powers, thanks to an Asian herbalist. Annie HallComedian Alvy Singer falls for ditzy but delightful Annie Hall in this Best Picture OSCAR Winner. Another WomanA writer eavesdrops on the therapy sessions of a stranger. BananasFielding Mellish becomes the president of a banana republic. Broadway Danny RoseA talent manager gets dragged into a life-threatening love triangle. Crimes And MisdemeanorsMartin Landau plays an adulterous husband contemplating murder. Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Sex* But Were Afraid To AskOutrageously funny answers to provocative questions about sex. Hannah And Her SistersMichael Caine and Dianne Wiest won OSCARS for their supporting roles in this film brimming with laughter and tears. InteriorsAn intimate drama about a mother and her three daughters. Love And DeathA cowardly Russian finds himself on the war front. ManhattanA divorced writer falls for his best friend’s mistress. Melinda And MelindaA seriously funny love story told as both a comedy and a drama. A Midsummer Night's Sex ComedyLove blooms in the countryside for a crackpot inventor and his guests. The Purple Rose Of CairoA movie character steps off the screen and into the real world. Radio DaysA coming-of-age story set during the golden age of radio. SeptemberUnrequited love and secrets from the past haunt a fragile woman. Shadows And FogAn all-star cast lights up this dark comedy about a killer on the loose. SleeperThe future is funny in this sci-fi spoof about a man out of time. Stardust MemoriesA filmmaker grapples with fawning fans and the meaning of life. ZeligA human chameleon fascinates America in this mock documentary.
In the annuals of music history Joan Sutherland's name will always be inextricably linked with the tragic heroine of Donizetti's dark romantic opera. It was the role which catapulted her to international stardom in 1959 and remained the perfect showcase for her remarkable vocal agility and acting ability throughout her career.
Includes all 8 series and 137 episodes of the series Doctor In the House Doctor At Large Doctor In Charge Doctor At Sea Doctor On The Go.
JACQUELINE DU PRE's extraordinary career was cut cruelly short by illness in 1973 when she was only 28 years old. When she died 14 years later she remained as vibrant a figure in the public mind as she had been at the pinnacle of her career. Award winning film-maker Christopher Nupen succeeded in capturing the spirit of one of the greatest musicians of the 20th century in his classic documentary JACQUELINE DU PRE and the Elgar Cello Concerto (here restored and digitally re-mastered). This DVD portrait also offers Nupen's film The Ghost featuring a performance of Beethoven's Piano Trio No. 5.Full Performances:Elgar: Cello Concerto in E minor Op. 85 - with Daniel Barenboim conducting the New Philharmonia Orchestra.Beethoven: Piano Trio No. 5 in D major Op. 70 No. 1 (The Ghost) - with Daniel Barenboim (piano) and Pinchas Zukerman (violin).
First aired in 1990-91, the second series of The Simpsons proved that, far from being a one-joke sitcom about the all-American dysfunctional family, it had the potential to become a whole hilarious universe. The animation had settled down (in the first series, the characters look eerily distorted when viewed years later), while Dan Castellaneta, who voiced Homer, decided to switch from a grumpy Walter Matthau impression to a more full-on, bulbous wail. The series' population of minor characters began to grow with the inclusion of Dr Hibbert, McBain and attorney Lionel Hutz, while the writers became more seamless in their ability to weave pastiche of classic movies into the plot lines. While relatively "straight" by later standards (the surreal forays of future seasons are kept in check here), Season Two contains some of the most memorable episodes ever made, indeed some of the finest American comedy ever made. These include "O Brother, Where Art Thou?", in which Homer is reunited with, and ruins the business of, his long-lost brother ("He was an unbridled success--until he discovered he was a Simpson"), "Dead Putting Society", in which Homer lives out his rivalry with neighbour Ned Flanders through a crazy-golf competition between the sons ("If you lose, you're out of the family!") and one of the greatest ever episodes, "Lisa's Substitute", which not only features poor little Lisa's crush on a supply teacher voiced by Dustin Hoffman but also Bart's campaign to become class president. "A vote for Bart is a vote for anarchy!", warns Martin, the rival candidate. By way of a retort, Bart promises faithfully, "A vote for Bart is a vote for anarchy!". --David Stubbs On the DVD: The Simpsons, Season 2, like its DVD predecessor, has neat animated menus on all four discs as well as apparently endless copyright warnings, but nothing as useful as a "play all" facility. The discs are more generously filled than Season 1, however, and each episode has an optional group commentary from Matt Groening and various members of his team. The fourth disc has sundry snippets including the Springfield family at the Emmy Awards ceremony, Julie Kavner dressed up as Bart at the American Music Awards and videos for both "Do the Bartman" and "Deep, Deep Trouble" (all with optional commentary). There are two short features dating from 1991: director David Silverman on the creation of an episode and an interview with Matt Groening. TV commercials for butterfinger bars, foreign language clips and picture galleries round out the selection. Picture is standard 4:3 and the sound is good Dolby 5.1. --Mark Walker
The very best of the comedian famous for his sit down stand up comedy.
Twenty years before the Farrelly Brothers turned raunch into acceptable film comedy, the team of David Zucker, Jim Abrahams and Jerry Zucker exploited it first. The college threesome made it big with Airplane in 1980, but this 1977 cinematic version of their live theatre show was the ground zero for their talents. Kentucky Fried Movie is a mish-mash of sketches, fake commercials, and parodies with no central theme--except their crudeness and laugh-out-loud humour. Highlights include a commercial for "Scot Free", a board game based on the Kennedy assassination conspiracy; "The Wonderful World of Sex", in which a couple goes through foreplay with a self-help narrator instructing them step-by-step; and a 20-minute spoof of Bruce Lee films entitled "A Fistful of Yen". Brazen to a fault, the movie will reach for any punchline, no matter how crude (and those who flocked to the film's initial release looking for R-rated sex will remember the final sketch and the infamous trailer for "Catholic High School Girls in Trouble".) Directed by then-unknown John Landis (who went on to make The Blues Brothers and An American Werewolf in London) on a shoestring budget, the film has aged. But crassness, when this funny, is forever. --Doug Thomas, Amazon.com
This set features: Live At Her Majesty's Live From The West End Different Planet Tour Live In Scotland Live At Wembley XL Tour 2005 Live The Ultimate Experience Live
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