The award winning 'That Peter Kay Thing' not only launched the career of one of the UK's most popular comedians but was also the forerunner to the phenomenally successful 'Phoenix Nights'. Six beautifully crafted stories set in and around Bolton with Peter Kay himself playing 15 unique character creations including Mr Softee the ice cream man; Leonard the oldest paper boy in Britain; Marc Park the egocentric pop star; Phoenix Club owner Brian Potter and Max the hapless doorman. The second disc contains exclusive previously unseen footage and the original award winning pilot episode 'The Services'.
This Special Edition marks the 30th Anniversary of one of the greatest situation comedies British television has ever seen. Every episode of the BAFTA winning sitcom has been fantastically remastered and for the first time ever John Cleese provides audio commentaries on all 12 episodes. Episodes Comprise: 1. A Touch of Class 2. The Builders 3. The Wedding Party 4. The Hotel Inspectors 5. Gourmet Night 6. The Germans 7. Communication Problems 8. The Psychiatrist 9. Waldorf Salad 10. The Kipper and the Corpse 11. The Anniversary 12. Basil the Rat
Every episode of the classic BBC BAFTA-winning sitcom in high definition for the first time ever. Basil Fawlty is a much put-upon, hard-working hotel manager whose life is plagued by dead guests, hotel inspectors and riff-raff. Of course his biggest headache is his little nest of vipers' - his nagging wife Sibyl. Together they run their hotel, Fawlty Towers, with a little help from the unflappable Polly, and Manuel, the trainee waiter from Barcelona with marginally more intelligence than a monkey.
Focusing on three of the most important discoveries from the world of the ancient Egyptians this series journeys back in time to explore Howard Carter's discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamun the Great Belzoni's finds from the reign of Ramesses II and Champollion's deciphering of the hieroglyphs. Join Carter Belzoni and Champollion as they overcome immense obstacles to unlock the secrets of an as-yet undiscovered world and reveal their seminal finds. Then travel even further back
Often hailed as the greatest ever British sitcom, Fawlty Towers is closer to the more elaborate tradition of farce. Comprising two series made in 1975 and 1979, the total of just 12 episodes were painstakingly constructed by writers John Cleese and Connie Booth. Unlike most British farce, however, Fawlty Towers deals with the big themes--death, psychology, xenophobia and even sex-o-phobia (Basil's marriage to Sybil is the most sterile ever depicted in a sitcom).Basil's contempt for his guests is, of course, legendary. It takes little from patrons to unleash his sledgehammer sarcasm: "Rosewood, mahogany, teak? Sorry, I was wondering what you'd like your breakfast tray made out of," he sneers at a guest who dares request breakfast in bed. Like every Englishman, he wants to be king of his own castle and resents having to take in lodgers to maintain the place, especially the open-necked younger generation, whom he regards as sub-human. Mostly, though, Fawlty Towers is comedy of exasperation--who can forget the "damn good thrashing" Basil gives his clapped-out car, or the nervous breakdowns he almost suffers trying to make himself understood to Manuel? It's also comedy of embarrassment. The very fear of losing his dignity generally leads Basil into the most spectacularly undignified of predicaments. His inevitable misery is our sheer delight.--David StubbsSeries 2: Communication Problems The Psychiatrist Waldorf Salad The Kipper and the Corpse The Anniversary Basil the Rat
Hilarious high-jinks from the Grace Bros. team as they troop off to sunny Spain for the staff trip of a lifetime. Cheerfully they disgrace themselves on the Costa Plonka. Mr Humphries is free while Captain Peacock wants everything under the sun from Miss Brahms. Mrs Slocombe only hopes her pussy can survive as the comedy capers carry on abroad in the riotous screen version of the television comedy classic.
Fawlty Towers remains a timeless example of comic writing acting and characterisation at its very best. This fantastic complete collection set features all 12 episodes from this classic series. Episodes titles: 1. A Touch of Class 2. The Builders 3. The Wedding Party 4. The Hotel Inspectors 5. Gourmet Night 6. The Germans 7. Communication Problems 8. The Psychiatrist 9. Waldorf Salad 10. The Kipper and the Corpse 11. The Anniversary 12. Basil the Rat
Introduced and presented by David Attenborough, Great Wildlife Moments is a feature-length anthology that compiles some of the most memorable moments from the BBC Wildlife Unit. With a running time of 108 minutes it consists of 38 sequences drawn from the greatest archive of natural-history filmmaking in the world, breathtaking television spanning the entire biosphere from never-before-seen creatures in the ocean depths (Blue Planet, 2001) to Attenborough himself in zero gravity high above the Earth (The Living Planet, 1984). The anthology is divided into seven chapters covering different environments from "Snow and Ice" to "Jungles", an approach that both gives structure to the film and offers an effective vision of the sheer diversity of life on planet Earth. Most people's favourite sequences will be found here, from a killer whale taking a sea lion on the beach in The Trials of Life (1990) to Attenborough communing with mountain gorillas in Life on Earth (1979). Other segments come variously from BBC wildlife specials, Wildlife on One, The Natural World, The Kingdom of the Ice Bear (1985), Life in the Freezer (1993), The Private Life of Plants (1995), Attenborough in Paradise (1996), The Life of Birds (1998) and The Life of Mammals (2002), with additional narrators including John Hurt, Andrew Sachs and Simon King. This is a fine selection made all the more rewarding by Attenborough's endless enthusiasm and celebration of the world about us. On the DVD: Great Wildlife Moments is presented at 16:9, anamorphically enhanced for widescreen TVs. Unfortunately most of the material was originally shot for traditional 4:3 broadcast and so has been reformatted by carefully cropping shots at the top and/or bottom. For the most part this works acceptably with little of visual significance lost, though a sequence of emperor penguins from Life in the Freezer is ruined. Only one 4:3 segment--Attenborough high in the rainforest from Attenborough in Paradise--has been presented in its original ratio. Picture quality varies depending on the age of the clips, with material from Blue Planet and The Life of Mammals being flawless and older footage offering some grain, which is never too distracting. Sound is again variable, the Dolby Prologic soundtrack effectively smoothing the transitions between older mono soundtracks and more recent surround sound. The main extra is a fine commentary that is specific to each sequence and calls on the original producers, directors or cameramen (most but not every section has a commentary), while a 12-minute "making of" is actually more of an extended trailer for other BBC wildlife DVDs. The disc also includes a useful BBC Natural History Unit filmography. --Gary S Dalkin
A Tale of Love and Revenge... and Stamps. Moist von Lipwig is a con artist of the highest degree: polite charming and skillful in his work. Nevertheless as the story begins he is confined to a cell in Ankh Morpork and scheduled to die within half an hour after having stolen AM0 000. He is saved when Lord Vetinari offers him a choice: he can walk out of the door (and fall to his death) or he can become Postmaster of the city's run down Post Office. Lipwig chooses the latter hoping for a chance to escape. Unfortunately for him Lipwig's first and last attempt at escape is thwarted by a golem named Mr. Pump who delivers Lipwig back to the office of the Patrician...
Comedy greats Jimmy Jewel and Hilda Baker star as Eli Pledge and his sister Nellie in the classic award-winning comedy - Nearest and Dearest. Eli - an aging lothario - and Nellie - virtuous to the last but in possession of a wonderfully flexible grip on the English language - inherit clapped out condiment company Pledge's Purer Pickles from their father. Much hilarity ensues amongst the malaproprisms bolshie workforce and none-too-subtle double entendres as the siblings try their
Often hailed as the greatest ever British sitcom, Fawlty Towers is closer to the more elaborate tradition of farce. Comprising two series made in 1975 and 1979, the total of just 12 episodes were painstakingly constructed by writers John Cleese and Connie Booth. Unlike most British farce, however, Fawlty Towers deals with the big themes--death, psychology, xenophobia and even sex-o-phobia (Basil's marriage to Sybil is the most sterile ever depicted in a sitcom). Basil's contempt for his guests is, of course, legendary. It takes little from patrons to unleash his sledgehammer sarcasm: "Rosewood, mahogany, teak? Sorry, I was wondering what you'd like your breakfast tray made out of", he sneers at a guest who dares to request breakfast in bed. Like every Englishman, he wants to be king of his own castle and resents having to take in lodgers to maintain the place, especially the open-necked younger generation, whom he regards as sub-human. Mostly, though, Fawlty Towers is comedy of exasperation--who can forget the "damn good thrashing" Basil gives his clapped-out car, or the nervous breakdowns he almost suffers trying to make himself understood to Manuel? It's also comedy of embarrassment. The very fear of losing his dignity generally leads Basil into the most spectacularly undignified of predicaments. His inevitable misery is our sheer delight. -- David Stubbs On the DVD: each six-episode season is given its own disc with a commentary track from John Howard Davies and Bob Spiers, directors of Season 1 and Season 2 respectively. The third disc has all the additional material, the best of which are new interviews with John Cleese, Andrew Sachs and Prunella Scales. Also included are text biographies of all the leads and the guest stars, a short background featurette on Torquay and the hotel owner who is said to have inspired Basil, a very short blooper reel of outtakes and a brief teaser with Cleese in character entitled "Cheap Tatty Review". Much of this extra material was comfortably fitted onto the individually available Season 1 and 2 discs, so it's a bit of a mystery why a third disc was deemed necessary for the box set. --Mark Walker
Who could forget the great Tommy Cooper? A legend in his own lifetime now sadly missed by all his fans. In this DVD you'll find two programmes containing some of his most hilarious sketches to enjoy again and again. The Magic Touch - Compiled from rare and classic footage. Tommy takes us through some riotous sketches in his own off-the-cuff style. Join him and guests Eric Sykes and Henry Cooper as they encounter Nautical Cooper Accountant Cooper Courting Cooper Troubadour Tommy and the grand finale - the Amazing Shirt Trick. Tribute to a Comic Genius - It's all here: the bizarre conjuring tricks the comic antics and Tommy's unique brand of humour exactly as you remember him. Also included are heartfelt tributes from many of Tommy's friends and colleagues including Benny Hill Jim Davidson Ronnie Barker Mike Yarwood Eric Sykes Max Bygraves and Eammon Andrews.
Tommy Cooper's comedy was timeless a true original who was everyone's favourite clown. Wearing his trademark Fez he delighted millions with bungled magic tricks and hilarious sketeches.
The award winning That Peter Kay Thing not only launched the career of one of the UK's most popular comedians but was also the forerunner to the phenomenally successful Phoenix Nights. Six beautifully crafted stories set in and around Bolton with Peter Kay himself playing 15 unique character creations including Mr Softee the ice cream man; Leonard the oldest paper boy in Britain; Marc Park the egocentric pop star; Phoenix Club owner Brian Potter; and Max the haple
Exciting adventures for the Gingerbread Man and friends: The Old Bag Salt And Pepper and Sleek. Featuring the voices of Andrew Sachs and David Wood.
When the 'big ones' go upstairs to bed the inhabitants in the kitchen 'Salt' 'Pepper' and 'Herr von Cuckoo' discover a newly baked gingerbread man lying in a pastry cutter. With currants for eyes and a slice of cherry for a mouth they bring their new friend to life. The 'Old Bag' a long forgotten teabag living in the teapot and 'Sleek' the mouse do their best to spoil the adventures of the four friends. Featuring the first 6 episodes! Episodes Comprise: 1.The Arrival 2
'Monkey' a television programme that defies description but we'll give it a go: a bizarre combination of spectacular acrobatics and martial arts; tacky special effects; magic tricks; 70's disco music; hilarious dubbing; crazy storylines; the odd bit of Buddhist philosophy thrown in for good measure and an unforgettable theme song. The Most Monstrous Monster: Desperate to please Chun-Shou the woman he hopes to marry the unhappy King of Unicorns promises to find a new toy f
Writers Jeremy Lloyd and David Croft managed something quite clever with this, the film version of the 1970s sitcom Are You Being Served?. The idea of this cheery collection of comedy stereotypes--the pompous one, the vulgar one, the camp one, the shifty one and so on--being confined within a department store was a master stroke, as it allowed any kind of situation to arise without the plot having to exceed the restrictions imposed by the set. How, then, to keep the same theme for the big screen without just offering the television series writ large? Simple: send the whole cast on holiday together but make sure they can't leave their hotel, a state of affairs contrived easily enough by throwing a guerilla uprising into the plot. So it is, then, that the staff of Grace Bros. descend on the Costa Plonka while the store is closed for refurbishment. There are all the usual jokes involving knickers, boobs, toilets and gay sex (sometimes all at once), adding up to a good slice of nostalgic fun for anyone who was there when lapels really were that wide. Incidentally, this item is worth having just for the wonderful Frank Langford caricatures on the cover. On the DVD: Are You Being Served? comes to the digital format with just one extra item, a trailer.--Roger Thomas
A tale of love and friendship. Annie the rag doll and Teddy Bear are in search of a child who will love them. Their search takes them on an incredible adventure through an overwhelming city. Based on the book 'The Night After Christmas'by James Stevenson. Contains all four seperate stories: The Night After Christmas: This beautifully animated special from Hibbert Ralph entertainment is a heart-rending tale of love and friendship whick follows Annie a refinded rag doll and Teddy a rather gruff teddy bear in search of a new home after being thrown out in favour of the latest high tech toys. They set out into the cold of the big city on an adventure which brings an unexpected friendship between the two toys as they search for the love of a child. Forgotten Again: Teddy and Annie think they are going on holiday and are most annoyed at being squashed into a holdall bag. Unfortunately they've been forgotten again this time left at the airport! When they find the luggage label attached to the bag their hopes rise as they plan to find their way home. Toy Boy: When Annie falls into a drain Teddy finds himself pushed aside by a toy soldier in his frantic attempts to rescue her. Annie falls in love with her rescuer who is handsome with a battery of high-tech devices. Teddy is not very impressed with Annie's new-found love and soon finds the chance to prove that her hero is not quite as magnificent as she first thought... Toy Stars: Teddy and Annie stumble into a puppet theatre. They are dressed up to be the main stars for that night's show but finds it hard to move freely with strings attached! Is a life in theatre for them?
Star Hill Ponies is a delightful stop-frame animated TV series focusing on the adventures of a young girl and her encounters with her three pony friends. Featuring the voices of popular British comedians Josie Lawrence and Andrew Sachs. Episodes Comprise: 1. Scruffy Helps Out 2. Art For Scruffy's Sake 3. The Outing 4. Birthday Tea 5. Circus Tricks 6. Scruffy Pays The Price 7. High Tea High-Jinks 8. Nicked Knickers
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