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  • Fawlty Towers - Complete Fawlty Towers [DVD] [1975]Fawlty Towers - Complete Fawlty Towers | DVD | (19/10/2009) from £12.99   |  Saving you £0.14 (1.08%)   |  RRP £13.13

    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

  • Fawlty Towers - The Complete Collection [Blu-ray] [2019] [Region Free]Fawlty Towers - The Complete Collection | Blu Ray | (18/11/2019) from £18.99   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    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.

  • Fresh Fields/French Fields - The Complete Series [DVD]Fresh Fields/French Fields - The Complete Series | DVD | (24/10/2011) from £28.15   |  Saving you £21.84 (77.58%)   |  RRP £49.99

    This International Emmy Award-winning comedy stars Anton Rodgers (May to September) and Julia McKenzie (Cranford) as William and Hester Field, a happily married middle-class couple whose children have flown the nest. Setting out to prove you re as young as you feel, Hester is determined to do all those things she never got around to when the kids were at home leaving William trailing in the wake of his wife s seemingly boundless enthusiasm. Fresh Fields gentle humour garnered high ratings throughout its four-year run, with McKenzie earning a BAFTA nomination for Best Light Entertainment Performance. Its sequel, French Fields, saw the couple following their children s example and setting up home across the Channel; three series chart a whole new chapter of misadventure as the Fields try to breach the language barrier and adapt to the strange customs of their adopted home. This set presents both complete series, brought together for the first time on DVD.

  • Fresh Fields - The Complete Third Series [1985] [DVD]Fresh Fields - The Complete Third Series | DVD | (21/02/2011) from £7.74   |  Saving you £5.25 (40.40%)   |  RRP £12.99

    William and Hester Fields have been very happily married for twenty years. Their children have flown the nest and Hester thinks there are a few things left to do between now and the pension book. With a renewed zest for life and a fresh dynamism in their relationship she insists that the couple take up a number of new pastimes and challenges - even if William sometimes lacks his wife s enthusiasm and seemingly boundless energy. Starring Anton Rodgers (May To September) as accountant William and Julia McKenzie (Cranford) as accomplished cook Hester Fresh Fields wry gentle humour made it a firm favourite with viewers spawning an equally popular sequel French Fields and earning McKenzie a BAFTA nomination for Best Light Entertainment Performance. The series which aired between 1984 and 1986 was produced and directed by sitcom veteran Peter Frazer-Jones (George And Mildred After Henry). This release contains the complete third series originally screened in 1985 and the Christmas Day special from that year.

  • The Night Won't Talk [DVD]The Night Won't Talk | DVD | (27/06/2016) from £6.79   |  Saving you £3.20 (47.13%)   |  RRP £9.99

    The cafes and artists' studios of bohemian Chelsea provide the setting for this tightly plotted early-fifties Brit Noir thriller. Starring B-movie favourite Hy Hazell, noted character actor John Bailey and Ballard Berkely Fawlty Towers' much-loved Major Gowen in the type of detective role for which he was best known during his earlier career, The Night Won't Talk is featured here in a brand-new transfer from the original film elements in its original theatrical aspect ratio. London's riverside 'village' awakens to the news that a murder has been committed. The victim, discovered strangled in bed, is Stella Smith, a beautiful young artist's model. Stella, however, was a girl with many enemies a deceiver of men who was ruthless in the pursuit of money and her career. While there are many who may have had the motive to kill her, the suspicions of Scotland Yard's Inspector West are soon narrowed down to just three people...

  • In Which We Serve [1942]In Which We Serve | DVD | (26/09/2008) from £4.99   |  Saving you £11.00 (220.44%)   |  RRP £15.99

    Noel Coward's great British war film made at the height of World War II in 1942 tells the story of a naval destroyer and its crew as they fight for their lives in a life raft after their ship is sunk.

  • Fawlty Towers: Series 1 and 2 [1975]Fawlty Towers: Series 1 and 2 | DVD | (19/11/2001) from £N/A   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £29.99

    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

  • The BFG [1989]The BFG | DVD | (08/04/2002) from £6.25   |  Saving you £1.00 (20.04%)   |  RRP £5.99

    This beautifully animated film will captivate any adult or child who has ever been touched by the magical stories of Roald Dahl. The fantasy dream world of the BFG has been wonderfully brought to life by award-winning British animators Cosgrove Hall and now looks and sounds even better on DVD. When little Sophie is taken from her orphange bed one night it's just the beginning of a thrilling adventure with The Big Friendly Giant. As they catch dreams together in Dream Country and blow them into children's bedroom trouble appears in the shape of The Bloodbottler and Fleshlumpeater - big bad giants who like to gobble children for breakfast! It's up to Sophie and The BFG to persuade the Queen Of England to help them stop the giants and thwart their fiendish plans...

  • The Blue Parrot / Burnt Evidence [DVD]The Blue Parrot / Burnt Evidence | DVD | (14/10/2013) from £13.48   |  Saving you £-0.49 (N/A%)   |  RRP £12.99

    Blue Parrot: Suspense and romance erupt when a nightclub becomes the scene of a murder, and its owner and her American boyfriend the prime suspects. Classic crime thriller set against the post-war backdrop of spivs, black-marketeers, pawnbrokers and raincoat detectives. Burnt Evidence: Duncan Lamont plays Jane Hylton's jealous husband. In a confrontation, Lamont accidentally shoots Hylton's lover. Convinced that he's a murderer, he heads for the hills as a ...

  • World War II Classics - Above Us The Waves / In Which We Serve [1942]World War II Classics - Above Us The Waves / In Which We Serve | DVD | (29/10/2001) from £20.23   |  Saving you £-5.24 (N/A%)   |  RRP £14.99

    Even if all written and documentary evidence were to disappear, you could still get a real insight into Britain's involvement in the Second World War through feature films such as Above Us the Waves (1955) and In Which We Serve (1942). Directed by Ralph Thomas, Above Us the Waves tells of a Royal Navy mission to sink the "invincible" German battleship Tirpitz off the Norwegian coast. John Mills is calm and confident as the mission commander, with strong support from John Gregson and Donald Sinden--all treated by the German personnel as fellow gentlemen when captured. Despite stirring music from Arthur Benjamin, the action sequences are visually no more than adequate, and the film is only a partial success compared with the naval and domestic drama of the earlier In Which We Serve. Noël Coward wrote the screenplay and musical score, co-directed (with David Lean) and gave possibly his finest screen performance as the commander of HMS Torrin. His speech to the survivors of the sunken ship, as they prepare for reassignment, is just the highlight of a film packed with memorable visuals and perceptive dialogue. On the DVD: Though there are no additional features the black-and-white prints have come up excellently in the 4:3 video aspect ratio. There are 15 access points for each film, though the lack of subtitles is an unfortunate omission. These are period pieces that capture the mood of an era.--Richard Whitehouse

  • In Which We Serve [1942]In Which We Serve | DVD | (01/10/1999) from £7.46   |  Saving you £5.52 (123.49%)   |  RRP £9.99

    Noel Coward's great British war film made at the height of World War II in 1942 tells the story of a naval destroyer and its crew as they fight for their lives in a life raft after their ship is sunk.

  • Fresh Fields: The Complete Second Series [DVD]Fresh Fields: The Complete Second Series | DVD | (23/08/2010) from £7.98   |  Saving you £7.00 (116.86%)   |  RRP £12.99

    William and Hester Field have been very happily married for twenty years. Their children have flown the nest and Hester thinks there are a few things left to do between now and the pension book. With a renewed zest for life and a fresh dynamism in their relationship she insists that the couple take up a number of new pastimes and challenges - even if William sometimes lacks his wife's enthusiasm and seemingly boundless energy. Starring Anton Rodgers (May to September) as accountant William and Julia McKenzie (Cranford) as accomplished cook Hester Fresh Fields' wry gentle humour made it a firm favourite with viewers spawning an equally popular sequel - French Fields - and earning McKenzie a BAFTA nomination for Best Light Entertainment Performance. The series which aired between 1984 and 1986 was produced and directed by sitcom veteran Peter Frazer-Jones (George and Mildred After Henry). This release contains the complete second series originally screened in 1984.

  • The Best Of British B Movies - The Corsair Collection: Volume 1 [DVD]The Best Of British B Movies - The Corsair Collection: Volume 1 | DVD | (08/07/2013) from £20.23   |  Saving you £-5.24 (N/A%)   |  RRP £14.99

    The Harassed Hero (1954)Poor Mr. Murray Selwyn (Guy Middleton)! He's suffering from 'Acute Apprehension Complex' and his doctors have strongly recommended that he avoid any stress or excitement in his life. Unfortunately - thanks to a chance encounter in a London taxi cab - he now finds himself at the very centre of an explosive international criminal caper and his life is filled with suitcases full of hot money desperate gunmen and vanishing bodies! More dangerous still he's been cared for by the rather ravishing Nurse Brook (Joan Winmill Brown) - a girl guaranteed to stimulate any red-blooded English gentleman! How much excitement can one man take? The Night Won't Talk (1952)When a beautiful young artist's model is strangled in her bed Scotland Yard find themselves with three suspects - her sinister ex-husband (Elwyn Brook-Jones) a sexually disturbed artist (Ballard Berkeley) and her violent new boyfriend (John Bailey) who is prone to unexplained blackouts. To catch the killer the police must set a dangerous trap with the aid of a famous sculptress (Hy Hazell).

  • Fawlty Towers - Collector's Edition [1975]Fawlty Towers - Collector's Edition | DVD | (03/11/2003) from £N/A   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £37.99

    Contains all twelve episodes from this crown jewel of British comedy. This exclusive collector's edition featuring a Corgi model of Basil's Austin 1300 and a hand painted figurine of Basil would be a great gift! Episode titles: A Touch of Class The Builders The Wedding Party The Hotel Inspectors Gourmet Night The Germans Communication Problems The Psychiatrist Waldorf Salad The Kipper and the Corpse The Anniversary Basil the Rat.

  • Wodehouse Playhouse - The Truth About George And Other Short Stories [1975]Wodehouse Playhouse - The Truth About George And Other Short Stories | DVD | (09/05/2005) from £N/A   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £19.99

    Classic adaptations of P G Wodehouse's short stories. Each story is introduced by the author in one of his last recordings. The stories are based around three general themes: The Mulliners relating to the rather bizarre extended family of Mr. Mulliner; The Oldest Member stories which take place in and around the golf club; and The Drones Club an all male society whose members include Freddy Fitch-Fitch and Adolhus Stiffham. This double feature contains seven half hour long stories

  • Confessions Of A Driving Instructor [1973]Confessions Of A Driving Instructor | DVD | (17/12/2004) from £N/A   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £5.99

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