Peter Kay is back with the internationally award-winning comedy Max and Paddy's Road To Nowhere. Re-uniting clueless doormen Max (Kay) and Paddy (McGuinness) from the hugely successful Phoenix Nights as they escape clubland in their prized motorhome and take to the open highway coping with girls speed cameras a pig and each other. Featuring all 6 episodes of the first series.
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'.
For his first video Live at the Top of the Tower, Bolton comedian, actor and Channel 4 star Peter Kay returns to his roots--both as a stand up and by performing live in Blackpool, his childhood haunt. Bolstered by the acclaim heaped on his two television series (That Peter Kay Thing and Phoenix Nights), Kay is very much at the top of his game. Odd then that his live routine suffers from something of a false start, relying on characters from and references to his TV show and an awkward batch of jokes. Once settled though, Kay happily emerges as one of the funniest men in the country. His humour is fairly traditional in its sources but succeeds by its very universality. Much is made both of his family life and growing up in the 1980s, the reasons why he makes such a great guest on the rash of television shows dissecting the decade. His style will be very familiar to fans of Phoenix Nights (his words on the Northern club circuit: "tomorrow's acts at yesterday's prices, today"--are straight from his Brian Potter character) and his acting and writing have obviously been hugely influenced by his life as a stand up. He emerges from the video as a great visual comic, a brilliant mimic and an inspired observationalist--his piece on the perils of Teletext is one of the highlights. Those who have taken to the likes of Mark Park, Cheryl Avenue, Jerry Sinclair and Kay's countless other creations should not hesitate when it comes to Live at the Top of the Tower, nor should anyone else with a sense of humour. --Phil Udell
Some comedies secure cult status after just one episode. The first series of Phoenix Nights, created by and starring Bolton-born comic Peter Kay, is one of those rare gems that few saw on first showing but that everyone was soon talking about. Wheelchair-bound Brian Potter (Kay) runs the Phoenix, a shabby social club populated by an assortment of wonderfully observed characters. It's grim up North and despite the best efforts of the staff to inject life into the proceedings--be it an alternative comedy night, a version of Robot Wars in Potter's beloved Pennine Suite or a Wild West extravaganza--each evening's entertainment always ends badly. Undaunted, the Phoenix denizens continue to strive for their dream: a world in which "clubland never dies". Even though Kay is the focus of the show (having also directed and penned the series), this is no star vehicle; the hapless security guards, the club entertainer Jerry, and Ray Von the dodgy DJ all combine in an ensemble comedy the like of which hasn't been seen since Fawlty Towers. You have to watch it a couple of times just to catch all the visual gags, let alone pick up on all the nuances of the brilliantly written script. If you missed it first time round, now's your chance to own one of the best British sit-coms of recent years. On the DVD: Phoenix Nights on disc comes with a plethora of extras to enjoy. "One Man and His Horse" is behind the scenes footage of Trigger and his handler (who is almost as entertaining as his charge); there are some great deleted scenes, trailers for the first series and an episode-by-episode sequence of outtakes where the cast hilarity is definitely contagious. A commentary from Kay and some of the team consists more of reminiscence than information, but is well worth a listen. --Kristen Bowditch
The beginning of the second series of Phoenix Nights sees Brian Potter's beloved Phoenix Club lying in ashes and the staff scattered to the four winds. Even club compere Jerry St Clair is reduced to singing "Come get your black bin bags" to the tune of Men in Black in the local supermarket. But not even being barred from having a licence for the rest of his natural life can deter the northern Svengali from reopening the club and making it bigger and better than before--even if that means making Jerry the licensee and offering up-market Chinese nosh. This second instalment of Peter Kay's cult sit-com is more upbeat than the first, with some genuine success coming to the characters and club, but it still has its hilariously subversive undertones: a botched hit job; an inflatable castle with an extra appendage; and Brian stuck on his stair lift for a day after a power cut, to take just three examples. The script remains brilliantly surreal and incredibly funny. All the favourite characters remain, with club bouncers Paddy and Max featuring in a couple of the meatier storylines (perhaps setting them up for their own spin-off series?) and Jerry continuing to wow the crowds with his original vocal stylings, the highlight being the grand Stars in Their Eyes final in which he offers his own unique clubland take on Eminem. It's brilliantly original stuff: roll on Series 3. --Kristen Bowditch
In this exclusive, 5-part docuseries, WWE gives a rare and revealing glimpse at Mark Calaway, the man behind Undertaker. Witness The Deadman's journey as he comes out of the darkness to put the final nail in the coffin of his legendary career. CHAPTER 1: THE GREATEST FEAR Get a rare and revealing look at Mark Calaway, the man behind The Undertaker, as he prepares for the final match of his storied WWE career against Roman Reigns at WrestleMania 33. CHAPTER 2: THE REDEMPTION The Undertaker's greatest fear is realized as his disappointing performance against Roman Reigns fuels the Deadman to rebuild and redeem himself in a match against John Cena at WrestleMania 34. CHAPTER 3: END OF AN ERA Fresh off his stellar performance at WrestleMania 34 against John Cena, The Undertaker seeks closure on his 30-year career in a series of matches with the men he respects the most - Triple H, Shawn Michaels and Kane. With a dream scenario involving all four Legends at WWE Crown Jewel, the stage was set for The Phenom to ride off into the night. CHAPTER 4: THE BATTLE WITHIN Seeking a storybook ending for his legendary career, the Undertaker's mental and physical struggles come to a head in Saudi Arabia, with disastrous results. And in the wake of that catastrophe, Mark Calaway makes a major decision regarding his future as the Undertaker. CHAPTER 5: REVELATION With The Undertaker seemingly content calling it a career after a successful match at WWE Extreme Rules, the lure of a WrestleMania dream match with AJ Styles brings The Deadman back for perhaps his last ride at The Showcase of the Immortals. BONUS: TALES FROM THE DEADMAN Taken his Last Ride, The Undertaker reveals his favourite stories and secrets for all his Creatures of the Night. Hear forbidden tales about The Phenom's debut, Madison Square Garden, the legendary Yokozuna, the Godfather, the infamous Wrestler's Court and more. Narrated by actor Timothy Olyphant. EXTRAS: JBL's Memories of The Undertaker, Cryotherapy, Stone Cold Respect, Make-A-Wish & RAW 25, The Undertaker's Favourite Opponents, What an Entrance!
Created by and starring Bolton-born comic Peter Kay, Phoenix Nights is one of those rare gems that few saw on first showing but that everyone was soon talking about. The first series introduces wheelchair-bound Brian Potter (Kay), who runs the titular Phoenix, a shabby social club populated by an assortment of wonderfully observed characters. It's grim up North and despite the best efforts of the staff to inject life into the proceedings--be it an alternative comedy night, a version of Robot Wars in Potter's beloved Pennine Suite or a Wild West extravaganza--each evening's entertainment always ends badly. Undaunted, the Phoenix denizens continue to strive for their dream: a world in which "clubland never dies". The beginning of the second series sees Brian Potter's beloved Phoenix Club lying in ashes and the staff scattered to the four winds. Even club compere Jerry St Clair is reduced to singing "Come get your black bin bags" to the tune of Men in Black in the local supermarket. But not even being barred from having a licence for the rest of his natural life can deter the northern Svengali from reopening the club and making it bigger and better than before--even if that means making Jerry the licensee and offering up-market Chinese nosh. --Kristen Bowditch
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Rattle and Hum is not a film for anyone looking for an introduction to Irish band U2's career in the 1980s, but it is a vibrant portrait of an established group making its musical pilgrimage through the America it has always imagined, from blues and gospel to early rock 'n' roll. Filmmaker Phil Joanou (Heaven's Prisoners), a veteran music-video director and maker of the distractingly kinetic Three O'Clock High, finds a suitable outlet for his high energy in this juggernaut of a journey, which finds U2 collaborating with a black gospel choir and BB King, recording inside the legendary Sun Records studio, dropping by Graceland, and in a moment of fearlessness, performing the Beatles' "Helter Skelter" to exorcise Charles Manson's sick claim on the song. --Tom Keogh, Amazon.com
When it comes to footballing wisdom Mike's in a league of his own! Following his moderate success as England boss Mike Bassett (Ricky Tomlinson) wants one last chance of the big time after an otherwise undistinguished managerial career. He's offered a job at Wirral County a team his dad once played for and believes he can resurrect the side currently languishing as the bottom of their league. Bassett has fallen on hard times since reaching the latter stages of the World Cup. H
Road To Nowhere: Re-uniting clueless doormen Max (Kay) and Paddy (McGuinness) from the hugely successful Phoenix Nights they escape clubland in their prized motorhome and take to the open highway coping with girls speed cameras a pig and each other! Power Of Two: Thanks to the two most famous motor home enthusiasts Max and Paddy getting in shape will never be the same again once you've seen the latest offering from the comic duo. The only fitness themed comedy title on the market Max & Paddy's Power Of Two is an extraordinary workout for ordinary people. Including a special guest appearance from award winning Phoenix Nights character Brian Potter The Power Of Two will leave viewers aching both from the exercise and the laughter! Down on their luck and up on body mass Max & Paddy take to the world of home fitness video deciding to mix Max's strict army training with Paddy's knowledge and limited experience of s-exercise. What more could the British public need to get back into shape after Christmas? Max & Paddy's Power Of Two takes burning calories to a new surreal level with the motor home enthusiasts doing the workout. This DVD masterpiece features completely new Peter Kay comedy that has never been seen anywhere before and it's the only way to flex and laugh your way to a leaner fitter you!
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Series 1 and 2 of Peter Kay's acclaimed TV comedy Phoenix Nights. Legendary social club owner Brian Potter and his band of staff and regulars are determined to make the Phoenix Club successful no matter what. Nothing will get in their way...
Legendary social club owner Brian Potter and his hapless band of staff and regulars are determined to make Phoenix Club a success no matter what. Not even a racist folk band an unforeseeable psychic or a drunken horse will get in the way of their dream that 'Clubland will never die'. The complete second series of Peter Kay's award winning show.
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