Who would have thought retirement could be so chaotic? Certainly not querulous Victor Meldrew one of tree-lined suburbia's perennial complainers or his long suffering wife Margaret. When he's forced to take early retirement Victor suddenly has plenty of time on his hands to rage against the petty annoyances of life. But there's one thing to remember in the Meldrew household - whatever can go wrong often does and it usually spells disaster for Victor... Series 1: 1. Alive and Buried 2 The Big Sleep 3 The Valley of Fear 4 I'll Retire to Bedlam 5 The Eternal Quadrangle 6 The Return of the Speckled Band Series 2: 1. In Luton Airport No-One Can Hear You Scream 2. We Have Put Her Living In The Tomb 3. Dramatic Fever 4. Who Will Buy? 5. Love And Death 6. Timeless Time Series 3: 1. Monday Morning Will Be Fine 2. Dreamland 3. The Broken Reflection 4. The Beast In The Cage 5. Beware The Trickster On The Roof 6. The Worst Horror Of All Series 4: 1. The Pit and the Pendulum 2. Descent into the Maelstorm 3. Hearts of Darkness 4. Warm Champagne 5. The Trial 6. The Seceret of Seven Sorcerers Series 5: 1. The Man Who Blew Away 2. Only A Story 3. The Affair Of The Hollow Lady 4. Rearranging The Dust 5. Hole In The Sky 6. The Exterminating Angel 7. The Wisdom Of The Witch (Christmas Special episode) Series 6: 1. The Executioner's Song 2. Tales Of Terror 3. Futility Of The Fly 4. Threatening Weather 5. The Dawn Of Man 6. Things Aren't Simple Anymore
Benidorm returns for an 7th Series! Exploiting the working class stereotype of the popular Spanish tourist destination Benidorm, the television series features an ensemble cast. Set primarily in the Solana all-inclusive resort hotel, Benidorm follows regulars and first-time holiday makers on their holidays abroad. Despite their disparate backgrounds they all have one thing in common-a quest for getting value for money. Expect guest appearance, sun, sea and shenanigans! actors Elsie Kelly, Crissy Rock and Johnny Vegas will return but the Garveys will be leaving the cast .
WELCOME TO BENIDORM! This all-inclusive package features 10 glorious seasons at The Solana Hotel bringing you a laugh-out-loud mix of hilarious holiday makers and hapless holiday staff. Benidorm is Britain's favourite holiday resort and it's certainly been a British comedy phenomenon for over a decade, winning countless awards and attracting guest stars such as Joan Collins, Cilla Black, Sheridan Smith, Shane Richie, Uri Gellar and The Chuckle Brothers! Not forgetting musical legends Bananarama, Madness and Holly Johnson. Enjoy this classic series again and again with exclusive content including outtakes, Benidorm: 10 Years on Holiday documentary special, and Benidorm's infamous 2017 Royal Variety Performance. RELEASED IN SPECIAL SUITCASE PACKAGING WITH 4 POST CARDS Extras: Series 1: Cast Interviews, Photo Album Series 2: Outtakes, Behind the Scenes, Audio Commentaries, Photo Album 2009 Special: Behind the Scenes, Photo Album Series 3: Outtakes, Behind the Scenes, Audio Commentaries, Photo Album, Deleted Scenes 2010 Xmas Special: Making Of including Deleted Scenes, Photo Gallery Series 4: Behind the Scenes, Outtakes, Audio Commentaries Series 5: Behind the Scenes, Outtakes, Audio Commentaries Series 6: Outtakes Series 7: Outtakes Series 10: Benidorm: 10 Years on Holiday, Royal Variety Performance Sketch, Deleted Scenes, Photo Gallery
Originally screened as part of BBC's Play for Today series in 1977, Abigail's Party is among Mike Leigh's most celebrated pieces, with his then-wife Alison Steadman appallingly brilliant as what Alan Bennett described as the "brutal hostess" at a ghastly suburban soiree. The Abigail of the title never appears--rather, the dull thud of her lively teenage party forms a distant backdrop (and contrast) to an excruciating evening of chilled red wine, olives and the music of Demis Roussos. Steadman plays the overbearing Beverley, an Amazonian mass of frustrated sensuality in a low-cut party frock. Tim Stern is her small, stressed estate-agent husband. The guests are Janice Duvitski as Angela, a nurse whose quite spectacular gormlessness shields her from the stilted social awkwardness quietly raging around her, John Salthouse as Tony, her taciturn husband and Harriet Reynolds as Sue, the gangly and miserably nervous mother of Abigail. Rather than play for gags, Leigh and his actors mercilessly turn the screw of embarrassment through a series of too-true-to-life exchanges of dialogue, the stuff of all our collective worst memories of encounters with neighbours, aunts and office colleagues. Often misread as a satirical parade of suburban grotesques, Abigail's Party probes deeper than that, touching on nerves of anxiety and repression that throb behind the net curtains of modern England, culminating not in farce but tragedy. Decades on, Abigail's Party is as psychologically true and close to home as ever--hard to bear but utterly brilliant. On the DVD: Abigail's Party is perfectly reproduced here in all its 1970s garishness. The one extra is a short featurette, focussing on Alison Steadman's playing of Beverley, with comments from the original actors in the TV series and Peter York marvelling at her "paint-scraping" voice. --David Stubbs
If your kitchen should need repainting or your bathroom require renovation, you certainly wouldn't want to hire a highly dubious firm of contractors going by the name of Joe Jones Limited. Geyser, Wobbly Ron and Eric work for Joe because no-one else will employ them. And Joe has to employ Geyser, Wobbly Ron and Eric because no-one else will work for him...Oscar-winning scriptwriter and actor Colin Welland is aptly named plumber Geyser, David Kelly (Robin s Nest) is his terminally confused co-worker, and Roy Kinnear is the boss entirely unburdened by a conscience in this wickedly funny early '80s sitcom penned by Surgical Spirit creator Peter Learmouth. Series Two sees the hapless builders tackling cash flow problems, dodging the tax man, attempting to re-point a vertiginously placed 'curved wall', and causing mayhem in an operating theatre...
The Solana opens its doors to a new summer season, playing host to some of its best-loved characters as well as some exciting new guests. This series sees the arrival of the Dawson family, checking in for their first all-inclusive experience. Madge is back with cash to flash, and Geoff The Oracle' Maltby is back with not only his mother Noreen, but also his sister Pauline who doesn't shy away from the odd tipple. Tiger is back with new mate, Joey, who's one coconut short of a palm tree. Long-suffering manageress Joyce Temple-Savage is constantly wrangling Mateo and Les, while trying to keep Kenneth's Blow N Go salon open for business. Soak up the sun and indulge in a few cocktails by the pool, along with VIP guests including Angus Deayton, Joan Collins, Shane Richie, Michael Fenton Stevens, Robin Askwith and Frances Barber.
In Victor Meldrew, One Foot in the Grave brought us one of the greatest characters in the history of British situation comedy. David Renwick's multi-award winning creation spawned a catch phrase--"I don't believe it"--that vocalised the sentiments of the perennially disgruntled, the irritated or the plain bewildered. Victor is a superannuated security guard struggling to fill his premature retirement usefully, but he is frustrated at every turn. Coincidences, external forces and events and other people conspire against him. Somehow or other, he always gets the blame, leaving a trail of walking wounded in his wake, usually led by his long-suffering wife Margaret. This first series, originally transmitted in 1990, contains countless comic moments, many of them truly surreal. But Victor is never a one-dimensional target for our laughter. Indeed, as with the best comedy, we mock him at our peril. None of us get through life without our share of Meldrew moments. Thanks to Richard Wilson's performance--which rightly made him a major television star--he is a rounded human being who genuinely can't understand why he is constantly at odds with the world around him, despite his best efforts. And in Annette Crosbie as the increasingly enraged Margaret, he has the perfect screen partner. --Piers Ford
Hot from winning the National TV Award for Best Comedy, Benidorm is back! It’s time for more fun and frolics in the sun for some Solana regulars and some new faces too!After the passing of her beloved husband Mel, Madge finds herself on her uppers, and Mick and Janice are going to have to help her get back on her feet. Gavin is in residence poolside at The Solana but this year without Troy, who had to remain in the UK to take care of his dying father, so Gavin has brought his outrageous employee Kenneth with him. The Solana has a new bartender too in the form of Les, who is delighted to find out that Janey has no objections to him coming to work dressed as a woman. Meanwhile Les’ son Liam enjoys his first taste of holiday romance when he falls for new holidaymaker Natalie, much to the irritation of her fellow traveller Sam. So pull up a sun lounger, slap on the sun lotion and get ready to watch the action around Britain’s favourite pool.
Comedian Tom Binns stars in multiple roles in this sharply scripted mockumentary following the lives of non-medical staff at a fictional NHS hospital trust none of whom have any business haunting the corridors of a hospital... Binns plays tragically inept, relentlessly upbeat hospital radio DJ Ivan Brackenbury ('the cheerful earful'), chaplain, devout Liverpudlian and misplaced comic Father Kenny Mercer, and porter and self-styled psychic healer Ian D. Montfort; a motley band of misfits working at the Brimlington Royal Infirmary and presided over by megalomaniac manager Susan Mitchell (also played by Binns). Co-produced by Ash Atalla (The Office, Trollied) Hospital People includes guest turns from Russell Brand, Mark Williams, Alex Macqueen and Sally Phillips; this set features all six episodes.
It's Christmas on the Costa Blanca and where better to spend it than in Benidorm with some of The Solana's best loved regulars and some very special guests... There's plenty of tinsel and turkey but not much peace and goodwill in Benidorm when the Garveys arrive to spend Christmas with Mel and Madge in their luxury hilltop villa. Mel is on business in Marrakech so Madge takes charge of the Benidorm Palace Christmas Spectacular but talent management was never her strong point and she's not helped by handyman Les (Tim Healy) failing to pick up star act Su Pollard from the airport. When Donald and Jacqueline arrive with a group of 'close personal friends' including king of the swingers Marvin (Louie Spence) and Noreen brings along a new admirer Michael is left wondering if he'll get his promised white Christmas after all.
Slap on the sun lotion reserve the best pool lounger and get ready for another series of fun and frolics at the all-inclusive Solana resort in Benidorm! The regulars are all back and are joined by a host of new holiday makers as the action centres around a new baby a romantic proposal first love fighting cheating a wedding pregnancy and memory loss! And that's just a week's worth of fun in the sun!
Getting married should be the best experience of your life but for publisher Howard Steel it becomes a nightmare of gargantuan proportions. Everything that possibly could go wrong does and unfortunately for Howard most of this transpires because of his utmost attempts to do the right thing. From evading Cassie - an office colleague with whom he had a one night stand at the christmas party two years ago and who is now hell bent on ruining the big day - to the charming of his in-
'If you're angry you know you're still alive!' The fondly remembered BBC sitcom Waiting for God finally makes its way to DVD. Former photo-journalist Diana Trent (Stephanie Cole) and Tom Ballard (Graham Crowden) are a pair of geriatric delinquents residing in the Bayview Retirement Village under the ambitious eye of Harvey Bains manager and proprietor. The declining duo spend their time sniping at a world where the young are revered and the elderly are held in cont
In series two Howard and Mel, now married, have a baby on the way. Unsurprisingly things are far from smooth going and Howard manages to make the Cook family hate him even more!
Dennis Potter's play is set in the Forest of Dean on a summer day in 1943. Seven children go out to play. The seven children are all played by adult actors to act as 'A magnifying glass to show what it's like to be a child'.
'If you're angry you know you're still alive!' The complete third series of the fondly remembered BBC sitcom Waiting for God in which Diana Trent (Stephanie Cole) a resident of the Bayview Retirement Home is determined not to grow old gracefully... Episodes Comprise: 1. The Funeral 2. Two Nasty Children 3. Looking For Work 4. Harvey's Fiancee 5. The Estate Agent 6. Scandal 7. Sabotage 8. Politics 9. Sleeping Pills 10. Great Aunt Diana
""If you're angry you know you're still alive!"" The complete fourth series of the fondly remembered BBC sitcom Waiting for God in which Diana Trent (Stephanie Cole) a resident of the Bayview Retirement Home is determined not to grow old gracefully... Episodes Comprise: 1. Financial Difficulties 2. Living Together 3. Living In Miserable Sin 4. Shelves 5. The Seance 6. The Promotional Video 7. Adult Education 8. Sent To Coventry 9. Waterworks 10. The Conference 11. Another Christmas At Bayview (Special)
Who would have thought retirement could be so chaotic? Certainly not querulous Victor Meldrew one of tree-lined suburbia's perennial complainers or his long suffering wife Margaret. When he's forced to take early retirement Victor suddenly has plenty of time on his hands to rage against the petty annoyances of life. But there's one thing to remember in the Meldrew household - whatever can go wrong always does and it usually spells disaster for Victor... The complete collection of the long running BBC1 sitcom One Foot In The Grave. For individual series episode listings please refer to the singular boxed sets.
'If you're angry you know you're still alive!' The complete second series of the fondly remembered BBC sitcom Waiting for God. Episodes Comprise: 1. Counselling For The Dying 2. The Partition 3. Daisy Takes Charge 4. The Thief 5. Tell The Truth 6. The Hip Operation 7. Glamorous Grannies 8. Foreign Workers 9. Young People
Feeling old? You will be after a visit to the Bayview Retirement Village. The food is appalling the staff treat you like incontinent children and any show of independence is strictly frowned upon. Graham Crowden and Stephanie Cole star as two rebel inmates determined to live life to the full while they still can. Episodes Comprise: 1. After The Operation 2. The Bayview Conversation Society 3. A Royal Visit? 4. Diana's Diet 5. Trouble With Men 6. Harvey The Priest 7. Bungee Jumping 8. A Double Wedding
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