Britain's favourite sitcom, Dad's Army ran for eighty episodes over nearly ten years and is rarely far from our screens - but three of those episodes were lost many years ago and haven't been seen since 1969. Now, using Jimmy Perry and David Croft's original scripts, those three episodes have been recreated as faithfully as possible to mark the 50th anniversary of their original broadcast. Featuring a brilliant new cast that includes Kevin McNally as Captain Mainwaring, Robert Bathurst as Sergeant Wilson, Kevin Eldon as Lance Corporal Jones, David Hayman as Private Frazer, Mathew Horne as Private Walker, Timothy West as Private Godfrey and Tom Rosenthal as Private Pike, these three lost episodes can now be enjoyed again in this critically-acclaimed comedy classic! Special Features Cast interviews Outtakes Behind the Scenes Gallery
The Halcyon is a drama set in war time 1940 and tells the story of a bustling and glamorous five star hotel at the centre of London society. Set to a soundtrack of the era, it shows London life through the prism of war and the impact it has on families, politics, relationships and work across every social class. Starring Steven Mackintosh (Luther), Olivia Williams (Hyde Park on Hudson), Sope Dirusu (The Huntsman: Winter's War), Liz White (The Woman in Black) and Hermione Corfield (Mission Impossible - Rogue Nation). Click Images to Enlarge
Jam was aired on Channel 4 in 2000 featuring the same team as its radio precursor and written by Chris Morris jam pushes the boundaries of television comedy further than any other show has done for many years. Jam retains the same macabre subject matter and ambient soundtracks as Blue Jam and presents the material in a sequence of distorted disorienting visuals.
A top London cop must contend with life in a sleepy West Country village in this new comedy from the 'Shaun Of The Dead' team.
Series 1 Meet Jill, the unhinged owner of a small town beauty salon, and enter her dysfunctional world. Pretending that her hospitalised husband is dying, Jill is on a mission to find a man. She joins the 'Lassoo the Moon' Dating Agency, but when her dates don't come up to scratch, she sets her sights on her neighbour Don, a doctor, and develops a very unhealthy obsession about him. Moving in to 'nurse' his terminally ill wife, she is determined to seduce him and bring their marriage...
Britain's favourite sitcom, Dad's Army ran for eighty episodes over nearly ten years and is rarely far from our screens - but three of those episodes were lost many years ago and haven't been seen since 1969. Now, using Jimmy Perry and David Croft's original scripts, those three episodes have been recreated as faithfully as possible to mark the 50th anniversary of their original broadcast. Featuring a brilliant new cast that includes Kevin McNally as Captain Mainwaring, Robert Bathurst as Sergeant Wilson, Kevin Eldon as Lance Corporal Jones, David Hayman as Private Frazer, Mathew Horne as Private Walker, Timothy West as Private Godfrey and Tom Rosenthal as Private Pike, these three lost episodes can now be enjoyed again in this critically-acclaimed comedy classic! Special Features: Cast interviews Outtakes Behind the Scenes Gallery
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From Graham Linehan co-writer of 'Father Ted' comes a new cult comedy set in a second hand bookshop. Dylan Moran stars as the bohemian and frequently drunk owner who has one major problem with his line of work: he hates customers. Help is soon at hand however in the form of mild-mannered Manny (Bill Bailey) who proves to be something of a star at selling books. Cooking The Books: Bernard's dodgy accountant has to go on the run leaving him ill prepared to fill out his
Delve deeper into the dastardly deeds of history’s greatest blockbuster rulers as this new series dishes up the much-loved revolting recipe of sketches and songs, peppered with gruesome gags and hideous hilarity. From Horrid Henry VIII and Naughty Napoleon to Crafty Cleopatra, Crooked King John and Tricky Queen Vicky, Series 6 is the most horrible series yet. Each episode takes a sideways look at the life and times of one prominent historical figure, capturing the most rotten and remarkable names across history in all their gruesome glory.
With Jam, the TV follow-up to his Radio 1 series Blue Jam, Chris Morris focuses more on unease more than the satire of Brass Eye. Indeed, it's a moot point whether Jam can actually be categorised as comedy at all. Each sketch is steeped in a heavy brine of dark, ambient music (including Bark Psychosis, David Sylvian and Brian Eno), grainy imagery, fast-cut editing and slo-motion. Its mirthless, Kafka-esque scenarios feel like an attempt to morph into some new species of post-comedy that is more like the stuff of nightmares. The credits, in which Morris stalks the moving camera, uttering Lear-esque words of foreboding immediately announce that this "sketch show" is a galaxy apart from The Two Ronnies. The appalled look on actor Kevin Eldon's face in the opening sketch of the series, as a young couple invite him to endure being buggered by a mutual acquaintance ("I need a break"), sets the tone. Rape, chemotherapy, wanton urination--as a naked "Robert Kilroy-Silk" goes insane in a sketch full of detestation for the oleaginous TV presenter--and recurring sketches involving callously authoritarian NHS doctors, all go to make up these annals of the bizarre and perverse. Ultimately, Jam doesn't quite work, not on TV anyway. The repetition of the same, small cast over and over, broken up too briefly by Morris' own appearances (as a "country gentleman" living outside his house, for instance), coupled with the gruelling treatment of the sketch material makes for a psyche-probing, jaw-dropping experience--but in parts also a nullifying and strangely predictable one. Morris's "failures" are far more interesting than most people's successes. --David Stubbs
EATEN BY LIONS tells the heart-warming story of half-brothers Omar (Antonio Aakeel) and Pete (Jack Carroll), who were raised by their Grandma after their parents were tragically killed by lions in a bizarre accident. When their beloved Gran passes away, they embark on a life-changing journey to find Omar's birth father. What follows is a funny and touching journey of self-discovery for both boys...in Blackpool. The Choudray family represent a truly contemporary example of modern multicultural Britain, but what will the brothers make of their eccentric newfound family?
Asian American director Ang Lee sums up America in the early 1970s by focusing on the arrival of the sexual revolution in the 'burbs. Isolationism within a family, consumerism, and selfishness are personified by a cast that captures the self-obsession within two New England families. As the children struggle awkwardly with adolescence, their parents stumble through sexual experimentation. In the days of Watergate and Vietnam, society is breaking boundaries and ignoring convention. Following suit, these families are eschewing polite barriers and social taboos, with disastrous results. The Ice Storm of the title refers not only to a natural phenomenon but is a (rather heavy-handed) metaphor for a pervasive emotional temperament. The entire cast delivers textured, finely nuanced performances. This movie lingers in the psyche not only for the scope of the tragedy at its conclusion, but for Lee's often humorous and stingingly accurate assessment of pop culture. Based on Rick Moody's novel, this won the best-screenplay award at Cannes in 1997. --Rochelle O'Gorman
Chris Morris' Brass Eye is a brilliantly funny spoof on current affairs media that carries on where his previous The Day Today left off. The show ran for one single, contentious series in 1997, to be followed by an even more controversial one-off in 2001. While these episodes might cause offence to those not versed in Morris' satirical methods, and while one occasionally suspects his work is informed by a dark seam of malice and loathing rather than a desire to educate, Brass Eye remains vital satire, magnificently hilarious and, in its own way, fiercely moral viewing. Brass Eye satirises a media far too interested in generating dramatic heat and urgency for its own sake than in shedding light on serious issues. Morris mimics perfectly the house style of programmes such as Newsnight and Crimewatch, with their spurious props and love of gimmickry. Meanwhile his presenter--an uncanny composite of Jeremy Paxman, Michael Buerk and Richard Madeley among others--delivers absurd items about man-fighting weasels in the East End and Lear-esque lines such as "the twisted brain wrong of a one-off man mental" with preposterously solemn authority. Much as the media itself is wont to do, each programme works itself up into a ridiculous fever of moral panic. Most telling is the "drugs" episode, in which, as ever, real-life celebrities, including Jimmy Greaves and Sir Bernard Ingham, are persuaded to lend their name to a campaign against a new drug from Eastern Europe entitled Cake. The satirist's aim here isn't to trivialise concern about drugs but to point up the media's lack of attention to content. A response to the ill-conceived News of the World witch-hunt, in the wake of the Sarah Payne affair, the 2001 "paedophilia" special was the most supremely controversial of the series. It followed the usual formula--duping celebs such as Phil Collins into endorsing a campaign entitled "Nonce Sense", urging parents to send their children to football stadiums for the night for their own safety and mooting the possibility of "roboplegic" paedophiles--and prompted the sort of hysterical and predictable Pavlovian response from the media that Brass Eye lampoons so tellingly. On the DVD: Brass Eye on DVD includes brief outtakes, such as "David Jatt" interviewing celebrities about breeding hippos for domestic purposes, an hilarious exchange with Jeffrey Archer's PA ("He's a very wicked little man") as well as trailers for the paedophilia special.--David Stubbs
The man Ricky Gervais has described as The funniest most clich''-free comedian on the circuit returns to reinvent stand-up comedy television. Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle marks the return of arguably one of Britain's finest stand up comedians and shows him at his masterful and hilarious best. Each of the six episodes sees Stewart explore a different theme in a stand-up routine illustrated with sketches featuring an ensemble cast of well known comic talent. In each episode Stewart sets out to answer a question that addresses a specific aspect of modern life; Why for example is there a tide of banal books in bookshops threatening to engulf us? Does the world really need celebrity hardbacks? Stewart's on a journey to find out - and meets some interesting authors along the way. Has political correctness really gone mad or is it just that a lot of people confuse political correctness with health and safety legislation? Stewart tries to pick his way through the PC minefield and reveals how it only made him put on weight. Stewart sets out to discover the truth about popular television duo Ant and Dec and visits a quaint English village where The Funniest Thing That's Ever Been On Television Ever has given rise to a unique rural tradition. Sort of. Whatever the topic Stewart addresses it with razor sharp wit using every argument at his disposal to convey his point. And you'l have learned something along the way (which may or may not be true).
Meet Jill the unhinged owner of a small town beauty salon and enter her dysfunctional world. Pretending that her hospitalised husband is dying Jill is on a mission to find a man. She joins the ""Lassoo the Moon"" Dating Agency but when her dates don't come up to scratch she sets her sights on her neighbour Don a doctor and develops a very unhealthy obsession about him. Moving in to 'nurse' his terminally ill wife she is determined to seduce him and bring their marriage to a gr
International secret-agent Danger Mouse and best friend Penfold return in this all-new series where they embark on the craziest, action-packed missions from London to Mars......to the 6th dimension......to the future! Combining high energy, top class storytelling and surreal spin-out comedy with brilliant visuals, this new series re-invents our favourite secret agent for today's tech savvy audience while maintaining everything you ever loved about the original series! Featuring an all-star voice cast including Alexander Armstrong (Pointless, Armstrong & Miller) as Danger Mouse, Kevin Eldon (It's Kevin, Ruddy Hell It's Harry & Paul) as Penfold, Stephen Fry (British national treasure!) as Colonel K, Ed Gaughan as Baron Greenback and Shauna MacDonald (The Descent, Filth) as the voice of Professor Squawkencluck and introducing Dave Lamb, the voice of Come Dine With Me, brining his inimitable vocal style to the iconic, sardonic Narrator! And if that wasn't enough, a whole host of other great voice-talent including guest appearances from Richard Osman (Pointless) as Professor Strontium P. Jellyfishowitz, Lena Headey (Game Of Thrones) and John Oliver (Last Week Tonight) with Morwenna Banks and Kayvan Novak, lending their vocal talents to a variety of roles across the series.
The second series of Spaced finds the gang at 23 Meteor Street a little older, but definitely none the wiser. Tim's career is hampered by severe hang-ups over The Phantom Menace. Daisy's career is just plain non-existent. There is still a spark of sexual tension between them, but it's overshadowed by Brian and Twist getting it on. Propelling the seven-episode series arc is the threat of Marsha discovering that none of the relationships are what they seem, Mike's increasing jealousy and a new love interest for Tim. That's the basis for a never-ending stream of in-jokes and references that easily match the quality of the first series. Tim has a Return of the Jedi flashback, then déjà vu in reliving the end of The Empire Strikes Back. There are spoofs of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Robocop, The Sixth Sense and comedy rival The Royle Family. There are guest spots from Bill Bailey, Peter (voice of Darth Maul) Serafinowicz and The League of Gentlemen's Mark Gatiss and Reece Shearsmith. Every episode is packed with highlights, but this series' guaranteed geek pant-wetting moments have to be the mock gun battles, slagging off Babylon 5 and learning that "The second rule of Robot Club is: no smoking." Jessica Stevenson won a British Comedy Award for this year. It deserved a whole lot more.--Paul Tonks On the DVD: There's a chaotic but highly enthusiastic commentary from the director and cast, including of course Simon Pegg and Jessica Stevenson, who also talk about some deleted scenes and why they were removed. There's an outtakes blooper reel, as well as a selection of raw location footage and a self-explanatory clip, "Daisy Does Elvis". The most useful feature, though, is the subtitle "Homage-o-Meter" facility, which displays all the movie references throughout the series. --Mark Walker
Lavish all-action dramatic spectacles based on the lives of six men who shaped the world around them either by sheer force of will genius courage or even greed. Powerful magnetic personalities who have earned their place in the world's imagination all prepared to die for what they believed in - whether it was God or gold the pursuit of power and glory or a magnificent ideal. From Spartacus the gladiator who brought Rome to its knees to the audacious military genius Napoleon this series combines absorbing drama with CGI to ask what were the motives the strengths and even the weaknesses that drove these men to achieve what no one else had dared. The amazing stories of Hernan Cortez Attila the Hun Tokugawa Ieyasu and Richard the Lionheart are also included.
A major British hit, a lorryload of laughs and some sparkling action? Well have some of that. Its fair to say that Hot Fuzz proves that Simon Pegg and Edgar Wrights brilliant Shaun Of The Dead was no one-off, serving up a superbly crafted British homage to the Hollywood action movie. Deliberately set in the midst of a sleepy, quaint English village of Sandford, Peggs Nicholas Angel is sent there because, bluntly, hes too good at his job, and hes making his city colleagues look bad. The proverbial fish out of water, Angel soon discovers that not everything in Sandford is quite as it seems, and joins forces with Nick Frosts lumbering Danny Butterman to find out whats what. Hot Fuzz then proceeds to have a rollicking good time in both tipping its hat to the genre films that are clearly its loving inspiration, and coming up with a few tricks of its own. It does comedy better than action, with plenty of genuine laugh-out-loud moments, but its no slouch either when the tempo needs raising. One of the many strong cards it plays is its terrific cast, which includes former 007 Timothy Dalton, Bill Nighy, Bill Bailey, Paddy Considine, Edward Woodward and Jim Broadbent. Hot Fuzz, ultimately, just falls short of Shaun Of The Dead, but more than does enough to warrant many, many repeat viewings. Its terrific fun, and in the true hit action movie style, all-but-demands some form of sequel. That said, with Pegg and Wright now with two excellent, and suitably different, genres ticked off, itll be interesting to see what they do next. A period drama, perhaps ? --Simon Brew
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