Includes every episode from the TV series plus the movie! A genuine British comedy classic the popularity of Rising Damp remains unparalleled some 25 years after the first transmission. Detailing the day-to-day events at Rigsby's dingy boarding-house in which the landlord from hell Rupert Rigsby prowled around his dilapidated eyrie poking his nose into his lodgers' affairs. In the feature length movie Rigsby (Leonard Rossiter) is still intending to make Miss Jones (Frances De La Tour) his wife but she's far more interested in the intellectual and athletic Philip (Don Warrington)...
Kenneth Branagh's 1993 production of Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing is a vigorous and imaginative work, cheerful and accessible for everyone. Largely the story of Benedick (Branagh) and Beatrice (Emma Thompson)--adversaries who come to believe each is trying to woo the other--the film veers from arched wit to ironic romps, and the two leads don't mind looking a little silly at times. But the plot is also layered with darker matters that concern the ease with which men and women fall into mutual distrust. Branagh has rounded up a mixed cast of stage vets and Hollywood stars, among the latter Denzel Washington and Michael Keaton, the latter playing a rather seedy, Beetlejuice-like version of Dogberry, king of malapropisms.--Tom Keogh
Winner of two BAFTAs - this sequel to Porridge sees Norman Stanley Fletcher released from jail having served 3 years 8 months and 4 days. Following his release from Slade after numerous spells in prison and at the age of 45 Fletcher tries to stick to the straight and narrow but it isn't easy! Life in the outside world is just not the same as it used to be...
Times are hard for habitual guest of Her Majesty Norman Stanley Fletcher (Ronnie Barker). The new prison officer Beale makes Mackay (Fulton Mackay) look soft and what's more an escape plan is hatching from the cell of prison godfather Grouty and Fletcher wants no part of it. The breakout is set for the day of a morale-raising football match between a ""celebrity"" football team and the inmates of Slade. Everything is going to plan until Godber (Richard Beckinsale) is injured on th
The master script-writer Jack Rosenthal created this magnificent comedy series for ITV back in 1970; starring Richard Beckinsale and Paula Wilcox as a pair of bickering lovers. Beryl (Wilcox) constantly dreams of the ideal white wedding to her sneaky boyfriend Geoffrey (Beckinsale) who'd rather like to fool around in some 'extra-curricular' fun before the big day - as his life-sized cut-out of Brigitte Bardot will testify ! As the two row and make up again Beryl's ever-present m
Reprising the television series roles which first made them household names, Richard Beckinsale and Paula Wilcox star as Geoffrey Scrimshaw and Beryl Battersby, a hesitant, inexperienced, young couple attempting to negotiate the sexual minefield of the 'permissive' society. This big-screen transfer of Jack Rosenthal's hugely likeable sitcom sees old-fashioned girl Beryl continuing to slap down the advances of her frustrated boyfriend, whose clumsy attempts to initiate 'Percy Filth' suggest he...
Open All Hours (Series 1-4): Arkwright (Ronnie Barker) a stammering tight-fisted corner shop owner from Yorkshire has a special way of running his business with nephew Granville (David Jason). When he buys a large batch of damaged tinned goods with no labels he thinks nothing of passing them off as good stock to his customers. Always on the look out for a bargain he spots a broken down ice cream van. Before you know it he's got himself a mobile store. But will Nurse Gladys
This fantastic comedy box set features all 4 series of Rising Damp as well as the feature-length movie.
Armchair Theatre: Volume 1
Featuring all the episodes from Series 1 to 4 including: 'Rooksby' 'Black Magic' 'Charisma' 'Night Out' 'All Our Yesterdays' 'The Prowler' 'Permissive Society' 'Food Glorious Food' 'A Body Like Mine' 'The Perfect Gentleman' 'The Last Of The Big Spenders' 'Things That Go Bump In The Night' and 'Moonlight And Roses'. Includes the unreleased episode 'Stand Up And Be Counted'.
Another great comdey series that charted in the top ten of Britain's Best Sitcom's. This DVD features both the Christmas specials transmitted on Christmas Eve in 1975 and 1976. No Way Out: In his innocence Godber is looking forward to Christmas but Fletch knows that if ""there's one big event around here it's not the coming of Our Lord it's the tunnelling of Tommy Slocombe"". And this Christmas he is determined to stay well clear of Tommy Slocombe his dodgy mates and the
THE BEST OF BENNY HILL This hilarious compilation celebrates the unique talents of comedy superstar Benny Hill with an uproarious collection of the characters and sketches that made him a household name the world over! THE HOUSE IN NIGHTMARE PARK Struggling actor Foster Twelvetrees can hardly believe his luck when he's invited to the country home of a well-off family. Joy soon turns to horror when he discovers dead bodies, foul intentions, lots of snakes and a madwoman in the attic! THE LOVERS! Like everyone else, Geoffrey and Beryl want to fall in love or they think they do; like everyone else since Adam and Eve. But Adam and Eve didn't live in Manchester in 1972... SUNSTRUCK Anticipating a Bondi Beach lifestyle, emigrating schoolteacher Stanley Evans is sadly disappointed when he arrives in Kookaburra Springs to find a town with two buildings: an old pub and a ramshackle schoolhouse!
All six episodes from the first series of the classic TV comedy. New Faces Old Hands: ""Twenty-three and you want to go straight? What kind of talk is that? You've got your whole life in front of you!"" It's Godber's first time in prison and Fletch is going to teach him the ways. The Hustler: Ives is such a loser that if Elizabeth Taylor had triplets he'd have been the one in the middle. But there's no way he's going to be left out of Fletch's gambling enterprise.
First broadcast in 1974, the ITV bedsitland sitcom Rising Damp was an instant and enduring success. It starred Leonard Rossiter as the miserly and lovelorn landlord Rigsby who is constantly needling young lodger Alan (Richard Beckinsale), a science student whose long hair and earrings are symptomatic to Rigsby of the parlous effeminacy of the modern age. He's also in love with Frances De La Tour's dowdy spinster Miss Jones, though his tentative advances are forever rebuffed. She in turn carries a torch for Philip (Don Warrington), the elegant son of an African chief who also resides at Rigsby Towers. Some aspects of Rising Damp have not aged well, principally Rigsby's stream of racist jibes at Philip. Although these were doubtless well-meant and supposed to illustrate Rigsby's foolish bigotry, you suspect that that was a convenient cover for audiences in the 1970s to enjoy racist humour. However, Rossiter's Rigsby--stuttering, stammering, bent perpetually over backwards--remains a great comic creation, embodying all the festering prejudices, small-mindedness and self-delusion of the lower middle class Little Englander. --David Stubbs
Featuring all the episodes from series 2 of A Family At War.
A thought provoking drama about racism.
All the episodes from the second series of the classic TV comedy. Just Desserts Fletch is appalled - apparently there is a thief amongst his fellow inmates at Slade Prison! Somebody has lifted a 2lb tin of Pineapple chunks from his cell. Heartbreak HotelIt is just too ridiculous to be true: surely Godber could never attack anyone? But then he had just received a Dear John letter from his beloved Denise. Disturbing The PeaceIt should be good news that Mackay is go
Ronnie Barker and Richard Beckinsdale star in six more episodes as Fletcher and Godber continue their stretch at Slade prison under the watchful eyes of Barraclough and MacKay. This series features the arrival of the judge who sentenced Fletch and the episode with David Jason as old lag Blanco.... Includes the episodes: 'A Storm In A Teacup' 'Poetic Justice' 'Rough Justice' 'Pardon Me' 'A Test Of Character' 'Final Stretch'.
Margaret is recovering in hospital and Michael is spending time at the Ashtons. Sheila and David are growing apart and their son Peter is heartbroken by his father's coldness. Features 6 episodes from the second series of the television drama.
A Family At War is the classic ITV series chronicling the fortunes of the Ashton family living in Liverpool during the Second World War. This eight disc box set features the entire third series.
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