How could there not be a Best of the Two Ronnies? After all, there isn't any worst. The only conceivable gripe anyone could have with this collection is the usual how-could-they-have-left-out-so-and-so problem that is bound to beset a comedy programme of such high quality. However, pretty much every one of the 25 items on this generously filled release is an unmitigated joy. The duo's talent for quickfire wordplay is well to the fore in such sketches as "Nuts Milord", the phonetic "Swedish Lesson" set in a restaurant ("F-U-N-E-X?" "S, V-F-X.") and in the classic "Ice Cream Parlour", in which Corbett's request for cheese and onion ice cream is met with Barker's endless list of alternatives delivered at auctioneer-like speed. They also excel at manipulating the whole concept of how dialogue works, as in "Crossed Lines" (two halves of two different telephone conversations heard at once) and "Mastermind", in which Corbett's special subject is "answering the question before last". All told this is an unmissable collection; so in the words of the St Botolph's Country Dance Group (featured in the wonderful song-and-dance finale), "Sod off, sod off, so doff your hat I pray". On the DVD: The Best of the Two Ronnies on disc is presented in 4:3 TV ratio and also includes artist profiles plus a helpful, stills-driven menu, but no other extras. --Roger Thomas
The Gathering Storm is a fictionalised portrayal of Winston Churchill and his wife Clementine during their wilderness years of the 1930s. It deservedly won numerous awards, including an Emmy, BAFTA and Golden Globe in recognition of Albert Finney's wonderful central performance. Equally deserving were those for all aspects of the production design: period wardrobe, set dressing and use of location are equally impressive, apparently ensuring that this production has everything going for it in its depiction of pre-War Britain. The snag is that its restriction to TV movie format, a mere 90 minutes, excludes a lot of historical context that ought not to have been left out. Seeing Churchill's adoration of his wife (Vanessa Redgrave) or the family woes troubling Ralph Wigram (Linus Roache) is all very emotionally dramatic, but it uses precious screen time that might have been better devoted to highlighting the political situation abroad, or indeed the monarchy's situation at home. The enterprise smacks a little too much of sentimental contrivance, lionising Churchill in rose-tinted retrospect. True, some attempt is made to acknowledge the personality traits that excluded him both from office and popularity prior to Germany's re-building, but like so much else pertinent to the machinations of anticipating the war, these are glossed over for familial feel-goodery and button-pushing poignancy. This is a film that's easy to admire, but ought not to be mistaken for well-rounded history. On the DVD: The Gathering Storm doesn't look or sound quite as crisp and clear as you'd hope for a recent TV-movie transfer. That's down to some obvious grain in the picture, and the 2.0 surround audio that tends to lose quieter dialogue moments. There are extensive cast and crew biographies that will no doubt help international viewers place the naggingly familiar British faces. There's also the accumulatively enthusiastic commentary from director Richard Loncraine and producer Frank Doelger, which happily points many of them out. --Paul Tonks
Ronnie Barker stars as Arkwright, the tight-fisted stammering shop-keeper, who would rather risk instant amputation than replace his death-trap of a till. A young David Jason plays Granville, Arkwright's ill-fated, over-worked, sexually-frustrated errand boy, while Lynda Baron is Nurse Gladys Emmanuel, the owner of an awesome bosom and an old Morris Minor and is the object of the grocer's undying lust.
An unlikely group of people find solace and friendship after being thrown together in the wake of a terrorist attack.
For over 30 years, The Children's Film Foundation produced quality entertainment for young audiences, employing the cream of British filmmaking talent. Unavailable for years, these much-loved films finally make a welcome return to out screens. The Bumper Box Collection Vol.3 includes the following the following CFF adventures; The Clue of the Missing Ape, Adventure in the Hopfields, Tim Driscoll's Donkey, Runaway Railway, Calamity the Cow, Cry Wolf, Big Wheels and Sailor, Breakout and Our Exploits at West Poley. As always the films feature a plethora of familiar faces, including George Cole, Melvyn Hayes, John Moulder-Brown, Ronnie Barker, Shelia Reid, Brenda Fricker and of course last but not least, the one and only Phil Collins!
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...
Norman Stanley Fletcher... you are an habitual criminal who accepts arrest as an occupational hazard and presumably accepts imprisonment in the same casual manner... 'Fletch', sentenced to a five year stretch at HM Prison Slade in darkest Cumbria, is determined to keep his head down, do his time and not let the b******s grind him down. But it's not so simple when you're an old lag. His naive cell-mate Lenny Godber needs to learn the ropes, skives and scams; evil Prison Officer Mr Mackay can't be allowed to run things his own way and warden Mr Barrowclough is just too weak-willed not to have his good-nature exploited…
From 1971 to 1987 and over the course of 12 series and eight specials The Two Ronnie's became one of the great television comedy shows. Millions of viewers lapped up the sketches of doctors' surgeries middle-class parties government ministry broadcasts as well as the regular news headlines Ronnie Corbett monologues Ronnie Barker word-play sketches and fabulous comic songs. This selection features some of the best of these including: The Short-sighted Optician The Ministry for S
All 25 episodes of the BBC comedy written by Roy Clarke. Miserly Arkwright (Ronnie Barker) employs his down-trodden nephew Granville (David Jason) at his grocer's store, while attempting to woo Nurse Gladys Emmanuel (Lynda Baron). Season 1 episodes are: 'Full of Mysterious Promise', 'A Mattress On Wheels', 'A Nice Cosy Little Disease', 'Beware of the Dog', 'Well Catered Funeral' and 'Apples and Self Service'. Season 2 episodes are: 'Laundry Blues', 'The Reluctant Traveller', 'Fig Biscuits and Inspirational Toilet Rolls', 'The New Suit', 'Arkwright's Mobile Store', 'Shedding at the Wedding' and 'St. Albert's Day'. Season 3 episodes are: 'An Errand Boy By the Ear', 'The Ginger Men', 'Duet for Solo Bicycle', 'How to Ignite Your Errand Boy', 'The Man from Down Under' and 'The Cool Cocoa Tin Lid'. Season 4 episodes are: 'Soulmate Wanted', 'Horse-Trading', 'The Housekeeper Caper', 'The Errand Boy Executive', 'Happy Birthday Arkwright' and 'The Mystical Boudoir of Nurse Gladys Emmanuel'.
This comedy series written by Ronnie Barker and set in 1937 is something of a lost classic. Barker plays Clarence Sale short-sighted removals man and suitor of Jane a ladies' maid. Ostensibly a comedy of manners with moments of slapstick mayhem (he's as blind as a bat!) Clarence resurrects the title character from an episode of the 1971 ITV series Six Date With Barker and was Barker's final TV project before retiring. Featuring all 6 episodes.
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
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
The classic BBC Comedy series starring Ronnie Barker and Ronnie Corbett. From 1971-87, over 12 series, four Christmas specials and two classic silent films, Ronnie Barker and Ronnie Corbett combined to produce one of the most popular television comedy series ever made. From their introduction, And in a packed programme tonight... to the Goodnight from him finale, viewers savoured every moment. The Four Candles and Mastermind sketches, the Piggy Malone and Charley Farley stories and the hilarious musical numbers have a special place in viewers' hearts, but these series are packed with so many moments of comic genius. This collection contains 93 full episodes of The Two Ronnies, their acclaimed silent comedy films By the Sea and The Picnic as well as The One Ronnie, Ronnie Corbett’s 2010 sketch show featuring Harry Enfield, Catherine Tate, Rob Brydon, Miranda Hart, Matt Lucas and David Walliams.
Larger than life. Genius photographer and man of letters - that's Plantagenet Evans! Set in rural Wales The Magnificent Evans centers around - the bizarrely named - Platagenet Evans a man who could best be described as a egotistical bully with an intolerant attitude towards the slow. He is a man of hidden means who also deals in anything saleable under the guise of ""antiques"". Larger than life and flamboyantly dressed Evans is driven by sordid motives and lus
Featuring the full Two Ronnies Christmas Specials from 1982 1984 and 1987 as well as the 1973 Old Fashioned Christmas Mystery and their appearance in the 1972 Christmas Night with the Stars. Throughout the 1970s and 1980s Ronnie Barker and Ronnie Corbett's magnificent partnership became a cherished British institution. Their Christmas Specials were particularly eagerly awaited and for many they were the highlight of the festive television schedules. The Christmas Specials featured extra special guests - such as Elton John David Essex and Elaine Paige - and great Christmas fun as well as the regular Two Ronnies fare of the opening and closing news headlines party allotment and pub sketches and Ronnie Corbett's shaggy dog monologues.
Possibly the most robust long-running sketch show ever made and certainly one of the most successful, The Two Ronnies, in its 17 years of regular programming, regularly dominated the schedules. Series 10 back in December 1983 saw the usual mix of live and recorded sketches.
Written by and starring Ronnie Barker this comedy series was a marvellously successful venture leading to two long-lasting shows; Open All Hours and Porridge. Episodes comprise: 1. Open All Hours 2. Prisoner and Escort 3. My Old Man 4. Spanner's Eleven 5. Another Fine Mess 6. One Man's Meat 7. I'll Fly You for a Quid
Scripted and starring Ronnie Barker Futtock's End makes its way to DVD for the first time! This 45-minute silent film eschews dialogue in favour of increasingly bizarre sound effects. The story features rude and rumbustious goings-on at a country mansion presided over by the monocled General Futtock - played by Barker himself.
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