Comedic madness in Spike Milligan's ground-breaking, wild, subversive and nonsensical BBC sketch comedy series from 1969 1980. Simply Media are delighted to announce release of Q: The Almost Complete Collection on DVD 20th November 2017, containing all surviving episodes from Qs 5-9 in this 5-disc set, on DVD together for the very first time. Originally shown by the BBC from 1969-1980, this BAFTA-nominated series is considered a landmark in British Comedy. The fast-paced, anarchic sketch comedy will delight fans of the series and Spike Milligan's work. Written by and starring BAFTA-winner Spike Milligan in a variety of silly outfits and outlandish situations involving idiot Boy Scouts, Adolf Hitler, and the Royal Family. The original Q5 of 1969 was heralded as the inspiration behind Monty Python's Flying Circus, which debuted a few months later. It's also one of the best showcases of Spike's surreal and eccentric humour. Sketches come in thick and fast, and jump from one plot point or location to another with no explanation, and sometimes no apparent conclusion. Bizarre, yes. Funny, most definitely! Terry Jones and I adored the Q... shows , recalled Michael Palin for Spike's biography, [Milligan] was the first writer to play with the conventions of television. The BBC initially delayed re-commissioning the ground-breaking Q series until the Monty Python series ended, despite the impact Q had already had on the world of alternative comedy, and at a time when Kenny Everett and Not the Nine O'clock News were further testing the limits of TV Comedy. However, the popular Q returned over 6 years later for four further series. It is clear to see Monty Python in Spike's work, with Life of Brian's Chris Langham on the writing team and Monty Python's Flying Circus director Ian MacNaughton directing some episodes. For Q8 and Q9, direction was taken over by the talented BAFTA-winning Ray Butt (Only Fools and Horses). Spike leads a fantastic cast of co-performers including John Bluthal (The Vicar of Dibley), Bob Todd (Superman III), John D. Collins (Allo Allo), Peter Jones (The Rag Trade), and Margaret Nolan (Goldfinger), Alan Clare (Rising Damp) and a self-parodying David Lodge in yet more surreal, outrageous and determinedly under-prepared sketches and musical interludes. Enjoy all the madness and mayhem of Spike Milligan's Q again with this landmark DVD collection.
Children's shaggy dog story. Digby is a sheepdog rescued from the pound by schoolboy Billy. When Billy is told that he cannot keep the canine at home, animal expert Jeff (Jim Dale) offers to take Digby in. However, when Digby accidentally drinks a secret chemical concoction, he grows to a massive size, going on the rampage around the country. It is up to Billy and Jeff to track the enormous Digby down before he is blown up by the army or sold to the circus!
A little something to offend everyone... Mel Brooks' uproarious version of history proves nothing is sacred as he takes us on a laugh-filled look at what really happened throughout time. His delirious romp features everything from a wild send-up of 2001: A Space Odyssey to the real stories behind the Roman Empire (Brooks plays a stand-up philosopher at Caesar's Palace) the French Revolution (Brooks as King Louis XVI) and the Spanish Inquisition (a splashy song-a
Curry And Chips: The Complete Series
The young D'Artagnan (Michael York) arrives in Paris with dreams of becoming a king's musketeer. He meets and quarrels with three men Athos (Oliver Reed) Porthos (Frank Finlay) and Aramis (Richard Chamberlain) each of whom challenges him to a duel. D'Artagnan finds out that they are musketeers and is invited to join them in their efforts to oppose Cardinal Richelieu (Charlton Heston) who wishes to increase his already considerable power over the king. D'Artagnan must also juggle
Peter Sellers stars as the bumbling Captain Dick Scratcher, a high seas pirate, Peter Boyle, Spike Milligan and Antony Franciosa lend their comedic talents in their search for buried treasure! Dreaming of untold riches and a harem of curvaceous woman, Scratcher and his roguish buccaneer band set sail for Treasure Island. But Captain Scratcher's quest for riches runs into a little snag - Ras Mohammed's ghost. A chest of loot worth a King's ransom lies buried beneath the ex-pirates remains! He fiercely protects his precious stash; and he doesn't take kindly to conniving grave robbers.... A riotous romp, GHOST IN THE NOONDAY SUN follows in the slapstick tradition of Monty Python and Benny Hill. It's a treasure of laughs that's sure to keep you in stitches!
Some remember him from the Goons some through his army autobiographies or his poems but it is his work on television that has stamped Spike Milligan's surreal chaotic and devastatingly funny humour on the nations imagination. This compilation features classic moments such as The Lost Forever in the Bermuda Triangle Holiday the Eurovision Joke Contest Michael Parkinson at the Soldierama Massage Parlour Spike as the singing Viking Maiden and loads more assorted lunacy from the
Barry McKenzie a loud-mouthed sex crazed innocent travels to London to get a cultural education. His Aunt Edna Everidge accompanies him to keep him out of harm's way. Barry's adventures take him from the Australian colony of Earl's Court to Rickmansworth and the strange perversions of England's upper classes then along the hippie trail meeting the swindlers of the British music industry before landing him back in London this time among the poofters and lezzas of Notting Hill.
You could say this is one of the greatest comedies ever but the Monty Python team said it first! 'Life Of Brian' is all about (and here's the big surprise) the life of Brian who was born in a Bethlehem manger next door to Jesus. Three wise men believe he is the messiah but it becomes apparent that he is only Brian. It's written and performed by the Monty Python lads so you know what you're in for; if you don't put this disc down and go out while it's safe!
Q is a surreal television comedy sketch show written by Spike Milligan and Neil Shand. Considered one of the best examples of the British Comedy Award winner's eccentricity and 'stream-of-consciousness' humour, Spike Milligan's sketches in Q make outrageous leaps from one subject matter or location to another, stopping with no apparent conclusion, and not shying away from controversial matters. Filled with invention and taking huge risks, Q provides the perfect showcase for Milligan's surreal wit. It is clear to see Monty Python in Spike's work, and the Pythons were quick to nab director Ian MacNaughton for their own show. The series features regular appearances from John Bluthal, John D. Collins, Peter Jones and Margaret Nolan, with seasoned satirists Richard Ingrams and John Wells prominent in the rarely seen early episodes. Contains all surviving episodes from Series 1, and the complete Series 2 and 3.
William Topaz McGonagall (Milligan) is an unemployed Scottish weaver who decides to devote his life to poetry. Falling in love with Queen Victoria (here played by Peter Sellers) he donates his major poetic works to her and despite many rejections dreams of one day becoming Poet Laureate...
Two valuable early Peter Sellers performances rescued from obscurity and reconstructed as completely as possible. Both films provide an important insight into British comedy history and specifically chart the beginning of Sellers' rise to stardom.
Boasting a star studded international cast of Academy Award Winners nominees and BAFTA recipients including Peter Sellers (The Pink Panther Dr Strangelove The Goon Show) as the March Hare Michael Crawford (Some Mothers Do Ave 'Em Hello Dolly!) as the White Rabbit Dudley Moore (10 Arthur Bedazzled) as Dormouse Spike Milligan (The Goon Show Adolf Hitler-My Part in his Downfall) Sir Michael Hordern (Where Eagles Dare Gandhi) Sir Ralph Richardson (Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan Lord of the Apes Doctor Zhivago) & Fiona Fullerton (View to a Kill) as Alice. Filmed to mark the centenary of the completion of the Alice novels this extravagantly lush British spectacle which brings Sir John Tenniel's famous illustrations enchantingly to life with a bewitching score by James Bond composer John Barry and BAFTA winning cinematography by Geoffrey Unsworth (2001: A Space Odyssey Superman) is presented in its original aspect ratio 2.35.1 Todd-AO 35 'Scope.
In the hazy aftermath of World War III, the fallout from a 'nuclear misunderstanding' (which lasted two minutes and twenty eight seconds, including the signing of the peace treaty) is producing strange mutations amongst the survivors, and the noble Lord Fortnum finds himself transforming into a bed-sitting room. This vividly imagined, darkly satirical filmic version of a post apocalyptic England, directed by Richard Lester (A Hard Days Night, How I Won the War, The Knack) is based on the highly regarded play by Spike Milligan and John Antrobus. It also boasts great performances by the cream of 60s British comedy and acting talent: Rita Tushingham, Ralph Richardson, Peter Cook, Harry Secombe, Dudley Moore, Spike Milligan, Michael Horden, Roy Kinnear, Arthur Lowe, Dandy Nichols and Marty Feldman.
BAFTA-winning director Ray Butt (Only Fools and Horses) takes the helm for the final two series of Spike Milligan s anarchic sketch show, recorded in front of and occasionally featuring a wide-eyed studio audience. Qs 8 and 9 were made in quick succession in 1979 and 1980 after the BBC initially delayed re-commissioning the series until the Monty Python team departed TV-land. This was despite the impact the original Q5 of 1969 had on the world of alternative comedy. At a time when Kenny Everett and Not the Nine O Clock News were further testing the limits of TV comedy, the former Goon leads a cast of co-performers including John Bluthal, Bob Todd, Julia Breck, Alan Clare and a self-parodying David Lodge in yet more surreal, outrageous and determinedly under-prepared sketches. Running gags and familiar tropes prevail, with Adolf Hitler, Arab sheiks, idiot Boy Scouts and the Royal Family subject to scattergun ridicule, while musical interludes from Spike, pianist Ed Welch and occasional guest singers age the shows a little more harshly than the main man s virulently anti-PC humour.
Although they made their name in the medium of radio, the legendary Goons also made brief forays into the world of television and, with Down Among the Z Men, film. It captures the team at a very early stage in their career, with Michael Bentine still in the fold, and with their unique, anarchic brand of humour still in its infancy. Sadly, the style and feel of the film does little to suit their comedy style. While radio offered an opportunity for their imaginations to run riot, here the four find themselves tied to a few stock characters, most of whom would make a more animated appearances later in their career. The plot--with its tale of eccentric professors and evil spies--sees a series of musical numbers and a variety performance crow barred into the proceedings. Those who wish to add to an already existing Goons collection may want to consider this, but anyone wondering what all the fuss is about should head straight for the many radio collections available and hear the sound of true genius at work. On The DVD: Down Among the Z Men offers little to recommend, with the DVD lacking in any extras whatsoever. Being taken from an original fifties print, the black and white picture is of reasonable quality yet cannot help but look extremely dated. At best it is the sort of curio that would pass time on a Sunday afternoon but it is hard to consider this a particularly essential DVD release. -Phil Udell
Following his unforgettable performances in Mel Brooks' Young Frankenstein and Silent Movie Marty Feldman wrote directed and starred in his own classic spoof. He plays Digby Geste the 'identitcal' twin brother to Beau (Michael York) but without his dashing sibling's do-or-die heroics. When a priceless family heirloom is stolen their fates are sealed the lunacy escalates and the laughs come thick and fast.
""Everybody's Favourite Shaggy Dog Story!"" Young Billy can't keep Digby the lovable sheepdog he brought home from the pound so he decides to leave him with animal expert Jeff (Jim Dale). But while Jeff's back is turned Digby accidentally drinks a top secret chemical which makes him grow... and grow... and grow! The gigantic Digby is soon being chased all over the country. The army think he dangerous and want to blow him up. Two thieves are trying to sell him to the circus! In this frantic and hilarious race against time Billy and the hapless Jeff must get to Digby with the antidote or lose him forever. With and all star cast including Spike Milligan and Victor Spinetti Digby The Biggest Dog In The World is a classic adventure story for the whole family. Available for the first time on DVD!
A hilarious collection of the best of British comedy from the 1940s to the 1960s. Highlighting the classic moments in comedy these DVD's include rare concert footage extended television clips renowed comedy scenes and seldom seen sitcoms. From the days of radio stars and music hall performers such as Arthur Askey and George Formby to the television era and stars such as John Cleese Benny Hill and Peter Cook and Dudley Moore this series has it all. A must for any fan of British c
All hands on deck for Titanic seaside laughs with the saucy Carry On crew! When an accident-prone sailor damages a secret blueprint his only hope is to get another from London. But then the Admiral arrives and he's forced to pose as a scientist - a female scientist!
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