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  • Billy Liar - 50th Anniversary Edition [DVD] [1963]Billy Liar - 50th Anniversary Edition | DVD | (06/05/2013) from £9.79   |  Saving you £6.20 (63.33%)   |  RRP £15.99

    Billy Liar was the multimedia phenomenon of its era. Starting out as a novel by Yorkshire writer Keith Waterhouse, it rapidly became a long-running stage play, adapted by Waterhouse with playwright Willis Hall, which lead to the movie, scripted by Waterhouse and Hall for John Schlesinger to direct, then a stage musical and finally a spin-off TV series. Do you get the feeling it caught the mood of the times? The basic set-up owes a lot to James Thurber's classic short story The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. Our hero, Billy Fisher, lives at home in a Bradford semi with his nagging parents and works as a lowly clerk in an undertaker's parlour. But, in his imagination he lives a rich and varied fantasy life as gallant military leader, suave socialite, best-selling novelist and so forth. Trouble is, he can't always keep fantasy and reality apart, any more than he can the keep two girls he's engaged to separate. Not to mention his other problemsÂ…. Schlesinger's direction brings out the desperation behind the comedy, and Tom Courtenay, at once defiant and hangdog, slips perfectly into the role created on stage by Albert Finney. But the whole cast's a joy, not least the great Leonard Rossiter as undertaker Mr Shadrach, Billy's saturnine boss. And then there's Julie Christie--the luminous spirit of the Swinging 60s--in her first starring role as the girl who offers Billy a chance of real escape. At the end, when she takes the train to London, away from the smoke and the grimness "oop" north, the whole British New Wave went with her. On the DVD: just the theatrical trailer which is a fairly crass affair. There's been no remastering, it seems, but both sound and vision are clean enough and the print preserves the original's full 2.35:1 widescreen ratio. --Philip Kemp

  • The Family Way [1966]The Family Way | DVD | (04/06/2007) from £11.65   |  Saving you £1.34 (10.30%)   |  RRP £12.99

    Hey There Hayley Girl... You're in a grown-up movie now When newly-wed Hywel Bennett fails to consummate his marriage his nervous bride Hayley Mills thinks it's her fault. But the root of the problem lies with his bullying father John Mills whose presence in the same Lancashire household has an inhibiting effect on his shy sensitive son.

  • For The Love Of Ada - Series 1 - Complete [DVD] [1970]For The Love Of Ada - Series 1 - Complete | DVD | (12/10/2009) from £7.98   |  Saving you £5.01 (38.60%)   |  RRP £12.99

    Episodes Comprise: 1. The Widower 2. Sunday Tea 3. The Permissive Society 4. The Football Match 5. Another Man 6. Spring

  • For the Love of Ada: The Complete Series [DVD]For the Love of Ada: The Complete Series | DVD | (19/03/2018) from £12.99   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

  • For The Love of Ada - The Complete Second Series [DVD]For The Love of Ada - The Complete Second Series | DVD | (04/07/2011) from £7.98   |  Saving you £5.01 (38.60%)   |  RRP £12.99

    Irene Handl and Wilfred Pickles star as two senior citizens who fall in love in this gentle sitcom written by Vince Powell and Harry Driver (Nearest and Dearest Never Mind the Quality Feel the Width). Produced by Ronnie Baxter and boasting theme music by Ron Grainer this release contains the complete second series originally transmitted in 1970. Londoner Ada Cresswell and Yorkshireman Walter Bingley - the gravedigger who buried Ada's husband - return as a newly engaged couple. But saving enough to get married on an old-age pension isn't easy particularly when Walter gets his cards and Ada has to give up her new part-time job. And when Ada gregariously invites all 48 members of the Over Sixties' Club it looks as though the happy day will have to be indefinitely postponed...

  • The Gay DogThe Gay Dog | DVD | (20/08/2007) from £17.53   |  Saving you £-4.54 (N/A%)   |  RRP £12.99

    Jim Gay loves his racing greyhound but out of town he finds a dog with a better chance to win. His friends bet on his dog while he bets against.

  • Billy Liar - 50th Anniversary Edition [Blu-ray] [1963]Billy Liar - 50th Anniversary Edition | Blu Ray | (06/05/2013) from £12.99   |  Saving you £9.00 (81.89%)   |  RRP £19.99

    Billy Liar was the multimedia phenomenon of its era. Starting out as a novel by Yorkshire writer Keith Waterhouse, it rapidly became a long-running stage play, adapted by Waterhouse with playwright Willis Hall, which lead to the movie, scripted by Waterhouse and Hall for John Schlesinger to direct, then a stage musical and finally a spin-off TV series. Do you get the feeling it caught the mood of the times? The basic set-up owes a lot to James Thurber's classic short story The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. Our hero, Billy Fisher, lives at home in a Bradford semi with his nagging parents and works as a lowly clerk in an undertaker's parlour. But, in his imagination he lives a rich and varied fantasy life as gallant military leader, suave socialite, best-selling novelist and so forth. Trouble is, he can't always keep fantasy and reality apart, any more than he can the keep two girls he's engaged to separate. Not to mention his other problemsÂ…. Schlesinger's direction brings out the desperation behind the comedy, and Tom Courtenay, at once defiant and hangdog, slips perfectly into the role created on stage by Albert Finney. But the whole cast's a joy, not least the great Leonard Rossiter as undertaker Mr Shadrach, Billy's saturnine boss. And then there's Julie Christie--the luminous spirit of the Swinging 60s--in her first starring role as the girl who offers Billy a chance of real escape. At the end, when she takes the train to London, away from the smoke and the grimness "oop" north, the whole British New Wave went with her. On the DVD: just the theatrical trailer which is a fairly crass affair. There's been no remastering, it seems, but both sound and vision are clean enough and the print preserves the original's full 2.35:1 widescreen ratio. --Philip Kemp

  • The Nearly Man:The Complete Series [DVD]The Nearly Man:The Complete Series | DVD | (11/09/2017) from £9.99   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    Tony Britton won a BAFTA nomination for his central performance in this finely observed drama about a veteran Labour back-bencher who risks the remains of his career when he re-engages in the grass-roots politics of his northern working-class constituency. Starting life as a single ITV Playhouse drama which won the Broadcasting Press Guild's award for Best Single Play in 1975, The Nearly Man follows the events of seven months in a critical year for Christopher Collinson a public-school MP with the perfect credentials for a candidate in the forthcoming general election. The series charts his uneasy relationship with party activists, the intrigues and aggression of politics and the impact of Collinson's renewed ambition upon his marriage. This set features all seven episodes of the series along with the single play, devised and written by BAFTA winner Arthur Hopcraft.

  • Billy Liar [1963]Billy Liar | DVD | (11/09/2006) from £14.83   |  Saving you £-1.84 (-14.20%)   |  RRP £12.99

    Tom Courtenay gives a flawlessly nuanced performance as Billy Fisher the underachieving undertaker's assistant whose constant daydreams and truth-deficient stories earn him the nickname ""Billy Liar."" Julie Christie is the handbag-swinging charmer whose free spirit just might inspire Billy to finally move out of his parents' house. Deftly veering from gritty realism to flamboyant fantasy Billy Liar is a dazzling and uproarious classic.

  • Billy Liar [1963]Billy Liar | DVD | (25/02/2002) from £N/A   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £13.99

    Billy Liar was the multimedia phenomenon of its era. Starting out as a novel by Yorkshire writer Keith Waterhouse, it rapidly became a long-running stage play, adapted by Waterhouse with playwright Willis Hall, which lead to the movie, scripted by Waterhouse and Hall for John Schlesinger to direct, then a stage musical and finally a spin-off TV series. Do you get the feeling it caught the mood of the times? The basic set-up owes a lot to James Thurber's classic short story The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. Our hero, Billy Fisher, lives at home in a Bradford semi with his nagging parents and works as a lowly clerk in an undertaker's parlour. But, in his imagination he lives a rich and varied fantasy life as gallant military leader, suave socialite, best-selling novelist and so forth. Trouble is, he can't always keep fantasy and reality apart, any more than he can the keep two girls he's engaged to separate. Not to mention his other problemsÂ…. Schlesinger's direction brings out the desperation behind the comedy, and Tom Courtenay, at once defiant and hangdog, slips perfectly into the role created on stage by Albert Finney. But the whole cast's a joy, not least the great Leonard Rossiter as undertaker Mr Shadrach, Billy's saturnine boss. And then there's Julie Christie--the luminous spirit of the Swinging 60s--in her first starring role as the girl who offers Billy a chance of real escape. At the end, when she takes the train to London, away from the smoke and the grimness "oop" north, the whole British New Wave went with her. On the DVD: just the theatrical trailer which is a fairly crass affair. There's been no remastering, it seems, but both sound and vision are clean enough and the print preserves the original's full 2.35:1 widescreen ratio. --Philip Kemp

  • For the Love of Ada - The Complete Series 4 [DVD]For the Love of Ada - The Complete Series 4 | DVD | (16/01/2012) from £7.98   |  Saving you £7.00 (116.86%)   |  RRP £12.99

    Irene Handl and Wilfred Pickles star as two senior citizens who fall in love in this gentle sitcom, written by Vince Powell and Harry Driver (Nearest and Dearest, Never Mind the Quality, Feel the Width). Produced by Ronnie Baxter and boasting theme music by Ron Grainer, this release contains the complete third series, also featuring appearances by Mollie Sugden, Edwin Richfield and Harold Goodwin.Londoner Ada and Yorkshireman Walter - the gravedigger who buried Ada's first husband - have returned from their honeymoon to begin their new life together as a married couple. But, like many married couples, they quickly realise that you can never really get to know a person until you live with them...

  • For the Love of Ada - The Complete Third Series [DVD]For the Love of Ada - The Complete Third Series | DVD | (17/10/2011) from £17.53   |  Saving you £-4.54 (-34.90%)   |  RRP £12.99

    Irene Handl and Wilfred Pickles star as two senior citizens who fall in love in this gentle sitcom, written by Vince Powell and Harry Driver (Nearest and Dearest, Never Mind the Quality, Feel the Width). Produced by Ronnie Baxter and boasting theme music by Ron Grainer, this release contains the complete third series, also featuring appearances by Mollie Sugden, Edwin Richfield and Harold Goodwin.Londoner Ada and Yorkshireman Walter - the gravedigger who buried Ada's first husband - have returned from their honeymoon to begin their new life together as a married couple. But, like many married couples, they quickly realise that you can never really get to know a person until you live with them...

  • For the Love of Ada [DVD]For the Love of Ada | DVD | (25/06/2012) from £17.53   |  Saving you £-4.54 (-34.90%)   |  RRP £12.99

    Based on the hit Thames Television sitcom, which ran from 1970 to 1971, For the Love of Ada follows the late-flowering romance between two young-at-heart pensioners. Irene Handl (Come Play with Me) and Wilfred Pickles (Billy Liar) star as Ada and Walter Bingley who, despite being in their seventies, are only now celebrating their first wedding anniversary. However, unbeknownst to them, a surprise party has been organised to celebrate their big day. But with calamities befalling the couple at every turn, will these comical OAPs ever make it through the day?

  • For The Love Of AdaFor The Love Of Ada | DVD | (23/05/2005) from £N/A   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £12.99

    Walter and Ada Bingley are celebrating their first wedding anniversary unaware that their friends and family are planning a surprise party for them... However things start to go wrong early in the day when Walter's business partner Arthur almost lets slip the news of the party. The day continues to go downhill from there with the happy couple falling out over Ada's new blonde wig Walter is losing the money he was using to buy Ada's present and then finding it has been spent on a n

  • More Northern ComedyMore Northern Comedy | DVD | (18/08/2008) from £N/A   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £24.99

    This 3 DVD Box Set Contains: The Gay Dog: Raving Beauty is the name of Jim Gay's (Wilfred Pickles) racing greyhound. With the big race only days away Jim pretends that Raving Beauty is in bad shape in order to lengthen its odds and clean up at the bookies. But keeping up the pretence with his wife daughter the whole street and the inveterate gamblers played by Jon Pertwee and Peter Butterworth is no easy task. The Penny Pool/Stick Em' Up: The Penny Pool features Duggie Wakefield and his Crazy Gang who come to the assistance of young lovers Tommy Bancroft and Renee Harland who have been sacked from their jobs for filling in The Penny football pools during work hours. But the Crazy Gang's assistance is not always useful! Stick Em Up: Jimmy Jewel and Ben Warriss team up again as a pair of inept private detectives who are engaged to save a young man who is charged with murder from the gallows. With detectives like this pair on his side the young man will be lucky to escape with his life! School For Randle: School caretaker 'Flatfoot' Mason (Frank Randle) a former Music-Hall artiste harbours a secret. He has a daughter Betty (Terry Randall) who unbeknownst to her was adopted when his wife died. Now a teenager she's a pupil at the school and this causes complications when the staff feel that Randle is being 'over attentive' to Betty. Told to steer clear of her Randle reluctantly agrees but Betty thinks he's rejecting her and decides to run away to make her name in showbusiness. Randle assisted by his fellow caretakers (Mancunian Studio regulars Dan Young and Alec Pleon) trace her to a seedy carbaret club. Disguising themselves as The Three Who Flungs Chinese acrobat troupe the Mancunian trio try to persuade Betty to come home...

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