The complete series of the BBC comedy.
The complete collection of Men Behaving Badly is available here in one definitive set! That's all six classic series plus the hilarious final trilogy of feature-length episodes, 'Last Orders', and the riotous Christmas Special 'Jingle Balls'. In addition, the rarely seen Comic Relief sketches from Red Nose Day '97 and '99, 'Kylie' and 'The Lost Pilot', are included, along with a fascinating BBC radio documentary. Not only that but there are also dozens of hysterical out-takes, bloopers and unique special features that will entertain for hours!
All three series of the BAFTA award-winning and critically acclaimed Channel 4 comedy. Black Books centres around the foul tempered and wildly eccentric bookshop owner Bernard Black (Dylan Moran). Bernard's devotion to the twin pleasures of drunkenness and wilful antagonism deepens and enriches both his life and that of Manny (Bill Bailey) his assistant. Bearded sweet and good Manny is everything that Bernard isn't and is punished by Bernard relentlessly just for the crime of existing. They depend on each other for meaning as Fran (Tamsin Greig) their oldest friend depends on them for distraction. Black Books is a haven of books wine and conversation the only threat to the group's peace and prosperity is their own limitless stupidity. Special Features: Series 1 Cast Commentary Out-Takes Photo Gallery Series 2 Teaser Trailer Series 2 Out-Takes Photo Gallery Black Dolls Commentary Series 3 Teaser Trailer Series 3 Out-Takes Bernard's Letter Photo Gallery Deleted Scenes Trailers
Each week twenty-something brothers Adam and Jonny return to the family home for a Friday night dinner of domestic squabbling, food-related pranking, and lashings of crumble crumble'. Series 1 Adam goes on a blind date in front of his entire family, Jonny jumps out of a bin bag and almost kills Grandma, Dad has a chat with Adam about females', Mum comes face to face with her nemesis - Bitchface', Grandma gets locked out the house in her bikini, and neighbour Jim brings round a special basket of green fruit - called a schmoigel'... Series 2 Adam goes out with a girl who smells like Mum, Jonny gets a girlfriend who's twice his age, Dad dries fish in the downstairs cupboard, Mum is forced out the house by a mouse, neighbour Jim makes a birthday cake for his dog, Grandma gets a new boyfriend who tries to fight Dad and we meet Dad's mother - Horrible Grandma'. Series 3 Adam gains a new female admirer - a 9-year-old girl, Jonny gets the world's worst tattoo, Mum practices being a counsellor on her horrified family, Dad tries to hide a dead fox from Mum, Grandma goes back out with the terrifying Mr Morris, neighbour Jim accidentally swallows his dog's sleeping pills, and someone's getting married...
The third series of Coupling, first aired in 2002, takes fans of the BBC's comedy of sex, manners and modern relationships into new realms of engaging surrealism, leaving those irritating comparisons with Friends trailing in its wake. The men are constantly in pursuit of a basic grasp of the "emotional things" that make women behave the way they do. The women analyse everything to death. But thanks to Steve Moffat's scripts, tighter and quirkier than ever, these characters are living, breathing human beings rather than cynical ciphers for comedy stereotypes. The performances are as strong as you'd expect from an established team, with actors such as Jack Davenport (the ever-perplexed Steve), Ben Miles (unreconstructed chauvinist Patrick), Sally Alexander (dryly intelligent Susan) and Kate Isitt (neurotic Sally) wearing their roles like second skins. But in the surreal stakes, it's Richard Coyle as Jeff, wondering aloud what happens to jelly after women have finished wrestling in it, and Gina Bellman as Jane, musing on the importance of a first snog in identifying what men like to eat, who really raise the laughter levels. All things considered, this is superior comedy for all thirtysomethings--genuine and putative. --Piers Ford
Two's Company. Three's a crowd. So what do you do with six? Who do you know who is over thirty sort-of-single and has a satisfying regular sex-life? Anyone? Being single isn't easy. But at least you've got your friends. But what happens when one of your friends falls in love with one of your friends' friends? This funny up-front series about love and lust amongst thirtysomethings centres around Susan and Steve - two lively sexy funny people who get together and start going out. Featuring series 1 to 4 of the hit BBC sitcom!
Coupling Season 4: feel free to insert your own "four-play" joke, or for that matter, your own "insert" joke. Sex is still topic 1 for the intertwined group of "exes and best friends", but in this pivotal season there are momentous "relationship issues" that will upend all their lives (insert your own "upend" joke while you're at it). Susan is pregnant, inspiring in Steve nightmares about his own execution and unflattering comparisons of the birth process to John Hurt's iconic gut-busting scene in Alien. Missing in action is the Kramer-esque Jeff (although he makes something of a return in the season finale). Joining the ensemble is Oliver, who is more in the Chandler mode as a lovable loser with the ladies. These inevitable comparisons to "Sein-Friends" are no doubt heresy to Coupling's most devoted viewers. Indeed, this series does benefit from creator and sole writer Steven Moffat's comic voice and vision. He provides his ever-game cast some witty, funny-cause-it's-true dialogue, as in Oliver's observation that "Tea isn't compatible with porn". This Britcom is also less inhibited in language and sexual situations than its American counterparts. In the cleverly-constructed opening episode, in which the same "9-1/2 Minutes" are witnessed from three different perspectives, Sally and Jane can do what was left to the imagination when Monica and Rachel offered to make out in front of Joey and Chandler. The birth of Susan and Steven's baby ends the six-episode season on a satisfying and surprisingly moving grace note. A bonus disc takes viewers behind the scenes with segments devoted to bloopers and interviews with cast and crew. --Donald Liebenson
From humble sitcom beginnings to the smash hit final series get all those hilarious adventures of Gary and Tony behaving badly!
The ultimate small-screen representation of Loaded-era lad culture--albeit a culture constantly being undermined by its usually sharper female counterpart--there seems little argument that Men Behaving Badly was one of 1990s' definitive sitcoms. Certainly the booze-oriented, birds-obsessed antics of Martin Clunes' Gary and Neil Morrissey's Tony have become every bit as connected to Britain's collective funny bone as Basil Fawlty's inept hostelry or Ernie Wise's short, hairy legs. Yet, the series could easily have been cancelled when ITV viewers failed to respond to the original version, which featured Clunes sharing his flat with someone named Dermot, played by Harry Enfield. Indeed, it was only when the third series moved to the BBC and was then broadcast in a post-watershed slot--allowing writer Simon Nye greater freedom to explore his characters' saucier ruminations--that the show began to gain a significant audience. By then, of course, Morrissey had become firmly ensconced on the collective pizza-stained sofa, while more screen time was allocated to the boys' respective foils, Caroline Quentin and Leslie Ash. Often glibly dismissed as a lame-brained succession of gags about sex and flatulence, the later series not only featured great performances and sharp-as-nails writing but also sported a contemporary attitude that dared to go where angels, and certainly most other sitcoms, feared to tread. Or, as Gary was once moved to comment about soft-porn lesbian epic Love in a Women's Prison: "It's a serious study of repressed sexuality in a pressure-cooker environment." Last Orders includes: "Performance" in which Gary and Dorothy decide to have a baby. Tony announces he's moving in with Deborah so he can watch her "wandering around in her pants"; "Gary in Love" in which Gary's devotion to Dorothy is tested while attending a middle-management conference; and "Delivery" wherein Gary and Dorothy prepare for imminent parenthood. --Clark Collis The DVD version also features a movie version which combines all three episodes, plus a quiz.
Series four will see Jonny getting serious with a female', Adam injuring Jonny after buttering the kitchen floor, Mum forced to pretend that her mother has died and Dad inviting over a friend who talks with his eyes closed. Also Horrible Grandma' will return for more horribleness, and a terrified Jim will be tasked with looking after five dogs.
Another classic sitcom from Men Behaving Badly's Simon Nye, Is It Legal? won the British Comedy Award for Best ITV Sitcom in 1995. Starring Imelda Staunton, Patrick Barlow and Richard Lumsden, this intelligent, searingly funny sitcom chronicles the misadventures of a team of deeply flawed individuals who man the offices of a small suburban law firm. This set contains all three series. Newly qualified solicitor Colin enters the profession fired with idealism and a genuine desire to help people, though he hardly gets off to an auspicious start. Having accidentally killed his first client, his legal career then takes a decidedly shambolic turn but in the company of dozy office boy Darren, skill-free secretary Alison, permanently infatuated clerk Bob and golf-obsessed, sherry-soaked senior partner Dick, his conduct is not exactly conspicuous!
Although recognised as part of Roger Corman's Edgar Allan Poe cycle (its title comes from a Poe poem), The Haunted Palace has a much more significant place in film history for being the first high-profile adaptation of the work of H.P. Lovecraft, in this case his novella The Case of Charles Dexter Ward. Ward is one of two characters played by Vincent Price, the other being Ward's great-great-grandfather Joseph Curwen, burned as a warlock 110 years before. When Ward returns to the village of Arkham to reclaim the family mansion, his striking resemblance to his ancestor is just the first of many macabre events that proceed to unfold, including the screen debut of Lovecraft's legendary Necronomicon. As before, Corman and his team worked wonders with their modest budget, with Daniel Haller's sets amongst the most elaborate in all the Poe cycle, enhanced by genuinely creepy moments such as the crowd of deformed villagers still living under Curwen's curse.
All six series of Simon Nye s classic sitcom are featured in this six-disc set. Featuring all 38 episodes starring Martin Clunes, Neil Morrissey, Caroline Quentin, Leslie Ash and Harry Enfield. Over 17 hours of hilarious, side-splitting comedy!
For the very first time the complete collection of Men Behaving Badly is available in one definitive box set. That's all six classic series plus the hilarious final trilogy of feature length episodes 'Last Orders' and the riotous Christmas Special 'Jingle Balls'. In addition, the rarely seen Comic Relief sketches from Red Nose Day '97 and '99 have been included: 'Kylie' and 'The Lost Pilot'. Not only that but there are dozens of hysterical out-takes and bloopers as well as unique special features that will keep fans entertained for hours!
Alexander Armstrong stars as a reluctant and dangerously incompetent vet in this sharply scripted BBC-1 sitcom from Men Behaving Badly creator Simon Nye. Running for two series, Beast also stars Emma Pierson, Sylvestra Le Touzel and Smack the Pony's Doon Mackichan - along with an array of live animals. This complete set makes both series available for the first time. Nick is fortunate enough to have inherited a successful rural practice from his father. The problem is that he i...
Steven Moffat's second series of Coupling, first broadcast in 2001, is a brilliant consolidation of all those neuroses, small deceits, obsessions and personality tics that struck such a resonant chord when Steve, Susan and their four friends were first unleashed on us. Comparisons with Friends itself are tiresome and lazy: Coupling is an intrinsically British comedy that picks apart the trivial and the mundane in everyday relationships and takes them on surreal journeys, leaving the participants hilariously bemused and rarely any wiser. Its success is due to the magical combination of Moffat's very funny scripts and the talents of six extremely likable actors, including Jack Davenport (Steve) and Sarah Alexander (Susan). But it's Richard Coyle's Jeff, whose sexual fantasies and putting-your-his-in-it propensities exert a compelling fascination, who really keeps you watching through your fingers as you hold your hands to your face in disbelief. Breasts, bottoms and pants are the basis for most of the conversational analysis when these friends get together as a group, as couples, as girlfriends or as mates, invariably becoming metaphors for the state of a relationship or situation. Individual viewpoints and terrors are explored through respective memories of the same event and what-if scenarios. Chain reactions inevitably ensue, fuelling comedy that is based almost entirely on misunderstanding. On the DVD: Coupling, Series 2 on disc is presented in 16:9 anamorphic video aspect ratio, together with a crisp Dolby Digital stereo soundtrack; Mari Wilson's sensuous version of "Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps" for the theme tune deserves a special mention. Extras include disappointing interviews with writer Steven Moffat and Jack Davenport, which are mainly an excuse to repeat several major scenes from the series in full. The "Behind the scenes" feature is also a let-down: it's just a not very funny record of a cast photo shoot. --Piers Ford
There are surprises, twists and revelations galore as Sharon, Tracey and their man-eating friend Dorien return for this hilarious third series - guest-starring Martin Kemp, Jamie Foreman and Kate Williams, and includes scripts by series creators Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran. The series begins with the discovery that Darryl, Tracey's ex-husband and father to Travis and Garth, has died doing what he loved burglary! Unfortunately his funeral brings the ladies into contact with some undesirable local characters... Further inappropriate adventures include a visit to an infamous drag club to recover Dorien's stolen clothes, Auntie Vera causing domestic unrest and Sharon and Dorien being temporarily turfed out of the nest when Tracey's patience finally snaps!
Starring Simon Pegg and set in a Notting Hill commune at the dawn of a new decade Hippies pokes affectionate fun at the everyday lives of the editorial staff of the ambitious but laughably ineffective underground magazine Mouth.
The second series of Black Books somehow succeeded in being even further off the wall than the first. A larger team of writers no doubt helped, but Dylan Moran's greater input clearly shows. His Bernard Black doesn't get the best lines (that honour is always Bill Bailey's), but he definitely gets the best visual gags: a wine-bottle ice lolly, a dinner jacket made from tax receipts and a talent for the piano that defies logic. Aided by the hapless Fran (Tamsin Greig), the bookshop boys survive plenty of adventures, such as a touch of Dave's Syndrome, transforming into a restaurant, falling in love and even a few molluscs on the walls. Guest actors are all aware that they need to be at their funniest in order to register amid the madness: Johnny Vegas is the perfect slimy landlord, Jessica Stevenson revels in being the ultimate health-fad flake and Rob Brydon is terrific in his office-boss cameo. All this series lacks is any sense of closure for the characters, which, without the prospect of a third series, is a terrible tease. --Paul Tonks
Series 1Twenty-something brothers Adam and Jonny return to the family home each week for a Jewish Friday night dinner of soup chicken and crumble - plus massive side-orders of wind-ups and bickering. With a Master chef-obsessed Mum; Dad eating from the rubbish bin; Grandma wearing her new bikini around the house and Jim the neighbour who's terrified of his own dog it's a feat of endurance. And that's before the concerns about Jonny's 'made-up' girlfriend and Dad's non-stop requests for Adam to find a 'female' on the Internet. Of course every family has its foibles its rituals and its eccentricities. It's just that the Goodman's have made something of an art form of theirs... Series 2Each week twenty-something brothers Adam and Jonny go back to Mum and Dad's house for Friday night dinner and each week Mum and Dad get ready for an evening of domestic squabbling food-related pranking and lashings of 'crimble crumble'. In this series Adam goes out with a girl who smells like Mum Jonny gets a girlfriend who's twice his age Dad dries fish in the downstairs cupboard Mum is forced out the house by a mouse neighbour Jim makes a birthday cake for his dog Grandma gets a new boyfriend who tries to fight Dad and we meet Dad's mother - 'Horrible Grandma'.
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