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.
Paul Nicholas and Jan Francis are outstanding in their roles as Vince - the cockney unreliable Jack-the-lad with a witty one-liner for every occasion - and Penny - the posh prim and proper lady. When Vince got cold feet and left Penny standing at the altar Penny got on with her life and tried to forget Vince once and for all. Five years and a chance meeting later Penny's feelings are rekindled feelings that she thought were gone forever. Insisting that they would remain 'just good friends' but with emotions resurfacing a classic love-hate on-off relationship is (once again) established. Exacerbating Vince and Penny's predicament are both sets of parents Vince's - Les and Rita - are all leopard print and Brylcreem whilst Penny's - Daphne and Norman - are quite the opposite wine tasting and twin set types. Written by John Sullivan (Only Fools and Horses Citizen Smith) this is a classic story of love lost and found where the question on everyone's lips is will Vince and Penny remain just good friends'? Newly restored by the BBC and available for the first time in its entirety - including the long unseen 1984 Christmas special - John Sullivan's classic sit-com is still as endearing and enjoyable as when it first aired.
Fall In!...for a feast of classic fun as the boys from the concert party parade their special brand of army camp. This classic BBC comedy series stars the members of the Royal Artillery Concert Party including Gunner 'Gloria' Beaumont (Melvyn Hayes) Gunner 'Lofty' Sugden (Don Estelle) and 'La De Da' Gunner Graham (John Clegg) all under the watchful eye of Sergeant Major 'SHUUUT UUUUP' Williams (Windsor Davies).
First broadcast in the autumn of 1986, the fifth series of Only Fools and Horses consists of half-a-dozen half-hour episodes that are absolutely vintage fare. Indeed, after this series, the BBC gave writer John Sullivan freedom to extend his writing to full feature-length episodes. This series, meanwhile, is a masterclass in characterisation, interplay and in delivering the comedic sucker punch that raises the belly laugh when you least expect it. Included here are "From Prussia With Love", in which Rodney (Nicholas Lyndhurst) and Del (David Jason) take in a heavily pregnant German au pair in distress for the night. Uncle Albert assures them he can talk German and addresses her thus: "Vot izz your name?". "The Miracle of Peckham" is especially well-worked, with a plotline involving missing lead from the church roof and a "weeping statue" which attracts the worlds media. "The Longest Night" sees Del and Rodney held hostage in a supermarket by a gun-toting robber. Never has Del delivered the words "You plonker!" with such feeling as when Rodney makes a grab for the sleeping robbers cigarettes rather than his gun. "Tea for Three" sees Del sabotage Rodneys chances with Triggers niece, Lisa; though it makes no sense here, prepare to guffaw when Trigger says, "My Gran had one with a squeaky wheel". "Video Nasty" sees Mickey Pierce use Rodneys local council community film project as a means of making a cheap soft porn movie, while the concluding, characteristically poignant episode sees Del given the chance of a new life in Australia. With this series, a sitcom that once seemed like a poor Minder imitation came of age. On the DVD: Only Fools and Horses, Series 5 is presented in 4:3 picture ratio and Dolby Digital stereo. There are no extra features.--David Stubbs
Despite Rodders undertaking a dead impressive new job life for the trotters is far from Kushti. Del's state-of-the-ark computers are going down about as well as bacon sandwiches at a bar mitzvah while at the market Uncle Albert's unconvincing performances of lumbago recovery have left the flat knee-deep in x-ray massage gizmos. Still things can only get better... At Trigger's niece's nuptials (""only a hyphen or two away from a society wedding"") they encounter an old friend of t
Although at first glance a series about a family of lovable spivs who get into endless scrapes as they duck and dive their way through life must have sounded like a complete non-starter, but John Sullivan's quickfire scripts for Only Fools and Horses and the spot-on performances by Jason (Del), Lyndhurst (Rodney) and Pierce (Grandad) combine to perfection in this beautifully crafted classic comedy.As there's no padding at all in OFAH it's almost essential to own it in recorded form just to pick up on all the brilliant detail, so having an entire eight-episode series in a single package is even better. This second series both begins and ends with complications involving women, opening with Rodney's dangerous liaison with a policewoman and closing with Del's infatuation with Heather, who has ambitions as an actress. Along the way, there's a bit of trouble with the Spanish police, some North Korean (sic) porcelain, a rather eventful painting job in a Chinese restaurant and generally more laughs than you can shake a Pringle sweater at. On the DVD: the DVD comes in at a whopping 231 minutes--the whole series on one disc, which is handy--and has an episode/scene index. --Roger Thomas
Trotters Independent Trading Company comes face to face with the creme-de-la-menthe of British nobility...Del decides a visit to the opera is the perfect opportunity for Rodders to impress his new 'friend' the daughter of the Duke of Maylebury. However munching a packet of crisps through the duet and whistling along to the aria is more Peckham Astoria than Covent Garden. When Rodney is then invited on a shooting weekend he hardly needs Del to arrive enter the clay pig
Are You Being Served?: The Complete Collection (10 Discs)
Series 3 and 4 of the sitcom adventures of Wolfie Smith. Power to the people! In Tooting London SW17 revolution is still brewing. But will the Glorious Day ever come? Will Wolfie (Robert Lindsay) Ken Tucker and Speed - the Tooting Popular Front - ever manage to drag the proletariat out of its lethargy to strike at the heart of capitalism? Or will Wolfie's domestic problems lack of money and the dreadful performance of his beloved Fulham Football Club once again prove effective
Episodes: Crocodile Tears Guess Who's Coming to Dinner Abide with Me The Weekend The Hostage The Path of True Love But Is It Art? A Christmas Story Speed's Return Rebel Without a Pause The Tooting Connection Working Class Hero Spanish Fly Right to Work Rock Bottom.
A feature length episode of John Sullivan's popular comedy first broadcast as a Christmas special in 1985. Del and Rodney travel to Amsterdam to collect some diamonds on behalf of Boycie and Abdul little knowing that old adversary Chief Inspector Slater is hot on their trail. To make matters worse Uncle Albert is navigating their course from Hull to Holland!
The second installment of classic episodes from series 1-7! Friday The 14th: The Trotters are off to Boycie's cottage for a spot of salmon poaching. Unfortunately for them so is an escaped axe murderer! Thicker Than Water: Del and Rodney's dad returns after 18 years. Rodney is keen to forgive and forget but Del isn't so sure... Hole In One: Rodney's investment in suntan oil during the worst British winter since the last Ice Age has left the Trotters clos
Regularly touted as one of the best British sitcoms ever, Only Fools and Horses kicked off in 1981 when mobile phones were the size of bricks and wine bars were the ultimate places to hang out. The formula was simple enough: Cockney wideboy Derek "Del Boy" Trotter (brilliantly played by David Jason) dreams of better things for himself while sharing a cramped council flat in the nicely named Peckham tower block Nelson Mandela House with his unworldly brother Rodney and his sweet but doddery old grandad. Trouble is, Del's endless money-making schemes (such as his attempt to flog a consignment of one-legged turkeys, or his plan to sell bottled tap water under the label "Peckham Spring") inevitably backfire, like the beat-up old Robin Reliant van he uses to cart around all this faulty gear in. Created by John Sullivan, who also sings the very catchy theme tune, Only Fools and Horses is a wonderful mix of dodgy but loveable characters (such as Del Boy's dimwit friend Trigger), knockabout slapstick (no-one falls down with as much comedic grace as Jason) and brilliantly crafted dialogue. Sadly, Leonard Pierce, who played Grandad, died in 1983 (his armchair in the Trotter household was filled in 1985 by Buster Merryfield as Uncle Albert, an old merchant seaman who used to bore Del and Rodney with tales of his war days). The show ran to seven series and ended with characteristic warmth in 1991, when Del Boy became a father; but the Trotters made occasional returns to the small screens with six hugely popular one-off Christmas specials. This, as Del Boy himself might say, is "lovely jubbly". --Edward Lawrenson
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.
Episodes from John Sullivan's comedy series in which East End bookmaker Vince Pinner (Nicholas) who thinks he is Gods gift to women may just have met his match in up-market girl Penny Warender (Francis)... Contains all 14 episodes from Series One and Two.
Beryl (Polly James) and Sandra (Nerys Hughes) are two lively friends sharing a bedsit in Liverpool. Their place is in Huskisson Street where all the action happens. Beryl's the spontaneous and scatty one whereas Sandra is quieter more cautious and refined. What they have in common is romance finance and family trouble which keeps them occupied when they're not checking out the latest fashions. First broadcast in 1971 this release features every episode from Series Two of Carla Lane's The Liver Birds.
The entire first series of the classic BBC comedy Dear John where upon finding his wife has left him for his best friend John joins the 1-2-1 Club a local encounter group for the divorced and separated. Here he meets the feisty Kate the bland bespectacled Ralph the exuberant Kirk St. Moritz resplendent in white suit and medallion and of course club founder Louise who asks everyone with relish Were there any sexual problems?
When John loses his wife to his best friend he joins a local encounter group for divorced and separated people and life suddenly becomes far more interesting. Series 1: 1. A Singular Man 2. In The Club 3. Death 4. The Party 5. Toby 6. The Fourteen Year Itch 7. Under Cover Series 2: 1. A New Member 2. Confidence 3. Problems With Toby 4. Sanctuary 5. Torquay 6. Once Bitten The 1987 Christmas Special
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