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Thursday 11th June 2015
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Another fortnight* has passed, and with it a range of new DVDs have hit shelves up and down the land, a new month has begun, and a bunch of new releases have been announced. For just a small selection of recent and upcoming DVD, book, CD and Blu-ray highlights from the world of British comedy, read on...


* Okay, a fortnight and a half. A technical error meant we couldn't send this last week - sorry!


New Products
Birds Of A Feather - The Complete ITV Series 2 (DVD)
Along with their friend and lodger, man-eater Dorien Green (Lesley Joseph), sisters Sharon (Pauline Quirke) and Tracey (Linda Robson) are back for a 12th series in this DVD. Series 13 will be filmed soon. Details If you're a fan, our friends at the British Comedy Society are celebrating writers Laurence Marks & Maurice Gran in September. Tickets are very cheap, so why not join them?
Horrible Histories - The Specials (DVD)
Two 2014 special episodes from the award-winning CBBC history show. Based on the best-selling children's books, the series offers an unconventional take on some of history's most gruesome and funny moments. In this instalment the programmes look at the celebration of Valentine's Day throughout the centuries and some of the more unusual aspects of the First World War. Details
Excuse My Glove (DVD)
This light-hearted story of romantic heroism and sporting glory features British boxing legend Len Harvey as a young man who steps into the limelight by accident... then decides it's worth fighting to stay there! Also starring Cockney comedy star Ronald Shiner and a line-up of the cream of 1930s boxing talent, Excuse My Glove is featured in a brand-new transfer from the original film. Details
Fierce Creatures (Blu-ray & DVD)
John Cleese, Jamie Lee Curtis, Michael Palin and Kevin Kline follow A Fish Called Wanda with another hilarious, bonkers farce. A quaint English zoo director attempts to rid the park of its cute, cuddly animals and display only 'Fierce Creatures', following its buy-out by massive international corporate conglomerate, Octopus Inc., run by shrewd tycoon Rod McCain. Blu-ray Details & DVD Details
Raised By Wolves - Series One (DVD)
Just confirmed to be returning in 2016 for a second series, the critically acclaimed sitcom by - and based on the childhoods of - sisters and writers Caitlin and Caroline Moran, Raised By Wolves is a Channel 4 sitcom about a poor working class family from Wolverhampton, specifically lustful daydreamer Germaine and her fiercely intelligent, bookish younger sister, Aretha. Details
Cutey And The Sofaguard (Audio)
Rik Mayall reads a twisted, surreal tale of lost love and broken elevators. A limited edition MP3 disc re-release of the 2010 audiobook by Chris Wade is now available, including exclusive out-takes. Order The original audiobook is also available as mp3 downloads from Amazon. Details
Hotel Sahara (DVD)
Uproarious World War II farce about the hotel of the title. Yvonne DeCarlo and Peter Ustinov star as the proprietors, trying to survive the war but sitting in just the right place in the desert that the hotel changes sides depending on how the battle is going that week. The British move in, then out as the Germans move in, then out. Yvonne DeCarlo changes her personality, her wardrobe and her musical numbers to fit whoever the current occupiers happen to be. Details
Still Open All Hours - Series One (DVD)
Open All Hours is back after 28 years. This new six part series together with the original 2013 Christmas special sees Sir David Jason reprise his role as Granville, who has inherited the corner shop from his beloved but miserly Uncle Arkwright. We're expecting a second series to be announced before too long, so do catch up with the joyous first series now. Details
Next To No Time (DVD)
British cinema legend Kenneth More heads an outstanding comedy cast in this adaptation of a story by Oscar-nominated screenwriter Paul Gallico. David Webb, a brilliant backroom boffin who is cripplingly shy and nervous in unfamiliar situations, has an ingenious scheme for converting his employer's factory to automation. To his horror, he's sent to the US to find financial backing. Details
Shaun The Sheep Movie (Blu-ray & DVD)
The popular Wallace & Gromit spin-off comes to the big screen - and now DVD and Blu-ray. Shaun is a clever, mischievous sheep who lives with his flock on Mossy Bottom Farm, under the nominal supervision of The Farmer. Despite Shaun's best efforts, life on the farm has got into a bit of a rut, and Shaun concocts a cunning plan - to have a day off. Blu-ray Details & DVD Details
The Navy Lark - Series Ten (Audio)
18 episodes from the tenth series of this much-loved classic radio sitcom starring Stephen Murray, Leslie Phillips and Jon Pertwee.
Also included is a PDF booklet containing a detailed history of the development of this series of The Navy Lark, cast biographies, and a series episode guide. Details
For more, see our full list of new releases and items coming soon.
Coming Soon
Hue And Cry (Blu-ray & DVD)
The very first of the landmark Ealing comedies, starring Alastair Sim. A bunch of crooks use a comic paper to pass on coded messages for robberies. When the comic's readership, a bunch of East End boys, discover what's going on they go to the police. The local constabulary, however, are no help, and so the plucky lads set out to foil the robbers themselves. Blu-ray Details & DVD Details
The Keith Lemon Sketch Show (DVD)
A fast-paced sketch show in which Keith Lemon affectionately spoofs the world of TV, film and famous faces. Alongside an amazing line-up of celebrity guests including Paddy McGuinness, Carrie Fisher, Jonathan Ross, Fearne Cotton, Phillip Schofield, Christine Bleakley & Dermot O'Leary, this DVD includes a selection of special features - a must for any fan of the show. Details
Here We Go Round The Mulberry Bush (DVD)
Based on the novel of the same name by Hunter Davies, this glossy coming-of-age comedy follows the exploits of sex-obsessed Jamie (Barry Evans, Mind Your Language) as he attempts to join the Swinging Sixties and lose his virginity by seducing the local girls.
This fun-filled fantasy is populated with many famous faces of the time, including Judy Geeson, Denholm Elliott & Nicky Henson. Details
Tamahine (DVD)
When her father dies, Tamahine, a lovely young half-Polynesian girl, is sent to England to visit her father's cousin, headmaster of a celebrated boys' public school. She has a disturbing influence on boys and masters alike, however, with all and sundry falling under the spell of her natural beauty and charm! Details
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel & The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (Blu-ray & DVD)
Double bill of the hit British comedies directed by John Madden and starring Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Dev Patel and Maggie Smith, following the experiences of a group of elderly Brits who arrive to take up residence in a newly-opened retirement home in Bangalore, India. Blu-ray Details & DVD Details
SunTrap (DVD)
Series 1 of the charming new BBC One sitcom comes to DVD. Kayvan Novak (Facejaker, Fonejacker) plays Woody, master of disguise and the world's number one undercover reporter. When his corrupt editor blows his cover, Woody flees to a sunny Spanish island to find former mentor Brutus (Bradley Walsh). The two soon begin working together to solve a series of incidents. Details
Man Down - Series 2 (DVD)
The return of Man Down to Channel 4 last week was met with mixed reviews in the press, following the death of co-star Rik Mayall shortly before filming was due to commence last summer. But, we suspect, reception in households up and down the country was much more along the lines of hysterical screams of laughter for this unhingedly hilarious sitcom from Greg Davies. Details
Round The Horne - The Complete Series Two (Audio)
Kenneth Horne, Kenneth Williams, Betty Marsden and Hugh Paddick star in 15 episodes of the anarchic 1960s radio comedy. Details
The Delivery Man (DVD)
From the director and writers of Green Wing and Smack The Pony; The Delivery Man is a new sitcom about a policeman-turned-midwife. This six-part series arrives on DVD following a hugely successful run on ITV earlier in the year.
Starring Darren Boyd, Paddy McGuinnes, Aisling Bea, Fay Ripley, Llewella Gideon and Alex Macqueen. We really enjoyed the show and have high hopes for a second series to be announced soon. Details
The Marty Feldman Comedy Machine - The Complete Series (DVD)
Marty Feldman struck a high watermark with his ATV series from the early 1970s: The Marty Feldman Comedy Machine.
Co-starring anarchic comedy genius Spike Milligan, these fourteen episodes of mirth and mayhem won the Golden Rose at the 1972 Montreux Festival and features typically Pythonesque graphics by Terry Gilliam. Details
Talk Of A Million (DVD)
A family reduced to imminent poverty by the father's disinclination to work; an American lawyer looking for the heir to half a million pounds; the scene is set for a tale of creative deception!
This film stars Dixon of Dock Green's Jack Warner as Bartley Murnahan, a likeable loafer who manages to give the impression that a large inheritance is due to his family. Details
The Ladykillers - 60th Anniversary Edition (Blu-ray)
Classic Ealing comedy in which a group of bank robbers struggle to silence an old lady who discovers their crime.
Mrs Wilberforce lives alone in King's Cross with her parrots. She has been led to believe that the group renting rooms from her, Professor Marcus (Alec Guinness), the Major (Cecil Parker), Louis (Herbert Lom), Harry (Peter Sellers) and One-Round (Danny Green), are musicians... Details
Del Boy: He Who Dares... - My Genuine Autobiography (Book)
Growing up in Peckham and known to all as a wheeler-dealer and international playboy (just ask the manageress of El Sid's Torremolinos, 1978), Del matured into an award-winning man of business*, thriving entrepreneur and glittering member of the jet-set.
In He Who Dares..., Del will share never-before-told stories of his childhood, offer nuggets of business advice for budding entrepreneurs and will tell his glorious tale of rags to riches to rags to rich(ish) in full. Details
Dad's Army - The Lost Tapes (Audio)
Arthur Lowe, John Le Mesurier, Clive Dunn and Ian Lavender star in a collection of rediscovered Dad's Army gems.
Published for the first time, these four instalments of Dad's Army have been brought together from a variety of sources and in each case represent something unique. Details
Chris Ramsey Live - All Growed Up (DVD)
The debut live DVD of Chris Ramsey, regular on Celebrity Juice and star of BBC's Hebburn.
Join Chris as he explores getting older, finding yourself, taking responsibility, realising you are no longer a child and all of the other terrifying realisations that come with being dragged kicking and screaming into modern adulthood. Details
Mrs. Brown's Boys Live - How Now Mrs. Brown Cow! Tour (Blu-ray & DVD)
Get your pre-orders made now: it's the 2015 live show from the team behind Mrs. Brown's Boys. It's just weeks to go to Christmas. The turkey is getting plucked and Grandad is getting stuffed. (Or is that the other way around?) Trevor has promised to pay a Christmas Visit home, but Cathy returns from a trip to America with unwelcome news. Who will tell Mammy? Blu-ray Details & DVD Details
For more, see our full list of new releases and items coming soon.
That's all, folks!
We'll be back in your inboxes on the 25th. Until then, have a lovely start-of-Summer, filled with plenty of British comedy laughs.
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