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Thursday 29th October 2015

It's that time again! Another fortnight has passed, and so we bring you a new collection of treats from the world of British comedy. We've books, CDs, DVDs and Blu-rays to recommend - read on.

New Products
An Actor's Life For Me - Complete Series (DVD)
From the co-creator of The Vicar Of Dibley, An Actor's Life For Me is based around Robert Wilson/Neilson, an actor who believes he is about to make it big time. While he never achieves his quest for fame, he always remains optimistic that he will do at the next audition. His girlfriend, Sue Bishop, and agent Desmond Shaw do their best to keep his feet on the ground. Details
Hugh And I - Seasons 1 & 2 Remaining Episodes (DVD)
Terry Scott is a youngish, scheming bachelor who wants to achieve wealth without putting in any hard work. He lives with his mother and their lodger, Hugh, who works at a local aircraft factory. The two often try and make money through one of Terry's many schemes. Produced by sitcom legend David Croft, this is a real gem of a series and not to be missed. Details
In The Red - Complete Series (DVD)
A series of killings of bank managers has London in a turmoil, all the way up to Parliament. And the killer regularly calls about his handiwork, but only to a street-wise, and usually rather tipsy, radio reporter.
While everything seems to point to a rock singer, there are several smaller clues to consider. The cast of this comedy-mystery-thriller series has to be seen to be believed: Details
Mr Bean - Number 8 (DVD)
Another volume of brand new adventures from the 2015 series of the Mr Bean cartoon series, suitable for children and adults alike. This release includes 9 stories brand new to DVD. Details
Get Well Soon (DVD)
Sitcom set in an NHS tuberculosis sanatorium, based on the meeting of comedy-writing duo Ray Galton and Alan Simpson.
One day in 1947, Roy Osborne is admitted to a TB sanatorium. He thinks he'll only be there for a few weeks, then finds that it could be several years before he can leave. Finding himself sharing a room with Brian Clapton, the two soon become firm friends. Details
Mountain Goats - Series One (DVD)
Set in the Scottish Highlands, Mountain Goats follows the adventures of a ragtag group of Mountain Rescue volunteers. From pub to hillside, the ramshackle group try to save walkers, climbers, dogs and, most often, themselves, from utter disaster. Broadcast late this summer, it's a fun, silly show with a great cast of both regulars and guest stars. Details
The Navy Lark - Series Eleven (Audio)
16 episodes from the eleventh series of this much-loved BBC radio classic comedy starring Stephen Murray, Leslie Phillips and Jon Pertwee.
Also included is a PDF booklet containing a detailed history of the development of this series, cast biographies, and a series episode guide. Details
The Third Book of General Ignorance (Book)
A third collection of dim-witted delights and interesting interjections from the QI team.
The writers behind the hit TV show QI return with a brand new book, proving once again that everything you think you know is wrong.
Who invented the sandwich? Which cat never changes its spots? What can you legally do if you come across a Welshman in Chester after sunset? Details
Gigglebiz - The Bumper Collection (DVD)
CBeebies legend Justin Fletcher gets the nation's under-sixes laughing their socks off with his collection of crazy comedy characters in this Bumper Collection of Gigglebiz. Details
Last Of The Summer Wine - Series 27 & 28 (DVD)
Clegg, Truly, Alvin, and Billy are back for more mischief in the 26th and 27th (despite the set's title) series of Last Of The Summer Wine. Follow the boys as they meet a stranger planning to float to Ilkley on an inflatable swan, encounter a womanising flower arranger, and come up with a devilish plan to get rid of Clegg's unwelcome cousin, Aubrey. Details
Mrs. Brown's Boys - Christmas Cracker'd Big Box (Blu-ray & DVD)
This brand new big box set includes all 7 Mrs. Brown's Boys Christmas specials broadcast to date, covering Christmases 2011 to 2014. Available either on DVD or high-quality Blu-ray, it's out now. Mrs. Brown's Boys fans should also look out for the 2014 specials on their own, this year's tour, and the big tour box set. Blu-ray Details & DVD Details
Steve Coogan - Easily Distracted (Book)
Steve Coogan was born and raised in Manchester in the 1960s, the fourth of six children. From an early age he entertained his family with impressions and was often told he should 'be on the telly'. Failing to get into any of the London-based drama schools, he accepted a place at Manchester Polytechnic School of Theatre. This is his autobiography. Details & Trailer

My Wife Next Door (DVD)
My Wife Next Door follows George (John Alderton) and Suzie Basset (Hannah Gordon), each trying to start afresh after their divorce. Both move to the country - only to find that they have bought adjoining cottages!
This popular, BAFTA-winning sitcom ran for just one series of 13 episodes, and is available on DVD now. Details

Smash And Grab (DVD)
Forming a hugely popular screen partnership during the interwar years, Jack Buchanan and Elsie Randolph star in this 1937 crime caper. Private detective John Forrest is hired by an insurance company to find a gang of thieves targeting London's most prestigious jewellers. As the chase leads him to Ireland, Forrest finds he needs help - and who better to call upon than wife, Alice? Details
Keith Lemon's Big One (Book)
Leigh Francis's hit comedy character creation Keith Lemon just seems to go from strength to strength, and fresh from another hit series of Through The Keyhole, the two previously published volumes of his comic autobiography are now available in this one book, freshly updated with new chapters telling the Leeds lad's story. Details
Moone Boy - The Fish Detective (Book)
Second book in Chris O'Dowd and Nick Vincent Murphy's illustrated series inspired by their hit Sky 1 sitcom.
Martin's parents are strapped for cash: it's going to be a budget Christmas this year. So Martin plans to buy his own presents - and ends up uncovering a gang of illegal workers right in the heart of Boyle, working for fishmonger Francie Feeley. Details
Cradle To Grave - Series One (DVD)
All eight episodes of the sitcom based on the childhood of Danny Baker.
Set in 1974, the story follows 15-year-old Danny Baker (Laurie Kynaston) who lives with his dad Fred (Peter Kay), mum Bet (Lucy Speed) and older siblings. While coping with his family's dodgy dealings, Danny navigates teenage and high school life with the help of his friends, and his dad faces redundancy. Details
Derek - Series 1, 2 & The Special (DVD)
The complete collection of Ricky Gervais's comedy Derek is out now, featuring all the adventures of the innocent one and the staff and residents of Broad Hill retirement home. Details If you've already got Series 1 & 2, last year's concluding special is available separately. Details
Keith Lemon's Back T'Future Tribute (DVD)
Broadcast on ITV2 for 'Back to the Future Day' last week - the date Marty McFly travels to, 21st October 2015, in the second film in the celebrated series - this is Keith Lemon's comic documentary paying homage to the much-loved film trilogy. The DVD includes scenes cut from the TV broadcast as Keith recreates scenes, talks to friends, fellow fans, and meets some of the films' stars. Details
Miranda - The Complete Boxset (DVD)
Every single episode of the hit BBC sitcom starring Miranda Hart.
After a public school education, socially inept Miranda is having trouble fitting in with her peer group, especially her childhood nemesis, Tilly. To top it all, Miranda constantly finds herself in awkward situations around men, and in particular old chum Gary, for whom she's long held something more than a flame. Details
Monty Python - Almost Everything (DVD)
Described as "everything ever in one gloriously ill-conceived ludicrously definitive outrageously luxurious Monty Python box set", this comprehensive collection of works by the cult comedy troupe includes the special editions of the films and the complete collection of Monty Python's Flying Circus, along with oodles of extras, spread over 14 DVDs. Details
Siblings - Series 1 (DVD)
All six episodes from the first series of the sitcom starring Tom Stourton and Charlotte Ritchie as brother and sister Dan and Hannah.
Their dysfunctional relationship sees them getting themselves - and others - into awkward situations, including Hannah pretending to be her wheelchair-bound brother's carer to impress her boss, and Dan seeking revenge on a school bully. Details
The Inbetweeners Complete Box Set (DVD)
Everything from Series 1 through to Series 3 and both films, in one 5-disc box set.
The Inbetweeners follows the often misguided footsteps of four friends, Will, Simon, Neil and Jay, as they try to navigate their way through sixth form and beyond, with their hormones running riot. Details
For more, see our full list of new releases and items coming soon.
Coming Soon
Tommy Tiernan - Stray Sod (DVD)
A man in a field telling stories. No ordinary field. No ordinary stories. Tommy Tiernan ... live beneath the stars in West Cork.
Tommy's first DVD in 3 years, the show has been toured all over Ireland as part of his World Tour of the Counties and is now available to buy and keep. Details
Get Santa (Blu-ray & DVD)
Festive comedy starring Jim Broadbent, Rafe Spall and Warwick Davis.
When nine-year-old Tom (Kit Connor) discovers that Santa has crashed his sleigh into his parents' garden shed he tries to get his dad to help him get Santa home to Lapland in time for Christmas. There is just one problem: Santa's reindeer have escaped and are running wild through London. Blu-ray Details & DVD Details
Nativity 3: Dude, Where's My Donkey?! (Blu-ray & DVD)
The pupils of St Bernadette's and madcap teacher Mr Poppy (Marc Wootton) are back for their biggest adventure yet. When their new teacher Mr Shepherd (Martin Clunes) loses his memory and forgets all about Christmas, as well as his fiancée Sophie (Catherine Tate) and the whereabouts of donkey Archie, it's up to the pupils of St Bernadette's to save the day. Blu-ray Details & DVD Details
Nativity Triple Film Collection - Slimline Version (DVD)
If you've not yet experienced the joy and insanity of the Nativity films, this DVD box set (sadly no Blu-ray set is available, although all 3 are available individually) collects together the adventures of the St. Bernadette's pupils to date. Great laughter-guaranteed fun for all the family. Details
The Phantom Light (DVD)
A witty, spooky and fabulously atmospheric comedy-thriller, The Phantom Light was an early feature from British film legend Michael Powell. With leading roles for Binnie Hale and Gordon Harker, it focuses on the apparently haunted Welsh coast North Stack Lighthouse. New keeper scoffs at the stories, but then things start occurring... Can he save a ship from doom? Details
To Paris With Love (DVD)
Alec Guinness stars in Robert Hamer's romantic comedy set amongst the boulevards of la ville lumiere. Sir Edgar Fraser, a widowed Scottish baronet, decides that it's about time his 20-year-old son became acquainted with the opposite sex - and what better place to do so than in Paris? Unfortunately Sir Edgar starts falling for his son's match himself! Details
eYE Marty - The Newly Discovered Autobiography Of A Comic Genius (Book)
Completed before he died thirty years ago, this is the autobiography of the celebrated comedian, Marty Feldman.
Marty played the fool, often very happily and with tremendous talent and volcanic, anarchic energy, for his entire life. His face is what many people most immediately remember. See what Feldman has to say about David Frost, Francis Bacon, John Lennon and others. Details
Isn't Life Wonderful (DVD)
Donald Wolfit heads a strong cast as an endearing Edwardian idler whose family's attempt to keep him respectably occupied unwittingly sets loose a passion for pedal power! Based on Brock Williams's novel Uncle Willie's Bicycle Shop, Isn't Life Wonderful is featured here in a brand-new transfer from original film elements, in its as-exhibited theatrical aspect ratio. Details
Warning To Wantons (DVD)
Featuring an early role for accomplished French actress Anne Vernon alongside Mary Poppins star David Tomlinson, this effervescent comedy charts the romantic adventures of a young woman who swaps her strict convent school for the heady pleasures of high society: in particular, she intends to conquer the hearts of all the men she encounters! Details
Doc Martin - Complete Series Seven (DVD)
He's rigid, surly, tactless and self-centred - but he's the only doctor in Portwenn.
Even on his own wedding day, Dr. Martin Ellingham can't raise a smile; but following a suitably disaster-filled honeymoon, he and Louisa must learn to live together, raise a child, and manage both their careers as best they can. Currently airing to many millions each Monday, Series 7 will be out soon: Details
Jethro: Live - 40 Years The Joker (DVD)
The West Country's greatest ever spinner of madness and mirth, Jethro is back and live for the first time in 4 years and for the last time ever!
Filmed on one special night in Summer 2015 at Yeovil's Octagon Theatre, 40 Years The Joker is a celebration of Jethro's forty years as one of the great joke-masters of all time. Details
John Bishop - Supersonic Live (Blu-ray & DVD)
John Bishop's back! After taking time out to write his autobiography, John limbered up again for his third sell-out national arena tour, ending with a special one-off show at London's iconic Royal Albert Hall. This latest comedy caper by the immensely talented John Bishop was described as "the funniest two hours you'll have anywhere, anytime soon" by the Mirror. Blu-ray Details & DVD Details
Money Talks (DVD)
This exuberant comedy about Jewish domestic life tells the story of an old man who is to inherit a legacy if he can prove he is in need, and who thus begins to gamble spectacularly with his savings. But can he spend to earn - or will he ultimately come a cropper...? Directed by Norman Lee, this 1930s comedy features an appearance by boxer 'Kid' Berg, the Whitechapel Windmill.
Dylan Moran - Off The Hook (DVD)
Dylan Moran, star of Black Books, Shaun Of The Dead and Calvary, is back with his new stand-up show. Expect a master class in comedy from Dylan Moran in 2015's Off The Hook.
His first UK tour for three years, Off The Hook promises to deliver more of Moran's unique take on love, politics, misery and the everyday absurdities of life all delivered with poetical panache. Details
Friday Night Dinner - Series 3 (DVD)
Finally, Series 3 comes to DVD (a Series 1-3 box set is also available).
In this series, Adam gains a new female admirer - a 9-year-old girl; Jonny gets the world's worst tattoo; Mum practies being a counsellor on her horrified family; Dad paints a hideous portrait of Mum; Grandma goes back out with the terrifying Mr Morris; and Jim accidentally takes his dog's sleeping tablets. Normal. Details
Kevin Bridges - A Whole Different Story... - Live 2015 (Blu-ray & DVD)
Brand new stand-up show from Scottish comedian Kevin Bridges, as he rounds off another highly successful year as one of Britain's youngest and most popular stand-up comedians. Blu-ray Details & DVD 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
Hal Cruttenden - Tough Luvvie Live (DVD)
Hal's got his game head on and at least one of the gloves is off. You might not think he is the manliest of men, but it's no more Mister Nice Guy as this self-proclaimed 'luvvie' sets out to show us what he's really made of...
Edinburgh nominee Hal Cruttenden has always been in huge demand on the circuit, but following performances on Live At The Apollo, The Royal Variety Performance and Edinburgh Festival Gala plus rave reviews at the Edinburgh Fringe it's clearly time for. Details
Henning Wehn - Eins, Zwei, DIY - Live (DVD)
'German Comedy Ambassador' Henning Wehn gives an outsider's view on modern Britain compared to his home country.
Be it gently mocking our obsession with the housing market or our tendency to laugh off personal failure, Henning is one of the most popular comedians around. And yes, there might be just the odd mention of the World Cup. Packed with laughs, it's Wunderbar! Details
Hoff The Record (DVD)
Shot in the style of a documentary, the semi-improvised sitcom Hoff The Record follows TV legend David Hasselhoff - playing a fictionalised version of himself - as he arrives in the UK in an attempt to reignite his flagging career.
It's been thirty years since he rose to worldwide fame and things have since gone a little stale for The Hoff. Will a move across the Atlantic change his luck? Details
Mrs. Brown's Boys Live - How Now Mrs. Brown Cow! Tour (Blu-ray & DVD)
It's just weeks to go to Christmas in the Brown house. The turkey is getting plucked and Grandad is getting stuffed. (Or is that the other way around?) Agnes is excited because her son Trevor whom she has not seen in five years has promised to pay a Christmas Visit home.
However Cathy returns from her US trip with unwelcome news, but who will tell Mammy? Blu-ray Details & DVD Details
Paul Chowdhry - PC's World - Live 2015 (DVD)
Paul Chowdhry is back with his biggest tour to date. The LAFTA funniest stand-up award winner of 2013 tackles everything borderline within the human psyche.
Why is one person's offence another person's humour? PC may be his initials, but the relentless world he lives in definitely isn't. Why has tackling the preconceptions of political correctness become so offensive? Details
Absolutely Anything (Blu-ray & DVD)
Simon Pegg stars in this British sci-fi comedy directed by Terry Jones.
A group of aliens (voiced by all five surviving Pythons) are planning to destroy Earth but before doing so test mankind by giving one human, Neil Clarke, the power to do absolutely anything. Unbeknownst to him, if he uses the power for good he will save his planet. Blu-ray Details & DVD Details
Detectorists - Series Two (DVD)
The new series follows Andy and Lance one year on; Lance is still lovelorn after the departure of his ex-wife, but may be about to surprise everybody with a new and unexpected relationship.
Andy and Becky are now parents, but he's still unemployed and their shared hopes for the future look further off than ever. Details A Series 1 & 2 box set is also available: Details
For more, see our full list of new releases and items coming soon.
That's all, folks!
That's another newsletter done and dusted, but don't forget to look out for our special Christmas gift guide, coming soon to your inbox!
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