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Thursday 1st October 2015
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Wow, October. How did that happen? We're well and truly into Autumn now, and there are some fantastic releases coming up, from books and DVDs to CDs and beautiful Blu-rays. Have a browse of the selection below...


New Products
Still Open All Hours - Series One (DVD)
Currently filming its second series to begin at Christmas, the Series 1 DVD - including the original 2013 Christmas special - of Sir David Jason's return as Granville Arkwright is out now and available to buy. Catch up with the hilarious antics of the tight-fisted northern shopkeeper and the small community that he serves. Details
Charlie Brooker's Black Mirror - Series 1, 2 & Special (DVD)
No doubt you'll have heard by now that Charlie Brooker's Black Mirror is to return, having been ordered by US streaming service Netflix? Channel 4 still own the rights to the show in the UK so it's likely they'll broadcast the 12 new episodes here, but ahead of such a time the 7 episodes broadcast to date are available in this lovely box-set. Details
Man Down - The Complete Series 1 & 2 (DVD)
Channel 4 confirmed today that the smash-hit sitcom Man Down will return for a third series next year. Written by and starring Greg Davies alongside Roisin Conaty, Jeany Spark and Mike Wozniak, the first series also featured comedy legend Rik Mayall, and following his death, Series 2 co-starred Stephanie Cole. This box set of both series to date is now available to order. Details
Jailbirds / Sailors Don't Care (DVD)
Double-bill of 1940 comedies. Jailbirds:
Charles Hawtrey and Albert Burdon star as Nick and Bill, prisoners who escape dressed in drag. They get jobs in a bakery and hide stolen jewellery in a loaf!
Sailors Don't Care: Boat-building father and son, Joe and Nobby Clark, join the River Patrol service.
They are 'vamped' by two nightclub girls who are in fact spies. Details
Hancock's Half Hour - Series Four (Audio)
Tony Hancock stars with Sid James and Kenneth Williams in the legendary BBC Radio comedy series. Created by Ray Galton and Alan Simpson in 1954, Hancock's Half Hour was the radio vehicle that made Tony Hancock a household name. This 10-disc box set includes all 20 episodes that survive from the show's fourth smash-hit series. Details
Ambassadors - Series 1 (DVD)
Peep Show duo David Mitchell and Robert Webb star in this BBC comedy as ambassadors based in the British embassy of the fictional Asian country of Tazbekistan.
As they carry out their diplomatic duties, the pair constantly find themselves in trouble with the natives, including when ambassador Davis (Mitchell) accidentally kills an ibex, the country's national animal. Details
An Actor's Life For Me - Complete Series (DVD)
Robert Neilson is 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. Starring John Gordon Sinclair and by the co-writer of The Vicar Of Dibley, the riotous series is out now: Details
Hugh And I - Seasons 1 & 2 Remaining Episodes (DVD)
There are some DVDs we simply cannot recommend highly enough, and this is one such release. An early producer-director for sitcom legend David Croft, it would feature many of his future stars, from Mollie Sugden to Frank Thornton, Frank Williams to John Le Mesurier. Terry Scott, a youngish bachelor living with his mother, wants to achieve wealth without putting in any hard work, is accompanied by Hugh Lloyd, his lodger and regular accomplice in all manner of schemes. Details
Ken Dodd - Live Laughter Tour (DVD)
Ken Dodd - the King of Comedy - is captured live on this superb DVD, filmed during his 1996 100,000 mile nationwide laughter tour of British theatres. Enjoy 100 minutes of laughter, laughter and more laughter!
It is a comedy tour de force featuring the classic and hilarious comedy routines that have made Ken Dodd Britain's laughter maker supreme. Details
Mr Bean - Number 8 (DVD)
More animated action from the hapless Mr Bean in nine further splendid stories from the second series of his animated adventures, currently undergoing a mid-series break on CITV. 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 from director John Paddy Carstairs!Dixon of Dock Green star Jack Warner is Bartley Murnahan, a likeable loafer who manages to give the impression that a large inheritance is due to his family. Details
Let's Be Happy! (DVD)
A lavish British musical from the 1950s, this glamorous romantic comedy stars actress and dancer Vera-Ellen, whose Hollywood pedigree included films with Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire and Bing Crosby.
Co-starring singer and actor Tony Martin and then-rising British starlet Zena Marshall, Let's Be Happy is featured here in a brand-new transfer from the original film elements. Details
Man Up (Blu-ray & DVD)
Ben Palmer directs this romantic comedy starring Simon Pegg and Lake Bell.
When 40-year-old divorcee Jack (Pegg) mistakenly believes 34-year-old Nancy (Bell) to be his much younger blind date she decides to go along with it, taking a chance in the hope of finding the right man for her. The pair have a great, if chaotic, time together until Jack discovers the truth about Nancy's identity. Has she ruined her chance of a future with Jack? Blu-ray Details & Details
Gilliamesque - A Pre-Posthumous Memoir (Book)
From his no-frills childhood in the icy wastes of Minnesota to some of the hottest water Hollywood had to offer, via the cutting edge of '60s and '70s counter-culture in New York, LA & London, Terry Gilliam's life has been as vivid and unorthodox as one of his films.
Telling his story for the first time, the Monty Python star & director of Time Bandits, Brazil, The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, The Fisher King, 12 Monkeys and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas - recalls his life so far. 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 prove once again that everything you think you know is wrong.
Who invented the sandwich? What was the best thing before sliced bread? Who first ate frogs' legs? Which cat never changes its spots? What did Lady Godiva do? Details
For more, see our full list of new releases and items coming soon.
Coming Soon
Gigglebiz - A Gigglebiz Christmas (DVD)
CBeebies legend Justin Fletcher gets the nation's under-sixes laughing their socks off with his collection of crazy comedy characters this time celebrating Christmas. Details
Mrs. Brown's Boys - Christmas Cracker'd Big Box (Blu-ray & DVD)
This 4-disc box set comes out on Monday, packing in SEVEN Christmas specials of the smash-hit sitcom, spanning Christmas and New Years from 2011 to 2014. Blu-ray Details & DVD Details
Mrs. Brown's Boys - Mammy's Tickled Pink & Mammy's Gamble (Blu-ray & DVD)
If you've already bought previous years' Christmas specials however, you'll want this. The brand new set contains just the 2014 specials, Mammy's Tickled Pink and Mammy's Gamble. Blu-ray Details & DVD Details
The Boy In The Dress (DVD)
Adaptation of David Walliams's children's book.
Despite being the star striker on his school's football team, 12-year-old Dennis Sims feels out of place at school and still misses the mother who left left him and his brother John after divorcing their dad. When classmate Lisa recruits him to model a dress for her, Dennis decides to wear it to school and adopt a female persona. Details
The Green Man (DVD)
Maurice Allington, the alcoholic, sexually promiscuous, and unappealing lead character owns a country inn called The Green Man. He frightens and regales his guests, when he's not trying to seduce them, with tales of ghosts and spirits haunting his hotel. The fun begins when he and they realise the haunts are real and malevolent. At times sexual farce, at others, ghostly thriller, this is aptly called a ghost story for adults. Details
Eric Idle: The Writer's Cut - A Post-Ironic Novel (Book)
Set during the glorious days of the Bush Empire before they finally invaded and killed irony, The Writer's Cut follows Stanley Hay, a joke writer. He has a girlfriend, a writing partner and a career going nowhere in particular. Wisecracking, ambitious and horny, Stanley decides that he is going to change that by writing a novel. This is where things start to spiral out of control. 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, Del matured into an award-winning man of business, thriving entrepreneur and glittering member of the jet-set.
In He Who Dares..., Del shares 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
Spectacles: A Memoir - Sue Perkins (Book)
Spectacles is the creative and incredibly moving memoir from much loved comedian, writer and presenter Sue Perkins.
She says: "When I began writing this book, I went home to see if my mum had kept some of my stuff. What I found was that she hadn't kept some of it. She had kept all of it - every bus ticket, postcard, school report - from the moment I was born to the moment I finally had the confidence to turn round and say 'Why is our house full of this shit?'" Details
Truths, Half Truths & Utter Bullshit - Nick Frost (Book)
"If I'm going to tell the story of a life, my life, then I need to tell it warts and all. If the tale is too saccharine sweet then what can the reader take away from it? I've written everything down. The shit, the death, fun, naughtiness, addiction, laughter, laughter, laughter, some tears and lots of love and happiness. That to me is a better reflection of a human's life." Details
Pompidou (DVD)
Matt Lucas is Pompidou in this visual comedy series, a penniless aristocrat living in a broken-down caravan on his now-crumbling estate. Kept company by his long-serving and loyal butler Hove (Alex Macqueen) and his devoted Afghan Hound Marion, when there's no food and no money, or no heat and no money; or no money and no money, what's a man like Pompidou to do? Details & Competition
Friday Download: The Movie - Up All Night! (DVD)
Long running hit CBBC kids show Friday Download gets the big screen treatment in action-packed comedy adventure Friday Download The Movie (Up All Night). It's summer and the Friday Download gang - Dionne Bromfield, Richard Wisker, Shannon Flynn, George Sear and Bobby Lockwood - pack their bags and hit the road for a trip of a lifetime: but things don't quite go to plan. Details
The Galton & Simpson Comedy (DVD)
Leslie Phillips, Bob Monkhouse, Patricia Hayes, Harry H. Corbett, David Jason, Jimmy Edwards and Richard O'Sullivan are just a few of the legendary performers starring in this collection of humorous plays penned by Ray Galton and Alan Simpson, the legendary writing writing team whose timeless credits include both Hancock's Half Hour and Steptoe And Son. Details
Toast on Toast - Cautionary tales and candid advice (Book)
In Toast on Toast - part memoir, part 'how to act' manual - Steven Toast draws on his vast and varied experiences, providing the reader with an invaluable insight into his journey from school plays to RADA, and from It's a Right Royal Knockout to the Colony Club. Click through to see Toast introducing the book in our video trailer: Details
Aldwych Farces - Volume Three (DVD)
A series of now-legendary stage comedies from the 1920s and '30s, the Aldwych Farces broke theatre box-office records and made the transition to celluloid with a run of hit films - making stars of Tom Walls, Ralph Lynn and Robertson Hare. This third collection from Network includes another two titles, both from 1935: Fighting Stock and Forreign Affaires. Details
Shaun The Sheep - The Complete Fourth Series (DVD)
All 30 episodes from the fourth series of the popular animated series from the creators of Wallace & Gromit.
Shaun is a sheep who doesn't follow the flock. In fact he leads them into all sorts of scrapes and scraps, turning peace in the valley into mayhem in the meadow. Shaun and his pals run rings around their poor sheepdog Bitzer, as he tries to stop the Farmer finding out what's going on behind his back! Details
Dad's Army - The Lost Tapes (Audio)
Arthur Lowe, John Le Mesurier, Clive Dunn and Ian Lavender star in a collection of rediscovered gems.
Published for the first time, these four instalments of Dad's Army have been brought together from a variety of archive sources, and in each case represent something unique. Details
An Evening With Noel Fielding (DVD)
A magical mix of Noel's unique brand of stand up comedy, live animation, music and some of Fielding's best-known TV characters (such as The Moon and Fantasy Man). There will also be muscular support from special guests including Mike Fielding (Naboo/Smooth).
Special features:
Photo gallery,
deleted scenes and
The Peleton - On tour with Noel Fielding. Details
Roy Chubby Brown Hangs Up The Helmet - Live (DVD)
After more than 40 years of belly-bursting gags and outrageously offensive laughs, the world's bluest stand-up is finally hanging up his helmet.
Join Chubbs for his last ever live DVD, filmed in front of a live audience in August 2015 and featuring brand new material that's fatter, funnier and filthier than ever. One thing's for sure, age hasn't mellowed him. Details
Dara O Briain - Crowd Tickler Live (DVD)
Dara O Briain is one of the most recognisable faces on British TV, as host of Mock The Week, The Apprentice: You're Fired and Star Gazing Live. Catch one of the most charismatic, intelligent and downright funny live performers working today in this new 2015 stand-up show. Details
Kevin Bridges - A Whole Different Story... - Live 2015 (Blu-ray & DVD)
Brand new stand-up show from Scottish comedian Kevin Bridges, available for Christmas 2015. A special limited edition DVD with its sleeve signed by Kevin is also available to pre-order. Blu-ray Details & DVD Details
Nick Helm's Heavy Entertainment (DVD)
Comedian Nick Helm presents a helter-skelter ride of songs, sketches, jokes, poetry, fireworks, stunts, special guests, dance, and whatever else he can muster...
Star of BBC Three hit comedy series Uncle, Nick Helm presents a fast-paced variety show with stand up, sketches, audience interaction, songs, poetry, jokes, and everything else he can muster. Details
Peter Kay's Car Share - Complete Series One (Blu-ray & DVD)
The complete first series of Car Share, BBC One's smash-hit sitcom starring Peter Kay and Sian Gibson. There's still no official word on a second series, but with a Kay documentary in the works, it's surely on the horizon. Blu-ray Details & Details
Hoff The Record (DVD)
It's been thirty years since the Hoff rose to worldwide fame in Baywatch and Knight Rider and things have since gone a little stale. Will a move across the Atlantic change his luck? The hit, hilarious Dave mockumentary is to return next year, and Series 1 will be out on DVD next month. Details
Russell Kane Live (DVD)
Multi-award winning comedian, presenter, actor, author and scriptwriter Russell Kane takes to the stage for a live exclusive, one-off performance - with the same energetic, spontaneous and highly articulate performance that he has become synonymous with. Details
Round The Horne - The Complete Series Three (Audio)
Kenneth Horne, Kenneth Williams, Betty Marsden and Hugh Paddick star in 20 episodes of the anarchic 1960s radio comedy.
Round The Horne arrived on BBC radio in 1965, bringing laughter to Sunday lunchtimes throughout the land. It carved a niche in the history of broadcast comedy, a sketch show which prodded the boundaries of propriety and innuendo. 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 broadcasting, this series will be out on DVD on 7th December. Details
For more, see our full list of new releases and items coming soon.
That's all, folks!
That's all we've got this week; look out again in another fortnight for our next newsletter packed with new releases to entertain you up to Christmas and beyond.
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