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Thursday 15th October 2015
Another fortnight has passed, so it's time again for another selection of books, Blu-rays and DVDs to tickle your comedy tastebuds. Whether buying for yourself, compiling a wish-list or purchasing gifts for others, there should be something to inspire all tastes in the below.
New Products
Hugh And I - Seasons 1 & 2 Remaining Episodes (DVD)
One of the most popular sitcoms of its time, running for 7 ratings-winning series, today Hugh And I is all too often forgotten. Running from 1962 to 1968 on BBC One, sadly only 24 of the 76 episodes are now known to survive, 20 of which are included here: all but the final episode of Series 1 and the complete Series 2. Terry Scott and Hugh Lloyd star with a fantastic array of guests, directed and produced by sitcom legend David Croft. Details
Mr Bean - Amazing Anniversary DVD Collection (DVD)
Celebrate 25 years of Mr. Bean with this amazing anniversary boxset - including over 21 hours of Mr Bean mayhem and collectable Bendy Bean!
The set includes every episode from the original TV series, Volumes 1 - 8 of the animated spin-off as well as two Mr Bean movies. 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!
Jack Warner stars 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 Collector's Edition (Blu-ray)
The legendary Ealing comedy classic has been re-released on Blu-ray in this special collector's edition, marking its 60th anniversary. One film that needs little introduction, we'll simply highlight the stars: Alec Guinness, Cecil Parker, Herbert Lom, Peter Sellers, Danny Green, Katie Johnson, Jack Warner, Philip Stainton, and Frankie Howerd. Details
Mountain Goats - Series 1 (DVD)
Mountain Goats follows the adventures of a ragtag group of Mountain Rescue volunteers in the Highlands. Shambolic old rescue hand Jimmy is the centre of the action.
From pub to hillside, the ramshackle group try to save walkers, climbers, dogs and, most often, themselves, from utter disaster. Jimmy Chisholm, Kevin Mains, David Ireland, Kathryn Howden & Sharon Rooney star. 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 and London, Terry Gilliam's life has been as vivid and unorthodox as one of his films.
Telling his story for the first time, the Python and visionary director recalls his life so far in this new book. Details & Video
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 return with a brand new book, proving 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
Mrs. Brown's Boys - Mammy's Tickled Pink & Mammy's Gamble (Blu-ray & DVD)
Fans of the one and only Irish mammy will no doubt be looking forward to the two further brand new specials being made for this Christmas/New Year season: ahead of then, the two from Christmas/New Year 2014/5 are out now on both DVD and superior high-definition Bly-ray versions.
Blu-ray Details & DVD Details
The Oberon Book of Comic Monologues for Women - Volume 2 (Book)
Comedian, actor and writer Katy Wix presents a second collection of fabulous, short comic monologues for female performers, following the success of last year's first volume. Perfect for short performances and auditions alike. Details
Steve Coogan - Easily Distracted (Book)
Comedy star Steve Coogan has inhabited a multitude of roles in the past 30-odd years, from Alan Partridge to fictionalised versions of himself. Now the comic has taken time out to pen his autobiography, Easily Distracted, lifting the lid on the real Steve Coogan. See the video trailer in which he talks to himself: Details & Video
Boy Meets Girl (DVD)
Now confirmed to be returning for a second series on BBC Two, Series 1 of the popular sitcom about an unemployed 20-something who falls in love with an older, transgender woman is out now. Despite their families, the pair are determined to stay together. Relive the first series of their burgeoning romance. Details
Monty Python And The Holy Grail - Limited Edition Blu-ray Castle Box Set (DVD)
Marking this year's 40th anniversary of the cinematic release of Monty Python And The Holy Grail, is this brand new, very special limited edition Blu-ray set, complete with castle packaging, catapult, and rubber animals to fling over the parapets at your enemies. See Messers Gilliam, Jones, Palin and Cleese introduce and demonstrate the set: Details & Video
Would I Lie To You? Presents The 100 Most Popular Lies of All Time (Book)
The cheque's in the post. I'm still at the office. That looks great on you. Lies make the world go round. And in this book the Would I Lie To You? team celebrates the fine art of the everyday fib.
Like the deliriously funny contributions of Rob Brydon, Lee Mack and David Mitchell in the hugely successful panel game, here is a collection of 100 fibs that all of us can recognise. Details & Video
For more, see our full list of new releases and items coming soon.
Coming Soon
Make 'Em Laugh! (DVD)
Revel in 150 minutes of pure comic brilliance with this six-part series featuring some of Britain's greatest comedy icons.
Digging deep into the archives, Make 'Em Laugh! features many of British film's favourite comic moments - from horror spoofs to farcical crime capers. Arranged thematically, this series features excerpts from an array of classics and comedy legends. Details
My Wife Next Door (DVD)
My Wife Next Door follows a couple, 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.
Winning a BAFTA for Best Situation Comedy in 1973, the 13 part series has just been released for the first time. Details
Old Bill And Son (DVD)
Some of British cinema's best-loved stars were enlisted for this endearing wartime comedy featuring 'Old Bill' - the memorably cantankerous, grittily determined World War One character created by cartoonist Captain Bruce Bairnsfather. Starring Morland Graham and John Mills as Bills senior and junior, Old Bill And Son is featured here in a brand-new transfer from the original film. Details
Room At The Bottom - The Complete Series (DVD)
Starring James Bolam, Keith Barron and Richard Wilson, Room At The Bottom is John Antrobus and Ray Galton's outrageous 1980s satire on the bullying, rivalry and corruption rife within the commercial television sector. The series casts Bolam as a luckless light-entertainment producer and Barron as his tyrannical boss. 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
The Beaver & The Elephant: Number 2 - Keith Lemon (Book)
Beaver and Elephant are back in a second volume of Keith Lemon's hilarious collection of bedtime stories for children. Details
Toast on Toast - Cautionary tales and candid advice (Book)
Hot on the heels of the critical hit Toast Of London, this memoir-slash-acting-guide is Steven Toast through and through, each word personally selected for maximum (bombastic) emphasis. Welcome to his world, and be inspired by this genius who happens to boast the most luxuriant quiff-and-tache combination in showbiz. Toast introduces the book in our trailer:
Details & Video
Cradle To Grave - Series One (DVD)
Danny Baker's hit comedy based on his own childhood and best-selling memoirs. It looks highly likely that Cradle To Grave - starring Peter Kay, Lucy Speed and Laurie Kynaston - will be back for a second series. Perfect opportunity, then, to pick up the complete Series 1 DVD set when it's released later this month. Details
Derek - Christmas Special (DVD)
The final, concluding special of Ricky Gervais's Channel 4 comedy Derek comes to DVD.
Hannah's relationship with Tom blossoms, Vicky finds her true calling in the care industry, and Kev realises the true meaning of family. Meanwhile Derek is still dating Tracey, all the while holding the Retirement Home together with his unique viewpoint on life. A complete set is also available. Details
Shaun The Sheep - Complete Series 3&4 Boxset (DVD)
This brand new box set brings together the five previous compilation releases - Spring Cleaning, Shear Heat, Christmas Bleatings, Flock To The Floor and Picture Perfect - that together include all 50 episodes from the complete Series 3 and 4 of Shaun The Sheep. There are also extras such as the new Morph internet series episodes, movie featurettes, and more. Details
Alan Carr - Yap, Yap, Yap! (Blu-ray & DVD)
No stranger to yap, Alan Carr yaps his way around the UK & Ireland with his brand new stand-up show, Yap, Yap, Yap!.
The BAFTA and British Comedy Award winning comedian, author and chat show supremo returns to his stand-up roots with his unique take on life. Yap it up. Blu-ray Details & DVD Details
John Bishop - Supersonic Live (Blu-ray & DVD)
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 Daily Mirror. Blu-ray Details & DVD Details
Michael McIntyre - Happy & Glorious (Personalised Sleeve Edition) (DVD)
The UK's number one comedian, Michael McIntyre returns with his brand new hotly anticipated UK & Ireland Arena tour, Happy & Glorious. As well as being available on beautiful Blu-ray and in a standard DVD release, this version comes with a personalised sleeve. A great stocking filler this Christmas. Michael explains all here: Video & Details
Nick Helm's Heavy Entertainment (DVD)
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. Each episode, comedian and musician Helm and his band explore "heavy issues" and set the world to rights, putting aside his personal struggles to entertain the nation. Details
Justin Moorhouse - Live In Salford (DVD)
In the last year Justin has killed three animals unintentionally, had part of his body removed and started to dress like a toddler - mid life crisis? Maybe. Funny? Definitely.
Hitting 45 and coincidentally matching his waist measurement, Justin has taken a long hard look at his life. Details
For more, see our full list of new releases and items coming soon.
That's all, folks!
That's all for this time. Hit reply and let us know if there's anything else you'd like to see in future Shop newsletters; in the meantime, there's still time to enter our Pompidou DVD competition.
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