More new titles from Network DVD in November 2010.
1st November 2010
Benny Hill Annuals: 1980-1989 – Known throughout the world for his combination of high-speed farce, risqué jokes and gorgeous ladies, it is these shows – made for Thames Television – that turned him into a global household name. This set features some of Benny’s most famous characters, including the unforgettable Fred Scuttle – who gets his very own TV channel, ‘Scuttlevision’ – and Mr. Chow Mein, whose varied roles include butler and choreographer of the Chinese Opera Company.
Don’t Drink The Water – Complete Series – This hilarious sequel to the phenomenally successful ON THE BUSES follows the further misfortunes of the newly retired Inspector Blake (Stephen Lewis), erstwhile scourge of the Luxton Bus Company Depot.
Space 1999 – Series 1 (Blu-ray) – The last production by the partnership of Gerry and Sylvia Anderson, available in HD for the first time ever. Starring Martin Landau and Barbara Bain (both previously in Mission: Impossible, and married at the time), and co-starring Barry Morse (The Fugitive), and Nick Tate (Cry Freedom).
8th November 2010
And Mother Makes Three – Complete Series – An early hit for BAFTA-winning comedienne Wendy Craig (Butterflies, Not in Front of the Children), showcasing her talents as a harassed, slightly dotty young widow doing her best to bring up two rather challenging sons.
Father Dear Father – Complete Series – Written by screenwriting legends Brian Cooke (Man About the House) and Johnnie Mortimer (Never the Twain) and directed by William G. Stewart (Bless this House, Fifteen to One) Father, Dear Father ran for an impressive seven series between 1968 and 1973, and all 45 episodes are included in this complete-series set alongside the feature film version made in 1972.
Frank Sidebottom’s Fantastic Shed Show – Complete Series – All seven shows plus the pilot, which was only transmitted in the Yorkshire region. Guests include Caroline Aherne (making her TV debut as next-door-neighbour Mrs. Merton), Phil Cornwell, Thunderbirds creator Gerry Anderson, Midge Ure, Adamski, footballer Lee Chapman, The Farm, Keith Emerson (Emerson Lake and Palmer), Oceanic, Kevin Lloyd (The Bill) and Nicholas Parsons.
The Goodies… At Last! (Repackaged) – This volume comprises eight of the best episodes – from a giant white fluffy kitten called Twinkle to a slippery climb up a giant beanstalk, from the ancient Lancastrian art of Ecky Thump to finding out there’s only half an hour left before the world self-destructs, this is television comedy at its undeniable best.
The Goodies… At Last 40th Anniversary! – This special box set contains 31 hilarious episodes (including the full LWT series) – from the ancient Lancastrian art of Ecky Thump to fighting a ban on fun instigated by an all-too-real puppet government.
The Goodies: At Last – Back For More, Again – Celebrating the series’ fortieth anniversary, this volume comprises eight of the best episodes – from rescuing kidnapped musicians to defending Camelot (against town planners!), from creating honest advertising to fighting a ban on fun instigated by an all-too-real puppet government.
Hallelujah – Complete Series - Thora Hird stars as indefatigable Salvation Army Captain Emily Ridley in this popular sitcom, which reunites her with IN LOVING MEMORY creator and writer Dick Sharples.
Heartbeat – Series 2 - Running for 18 series between 1992 and 2010 and becoming staple Sunday-night viewing, Heartbeat won several prestigious TV awards – including Best Performing Peak-Time Drama in 1999 (beating Coronation Street), and a number of ITV Programme of the Year awards.
Sunday Night At The London Palladium – Volume One – Peaking at 28 million viewers this was weekly event television that transcended all classes, denominations and age groups – an unquestionable success which still provides a high benchmark that today’s variety shows can only aspire to. Lasting twelve years until 1967, the show was hosted by a number of performers, including Tommy Trinder, Bruce Forsyth and Jimmy Tarbuck – establishing and making stars of the latter two in no uncertain terms. This set includes the 03/02/1961 episode with no guests, and only Bruce Forsyth and Norman Wisdom featuring.