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Shop Newsletter Friday 12th January 2018
Christmas suddenly seems all too long ago, doesn't it? Stave off those January blues with some top comedy treats.
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The Death Of Stalin The Death Of Stalin Blu-ray, DVD & download

Armando Iannucci directs this dark comedy following the final days of Soviet dictator Josef Stalin's life and the pandemonium that came after his death. Set in 1953, feared leader Stalin is taken ill and dies. Soon after, those closest to him fight for their chance at power. The all-star cast includes Jason Isaacs, Steve Buscemi, Rupert Friend, Jeffrey Tambor and Michael Palin. Details
The League Of Gentlemen - Anniversary Specials The League Of Gentlemen - Anniversary Specials DVD

The League of Gentlemen (Jeremy Dyson, Mark Gatiss, Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith) return to Royston Vasey after 15 years for three very special episodes of their cult favourite comedy. These acclaimed specials add to the Gents' TV adventures - a newly updated complete box set is available too; and don't forget your live tour tickets for later in the year! Details
Brakes Brakes DVD & download

Brakes is a raw, dark and unconventional comedy directed by Mercedes Grower and featuring an all-star cast of British talent. Split into two halves it follows the tumultuous stories of nine couples, plunging straight into the brutal and absurd endings of their relationships first, before travelling back to the moments when the spark of love between them first emerged. Details
Daphne Daphne DVD & download

Daphne's life is hectic, entrenched in the daily rush of her restaurant job and an active nightlife. The life of the party, her acerbic humor hides the fact that deep down Daphne is not happy. She is forced to confront the inevitability of a much needed change in her life after she saves a shopkeeper's life when he gets stabbed during a failed robbery attempt. Details
Jossy's Giants - Series 1 & 2 Jossy's Giants - Series 1 & 2 DVD

The eighties footballing sensation that became one of TV's most iconic children's shows. Jossy Blair (Jim Barclay) was a professional footballer for Newcastle United, career cut short by an injury. He decides to manage the local youth football club, the Glipton Grasshoppers, who are in definite need of expert help. Details
Ruby Wax - How To Be Human: The Manual Ruby Wax - How To Be Human: The Manual Hardback, audiobook & eBook

What do you get when Ruby Wax, a monk (Gelong Thubten) and a neuroscientist (Ash Ranpura) team up to write a book? How To Be Human: The Manual! It took us 4 billion years to evolve to where we are now. This should make us all the happiest species alive - most of us aren't, what's gone wrong? Details
Hut 33 - Series 1 - 3 Hut 33 - Series 1 - 3 Audiobook

Set during World War Two, Hut 33 follows the adventures of a team of codebreakers at Bletchley Park as they work tirelessly to break German codes, matching wits with the fabled Enigma Machine. Unfortunately, they hate each other. All 3 series of James Cary's popular radio sitcom. Details
Romany Jones - The Complete Series Romany Jones - The Complete Series DVD

James Beck, Arthur Mullard and Queenie Watts star in this comedy of bad manners and one-upmanship amidst the mud, pennilessness and eye-watering fashion sense of a run-down 1970s caravan site. A hugely successful sitcom from On The Buses creators Ronald Chesney and Ronald Wolfe, this complete four series box set will be released early next month. Details
Hancock's Half Hour Collectibles - Volume Two Hancock's Half Hour Collectibles - Volume Two CD

Following on from the success of 2017's Volume One, this is another exclusive collection of rare and re-mastered radio material starring Tony Hancock, Sid James and others. Details
Damien Trench - Egg & Soldiers: A Childhood Memoir Damien Trench - Egg & Soldiers: A Childhood Memoir Hardback, paperback, audiobook & eBook

Miles Jupp delves into the mind of his comedy creation Damien Trench - urbane food writer and protagonist of BBC Radio 4's acclaimed sitcom In And Out Of The Kitchen. This spoof memoir charts the character's history, from childhood to adulthood - with plenty of food along the way. Details
Inside No. 9 - Series Four Inside No. 9 - Series Four Blu-ray & DVD

A fourth, acclaimed, cult-hit anthology from Steve Pemberton & Reece Shearsmith. A unique mixture of comedy, drama, love, intrigue, ancient curses, industry gossip, room service, and murderous intent. The exhaustive list of guest stars are as impressive as the productions themselves. Currently airing on Tuesday nights, pre-order the series today. Details
Shaun The Sheep - 10 Years Shaun The Sheep - 10 Years DVD

A collection of the very best episodes, as voted for by viewers, of the popular children's series about Shaun, a mischievous and unique sheep who leads his flock into all manner of trouble. Details
The Party The Party Blu-ray & DVD

Janet (Kristin Scott Thomas) has just been appointed to a key ministerial position in the shadow cabinet. She and her husband Bill (Timothy Spall) plan to celebrate with a few close friends, but as the guests arrive at their home in London the party takes an unexpected turn when Bill suddenly makes some explosive revelations that take everyone present by surprise. Details
Joel Dommett - It's Not Me, It's Them: Confessions of a hopeless modern romantic Joel Dommett - It's Not Me, It's Them: Confessions of a hopeless modern romantic Hardback, audiobook & eBook

As a 17-year-old virgin working ... for Virgin, Joel Dommett has grand ambitions. But what followed was a series of disastrous romantic encounters, including carpets mistaken for toilets, futile grand gestures and the catfishing to end all catfishing. Details
Motherland - Series One Motherland - Series One DVD

First series of the comedy about parenting in suburbia, starring Anna Maxwell Martin and Diane Morgan. Critically acclaimed, it's penned by Graham and Helen Linehan, Holly Walsh, and Sharon Horgan. Details
The Sheriff Of Fractured Jaw The Sheriff Of Fractured Jaw Blu-ray

Brand new HD transfer of the 1958 comedy Western starring Jayne Mansfield and Kenneth More. Jonathan reckons that a good way to improve the fortunes of his uncle's London gun company is to sell their products in the Wild West, so he sets off for Fractured Jaw. Once there, a series of misunderstandings see him mistaken for a smooth-talking, fast-on-the-draw gunman. Details
For The Love Of Ada - The Complete Series For The Love Of Ada - The Complete Series DVD

This gentle, fondly remembered sitcom pairs comedy legends Irene Handl and Wilfred Pickles as two senior citizens who find that as romance blossoms, so too does the inevitable emotional turmoil. The relationship between Yorkshireman Walter Bingley and Londoner Ada Cresswell must survive the disapproval of Ada's daughter, Ruth. Does the "permissive society" extend to its OAPs? Details
Grandpa's Great Escape Grandpa's Great Escape DVD

Tom Courtenay and Jennifer Saunders are amongst the stars in the latest childrens' book adaptation from David Walliams. Many years ago Grandpa was a World War II flying squadron leader hero but sadly he is now suffering from Alzheimer's disease, and it's down to grandson Jack to help him - and the other 'inmates' - escape from their cruel retirement home. Details
Simon Amstell - HELP Simon Amstell - HELP Hardback, paperback, audiobook & eBook

Comedy, tragedy, therapy. Simon Amstell did his first stand-up gig at the age of thirteen. His parents had just divorced and puberty was confusing. Trying to be funny solved everything. HELP is the hilarious and heartbreaking account of Simon's ongoing compulsion to reveal his entire self on stage. Details
The Navy Lark - Volume 33 The Navy Lark - Volume 33 CD

The crew of HMS Troutbridge return in four more classic episodes of the long-running comedy series, reviewed by The Times as doing "everything with such charm". Starring Jon Pertwee, Leslie Philips and Ronnie Barker. Details

For more, see our full list of new releases and items coming soon.
New Products
Bounty Hunters - Series One Bounty Hunters - Series One DVD

Jack Whitehall, Rosie Perez and Robert Lindsay are amongst the stars of Bounty Hunters, a crime comedy caper in which a genteel west-London PhD art student is forced to team up with a no-nonsense New Yorker in order to save himself, his family, and his father's business from a Mexican drug cartel, corrupt police, evil billionaires, and - naturally - ISIS terrorists. Don't miss it! Details
Beyond Our Ken - Series 4 Volume 1 Beyond Our Ken - Series 4 Volume 1 CD & audiobook

Ten episodes from Series 4 of the popular radio comedy starring Kenneth Horne, Kenneth Williams, Hugh Paddick, Betty Marsden and others. A marvellous medley of songs, sketches, puns and innuendo, Beyond Our Ken was a firm favourite with listeners between 1958 and 1964. Details
Ed Reardon's Week - The Complete Twelfth Radio 4 Series Ed Reardon's Week - The Complete Twelfth Radio 4 Series Audiobook

Ed Reardon - hack writer, pipe smoker, fare-dodger and master of the abusive email - returns in the radio sitcom, written by Christopher Douglas and Andrew Nickolds. Details
Detectorists - Complete Series One To Three & Christmas Special Detectorists - Complete Series One To Three & Christmas Special DVD

All three series of the gentle comedy about metal detectorists, written by and starring Mackenzie Crook, with Toby Jones, Simon Farnaby, Rachael Stirling, Diana Rigg, Gerard Horan, Alexa Davies and others. It may not be the most laugh-packed sitcom, but this oozes charm, warmth, and comes very highly recommended. Details
The Ken Dodd Laughter Show The Ken Dodd Laughter Show DVD

One of Britain's best-loved comedians, Ken Dodd's anarchic, energetic brand of humour has made him a firm favourite with audiences for more than six decades. This series stars Knotty Ash's most famous son in a classic mix of madcap sketches, musical numbers and quick-fire stand-up. A new re-release, this issue includes Dodd's 1990 Christmas special from the London Palladium. Details
Living The Dream Living The Dream DVD

Sky One's latest comedy drama. Eternal optimist Mal Pemberton (Phil Glenister), his wife Jen (Lesley Sharp) and their teenage kids uproot their lives in Yorkshire and move lock-stock and barrel to Florida to run an RV park. Mal hopes it'll be plain sailing, but it soon transpires that life in Florida is anything but a never-ending holiday. Catch up with Series 1 now in this DVD release. Details
In And Out Of The Kitchen - Series 4 In And Out Of The Kitchen - Series 4 Audiobook

Miles Jupp stars as fussy food writer Damien Trench in the final series of the much-loved BBC Radio 4 sitcom. Well-known cookery writer (and neurotic perfectionist) Damien Trench lives with his (rather more laid back) partner, Anthony, in Queen's Park, London. Details
Last Of The Summer Wine - The Complete Collection Last Of The Summer Wine - The Complete Collection DVD

This mammoth box set, released just in November, is already down to an utter bargain price of £55 - for 54 discs - at Amazon. It includes the complete collection of Last Of The Summer Wine, the near-legendary sitcom about a group of elderly friends growing old disgracefully in Yorkshire. The massive list of stars over the 295 episodes include Bill Owen, Peter Sallis and Michael Bates. Details
The Hornet's Nest The Hornet's Nest DVD

1950s Rank comedy starring the glamorous duo June Thorburn and Marla Landi. In this adventure, a jewel thief hides his latest goods in a deserted barge, but ends up in jail. Two young models, Thorburn and Landi, then rent the barge, and with the help of two little old ladies, find them and claim the reward. Details
Adam Hills - Clown Heart Adam Hills - Clown Heart DVD, CD, audiobook & download

Live stand-up performance by Australian comedian and TV presenter Adam Hills, star of The Last Leg. Recorded at London's Eventim Apollo, Adam shares his views on marriage, the joys of fatherhood and discusses the importance of laughing in the face of disaster. Details
Black Mirror - The Complete Third Series Black Mirror - The Complete Third Series Blu-ray, DVD & download

Over the last ten years technology has transformed almost every aspect of years, our lives before we've had time to stop and question it. In every home; on every desk; in every palm a plasma screen; a monitor; a smartphone: a black mirror of our 21st Century existence. This is the third series of Charlie Brooker's acclaimed dark anthology. Details
Henning Wehn - Westphalia Is Not An Option Henning Wehn - Westphalia Is Not An Option DVD

"German comedy ambassador" Henning Wehn takes an unbiased, inconclusive but highly amusing look at immigration in his latest show. Is he an immigrant? He hadn't thought so until he was asked to front a TV show about immigrants - time for you to make up your mind as you enjoy teutonic jolliness at its best from The Babbacombe Theatre, live in rural Devon. Details
Jabberwocky - The Criterion Collection Jabberwocky - The Criterion Collection Blu-ray

Terry Gilliam's solo-directing debut is out now on Blu-ray, in a brand new, meticulously crafted restoration by the BFI Archive. Amid the filth and muck of England in the Dark Ages, a fearsome dragon stalks the land, casting a shadow of terror upon the kingdom of Bruno the Questionable. Who should emerge as the town's only possible saviour but bumpkin Dennis (Michael Palin)? Details

For more, see our full list of new releases and items coming soon.
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