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Friday 30th August 2019

As another month - and with it, Summer - somehow draws to a close, we return with another selection of comedy titles for your perusal.

Coming soon

The Rebel

The Rebel

Pre-order. Blu-ray, DVD

Painstakingly restored from the original camera negative comes Galton and Simpson's classic 1961 film comedy, starring the beloved comic genius Tony Hancock. Bored of the repetitive rat-race of his hum-drum London life and office job, Anthony Hancock quits his job and begins working as an artist - quickly taking fashionable Paris by storm.

Available on DVD - and for the very first time, in high definition on Blu-ray - extras include a photo gallery, and the first run of both formats will also include a script booklet of Galton & Simpson's second film script for Hancock, The Day Off, which he famously declined in favour of...

The Punch And Judy Man

The Punch And Judy Man

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Hancock followed up the cosmopolitan Technicolor escapism of The Rebel with a much more muted and low-key character piece. Though The Punch And Judy Man may feel like a step backwards, with its monochromatic look and bittersweet comedy, it is very definitely a companion piece to The Rebel.

Newly restored in high definition from the original 35mm camera negative, The Punch And Judy Man hasn't looked this good since its original cinema exhibition in 1962. Blu-ray and DVD formats are now available to pre-order.

Fleabag - Scriptures

Fleabag - Scriptures

Pre-order. Hardback, eBook

Go deeper into the groundbreaking, Emmy-nominated series with this must-have collection of the complete Fleabag scripts, plus original commentary from award-winning creator and star Phoebe Waller-Bridge.

Local Hero - Collector's Edition

Local Hero - Collector's Edition

Pre-order. Blu-ray

Mac (Peter Riegert) is a young executive who flies to Scotland to purchase an entire town on behalf of the oil company he works for, which is run by near-psychotic Happer (Burt Lancaster). The townsfolk seem happy enough to part with their town, although they drive a hard bargain. Meanwhile Mac, who was wrongly thought by his boss to be of Scottish descent, begins to take a liking to the little village. Bill Forsyth directs - in his usual quirky manner - this gentle comedy. Now for the first time on Blu-ray complete with special features.

Alex Horne - Taskmaster: 200 Extraordinary Tasks For Ordinary People

Alex Horne - Taskmaster: 200 Extraordinary Tasks For Ordinary People

Pre-order. Paperback

Experience the insanity of Taskmaster first-hand, with show creator Alex Horne's book based on the BAFTA-nominated international hit comedy series. Taskmaster: The Book Of Champions is the first book to accompany Dave's biggest-ever original series. It's a fully-interactive guide to indulging your competitive streak and challenging your friends and family to attempt insane tasks from the comfort of your own living room, now available to pre-order as a paperback.

Just A Minute - A Vintage Collection

Just A Minute - A Vintage Collection

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A new collection of 12 episodes of the ever popular BBC Radio 4 panel game chaired by Nicholas Parsons. Loved for the verbal dexterity, wicked wit and competitive edge of its participants, Just A Minute has welcomed scores of guest players to the game since it began in 1967. In this collection the players are at their players at their cleverest and funniest. With episodes taken from the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s and early 2000s, this collection is a must have for old and new fans alike!

Double Date

Double Date

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While Jim attempts to lose his virginity before he turns 30, he and his friend Alex meet two beautiful sisters, Kitty and Lulu, who seduce them as part of their plan of virgin sacrifice. The film stars This Is England's Michael Socha, Angus, Thongs And Perfect Snogging lead Georgia Groome and co-writer Danny Morgan, who won the Screen / Frightfest Rising Star Award for his performance, with a cameo appearance from Big Narstie.

At Last The 1948 Show - Collector's Edition

At Last The 1948 Show - Collector's Edition

Pre-order. DVD

This ground-breaking, splendidly silly and surreal ITV sketch series, written and performed by John Cleese, Graham Chapman, Tim Brooke-Taylor and Marty Feldman - also starring the lovely Aimi MacDonald - was a major milestone on the road to Monty Python's Flying Circus.

This lovingly curated new deluxe three-disc set restores all the existing episodes from both series of the programme in the correct order, and is as complete as is currently possible. Of the 13 editions originally broadcast, it includes all ten surviving episodes, two almost completely reconstructed episodes, and the complete audio of a further episode with fragments of film restored; all drawn from the vaults of the BFI National Archive, and proudly presented alongside an array of newly-filmed and archive extras. As Flying Circus turns 50 in September, a reappraisal of its lineage and legacy is rightly in order.

Cunk On Everything: The Encyclopedia Philomena

Cunk On Everything: The Encyclopedia Philomena

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The outrageously funny Philomena Cunk book, published last Autumn, is now available in paperback. We highly recommend it to anyone who enjoyed the BBC Two spoof investigative documentary series, starring Diane Morgan.

In the olden days, people used to learn about things from encyclopedias. And that was really good, because you could read it, and learn it, then you could stop worrying about thinking. But now, with the internet and more people and science and research, there's just too much knowledge - more every year - and it's overwhelming. So, after years of asking the big questions - like 'what did people do before evolution?' and 'what is clocks?' - intrepid reporter and visionary philosopher Philomena Cunk is bringing the encyclopedia back with this DEFINITIVE guide to everything you will ever need to know about, from Shakespeare to sausages, from evolutionary psychology to Brush Strokes.

King Street Junior - The Complete Series 1-10

King Street Junior - The Complete Series 1-10

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All ten series of the BBC Radio 4 comedy drama set in a small junior school. Running for 10 series between 1985 and 1998 (with a sequel, King Street Junior Revisited, airing from 2002-2005), this hugely popular school-based sitcom was one of the BBC's most successful radio programmes. Created by award-winning writer Jim Eldridge, it follows the headmaster and staff of an inner-city primary as they deal with unruly pupils, problem parents, school governors and OFSTED inspectors.

You Made Me Love You

You Made Me Love You

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Monkey-business abounds in this spirited musical comedy updating Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew to 1930s London, with Stanley Lupino as the young man attempting to tame his formidably feisty bride - leading Hollywood comedienne Thelma Todd. You Made Me Love You is featured in a brand-new transfer from the original film elements. Encountering a captivatingly beautiful young woman in a traffic jam, songwriter Tom Daly is inspired to pen a new number, 'What's Her Name?' However, when he finally tracks down the mystery blonde, she turns out to be a spoilt rich daddy's girl who's none too keen on his advances!

Brassic - Series 1

Brassic - Series 1

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Sky's acclaimed new comedy is now available to pre-order on DVD.

Best mates Vinnie, Dylan, Ashley, Cardi, Tommo and JJ have dealt, scammed, and laughed their way through three decades of friendship. And these days their schemes have only become more creative. Whether it be stealing tiny horses, breaking into a local pimp's safe or raiding a rival grower's weed farm, these lads think they can get away with just about anything. But their luck runs out when they inadvertently step into the path of criminal heavy-weight Terence McCann and learn a tough lesson about what happens when you accidentally steal something precious from a merciless sociopath.

Monty Python's Flying Circus Norwegian Blu-ray Edition

Monty Python's Flying Circus Norwegian Blu-ray Edition

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Years in the making, Network presents the entire original television series of Monty Python's Flying Circus, fully rejuvenated for the first time. Sketches, some edited for timing, taste and copyright reasons, have been carefully restored to their intended length and the majority of Terry Gilliam's animations have been newly scanned in high definition and restored to a specification way beyond their original format.

Hitherto unseen outtakes, film inserts and studio recordings have been retrieved, adding yet another dimension to this exclusive release. This is the ultimate television restoration and a must for every generation of Python fan. 7 discs feature all 45 episodes presented series-by-series, for the first time totally uncut and beautifully restored from original film and videotape elements.

Mortimer & Whitehouse: Gone Fishing - The Complete Second Series

Mortimer & Whitehouse: Gone Fishing - The Complete Second Series

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We follow Bob Mortimer and Paul Whitehouse once again as they fish side by side in some of the most stunningly beautiful locations in England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

Across six episodes, cameras will look-on as they dissect life & death against a backdrop of some of the prettiest places in the British countryside. Bob is still a keen apprentice and eager to learn how to catch fish while experienced angler Paul once again has his patience tested as he tries to teach Bob the rules of the river.

Talk About Jacqueline / St. Martin's Lane

Talk About Jacqueline / St. Martin's Lane

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A double bill of comedy films, including 1938's St. Martin's Lane and Talk About Jacqueline, from 1942.

Bill Hicks - The 25th Anniversary Commemorative Collection

Bill Hicks - The 25th Anniversary Commemorative Collection

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Released to commemorate the 25th anniversary of his untimely death, this comprehensive 5 DVD box-set features every commercially released Bill Hicks stand-up show ever recorded, plus a massive 9 hours of new to CD audio content. With full length features including Sane Man, Relentless, Reflections, One Night Stand and Totally Bill Hicks, prepare yourselves for hours of outrageous stand-up entertainment; dubbed the Kurt Cobain of comedy, Hicks's style was revolutionary in intent, rock 'n' roll in spirit - and most certainly not for the faint-hearted.

The Queen's Corgi

The Queen's Corgi

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Childrens' animated comedy; technically a Belgian production, but from British writers and in this version with a brilliant British voice cast including Julie Walters, Jack Whitehall and Matt Lucas.

Since his arrival at Buckingham palace, Rex lives a life of luxury. Top dog, he has superseded his three fellow Corgis in Her Majesty's heart and his arrogance can be quite irritating. When he causes a diplomatic incident during an official dinner with the President of the United States, he falls into disgrace. Betrayed by one of his peers, Rex becomes a stray dog on the streets of London. How can he redeem himself? In love, he will find the resources to surpass himself in the face of great danger...

The Book of the Year 2019

The Book of the Year 2019

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In a year when South Korea announced that its new robotics museum will be built by robots, and French cheese terrorists put a camembert through every French MP's letterbox, The Book of the Year returns with another dose of barely believable yet bona fide facts and stories from the past twelve months.

Each week for the past five years, Dan, James, Anna and Andy - the creators of the award-winning, chart-topping comedy podcast No Such Thing as a Fish - have wowed each other and millions of listeners with the most astonishing trivia they have learned over the previous seven days. Now, once again, they have scoured the newspapers for hidden gems, and transformed another year's worth of weird and wonderful happenings into one uplifting book that you won't be able to put down.

Russell Kane - Son Of A Silverback

Russell Kane - Son Of A Silverback

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From one of Britain's most popular and prolific comedians comes a "hilarious and deeply moving" memoir of life lived under the rule of a 'Silverback' dad. The Silverback walks proudly, feeds greedily, grafts tirelessly, mates voraciously, swears constantly and is threatened all too easily. He is known to nestle in the misty peaks of central Africa but can also be found in Barking, Essex. Meet Dave Kane, the disappointed, steroid-ingesting, metal-wielding, bouncer father of slight, effete Gamma Male, Russell Kane. This is a story about fathers and sons, class and education and how one scrawny, sensitive, fake-tan-applying 'ponce' stepped out of his father's shadow and became a man - whatever that means.

Yesterday

Yesterday

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Yesterday, everyone knew The Beatles. Today, only Jack remembers their songs. He's about to become a very big deal. From Academy Award-winning director Danny Boyle and Richard Curtis, the Oscar-nominated screenwriter of Four Weddings And A Funeral, comes a rock 'n' roll comedy about music, dreams, friendship, and the long and winding road that leads to the love of your life. Jack Malik (Himesh Patel, Damned) is a struggling singer-songwriter in a tiny English seaside town whose dreams of fame are rapidly fading, despite the fierce devotion and support of his childhood best friend, Ellie (Lily James, Downton Abbey). Then, after a freak bus accident during a mysterious global blackout, Jack wakes up to discover that The Beatles have never existed...and he finds himself with a very complicated problem indeed.

Mrs. Brown's Boys - Christmas Corkers

Mrs. Brown's Boys - Christmas Corkers

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There are more adventures for Mrs. Brown and her boys in another pair of festive specials, from Christmas/New Year 2018/19.

Agnes has a Christmas decoration competition to win and Buster has an internet date, so Rory and Dino give him one of their famous makeovers. Maybe they could all do with some help from Mrs Brown's new "wifi assistant"? And in the New Year episode, Agnes invites Winnie and Sharon to live with her when the pipes in their house burst but it soon becomes clear that best friends don't necessarily make the best house guests. Meanwhile, Father Damian asks Agnes to perform the eulogy after the death of neighbour and Buster drops a bombshell.

This year's complete third series of the Saturday night entertainment and chat show All Round To Mrs. Brown's is now also available to order.

Clare In The Community - Series Twelve

Clare In The Community - Series Twelve

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The 12th and final series of the hit BBC Radio 4 sitcom starring Sally Phillips as the social worker with a dedicated social conscience (unless it's inconvenient for her). The Sony Award-winning comedy series returns for the last time, as we bid farewell to Clare and her ongoing struggle to control both her professional and private life. In today's Big Society there are plenty of challenges out there for an involved, caring social worker. Or even Clare. These six episodes see her once again indulging her control freakery as she interferes in other people's lives on both a professional and personal basis.

Harry Worth - The Comedy Collection

Harry Worth - The Comedy Collection

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Highlights from Harry Worth's best-loved radio series, plus two profiles exploring the life and career of the influential comedian. A master of comic confusion, Harry Worth's genial, bumbling characterisations charmed the nation on radio and TV from the late 1950s until well into the 1980s. This collection includes all 13 episodes of his eponymous show, Harry Worth In Things Could Be Worse, in which Harry - playing himself - blunders his way through a catalogue of mishaps and misadventures. Also featured are a selection of episodes from the hilarious sitcom Thirty Minutes Worth, which sees Harry confusing all and sundry once again; and eight of the surviving episodes from We're In Business, which stars Harry as the bewildered sidekick to Peter Jones's dodgy small-time businessman.

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

Out now

Oh... Rosalinda!!

Oh... Rosalinda!!

Out now. Blu-ray, DVD

Vienna, 1955 - a city under occupation by the four Allied powers. Through the chaos Dr Falke moves gracefully - an elegant man-about-town and friend to the highest echelons of power. He is decidedly less graceful, however, when he is deposited by a friend in the lap of a giant Soviet statue, rather the worse for drink and dressed as a giant bat. Falke swears revenge...

We've three copies of the new, freshly remastered Blu-ray edition to give away.

Phoebe Waller-Bridge - Fleabag: The Special Edition

Phoebe Waller-Bridge - Fleabag: The Special Edition

Out now. Paperback

As Phoebe Waller-Bridge returns to the West End with a new staging of her original one-woman Fleabag play, comes the complete script of that first incarnation of the modern comic hit. This new special edition script book includes the original play's script, never-before-seen colour photos, and exclusive bonus content by Phoebe, director Vicky Jones and key members of the creative team.

As you'll have seen above, the complete BBC Three series' scripts are also to be published, and now available to order.

Sara Pascoe - Sex Power Money

Sara Pascoe - Sex Power Money

Out now. Hardback, Audiobook

Part comedy, part anthropological study, here is everything Sara Pascoe has learned from scientists, sex ed teachers, pornographers, psychologists, sex workers, and serial daters; about masculinity, status, porn, and stuff. Like her acclaimed first book, Animal, Pascoe over-thinks and overs-hares in the name of our entertainment and education. This is a whip-smart, winningly funny look into who - and what - we are and what makes us tick.

Summer Holiday

Summer Holiday

Out now. Blu-ray, DVD

A brand new restoration of a fabulous 60s film. Cliff Richard stars in the iconic musical comedy about a group of friends road-tripping across Europe on a converted London bus, in its premiere Blu-ray release. British filmmaker Peter Yates directs singer Cliff Richard in the starring role in this pop music romp. The cast includes the real rock group The Shadows.

The News Quiz - Classic Collection

The News Quiz - Classic Collection

Out now. Audiobook

Twelve rare archive editions of the humorous radio quiz show that gives a poke in the eye to the people and stories that make the news. For over 40 years The News Quiz has graced the Radio 4 airwaves with an irreverent sideways look at the headlines. Sit back and enjoy these 12 vintage episodes, previously unreleased, in their entirety. Barry Norman, Sheridan Morley, Barry Took, John Sergeant, Simon Hoggart and Sandi Toksvig take turns in the chair.

Benjamin

Benjamin

Out now. DVD, Download

Benjamin is the critically acclaimed feature debut from the comedian, actor, writer and director Simon Amstell. The bittersweet comedy tells the story of Benjamin (Colin Morgan), a rising star filmmaker who is thrown into emotional turmoil on the brink of premiering his second film, when Billie, his hard-partying publicist, introduces him to a mesmeric French musician called Noah. Set among the back streets of East and North London, the film boasts original music from James Righton of The Klaxons and great performances from its cast including Colin Morgan, Phénix Brossard, Joel Fry, Jack Rowan, Jessica Raine and Anna Chancellor.

We have a DVD copy, with signed film poster, to give away.

Agatha Raisin - Radio Drama Collection

Agatha Raisin - Radio Drama Collection

Out now. Audio Download, CD

After a lifetime spent in public relations, one-woman dynamo Agatha Raisin struggles to adapt to life in a quiet country village - but she soon finds that there is murder and mayhem aplenty to keep her busy. With all this and handsome neighbour James Lacey to deal with, the 'Columbo of the Cotswolds' has her hands full!

Based on the popular novels by M.C. Beaton, these radio adaptations star Penelope Keith in the title role.

Agatha Raisin - Series Two

Agatha Raisin - Series Two

Out now. DVD

Ashley Jensen stars as Agatha Raisin in three TV mysteries adapted from the best-selling novels. Formerly a high-flying PR executive in London, Agatha has now settled into village life in the Cotswolds, but her early retirement is far from quiet. Along with her friends Sir Charles (Jason Merrells), Roy (Mathew Horne), and Gemma (Katy Wix), Agatha solves the village's bizarre murders with panache, investigating the downfall of an arrogant hair stylist; mysterious occurrences attributed to fairies; and the frenzy surrounding the new handsome curate when it leads to murder. Her love life, however, may be a puzzle beyond even her skills to decipher.

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

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