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Friday 22nd November 2019

Bit chilly out there, right? Warm yourselves with some of the below - a chuckle-packed assortment of wonderful TV, radio and film comedy. Focusing on modern titles this week, we've a smattering of competitions to share and many more for you to enter on our website.

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Miranda Hart's Joke Shop - The Complete BBC Radio Comedy Series

Miranda Hart's Joke Shop - The Complete BBC Radio Comedy Series

Pre-order. Audio Download

The complete BBC Radio 2 collection by the BAFTA-nominated and NTA-award winning Miranda Hart. Miranda is an unconventional woman. She's six feet tall, self-conscious and posh. And is frequently mistaken for a man. She's also invested her inheritance in a joke shop that she runs with her friend Stevie while trying to deal with her outrageously embarrassing mother. Though surrounded by chocolate willies, Miranda is determined to suss out what it takes to be a girly girl and to not look a complete idiot every time she meets the gorgeous Gary.

Starring Miranda Hart, Sarah Hadland, Patricia Hodge and Tom Ellis, this is the wonderful comedy series made for radio whilst the smash hit TV version was still in development. This collection also includes the previously unavailable pilot episode, in which Alison Steadman played Miranda's mother, Penny, and Morwenna Banks was Stevie.

Dad's Army - The Lost Episodes

Dad's Army - The Lost Episodes

Pre-order. DVD, Blu-ray

From the original scripts - including David Croft's original camera directions - come three lost Dad's Army episodes, remade with a new cast. One of Britain's favourite sitcoms, Dad's Army ran for eighty episodes over nearly ten years and is rarely far from our screens - but three episodes (all from Series 2) were lost many years ago in cost-saving archive purges and haven't been seen since 1969. Now those three episodes have been faithfully recreated for Gold to mark the 50th anniversary of their original broadcast.

Broadcast on Gold at the end of August, we've three copies of the series to give away on Blu-ray.

Doc Martin - Complete Series One To Nine

Doc Martin - Complete Series One To Nine

Pre-order. DVD

Described as "one of the funniest and most entertaining shows on television", this boxset brings together every series to date of the much loved stories of Doc Martin. Starting with the arrival of Doctor Martin Ellingham, a respected surgeon from London, in the small fishing village of Portwenn in Cornwall, this fish out of water soon discovers that small village life can present some very big problems. Get on the wrong side of your receptionist and the world can turn against you. Let that same world know your greatest weakness, and it'll soon be used by those who love you and those who feel less inclined. None of these life lessons are easily learned by a man who is best known for his brusque bedside manner and his absolute lack of interpersonal skills. Portwenn itself is brought to life by its rich array of characters including the formidable...

Series 9 is also available on its own, and 3 to give away.

Tim Vine - Sunset Milk Idiot Live

Tim Vine - Sunset Milk Idiot Live

Pre-order. DVD

It's Tim Vine hitting the stage at full speed and firing off jokes like a tennis ball serving-machine set to maximum. Prepare to be bombarded with absolute nonsense. Experience Owl with a towel! Witness the wearing of an ice cream hat under hot lights! Meet the record Toucan! Sing about Cake and Milk? This is Tim's silliest show to date. More laughs than ever before and his only show wearing blur shorts. Teddies on a hoop! Teddies on a hoop!

One of just two stand-up DVDs being released this year - and the only one remotely family-friendly - this'll be a hot seller come Christmas.

Motherland - Series 2

Motherland - Series 2

Pre-order. DVD

The second series of the acclaimed comedy series about navigating the trials and traumas of middle-class motherhood, looking at the competitive side and unromantic take on parenting - not the cute and acceptable public face of motherhood.

Starring Anna Maxwell Martin, Diane Morgan, Paul Ready, Lucy Punch and Philippa Dunne, a complete Series 1 and 2 box set is also available to pre-order. Series 3 has already been commissioned and is expected to air next year.

Plebs - Series Five

Plebs - Series Five

Pre-order. DVD, Download

Following the blaze that nearly gutted the Crown and Toga, the boys have given it a lick of paint and are pushing ahead with their goal to turn it into Rome's trendiest nightspot. This time round we see them embark on a wine-buying trip to Tuscany, attempt to lure in rival firms of chariot hooligans, turn the space into a wedding venue and pursue an illegal archaeological dig.

Starring Tom Rosenthal, Jon Pointing and Ryan Sampson as Marcus, Jason and Grumio, guest stars this series include Maureen Lipman, Samantha Spiro, Amanda Holden, Tracy-Ann Oberman, Leo Gregory, Tony Robinson, Nigel Lindsay, John Thomson, Phil Davis, Kevin Bishop and Christopher Biggins.

We've 3 copies available to win, or you can order a complete Series 1 to 5 box set instead.

Not The 9 O'Clock News... - Not All The Albums Again

Not The 9 O'Clock News... - Not All The Albums Again

Pre-order. Vinyl, CD

Celebrating 40 years since the ground-breaking comedy series arrived on BBC TV, this box set presents all three original spin-off albums.

Not The 9 O'Clock News... appears on CD for the first time in the CD version of the box set. Also included is the hit Hedgehog Sandwich; and the double-sided The Memory Kinda Lingers, lovingly remastered from the original tapes. The first two albums made the UK Top 10 chart on their original release.

Rowan Atkinson, Mel Smith, Pamela Stephenson and Griff Rhys-Jones are the brilliant cast waiting to come in your ears.

The League Of Gentlemen

The League Of Gentlemen

Pre-order. DVD, Blu-ray

A rogues' gallery of the cream of British acting star in Basil Dearden's much-loved crime caper The League Of Gentlemen. Jack Hawkins gives a memorable performance as an embittered former army officer, alongside Roger Livesey, Nigel Patrick, Richard Attenborough and Bryan Forbes - who also wrote the BAFTA-nominated screenplay.

The film is presented here as a brand-new high definition transfer from original film elements in its original theatrical aspect ratio. After being 'retired' from the army, an ex-Colonel nurtures a bitter resentment at his country's ingratitude. Luckily for him he's not the only one and he assembles a small group of bankrupt or embittered ex-army officers in a bid to stage an ingenious bank robbery.

Orphans

Orphans

Pre-order. Blu-ray

Renowned Scottish actor Peter Mullan (Mum, Trainspotting) made his feature film directing debut with this fierce jet-black comedy of familial grief shot in and around the streets of Glasgow where he grew up.

As four siblings reunite for the funeral of their mother, Orphans blends realist drama, wildly absurdist humour, and moving social observation. Gleefully unsentimental and taking wicked delight in subverting audience expectations, Orphans is a dark, dangerous, funny and extraordinarily touching modern classic of Scottish cinema. This premiere Blu-ray release will be available toward the end of January, and promises a wide range of special features.

Simon Evans Goes to Market - The Complete Series 1-5

Simon Evans Goes To Market - The Complete Series 1-5

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How do you make money funny? How do you put the comedy in commodity? In this acclaimed BBC radio show, stand-up Simon Evans sets himself the challenge of making economics both accessible and entertaining through comedic lectures, with the help of special guests including investment gurus, financial journalists and economists.

Across these five series to date, he examines the chequered social and economic histories of eight important commodities; explores four of the stages that mark our journey through life and how economics is part of every one of them; shines a light on new ways of making money in the 21st Century; and looks at the competing theories of macroeconomics and the 'Big Beards' who devised them - Adam Smith, Karl Marx and John Maynard Keynes - and reflects on how they shape our world today, and how they can help us out of our current economic predicament.

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

Out now

Happy Ever After

Happy Ever After

Out now. Blu-ray, DVD

Cinema icon David Niven is on top form as the improbably-named Jasper O'Leary in this uproarious culture clash comedy from director Mario Zampi. Also featured are Hollywood star Yvonne de Carlo, professional Irishman Barry Fitzgerald and George Cole as a gormless yokel. Filmed in the 1.37:1 aspect ratio, Happy Ever After was framed for 1.66:1 for those few theatres at the time of release that could exhibit widescreen features. Both versions are included on this release.

When General O'Leary goes to meet his maker after an unfortunate hunting mishap his Irish estate is bequeathed to a distant relative, Jasper. Jasper's new-broom tactics soon annoy the locals, however, and it's not too long before they decide he has to be "removed"...

Clockwise

Clockwise

Out now. Blu-ray, DVD

Featuring a tour-de-force performance from John Cleese in full Basil Fawlty mode, you now have the opportunity to experience this exquisite lesson in the art of comic timing in high-definition for the very first time. For this new 2019 restoration of the madcap comedy classic, StudioCanal has returned to the original colour negative: scanning, restoring and grading the film in 4K.

With a razor-sharp screenplay by acclaimed author and playwright Michael Frayn (Noises Off) and great supporting turns from Alison Steadman, Penelope Wilton and Joan Hickson, Clockwise sees Cleese play Mr Stimpson, a clock-watching headmaster obsessed with timekeeping. When he boards the wrong train on his way to a headmasters' conference, however, his obsessive punctuality is put to the test. A cross-country road-chase, romantic entanglements and a spell in a monastery are soon all weighing heavily on the day from hell!

Louis Barfe - Happiness And Tears: The Ken Dodd Story

Louis Barfe - Happiness And Tears: The Ken Dodd Story

Out now. Hardback, eBook

In this, the first serious biographical assessment of Ken Dodd since the death of the feather duster-wielding Liverpudlian in spring 2018, historian of light entertainment Louis Barfe charts the life and extraordinarily long comedic career of a man whose career straddled the very tail end of variety and the golden age of television comedy.

When Dodd died, social media divided into two camps: those who wondered what all the fuss was about, and those who had seen him in live performance. Barfe argues that Dodd was the last of the great variety acts, a creator of superb absurd vulgarity who was at his best not on the small screen but on stage, where his act - 'a rolling boil of cumulative humour' - delighted his audiences across seven decades. This is the definitive life of the man called 'the last great music-hall entertainer', and this week's Sunday Times Book of the Week.

Mortimer & Whitehouse: Gone Fishing - Series One & Two Box Set

Mortimer & Whitehouse: Gone Fishing - Series One & Two Box Set

Out now. DVD

This collection of the much-loved Mortimer & Whitehouse: Gone Fishing, Series 1 and 2, is now available to own on DVD, ahead of a third series next year.

In the hilarious and heart-warming series, each having undergone life-changing heart surgeries, comedy legends and friends Bob Mortimer and Paul Whitehouse embark on a relaxing yet epic journey around Britain, eating great food, discussing life and death, and attempting to catch some of the nation's iconic fish. Bob is a keen apprentice and eager to learn, while experienced angler Paul has his patience tested time and again as he tries to teach Bob the rules of the river.

Set against the backdrop of the stunning British countryside, Mortimer & Whitehouse: Gone Fishing shows two comedy giants in their element and as you've never seen them before.

We've got three copies of this box set to give away.

Surviving Christmas With The Relatives

Surviving Christmas With The Relatives

Out now. DVD, Blu-ray

Surviving Christmas With The Relatives is a heart-warming, riotous take on the traditional festive family get-together, as disparate relatives are thrown together in a confined space for a 3-day ordeal. The film sees two sisters and their families come together in their recently deceased parents' falling down country house, with chaotic consequences. Miranda (Gemma Whelan) and Dan (Julian Ovenden) are refugees from city life trying to set up a small holding with their kids in tow, and Lila (Joely Richardson) is a fading Hollywood star married to her alcoholic agent, Trent (Michael Landes). Ancient sibling rivalries flare up again to sabotage the hope for a season of goodwill. Other stars include Sally Phillips, Ronni Ancona, Patricia Hodge and James Fox.

Tales From The Lodge

Tales From The Lodge

Out now. DVD

Tales From The Lodge is a fresh take on the portmanteau horror-comedy genre.

An isolated lodge somewhere in England. Five old university pals, now nudging 40, gather for a weekend to scatter the ashes of their friend, Jonesy, who drowned himself in the lake three years earlier. They settle in for a fun evening, entertaining each other with stories of murders, ghosts, zombies and possessions, but as day turns to night, the gang become aware of another horror story unfolding around them... and this one is real.

Stars of this independent comedy horror film include Mackenzie Crook, Dustin Demri-Burns, Johnny Vegas and Sophie Thompson.

Yesterday

Yesterday

Out now. Blu-ray, 4K Blu-ray, DVD, Download

From Academy Award-winning director Danny Boyle and writer Richard Curtis comes this hit 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) 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). 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. Performing songs by the greatest band in history to a world that has never heard of John, Paul, George or Ringo - never mind Oasis - he soon finds himself on the road to superstardom.

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

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