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Friday 16th October 2020

We've a jam-packed newsletter for you again this week, with a particular focus on products coming up for release in the next few weeks. The surfeit of titles attest to how quickly Christmas is now approaching, and as usual we hope there's something in the below to match every possible taste.

You'll find the wonderful new Victoria Wood biography below, and don't miss our competition to win one of three copies.

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The Thick Of It - The Complete Collection

The Thick Of It - The Complete Collection

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Multi award-winning BBC comedy created by Armando Iannucci. Includes Series 1-4 plus the specials.

Welcome to the Department of Social Affairs and Citizenship (DoSAC), a government ministry barely registering on the Today programme radar, but high-profile enough to produce pant-wetting panic among the major parties' PR teams.

Irreverent, brilliantly sweary and outrageous, this series smashes its way through the corridors of power in a bulldozer of farce and sharp satire of Blairite politics.

Jumping For Joy

Jumping For Joy

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It's a dog's life in this British comedy from 1956.

When Willie Joy (Frankie Howerd) is fired from his job at the greyhound stadium, he takes pity on a fellow victim and adopts an injured greyhound called Lindy Lou, who would otherwise be destroyed. Teaming up with amiable conman 'Captain' Montague (Stanley Holloway), Willie decides to train Lindy to compete for the prestigious Golden Bowl trophy. But it's not just the other dogs she has to beat - there are crooked bookies and race-track spivs to deal with too!

Previously released on DVD, this new release promises, we're told, a cleaner, improved picture quality. Whilst not the outrageous humour for which he would later become best known, it remains a must-own for any Frankie Howerd fan.

Gavin & Stacey - The Definitive Collection

Gavin & Stacey - The Definitive Collection

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This new box set collects together every single episode of the newly iconic modern comedy series - now including the jaw-dropping 2019 Christmas special.

Gavin is an ordinary boy from Billericay, Stacey is an ordinary girl from Barry. After speaking on the phone to each other every day at work - they finally meet and fall in love... We won't lie to you, life is never quite that simple. For a start there are Gavin's parents, Stacey's mum and Uncle Bryn and best mates Nessa and Smithy to consider, as well as the small matter of living in different countries separated by a long bridge and a toll gate.

The Love Lottery

The Love Lottery

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Cinema legend David Niven stars in this classic Ealing satire on celebrity and the Hollywood star system.

Directed by multiple-award-winning director Charles Crichton and also featuring Peggy Cummins and Herbert Lom (and Humphrey Bogart), The Love Lottery is featured here as a brand new high definition transfer from original film elements in its as-exhibited theatrical aspect ratio.

When film-star heartthrob Rex Allerton jokingly suggests that he'll marry the winner of a competition to win a week as his guest, he sets in motion a train of events that threaten to turn his life upside down!

Ghosts - Series 2

Ghosts - Series 2

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The return of the hugely successful supernatural sitcom written and created by the stars of Horrible Histories, Yonderland and feature film Bill.

As the doors of crumbling country mansion Button House creak open once more, the haphazard house share between its living inhabitants and its restless dead is settling into a strange kind of daily routine. But cash-strapped Alison and Mike's plan to transform their unexpected inheritance into a bustling luxury hotel is still a distant dream. Could the exploitation of their troupe of ghostly housemates bring in the funds they need - or are they setting themselves up for even more chaos?

Sally In Our Alley

Sally In Our Alley

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Beloved by the British public for her string of hit pre-war films, Gracie Fields's Lancastrian earthiness, impish humour and memorable songs have endeared her to many generations of fans. Her screen debit, Sally In Our Alley sees Gracie as a good-natured coffee shop worker in this bittersweet wartime romance. It is presented here as a brand new high definition transfer from original film elements in its original theatrical aspect ratio.

It's been over ten years since Sally believed her boyfriend George had been killed in the trenches during the Great War. But George had only been badly wounded and, now recovered, goes in search of his true love.

For Better Or For Worse - The Complete Series 1-3

For Better Or For Worse - The Complete Series 1-3

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All three series of the BBC radio comedy about the turbulent relationship of an odd couple, starring 'Allo 'Allo!'s Gorden Kaye and Hi-De-Hi!'s Su Pollard.

Dithering undertaker's assistant Bernard Pringle has finally got engaged to his sweetheart, Iris Bickerdyke - but Iris still has to persuade her fiancé to buy her a ring. And goodness knows when he'll manage to get her down the aisle...

The course of their true love runs rather less than smooth in these 20 episodes, as a trip to the cinema turns into an off-screen disaster, Iris faces competition in the shape of new office secretary Crystabelle, and Bernard is all at sea after he's asked to scatter a client's ashes.

Mrs. Brown's Boys - Merry Mishaps!

Mrs. Brown's Boys - Merry Mishaps!

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Mrs Brown and the family are up to their usual festive hi-jinks and are ready to jingle your baubles in two brand new hilarious seasonal specials, broadcast at Christmas 2019-20.

Episode 1 - A Wonderful Mammy: Agnes's world is turned upside down when an angel arrives in Finglas and grants her a wish to see what life would be like if she'd never been born. Kevin Kennedy guest stars.

Episode 2 - Orange Is The New Mammy: Everyone in the Brown household is concerned at the news that the poisoner Peggy Piper has been released from prison, Winnie especially. Sue Vincent guest stars.

An updated box set collecting all 17 specials to date is also available to order.

The Ladykillers

The Ladykillers

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To celebrate the 65th anniversary of Ealing Studios' flawless The Ladykillers, STUDIOCANAL is releasing the first ever 4K restoration of the 1955 black comedy from the original 3-strip Technicolor negative, showcasing director Alexander Mackendrick's vision in its full glory.

The Ladykillers follows the capers of a group of small-time crooks taking on more they can handle in the form of their sweet, but slightly dotty, elderly landlady Mrs Wilberforce, from whom they rent a room in her rickety Victorian house next to King's Cross station whilst planning a robbery.

Acclaimed as one of the greatest British comedy films of all time, the cast includes Peter Sellers, Alec Guinness, Herbert Lom, Cecil Parker and Frankie Howerd.

Frankie Boyle - The Future Of British Politics

Frankie Boyle - The Future Of British Politics

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In The Future Of British Politics, comedian Frankie Boyle takes a characteristically acerbic look at some of the forces that will be key in coming years, from Scottish independence and post-colonial entitlement to big tech surveillance and the looming climate catastrophe. Despite his fears that 'soon the only red tape in this country will be across the finish line of the compulsory Food Bank Olympics', he manages to locate some hopeful signs amid the gloom, reminding us that 'despair is a moment that pretends to be permanent'.

Comedian Grace Campbell, meanwhile, has penned The Future Of Men.

The Now Show - Series 53-55

The Now Show - Series 53-55

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Three more series of the flagship topical comedy show presented by Steve Punt and Hugh Dennis.

Featuring some of the best and brightest contemporary comedians, this award-winning show takes a satirical look at the news through a mix of stand-up, songs and sketches, as well as interview segments in which experts in their field explain the facts behind the headlines.

Steve Pemberton & Reece Shearsmith - Inside No. 9 - The Scripts: Series 1-3

Steve Pemberton & Reece Shearsmith - Inside No. 9 - The Scripts: Series 1-3

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Take a further peek behind the door marked 'number 9' as the scripts from Series 1-3 are collected here for the first time. An anthology of darkly comic twisted tales by Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith, read how each 30-minute self-contained story with new characters and new settings, sprang to life from the page.

Each series is prefaced by a foreword from the show's creators, giving readers and fans behind-the-scenes insight to this creative phenomenon. It is a beautifully written series, some stories comic, some tragic, all highly original and inventive. Relive the show's every enjoyable moment down to the stage directions with Inside No. 9 - The Scripts: Series 1-3.

A deluxe-bound special Collector's Edition is also available to order, coming signed by Reece and Steve themselves.

Dentist On The Job

Dentist On The Job

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Original Carry On stars Bob Monkhouse, Kenneth Connor, Shirley Eaton and Eric Barker star in this sequel to 1960s Dentist In The Chair. Also featuring Charles Hawtrey and Richard Wattis, Dentist On The Job is presented here as a brand new high definition transfer from original film elements in its original theatrical aspect ratio.

The launch of Proudfoot Industries' new toothpaste is a resounding failure, much to ire of its managing director. When a minion suggests they engage a dentist to endorse the product, it's pointed out that dentists would be struck off for such an endorsement - so what they really need are some clueless dentists with no common sense...

Tom Allen - No Shame

Tom Allen - No Shame

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"When I was 16 I dressed in Victorian clothing in a bid to distract people from the fact that I was gay. It was a flawed plan."

No Shame is a "very funny, candid and emotional ride" of a memoir by one of our most popular comedians. The working-class son of a coach driver, and the youngest member of the Noel Coward Society, Tom Allen grew up in 90s suburbia as the eternal outsider. In these stories Tom recalls observations on childhood, his adolescence, the family he still lives with, and his attempts to come out and negotiate the gay dating scene. They are written with his trademark caustic wit and warmth, and will entertain, surprise and move you in equal measure.

Upright

Upright

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Tim Minchin leads this irreverent series as the ironically named Laclan "Lucky" Flynn, a down-on-his-luck middle-aged man road-tripping across Australia to deliver an old upright piano to his dying mother. In a dramatic twist of fate, his path collides with teenage runaway Meg (Milly Alcock), who has some secrets of her own.

Set against a backdrop of remarkable outback scenery, this unlikely pair throw in their lot with each other and slowly reveal, through a series of quirky happenings along the way, what each of them might be running away from, and what it is they're seeking on the road. Juggling grief and complex family dynamics with gleefully dark humour, and with the touching surrogate father-daughter relationship that develops between the duo at its heart, this series "begs to be binged", and now you can do just that, either upright, horizontal, or anywhere in between.

The Misadventures Of Angus Dry

The Misadventures Of Angus Dry

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Angus Dry (Nick Ball) has no friends, no job and still lives at home with his mum (Louise Rix). But he's quite happy to spend his time taking bubble baths, splashing his dole money on a motorised water laser and recapturing the joys of childhood. His busy mother has an international career as an arms dealer and a string of lovers. He feels terribly sorry for her.

In these eight episodes, unambitious Angus tries to reconnect with his old schoolfriends, agonises over the death of a bee, steps out of the confines of his sheltered life to go on a date, and writes a requiem to himself (well, he is a genius, you know).

This series was originally broadcast in the late 1990s under the title Dry Slopes.

Frankie Boyle's Tour Of Scotland

Frankie Boyle's Tour Of Scotland

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Frankie Boyle is back! Frankie explores his home country of Scotland as he goes on his first stand-up tour since 2012. Meeting folk along the way, he examines the country's language, creativity, landscape and unique communities.

This 4-part series sees Frankie travel to and perform at 4 intimate gigs in far-flung corners of the country.

Lisa McGee - Erin's Diary: An Official Derry Girls Book

Lisa McGee - Erin's Diary: An Official Derry Girls Book

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Set in Derry/Londonderry, Northern Ireland in the 1990s, Derry Girls is a candid, one-of-a-kind comedy about what it's like to be a teenage girl living amongst conflict. It's a time of armed police in armoured Land Rovers and British Army check points. But it's also the time of Murder She Wrote, The Cranberries, Salt-N-Pepa, Doc Martens and The X Files. And while The Troubles may hang over her hometown, Erin has troubles of her own, like the fact that the boy she's in love with (actually in LOVE with) doesn't know she exists. Or that her Ma and Aunt Sarah make her include her weirdo cousin Orla in everything she does. Or that head teacher Sister Michael refuses to acknowledge Erin as a literary genius.

These are Erin's troubles, and this is Erin's diary, penned by Lisa McGee, the writer of the hit Channel 4 sitcom.

Chambers - The Complete Series 1-3

Chambers - The Complete Series 1-3

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All 14 episodes of the legal sitcom about a group of barristers who never let justice get in the way of making money, starring John Bird, James Fleet, Jonathan Kydd, Lesley Sharp and Sarah Lancashire.

John Fuller-Carp, the Machiavellian head of chambers at Forecourt Buildings, is determined to become a QC and will perform almost any moral contortion to achieve his goal. When left-wing Ruth Quirke, rumoured to be a High Court judge's daughter, applies to join his chambers, Fuller-Carp's imagination goes into overdrive and promotion seems inevitable. However, his attempts to project a 'New Labour' image cut no ice with Ruth, and the two are soon at each other's throats. Fortunately, his partner Hilary Tripping is much easier to manage (if somewhat ineffectual) and his clerk Vince, though deeply dodgy, is happy to put his criminal contacts and underworld cunning at Fuller-Carp's disposal...

Michael Palin - The Python Years: Diaries 1969-1979 (Volume 1)

Michael Palin - The Python Years: Diaries 1969-1979 (Volume 1)

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Michael Palin has kept a diary since newly married in the late 1960s, when he was beginning to make a name for himself as a TV scriptwriter (for The Two Ronnies, David Frost etc). Monty Python was just around the corner. This first volume of his diaries reveals how Python emerged and triumphed, how he, John Cleese, Graham Chapman, the two Terrys - Jones and Gilliam - and Eric Idle, came together and changed the face of British comedy.

Volume 2 is also available to pre-order, whilst Volume 3 is already available to own.

Albert And Me - The Complete Series 1 & 2

Albert And Me - The Complete Series 1 & 2

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Richard Beckinsale, Robert Lindsay and Pat Coombs star in this BBC radio sitcom about a single dad left holding the baby.

Bryan Archer's girlfriend has run off with the electrician, leaving him to raise their 18-month-old son, Albert, alone. Fortunately, Bryan's mum Pat is around to help out, but he still needs to get a job and earn enough money to pay the rent. Can he find an employer who'll let him bring Albert along? These 17 episodes follow Bryan's mishaps and adventures juggling work and childcare, as he tries out as a cosmetic salesman, takes a driving job - but gets caught up in crime - and finds employment as a temporary filing clerk, where he has a bit of bother with a missing file.

23 Walks

23 Walks

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Dave (Dave Johns) and Fern (Alison Steadman) meet while walking their dogs in a North London park and over the course of 23 walks romance blossoms. But Dave and Fern haven't been completely honest with one another, and their future happiness is threatened by the secrets they have withheld.

This brand new comedy feature received a covid-limited cinema release in late September and is now available to order.

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

Out now

The Folio Book Of Humour

The Folio Book Of Humour

Out now. Hardback

In a new and exclusive collection from The Folio Society, the exquisitely presented and packaged Folio Book Of Humour features a comedic cast of classic and contemporary literary excerpts that will tickle the most discerning funny bone.

Dorothy Parker's scathing wit shares a stage with the satirical quips of writers such as Chaucer, Oscar Wilde, Terry Pratchett, Paul Beatty and Caitlin Moran for a sublimely delightful read. If the definition of humour is to 'engage and delight' the audience, then let the entertainment begin!

The collection offers an extensive mix of comedic gems, from the humorous antics of Just William and Don Quixote to baulking at the behaviour of Bridget Jones and Fleabag. With over 100 entries starting in the tenth century and going up to modern day, each chapter wittily ploughs through life with excerpts as varied as Shakespeare and Laurence Sterne to Evelyn Waugh, Umberto Eco, Sue Townsend and Caitlin Moran.

Bill Bailey - Bill Bailey's Remarkable Guide To Happiness

Bill Bailey - Bill Bailey's Remarkable Guide To Happiness

Out now. Hardback, eBook

In Bill Bailey's Remarkable Guide To Happiness, Bill explores the nature of happiness and ways to be, well, happy. Being Bill Bailey however, he does so in his own, remarkable, Bill Bailey way.

From paddle-boarding down the Thames in a Santa hat to wild swimming in a glacial river, Bill considers the exhilaration of the outdoors, as well as the quieter pleasures of clearing out your moth-eaten grey t-shirts. He attempts to see beyond the mumbo-jumbo of the wellness industry and aims for the heart of real joy and contentment - and how we can all achieve it.

This collection of "funny, meditative and thoughtful essays" seeks out simplicity and clarity as a corrective to the endless background noise of anxiety-inducing news chatter.

Semi-Detached

Semi-Detached

Out now. DVD

The real-time single-camera farce starring Lee Mack comes to DVD. With a brilliant cast in addition to Lee's lead - including Samantha Spiro, Ellie White, Geoff McGivern, Patrick Baladi and Neil Fitzmaurice - the comedy follows, in real-time, a succession of astoundingly dreadful, disaster-filled half hours in the life of family man and wedding DJ, Stuart.

Living with his younger girlfriend and their new baby, plus his libertine father, directly opposite his newly-elected-MP former wife, their late-teenage daughter, and his ex's new husband, Stu dearly wishes for an easy ride - but life, neighbours and his extended family just keen on getting in the way: from on-the-run chancer brother Charlie, to sex-mad neighbours Barry and Sandy. Life in suburbia is anything but dull.

An outrageous single-camera farce, Semi-Detached keeps on building the tension until everything comes crashing down.

Jasper Rees - Let's Do It: The Authorised Biography Of Victoria Wood

Jasper Rees - Let's Do It: The Authorised Biography Of Victoria Wood

Out now. Hardback, eBook, Audiobook

Victoria Wood was a true pioneer among entertainers, earning her the rightful place as a national treasure time and time again. Wood's career was one of the most illustrious and wide-ranging in British comedy, and one of the greatest sadnesses following her death in 2016 was that she left the world without leaving her own full account of her life, having never written an autobiography.

"I will do it one day," she told journalist and author Jasper Rees when he first met her in 2001. "It would be about my childhood, about my first few years in showbusiness, which were really interesting and would make a really nice story."

Tragically for us that autobiography never came to pass, but now with complete and exclusive access to Victoria's extensive archive of personal and professional material, and with exclusive interviews with her family and closest friends - including Julie Walters, Dawn French, Celia Imrie and many others - Rees, who interviewed Victoria Wood more than anyone else, will finally tell her rich story in full.

The audiobook version of this huge biography runs to almost 21 hours in length and was recorded by Wood's star friends and colleagues.

Monty Python's Flying Circus - The Complete Series 1-4

Monty Python's Flying Circus - The Complete Series 1-4

Out now. Blu-ray, DVD

Following last autumn's mammoth, deluxe-packaged box set release of the complete Monty Python's Flying Circus - a definitive presentation of the iconic series - comes this slightly less extravagant set, available in both Blu-ray (HD) and DVD formats.

A ground-up restoration produced from the best available materials, every episode has been painstakingly restored frame-by-frame, with previously edited sketches returned to their original length, and filmed sequences and Terry Gilliam's animations newly scanned in high definition, adding unimaginable depth and clarity to classic moments. From the archive come genuine rarities including previously unseen studio outtakes and extended versions of filmed sketch material, making this the ultimate in television restoration and a must-have for every generation of Python fan.

Derry Girls - Official 2021 Calendar

Derry Girls - Official 2021 Calendar

Out now. Calendar

The smash hit comedy series from Channel 4 is set to come back next year - covid permitting - for its third series: until then, fans can get a regular dose of Northern Irish 90s teenage trauma with this official wall calendar for the year ahead.

Horrible Histories - Series Eight

Horrible Histories - Series Eight

Out now. DVD

It's Series 8 of the BAFTA and Emmy Award-winning Horrible Histories! Join the gang for an irreverent look at some of history's most amazing people and happenings, including: the Victorians inventing film (Queen Victoria was a HUGE fan!), some of history's greatest fashion faux pas and fiercest females, as well as a celebration of the heroic home front.

Plus, Dara O Briain joins Rattus to celebrate the Moon Landings, Fred Sirieix advises him on Manners and Dani Dyer becomes Rattus's Political advisor for a look at Putrid Politics.

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

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