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Friday 23rd April 2021

Happy St George's Day to all! It's a bright, sunny, beautiful spring day here - but we're never not in the mood for thinking about what to watch, listen to or read on a cold, wet, or dark evening. For our latest pick of the comedy wares on offer, read on...

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Blithe Spirit

Blithe Spirit

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A new adaptation of Noël Coward's acclaimed play.

Best-selling crime novelist Charles (Dan Stevens) is struggling with catastrophic writer's block and a stressful deadline for his first screenplay, whilst his picture perfect second wife Ruth (Isla Fisher) is doing her best to keep him focussed in the hope of fulfilling her dream of heading to Hollywood. Charles's desperate search for inspiration leads him to invite Madame Arcati (Judi Dench), a medium recently exposed as a fraud, to perform a séance in their home. They all get more than they bargained for when Arcati accidentally summons the spirit of his deceased first wife: the fiery and jealous Elvira (Leslie Mann), who embarks on a mission to kill Charles so she can spend eternity with him - leading to an increasingly comical and deadly love triangle!

Rob Beckett - A Class Act

Rob Beckett - A Class Act

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Rob Beckett never seems to fit in. At work, in the middle-class world of television and comedy, he's the laddy, cockney geezer but to his mates down the pub in south-east London, he's the theatrical one, a media luvvy. Even his wife and kids are posher than him. In this hilarious exploration of class, Rob tries to understand the life he lived growing up as a working-class kid in comparison to the life he lives now.

Will he ever favour a craft beer over strong lager? When did it become normal for kids to eat sushi? Is he still working class? Why does he feel so embarrassed about success? And, will it ever be acceptable to serve pie mash on a wooden board?

Tackling the questions big and small, A Class Act is a "funny, candid, often moving account" of what it feels like to be an outsider and why actually that's the best (slightly awkward) place to be.

Finding Alice

Finding Alice

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Everything seems perfect when Alice, her husband Harry and their teenage daughter Charlotte finally move into their new dream home. The first night quickly turns into everyone's nightmare when Alice finds Harry dead at the bottom of the stairs. Alice loses her ground and tries to cope with his sudden death. As Alice navigates the logistics of death, everything starts to unravel and Alice discovers that Harry had been hiding far more from her than debt.

From the director of Call The Midwife and The Durrells, Finding Alice is a dark new family comedy from ITV, starring critically-acclaimed Keeley Hawes, Joanna Lumley, Gemma Jones and Nigel Havers.

Roald & Beatrix: The Tale Of The Curious Mouse

Roald & Beatrix: The Tale Of The Curious Mouse

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Roald & Beatrix: The Tale Of The Curious Mouse introduces Harry Tayler as a lonely young Roald Dahl, who sets off on a big adventure to meet his favourite author - Beatrix Potter (Dawn French).

Broadcast at Christmas, this acclaimed heart-warming comedy drama tells the story of their real-life meeting and how it inspired a grown-up Dahl to write magical children's books of his own.

Co-starring Rob Brydon, Alison Steadman, Bill Bailey, Nick Mohammed and Jessica Hynes, it's out on Monday on Blu-ray and DVD and we have three copies to give away.

Jack Whitehall - How To Survive Family Holidays

Jack Whitehall - How To Survive Family Holidays

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One part Lonely Planet, one part tell-all family memoir, this is the "definitive and hilarious guide" on how to survive your family holiday, by Jack Whitehall, with a little bit of help from Michael and Hilary Whitehall.

No one family has more experience of travelling together than the Whitehalls. Indeed they've been allowing us a window to their escapades for the past five years in the hit Netflix show Travels With My Father and in this hilarious book they have now decided to pool their advice for fellow travellers. To lay out the pitfalls of family holidays. The dos and don'ts, the highs and lows. In doing so they are sharing some of their best anecdotes. Their most extreme experiences and their most valuable advice. It is part memoir of family life, part travel guide, and full on, laugh-out-loud funny.

Whatever your version of holiday preparation the truth is always this: if it is with one's own family, no amount of sunshine, wine or holiday spirit will stop your worst character traits coming to the surface. You have just volunteered to spend a week in close proximity with the people who know you best and who will never ever let you forget a f***-up. No one survives unscathed. Things are always going to end in tears, you can only hope they're of laughter.

Micky Flanagan: Peeping Behind The Curtain

Micky Flanagan: Peeping Behind The Curtain

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An extraordinary backstage pass to Micky Flanagan's An' Another Fing tour, the sell-out O2 Arena run that became the world's biggest comedy tour.

Unlike anything else you've ever seen him in, this is an intimate and honest feature length documentary that reveals how Micky went from performing in East End pubs to creating an O2 Arena tour that saw him performing to more people than Beyoncé and Take That. From early raw material to the O2 Arena, this film reveals the man behind the laughter and invites the audience in to the rarely seen world of a master comic at work.

Julian Clary - The Lick Of Love: How Dogs Changed My Life

Julian Clary - The Lick Of Love: How Dogs Changed My Life

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From one of Britain's best-loved comedians comes this "wonderfully funny, sharp and touching memoir" and a celebration of the bond between man and dog - an autobidography, if you will. The Lick Of Love takes us on a tour of Julian's colourful life - and wherever life has taken him, Julian has had a dog by his side.

Fanny the Wonder Dog, who came into Julian's life when he was somewhat adrift, propelled him up the ranks of the alternative comedy circuit and onto television. Valerie, the whippet cross-breed escorted Julian through his forties, the Germaine Greer to his Bernard Manning. Albert, a jaunty geezer type who was sent to acclimatise Julian to middle age and helped him seduce his now husband, before being joined by naughty but nice Gigi, an unpredictable fur bullet of a dog. These canine characters have been there, bearing witness, on and off stage.

Whether writing about encounters in seedy London nightclubs, finding success on television with Sticky Moments, the death of his partner, that Norman Lamont joke, a narrow squeak with a thwarted eastern European plot to kidnap him, his move to the country, or finally settling down, falling in love and getting married, Julian's unique voice bounces off the page. Ultimately, The Lick Of Love is the story of a fascinating life and a love letter to the dogs that have played a loving and near constant part of it.

The Pot Carriers

The Pot Carriers

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Ronald Fraser reprises his role as a petty career criminal in this big-screen remake of a hit 1960 Play Of The Week comedy drama of the same name.

An authentic and original look at life behind bars, The Pot Carriers also stars Paul Massie as a first-time prisoner, Carole Lesley as the girl he left outside and Dennis Price in a memorable turn as the charming-but-unprincipled Smooth-Tongue Bertie. It is featured here as a brand new high definition transfer from original film elements in its original theatrical aspect ratio.

James Rainbow is sentenced to twelve months for GBH. Assigned to prison kitchen duties he is taken under the wing of several old lags led by Redband and becomes involved in some of their fiddles. Redband, however, is due to be released soon and wants to pull one really big fiddle before he goes!

Blue Juice

Blue Juice

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JC (Sean Pertwee) is a dedicated surfer who was king of the surfing waves, when he was younger. Now approaching thirty, his girlfriend Chloe (Catherine Zeta Jones) wants him to stop playing around on the waves and make a commitment. But when his wild friends turn up he has to make the big decision: his girlfriend or his surfboard.

Hear My Song

Hear My Song

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Singer Josef Locke (Ned Beatty) fled to Ireland 25 years ago to escape the clutches of the tax man and police Chief Jim Abbott (David McCallum). What he also left behind was the love of his life Cathleen Doyle (Shirley Anne Field). Now, Micky O'Neill (Adrian Dunbar) is desperate to save both his ailing Liverpool nightclub 'Heartly's' and his failing relationship with the beautiful Nancy (Tara Fitzgerald), Cathleen's daughter. The solution? Book the infamous Josef Locke.

Mr. X (is he or isn't he the real Josef Locke?), is booked to play the club. Disaster strikes when he is revealed as an imposter, Micky loses the club and his girlfriend in one night. Next solution? This time book the real Josef Locke! What follows can only be described as magical mayhem as Micky travels to Ireland in search of the elusive man.

Purely Belter

Purely Belter

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Gerry and Sewell are broke. Gerry's still at school and Sewell is unemployed. They both wish for better things in life. Owning two season tickets to their beloved football club is their biggest dream of all. The tickets cost £1,000 - they're £1,000 short. But they are nothing if not resourceful, and they set themselves a mission to raise the cash.

Geoff Norcott - Where Did I Go Right?: How The Left Lost Me

Geoff Norcott - Where Did I Go Right?: How The Left Lost Me

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Comedian Geoff Norcott 'should' have been Labour through and through. He grew up on a council estate, both of his parents were disabled, and his Dad was a union man. So, how was it that he grew up to vote Tory?

The big myth about the British working-class is that they're born Left-wing and generally stay that way. The working class intention to vote Tory has frequently flirted with the 50% mark. Labour haven't won the popular vote in England since 2001. And as the Left is increasingly diverted by identity politics, the one identity they often forget is the working-class.

Written with "warmth, wit and often laugh-out-loud humour", Where Did I Go Right? is Geoff's attempt to understand why he ended up voting 'for the bad guys', and the perfect place to start if you want to understand why in Britain, blue-collar conservatism might be here to stay.

Fawlty Towers: For The Record

Fawlty Towers: For The Record

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For the first time ever, a complete vinyl LP collection of the audio versions of all twelve Fawlty Towers TV episodes - with an exclusive frameable print signed by the legendary John Cleese. This is strictly limited to just 1,500 copies.

Four decades on from its original BBC TV broadcast, Fawlty Towers continues to shine as a masterclass in comedy writing and performance. Now the original four BBC vinyl albums - Fawlty Towers, Second Sitting, At Your Service and A La Carte - are joined by two newly created collections, Plat du Jour and Enjoy Your Stay, to form a box set of all 12 TV episodes. Much of the special linking narration - supplied by hapless waiter Manuel (Andrew Sachs) - is unique to the vinyl versions and hasn't been available since their original pressings.

Each of the six 140g white vinyl LPs is presented in an all-new artwork cover, inside which is a facsimile of the original BBC Records & Cassettes cover (plus 'faux' period covers for Plat du Jour and Enjoy Your Stay). A four-page booklet details the development of Fawlty Towers, plus a history of the original LP releases, by Tim Worthington, author of Top of the Box - a guide to every single released by BBC Records And Tapes.

Miles Jupp - History

Miles Jupp - History

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A satirical, tragicomic story about a man on the edge, from actor and comedian Miles Jupp, for readers of Jonathan Coe, Mark Watson, Michael Frayn and David Nicholls.

Clive Hapgood is feeling stuck. The private school he teaches at is consuming his life, no thanks to wretched headteacher Timothy Crouch. The gentle country life Clive envisaged has stifled him and left his marriage on the brink. What he needs is a holiday - something to remind him and Helen what life used to be like. But when things don't go to plan, and an incident at school begins to weigh heavy on his head, Clive's life starts to unravel in front of him. Has he got it in him to turn things around, whatever the cost? After all, it's his own time he's wasting...

Mo Gilligan - That Moment When: Life Stories From Way Back Then

Mo Gilligan - That Moment When: Life Stories From Way Back Then

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You might know Mo as the critically acclaimed stand-up comedian, BAFTA-winning presenter, Masked Singer judge and social media mega star. But do you know the moments that really made him?

Opening up on the turning points, the good times, the challenges and the lessons learned, this is Mo as you've never seen him before. Journeying through childhood memories in South London, Mo reminisces about school days and old-school raving, and takes us behind the scenes of his first comedy gigs, the creation of the original Geezer, selling out national tours and becoming one of TV's most in-demand stars.

Share the moment that Mo decided he wanted to be a comedian, the moment he went viral, the moment he realised he was famous (and how to deal with it), the moment his Netflix special dropped, the moment he won his BAFTA and the moments he still has to come. In among the "laugh-out-loud observations, life lessons and candid storytelling", there lies the bigger influences in Mo's life - the unsung heroes of the black British comedy scene, the power of community and the feel-good legacy he wants to create.

Brighton

Brighton

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Comedy feature following a working class and a middle class family holidaying in Brighton. Stars include Larry Lamb, Marion Bailey, Lesley Sharp, Phil Davis and Adjoa Andoh.

Lucy Beaumont - Drinking Custard: Diary Of A Confused Mum

Lucy Beaumont - Drinking Custard: Diary Of A Confused Mum

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From TV's award-winning comedy mum, Lucy Beaumont, comes her "hilarious debut on the trials and tribulations of motherhood". Known for her sharp, witty and surreal view on everyday life, Lucy shares the unpredictable craziness of being a mum in this "brilliant and laugh-out-loud 'mumoir'".

Mums everywhere will recognise the madness of it all. Like when Lucy was hospitalised with indigestion in her third trimester (blame the burrito), or when she was *this close* to slapping her hypo-birthing instructor. Or the efforts she made to infiltrate the local mum's social groups and when she embarrassingly forgot her own new-born baby's name!

"Heart-warming and laugh-out-loud funny", Drinking Custard also captures Lucy's marriage to comedian Jon Richardson, as they navigate Lucy's raging pregnancy hormones and balk at pram prices together.

Bob Mortimer - And Away...

Bob Mortimer - And Away...

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The long-awaited first autobiography by national treasure Bob Mortimer.

Bob Mortimer's life was trundling along happily until suddenly in 2015 he was diagnosed with a heart condition that required immediate surgery and forced him to cancel an upcoming tour. The episode unnerved him, but forced him to reflect on his life so far. This is the framework for his" hilarious and moving" memoir, And Away....

Although his childhood in Middlesbrough was normal on the surface, it was tinged by the loss of his dad, and his own various misadventures (now infamous from his appearances on Would I Lie To You?), from burning down the family home to starting a short-lived punk band called Dog Dirt. As an adult, he trained as a solicitor and moved to London. Though he was doing pretty well (the South London Press once crowned him 'The Cockroach King' after a successful verdict), a chance encounter in a pub in the 1980s with a young comedian going by the name Vic Reeves set his life on a different track. And now, six years on, the heart condition that once threatened his career has instead led to new success on BBC Two's Gone Fishing.

"Warm, profound, and irrepressibly funny", And Away... is Bob's full life story (with a few lies thrown in for good measure).

Katherine Ryan - The Audacity

Katherine Ryan - The Audacity

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The star of The Duchess and the host of Telling Everybody Everything, this is the debut book from superstar comedian Katherine Ryan.

"While I've been very blessed to have worked in comedy for over a decade, The Audacity gives me the opportunity to connect with people more fully and honestly than a panel show allows. I've learned to be a sharp-shooter on stage, but there are so many stories that I'm eager to tell in more sincere, longer form. I hope it gives people a laugh, an insight, and hopefully some encouragement on how to live their most fulfilled, authentic lives."

Detailing Katherine's journey from a naïve ex-Hooters waitress fresh off the boat from Canada to comedy megastar, chapters will cover How to Potty Train Your Baby at 10 Months, How to Cut Off Your Racist Aunties, How to Marry Your High School Boyfriend and How to Co-Parent when you're a Single Mum.

The Audacity combines Katherine's unerring ear for the perfect line with the warmth, compassion and hard-won wisdom that makes up a life on and off stage.

Robert Ross - Forgotten Heroes Of Comedy

Robert Ross - Forgotten Heroes Of Comedy

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In this long overdue and affectionate salute, comedy historian Robert Ross pays tribute to some of the finest, funniest and most fascinating names in comedy - from both sides of the Atlantic. With the passionate input of such favourite comics as Tim Brooke-Taylor, Hattie Hayridge, Roy Hudd, Michael Palin, Ross Noble, Chris Addison and Bernard Cribbins, Ross will pay long tribute to legends of humour who, for a variety of reasons, didn't quite reach the heady heights of stardom or, once they had, couldn't cope with the pressures.

Whether it be personal demons, changing trends in comedy or a rival act undermining their fame, the ups and downs of the Forgotten Heroes Of Comedy will make for fascinating reading. Presented in alphabetical order for ease of reference and to give a scattered through the ages feel it will be illustrated throughout with a lavish collection of rare film stills and original theatre posters. The book will be the ultimate talking point in pubs and offices and living rooms across the country.

Forgotten Heroes Of Comedy will finally elevate them to the Hall of Fame where they belong. Forgotten, no longer. With an introductory piece by that very much remembered and influential comedy hero, Monty Python pioneer Terry Jones, this book will enthral and enlighten the most die-hard of comedy admirers.

Billy Connolly - Windswept & Interesting: My Autobiography

Billy Connolly - Windswept & Interesting: My Autobiography

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In his first full-length autobiography, comedy legend and national treasure Billy Connolly reveals the truth behind his "windswept and interesting" life. Born in a tenement flat in Glasgow in 1942, orphaned by the age of 4 and a survivor of appalling abuse at the hands of his own family, Billy's life is a remarkable story of success against all the odds.

Billy found his escape first as an apprentice welder in the shipyards of the River Clyde. Later he became a folk musician - a 'rambling man' - with a genuine talent for playing the banjo. But it was his ability to spin stories, tell jokes and hold an audience in the palm of his hand that truly set him apart. As a young comedian Billy broke all the rules. He was fearless and outspoken - willing to call out hypocrisy wherever he saw it. But his stand-up was full of warmth, humility and silliness too. His startling, hairy 'glam-rock' stage appearance - wearing leotards, scissor suits and banana boots - only added to his appeal.

Billy's pitch-perfect stand-up comedy kept coming too - for over 50 years, in fact - until a double diagnosis of cancer and Parkinson's disease brought his remarkable live performances to an end. Since then he has continued making TV shows, creating extraordinary drawings... and writing. Windswept & Interesting is Billy's story in his own words.

Locked Down

Locked Down

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Just as they decide to separate, Linda (Anne Hathaway) and Paxton (Chiwetel Ejiofor) find life has other plans when they are stuck at home in a mandatory lockdown. Co-habitation is proving to be a challenge, but fuelled by poetry and copious amounts of wine, it will bring them closer together in the most surprising way.

Victoria Wood Unseen On TV

Victoria Wood Unseen On TV

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In the five years since Victoria Wood's death, one great sadness has been the realisation that we'll never again be surprised by new material from her. But now, as part of the research for the Sunday Times best-selling and critically acclaimed biography Let's Do It, her official biographer, Jasper Rees uncovered a treasure chest of unseen work.

From her first piece of comic prose written for her school magazine through to material written for the great TV specials of her maturity and beyond, the store of her writing is full of secret gems that span nearly half a century. This is a unique and intimate insight into the working of a singular comedy talent. From the first to the last, these are words that no one else could have written, which will make you laugh in the way that only she could.

Harry Hill's Fight!: Thirty Years Not Quite At The Top

Harry Hill's Fight!: Thirty Years Not Quite At The Top

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In this "highly entertaining" memoir from one of the nation's most popular comedians, Harry Hill takes an "honest and hilarious" look back at his life and career through the lens of what didn't go right.

We join him on the journey in childhood, and his starring role in the cub panto, through a short-lived career as a hospital doctor - where he was reprimanded for daydreaming during a life-saving operation - to slogging it out on the comedy circuit in the 90s alongside comics like Bill Bailey and Jo Brand - to becoming a national TV teatime favourite. He takes us behind the scenes of his ill-fated X-Factor musical I Can't Sing!, on a very strange car journey with Simon Cowell, and shares what he said to The Queen when he found himself alone with her backstage at The Royal Albert Hall. Harry's was a fight to not quite the top of the showbiz food chain.

Full of "truthful reflection and uproarious stories", he finds joy in failure, creativity in struggle and revels in the lessons to be learnt from a flop.

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

Out now

James Acaster - Cold Lasagne Hate Myself 1999

James Acaster - Cold Lasagne Hate Myself 1999

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After the huge success of James Acaster's live stream of the sell-out show Cold Lasagne Hate Myself 1999, the special comes to Vimeo On Demand, with BONUS unseen material.

A Bit Of Fry & Laurie - The BBC TV Soundtracks

A Bit Of Fry & Laurie - The BBC TV Soundtracks

Out now. Audio Download

In this classic TV soundtrack, Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie explore a seemingly inexhaustible list of subjects with a delicious turn of phrase and elaborate wordplay. The hilarity includes regular acts such as not so super Spy Tony Mercheson and his boss Control, yuppies, John and Peter and the Critics. With four brilliant series of great satire, comic genius and hilarious use of language, the show cemented Fry & Laurie as a double act and paved the way for their future stardom.

A Bit Of Fry & Laurie originally broadcast on BBC 1 and BBC 2 between 1987 and 1995.

The Lady Is A Square

The Lady Is A Square

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Anna Neagle, Frankie Vaughan and Janette Scott star alongside Anthony Newley and Wilfrid Hyde White in this swinging musical from the late 1950s, newly restored in high definition from original film elements. "Mr Showbusiness" sings four top tunes in what was to be the swansong for both Neagle and her long-time creative partner and husband, director Herbert Wilcox.

Widowed socialite Frances Baring encounters financial problems that put her late husband's classical orchestra in peril. Can a chance encounter with an aspiring young singer overcome her prejudice against pop and save the day?

Nudinits: Going Wild In Woolly Bush

Nudinits: Going Wild In Woolly Bush

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Follow Bernard and Barbara, from the eccentric village of Woolly Bush, as they open up their countryside in 40 funny fully-knitted pictures accompanied by comedy taglines.

Woolly Bush has all the standard features of a typical village - the local pub, the vegetable show, the vicar - so nothing unusual. Oh, except they're all in the nudie. The antics of this bare-bottomed couple are sure to raise a titter or two with woolly puns and large innuendos on every page. From a hike up Bushy Mound and a stiff one at the Ram Inn, to a picnic all out in the open and finding just the right lob at the tennis court - they show how to enjoy the outdoors and have a jolly good English staycation.

Based on the film festival hit nudinits animation and bursting with British eccentricity - this new comedy book will appeal to humour-lovers, outdoorsy types and knitting fans alike.

I'm Not In Love

I'm Not In Love

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Rob, in his late thirties, needs to decide if he wants to have a baby with his girlfriend Marta, but he's worried that he's fallen out of love with her. He asks his seemingly unhappily married friends for advice. They all tell him that he won't be able to do better so he might as well marry her; over the course of two weeks his friend Chris tries to set him up on a date, he meets up with the woman he thought was the great love of his life, he tries to get to grips with the idea of 'settling', and attempts to resolve his issues. But when Rob eventually does propose to Marta, things don't go exactly to plan.

Jules Verne's Rocket To The Moon

Jules Verne's Rocket To The Moon

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A brand new restoration of Jules Verne's Rocket To The Moon, based on an original work by the great pre-science-fiction author Jules Verne: a British comedy directed by Don Sharp and starring Oscar winner Burl Ives, Troy Donahue and Gert Frobe, plus Dennis Price, Terry-Thomas and many more.

Contestants from all over the world compete in a competition to be the first scientist to construct and launch a rocket to the moon. Phineas T. Barnum, the great American showman, comes to England to escape his creditors. Always on the lookout for an opportunity to make money, he enters the competition in an ambitious attempt to launch a rocket to the moon with the aid of a powerful, new explosive. Money troubles, spies and saboteurs ensure that the plan is doomed before it even starts.

Catch Us If You Can

Catch Us If You Can

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John Boorman makes his directorial debut with this 1965 cult classic in which Dave Clark stars as stuntman Steve, who gives up the rat-race to see the real world, closely followed by his four friends (played by The Dave Clark Five).

Escaping London with pretty model Dinah who's also sick of the humdrum, money-driven world, they hot-foot westwards for the idyllic island off the Devon coast that she hopes to buy. Mixing with drug-addled beatniks on Salisbury Plain and society hipsters in Bath, the group press onwards whilst the police, ad men and the national press try to catch them...if they can.

The sparkling supporting cast includes Yootha Joyce, Robin Bailey, Clive Swift, Ronald Lacey, Julian Holloway and Sheila Fearn, in this all-new high definition restoration of the comic, music-punctuated road trip.

Tony Nicholson - The Squire Of Knotty Ash And His Lady: An Intimate Biography Of Sir Ken Dodd

Tony Nicholson - The Squire Of Knotty Ash And His Lady: An Intimate Biography Of Sir Ken Dodd

Out now. Hardback, eBook

Sir Ken Dodd was a national institution. He worked tirelessly as one Britain's most popular comedians for a staggering seven decades. His five hour stage shows were legendary, and he was still performing these hilarious theatrical marathons right up to the age of ninety. He was also a talented ballad singer, and enjoyed a hugely successful chart-topping career in the 1960s. In fact his was the only name, apart from The Beatles, to appear in the top five best-selling singles of that iconic pop music decade.

Despite his nationwide fame and his crazy, larger-than-life stage persona, he was actually a very private person, away from the limelight. A quiet, well-read, deeply religious thinker. He consciously separated 'the two Ken Dodds', as he referred to them, and always declined to cooperate with biographers, in order to keep the private Ken Dodd just that - private. This book, thanks to Ken's wife, Lady Dodd, gives his many fans the first ever in-depth account of his astonishing story, and unravels 'the other Ken Dodd' - the fascinating, kind and complicated private man with whom she spent her life.

Nish Kumar - It's In Your Nature To Destroy Yourselves Part 1

Nish Kumar - It's In Your Nature To Destroy Yourselves Part 1

Out now. Audio Download

Recorded live at the Duchess Theatre, London on December 12th 2016, this is the show that Kumar did in Edinburgh, and then on tour that year, culminating in this performance captured on whatever the modern word is for tape. The show is about gentrification, history and the rise of the far right and what happened to me on Brexit night. Technically speaking, this is a recording of Actions Speak Louder Than Words... Unless You Shout The Words Real Loud.

A second part is also available.

Sing As We Go!

Sing As We Go!

Out now. Blu-ray, DVD

A morale-boosting feelgood movie made at a time of great economic depression, Sing As We Go! - another pre-war hit for legendary entertainer Gracie Fields - was written by acclaimed novelist, playwright and broadcaster J.B. Priestley and sees Gracie as an out of work millhand in search of gainful employment. It is featured here as a brand new high definition transfer from original film elements in its original theatrical aspect ratio.

When Greybeck Mill closes, Gracie finds herself out of work. Determined to get back on her feet, she bicycles to Blackpool in search of a job and ends up sharing lodgings with a potential beauty queen at the house of Madame Osiris, a palmist!

Staged - Series 1 And 2

Staged - Series 1 And 2

Out now. DVD

David Tennant and Michael Sheen (playing themselves) were due to star in a production of Six Characters In Search Of An Author in the West End. The pandemic has put paid to that, but their director (Simon Evans - also playing himself) is determined not to let the opportunity pass him by. He knows how big a chance this is for him and turns his attention to cajoling his stars into rehearsing over the internet. Includes all episodes from Series 1 & 2 of the critically acclaimed BBC One comedy.

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