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DVD review - Morecambe and Wise: Two of a Kind

We all remember the classic Morecambe and Wise sketches and Christmas specials that they made for the BBC, but their first TV success was arguably over on commercial television, at ATV in the 1960s. This series was Two of a Kind and it spawned some of the double act's most famous routines.

Ian Wolf, On The Box, 11th December 2016

Radio Times review

If variety should offer sights you never thought you'd see, this episode is a triumph. Among the entertainments is Jason Manford tap-dancing, a troupe of performing budgerigars and a Chinese group doing a "dance of a thousand hands" that would mesmerise Busby Berkeley himself.

Unlike the rest of the week on ITV, nobody here is buzzered off or pleading for the public to vote for them. They're just good. On the downside, pianist Lang Lang hooks up with Croatian duo 2Cellos for a clattering, bull-in-a-china-shop cover of Live and Let Die. Paul McCartney should sue.

David Butcher, Radio Times, 24th May 2015

Introducing ... David Jesudason, Things My Dad Says

His old man loves Jim Davidson but hates Paul McCartney - and provides David Jesudason with some comedy gold.

London Is Funny, 13th August 2014

It's been another winning year for Graham Norton - great guests (his New Year's Eve line-up this year was extraordinary) and great audience figures. Even if you saw every episode of the most recent series these best-bit compilations are always worth a look. So prepare to relive the good and the bad.

The good include Lady Gaga forging an unlikely, instant friendship with EastEnders' Dot Cotton, June Brown; the two Doctors Matt Smith and David Tennant taking fan questions; and Paul McCartney talking about his collaboration with Michael Jackson. And the bad? Michelle Pfeiffer and a very unforthcoming Robert De Niro looking bored and baffled as Cher and Jennifer Saunders stole the show. And Harrison Ford seemingly very unimpressed by Jack Whitehall.

Alison Graham, Radio Times, 3rd January 2014

As usual, Norton's bookers have activated their tractor beam to draw in the best celebrities. For a start, Paul McCartney is on the couch! Our greatest living songwriter (discuss) will talk about his new album, helpfully entitled New, and give us a sample - most likely the Beatles-y title track, which sounds like a breezy relative of Got to Get You into My Life.

At the other end of the pop spectrum is Katy Perry - she has a new album out soon. And let's not forget the actors: Natalie Portman talks about her role in Thor sequel, The Dark World and if that wasn't enough star wattage, James Corden drops by.

David Butcher, Radio Times, 18th October 2013

Everyone loves sparks flying on the chatshow circus and the best chance of a meltdown tonight looks likely to come from the wayward Britney Spears as she drops by for a chinwag with Alan Carr.

Will he ask her opinion on twerking Miley Cyrus? Also making merry with Carr are Olympic hero Mo Farah and actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt, plus music from Jake Bugg, while Graham Norton has landed Paul McCartney, Natalie Portman, Chris Hemsworth, James Corden and Katy Perry.

Carol Carter and Larushka Ivan-Zadeh, Metro, 18th October 2013

What would have happened to John Lennon had he left the Beatles in 1962, on the cusp of greatness? We join Lennon (Ian Hart, uncanny in his third outing as the Beatle) in grey, 1991 Birmingham, scratching out a living in dead-end jobs, dispensing pithily sardonic observations and denying his mild resentment towards Paul McCartney.

In this universe, Macca's Lennon-less Beatles are dragging themselves around the low-rent nostalgia circuit after a middling career of melodic that saw them eclipsed by the likes of The Hollies.

Snodgrass (Lennon's tag for 'The Man') could have been a dismally self-regarding muso wank-off - and there are in-jokes aplenty for Fab Four obsessives. But it also works beautifully as simple human drama, anchored by a performance of thoughtful melancholy from Hart. The concept is neither overthought nor over-explained, the attention to detail in David Quantick's screenplay (based on Ian R MacLeod's novella) is stunning, and Ex-Boo Radley Martin Carr's soundtrack of affectionate pastiches completes this miniature masterpiece of disappointment and regret.

Gabriel Tate, Time Out, 25th April 2013

Anyone casually inferring that the title of this 90-minute documentary might shed light on the inner workings of knowing music-hall surrealist Frankie Howerd is likely to be mildly disappointed. The Lost Tapes is far more interested in his stage-and-screen career than his occasionally tumultuous private life. That said, the plethora of footage unearthed here is an absolute treat for any fan of British comedy. Bruce Forsyth, Tim Vine, Ross Noble, Roy Hudd, Galton & Simpson and the eternally youthful Barry Cryer guide us through clips ranging from Frankie's stint at Peter Cook's Establishment Club to his scenes - sadly left on the cutting-room floor - with Wendy Richard and Paul McCartney in The Beatles' Help! to footage of another musical misfire in his role opposite The Bee Gees in the regrettable promotional movie that accompanied their Cucumber Castle LP. Other nuggets include clips from 1973 Up Pompeii! rehash Whoops Baghdad and a 1976 sitcom made for Canadian TV.

Adam Lee Davies, Time Out, 1st January 2013