The Strange World Of Gurney Slade. Image shows from L to R: Sid Green, Gurney Slade (Anthony Newley), Dick Hills. Copyright: Associated Television.

The Strange World Of Gurney Slade

ITV sitcom starring Anthony Newley. 6 episodes (1 series) in 1960. Stars Anthony Newley.

The Strange World Of Gurney Slade... Again

The Strange World Of Gurney Slade... Again

On 22nd October 1960 renowned singer and actor Anthony Newley crashed through the fourth wall in his weird and wonderful ATV television series The Strange World Of Gurney Slade. To celebrate its 60th birthday all six episodes have been restored in HD from the original 35mm film elements and are now available to order on a limited edition Blu-ray release, packed full of rare special features.

The series saw Anthony Newley star as an actor who walks off the set of a banal sitcom and into a fantasy world of his own imagination in a dreamlike odyssey through one man's personal alternative reality. Talking to dogs, rocks and fairies and dancing with vacuum cleaners it is an unpredictable, absurdist fantasy created by Newley and written by comedy legends Sid Green and Dick Hills (soon thereafter to become key writers for Morecambe & Wise). The series features British stalwarts including Una Stubbs, Anneke Wills, Geoffrey Palmer and Bernie Winters.

First released: Monday 30th November 2020

Extras

  • Three Saturday Spectacular shows from 1960 featuring Anthony Newley alongside Shirley Bassey, Peter Sellers, Janette Scott, Lionel Blair and others. These variety specials feature Newley's initial attempts at building the "internal monologue character" that would eventually become Gurney Slade.
  • Original Gurney Slade promotional shorts
  • Extensive image galleries
  • The Small World Of Sammy Lee: The classic 1963 British crime film starring Anthony Newley
  • The Small World Of Sammy Lee special features: Newly discovered archive film material featuring an alternative ending; textless titles; and a promotional interview with Anthony Newley
  • Commemorative booklet with contributions from Andrew Pixley, Dick Fiddy and Andrew Roberts
  • Distributor: Network
  • Region: B
  • Discs: 3
  • Minutes: 156
  • Catalogue: 7958348

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