Between 1980 and 1988 on BBC television and radio, the exploits of the Rt Hon Jim Hacker MP (Paul Eddington) - later Prime Minister - kept the British nation enthralled. Helped - and hampered - by his diligent Permanent Secretary Sir Humphrey Appleby (Nigel Hawthorne) and his Principle Private Secretary Bernard Woolley (Derek Fowlds), Hacker and his department became synonymous with government bureaucracy and administrative double dealing.
"Funny and relevant"
With a ya boo sucks to you fritzy, hot tiddly tumble, it's off to Western Front 1917. Captain Blackadder, hero of Mboto Gorge, joined the British Army when it was little more than a travel agency for gentlemen with an abnormally high sex drive.
Bleak Expectations is the remarkable adventures of young Philip Bin as he struggles to rescue himself and his sisters from the plotting of his guardian, the scheming, evil and badly-named Mr Gently Benevolent, and the blood-curdling Hardthrasher brothers.
Four classic BBC TV episodes featuring a newly-added interview with John Cleese.
Six phenomenally sophisticated Noël Coward comedies: Fallen Angels, Hay Fever, Private Lives, Design for Living, Blithe Spirit, Present Laughter.
"Classic and refreshing experience"
Twenty remastered episodes of the legendary series plus bonus material. Immensely popular and hugely influential, the groundbreaking radio series changed the face of British comedy. Now, for the first time, this collection presents the available episodes in chronological order as they were scheduled to be broadcast. In addition, there are some rare bonus archive items.
"90 pure goon"
"Still cant stop laughing"
"Still good, but..."
Peter Cook and Dudley Moore were two of the brightest stars ever to light up the world of comedy. They set standards that will probably never be surpassed. Cambridge graduates who met in Beyond the Fringe, their chemistry produced some of the funniest, most inventive and downright brilliant comedy ever recorded.They came to wider fame with the tv series Not Only... But Also. The writing and performances were superb....
From the annals of wartime Britain come four brilliantly funny episodes with Captain Mainwaring's fully trained Home Guard platoon, ever ready to strike terror into the heart of the Wehrmacht from their unit in Walmington-on-Sea. Always prepared to fight to the finish, this endearing team of characters are at their incompetent best in these wonderfully entertaining adventures specially adapted for radio.
The name's Alan, Alan Partridge. They say the art of conversation is dead but I've rescued the drowning chat. Years ago I asked the BBC if I could host my own show and they said, "Alan you can't. It won't work." I said, "I can and it will." I have. It does (work that is). This is it. Listen. Learn and Listen some more. Ah-haah!
"5 for the comedy, minus 1 for value"
Here is the unforgettable "Fletch", everyone's favourite criminal, making the most of his enforced stay at Her Majesty's Pleasure. Never a man to shrink from a challenge, even from behind bars, Fletch could manage anything from organising a win on the horses to buying a council flat in Mayfair. Amazing his cell mates and infuriating officialdom, Fletch, the Arthur Daley of penal servitude, always comes out on top.
Arthur Lowe, John Le Mesurier, Clive Dunn and Ian Lavender star in a collection of rediscovered Dad's Army gems. Published for the first time, these four instalments of Dad's Army have been brought together from a variety of archive sources and in each case represents something unique. 'A Stripe for Frazer' is the surviving TV soundtrack from an episode whose film recording has long been missing in action.
"BRILLIANT WEE STORY JUST LOVE DAD'S ARMY. B.C."
Here are four hilarious episodes from the classic BBC comedy series Porridge, starring Ronnie Barker, Brian Wilde, Richard Beckinsale, and Fulton Mackay.
"Excellent british comedy as always"
When Alan meets 'France's second best racing driver' Michel Lambert, their discussion ranges from Cyrano de Bergerac to haute cuisine (or 'hot food', as Alan translates it). Friend of the stars Shirley Dee talks about the new film of her life, whilst ex-hostage Chris Lester is introduced to a surprise guest, the man he was chained to for two years in Liberia. Finally, a drugs scare ends the show on yet another bombshell.
18 episodes from the tenth series of this much-loved BBC radio classic comedy starring Stephen Murray, Leslie Phillips and Jon Pertwee. With a starring cast of Stephen Murray, Leslie Phillips and Jon Pertwee, ably supported by Richard Caldicot, Heather Chasen, Tenniel Evans and Michael Bates, The Navy Lark remains buoyant after all these years.
"Absolutely the best of British radio comedy"
To celebrate 30 years of the extremely popular BBC Radio 4 comedy panel game, this release brings together two special editions, I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue Anniversary Special and I'm Sorry I Haven't a Desert Island, alongside the first ever edition of the programme, originally broadcast on 11 April 1972.
"Get Clued Up"
The show that grabs listeners by the waist, swirls them round in time to a Strauss waltz, and then trips over the banana skins of convention.
"A Great listen"
The historic reunion of radio's greatest comedy team to celebrate 50 years of the BBC was their farewell performance and proved so momentous it was broadcast complete with the pre-show warm-up! In what became almost a Royal Command Performance, Neddie Seagoon, Hercules Grytpype-Thynne, the famous Eccles, and Bluebottle were among the much-loved characters who found their voices again at the Camden Theatre on Sunday 30 April 1972.
Four of the best episodes from the classic BBC radio comedy series, which took comedy to a new level of outrageousness in the late 1960s. Kenneth Horne is the suave host, whilst around him orbit those no-holds-barred satellites Kenneth Williams, Betty Marsden, Hugh Paddick, and Bill Pertwee. Regular characters Julian and Sandy and Rambling Syd Rumpo make a number of appearances, in amongst the usual comedy collage of sketches, songs, spoof series, and news reports.