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.
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"
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"
Mapp and Lucia is the centrepiece of E.F. Benson's series of Lucia novels - bringing together for the first time the eponymous middle-aged doyennes of polite 1930s society Miss Elizabeth Mapp and Emmeline Luca (Lucia to her friends). Lucia, recently widowed, is the newcomer to the village of Tilling and eager to wrest the reins of social supremacy from the incumbant Miss Mapp and install herself as its benevolent dictator.
"all too short"
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.
Just when you thought it was safe to listen again, Dead Ringers is back with its skewed and scary take on the world of celebrity, politics, and the mass media. All human, and quite a bit of inhuman, life is here.
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.
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.
"Still cant stop laughing"
Two specially extended editions featuring all the bits you didn't hear on transmission! If you've ever wondered what it's like to attend a live recording of I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue, the antidote to panel games, now is your chance to discover how much fun they are! These two extended editions of the programme, from 1995 and 1996, offer an exclusive glimpse behind the scenes, in the company of players Graeme Garden, Barry Cryer, Tim Brooke-Taylor, Willie Rushton, and Jeremy Hardy.
"Bring me the un-edited head of Alfredo Garcia"
A selection of sketches from Monty Python's Flying Circus.
Perhaps the ultimate in TV comedy madness and absurdity, this cult series, which began in 1969, inspired many of today's writers and performers. This audio programme features many of the legendary sketches, songs, and catchphrases, including "The Dead Parrot", "The Ministry of Silly Walks", "The Lumberjack Song", "And Now for Something Completely Different", and many more.
"Original monty python sketches"
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"
Yes, it's hello again from them. For nearly 25 years The Two Ronnies were a TV institution, a much-loved double-act, each with his own inimitable, individual appeal. Who could forget Barker's hilarious 'pispronunciation', Corbett's witty monologues, the risque limericks, the puns, the patter, and the parody? So enjoy another fun-filled feast of verbal fireworks. Inspired classic comedy from the two one-offs who said goodnight but not goodbye.
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"
In the first of two cringe-inducing episodes, Alan meets 'Britain's greatest living novelist', Lawrence Camley, and tackles him on the subject of not winning the Nobel prize for Literature. Feminist therapist Ali Tennant demonstrates her work on Alan, with surprising results, whilst a vile slur is cast upon Adam Wells, 'Carnaby Street's Mr Boutique', when he attempts to promote his new fizzy drink Vegina.
Dickens' classic tale of kindness, truth, and virtue is utterly ruined here by having a member of the Blackadder family involved. Stuffed with deeply horrible people and groaning with cartloads of seasonal bottom jokes, it manages to squeeze a Victorian Blackadder and his Elizabethan, Regency, and Space Age relatives into a huge pie of entertainment which will satisfy everyone, unless you're a beadle, an orphan, or a long-dead member of the Royal Family.
"Fantastic festive audio book"
Surbiton's most famous residents bring their endearingly funny mix of self-reliance and snobbery to audio.
"The TV show in audible form"
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....