Johnny Vegas has crawled his way to the top of the showbiz ladder. Fame, wealth and awards are his but there is a problem...a big problem...he's lost his edge. He's no longer funny and the fans have begun to take notice...The solution? Return Vegas to his stand-up comedy roots - The Edinburgh fringe festival. How? Kidnap Johnny and surround him with a mad lifestyle manager, a megalomaniac sponsor and his obsessive comic flatmate who should've been sectioned years ago. Then just sit back, watch his world fall apart and hope his new found misery means he can reclaim his place amongst stand-up comedy's finest with hilarious results!Succeed or fail, one question must be answered... Who's ready for Ice Cream?, Johnny Vegas has crawled his way to the top of the showbiz ladder. Fame, wealth and awards are his but there is a problem...a big problem...he's lost his edge. He's no longer funny and the fans have begun to take notice...The solution? Return Vegas to his stand-up comedy roots - The Edinburgh fringe festival. How? Kidnap Johnny and surround him with a mad lifestyle manager, a megalomaniac sponsor and his obsessive comic flatmate who should've been sectioned years ago. Then just sit back, watch his world fall apart and hope his new found misery means he can reclaim his place amongst stand-up comedy's finest with hilarious results!Succeed or fail, one question must be answered... Who's ready for Ice Cream?Special Features:Out-takes and Deleted Scenes. Behind the Smile. Tough Crowd
Dennis Potter has long been acknowledged as one of the most important writers of the twentieth century. No stranger to controversy, he refused to compromise his art for the sake of shifting standards of decency and public approval, and remains highly regarded by writers and critics alike. Though he had considerable successes with the series format (such as The Singing Detective and Casanova) it is generally accepted that his strongest work is the single play, of which he wrote many for both the BBC and ITV. In celebration of Potter’s television work, Network is proud to present this set containing six plays originally broadcast between 1968 and 1980.These rarely seen plays form a significant part of Potter’s body of work. Cream in my Coffee won the Prix Italia for Best Drama in 1980, and Peggy Ashcroft won the BAFTA for Best Actress. Blade on the Feather won a Best Actor BAFTA for Denholm Elliott, as well as one for Best Graphics. Accompanying the plays are two interviews that Potter did for Sir Melvyn Bragg’s South Bank Show in the late 1970s.Blade on the FeatherWhat is the agenda of a retired spy’s sinister visitor?Rain on the RoofA bored housewife gives reading lessons to an illiterate man.Cream in my CoffeeA couple return to the scene of promises made 46 years before.Shaggy DogA man is pushed to his limit at a job interview.Moonlight on the HighwayA young man seeks psychiatric help for his wickedness .Lay Down Your ArmsA War Office clerk finds an odd way to fit in at work.Special Features:None Listed.
This classic anthology science fiction series, created by Irene Shubik (The Wednesday Play, Rumpole of the Bailey), was one of the most daring, ambitious and inventive series ever created. Intended to display the genre at its best, as parable or metaphor, whether seriously or satirically, the series drew from writers of the calibre of Frederick Pohl, E. M. Forster, Isaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury and John Wyndham. The cream of British television talent was applied to bring these tales to the small screen. Dramatists such as J. B. Priestley, Leon Griffiths and Jeremy Paul, directors such as Philip Saville and Rudolph Cartier, visionary designers including Ridley Scott, and powerful actors of the calibre of Yvonne Mitchell, George Cole, Rachel Roberts, David Hemmings and Warren Mitchell. The results were spectacular – sometimes disturbing, sometimes funny, yet always of the highest intelligence – an extraordinary, consistently demanding exploration of the genre with some of the most memorable television productions ever staged. This extensive seven-disc DVD box set collects all 20 surviving episodes from the four original series, along with an extensive and comprehensive collection of extra features including one incomplete episode, four episode reconstructions, 11 audio commentaries, extensive stills galleries, an archival interview with director James Cellan Jones, and a newly-created 42-minute documentary with original cast and crew members and rarely seen fragments from lost episodes. Bonus Features: All 20 surviving episodes from series one to four Return of the Unknown (2014, 42 minutes): all-new documentary with cast and crew interviews, and clips from lost episodes 11 audio commentaries with cast and crew, and experts, moderated by actor-comedian Toby Hadoke Archival interview with director James Cellan Jones Episode reconstructions for Beach Head, The Naked Sun, The Yellow Pill, and The Uninvited Film insert from Deathday episode Seven extensive stills galleries Fully illustrated booklet with essays by Out of the Unknown expert Mark Ward Cast and Crew: Based on the work of leading science-fiction writers, including John Wyndham, Isaac Asimov, Philip K Dick, Ray Bradbury and J G Ballard
Children's Film Foundation Bumper Box Vol. 2 (DVD Box Set) For over 30 years, The Children's Film Foundation produced quality entertainment for young audiences, employing the cream of British Filmmaking talent. Unavailable for years, these much-loved films finally make a welcome return to our screens in newly remastered editions. The Bumper Box Collection Vol. 2 includes the following CFF adventures: Treasure at the Mill, Wings of Mystery, Seventy Deadly Pills, Go Kart Go, A Ghost of a Chance, The Sea Children, Sky Pirates, The Mine and the Minotaur and Friend or Foe. Those actors in early roles include Judy Geeson, Dennis Waterman and Simon Fisher Turner. Special Features: The Ghost of Monk's Island (1967): seven part CFF adventure split over 3 discs Interview with John Krish, director of Friend or Foe Fully illustrated booklet with new writing on the films by Vic Pratt Other extras TBC