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08.07.03

New BBC Comedy DVD Releases


The Best of Not the Nine O'clock News
The Young Ones, Series 2
Bottom, Series 1
The Fast Show, Series 2


Out to buy on DVD 11th August 2003


Following the successful release of last year's contemporary comedy DVD collection, BBC Worldwide is proud to announce a further four titles on DVD from the BBC comedy archives, each celebrating British humour at its most outrageous and anarchic best.


The titles boast an array of British comic talent from the 80s, 90s and beyond, including Rik Mayall, Adrian Edmonson, Paul Whitehouse, Charlie Higson, Alexis Sayle, Rowan Atkinson, Griff Rhys-Jones and Mel Smith. These shows are widely acknowledged as introducing and cementing some of the country's finest performers and writers, and each saw the creation of hilarious characters, many of which remain institutions of British comedy today.


These DVDs provide a fantastic opportunity to re-live the glory of groundbreaking classic comedy and are essential items in any DVD collection.


Each DVD is released to buy on 11th August 2003 from BBC Worldwide, priced at £15.99.



The Best of Not the Nine O'clock News
First screened in 1979, Not the Nine O'clock News was an overnight, award-winning success. Featuring the then unknown talent of Rowan Atkinson, Pamela Stephenson, Mel Smith and Griff Rhys-Jones, each rapidly became international stars, and the series set the standards for satirical comedy for years to come.

A combination of spoof news headlines, witty sketches and impersonations, no one escaped ridicule as the show gathered pace in the 80s era of Thatcher and Reagan, still standing the test of time today. This DVD is a tribute to the show and features all the very best moments. It is menu driven and has scene selection.


Cat. Number: BBCDVD1285
Certificate: 12
Running Time: 95 MINS



The Young Ones, Series 2
A landmark in British comedy, The Young Ones features the explosive exploits of four students in their squalid rented house. Rick (Rik Mayall) is highly-strung and 'politically aware'; Neil (Nigel Planner) is a complete hippy, Vyvyan (Adrian Edmonson) a lunatic punk rocker studying medicine, and Mike (Christopher Ryan) a smooth-talking natty dresser.


First screened in 1984, Series 2 follows the continuing chaos as the four remain committed to doing no work, whilst avoiding their Russian landlord Jerzy Balowski (Alexi Sayle), and trying to get on University Challenge as representatives of Scumbag College. With a who's who of guest appearances, even stretching to Cliff Richard, Series 2 on DVD features all six of the final episodes: Bambi; Cash; Nasty; Time; Sick; Summer Holiday. The DVD is menu driven and features scene selection.


Cat. Number: BBCDVD1171
Certificate: 15
Running Times: 206 mins



Bottom, Series 1
First shown in 1991, Bottom introduced Richie (Rik Mayall) and Eddie (Adrian Edmonson) to the public consciousness… ready or not! Richie is creepy, smarmy and has major problems with sex, in particular the fact he never has any. Eddie enjoys porn, the pub and punching Richie whenever he can. Together they lurk in a seedy flat, worrying about money and taking their frustrations out on each other as violently as possible.


Belching and cursing their way through each whirlwind episode, Richie and Eddie are the archetypal bad boys of comedy. Available for the very first time in its entirety on DVD, Bottom, Series 1 on DVD is menu driven and features scene selection.


Cat. Number: BBCDVD1286
Certificate: 15
Running Time: 173 mins


The Fast Show, Series 2
One of the brightest stars on the contemporary comedy scene, the multi-award winning Fast Show team, headed up by writers Paul Whitehouse and Charlie Higson, features a host of acclaimed comedy performers including Caroline Aherne, Simon Day, John Thomson, Arabella Weir and Mark Williams.


After the monmentual success of the first series of The Fast Show, and the creation of unforgettable characters and catchphrases such as "Suits you Sir", Ted and Ralph and the Chanel 9 presenters, Series 2 arrived with a bang in 1997. Adding to its already BRILLIANT portfolio of characters, over thirty new faces appeared including The Thirteenth Duke of Wybourne, Swiss Tony and the Deaf Stunt Man.


Now, for the first time ever, all seven episodes from Series 2 are available together on DVD. The DVD is menu driven with scene selection… which was nice.


Cat. Number: BBCDVD1284
Certificate: 12
Running Time: 201 mins





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