BBC Comedy DVD Releases
Best of Not the Nine O'clock News
The Young Ones, Series 2
Bottom, Series 1
The Fast Show, Series 2
to buy on DVD 11th August 2003
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.
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.
DVDs provide a fantastic opportunity to re-live the glory of groundbreaking
classic comedy and are essential items in any DVD collection.
DVD is released to buy on 11th August 2003 from BBC Worldwide, priced
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.
Running Time: 95 MINS
The Young Ones, Series 2
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
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
Running Times: 206 mins
Bottom, Series 1
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
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.
Running Time: 173 mins
Fast Show, Series 2
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
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.
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.
Running Time: 201 mins