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The complete series of the 1980s drama, based on the novels by Sue Townsend, that follows the adventures of a teenage diarist. Adrian Mole (Gian Sammarco) certainly has no shortage of material to fill the pages of his journal with. Whether it be trouble with his mother (Lulu), his unreliable father (Stephen Moore) or his outspoken grandmother (Beryl Reid), Adrian has his hands full at home even without allowing for the general difficulties of adolescence. Perhaps no-one causes him as much heartache as Pandora (Lindsey Stagg), though, the object of his youthful desire but more than capable of wrapping him around her little finger...
Frank Launder directs this drama in which a bunch of East London black marketeers are forced to volunteer for the army during World War 2. The gang, led by Joey Boy Thompson (Harry H. Corbett) and Rabbit Malone (Reg Varney), opt for military service in order to avoid a spell in jail. However, conscription carries with it numerous pitfalls, and the gang seem experts at falling into them...
Double bill of rauchy comedies by Frankie 'Titter Ye Not' Howerd, the outrageously camp and bawdy British comic. 'Up Pompeii' (1971) is the feature length spin-off from the Howerd's television series about a lazy slave living in ancient Pompeii. When a document falls into his hands listing the names of those plotting to assassinate Emperor Nero, he is forced to infiltrate the group. Hilarious mishaps result. In 'Up The Chastity Belt' (1971) Lurkalot (Frankie Howerd) is a humble serf in Custard Castle, who runs a side-line selling chastity belts and love potions at the local market place. He's called upon to save the day when Sir Braggart De Bombast attempts to seize the castle and kidnap the beautiful Lobelia De Custard.
Billy Fury stars as himself in this crazy tale of a pop star and his love of animals. Billy, who already has quite an entourage of animals, decides to get himself a sheepdog. But much to the chagrin of his long-suffering manager, Billy returns with a thoroughbred racehorse, which he smuggles into the backstage area before a show. An argument ensues, but when the animal develops pneumonia Billy must choose between his love of the horse and his performing commitments.
James MacTaggart directs this 1970s British comedy starring Warren Mitchell, Kenneth Cranham, Vanessa Howard, Richard Briers and Bill Fraser. Salesman Fred Midway (Mitchell) started off with very little but is determined to climb the social ladder by any means necessary. If this involves accusing a promotion rival of having an affair with his boss's wife then Fred is happy to do so. Aware that a man can only rise so far if his family match his ambitions, the rest of the Midways - Hilda (Pat Heywood), Eileen (Elaine Taylor) and Tom (Cranham) - are implored by Fred to put on a show of sophistication. However, he may well come to regret educating his son Tom in the art of falsehood. For when Fred strikes upon his most devious scheme yet, Tom wants a piece of the action - and is prepared to blackmail his own father to get it...
Lurkalot (Frankie Howerd) is a humble serf in Custard Castle, who runs a side-line selling chastity belts and love potions at the local market place. He is called upon to save the day when Sir Braggart De Bombast attempts to seize the castle and kidnap the beautiful Lobelia De Custard.
On the planet Tigella, the mysterious source of all power - the Dodecahedron - is failing. Zastor, the leader of the planet, decides to call on an old friend to help them. An old friend who travels the universe in a blue police box.
Madcap British farce about mistresses and minks in the London fur salon of Bodley, Bodley, and Crouch. Gilbert Bodley (Leslie Phillips) plans to sell an expensive mink to a mobster dirt cheap for his wife, because the wife is Gilbert's mistress and he wants to 'close the deal'. However, instead of doing his own dirty work, he gets his reluctant partner, Arnold Crouch (Ray Cooney), to do it for him. Things go awry when the mobster plans to buy it for his own mistress and soon the whole plan goes out the window along with women's clothing and a few other things.
Tony Palmer directs this dramatisation of the tragic relationship between composer Giacomo Puccini and the maid who became his lover, Doria Manfredi - an ill-fated union that went on to inspire the opera 'Turandot'. Robert Stephens and Virginia McKenna star. The drama is juxtaposed with footage from Palmer's 1984 production of 'Turandot' for the Scottish National Opera, starring Linda Evans Gray, Willard White and Alan Opie.
Film spin-off of the British television sitcom. Eddie Booth (Jack Smethurst) hates his implacable Jamaican neighbours, but when the two families get a chance to win some money in a 'Love Thy Neighbour' competition, they pretend to bury the hatchet.
Feature length spin-off from the Frankie Howerd television series about a lazy slave living in ancient Pompeii. When a document falls into his hands listing the names of those plotting to assassinate Emperor Nero, he is forced to infiltrate the group. Hilarious mishaps result.
Two episodes from the Tom Baker era 'Doctor Who', devoted to the Doctor's favourite metallic pooch - K9. In 'The Invisible Enemy', a mysterious cloud is causing havoc in space, infecting all those who pass through it with an intelligent virus which could spread throughout the whole galaxy. The Doctor (Baker) and Leela (Louise Jameson) try to come to the rescue, but the TARDIS passes through the cloud itself, leaving the Doctor infected with the virus. He and Leela then try to find help at a nearby medical station, where they meet the eccentric Professor Marius and his pet robot K-9. In 'K9 and Company', the pilot from the 'Doctor Who' spin-off series, the Doctor's former companion, Sarah-Jane Smith (Elisabeth Sladen), arrives to take up residence with her Aunt Lavinia at the village of Moreton. She finds the house deserted apart from a crate marked for her attention, which turns out to contain a gift from the Time Lord: K9 Mark 3. The mechanical dog teams up with Sarah to investigate Aunt Lavinia's disappearance, and together they unearth evidence of witchcraft.
Bill Fraser and Raymond Huntley star in this 1970s comedy spin-off of the BBC sitcom. Undertakers Basil Bulstrode (Fraser) and Emmanuel Holroyd (Huntley) are overjoyed when they are called upon to bury their chief rival. However, when new businessmen move in and use the funeral parlour as a front to smuggle drugs a new war for custom ensues between the two businesses.
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