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A black comedy based on a Tom Sharpe novel. Henry Wilt regularly fantasises about killing his wife, and after dumping an unwanted inflatable doll in a ditch and when his wife then goes missing the finger of accusation is pointed straight at him. Stars Griff Rhys Jones, Mel Smith, Alison Steadman and Diana Quick.
The best bits from the influential BBC alternative comedy show that ran from 1979-1982. Always controversial, it made fun of the social ills and trends of the time and acted as a launchpad for the careers of Rowan Atkinson, Mel Smith, Griff Rhys Jones and Pamela Stephenson.
This wonderful anthology contains some of the nation's all-time favourite comic poetry. From much-loved classics such as Lewis Carroll's curious 'Jabberwocky' to lesser known and forgotten gems such as Gelett Burgess's 'The Purple Cow', Griff Rhys Jones takes us on a poetic tour of witty, nonsensical and plain laugh-out-loud funny poems. The selection brings together poets from every age and every walk of life, from Shakespeare to Victoria Wood and from Keats to Benjamin Zephaniah. There is Roald Dahl's cunning variation on 'Little Red Riding Hood', Spike Milligan's brilliantly ridiculous 'On the Ning Nang Nong' as well as several entries from the ever-elusive Anon, including one delightfully succint 'Peas'. Remembered, half-remembered, cherished or written on a tea towel, here are some of the nation's favourite comic poems.
This lovely book of poetry brings together over 100 of the most celebrated and cherished poems of the 20th century. Including poets as diverse as John Betjeman and Ted Hughes, Siegfried Sassoon and Allan Ahlberg, and subjects from all avenues of life - war, family life, love, death, religion, the countryside, animals and comedy - the whole breadth of the nation's life during the 20th century is encapsulated here. Compiled and edited by Griff Rhys Jones as part of the successful The Nations Favourite Poems series, this book brings together the wealth of new and innovative poetry styles that flourished in the 20th Century.
When the master of Cambridge college Porterhouse succumbs to a fatal stroke, he is replaced by the progressive Sir Godber Evans (Ian Richardson), who announces such earth-shattering initiatives as female students, a canteen and contraceptive machines. Head porter Skullion (David Jason) is outraged, along with the Fellows, and enlists the help of old Porterhousian Sir Cathcart D'Eath (Charles Gray) in foiling Sir Godber's schemes.
Contains the top 100 poems from a poll conducted by The Bookworm in 1995.
All six episodes of the British comedy drama starring Martin Clunes and Griff Rhys Jones. Soldiers Dick Dobson and Ian Deasey (Clunes and Rhys Jones) return home after the Second World War and decide to embark on a career in showbusiness. How hard can it be?
Griff Rhys Jones presents this documentary about Kenneth Grahame's classic children's novel 'The Wind in the Willows' and, in particular, the character Mr. Toad. Griff takes a look at Toad's personality traits, such as his tendancies to act impulsively and form passing obsessions, and suggests that Grahame's troubled son Alastair may have been an inspiration for the character. The programme also examines Grahame's relationship with Alastair, who suffered from health problems and committed suicide when he was still just a young man.
Every episode from Series 1-4 of the offbeat BBC crime drama. Scruffy amateur detective and master of illusion Jonathan Creek (Alan Davies) teams up with investigative crime writer Maddy Magellan (Caroline Quentin) in Series 1-3, and theatrical agent-turned-TV presenter Carla Borrega (Julia Sawlha) in Series 4, to solve a string of seemingly impossible cases. Episodes are: 'The Wrestler's Tomb', 'Jack in the Box', 'The Reconstituted Corpse', 'No Trace of Tracy', 'The House of Monkeys', 'Danse Macabre', 'Time Waits for Norman', 'The Scented Room', 'The Problem at the Gallows: Parts 1 and 2', 'Mother Redcap', 'The Curious Tale of Mr Spearfish', 'The Eyes of Tiresias', 'The Omega Man', 'Ghost's Forge', 'Miracle in Crooked Lane', 'The Three Gamblers', 'Satan's Chimney', 'The Coonskin Cap', 'Angel Hair', 'The Tailor's Dummy', 'The Seer of the Sands', 'The Chequered Box' and 'Gorgon's Wood'.
Between 1979 and 1982, the Not the Nine OClock News team produced the sharpest comedy to be found on British television and launched the careers of the stars, production team and writers, and was the most talked-about comedy series of the 1980s, with an enormous following worldwide.
Sketches flow with the sharpest wit. News clippings and archive material are mixed with monologues and music.This selection of their quick-fire blend of satire, pastiche pop and witty sketches includes such memorable TV moments as: Nobble Button; Not the Parrot Sketch; Jenkins Pee; Nine to Five Wildebeest; Schmidts Old Shag; National Health Beds; University Challenge; Cappucino; I like Trucking; Join the Russian Army; Campari and Soda; Non-Diet Pepsi; Nice Video Shame About The Song.
Originally transmitted 1979-1982. Previously Released as Nice Video Shame About the Hedgehog
Set and published during the time the British Raj, a time of subalterns and tea planters, tiffin and bands playing The Roast Beef of England, the forty stories in 'Plain Tales From The Hills' are played out under an unforgiving sun, revealing the deceit, faithlessness, shallowness, despair, mistrust, hate and petty jealousies rife amongst the British inhabitants of India. Fascinating, funny, tragic, immensely readable and witty, these stories provide an invaluable insight into life in India during the British Raj, introducing us to the work of one of the most beloved writers of the twentieth century.
In this informal guide to Wales, Griff Rhys Jones rediscovers "the land of his aunties". Born in Cardiff but raised in Essex, Griff is returning home on a mission to explore the real Wales: the one beyond the tourist trail that exists in the deep beautiful countryside, full of hidden treasures and eccentric characters that makes this country so unique. With help from a hidden hand, Griff is set a number of quests in eight distinct regions that not only test his knowledge of his homeland but his body too, as he climbs, abseils, rides and canoes his way through some truly breathtaking scenery. Join Griff on his journey through Snowdonia, Anglesey, the Gower, mid Wales, Brecon, Pembrokeshire, north Wales and Monmouthshire. Packed with all manners of weird, wonderful and enlightening facts, you'll learn as much about Wales as you do Griff. Is Griff insufficiently welsh? Published to coincide with Griff 's Guide to Wales on ITV1 (national) beginning at 8pm, Monday 6th January. Full colour hardback edition featuring photography from the series. Estimated viewing figure is 5 million. The series will run for eight weeks (30min per episode) and is backed by Visit Wales.
Not the Nine O'Clock News is one of the great classics of British television comedy, with co-writers including Richard Curtis, John Lloyd, Andy Hamilton, Guy Jenkin, Colin Bostock-Smith and Howard Goodall. Politicians, entertainers, world powers, members of the Royal Family, pop stars and even Barry Manilow fans were all fair game in this wickedly funny satirical sketch series. Highlights include 'McEnroe's Breakfast', 'Game For A Laugh', 'Question Time', 'The Return of Constable Savage' and musical manglings including 'Bloody Typical', 'Nice Video (Shame About the Song)', 'The Two Ninnies Song' and the mini-musical 'Laker!' But be warned: there is strong language and adult humour which reflects the era in which it was first performed. Vintage Beeb: classic albums first available as BBC LPs, now on CD for the first time ever. 2 CDs. 2 hrs 2 mins.
Not the Nine O'Clock News is regarded as one of the classics of British television comedy. Written by some of Britain's finest comedy writers, including Richard Curtis (Four Weddings and a Funeral, Blackadder), Guy Jenkin (Outnumbered, Drop the Dead Donkey), David Renwick (One Foot in the Grave) and Andrew Marshall (2point4 children), the show was innovative, rude - and extremely funny. This hilarious compilation includes some of the best sketches and songs, including '(I Like) Trucking', 'England My Leotard', 'Supa Dupa', as well as the Barry Manilow and Ronald Reagan songs. With its irreverent and outrageous look at everything from University Challenge, marriage and lager to bad language and squashed hedgehogs, this release features some of the sharpest, wittiest comedy to have graced the small screen. But be warned: there is strong language and adult humour which reflects the era in which it was first performed. Vintage Beeb: classic albums first available as BBC LPs, now on CD for the first time ever. 1 CD. 45 mins.
In punts canoes and rowing boats, Griff Rhys Jones takes us on a tour of Britain's beautiful and extraordinary rivers. He battles through the gorges and waterfalls of Scotland's wild mountains, drifts across the plains of East Anglia and plunges into the Wye, exploring the legends and stories of our rivers on the way. How did man harness the power of water in feats of engineering like the Manchester Ship Canal, or the fountains at Chatsworth pr the weirs of Hertfordshire? What's it like to fall through a canyon in the Highlands, snorkel through a bog, slalom down a rapid or ride the Severn Bore? How were rivers an inspiration for Constable and the hermits of Bridgnorth? Griff investigates the love affair between cities and rivers from Liverpool's Mersey to London's Lea. From reminiscing about childhood holidays on the Suffolk Stour to taking the plunge on a wintry morning in the Tay as it rushes through Perth, Griff shares his person journeys along the river systems of Britain - always accompanied by Cadbury the faithful water dog.
This is the story of the last North Pole penguin, who as it turned out was also the smallest - Penguin Small - and his adventures as he struggled to follow the other penguins south. Penguin Small is a classic story with giant fold out pages, and as ever, vintage Inkpen ilustrations for a fabulous story which explains why there are no penguins at the North Pole!
Griff Rhys Jones is searching for that Welsh part of himself that he has felt ever since being forced to sing in the choir in church and pack down for the school first XV, all in suburban Essex. Join Griff on his journey through Snowdonia, Anglesey, the Gower, mid Wales, Brecon, Pembrokeshire, north Wales and Monmouthshire. Packed with all manners of weird, wonderful and enlightening facts, you'll learn as much about Wales as you do Griff. "I am going out on the road to search for my Celtic roots and explore 'the land of my aunties'. The language, the landscape, rugby, dogs, legends, botany, wildlife, furniture and a bit more on the side: I looked into them all and here are the results..." But is Griff Rhys Jones Insufficiently Welsh?
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