The British Comedy Collection (1980)
Released: 30th October 2006
Release type: Deleted
|No. of Discs: 12
Catalogue No: OPTD0768
Category: Feature, Comedy
Format: DVD / Box Set
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Story: A collection of British comedy films based on favourite TV sitcoms. In 'Porridge - The Movie' (1979), habitual criminal Norman Stanley Fletcher (Ronnie Barker) is currently 'doing porridge' at Slade prison, but only has a year to go. He and cellmate Lennie Godber (Richard Beckinsale) are content to bide their time - until they accidentally become involved in an escape plan while playing a morale-raising football match against a 'celebrity' team. Desperate not to ruin their chances of parole, Fletcher and Godber find themselves in the unusual position of trying to break back into prison without being caught! In 'Rising Damp - The Movie' (1980), grasping landlord Rigsby (Leonard Rossiter) spends most of his time lusting after his favourite tenant, Miss Jones (Frances de la Tour). Unfortunately for Rigsby, she only has eyes for athletic son of a tribal chief Philip (Don Warrington). He, in turn, has no time for affairs of the heart, but is nevertheless amused by his new room-mate Alan's (Christopher Strauli) attempts to lose his virginity. Into this not always happy household comes the apparently sophisticated Seymour (Denholm Elliott) - but is he all he seems? 'Bless This House' (1971) sees the Abbott family (Sid James, Diana Coupland, Robin Askwith and Sally Geeson) in a state of permanent feud with their neighbours the Baines (Terry Scott and June Whitfield). It soon transpires that the Abbott's son and the Baines' daughter are romantically involved, so the scene is set for sneaking around in spotty boxer-shorts, food-fights and chaotic dashes to the Church. In 'Steptoe and Son' (1972), relations between rag-and-bone men Albert (Wilfred Brambell) and Harold Steptoe (Harry H. Corbett) become more strained than usual when the latter becomes engaged to stripper Zita (Carolyn Seymour). Albert manages not only to lose the wedding ring, but also accompanies the happy couple to Spain on their honeymoon. In 'Steptoe and Son Ride Again' (1973), Harold Steptoe (Harry H. Corbett) flees after an attempted seduction by a buxom blonde (Diana Dors) as he goes about his rag-and-bone business, leaving his faithful horse behind. To raise money for a replacement, he and father Albert (Wilfred Brambell) invest in a greyhound, and end up in debt to the Shepherds Bush Mafia. In 'Ooh, You Are Awful' (1972), a con-man (Dick Emery) who has cheated the Mafia goes on a search for the number of a Swiss bank account tattooed on the bottom of a young girl. Along the way he encounters a variety of bizarre characters, most of whom are played by a certain Dick Emery. In 'Love Thy Neighbour' (1972), 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. Little Englander Alf Garnett (Warren Mitchell) finds a canvas large enough for his mouth to fit on in 'Til Death Us Do Part' (1968). Alf talks (and talks!) us through his family's history, from his confrontation with Hitler to the second victory over the 'Hun' in the 1966 World Cup. In 'The Likely Lads' (1976), Bob (Rodney Bewes) and Terry (James Bolam) find their lifelong friendship beginning to change as Terry becomes involved with a new woman and the lads' weekly drinks sessions stop. Bob is dismayed, but his wife sees the opportunity to get Terry married off and put a wedge between the friends. Of course, nothing runs smoothly as they all embark on a caravan touring holiday. In 'Are You Being Served - The Movie' (1977), the staff of Grace Brothers department store take off for a holiday on the Costa Plonka. Captain Peacock (Frank Thornton) decides to make a play for Miss Brahms (Wendy Richards), Mr Humphries (John Inman) decides that he feels very free, while Mrs Slocombe (Mollie Sugden) frets over the state of her pussy. 'On the Buses' (1971) follows the fortunes of the workers in a Northern bus depot. Women drivers are to be introduced on the service and the lads aren't too happy about it as they are losing their overtime pay. In 'Mutiny on the Buses' (1972), Stan Butler (Reg Varney) decides to marry Suzy, causing much consternation amongst the rest of the family who rely on Stan's money. Arthur implements a plan where he learns to drive a bus, while Stan blackmails the Depot Manager into giving him the new Special Tour Bus route - a move that can only lead to confusion and disaster. In 'Holiday on the Buses' (1973), Jack (Bob Grant) and Stan (Reg Varney) are forced to find work driving tourbuses for a Welsh holiday camp after losing their jobs at the depot. Imagine their horror when they discover that Blakey (Stephen Lewis) is Camp Security Inspector!
Starring: Ronnie Barker, Richard Beckinsale, Leonard Rossiter, Frances de la Tour, Don Warrington, Denholm Elliott, Sid James, Diana Coupland, Terry Scott, June Whitfield, Harry H. Corbett, Wilfrid Brambell, Carolyn Seymour, Diana Dors, Derren Nesbitt, Dick Emery, Jack Smethurst, Kate Williams, Warren Mitchell, Una Stubbs, Brian Blessed, Rodney Bewes, James Bolam, Mollie Sugden, John Inman, Reg Varney, Doris Hare, Bob Grant, Michael Robbins, Anna Karen
Studio/distributor: Optimum Home Entertainment
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