TV Classic Comedies Box Set (1980)
Released: 18th October 2004
Release type: Deleted
|No. of Discs: 1
Catalogue No: 3711506873
Category: Television, Comedy
Format: DVD / Box Set
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Based on: The 1970s sitcoms
Story: Five big screen spin-offs of popular 1970s sitcoms. In 'Rising Damp', (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? In 'Porridge' (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 'George and Mildred' (1980), Mildred Roper (Yootha Joyce) is determined to make husband George (Brian Roper) celebrate their wedding anniversary in style at a posh hotel in London. However, upon arrival George is mistaken by a gangland criminal for a rival hitman - and soon the Ropers find themselves up to their necks in trouble on the wrong side of the law... In 'Bless This House' (1971), the Abbott family (Sid James, Diana Coupland, Robin Askwith and Sally Geeson) are 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. Finally, in 'Please Sir!' (1971), John Alderton stars as the put-upon teacher. The plot centres on a chaotic trip to the country for the unruly class of 5C - who taunt a rival school, visit a pub and start huge food fights. Cilla Black sings 'La, La, La, Lu'.
Starring: Sid James, Leonard Rossiter, Frances de la Tour, Yootha Joyce, Brian Murphy, Diana Coupland, Terry Scott, John Alderton, Deryck Guyler, Don Warrington, Ronnie Barker, Richard Beckinsale, Fulton MacKay, Stratford Johns, June Whitfield, Joan Sanderson, Christopher Strauli, Brian Wilde, Norman Eshley, Peter Butterworth, Noel Howlett, Denholm Elliott, Peter Vaughan, Sheila Fearn, Sally Geeson, Erik Chitty, Ronnie Brody, Geoffrey Bayldon, Kenneth Cope, Robin Askwith, John Cater, Sam Kelly, David Barry, Carol Hawkins, Peter Cleall, Jonathan Cecil, Ken Jones, Garfield Morgan, Patsy Rowlands, Richard Davies, Alan Clare, Christopher Godwin, Dudley Sutton, Janet Brown, Peter Denyer, Glynn Edwards, Julian Holloway, Roger Avon, Bill Maynard, Brinsley Forde, Derek Griffiths, Gordon Kaye, Nicholas Bond-Owen, George A. Cooper, Liz Gebhardt, Carrie Jones, Philip Locke, Sue Bond, Wendy Richard, Daniel Peacock, Harry Fowler, Marianne Stone, Malcolm McFee, Barrie Rutter, Neil McCarthy, Julian Orchard, Aziz Resham, Bruce Montague, Suzanne Owens
Studio/distributor: ITV DVD
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