Hello, honky-tonks! How're you? A regular on television over four decades, Dick Emery was one of Britain's comedy giants. A natural mimic and man of many guises, his comic brilliance created many memorable characters including the incomparably thick Bovver Boy, doddery old git Lampwick, the incredibly toothy Vicar and the unforgettably camp Clarence! Though most of his output was for the BBC, Emery made three high popular variety specials for Thames Television at the turn of the '80s. Featuring a new cast of flamboyant creations alongside his vintage comic favourites, these shows also feature the talents of Beryl Reid, Lulu, The Three Degrees and Dad's Army's Bill Pertwee; Dam Busters star Richard Todd helps recreate some famous PoW adventures and Lynda Carter just about manages to hold her own among Emery's very own Wonder Women busty bombshell Mandy, man-eating spinster Hettie, and the ever-popular Duchess!
I wanna tell you a story... Max Bygraves is a legend - an all-round entertainer with a career spanning over 60 years in variety, radio, films, television, song writing and records. This compilation of much-loved Thames Television specials features Max singing many of his hits with to the accompaniment of Geoff Love and his Orchestra, performing comedy routines, plus special guest appearances from George Burns and Hattie Jacques.
Starring Diane Keen and Patrick Troughton, The Feathered Serpent is a story of murder, intrigue and political manoeuvring set amid the splendour and turmoil of ancient Mexico. This release comprises every episode of the children’s drama series from Thames Television, memorable for its spectacular sets and lavish costumes, originally transmitted between 1976 and 1978.Special Features:None Listed
Tommy Cooper's comedy was timeless, a true original who was everyone's favourite clown. Wearing his trademark Fez, he delighted millions with bungled magic tricks and hilarious sketches. These two specially compiled episodes of clips selected from the Thames Television archives star the funny-man at his best, featuring all of his classic routines.Comedy genius performed just like that!
Erupting onto television during the summer of '78, The Kenny Everett Video Show was an instant ratings grabber propelling the subversive, impish DJ to the superstardom he had always deserved! Kenny's anarchic mix of manic sketches, musical guests and dance routines courtesy of raunchy booty-shakers Hot Gossip created must-see television, his comic genius running riot as he unleashed a line-up of much-loved, much-mimicked characters including gobby rocker Sid Snot, Gallic sophisticate Marcel Wave and the improbably-handed evangelist, Brother Lee Love! Available for the first time, this set contains all four series and three New Year specials that Kenny made for Thames Television and there's one thing you can be certain of - that it's all done in the best possible taste!
For nearly four decades Benny Hill reigned supreme as the king of bawdy humour on British television. Of his body of work, it is the shows that he did for Thames television in the 1970's for which he is best remembered, with their combination of farce, risque jokes and beautiful ladies. It is these shows that made him a global superstar - topping the ratings in the US also. With his 'three stooges': Henry McGee, Bob Todd and Jack Wright, Benny Hill produced a handful of 'specials' every year - all of which were critically acclaimed ratings toppers.This fantastic compendium brings together each of the annuals through out the '70's and is a must for any hardened fan of the great man.
For nearly four decades Benny Hill reigned supreme as the King of Comedy on British television. Undoubtedly, out of his entire body of work, it is the shows that he did for Thames Television in the 1970s for which he is best remembered and which confirmed him as a comic genius to the viewing public. With their combination of high-speed farce, risque jokes and beautiful ladies, it is these shows that turned him into a global superstar - topping the ratings both here and in America. Benny Hill, with his three stooges - Henry McGee, Bob Todd and Jack Wright, focused on producing a handful of 'specials' every year - shows which were critically acclaimed and always topped the ratings.So join Benny and his Hill's Angels in four shows from 1970, along with a thirty minute play he starred in, wrote and co-directed - Eddie In August.
Andy Capp, the flat-capped cartoon-strip legend, became a television star as James Bolam brought the loveable Northern layabout to life in this hilarious Thames sitcom. With Bolam in the title role, fag an all, the series also brings to life Flo, Andy’s long-suffering wife (played by Emmerdale's Paula Tilbrook), Jack the landlord, Percy the rent collector, and the rest of the gang from the pages of the Daily Mirror. Written by Leeds-born novelist, playwright and journalist Keith Waterhouse, creator of classic characters Budgie and Billy Liar, this unique series is directed by BAFTA winner John Howard Davies (Fawlty Towers, Mr. Bean).
One of the world's greatest singers performs some of the world's best-loved songs in this critically acclaimed 1983 Thames Television special – a broadcasting first for Shirley Bassey, recorded prior to her best-selling European tour. The iconic chanteuse is joined by American singer and Camelot star Robert Goulet and French pianist Richard Clayderman, with a selection of songs ranging from the nostalgic to the contemporary including I Could Have Danced All Night, You Don't Bring Me Flowers and Bassey's trademark Goldfinger – all delivered with spellbinding power and passion. To quote the words of Ms Bassey's opening number: Nobody Does It Like Her. A Special Lady, indeed.