CLASSIC BRITISH COMEDY DVDs
'Allo 'Allo! (1982-1992)
Are You Being Served? (1972-1985)
Bless This House (1971-76)
Brush Strokes (1986-1991)
Carry On - The Complete Collection (1958-1978 )
Citizen Smith (1977-1980)
This one-off six-part comedy series was Ronnie Barker's final sitcom, in which he starred as a short-sighted furniture removal man. Also starred Josephine Tewson as Jane Travers.
Dad's Army (1968-1977)
I'm a big Dave Allen fan, and I adored the Irish comedian's relaxed, care-free style, sitting on a bar stool and bringing us some very funny observational comedy, ocassionally puffing on his cigarette and sipping from a glass of whiskey. He wasn't afraid to voice his strong opinions on controversial subjects such as religion, sex and the media, showing us how absurd life really was (and still is!). One of his best-remembered lines is "I'm an atheist, thank God".
Ever Decreasing Circles (1984-89)
Father Ted (1995-98)
Fawlty Towers (1975-79)
George & Mildred (1976-79)
Keeping Up Appearances (1990-95)
Ken Dodd - The Laughter Show (1979)
Man About The House (1973-76)
This 70s British sitcom starred Richard O'Sullivan as a young student chef, Robin Tripp, who shares a flat with young flatmates Chrissy (Paula Wilcox) and Jo (Sally Thomsett). Their landlord is George Roper (Brian Murphy) who is hen-pecked by his wife Mildred (Yootha Joyce) - they went on to have their own spin-off series.
Men Behaving Badly (1992-98)
One Foot in the Grave (1990-2000)
Only Fools and Horses (1981-2003)
Ask anyone to name an 80s comedy, and Only Fools and Horses will be mentioned 9 out of 10 times. An absolute classic from the BBC, and there are too many memorable moments to fit onto one page. From Trigger's broom, to Del Boy and his gang unscrewing the wrong chandelier during their stint as "expert" cleaners, everyone has a favourite moment. And the characters were fantastic, too, with David Jason and Nicholas Lyndhurst on top form as Del Boy and Rodney, and there was also the unforgettable dopey roadsweeper Trigger, played by the late Roger Lloyd-Pack, amongst many others.
This was definitely one of the funniest comedy of the 70s, and ran for three series with two Christmas specials and a film. Porridge starred Ronnie Barker as prisoner Fletcher, Richard Beckinsale as his young and naive cellmate Godber, Fulton Mackay as the stern Scottish Principal Officer Mackay, and Brian Wilde as the more timid officer Mr. Barrowclough, who could easily be manipulated by Fletch and the other prisoners. A true classic.
Rising Damp (1974-78)
Robin's Nest (1977-1981)
Steptoe and Son (1962-65, 1970-74)
Terry & June (1979-1987)
Terry Scott and June Whitfield played the middle class couple who lived in the suburbs of Purley, London. Terry and June was a reworked version of the 70s sitcom Happy Ever After, and ran for nine series with four Christmas specials on BBC1, attracting large viewing figures for much of the 80s.
The Dustbinmen (1969-70)
The Good Life (1975-78)
The Thin Blue LiNe (1995-96)
The Young Ones (1982-84)
This underrated ITV comedy series starred Paul Bown as Malcolm, a reserved biker from the posh area of Merseyside who likes to watch birds (the feathered variety) and Emma Wray as Brenda, a loud, fun-loving scouser from a more working class area of Liverpool. They are an unlikely couple and Brenda is forced to endure Malcolm's hobby during their unstable relationship. The 9 disc DVD includes all 56 episodes of the much-loved series.