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Mrs Brown's Boys - Big Box Series 1-3 [DVD] [2012]
Mrs Brown's Boys - Big Box Series 1-3 [DVD] [2012]
Dvd ~ Brendan O'Carroll
Price: £10.50

5.0 out of 5 stars Superb, unique comedy, 24 Jan 2014
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I think all prior reviews have hit the nail on the head here. This is one of those rare shows that have you laughing (and nearly asphyxiating!) many times each episode. At the same time it contains some very wise and reflective moments, displaying a warmth and humanity that few comedies convey. This box set contains all three BBC series and most of the Christmas specials. It's well worth the price and you'll notice something new with each viewing. The O'Carroll family are a talent to be reckoned with! Enjoy!


PC Trading® Antistatic Wrist Band with Crocodile Clip - 1.65m Coiled Lead - Elasticated Adjustable Wrist Band - Blue
PC Trading® Antistatic Wrist Band with Crocodile Clip - 1.65m Coiled Lead - Elasticated Adjustable Wrist Band - Blue
Offered by PC Trading
Price: £2.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A Must, 28 Oct 2013
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I haven't had time to use this yet (I've got to upgrade my RAM) but I'm impressed by its simplicity, not to mention its price. The strap and the connections seem quite robust and I anticipate few problems as regards its use or indeed its longevity.

All in all, a must if you're intending to upgrade your PC, especially if you've already splashed out on other items for this very purpose.


Doctor Who - Death to the Daleks [DVD] [1974]
Doctor Who - Death to the Daleks [DVD] [1974]
Dvd ~ Jon Pertwee
Price: £5.60

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Pertwee Classic, 28 Oct 2013
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I have always loved this tale, from the moment I watched its first broadcast to the numerous UK Gold repeats and domestic video releases. It's nice to see comments praising the story since there's a tendency in fandom to be somewhat negative towards it, as well its fellow season 11 stories, perplexingly so in my opinion. The story is wonderful and compelling from the start, from the eerie power-drained TARDIS to the first glimpses of the planet Exxilon. Also, the Exxilons are well-realized, the living city even more so, and it's good to see the Daleks using their intelligence as opposed to following Davros or merely killing people. As noted, there are some who dislike this story, which makes one wonder why they like the series in the first place since this is classic traditional Who in every sense. Just draw the curtains, sit back, turn it on and enjoy! There's no better way of recapturing your childhood.


Judge Dredd: America
Judge Dredd: America
by John Wagner
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.39

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Dredd at his Questionable Best, 3 Aug 2013
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This review is from: Judge Dredd: America (Paperback)
This is such a special piece. John Wagner knows his Dredd to the core and one can only wish that others wiling to pursue the same career take heed from the man's insight, his sharp political satire and the way he offers us situations with no easy definition of right or wrong, no easy answers to appease the palate. Dredd is wrong and America is wrong, and yet both are right in their own way, each a victim of the times. And just when you think the tragedy is over, the story unfolds on another level, another chapter of loss and despair. There are no clear winners in the end, only compromises, compromises that point to a middle ground, a path in the right direction perhaps. In years to come the graphic novel will be seen as a chronicle of our troubled times, an allegorical snapshot of our rulers' indiscretions and downright ruthlessness, and a template for the anger of a disaffected youth. Let's hope they can all be as good as this. Colour those panels with blood and fill the captions with rage!


Doctor Who: Mannequin Mania- Spearhead from Space / Terror of the Autons [DVD]
Doctor Who: Mannequin Mania- Spearhead from Space / Terror of the Autons [DVD]
Dvd ~ Jon Pertwee
Price: £11.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Plastic Fantastic, 3 Aug 2013
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Classic Pertwee stories given the expected high-quality make-over from the Reconstruction Team. The colours on Spearhead from Space look really vivid, rejuventaing the whole piece so it simply comes alive. Add to this the superb script and brilliant performances from the lead cast, as well as guest artistes Hugh Burden and John Woodnutt, and you've a real gem to drool over for ninety-odd minutes (well, I do anyway - I don't get out much nowadays . . . ). Terror of the Autons is much the same thing with the added attraction Roger Delgado's Master (the Autons, by the way, seem to be the reliable introductory villain for Doctor Who: from his third incarnation to the first Master, and again in recent years to introduce the new series ). As ever the Master is suave and villainous, Delgado providing a subtle, likeable performance that oozes confidence and charm, a feat matched in later years by Anthony Ainley's best tales. A pity the character had to devolve into John Sim's OTT giggling maniac, yet another disastrous Russell T Davies makeover (did this man ever watch the same programme that I did??). Never mind. Wallow in old Who instead. Relive the days when the programme had plots, decent storylines, believable characters and villains with a purpose other than to be - er - well, villainous.


Doctor Who - Colony in Space [DVD] [1971]
Doctor Who - Colony in Space [DVD] [1971]
Dvd ~ Jon Pertwee
Price: £5.70

5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Who, 14 Jan 2013
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I loved watching this again, as I do with most of the shows from the 60's and 70's. In part it's my little comfort zone: like settling back into a nice pair of warm comfortable slippers at the end of the day (I must be getting old!!). Nostalgia aside, it's a solid piece of entertainment, the Pertwee era's ecological and political views aired with finesse by the incomparable Malcolm Hulke. The actors are all on form, too, bringing to life a bevy of interesting characters, not your run of the mill black and white heroes and villains. And it's always a pleasure to see Roger Delgado, not to mention his other fellow timelords. This one is usually overshadowed by the other great stories in this season but it's well worth watching, even if it's just to enjoy a great neglected gem. And if that's not enough to stir your emotions, there's a nice bit of location footage available in From The Cutting Room Floor, including a very eye-watering scene where Pertwee almost emasculates an attacking primitive. Enough to put you off stunt-work for life!!


RODENT GARD BATTERY ULTRASONIC RODENT REPELLER DETERRENT
RODENT GARD BATTERY ULTRASONIC RODENT REPELLER DETERRENT
Offered by Nutbags garden bird foods
Price: £17.99

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Deterrent, 15 Jun 2011
A superb little device, thoroughly humane and easy to install. I've taken other precautions, blocking up holes etc., and so far I've not seen another rat. Now they stick to their own territory (I live next to a big wild field, or at least it WAS wild until some twits started building a housing estate!!!). Anyway, this thing seems to work, so much so that I'm going to buy another one. You can never be too well defended. Now, if only I can get something larger that can scare off housing developers . . . Bazookas anyone?


Doctor Who - Beneath the Surface (The Silurians [1970] / The Sea Devils [1972] / Warriors of the Deep [1984]) [DVD]
Doctor Who - Beneath the Surface (The Silurians [1970] / The Sea Devils [1972] / Warriors of the Deep [1984]) [DVD]
Dvd ~ Jon Pertwee
Price: £11.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Two out of three ain't bad . . ., 28 Mar 2011
For me, and I guess for many other fans of the classic series, this is a pure nostalgia treat. The marvellous Jon Pertwee era is here in all its glory, with typical seventies full use of colour, CSO and bold monster designs, all combined with cracking scripts and superb acting. Which all combine to make The Silurians and The Sea Devils compelling viewing - which I suppose more than compensates for the dire Warriors of the Deep! Oh dear, what were they thinking? Eighties Who produced many classics but this one is firmly placed at the opposite end of the scale. Still, as with the other two stories, there are excellent extras including some great documentaries that go into much detail about the makings (and the failings!) of each particular story. Lack of time and lack of money were sadly the two prevalent shortcomings of classic Who's final decade. Take a look at Remembrance of the Daleks if you want to see how good it could be; otherwise, keep your finger on the fast forward button for Warriors or else come previously armed with several bottles of wine to ease the pain.
So, five stars for two great stories and a concealed raspberry for a complete failure. A fitting tribute to three great stars who are no longer with us: Jon Pertwee, Roger Delgado and Nicholas Courtney. Enjoy!!


The Owl Service - The Complete Series [DVD]
The Owl Service - The Complete Series [DVD]
Dvd ~ Gillian Hills
Price: £13.05

13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Real Television - or how Britain once knew how to make TV, 1 Sep 2009
What can I say about The Owl Service that hasn't already be said? Much as it turns out. I loved this progamme from the moment I saw it and always had vivid memories of its themes, its colours, its haunting story, from the weird opening credits and its jarring music to the strange paper owls and the disappearing pattern on the plates. The entire production is superb, echoing the values that produced the high-quality television of the sixties and seventies. It also has a very "summery" feel, recalling days of yore when we actually HAD summers in Britain (!).Alongside much of the TV of its day, it was a children's programme that dealt with mature themes in a complex and mature way. The echoes of the recurring myth permeate the welsh landscape, and the entangled relationships of the lead characters gradually become imbued with this myth, adopting its archetypal roles in its endless retelling. But don't let this put you off (I do tend to waffle!!). It's really compelling stuff, both funny and quite eerie in parts with a good bunch of actors channelling Alan Garner's vision with passion and integrity. Modern audiences, accustomed to today's "flash in the pan" programmes, may find it a tad slow. Those of us who grew up with this stuff, like Timeslip, Sky and Children of the Stones, or prefer well-written, character driven programmes like HBO's Deadwood and Carnivale may beg to differ. As well as the programme itself there's an informative booklet, with cast recollections, and some nice little extras. And if you like this, read Alan Garner's novel and check out The Mabinogion. You'll be thinking about this one for weeks, perhaps years. Well done Network DVD for yet another well-packaged classic release. More please! A++++


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