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Blackadder 3 - The Entire Historic Third Series [1987] [DVD]
Blackadder 3 - The Entire Historic Third Series [1987] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Rowan Atkinson
Offered by Bridge_Records
Price: £4.46

5.0 out of 5 stars More comic genius from Curtis and Elton, 5 Dec. 2010
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Blackadder 3 is a superb series and one you should add to your collection. Rowan Atkinson is outstanding as Edmund Blackadder, butler to the very stupid Prince Regent played brilliantly by Hugh Laurie. Tony Robinson is once again great in his role as the hapless Baldrick and all of the six episodes are hilarious. There are some great cameo roles in this series by Stephen Fry, Kenneth Connor, Hugh Paddick, Miranda Richardson, Warren Clarke and Robbie Coltrane. In this series Blackadder has slipped down the social scale because he is a butler and not a lord and he dreams of making money and becoming powerful. Most of his schemes and cunning plans are thwarted but he does hoodwink the Prince Regent of money by stealing and selling his expensive socks. Helen Atkinson-Wood plays a great role throughout the series as Mrs Miggins who runs a coffee shop in town. This series set in the late eighteenth early nineteenth century is fantastic. There are some great laughs at some historical figures like Dr Johnson, the Romantic poets, the Duke of Wellington, George III and many more.
This is a tremendous series-very, very funny.
5 stars


Blackadder 2 - The Entire Second Series [1986] [DVD]
Blackadder 2 - The Entire Second Series [1986] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Rowan Atkinson
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £3.89

5.0 out of 5 stars Comic genius, 5 Dec. 2010
Blackadder 2 is an outstanding series and you must buy it and add it to your comedy collection. Rowan Atkinson is outstanding as Lord Edmund Blackadder and the rest of the cast are brilliant too. Tony Robinson is great as Baldrick, Tim McInnery is terrific as Lord Percy and Stephen Fry is very funny as Lord Melchett. Miranda Richardson plays a terrific part as Elizabeth I and she steals the show. Patsy Byrne was great as Queenie's Nurse and has some great lines. Written by Richard Curtis and Ben Elton, Blackadder 2 is set in Elizabethan times and is absolutely hilarious. Follow Blackadder's adventures as he tries to please the Queen. There are some great guest appearances in the six episodes by great comic actors like Hugh Laurie and Rik Mayall. Tom Baker is brilliant in his nautical role as an eccentric ship's captain.
They don't make shows like this anymore. Great acting, great actors and brilliant lines.
5 stars. Comic genius.


The Python Years: Diaries 1969-1979 Volume One
The Python Years: Diaries 1969-1979 Volume One
by Michael Palin
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating stuff from a lovely talented man, 4 Dec. 2010
I got Michael Palin's 'Python' diaries for Christmas a couple of years ago and was absolutely delighted with this present. The diaries are fascinating and beautifully written. The diaries shed important light on the Python years and the relationships between all of the Python members. It is interesting to find out about Michael's working relationship with Terry Jones and how the other Pythons interacted with one another. Michael also includes interesting information and commentary about his family, current affairs and the state of his teeth. The diaries chart the rise of the Pythons and the mania which surrounded them. It is interesting to find out about the conception of 'Holy Grail' and 'Life of Brian'. Michael Palin comes across a thoroughly nice chap and he is talented chronicler of his time.
This book would make a great Christmas present.
5 stars.


Goodfellas [1990] [DVD]
Goodfellas [1990] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Robert De Niro
Price: £4.99

5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best films ever made, 4 Dec. 2010
This review is from: Goodfellas [1990] [DVD] (DVD)
Goodfellas is a great film and a must see. Goodfellas is Martin Scorsese's masterpiece and is absolutely superb entertainment. Ray Liotta is brilliant as the mobster Henry Hill, Robert De Niro is outstanding as Jimmy Conway and Joe Pesci is tremendous as the psychotic lunatic Tommy. Goodfellas has a great supporting cast and Paul Sorvino is great in his role as Paulie. The film chronicles the rise and fall of Henry's criminal career and has in it great dialogue, great action scenes, twists, humour and a fantastic soundtrack. Lorraine Bracco plays a terrific supporting role as Henry's long suffering wife Karen and you can watch this film again and again and not get bored. Henry goes from being a petty gangster to organising big heists to drug dealing. You feel some sympathy for Hill because he is played brilliantly by Ray Liotta. This film is one of the best gangster/mafia films you will see.
Tremendous entertainment from Martin Scorsese.
5 stars


Espedair Street
Espedair Street
by Iain Banks
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Take a trip down Espedair Street, 3 Dec. 2010
This review is from: Espedair Street (Paperback)
Espedair Street is a very good book and a very enjoyable read. The plot revolves around the rise and fall of a 70s rock star called Daniel Weir. I thought Espedair Street was a great read and the characters in the novel are authentic, funny and realistic. There are some great comic moments in this novel which made me laugh out loud. You will enjoy reading how Daniel goes from living on a tough scheme in Paisley to becoming a 70s rock god to living in rich obscurity in a fine eccentric house in Glasgow. The novel starts with Daniel at a low ebb considering suicide. The story reveals Daniel's entertaining life story in the world of rock. Banks has fun writing about the excesses of 70s rock and I would imagine some rock stars would squirm reading this novel.
I highly recommend Espedair Street even though the novel is not very long. It is highly readable, entertaining and beautifully written.
5 stars. Excellent stuff.


The Sound of the Smiths
The Sound of the Smiths
Price: £5.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Everyone should have this album in their collection, 3 Dec. 2010
This review is from: The Sound of the Smiths (Audio CD)
Everyone should own this album. The songs are brilliant and will make you laugh and cry. As a lyricist Morrissey is a genius and Johnny Marr's guitar and melodies fit with the great man's words beautifully. I would have loved to have seen The Smiths live but we are lucky to have some cracking songs to remember them.
'This Charming Man' is epic, 'How soon is now?' is stunning and 'Girlfriend in a coma' is hilarious. There are songs on this album which will change your life and your outlook on life and that's what brilliant bands do. 'Barbarism begins at home' is a great song and a great title for a song too. 'There is a light that never goes out' is a beautiful song sang with real poignancy by Morrissey.
Just a beautiful collection of songs by an iconic band-the most influential band in the last 25 years.
5 stars-a must buy.


Years of Refusal
Years of Refusal
Offered by b68solutions
Price: £4.69

5.0 out of 5 stars Years of Refusal is a cracking album, 3 Dec. 2010
This review is from: Years of Refusal (Audio CD)
Years of Refusal is a terrific album and one you should add to your collection. There are some great songs on the album and the record has a sense of urgency. The album starts with a bang and not a whimper and I really like the opening track. 'Something is squeezing my skull' is a great song and 'Black Cloud' is great too. 'I'm throwing my arms around Paris' is a grower and 'All you need is me' a terrific song. This is a great album and Morrissey performs these songs brilliantly live.
There are sombre songs on the album too for fans who prefer a quieter low key Morrissey sound. I think this album is great and will please his devoted fan base but will also attract new fans too.
Another winner from the great man.
5 stars.
Brilliant.


Vauxhall And I
Vauxhall And I
Offered by streetsahead
Price: £4.74

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime music from Morrissey, 3 Dec. 2010
This review is from: Vauxhall And I (Audio CD)
Vauxhall and I is a tremendous album by Morrissey and definitely one you should add to your record collection. The songs are beautiful and the singing and harmonies on the record are superb. 'The more you ignore me the closer I get' is a teasing love song, 'Hold onto your Friends' is touching and 'Now my heart is full' is a sublime masterpiece. The lyrics in this album are stunning and this is the sort of beautiful poetry that only Morrissey can deliver. Vauxhall and I is a stunning album and it is a pity that Morrissey does not sign many of these songs at his recent gigs.
This is a seminal album and one you must add to your collection-you will take something from it and will not be disappointed.
5 stars.
Epic.


The Wasp Factory
The Wasp Factory
by Iain Banks
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars I dare you to enter Frank's world, 29 Nov. 2010
This review is from: The Wasp Factory (Paperback)
The Wasp Factory is an incredible story by Iain Banks and I recommend you read it. You will enter the disturbing world of Frank, a teenager who lives on a remote Scottish island who takes great pleasure in torturing animals. The Wasp Factory is a disturbing psychological thriller by Iain Banks. Frank has killed 3 members of his family and he is still only 16-17. He lives at home with his Dad and spends most of his days torturing animals, making trophies from their skulls and catching wasps to use in his wasp factory. Frank's brother Eric escapes from a mental hospital and Frank gets ready to greet his long lost brother. The Wasp Factory is a sophisticated and disturbing read. Frank is an intriguing character and it is enjoyable to gain an insight into his disturbing world. The novel is a compelling read and Bank's prose style is elegant and hugely readable.
A tremendous read and a great psychological thriller.
5 stars.


Fatherland
Fatherland
by Robert Harris
Edition: Paperback
Price: £3.60

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fatherland is a wonderful book, 28 Nov. 2010
This review is from: Fatherland (Paperback)
Fatherland by Robert Harris is a great thriller and a tremendous read. I urge you to buy it or borrow it and read it. Fatherland is set in Berlin in the early 1960s under the terrifying supposition that Hitler won the Second World War.
Harris uses his journalistic background brilliantly in order to paint a disturbing picture of Nazi post war Berlin.
The novel starts with a murder and the police investigator and hero Xavier March is a great character in this novel.
March is determined to ruffle feathers and to investigate what happened to the corpse found in the river. The novel is a great thriller and the plot gets under your skin. Will March find out the killer's identity?, why is there is a big conspiracy involving the regime and what happened to certain groups of people who did not fit in with Nazi ideology and society. Zavi March is a cynical and weary character who misses his son and has a hidden disdain for the regime.
There are some authentic and great characters in this novel. It is very readable and gripping stuff.
5 stars-a must read! Take the phone off the hook


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