BBC in October

The Beeb have announced their October line-up - and it looks like a busy month with loads of long-awaited comedy releases finally making an appearance along with another Doctor Who disc.

First up we have every episode of Fawlty Towers released over two discs. Fawlty Towers: Series One will also feature an interview with John Cleese (Basil), an interview with Andrew Sachs (Manuel), a commentary by Producer John Howard Davies, a Torquay tourist guide, artist profiles, who's who guide to the characters and an illustrated book with photographs.

Fawlty Towers: Series Two will also feature interviews with John Cleese and Prunella Scales, a commentary by Director Bob Spiers, previously unseen outtakes, Basil Fawlty introducing a trailer for Not The Nine O Clock News, artist profiles, who's who guide to the characters and an illustrated book with photographs. Both discs will retail for £19.99 and are set for release on 8 October.

Next up we have seven more comedy releases - each of which will retail for £12.99 and will be released on 1 October. The Very Best of Hancock features a selection of the best episodes from the popular series along with interviews with Ray Galton and Alan Simpson - the script writers. The world's funniest rag and bone men, Wilfrid Brambell and Harry H Corbett will make an appearance on The Very Best of Steptoe and Son - the DVD will feature five of the best full colour episodes along with interviews with it's writers - Alan Simpson and Ray Galton.

The Best of The Two Ronnies is a compilation of sketches chosen from the long-running show with Ronnie Barker and Ronnie Corbett. Some of the sketches chosen include 'The Vagabond Lover', 'Swedish Made Simple', 'Mastermind' and 'The St Botolphs County Dance Team'. The DVD will also feature artist profiles of the Two Ronnies. Another popular comedy double-act appear on The Best of Morcambe and Wise which once again is a selection of some of the funniest clips from the series. The DVD will also feature artist profiles. The Very Best of Dad's Army presents five episodes from the series along with a 'Selection Box' which features hand picked clips and interviews with some of the show's biggest celebrity fans. Once again we also get a selection of artist profiles.

The prison comedy starring Ronnie Barker and Richard Beckinsale, Porridge is set to make an appearance. The entire first series will be released along with an interview with Ronnie Barker on Porridge: The Complete Series 1. Finally, the last disc from this selection of comedy classics is Yes Minister: The Complete Series 1 starring Paul Eddington, Nigel Hawthorne and Derek Fowlds. Once again we get some artist profiles.

Abosolutely Fabulous: Series Two is due on 1 October retailing for £15.99. The disc includes all six episodes from the second series along with outtakes, photo gallerts and a virtual tour of New York. Absolutely Fabulous: Series Three is due on 12 November. The first series of Perfect World is due on 8 October. Paul Kaye (Dennis Pennis) plays Bob Slay - a slick, self-obssessed office opportunist and marketing manager for feminine hygiene products. The £15.99 disc will feature all six episodes from the first series.

More comedy comes in the form of the excellent Only Fools and Horses: Series 4. Following Grandad's death, Uncle Albert comes to stay with Del and Rodney. The £19.99 disc is due on 1 October and features all six episodes from the fourth series - first broadcast in 1985. There's still more to come though with The Best of One Foot In The Grave starring Richard Wilson as the crabby pensioner, Victor Meldrew, and Annette Crosby as his long-suffering wife. The disc includes six episodes from the series including the final episode which see's Victor and Margaret making their final goodbye's. It also includes a documentary presented by Angus Deayton featuring interviews and clips from the show's ten-year history. This one is due on 22 October retailing for £15.99.

Rowan Atkinson, Tony Robinson and the rest of the gang are back for Blackadder Goes Forth. This latest series sees Edmund Blackadder and Co taking part in the first World War. The disc will feature all six episodes from the fourth and final series and will be released on 22 October retailing for £19.99. Finally, to round of the month's comedy releases, fans of Steve Coogan will be pleased to hear that I'm Alan Partridge is set for DVD release on 8 October retailing for £19.99.

The remain disc due for release in October is Doctor Who: Vengeance on Varos which sees the (Colin Baker era) Doctor attempting to escape from a sadistic planet where torture is a form of entertainment. As with all of the previous Doctor Who releases, this one features an impressive selection of special features (could this be the best disc so far?):

  • Audio commentary with Colin Baker, Nicola Bryant and Nabil Shaban
  • Separate production sound option
  • Deleted and extended scenes
  • Outtakes
  • Raw studio footage
  • BBC1 trails
  • Photo gallery
  • Subtitled production commentary
The disc will feature a remastered 4:3 transfer, Dolby Digital 2.0 sound and will retail for £19.99 when it's released on 15 October.

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