How to create your own festive television schedule

Television in this region makes almost no concession to the fact it’s the Christmas season, so here’s a list of TV episodes (with series and episode number) you might want to get hold of to put you in the mood. In this case, a good mood — sorry EastEnders fans. And, of course, we’re not…

Jacques Cousteau documentary

Broadcast into millions of homes around the world from 1966 to 1976, The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau documentaries chronicled the sub-aquatic explorations of Jacques-Yves Cousteau and his crew aboard RV Calypso. For the first time, the entire series is available on DVD. The former French naval officer, who died in 1997 aged 87, was…

Four great DVD commentaries

The rare exceptions when it’s worth buying the DVD for the audio extras. THIS IS SPINAL TAP (MGM HOME ENTERTAINMENT RELEASE) The band do the entire thing in character, complaining throughout that the 1984 mockumentary was a “hatchet job” perpetrated by documentarian Marty DiBergi (Rob Reiner). It’s like having another whole Tap mockumentary to sit…

TV on DVD

The Muppet Show There was a place where great actors like James Coburn, Peter Ustinov and Peter Sellers would hang out with a green frog and talk about their craft, while fending off the amorous attentions of an over made-up attention-seeking pig. And no, it’s not Ivana Trump’s condo. It’s a place where musicians like…

TV on DVD

The Two Ronnies: Series 1 There were 12 series and seven Christmas specials from this double act that, in terms of British light entertainment, rank only second to Morecambe and Wise. Originally, the idea of Ronnie Barker and Ronnie Corbett in a series together came about when they were co-presenting an award at a BAFTA…

TV on DVD

Terry and June – series 6 Don’t worry if you haven’t seen series one to- five, as each episode is pretty much the same. It’s also pretty much the same formula as many other comedies. A middle-aged couple comprising of sensible wife and a stubborn husband gets involved in farcical situations in their otherwise anytown…