It’s always good to pad out the old DVD shelf with some classic television where possible, so if you’ve run out of new TV shows to watch why not pick up some of this week’s new TV on DVD releases? Read on for a rundown of the latest discs. It’s not the best week for TV DVDs but there is the odd diamond in the rough so you’re bound to find something to your tastes.
What Del Boy did next: ITV’s superior police drama starring David Jason as Detective Inspector William Edward ‘Jack’ Frost, who became a beloved fixture of the Sunday evening schedules. This set contains all 42 episodes, allowing you to get the snacks in and sit down to watch every episode back-to-back. Actually, don’t do that; it’d take nearly three days.
Bumper collection of the modern TV adaptation of the classic Agatha Christie novels. Initially starring Geraldine McEwan as the titular Miss Marple, the role was passed on to Julia McKenzie from the fourth series onwards following McEwan’s retirement. Plenty of guest appearances from household names add to an already enticing package.
More classic Christie, this time tracking the adventures of everybody’s favourite Belgian detective, as played by David Suchet. His brother’s a newsreader, you know. No wonder ITV news are so quick on the scene when a major crime goes down — he’s probably feeding John all his inside info.
All the latest knocks and shocks from the fourth season of the drama that confirms that hot, posh girls are also sometimes bitchy. Who knew? Season 4 kicks off in Paris but soon returns to Manhattan’s Upper East Side, where loads of stuff that never happens to normal people takes place as a matter of course.
Never anything less than fantastic, Louis Theroux is the softly-spoken master of invetigative journalism. This collection brings together a number of his recent BBC films, including Law and Disorder in Lagos, America’s Medicated Kids, The Ultra Zionists, Miami Mega-Jail and Return to the Most Hated Family.
Talking of hated families (LOL!), how about this offensively bad safe-com that somehow commanded primetime billing on BBC One for more than ten years. Thankfully, the 11th series was the last. Well, until the inevitable My Family Reunion revival in 2017.
The Strange World of Gurney Slade [DVD] – Buy it from Amazon.co.uk
This incredibly appealing absurdist comedy starred Anthony Newley as the star of a run-of-the-mill sitcom who quits his day job and enters a fantastical alternate reality filled with talking inanimate objects. The groundbreaking show was written by Sid Green and Dick Hills, who both went on to write for Morecambe and Wise.
Mildly amusing mockumentary from Chris Lilley, the man behind the superior Summer Heights High and We Can Be Heroes. As ever, Lilley plays a variety of characters including identical twin teenage boys, a middle-aged woman who works at a juvenile detention centre and a gansta rapper.
Beverly Hills-based reboot enters its third season with an Earthquake quite literally shaking things up for the residents (sorry). 22 episodes of prom dates, final exams, drug addiction and blackmail. You know, just like at any other school.
Slightly bland but entirely watchable ITV police drama series revolving around a local bobby in 1960s Yorkshire. From when Nick Berry was still a big pull on Sunday nights. That’s the ’90s, not the 1960s. Oh, you know what I meant.
Anime adaptation of the original manga series revolving around a 12-year-old orphan Lord and the demonic butler he enlists to fight evil and ultimately track down his parents’ murderer.
Fun Canadian drama following William Murdoch, a Toronto police detective from the 1890s who uses many modern-day techniques to crack cases. The stories often see the eccentric Murdoch interact with famous people from history such as Nikola Tesla, H. G. Wells and Buffalo Bill.
The box features a young girl with massive breasts and a tight white top/short skirt combo, while the Amazon description says “Otaku wish fulfilment in the extreme; may feature occasional nudity and Japanese oddness!” One for all the nerd perverts out there, then. That said subculture counts me as their leader is neither here nor there.
Supernatural kids’ drama originally shown on ITV in the 1980s. Featuring stories written by the likes of Paula Milne, Jane Hollowood, Leon Garfield and Alan Garner — and starring Nicholas Ball, Wilfrid Brambell and Colin Jeavons.
Former ITV ratings winner featuring the late Michael Elphick as a self-styled modern day Lone Ranger. The show also launched the TV career of Neil Morrissey, so that’s a shame. This fifth series features guest turns from big names such as the wonderful Pete Postelthwaite, Jane Horrocks and John Hannah.
Fluffy Russ Abbot vehicle following the story of a schoolteacher who reunites with a close friend following the death of his wife. This third series sees Abbot’s stand-up comic companion, played by Michael Williams, land a gig at the local pier. Barnstorming stuff.
Starring Christopher Ecclestone as a modern-day Mancunian who believes he’s the son of God, this two-part 2003 drama represented an incredibly bold departure for ITV, which usually prefers to play it safe with somewhat less controversial subject matter. Written by Russell T Davies, the story sees Ecclestone’s would-be Messiah struggling to find the human race’s Third Testament in order to prevent the coming Apocalypse. Well worth a watch.