Comedians (The): The Best of Series 1 to 7
"There were these three men in a bar..."
The quintessential quickfire stand-up comedy show, The Comedians is one of the great successes of ITV - lasting from 1971 until 1993 and making household names of many of its stars. With routines that were honed to perfection in the hard-knock territory of Northern working men's clubs, Bernard Manning, Frank Carson, Charlie Williams, Ken Goodwin, George Roper, Duggie Brown and Colin Crompton all became masters of the excruciatingly bad joke and the knowing wink.
The Comedians was immediately popular with the viewing public - scoring high ratings and gaining a BAFTA nomination for Best Light Entertainment Programme. This DVD set contains all the best bits from the first seven series, first shown in the early 1970s.
Ken Goodwin's Year (Disc One)
First transmitted on 25 January 1972, this documentary (made by Comedians producer Johnny Hamp) showcases comedian Ken Goodwin, for whom 1971 was his most successful year, culminating in his appearance at the Royal Command Performance.
There was this Fella... (Disc Two)
A documentary about the life and work of the Northern Club Comedian, featuring interviews with Bernard manning, Charlie williams, Jackie Carlton, George Roper and Tom O'Connor.
The Comedians Christmas Party (Disc Three)
A complete show originally broadcast on Christmas Eve 1971.
Christmas Comedians Music Hall (Disc Seven)
Originally shown on 22 December 1973, this special edition was made almost - but not quite - in the Music Hall tradition. Frank Carson plays chariman to the wits, specialty acts and dancing girls.