Book Corner

Wednesday, January 20 2016
Book Corner

So what, we’re talking about books now? The Raygun is not necessarily noted for its literary prowess or discussion, but an intense burst of reading activity over the holiday season, catching up with a pile of books on our To Read pile during a few days’ R&R, means we’re well equipped to recommend a few […]

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Care In The Community

Monday, November 11 2013
Care In The Community

As the first series of his latest TV outing – and the one he says he’s more proud of than any other – arrives in stores, comic and multi-hyphenate Ricky Gervais is putting his full weight behind Derek. The programme, set in and around a care home and focusing on the titular star, played by […]

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Stone The Crows

Friday, August 23 2013
Stone The Crows

4DVD has had a consistently strong slate for Q4 periods in recent years and 2013 is no different. In fact, it sees it cementing its reputation as one of the market’s biggest players in the live comedy arena,a raft of excellent comedies (it feels as if it is at the forefront of something of a […]

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A World Of Comedy

Tuesday, October 30 2012
A World Of Comedy

Its huge success with John Bishop, whose debut release became the fastest selling debut DVD ever, has seen BBC Worldwide, under its former 2 entertain moniker and beyond, become a major player in the stand-up comedy market. Bishop has gone on to become one of the bug players in the market, with sales of more […]

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Playing It For Laughs

Thursday, October 11 2012
Playing It For Laughs

4DVD has gone from a standing start to becoming one of the biggest players in the comedy sector in the past decade and now commands an impressive market share. Where it’s succeeded in recent years is in developing a fully-formed strategy, one where it is signing acts on A&R deals, watching the comedians develop routines, […]

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Father, Dear Father

Thursday, September 20 2012
Father, Dear Father

He’s one of the most enduring comedy creations of the past few decades, consistently topping polls on TV from both comics, critics and, crucially, audiences too. His catchphrases – or at least one single word, “feck”, have crossed over into the popular lexicon. Each year, the complete adventures of this character and his colleagues sell […]

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Puck To The Future…

Monday, July 9 2012
Puck To The Future…

It’s a blend of the best of British comedy – heavy on the irony, laying on the sarcasm as thick as you like – and its US sitcom counterpart, snappy with the one-liners and zingers,  glamorous and incredibly fast-moving. And it appears as if, as the second series of the show comes to a close, […]

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Standing Up For Themselves

Wednesday, November 23 2011
Standing Up For Themselves

Comedy is the new rock ‘n’ roll, as the old cliché goes (it was one of the first “new” things as the phrase gained credence some 20 or so years ago), and if you needed any proof that the old saying still stands up, then have a look  at the past week’s newspapers. As our […]

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How The Inbetweeners Won The Summer

Thursday, November 10 2011
How The Inbetweeners Won The Summer

It’s the most successful comedy of the year and, in a 2011 dominated by homegrown hits, a bona fide British flick that’s one of the most successful features this country has ever produced. Ahead of its December 12 release, Guardian box office columnist and Heat film critic Charles Gant traces the success story that is […]

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Take Hart

Thursday, November 18 2010
Take Hart

Good to see Miranda back on our screens this week, with the arrival of the second series of her eponymous show on BBC2. It’s neatly timed to coincide with the release of the first series via 4DVD and, if you’ve been looking, you’ll probably have seen Miranda ads in assorted newspapers and magazines and she’s […]

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Exit Elvis, Enter Bishop

Friday, October 29 2010
Exit Elvis, Enter Bishop

The stand-up comedian, industry wisdom has it, knows he or she has arrived when their first live DVD hits the shelves. It’s a mark of finally having made it. And, as far as many pundits are concerned, the release of John Bishop’s debut DVD, Elvis Has Left The building, out on November 15 from 2 […]

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