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Comedy

The very best of classic British comedy, from Ealing studios to the raucous working-class revolt of Carry On. Celebrating side-splitting cinema, slapstick legends and the art of the expertly executed sight-gag.

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  • Clockwise

    When he's invited to a headmasters' conference in order to make his inaugural speech as chairman, Brian Stimpson (John Cleese), a man obsessed with punctuality, sets off with time to spare. However, numerous unexpected obstacles lead him into a race against the clock to arrive on time.

  • Personal Services

    When Christine (Julie Walters) is unable to pay her landlord rent, she has to get creative. Based on the real-life experiences of Cynthia Payne, Personal Services is the raunchy comedy that isn't afraid to say sex! As Christine becomes the madame of a suburban brothel, with older men as her clien...

  • Carry On Nurse

    With a colonel constantly causing annoyance, a bumbling nurse, a budding romance between a patient and nurse, and a man obsessed with having his bunion removed, Haven Hospital's new Matron (Hattie Jacques) has a lot of hard work ahead. As she goes on ruling with an iron fist, Oliver Reckitt (Kenn...

  • Two Way Stretch

    In Huntleigh prison, a group of cellmates (Peter Sellers, Bernard Cribbins and David Lodge) plan the perfect burglary. By escaping the day before their release, then breaking back in again, they will have the perfect alibi when they rob a maharajah's palace of its diamonds - they will seemingly n...

  • The Belles of St. Trinian's

    When it is announced that term is about to begin at St. Trinian's, townspeople board up their shops, and policemen panic, for St. Trinian's is a school like no other. Presided over by headmistress Miss Fritton, the unorthodox free expression she preaches leads to her students being uninhibited. W...

  • All in Good Time

    A cancelled honeymoon forces Atul and Vinya to spend their first days of marriage at the home of the groom's overpowering parents. Their increasingly fraught attempts to juggle sex, marriage and the demands of family make for rich and energetic comedy, thanks to Ayub Khan-Din's deft Asian update ...

  • Sparrows Can't Sing

    Theatre director Joan Littlewood's only feature paints a vivid picture of London's East End and its larger than life characters – so vivid, that it had to be subtitled for American audiences. When Charlie returns from two years at sea he finds his wife (a terrific performance by Barbara Windsor) ...

  • I'm All Right Jack

    After securing a job at his uncle's arms factory Stanley Windrush gets caught up in a dispute between the factory bosses and its trade union official. The Boulting Brothers' classic comedy brims with brilliant performances, including Ian Carmichael as the lovable Stanley and Dennis Price and Rich...

  • Crook's Tour

    After scene-stealing performances in The Lady Vanishes (1938) and Night Train to Munich (1940), Charters and Caldicott (Basil Radford and Naunton Wayne) take centre stage in this charming spy comedy. When the duo are mistaken for German agents, they receive a gramophone record which contains vita...

  • Carry On Teacher

    Pupils run amok at Maudlin Street school in an attempt to keep William "Wakie" Wakefield (Ted Ray), their beloved headmaster, at the school. With a hilarious cast of characters including the hard-hitting Miss Short (Hattie Jacques), and the less disciplinary Mister Milton (Kenneth Williams), Carr...

  • The Ladykillers

    Masquerading as a string quintet, a gang of thieves plot to rob a bank, whilst renting an unknowing old woman's spare room as a hideaway. The Ladykillers features a deliciously devious Alec Guinness as the brains behind the group, alongside Herbert Lom in his first comedic role, and an appearance...

  • The Man in the White Suit

    A young scientist invents an unbreakable fabric that dispels dirt. Soon, he finds himself being hunted by both textile moguls and trade unionists, both determined to keep his invention from reaching the public. Alec Guinness shines in this inspired Ealing comedy, one of the most cherished entries...

  • Kind Hearts and Coronets

    Dennis Price plays Louis, a young man snubbed by his aristocratic family as a result of his mother's marriage. When she's killed, Louis becomes determined to inherit the family title, and won't let anything or anyone stop him. With an unforgettable performance by Alec Guinness as all eight remain...

  • Passport to Pimlico

    In post-war Britain following the detonation of an unexploded bomb the inhabitants of a London street discover riches and artefacts. These documents state that they are citizens of the medieval kingdom of Burgundy. When the government attempts to claim the fortune, the citizens of Burgundy declar...

  • The Lavender Hill Mob

    Affable bank worker Henry Holland plots to steal £1million from the Bank of England. He enlists the help of his friend, a small businessman, as the two scheme to smuggle the money out of the country. This light-hearted Ealing comedy sees Alec Guinness and Stan Holloway star as the charming pair o...

  • The Titfield Thunderbolt

    When a corporation threatens to take over a small railway line, a group of villagers decide to try and run it for themselves. The final collaboration between director Charles Crichton and writer T.E.B. Clarke, The Titfield Thunderbolt is a stunningly scenic gem in Ealing's repertoire. Anarchic an...

  • Whisky Galore!

    "The longest unsponsored advertisement ever to reach cinema screens", reckoned producer Monja Danischewski. Maybe so, but Alexander Mackendrick's debut feature is much more than that. This comic account of a real-life event pitches a priggish English army captain against the remorseless guile of ...

  • The Maggie

    Most Ealing comedies championed consensus, but Alexander Mackendrick's revelled in conflict. The ‘Maggie’ is a decrepit Clyde 'puffer' boat, whose wily captain dupes a wealthy American businessman to ferry his possessions to his new Scottish island home - then proceeds to delay, hinder and endang...

  • Happiest Days of Your Life

    When a mistake at the Ministry of Education sends the girls of St. Swithin's to board with the boys of Nutbourne College, it causes mayhem for both headmasters. The two must, however, join forces, in order to conceal the mistake from parents and governors. The Happiest Days Of Your Life is a mast...

  • Get Santa

    If you received a call saying Santa Claus had crashed into your shed, what would you do? For Steve Anderson (Rafe Spall), a former getaway driver, that's a question he'll have to answer sooner than he thinks. And when Santa (Jim Broadbent) is sent to prison, things get even more complicated.

  • Hobson's Choice

    The eldest daughter of a bullish shoemaker decides to set up a rival business with her father's best boot-hand, whom she also intends to marry. Charles Laughton and John Mills play off each other brilliantly as the bullish shop owner and gentle but confident boot-hand in this clever romantic come...

  • At Last the 1948 Show volume 1

    Before Monty Python's Flying Circus and The Goodies there was At Last the 1948 Show, the ground-breaking comedy sketch series starring John Cleese, Graham Chapman, Tim Brooke-Taylor, Marty Feldman, and Aimi MacDonald. This compendium features the first ever episode (discovered many years later in...

  • Do Not Adjust Your Set volume 2

    Innovative and influential, and originally envisaged as children’s show, Do Not Adjust Your Set was a madcap early-evening comedy sketch show that quickly acquired a cult following with Swinging Sixties adults, who rushed home from work to see it. Written by and starring Michael Palin, Terry Jone...

  • At Last the 1948 Show volume 2

    Before Monty Python's Flying Circus and The Goodies there was At Last the 1948 Show, the ground-breaking comedy sketch series starring John Cleese, Graham Chapman, Tim Brooke-Taylor, Marty Feldman, and Aimi MacDonald. Highlights of this package include brilliant a solo turn from Brooke-Taylor as ...