Oh dear. This video was produced by Ross McGinley (now the producer of the Red Dwarf DVDs) and Mike Stephens (Brittas), and starred Chris Barrie. So what went wrong?
Pages: 496 pages
Release Date: 11/10/2001
Takeshi’s Castle is a game show from Japan, which is very much in the style of the Endurance gameshows made famous in the West by Clive James, but with one crucial difference; it’s very silly, and consequently very funny.
Another excellent purchase at Dimension Jump was Hattie Hayridge’s 1997 autobiography, for which I’d been searching the bookshops of Great Britain for ages. The book tells the complete story of Hattie’s life, from birth as a suspected case of appendicitis to touring the world as a top stand up. Hattie chooses to portray significant periods of her life with a couple of good anecdotes each. She has funny stories to tell about her childhood, her adolescence, each of her jobs and each step towards fame.
Having already blown a small fortune at Dimension Jump, I decided that another £16 wasn’t going to make much difference, and so I bought the Crime Traveller DVD. This was a decent price for a two-disc set, with four 50-minute episodes. (The other four episodes will be released soon, and a box set will be released in October). For the record the episode titles are: Jeff Slade and the Loop of Infinity, Death In The Family, Fashion Shoot and Revenge of the Chronology Protection Hypothesis.
We don’t normally watch Doctors, due to actually having things to do during the day, even if we don’t do them. However, we did see an episode on UK Gold on Monday night, as research for the following day’s episode. So you can rest easy in the knowledge that our opinions are informed.
As with Series I, Series II was eagerly anticipated and pre-ordered from Play as soon as it was listed. I’m not sure if this puts you on the top of the pile for despatch for what, but for the second time I received my DVD on the Saturday, a whole two days before the release date. Marvelous.
This suited me down to the ground as I was attending the official launch on the Monday so I was able to get some good watching in before hand.
For the second time in just over four months, I set my alarm from half seven to make the journey to my local Woolworths; a journey that is as much spiritual as it is physical. My palms were sweaty, knees weak, arms were heavy. There was vomit on my sweater already – mum’s spaghetti. I was nervous, but on the surface I looked calm and ready to, um, buy a DVD. Something which I did with some gusto.
Those of you with access to digital/satelitte/cable can hear Craig Charles’ voice, commentating on a Japanese game show called Takeshi’s Castle, mid-mornings on Challenge TV.
Some of you may be interested to know that two Red Dwarf-related clips are used in Seriously Funny, the new compilation of clips from Comic Relief, which was released on DVD in time for Christmas. These are part of the Bohemian Rhapsody video from 1993, and the clip of Rimmer falling off his chair in […]