BBC probably won’t release Harry Enfield, Naked Video, KYTV etc on DVD

About 10 years ago, it looked like there might be a DVD release of Harry Enfield’s older sketch shows – namely, Harry Enfield’s Television Programme, and Harry Enfield and Chums. They popped up on Amazon, before disappearing for good, with a boilerplate note from Amazon – the dreaded “We don’t know when or if this item will be back in stock” or something similar.

I decided to contact the BBC, and got a short reply from them saying that the release had been postponed until further notice. I posted about it on my blog (the post is long gone) and as it turns out, quite a few people had been looking forward to buying the DVD.

Some other slightly less-repeated or lesser-known BBC shows were fortunate enough to get released on DVD. (I say less-repeated or lesser-known, as I obviously don’t include the “big name” shows in this list – Only Fools and Horses, for example.) However, they didn’t see a complete release. Only two or three series were released. These shows include:

  • Naked Video – three series released, two unreleased
  • KYTV – two series released, one unreleased
  • Fist of Fun – not released at all – Lee and Herring organised the release of this on their own. (And their follow-up show, TMWRNJ, seems unlikely to ever be released.)
  • 2point4 children – three series released, five unreleased

As it had been about 10 years since I last asked about Harry Enfield, I thought I’d contact the BBC again to find out what’s going on. Here’s the reply I received when I asked about Harry Enfield, Naked Video, and KYTV (I didn’t ask about the other shows):

Hi Ben thank you for your e-mail below which has been forwarded to the DVD Enquiry Line.
We have schedules of DVD/BD & DTO forthcoming releases and 99% of these titles are current programming with broadcast dates of 2017/18.
Suspect, and this is only my personal opinion, that later series of the titles you list below were not released due to disappointing sales of the earlier series.
With DVD retail market declining year-on-year I think it very unlikely that BBC would release these old titles now.
Another possibility could be our DVD rights have expired in these productions making it impossible to release without re-securing DVD rights and clearing all contributors.

Sorry to disappoint you but they do not feature on our schedules which go to end of 2018.
Best wishes
DVD Enquiry Line

So while this might not be a definitive reason for the missing releases (it’s the opinion of the person who wrote back a good and proper reply to my enquiry), it seems pretty likely that this is the case. I did ask whether the titles might get a release on streaming services, but it seems this point was overlooked.

I can only think of a few shows on my list – there may be a lot more. If so, it’s a real shame that some of the lesser-known 1980s and 1990s BBC shows might never be available on DVD, Blu-ray or streaming services such as Netflix (probably).

T2 Tea

There’s a tea shop in Richmond called T2. They sell tea.

After a lot of thought (should we buy a tea maker, tea set, and loose tea?) we decided to keep it simple and buy a few teabags.

So far we’ve only tried Melbourne Breakfast, which is very nice: a subtle flavour with a bit of vanilla.

It’s looking pretty likely that we’ll be back for more soon.

More info here:

Moving house

As I wrote in a previous post, we recently set the wheels in motion to move back to London. Today was the big day!

It started out as a very dark and cloudy day. But by the time the movers got here and started moving things, things brightened up a bit.

Unfortunately, it rained at the other end. Oh well.

There was a minor casualty: our sofa didn’t fit down the narrow hallway into our lounge. We ended up asking the movers to take it away. Not their fault. However, we’ve been wanting to get new furniture anyway – and we have a couple of chairs that will make do for now. I also think it would’ve been a bit cramped with the sofa in here. It’s not so bad.

Speaking of which, here’s how part of our new lounge looks:

The lounge is quite a bit bigger than this. Here’s a pic of the bedroom:

We’re not done with the place yet, but we’ve made good progress on getting unpacked.

I decided to stack up all of the empty boxes:

And after all that, we needed an energy boost!

On Tuesday we’ll be picking up Maisie from the cattery. We thought it would be a lot simpler to finish packing, do the move, and do most of the unpacking without a cat in the house with us. Maisie will come into a brand new home, which will take a bit of getting used to (she’ll do her usual exploration of the place first). We know she’ll settle more quickly if we aren’t unpacking things around her.

Back to work on Wednesday. It’s going to be a long week!

Pizza Express: a good gluten-free lunch

Today we had lunch at Pizza Express. They have good gluten-free options; any pizza can be made on a gluten-free base. There are also starters and desserts. We skipped dessert but had starters.

You can get the Pizza Express dough balls as a gluten-free dish. I had these followed by a Diavolo pizza on the gluten-free base.

Overall, a good lunch, and a menu that clearly indicates what’s gluten-free. Pizza Express are definitely worth a trip.

Packing for the move

As we’re moving house on Monday, several people have asked if we’re packed. Well, not completely, but we don’t have much stuff to pack.

Here’s what we’ve packed so far:

Not much, right? We do have more to pack, but most of what’s left can’t be packed until Sunday night. There’s still furniture, but that obviously won’t fit in boxes.

For a comparison, here’s how things looked for one of our previous moves – not the last one, but the one before that. This was taken in December 2012.
It’s good to see we haven’t accumulated much stuff since then.

Blogging in five sentences

If email takes up too much of your time, you can adopt the model suggested by

Write your email responses in no more than five sentences (and it’s ok to write shorter responses than that).

There’s also variations on this idea, where you could write four, three or even two sentences.

You could also adopt this approach for your blog posts.

If you can say it in five sentences, why say it in more?