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  • "Be careful what you wish for"

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    Fun screwball comedy about a writer who invites a medium over to get information for his book. During the séance he unwittingly calls back his dead wife. He's the only one who can see her, causing chaos.

    I watched the movie shortly after listening to this performance. Listen to this, and skip the movie.

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    Blithe Spirit

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 44 mins)
    • By Noel Coward
    • Narrated By Rosalind Ayres, Shirley Knight, Judy Geeson, and others
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    This classic comedy is set in the charming country home of Charles Condomine, a remarried widower. A witty and convivial evening party among friends is transformed when a seance conjures the ghost of Elvira, Charles' first wife, who delights in wreaking havoc among the living. An enchanting Coward comedy!

    Rebecca says: "Be careful what you wish for"
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  • Blackadder II

    "Better on screen"

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    These audio recordings are simply the audio track from the series. I understood this when I downloaded it, so I wasn't disappointed in any way. However, some of the humor is lost by having the audio alone. Five stars for the series, only three for the audio.

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  • "Always Great, but..."

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    I can't find a thing at fault with Black Adder II itself. It's just as wonderful as it always was. The only thing I would have changed is...If they could have made one file per episode, it would be a lot easier to select which one I want to listen to. (My player doesn't allow for fast forward or rewind.)

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    Blackadder II

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Richard Curtis, Ben Elton
    • Narrated By Rowan Atkinson, Tony Robinson, Full Cast
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    England 1558-1603. The filthy genes of the Blackadder dynasty bubble to the surface of history's melting pot as Lord Edmund, arrogant peer-about-town, swaggers with a big head and small beard in search of grace and favour from the stark raving mad Queen Bess.

    Gwendolyn says: "Hilarious as always"

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  • 4.8 (28 ratings)
    I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue, Volume 3  by BBC Worldwide Narrated by Tim Brooke-Taylor, Barry Cryer, Willie Rushton, Graeme Garden

    I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue, Volume 3

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 57 mins)
    • By BBC Worldwide
    • Narrated By Tim Brooke-Taylor, Barry Cryer, Willie Rushton, and others
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    Sorry I Haven't a Clue has Radio Four's highest listening figures for light entertainment and won the 1998 Voice of the Listener and Viewer for top radio show.

  • 4.8 (26 ratings)
    I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue, Volume 6  by BBC Worldwide Narrated by Tim Brooke-Taylor, Barry Cryer, Willie Rushton, Graeme Garden

    I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue, Volume 6

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By BBC Worldwide
    • Narrated By Tim Brooke-Taylor, Barry Cryer, Willie Rushton, and others
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    Another helping of inspired ad-libbery from the multi award-winning BBC Radio 4 series.

    Linda says: "Unbeatable comedy!"
  • 4.8 (24 ratings)
    I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue, Volume 4   Narrated by Tim Brooke-Taylor, Barry Cryer, Willie Rushton, Graeme Garden

    I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue, Volume 4

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 58 mins)
    • Narrated By Tim Brooke-Taylor, Barry Cryer, Willie Rushton, and others
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    (9)
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    Sorry I Haven't a Clue has Radio Four's highest listening figures for light entertainment and won the 1998 Voice of the Listener and Viewer for top radio show.

    Linda says: "I'm sorry I haven't a clue (4)"
  • 4.8 (19 ratings)
    I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue, Volume 7  by Tim Brooke-Taylor, Willie Rushton, Graeme Garden, Narrated by Tim Brooke-Taylor, Barry Cryer, Willie Rushton, Graeme Garden

    I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue, Volume 7

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Tim Brooke-Taylor, Willie Rushton, Graeme Garden,
    • Narrated By Tim Brooke-Taylor, Barry Cryer, Willie Rushton, and others
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    (8)
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    Another helping of inspired ad-libbery from the multi award-winning BBC Radio 4 series.

    Linda says: "How do they do it? Hysterically funny."
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  • 4.8 (12 ratings)
    Dad's Army, Volume 2: Command Decision  by Jimmy Perry, David Croft Narrated by Arthur Lowe, John Le Mesurier, Clive Dunn

    Dad's Army, Volume 2: Command Decision

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 54 mins)
    • By Jimmy Perry, David Croft
    • Narrated By Arthur Lowe, John Le Mesurier, Clive Dunn
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    From the annals of wartime Britain come four brilliantly funny episodes with Captain Mainwaring's fully trained Home Guard platoon, ever ready to strike terror into the heart of the Wehrmacht from their unit in Walmington-on-Sea. Always prepared to fight to the finish, this endearing team of characters are at their incompetent best in these wonderfully entertaining adventures specially adapted for radio.

  • 4.3 (120 ratings)
    Fawlty Towers, Volume 1: Basil the Rat  by John Cleese, Connie Booth Narrated by John Cleese, Prunella Scales, Andrew Sachs, Full Cast

    Fawlty Towers, Volume 1: Basil the Rat

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By John Cleese, Connie Booth
    • Narrated By John Cleese, Prunella Scales, Andrew Sachs, and others
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    Four classic BBC TV episodes featuring a newly-added interview with John Cleese.

    Donald says: "The Greatest !"
  • 4.5 (100 ratings)
    Blackadder II  by Richard Curtis, Ben Elton Narrated by Rowan Atkinson, Tony Robinson, Full Cast

    Blackadder II

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Richard Curtis, Ben Elton
    • Narrated By Rowan Atkinson, Tony Robinson, Full Cast
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    (18)
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    England 1558-1603. The filthy genes of the Blackadder dynasty bubble to the surface of history's melting pot as Lord Edmund, arrogant peer-about-town, swaggers with a big head and small beard in search of grace and favour from the stark raving mad Queen Bess.

    Gwendolyn says: "Hilarious as always"
  • Blackadder the Third  by Richard Curtis, Ben Elton Narrated by Rowan Atkinson, Tony Robinson, Full Cast

    Blackadder the Third

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Richard Curtis, Ben Elton
    • Narrated By Rowan Atkinson, Tony Robinson, Full Cast
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    England 1760-1815. With the advent of the Regency period the Blackadder's family fortune has rather plummeted. Edmund Blackadder, butler to the Prince Regent, veers from calamity to disaster with very little in the way of constructive help from either his imbecile Lord and master the Prince Regent or the mouse-brained Baldrick.

    J. says: "crackling wit"
  • Blithe Spirit  by Noel Coward Narrated by Rosalind Ayres, Shirley Knight, Judy Geeson, Ian Ogilvy

    Blithe Spirit

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 44 mins)
    • By Noel Coward
    • Narrated By Rosalind Ayres, Shirley Knight, Judy Geeson, and others
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    (22)
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    This classic comedy is set in the charming country home of Charles Condomine, a remarried widower. A witty and convivial evening party among friends is transformed when a seance conjures the ghost of Elvira, Charles' first wife, who delights in wreaking havoc among the living. An enchanting Coward comedy!

    Rebecca says: "Be careful what you wish for"
  • Something Fresh (






UNABRIDGED) by P. G. Wodehouse Narrated by Jonathan Cecil

    Something Fresh

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By P. G. Wodehouse
    • Narrated By Jonathan Cecil
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    (59)
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    The one thing that could be expected to disturb the peace of life at Blandings is the incursion of imposters. Blandings has imposters like other houses have mice. On this occasion there are two of them--both intent on a dangerous enterprise.

    Beverly says: "So That's Where "Upstairs, Downstairs" Came From!"
  • Design for Living  by Noel Coward Narrated by Douglas Weston, Hamish Linklater, Claire Forlani

    Design for Living

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 45 mins)
    • By Noel Coward
    • Narrated By Douglas Weston, Hamish Linklater, Claire Forlani
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    Three terminally stylish friends, who share rivalrous affections, attempt to uncoil their twisted love triangle in this sexy and scandalous gem. Written in 1932, the play was deemed extremely daring, and even by today's standards is considered controversial. In its frank and funny take on sex, love, and commitment, Design for Living proves to be one of Coward's greatest successes.

    Sandy says: "Loved the design"
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  • Jennings' Diary (






UNABRIDGED) by Anthony Buckeridge Narrated by Simon Vance

    Jennings' Diary

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Anthony Buckeridge
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
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    "Hah-ooh cinosrepus! ‘Selbanev, Nosnikta, Senoj-Nitram,’ said Jennings. ‘They’re the names of people, I bet you can’t guess who!’ ‘Russian agents? - Zulu tribesmen? - Ancient kings of Egypt?’ hazarded Darbishire. ‘No, no, no,’ Jennings flipped his fingers in delight and danced ungainly ballet steps round the tuck-boxes. ‘Oh, wacko! If you can’t guess, neither will anybody else, so we can use it for the code.’”

    Jason says: "Disappointing"
  • The Noël Coward Collection  by Noël Coward Narrated by Annette Bening, Joe Mantegna, Eric Stoltz, Rosalind Ayres, Ian Ogilvy, Yeardley Smith, Shirley Knight

    The Noël Coward Collection

    • ORIGINAL (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Noël Coward
    • Narrated By Annette Bening, Joe Mantegna, Eric Stoltz, and others
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    (56)
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    (47)
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    Six phenomenally sophisticated Noël Coward comedies: Fallen Angels, Hay Fever, Private Lives, Design for Living, Blithe Spirit, Present Laughter.

    Anthony says: "Bravo Mr. Coward"
  • Round the Horne: Volume 15  by Kenneth Horne, more Narrated by Kenneth Horne, Kenneth Williams, Betty Marsden, Hugh Paddick

    Round the Horne: Volume 15

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 54 mins)
    • By Kenneth Horne, more
    • Narrated By Kenneth Horne, Kenneth Williams, Betty Marsden, and others
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    Here are four more episodes from the classic BBC radio comedy series, which took comedy to a new level of outrageousness in the late 1960s. Kenneth Horne is the suave host, whilst around him orbit those no-holds-barred satellites Kenneth Williams, Betty Marsden, Hugh Paddick, and Bill Pertwee. Regular characters Julian and Sandy and Rambling Syd Rumpo make a number of appearances, in amongst the usual comedy collage of sketches, songs, spoof series, and news reports.

  • Round the Horne: Volume 14  by Kenneth Horne, more Narrated by Kenneth Horne, Kenneth Williams, Betty Marsden, Hugh Paddick

    Round the Horne: Volume 14

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 47 mins)
    • By Kenneth Horne, more
    • Narrated By Kenneth Horne, Kenneth Williams, Betty Marsden, and others
    Overall
    (1)
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    (1)
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    (1)

    Here are four more episodes from the classic BBC radio comedy series, which took comedy to a new level of outrageousness in the late 1960s. Kenneth Horne is the suave host, whilst around him orbit those no-holds-barred satellites Kenneth Williams, Betty Marsden, Hugh Paddick, and Bill Pertwee. Regular characters Julian and Sandy and Rambling Syd Rumpo make a number of appearances, in amongst the usual comedy collage of sketches, songs, spoof series, and news reports.

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  • I'm Alan Partridge  by Steve Coogan, more Narrated by Steve Coogan, Full Cast

    I'm Alan Partridge

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 35 mins)
    • By Steve Coogan, more
    • Narrated By Steve Coogan, Full Cast
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    (4)
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    Two episodes from the award-winning BBC TV series I'm Alan Partridge starring Steve Coogan. Listen to Alan attempt to rebuild his career as an early-morning DJ on Radio Norwich. His wife has left him for a fitness instructor and Alan had moved to the luxury of the Linton Travel Tavern (big plate not included!).

  • The Goon Show, Volume 7: Ying Tong Iddle-i Po!  by The Goons Narrated by The Goons

    The Goon Show, Volume 7: Ying Tong Iddle-i Po!

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By The Goons
    • Narrated By The Goons
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    GO ON, but watch your feet. Boots are exploding everywhere; in Hungary, on the football field, and at home where Britain's scradje deposits are on the blink. And make sure your banana is loaded when you join Neddie in Guatemala, and keep your salami primed as you search for missing diplomats Burgess and McTeeth. Or just sit back and listen to the lilting refrain of "I'm Walking Backwards for Christmas".

    Marius says: "Bananas and more"
  • I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue, Volume 1  by BBC Worldwide Narrated by Tim Brooke-Taylor, Barry Cryer, Willie Rushton, Graeme Garden

    I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue, Volume 1

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 55 mins)
    • By BBC Worldwide
    • Narrated By Tim Brooke-Taylor, Barry Cryer, Willie Rushton, and others
    Overall
    (61)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (13)

    The show that grabs listeners by the waist, swirls them round in time to a Strauss waltz, and then trips over the banana skins of convention.

    Joey says: "Spectacular Gameshow"
  • Knowing Me, Knowing You with Alan Partridge: The TV Series  by Steve Coogan Narrated by Steve Coogan

    Knowing Me, Knowing You with Alan Partridge: The TV Series

    • ORIGINAL (59 mins)
    • By Steve Coogan
    • Narrated By Steve Coogan
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    (8)
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    (2)
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    (2)

    There's a new chat in town as the hit programme comes live from the BBC Television Centre, and Alan ushers on a variety of guests including horsewoman of few words Sue Lewis, powerful hypnotist Tony le Mesmer, fashion designer Yvonne Boyd, and husband and wife thespians Tania Barker and Gary Barker. There's also a whole edition of the programme broadcast from sexy Paris, city of French people.

  • Blackadder Goes Forth: The Last of the Classic Comedy Series  by Richard Curtis Narrated by Rowan Atkinson, Nigel Hawthorn, Full Cast

    Blackadder Goes Forth: The Last of the Classic Comedy Series

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Richard Curtis
    • Narrated By Rowan Atkinson, Nigel Hawthorn, Full Cast
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    Six BBC TV episodes starring Rowan Atkinson, Miranda Richardson, Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie, and Tony Robinson. With a “ya boo sucks” to you Fritzy, hot tiddly tumble - it’s off to the Western Front, 1917. Captain Blackadder, hero of Mboto Gorge, joined the British Army when it was little more than a travel agency for gentlemen with an abnormally high sex drive. Now he finds himself crammed into a sewer, 20 yards from a lot of heavily armed people who want to kill him.

  • Short Cruises: 12 Humorous Short Stories (






UNABRIDGED) by W. W. Jacobs Narrated by Cathy Dobson

    Short Cruises: 12 Humorous Short Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By W. W. Jacobs
    • Narrated By Cathy Dobson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    W.W. Jacobs was an English writer, famous for his humorous short stories, particularly those relating the preposterous adventures and misadventures of sailors on leave. This collection, Short Cruises, contains some of W.W. Jacobs' most popular characters, including the night watchman at the docks in Wapping who relates the stories of his friends Ginger Dick, Sam Small, and Peter Russet.

  • Curried Cow (






UNABRIDGED) by Ambrose Bierce Narrated by Cathy Dobson

    Curried Cow

    • UNABRIDGED (15 mins)
    • By Ambrose Bierce
    • Narrated By Cathy Dobson
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    My Aunt Patience, who tilled a small farm in the state of Michigan, had a favorite cow. This creature was not a god cow, nor a profitable one, for instead of devoting a part of her leisure to secretion of milk and production of veal she concentrated all her faculties on the study of kicking. The demon cow of Michigan will attack any living being she comes across...and when Aunt Patience resolves to marry, every single man in the county goes to extreme lengths to become unavailable for the honour. Such was their fear of being married alive by my Aunt Patience.

  • A Bottomless Grave (






UNABRIDGED) by Ambrose Bierce Narrated by Cathy Dobson

    A Bottomless Grave

    • UNABRIDGED (17 mins)
    • By Ambrose Bierce
    • Narrated By Cathy Dobson
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    A dysfunctional and amoral family murders its alcoholic father and buries him in the yard, before embarking on a hobby of befriending strangers whose bodies they bury in the cellar. When the stocks of liquor and provisions kept in the cellar start to deplete mysteriously, they put it down to the partying of the restless spirits of their murder victims...but a stranger truth emerges. Written in Bierce's witty style, this story is a laugh-a-minute comedy.

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  • The Awful German Language (






UNABRIDGED) by Mark Twain Narrated by Cathy Dobson

    The Awful German Language

    • UNABRIDGED (49 mins)
    • By Mark Twain
    • Narrated By Cathy Dobson
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    Mark Twain's classic satire on the German language. A must read for anybody learning German or living in a German-speaking country. "The Germans have another kind of parenthesis, which they make by splitting a verb in two and putting half of it at the beginning of an exciting chapter and the other half at the end of it. Can anyone conceive of anything more confusing than that?"

    Sandra says: "This is a terrific piece of writing!"
  • Doctor Sally (






UNABRIDGED) by P. G. Wodehouse Narrated by Paul Shelley

    Doctor Sally

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By P. G. Wodehouse
    • Narrated By Paul Shelley
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    (5)
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    When Bill Bannister meets Dr. Sally Smith, love blossoms immediately. Unfortunately there is just the small problem of Lottie Higginbotham, former actress, serial bride, and human fireball, with whom Bill is already involved. The well-meaning interference of Bill’s old friend, Squiffy Tidmouth, once married to Lottie, only complicates matters further, until everything is straightened out in a series of comic encounters at Bill’s ancestral home and everyone lives happily ever after.

  • More Ronnie Barker's Lines from My Grandfather's Forehead  by Ronnie Barker Narrated by Ronnie Barker

    More Ronnie Barker's Lines from My Grandfather's Forehead

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 59 mins)
    • By Ronnie Barker
    • Narrated By Ronnie Barker
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    Ronnie Barker stars in four episodes of the comedy sketch show as heard on BBC Radio 4. Here’s a further cornucopia of clever comedy, featuring sketches, monologues, poems and songs in this sequential entertainment for radio. Here, the sketches include: a bizarre slice of Shakespeare, a poem for a man with a plan, and a forgetful actor.

  • It Sticks Out Half a Mile Continued  by Harold Snoad, Michael Knowles Narrated by John Le Mesurier

    It Sticks Out Half a Mile Continued

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 44 mins)
    • By Harold Snoad, Michael Knowles
    • Narrated By John Le Mesurier
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    John Le Mesurier, Ian Lavender, and Bill Pertwee star in four episodes of the radio sequel to Dad's Army, including: "Inspecting the Piles": In order to save money, Hodges, Pike, and Wilson decide to inspect the foundations of Frambourne Pier in an inflatable rubber dinghy - at night. "Pike in Love": Uncle Arthur is called in to give Pike a lesson on the birds and the bees. Also included are episodes "The Friends of Frambourne Pier" and "The First Meeting".