Three rare classics from the Kaleidoscope archive released on DVD for the first time: Steptoe and Son: The Offer, Rare Chills and Frankie Howerd: The Pilots

Simply Media are delighted to be partnering with leading TV archivists Kaleidoscope (The Classic Television Organisation) to release three rare and un-transmitted programmes on DVD for the very first time, featuring some of TV’s greatest icons.

Steptoe and Son: The Offer 

Steptoe and Son began in 1962 in the UK, and has since become a national institution.

In 1965, creators Ray Galton and Alan Simpson were approached byJoseph E. Levine to make a pilot for the US. It was never optioned and a 35mm print was given to Ray Galton as a souvenir. That print of the US pilot lay undiscovered in Galton’s basement until Kaleidoscope discovered it during a film shoot.

Starring Oscar-nominee Lee Tracy (The Best Man) and Golden Globe-nomineeAldo Ray (From Here to Eternity), the unseen US Steptoe and Son pilot is now available on DVD for the first time.

Special Feature: Footage from the Kaleidoscope documentary The Native Hue of Resolution featuring Ray Galton and Tessa Le Bars.

Frankie Howerd: The Lost Television Pilots

A two-disc collection of rare television pilots starring revolutionary British comedian Frankie Howerd

Howerd was a huge success in Britain, but couldn’t make his mark in other countries. These pilots, made in the 1970s, provide a rare insight into his work abroad.

This collection includes:Up the Convicts – Episode Three, The Gong Show – Pilot & The Frankie Howerd Show (CBC) – 2 Episode plus special feature: Collection of rare interviews with Frankie Howerd from Ryan’s Roost, The Mike Douglas Show and The Merv Grffin Show.

Rare Chills

A collection of two rare, spine-chilling tales of terror:

The Fearmakers : The Shadow of Death:

Filmed at Warwick Castle, this spooky tale stars Jack Woolgar(Swallows and Amazons) and Barry Stokes (Z-Cars).

Supernatural: Mrs. Amworth:

A mysterious epidemic is attacking an English village, and the inhabitants are being drained of their blood. Could it be the work of a vampire?

Starring Oscar-nominee Glynis Johns (Mary Poppins)John Phillips (Bleak House)Rex Holdsworth (Softly, Softly) and Derek Francis (Scrooge). Directed by BAFTA-nominee Alvin Rakoff.

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