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Cemetery Junction and Four Lions released on DVD today

Both Cemetery Junction and Four Lions are released on DVD in the UK today.

The two films are the big screen debuts of two of Britain’s best screenwriters, Gervais & Merchant and Chris Morris.

Cemetery Junction written by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant is a coming of age story set in Reading, whilst the controversial Four Lions by Chris Morris follows a group of wannabe terrorists in London.

Cemetery Junction made £1,421,688 at the UK box Office during its run in cinemas, whilst Four Lions grossed £2,928,884

Both are absolutely brilliant films, and are definitely in Blue Nun’s Top 2 films of 2010, hopefully they will raise the profile of British comedy around the world even higher than it already is, but with Cemetery Junction being released as a DVD only release in America and the chances of Americans seeing the funny side to a comedy about terrorists (except in the south, where they might just think it is actually slagging off Muslims), you get the feeling America might miss out this year.

Advertisements loves Ricky, Steve and Larry! (Dont We All) has this week released its Top 10 sitcoms of the 00’s, and despite the usual rubbish that gets onto these sorts of lists (The Sarah SIlverman Program and 30 Rock to name but two) the top end of the list actually looks correct.

The top three makes a Larry David sandwich with Gervais and Merchant providing the bread. (3rd Extras, 2nd Curb and 1st The Office).

Its hard for anyone to deny that The Office was not the greatest sitcom of all time, and will certainly top almost any sitcom fans list, so that is a basically a given at No.1, and Curb Your Enthusiasm again should be expected to be right up there also especially on an american site like, Curb has definitely been the most influential sitcom of the decade and Extras finished the Top 3 proving that The Office was no fluke.

Well done, long live Gervais and Merchant!

Read the list here