Brilliantly inventive, startlingly surreal and unlike anything previously seen on television, The Strange World of Gurney Slade is to television comedy what The Prisoner has become to television drama — both firmly of its time and spectacularly ahead of it.
Anthony Newley stars as an actor who walks off the set of a banal sit-com and into a fantasy world of his own imagination in this surreal odyssey through one man's personal alternative reality. An unpredictable, absurdist fantasy, the series was created by Newley and written by comedy legends Sid Green and Dick Hills (soon to become key writers for Morecambe and Wise).
Restored in High Definition from original 35mm film elements, this limited edition anniversary release also includes:
* Three Saturday Spectacular shows from 1960 featuring Anthony Newley alongside Shirley Bassey, Peter Sellers, Janette Scott, Lionel Blair and others. These variety specials feature Newley’s initial attempts at building the "internal monologue character" that would eventually become Gurney Slade.
* Original Gurney Slade promotional shorts
* Extensive image galleries
* The Small World of Sammy Lee: the classic 1963 British crime film starring Anthony Newley
* The Small World of Sammy Lee special features: newly-discovered archive film material featuring an alternative ending, textless titles and a promotional interview with Anthony Newley
* Commemorative booklet with contributions from Andrew Pixley, Dick Fiddy and Andrew Roberts
* Free streaming of the series' six episodes from today only when you buy the limited edition Blu-ray set. Limited to the UK and Ireland.
By Sue Selfe | In 2014 I began my search to find someone to put up a plaque for our Anthony Newley. I thought that no one deserved the recognition more. For years, my goal wasmet with resistance, ignorance, and people and organizations who were less than legitimate.
My heart was heavy as Tony’s 20th anniversary approached and I wanted it to be a joyful day. One of my FB friends, Ian Freeman, read about my plight and said he would ask Mike Read as they might help me. I badgered these poor men and they agreed to meet me in London. This was the later part of 2018. Ian freeman and Mike Read loved my passion and they said yes on the spot.
I met with Hackney Council to make sure the plaque was erected where Tony’s birth home once stood — 14 Oswald Street, Clapham. The Council, although not familiar with our friend, was excited when I recalled my story and went all out to help me. And so began the journey to create a Newley Day. On the 14th of April 2019 at 2pm on Oswald Street our Anthony George Newley got his much deserved blue plaque. Tony;s daughter Tara did the reveal as friends sang Pure Imagination. We went to Chelsea and 100 of us watched as wonderful singers sang his songs. They came from the USA, Austria, Belgium, and Spain for a day I will never forget. Why would you ever forget someone who gave you so much to remember?