performances from Pete Townshend,
Gabriel, Lou Reed, Kate Bush and others.
By Blurt Staff
The Secret Policeman’s Balls is
the collective name for a legendary series of hilarious, irreverent and
groundbreaking benefit shows staged to raise funds for Amnesty
International. Beginning in 1976, the Balls featured the cream of Britain’s
comedians and an astounding line-up of international musical talent. The shows
have been credited by many as being the inspiration for many of the
high-profile charity events of the last 30 years, including Live Aid.
Shout! Factory, in association with Amnesty International, will be releasing The Secret Policeman’s Balls DVD box set on January 27. This marks
the first time the films will be available in North
Featuring five of the most popular shows from
the first wave of The Secret Policeman’s Ball from 1976-1989 and including rare footage, these feature members of the Monty Python (John Cleese,
Graham Chapman, Terry
Gilliam, Terry Jones, Michael Palin) and Beyond The Fringe comedy troupes (Peter Cook, Dudley Moore, Alan Bennett,
Jonathan Miller), as well as individual comedic talents such as Rowan Atkinson (Mr. Bean),
Saunders (Absolutely Fabulous)
and Hugh Laurie (House M.D.).
addition to the comedians, the shows feature acoustic musical performances that
prefigured the “unplugged” phenomenon by Pete Townshend, Sting, Phil Collins, Bob Geldof, Peter Gabriel, Donovan, Jackson Browne, Lou Reed, Kate Bush
and Joan Armatrading. Also
featured are rare duets from guitar legends Eric Clapton & Jeff Beck and Mark Knopfler & Chet Atkins.
Pleasure At Her Majesty s (1976)
The Secret Policeman’s Ball (1979)
The Secret Policeman’s Other Ball (1981)
The Secret Policeman’s Third Ball (1987)
The Secret Policeman’s Biggest Ball (1989)
* Remember The Secret Policeman’s Ball? (2004): Feature-length BBC documentary
celebrating the 25th anniversary. Never before seen in the U.S.
* Footage from the U.K.
premiere of the Secret Policeman’s Other Ball.
* Rare bonus footage.
* Brand-new essays and video intros by co-producer Martin Lewis.