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Kingdom - Stephen Fry Solicits Trouble (and Laughs!): Date, Cost, Package & Trailer

BFS Entertainment to release a 3-disc set this spring

Posted by David Lambert
Yesterday on Twitter I teased fans of @StephenFry (one of the dominating tweeters out there, with close to 350,000 "tweeps" following him), mentioning that I would have some DVD news to post this morning. One of our own tweeps replied, "Please let it be QI, please let it be QI, please let it be QI...." Sorry, no, it's not his 2003 program QI (a.k.a. Quite Interesting); there's been no word from the BBC yet about bringing that to the States on home video. In the meantime, though, we hope Fry fans are quite pleased that they'll be able to see him on DVD later this year in his "dramedy" turn in the 2007 show, Kingdom.

Yesterday afternoon the BBC America Online Shop posted at their "In The Works" blog that Fry's Kingdom "is coming to DVD this spring." Oh, and for QI fans, the write-up there also mentions that Fry is up for a BAFTA award for hosting that show, and for hosting a separate documentary (Stephen Fry & the Gutenberg Press: The Machine That Made Us) as "Best Entertainment Performance." We wish him the best of luck on these nominations! The write-up over there also mentions that "Stephen Fry in America" will also be coming to DVD in North America later this year.

Actually, we're surprised that they didn't also mention the "thinpak" re-release of The Complete Jeeves And Wooster, starring Fry and Hugh Laurie (House) together as the legendary comedy team that they are. If you already own A&E's original set from 2002, there's no new content and so probably no need for an upgrade. But if you missed it, this is the entire series in a smaller bundle, and at a smaller price. Perfect!

But WAIT! We were supposed to be talking about Kingdom, right? Right! "Spring" is pretty close, so we thought we should narrow it down for you. How about May 12th? BFS Entertainment will release Kingdom on a 3-disc set, in widescreen and running 275 minutes, for $39.98 SRP. Below we have the studio description of the release, followed by an online trailer and then package art.

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    Stories of a trustworthy lawyer...and other improbabilities

    In this perfect mix of light-hearted comedy and personal drama, Stephen Fry (Black Adder, Jeeves & Wooster) stars as Peter Kingdom, a kindly solicitor who devotes his career to representing the oddball people in the Norfolk town of Market Shipborough, England. From nudists to adults suing toddlers, Kingdom is at the whim and mercy of anyone who blows into his office with a personal injury complaint.

    Meanwhile, his life is still overshadowed by the mysterious disappearance of his brother (Dominic Mafham - The Clinic), who may or may not be dead. Probing and patient, Kingdom seeks answers to everyone's problems and digs deeply to find the tiniest shred of sanity in his eccentric clientele.

    The series also stars Hermione Norris, Celia Imrie, Karl Davies, Tony Slattery and Phyllida Law. Guest stars include Richard Briers, Miriam Margolyes, Richard Wilson, Diana Quick and Dermot Crowley.

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