The Secret Policeman’s Balls
The Secret Policeman’s Ball
Due for release on 27 January 2009
Shout Factory are releasing a DVD box set of The Secret Policeman’s Balls, a legendary series of benefit shows staged to raise funds for Amnesty International. Beginning in 1976, they have featured the cream of Britain’s comedians and musicians, and laid the groundwork for high-profile charity events, including Live Aid.
The 3-DVD set The Secret Policeman’s Balls collects the five biggest and best Balls, featuring John Cleese, Michael Palin, Terry Jones, Graham Chapman and Terry Gilliam of Monty Python, Dudley Moore and Peter Cook of Beyond The Fringe, Billy Connolly, Rowan Atkinson (Mr. Bean), Jennifer Saunders (Absolutely Fabulous) and Hugh Laurie (House M.D.).
The shows also feature historic “unplugged” performances 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.