Hotter than Kylie

Peter Kay is the top pin-up

More people are buying Peter Kay calendars for their walls than Kylie Minogue, Abi Titmuss or Robbie Williams.

The comic’s calendar is the bestseller of the festive season at HMV, outstripping more established heartthrobs.

And, as usual, comedy is proving a hot seller in the DVD and books departments, too, with Little Britain and The Simpsons topping their respective charts.

Series one of Matt Lucas' and David Walliams’ show is the best-selling TV disc, beating That Peter Kay Thing into second place.

And their scripts made the top ten of bestselling non-music books, too.

An HMV spokesman said: "Every year there always seems to be one comedy series that goes clear and becomes a massive seller. Last year, for instance, it was The Office, but it's been a trend that goes all the way back to the days of Blackadder."

Peter Kay’s first Channel 4 series is followed by Bo' Selecta series three, The Office Christmas specials, The Simpsons Christmas disc and the Phoenix Nights series one and two box set in the DVD chart.

While the store’s bestselling non-music books is headed by a collection of Simpsons soundbites, Quotable Homer, with Ricky Gervais's children's book Flanimals second.

Top 10 TV DVDs:

  1. Little Britain series 1
  2. That Peter Kay Thing
  3. Bo' Selecta series 3
  4.  The Office Christmas specials
  5. The Simpsons Christmas
  6. Phoenix Nights series 1 & 2
  7. Soccer AM
  8.  Long Way Round - Ewan McGregor & Charley Boorman
  9. Sex and the City series 6
  10. Himalaya with Michael Palin

HMV Top 10 non-music books:

  1. Quotable Homer
  2. Flanimals
  3. Quotable Bart
  4. Football Factory
  5. Chav: Users Guide
  6.  Shit Grounds No Fans
  7.  Motorcycle Diaries
  8. Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason
  9. Sex and the City: Kiss & Tell
  10.  Little Britain
Top 5 calendars:
  1. Peter Kay
  2. Robbie Williams
  3. Abi Titmuss
  4.  Hollyoaks Babes
  5. Kylie Minogue

Published: 21 Dec 2004

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