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The Diamond Jubilee HM Queen Elizabeth II: The Official BBC Highlights, Running time 59 Year 2012 Languages English Number of Discs 1 Certification E Colour Colour Format DVD / Normal Release Date 09/07/201 More details
World War Two drama from Alfred Hitchcock following the tensions that arise in a lifeboat filled with the survivors of a torpedoed passenger ship. Among those seeking refuge on the lifeboat are fashion journalist Connie Porthead (Tallulah Bankhead), tycoon Rittenhouse (Henry Hull), seaman Kovak (John Hodiak), injured stoker Gus (William Bendix), radio operator Stanley Garrett (Hume Cronyn) and a nurse, Alice (Mary Anderson). Their numbers are swelled further when a German, Willy (Walter Slezak),...
All seven episodes from the second season of the medical comedy series following the trials and tribulations of the staff at Gillies Hospital, where the sharp-tongued Sheila Sabatini (Nichola McAuliffe) presides as senior surgeon. Episodes comprise: 'Cold Cuts', 'Cold Cuts', 'Educating Daniel', 'Doubting Thomas', 'The Phone Call', 'The Garden Party' and 'Something in the Air'.
The entire three series of the popular comedy, plus the 25th anniversary special. Recently widowed Audrey Fforbes-Hamilton (Penelope Keith) is aghast when she is forced to sell her ancestral home to millionaire grocery magnate Richard De Vere (Peter Bowles). Taking up residence at the nearby Lodge, Audrey decides to educate the new lord of the manor in his civic duties, and it is not long before the pair are locking horns over Richard's planned modernisation of Grantley.
Having recently arrived in London, Tim Baker (Tyrone Power) is hoping to impress his girlfriend Carol Brown (Betty Grable) by joining the Royal Air Force. His 'couldn't care' attitude towards the war changes when he has to fly under combat conditions and prove his abilities.
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Epic war film, based on real events, set during and after the Chinese civil war. Gu Zidi (Hanyu Zang), Captain of the Ninth Company of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) leads his 46 men into one of the bloodiest battles of the Huaihai Campaign in 1948. His orders are to fight the Nationalist Army (KMT) until he hears the bugle call for retreat. After the ammunition runs out and his men are dropping like flies, the bugle has still not sounded. When his dying Lieutenant insists that he has heard the...
Highlights from classic Manchester City matches from 1972 to 1989. Seven games are included with the team beating rivals Manchester United and Tottenham.
Cheeky 1970s British sex comedy. Barry Andrews stars as virginal nerd Jon Pigeon, who manages to secure a job in a sex research institute where the patients run about the corridors naked, nude aerobics are encouraged and no man is safe from the crotch-grabbing tea lady. In his attempts to seduce pretty office secretary Cheryl (Sally Faulkner), Pigeon invents a machine called Agnes that emits a 'sonic aphrodisiac' guaranteed to turn any man or woman into an slathering sex maniac. Although his attempts...
Espionage thriller trilogy starring Matt Damon as CIA assassin Jason Bourne. In the first film, 'The Bourne Identity' (2002), Bourne is pulled out the Mediterranean by fishermen, badly wounded and suffering from amnesia. Unable to recall either who he is or what has happened to him, his only clue to his identity is the number of a Swiss bank account which has been etched into a device implanted in his body. Following the lead to Zurich, he discovers money, passports and a gun waiting for him, but...
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This much-loved Rodgers and Hammerstein musical tells the story of carnival barker Billy Bigelow, who is killed committing an armed robbery in order to provide for his baby girl. Years later Billy is allowed to return to Earth for his daughter's graduation. Gordon MacRae, Shirley Jones and Cameron Mitchell star. Songs included are 'If I Love You', 'Soliloquy', and 'You'll Never Walk Alone'.
Fred Dibnah's Building Collection, Running time 360 Year 2002 Languages English Subtitles English Number of Discs 3 Certification E Colour Colour Format DVD / Box Set Region 2 Release Date 28/12/200 More details
F.W. Murnau, creator of silent classics 'Nosferatu', 'Metropolis' and 'Sunrise', directs this study of the fragile marriage between a country boy and a city girl. During a trip to Chicago, innocent farmer's son Lem (Charles Farrell) falls in love with and marries Kate (Mary Duncan), a streetwise but lonely waitress. After the newlyweds move into Lem's family farm in Minnesota, their honeymoon turns into a claustrophobic struggle as they contend with the bitter scorn of Lem's tyrannical father and...
A three-volume set from the award-winning comedian featuring over five hours of material, including performances in Canberra, Australia, London's Hammersmith Apollo and The Hay Festival. The set also includes a 'Best of Tour' feature highlighting Ross's favourite moments, as well as footage of the comedian at the 'Laughs in the Park' festival, which took place at the Verulamium Park, St Albans in 2011.
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Christmas family comedy directed by independent filmmaker Jon Favreau. Will Ferrell stars as Buddy, a human being who has spent his whole life believing himself to be an elf. Brought up by Santa (Edward Asner) and his elves at the North Pole, Buddy has spent the last 30 years happily working in Santa's toy workshop. But when his ungainly size starts to become a liability in the elf-sized working environment, Santa suggests that Buddy head to New York City to find his biological father (James Caan...
Documentary series examining the history of the castles of Britain and Ireland. This volume focuses on Kent's Leeds Castle, and the medieval Warwick Castle.
Classic British comedy unseen and unreleased since its original cinema run. Over the Garden Wall put the two comic geniuses, Jimmy James and Norman Evans, together to make one of the funniest fictional husband and wife teams to ever grace a British screen. This film was the inspiration behind Les Dawson and Roy Barraclough's famous drag routine. In this riotous comedy they plan to give their daughter and new American son-in-law a right Northern Welcome - to predictably comedic results. Along with...
A huge glass tower block, touted as the tallest building in the world, bursts into flame on its opening night. An all-star cast includes Steve McQueen as Michael O'Hallorhan, the fire chief determined to get the blaze under control, while Paul Newman stars as embarrassed architect Doug Roberts, trapped inside with fellow guests Fred Astaire, Richard Chamberlain and Robert Wagner. 'The Towering Inferno' became the biggest of the Seventies cycle of disaster movies, which began four years earlier with...
The beautiful Hollywood film star Maria Vargas (Ava Gardner) is shot dead by her aristocratic husband. At her funeral the men who knew her recount, in flashback, her rise from nightclub dancer to countess, telling of her fierce independence, and slowly revealing the events which lead up to her death. Although strenuously denied by writer-director Joseph L. Mankiewicz ('All About Eve', 'Cleopatra'), it has often been rumoured that the characters in the film were based on real people such as Rita Hayworth...
A triple set of BBC documentaries presented by Professor Brian Cox. 'Wonders of the Solar System' (2010) focuses on such phenomena as Saturn's rings, the solar flares of the Sun and the deserts of Mars to demonstrate how the forces that shaped our world are also responsible for creating some of the most breathtaking sights in our solar system. In the follow-up series, 'Wonders of the Universe' (2011), Cox continues his exploration of the universe and its effect on human life. Vast, complex and almost...
When newly weds Jack (Ian Carmichael and Peggy (Janette Scott) face eviction, they are duped into taking refuge in a run down houseboat. After rebuilding the engine, along with their friends Sid (Sid James) and Sandra (Liz Fraser), they decide to move to a better location. However as fog descends they lose all sense of direction and end up in France without fuel and supplies. Fortunately they find their landlord's yacht moored nearby but have to resort to desperate actions when he makes any help...
Three more episodes of the saucy comedians classic 1970s show, with his trademark high-speed farce and buxom ladies, and including characters such as Mr Chow Mein, and Benny's interpretations of shows such as 'I, Claudius' and 'Mastermind'.
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Life on the Ocean Wave - Musical Salutes to the Royal Navy & Royal Marines
Musical comedy starring Tommy Trinder as the music hall star George Leybourne, better known by his nickname 'Champagne Charlie'. His early career began when Leybourne sang in pubs for a pound a week but he rose to become one of the best known music hall stars of the 19th century. However, he also had a bitter rival, The Great Vance (Stanley Holloway), and the pair duelled in song. But they soon had to join forces against the theatre owners who were planning to close down the music halls.
All 13 episodes from Series 3 and 4 of the popular BBC sitcom starring Karl Howman as Jacko, a good-looking, wisecracking, womanising house painter in South London. Although Jacko gets himself into all manner of scrapes through his predilection for playing the field, there is little doubt that one woman has a firm grip on his heart, his boss's secretary, Sandra (Jackie Lye). Will Jacko ever do the right thing and make an honest woman of her?
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All nine episodes from the second series of the 1980s Yorkshire Television sitcom starring Mollie Sugden. The show concerns Ida Willis (Sugden) who gets a job as housekeeper in the home of Dr Robert Price (Christopher Blake), only to find the good doctor is the son she gave up for adoption 28 years before. Episodes are: 'Only When It Hurts', 'Wakey Wakey', 'A Holiday Romance', 'A Brush With the Law', 'Down Under', 'To Catch a Thief', 'Go Jump in the Fountain', 'Invitation to the Wedding' and 'Cold...
All eight episodes from the third series of the 1980s Yorkshire Television sitcom starring Mollie Sugden. The show concerns Ida Willis (Sugden), who gets a job as housekeeper in the home of Dr Robert Price (Christopher Blake), only to find that the good doctor is the son she gave up for adoption 28 years before. Episodes are: 'Where There's a Will', 'Baby Blues', 'The Big Night Out', 'Light and Shade', 'Unfair Dismissal', 'Dirty Linen', 'Ring If You Need Me' and 'Little Donkey'.
Complete first series of the British television drama, starring John Thaw as Sgt. John Mann, a short-tempered, firm-but-fair British Military Policeman. Includes all 13 episodes: 'It's What Comes After'; 'A Town Called Love'; 'Epitaph For a Sweat'; 'Misfire'; 'Corporal McCann's Private War'; 'The Orderly Officer'; 'Nightwatch'; 'The Boys of B Company'; 'A Regiment of the Line'; 'The Man They Did'; 'A Question of Initiative'; 'A Place of Refuge' and 'The Patrol'.
Offbeat World War 2 drama set in rural Lapland. A few days before Finland pulls out of the war, a Finnish sniper, Veiko (Ville Haapasalo) is left chained to a rock after being accused by his compatriots of being a pacifist and a reluctant fighter. But Veiko manages to unhinge the chains and break free. He then befriends a young reindeer farmer, Anni (Anni-Kristiina Juuso), whose husband has never returned after being drafted into the Finnish army four years earlier. Also living on the farm with Anni...
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1960s British crime drama directed and co-written by John Gilling. When a diamond merchant is robbed in a violent attack, employee Janine Heining (Janine Gray) is left with amnesia. With both the criminals and the police, who believe her to be the culprit, on her trail, Janine struggles to remember who she is and what exactly happened to her..
Episodes 353-384 of the long-running Australian soap. Set within the walls of Wentworth Detention Centre for Women, the show offers an unflinching portrayal of issues including racism, domestic abuse, violence and rape. In this volume, the rivalry of Joan 'Freak' Ferguson (Maggie Kirkpatrick) and influential prisoner Bea Smith (Val Lehman) continues, but with a new twist - the murderer, Nola McKenzie (Carole Skinner), finds herself caught up in the conflict. Though Nola believes that aiding Ferguson...
Box set containing the Peter Sellers films 'What's New Pussycat' (1965), 'The Party' (1968), 'Casino Royale' (1967), 'After the Fox' (1966), 'The World of Henry Orient' (1964) and 'The Pink Panther' (1963).
1950s Western starring Glenn Ford as John Stroud, a fighter for Texan independence who is branded a coward after being chosen by lot to leave the Alamo before the bitter end. When all his compatriots are wiped out by the Mexican army, he is left with no proof that he was ordered to leave his post, and is perceived by everyone who knows him to be a deserter. How can he prove his courage and clear his name?
Episodes 321-352 of the long-running Australian soap. Set within the walls of Wentworth Detention Centre for Women, the show offers an unflinching portrayal of issues including racism, domestic abuse, violence and rape. In this volume Joan 'Freak' Ferguson (Maggie Kirkpatrick) and influential prisoner Bea Smith (Val Lehman) increase their mutual efforts to destroy each other. However, when a fire breaks out in the prison and Ferguson and Smith are left trapped together in the locked cell block, they...
Crime drama based on the novel by Giancarlo De Cataldo. Lebanese (Pierfrancesco Favino) is the cold-hearted leader of a juvenile delinquent trio that also includes undyingly loyal Freddo (Kim Rossi Stuart) and power-hungry Dandi (Claudio Santamaria). After kidnapping and casually murdering a baron (Franco Interlenghi), the scheming friends soon form shady alliances with the local gangsters, corrupt cops, and secret service members that will allow them the opportunity to effectively corner the market...
The story of Dora Carrington (Emma Thompson), the beautiful but unhappy English painter, and her relationship with writer Lytton Strachey (Jonathan Pryce). In the years after World War One the couple experimented with their relationship by breaking all the taboos of old England, as they struggled to live as freely and honestly as was possible.
Boardwalk Empire Season 2 Bd, Year 2011 Languages English Featuring Steve Buscemi,Michael Pitt,Shea Whigham,Dabney Coleman Number of Discs 5 Certification 18 Colour Colour Format Blu-ray / Normal Release Date 03/09/201 More details
Collection containing six of director Blake Edwards' 'Pink Panther' films starring Peter Sellers as the bumbling Inspector Clouseau, plus the animated feature, 'A Pink Christmas' (1978), and 124 cartoons from the children's TV series of the late 1960s and 70s. The live-action films comprise: 'The Pink Panther (1963)', 'A Shot in the Dark (1964)', 'The Return of the Pink Panther' (1974)', 'The Pink Panther Strikes Again (1976)', 'Revenge of the Pink Panther (1978)' and 'Trail of the Pink Panther'...
Pity poor Bridget Jones (Renee Zellweger). She's the 1990s British everywoman: single, weight-obsessed, and very probably drunk on mid-price white wine. Her life goes from middling to worse when she embarks on a doomed affair with silver-tongued boss Daniel Cleaver (Hugh Grant). In the background lurks a literal Mr Darcy (Colin Firth), a seemingly cold lawyer who keeps crossing Bridget's path but whose precise intentions seem hard for her to divine. All the while Bridget records her lurches across...
All six episodes from the ninth series of the BBC wartime comedy classic. As Walmington-on-Sea trembles at the thought of a mighty Nazi invasion, the indefatigable Captain Mainwaring and his eager Home Guard are ready and waiting - regardless that some of them are so old they can hardly stand up... Episodes are: 'Wake Up Walmington', 'The Making of Private Pike', 'Knights of Madness', 'The Miser's Hoard', 'Number Engaged' and 'Never Too Old'.
Documentary about former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher who became known as the Iron Lady for her harsh conservative policies. Exploring the impact she had on politics during her career, the programme looks at Thatcher's life from her upbringing as the daughter of a grocery shop owner to her progression into the political world, her rise to the top and eventual resignation from leadership in 1990. The footage includes scenes of the Thatchers at Number 10 and clips from several of the leader...
Three-part BBC documentary series looking at domestic life in 18th-century Britain. In the series, Amanda Vickery argues that the British preoccupation with the home as an outward manifestation of status dates back to the Georgian period, and looks at the processes by which households were set up and maintained during the era.
All seven episodes plus the 1980 Christmas special from the fourth series of the 1970s Yorkshire Television sitcom starring Peggy Mount and Pat Coombs. Set in the Paradise Lodge Retirement Home, the series follows the antics of sharp-tongued Flora Petty (Mount) and her sweet-natured, simple-minded friend Cissie Lupin (Coombs) as they repeatedly try to get one over on the home's long-suffering staff. Episodes are: 'Twas the Night Before Christmas', 'Breakfast at Peabody's', 'Flora's Big Mistake',...
1930s British romantic comedy starring Ivor Novello as a Russian prince who has been exiled from his home country. Young Londoner Ada Wallis (Ida Lupino) takes the now homeless Prince Felix Lenieff (Novello) to live at her house but he soon causes trouble with her middle class family.
March 4th 2002. The largest land battle of the Afghan War is raging around a remote valley. U.S. forces, aided by friendly Afghans, are moving in using classic 'Hammer and Anvil' tactics to crush a force of up to 1000 foreign Al Qaeda die-hards. At Bagram Air Base, a Rangers Special Operations Quick Reaction Force takes off at 04:45 hours. Its mission - to rescue a missing Navy Seal. As their chopper, 'Razor One', approaches the LZ, no one on board has any idea that they are flying straight into...
All seven episodes of the 1970s ITV biographical drama series starring Lee Remick as Jennie Jerome, the American woman born in 1845 who went on to become Lady Randolph Churchill, mother of Winston Churchill. Episodes are: 'Jennie Jerome', 'Lady Randolph', 'Recovery', 'Triumph and Tragedy', 'A Perfect Darling', 'His Borrowed Plumes' and 'A Past and a Future'.
A raunchy mix of comedy and sex in the grand old 'saucy postcard' tradition sees Mary Millington as an heiress who has not yet found the right man for her, even though she has tried countless thousands. Also starring Diana Dors, Alan Lake and Tony Booth.
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In Roman Polanski's bloody and disturbing adaptation of Shakespeare's 'Macbeth', Jon Finch plays the Scottish nobleman who is pursuaded to usurp the kingship by three prophesying witches and his ambitious wife (Francesca Annis). As one murder follows another, however, his own doom beckons.
The au pair girls of the 1970s were a curious sociological phenomenon. Their grasp on the English language appalling, their innocence seemingly incorruptible, and their enthusiasm for the badly-dressed middle-aged Englishman inexhaustable. This startling sex comedy undertakes a detailed investigation of the phenomenon, leaving no stone unturned and milking every corny situation to the full. It stars 'Crossroads' diva Gabrielle Drake, 'Coronation Street' veteran Johnny Briggs, and 'Man About the House...
While trying to come to terms with her late husband's infidelity, a woman finds comfort in the arms of his former lover, in this drama based on Frederic Raphael's novel. After hearing of her husband Peter (Tim Piggott-Smith)'s death on a business trip, Kate Morris (Liv Ullmann) is shocked to discover that he was travelling with another woman. When the two women finally confront their issues, the former rivals discover a common bond, leading to an unexpected and physical relationship.
Glenn Miller (in his last screen appearance) plays Gene Morrison, a swing band leader on a whirlwind tour of the US with his orchestra. Trumpet player Bill gets married impulsively and his wife Connie accompanies the band on tour. Constant travelling and malicious gossip by the other wives soon cause problems for the newlyweds. Songs include: 'People Like Me and You' and 'Serenade in Blue'.
All 45 episodes from series 1-7 of the late 1960s/early 1970s daytime comedy serial starring Patrick Cargill as Patrick Glover, divorced thriller writer and father to two teenage daughters, whose life revolves around his writing, his family and their Saint Bernard dog, HG (as in Wells). Filmed in the old-school method as a stage play, the series was renowned for its tight, mile-a-minute wordplay. The set also includes the feature film from the series made in 1972.
World War Two drama starring James Mason. When four intelligence officers arrive in occupied France on a mission to determine the strength of the German forces, they know full well that they are on a suicide mission. But once they penetrate the Nazi headquarters, can they survive long enough to get their information to the British troops? Roland Culver, Michael Wilding and Hugh Williams co-star.
All four series of the acclaimed French police drama starring Grégory Fitoussi and Caroline Proust. In the first series the discovery of a young woman's badly beaten body on a rubbish tip in Paris sets in motion a police investigation that unravels a trail of corruption leading from the dark worlds of prostitution and drugs to the halls of government, business and the judiciary itself. In the second series public prosecutor Pierre Clement (Fitoussi) once again joins forces with Police Captain Laure...
Box set featuring the very first Superman TV series. Originally aired in the 1950s, it features George Reeves as Superman and enjoyed tremendous success during its broadcast. The legendary Man of Steel assumes the secret identity of Clark Kent, mild-mannered reporter for the Metropolis Daily Planet. And with powers and abilities far beyond those of mortal men, he battles for truth and justice as Superman. Episodes comprise: 'Superman on Earth', 'The Haunted Lighthouse', 'The Case of the Talkative...
The complete first season of the Channel 4 series presented by Kevin McCloud, which follows people as they undertake the arduous and expensive process of building their own dream home. Houses featured include: the timber frame kit house, the English barn, the co-operative build, the water tower, the eco house, the chapel, the house of straw and the glass house.
Merchant-Ivory adaptation of E.M. Forster's novel. At the turn of the century, Lucy Honeychurch (Helena Bonham-Carter) has her passions stirred by young George Emerson (Julian Sands) while on holiday in Italy. On her return to Surrey she tries to put George behind her, but becomes increasingly disillusioned with her dull fiancé, Cecil (Daniel Day-Lewis). Nominated for eight Oscars, with long-time Merchant-Ivory collaborator Ruth Prawer Jhabvala taking home the statuette for her screenplay.
The complete first and second series of the ITV detective drama. Suranne Jones and Lesley Sharp star as two homicide detectives working for the Greater Manchester Major Incident Team. As Janet Scott (Sharp) and Rachel Bailey (Jones) investigate a string of macabre crimes across the city, they must also face up to some harsh truths in their own personal lives.
All seven episodes from the first series of the BBC television comedy written by and starring Ronnie Barker, set in 1937. Clarence (Barker) is a short-sighted removals man, who spends more time bumping into things than actually delivering them. Then he bumps into prim housemaid Jane Travers (Josephine Tewson), who changes his bumbling life in ways he can't imagine.
The true story of an English missionary (Ingrid Bergman) who led a hundred children over enemy territory in pre-WWII China. Robert Donat plays a Chinese mandarin in his final screen performance and North Wales stands in for the Chinese countryside.
Classic crime drama. During a friendly charity match between Arsenal and amateur side the Trojans, the Trojans' key striker Jack Dyce (Anthony Bushell) mysteriously collapses in full view of the capacity crowd. When it is discovered that Dyce has been poisoned, Inspector Slade (Leslie Banks) of Scotland Yard is called in to investigate. At first unable to find a motive, when another murder is discovered, Slade has to work fast to track down the killer.
Single mother Manuela (Cecilia Roth) takes her seventeen-year-old son, Esteban, to see a stage performance of 'A Streetcar Named Desire' as a birthday treat. Tragically, Esteban is killed when he chases after a taxi carrying his favourite actress, Huma Rojo (Marisa Paredes). Consumed with guilt, Manuela decides to go in search of Esteban's father, whose identity she never revealed to her son. She finds out that he has had a sex change and is now called Lola the Pioneer, and along the way meets various...
Tony Curtis introduces this classic comedy starring cinema's most famous double act. Stan (Stan Laurel) and Ollie (Oliver Hardy) are enjoying a Parisian holiday when the latter falls for Georgette (Jean Parker), unaware that she is already married. When she spurns his advances, Ollie joins the Foreign Legion 'to forget', with Stan in tow.
All 32 episodes of the Thames Television detective series set in Amsterdam, starring Barry Foster in the title role as Dutch detective Commissaris Piet van der Valk. The series began in the early 1970s, and was reprised in the early 1990s. Episodes are: 'One Herring's Not Enough', 'Destroying Angel', 'Blue Notes', 'Elected Silence', 'Thicker Than Water', 'The Adventurer', 'A Death by the Sea', 'A Man of No Importance', 'A Rose for Mr Reinhart', 'A Dangerous Point of View', 'Season for Love', 'Rich...
Two gold-diggers (Clint Eastwood and Lee Marvin) share a wife (Jean Seberg) during the California Gold Rush. Her presence helps turn the amoral 'No-Name City' from a shanty town to a respectable settlement - for a while. As a musical the film is particularly notable as a record of Lee Marvin's rendition of 'Wand'rin' Star' and Clint Eastwood singing 'I Talk to the Trees'; it also stars Harve Presnell and Ray Walston.
The complete series of the early 1980s comedy set aboard a spacecraft orbiting the Earth. Mission Commander Malcolm Mattocks (Christopher Godwin), David Ackroyd (Barrie Rutter) and Gentian Foster (Carmen du Sautoy) man the British craft, with the tight conditions and unrelenting company of the other astronauts leading inevitably to tension. The crew's American ground contact, Colonel Beadle (Bruce Boa), is the outlet for much of the trio's frustration. Will they make it back to Earth in time to exact...
All six episodes of the BBC adaptation of Richard Llewellyn's classic novel set in a Welsh mining community at the turn of the century. Gwilym (Stanley Baker) and Beth Morgan (Siân Phillips) work their hardest to provide for their children, but these are the years before the unions improved the miner's lot, and times are very hard indeed. However, the community in which the Morgans live is a close-knit one, and they are grateful for all the help they receive, especially from the Rev. Gruffydd (Gareth...
British Railway Journeys: Severn Valley & The Cotswolds
First series of the monument in British comedy featuring Ronnie Barker and Ronnie Corbett. Chock-full with razor-sharp wordplay, sight gags and double entendres galore, The Two Ronnies became a national institution in no time flat. With regular sketches like their 'Newsdesk' (sample headline: 'the perfect crime committed: thieves broke into Scotland Yard and stole all the toilets. Police say they have absolutely nothing to go on') 'The Phantom Raspberry Blower of Old London Town' and their spoof...
Classic slice of 1950s British horror. In the late nineteenth century, the anaemic Dr Callistratus (Donald Wolfit) is the governor of a brutal penal institution in a remote castle. Dr John Pierre (Vincent Ball) is wrongly convicted of malpractice and given a life sentence, but is soon employed by Callistratus to help him with his research. In a laboratory beneath the castle, Callistratus and his hunchbacked assistant Carl (Victor Maddern) submit inmates and young women to cruel experiments in blood...
The arrival of easy-going young priest Father Chuck O'Malley (Bing Crosby) at debt-ridden St Dominic's Church does not sit easily with ageing Father Fitzgibbon (Barry Fitzgerald), who has been in charge for 45 years. However, O'Malley is soon reaching out to the local, disenfranchised youth and swelling the parishioners' ranks through the medium of song. Leo McCarey's feel-good hit won seven Oscars, including Best Picture, Director and Screenplay, and spawned a sequel for Crosby, 'The Bells of St...
Cult French sexploitation from the 1970s. Jean Claude Roy's tale of kinky sexual awakening is an updated, loosely-based take on the 19th century novel by La Comtesse de Segur.
1950s mystery thriller starring Van Johnson and Vera Miles. Blind playwright Phillip Hannon (Johnson) overhears a man and a woman talking about what he believes to be a possible kidnapping plot. When the police prove to be of no use he decides to carry out his own investigation with his butler, Bob (Cecil Parker), and his ex-fiancée, Jean (Miles), providing assistance.
All 24 episodes from the 16th series of the Yorkshire Television police drama. In this series, PC Rob Walker (Jonathan Kerrigan) continues to try and move on following the death of his wife and begins dating Nurse Carol Cassidy (Lisa Kay). The episodes are: 'C'est la Vie', 'Old Scores', 'Intelligence Matters', 'Please Please Me', 'Memoirs of a Fighting Man', 'Pretty Woman', 'Stumped', 'Little White Lies', 'Hearts and Flowers', 'Give Peace a Chance', 'Dead Men Do Tell Tales', 'Vendetta', 'Sleeping...
The complete series of the sitcom scripted by 'Men Behaving Badly' creator Simon Nye starring Alexander Armstrong as an atypical vet. Unlike most in his profession, country vet Nick (Armstrong) does not have a love for animals. There are some animals he fears, some he actively dislikes and some that simply leave him unmoved. However, there some perks to his job - namely, the money and the chance to meet alluring women. Can he keep up the facade? Series 1 episodes are: 'Juggling With Guinea Pigs'...
Classic musical adaptation of the L. Frank Baum novel starring Judy Garland, Ray Bolger, Bert Lahr and Jack Haley. A tornado whisks Dorothy (Garland) and her house from Kansas to Munchkin City, squashing the Wicked Witch of the East upon landing. The Wicked Witch of the West (Margaret Hamilton) vows revenge, while Dorothy sets off on the yellow brick road to see the Wizard of Oz (Frank Morgan), hoping he can tell her how to get home. On the way she makes friends with a scarecrow (Bolger), a tin man...
'Wartime Aircraft of the Fleet Air Arm' is a film history of the aircraft of the Royal Navy in action during World War Two, including archive footage and interviews with veterans.
All six episodes from series 15 of the crime drama set in the picturesque county of Midsomer. In this series, DCI John Barnaby (Neil Dudgeon) and his assistant DS Ben Jones (Jason Hughes) continue to investigate the weird and wonderful murders that occur in the area. The episodes are: 'The Dark Rider', 'Murder of Innocence', 'Written in the Stars', 'Death and the Divas', 'The Sicilian Defence' and 'Schooled in Murder'.
1970s BBC costume drama based on the novel by Charles Dickens. Natalie Ogle stars as thirteen-year-old Nell Trent, or 'Little Nell', who lives in the shabby antique shop owned by her ailing grandfather (Sebastian Shaw). However, grandfather is heavily in debt to his wicked landlord, Mr Quilp (Trevor Peacock), who forecloses on all his loans when he discovers that grandfather has lost the money gambling. Nell and her grandfather take off across the country in an attempt to evade Quilp, who follows...
Documentary about the aircraft used during the First and Second World War. With archive and interview footage, the programme looks at the development of planes during this time and how fighters were constructed specifically for their role in combat.
BBC documentary that takes an in-depth look at the development of agriculture in Britain during the course of the 20th century. With technological innovation at the heart of the 20th century, it is no surprise that agricultural procedures and techniques underwent a revolution during this period. The documentary looks at how changes in technology and social and economic practices altered the way we produce and consume foodstuffs such as milk, wheat, beef, fruit and vegetables.
Alan Bleasdale provides the script for this drama based on actual events during the First World War. After leading a rebellion at the Etaples training camp in northern France just prior to the Battle of Passchendaele, Private Percy Toplis (Paul McGann) adopts a monocle, disguises himself as an officer and escapes. He begins an affair with Dorothy (Cheri Lunghi), a beautiful young widow, but it is not long before the army are on his trail.
1950s western starring Alan Ladd and Olivia de Havilland. After the horrors of the American Civil War, John Chandler (Ladd)'s son David (David Ladd) has become a mute. Hoping to cure him of his ailment, John travels north in search of medical advice but on the way he is imprisoned for a crime he didn't commit. Linnett Moore (Havilland), a woman who saw what really happened during the incident, pays the necessary fee to get John out of jail. John and his son then go to live on Linnett's farm, where...
The collected 5 features of the Beethoven franchise featuring the loveable St.Bernard and his wacked-out family. In 1992's 'Beethoven', a cute, small St Bernard puppy, finds refuge from animal experimenter Dr Varnick in the tidy household of George Newton (Charles Grodin). There, Beethoven grows very big and causes near chaos. In the first Sequel 'Beethoven's 2nd' (1993) dog owner George Newton is appalled to discover that Beethoven has made some babies with a lovely lady St Bernard named Missy...
Documentary about the armistice that ended the First World War in 1918. Historian Professor David Reynolds takes a look at how bruised egos and political scheming defeated Germany and ultimately ended the Great War giving us what we celebrate today as Armistice Day.
Documentary about the maritime patrol aircraft, the Hawker Siddeley Nimrod. The programme looks at how the Nimrod developed from the De Havilland Comet and its progression through various conversions and upgrades, until its retirement in 2010.
1979 adaptation of Vera Brittain's autobiography. In 1913, Brittain (Cheryl Campbell) is set to take up a place at Oxford University, but with the outbreak of the Great War instead opts to become a volunteer nurse, working at the Western Front. Here Brittain witnesses the harsh realities of war first hand, undergoing a series of horrific experiences which will have a lasting influence on her life.
Only by confronting the unrelenting horror of World War II can we truly know its heroism. This programme contains war action at its most shocking enabling the viewer to experience the full terror, chaos and courage that forged the shape of the world we live in today.
Colonial drama starring Hugh Grant as an English engineer who falls in love with a Bengali girl. Allan (Grant) is employed in 1930s Calcutta overseeing the construction of roads and bridges. When misfortune befalls him and he becomes ill, his boss, Narendra Sen (Soumitra Chatterjee), charitably invites Allan to stay with his family until he recovers. Allan quickly strikes up a friendship with Narendra's eldest daughter, Gayatri (Supriya Patrak), that quickly turns to romance. However, there are many...
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Rudyard Kipling's classic adventure tale of a young boy in 19th century India. Despite living on the streets of India, Kim (Dean Stockwell) is actually the son of a British army officer. When his birthright is discovered, he is taken in by the British administration and sent to school. His rebelious nature and his ability to pass as a native Indian eventually lead him to becoming a spy. Kim links up with a lama from his past and a wild adventurer called Mahbub Ali (Errol Flynn) in an attempt to thwart...
Western from director Anthony Harvey, starring Martin Sheen and Sam Waterston. Native American White Bull (Waterston) steals a white stallion belonging to a military deserter, Pike (Sheen). The drama follows Pike as he pursues White Bull, determined to retrieve his horse, Eagle's Wing, from its captor. Harvey Keitel co-stars.
All 21 episodes from the first series of the drama centred around a platoon of US soldiers on a tour of Vietnam. The platoon, under the command of 2nd Lieutenant Myron Goldman (Stephen Caffrey) and Staff Sergeant Zeke Anderson (Terence Knox), face a variety of challenges in the Vietnamese jungle: homesickness, internal quarrels and, of course, their enemy, the Vietcong. Can they survive their tour of duty and make it back home? Episodes are: 'Pilot', 'Notes from the Underground', 'Dislocations',...
All six remaining feature length episodes from the 1960s series that dramatised the gothic works of some of the 19th century's greatest writers. Featuring a cast including Denholm Elliot, Freddie Jones and Ian Holm, the adaptations include Robert Louis Stevenson's 'The Suicide Club', Bram Stoker's 'The Curse of the Mummy' and 'Dracula', 'Sweeney Todd', Sheridan le Fanu's 'Uncle Silas' and Mary Shelley's 'Frankenstein. Also included are two episodes from the 1966 season, 'The Fall of the House of...
Biopic of the illustrious folk singer/composer Woody Guthrie. In Depression-era America, sign painter Woody Guthrie (David Carradine) hitches rides from Texas to California, determined to seek his fortune, only to be turned away at the border. However, Guthrie manages to sneak into the State anyway, teaming up with Luther Johnson (Randy Quaid) to look for work. Guthrie's musical talent is first spotted by folk singer Ozark Bule (Ronny Cox) at a sing-song for the unemployed and, almost overnight,...
The third screen version of Agatha Christie's 1939 whodunnit, featuring a host of great British screen actors including Dennis Price, Wilfrid Hyde-White and Stanley Holloway, and, strangely enough, the American teen pop idol, Fabian. Ten strangers, who all harbour their own guilty secret, are lured to a remote mansion on the Austrian Alps in the middle of winter. They have been invited by a mysterious host (whom none of them has met) called Mr U.N. Owen (the uncredited voice of Christopher Lee),...
All 16 episodes from the fourth series of the ITV drama starring Pam Ferris and Leslie Ash as a pair of Yorkshire district nurses attempting to juggle the dual responsibilities of work and family life. Peggy Snow (Ferris) and Karen Buckley (Ash) live in the fictional Yorkshire community of Skelthwaite. Immersed in the life of the town, the two women look after many of Skelthwaite's sick but also face problems in their own lives, whether caring for their family or arguing with their husbands. The...
Matt Sherman (Cary Grant) is skipper of the U.S.S. Sea Tiger, a submarine forced out to sea by an enemy air attack. He is less than impressed by his newly-arrived junior officer, Lieutenant Nick Holden (Tony Curtis), who nevertheless manages to scavenge the spare parts and supplies needed to keep the sub in action. Matters are complicated when five stranded army nurses are taken on board, and assist with the renovation. Through a series of mishaps, Sherman's command ends up being painted a conspicuous...
The first six episodes of the Scottish soap opera following the people who live and work in the fictional village of Glendarroch. The show ran for a total of 22 years and over 1,500 episodes before being concluded in 2003.
John Lennon in his first solo film performance in a film that combines battle footage and one liners parodying the absurdity of war. Goodbody (Michael Crawford) must lead his battalion into Egypt to build a cricket pitch. Lester, the director, appears to send up filmakers who glomorise and glorify war.
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