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Ben Miles: List of Movies, Films and TV Shows
The Last Post | DVD | (13/11/2017)
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Aden, 1965. The men of the British Royal Military Police are battling a fierce insurgency. Tensions are heightened in the heat of the desert; any lapse in luck or judgement means death. But life and love must continue. The ?60s are starting to swing: sexual liberation, seductive new music and outrageous fashions have hit the sun loungers of the glamorous BP Club. Isolated in this unknown country, nothing is certain, and relationships are tested as pressure and passions intensify. This bitter war brings danger and betrayal, and will question the code these dedicated soldiers live by.
Coupling: Complete Series 1 | DVD | (17/09/2001)
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Coupling is a witty, instantly addictive series that charts the tangled sex lives of a close-knit group comprising "exes and best friends": womaniser Jack, hapless nice guy Steve, "strange and disturbing" Jeff, uninhibited Susan, neurotic Sally and manipulative Jane. The obvious frame of reference is Friends (Steve and Susan are the Ross and Rachel equivalent), but this series also echoes Seinfeld in its coinage of catchphrases and plot lines (in episode one, Steve tries to dump Jane, who refuses to accept). But it's no mere British clone of US sitcoms: Coupling has its own fresh and provocative take on relationships. At one point, a furious Susan discovers that Patrick not only had a videotape of the former couple having sex, but that he also taped over her. --Donald Liebenson
Mum And Dad | DVD | (26/12/2008)
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Mum & Dad the impressive debut feature by writer-director Steven Sheil is one of the most disturbing Brit-shockers to emerge in recent years. When Lena a young Polish immigrant working as an office cleaner at Heathrow Airport misses her last bus home she accepts an offer of help from friendly co-worker Birdie who lives nearby with her 'adoptive' parents. Knocked unconscious after arriving at the house Lena soon finds herself imprisoned in a suburban House of Horrors a living nightmare of abuse torture and murder. Designated a 'Mummy's Girl' Lena's only options appear to be to become part of the family - and join Mum and Dad in their insanity - or die.
Lark Rise To Candleford - Series 3 | DVD | (26/04/2010)
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As the residents of Lark Rise and Candleford return in this warm-hearted series could the fortunes of the Timmins family be about to change? A journalist named Daniel arrives to deliver the news that Emma has been left some money. There's a substantial sum to be claimed if Emma can prove her right to the money and there's a rags to riches story in it for Daniel's newspaper. As Robert and Emma contemplate their change in fortunes Laura who is fascinated to meet a real writer shows Daniel around Lark Rise. Elsewhere the Pratt sisters are keeping secrets from one another; Margaret confides in Dorcas that she and Thomas are trying for a baby and Minnie - in her attempt to live by Dorcas's advice of always telling the truth - ends up offending almost everyone who comes to the post office. Set at the end of the 19th century this gentle tender and visually stunning drama series has already sold to more than 15 territories and remains a critics' favourite.
Longford | DVD | (30/07/2018)
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The Golden Globe and BAFTA-winning biopic of Lord Longford and his relationship with Moors Murderer Myra Hindley. First broadcast on Channel Four in 2006. Written by Peter Morgan (The Crown) and directed by Tom Hooper (The King s Speech), this award-winning drama tells the story of Lord Longford s conscientious campaign for the rights of prisoners including those of Britain s most notorious killer. . A chilling, strangely affecting portrait of their bizarre 30-year friendship. The New York Times. When Longford (Jim Broadbent) receives a letter from convicted child murderer Myra Hindley (Samantha Morton) requesting a prison visit, he accepts the invitation despite protests from wife Margaret (Lindsay Duncan). He forms an unexpected bond with Hindley based on their mutual Catholic upbringing, and begins a decades-long fight to secure her parole. . What Longford thinks he knows about Hindley is challenged during a visit to her partner-in-crime Ian Brady (Andy Serkis). His faith is further put to the test as popular outcry mounts against him for his involvement with the despised couple. . Longford s controversial beliefs spark furious public debate and deep personal conflict as he presses on with his campaign to support Hindley's release; a campaign that threatens to leave his reputation in tatters.
Under The Greenwood Tree | DVD | (09/01/2006)
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Nicholas Laughland's TV adaptation of Thomas Hardy's novel. Set in a rustic English village in the mid 19th century Under The Greenwood Tree tells the story of a poor young man who falls for a middle-class schoolteacher and attempts to win her over.
The Forsyte Saga - Series 2 - To Let | DVD | (30/06/2003)
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The second series of The Forsyte Saga, based on John Galsworthy's To Let, moves the story of the sprawling, fractious and aristocratic Forsyte family into the 1920s. The drama shifts to a new generation shouldering the burdensome legacies of an aging Soames (Damian Lewis) and his failed marriage to free-spirited Irene (Gina McKee). The lovely Fleur (Emma Griffiths Malin), Soames' daughter by second wife Annette (Beatriz Batarda), and strapping Jon (Lee Williams), son of Irene and Soames' bohemian cousin, Jolyon (Rupert Graves), develop a romance much to the dismay of their feuding parents. But the long reach of the elder Forsytes' sins--and the tenderness with which they seek redemption through their children--ultimately undercuts the young lovers' happiness. Meanwhile, sundry characters move in and out of the Forsytes' orbit, including a French businessman (Michael Maloney) stirring more troubles for Soames, and an art dealer (Oliver Milburn) with designs on Fleur. As with Series 1, all this will feel familiar to anyone who has seen the 26-part, 1967 version; yet this updated effort renews and redefines the Forsytes' overlapping tragedies, with a more interior feel and a first-rate contemporary cast. As with its legendary predecessor, this Forsyte Saga depends heavily on the seemingly soulless Soames' slow evolution to humanity; Damian Lewis carries the load brilliantly. --Tom Keogh
Catherine Cookson - The Round Tower | DVD | (04/06/2007)
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This is the story of convent-educated Vanessa Ratcliffe the rebellious seventeen-year-old daughter of a wealthy middle-class family and Angus Cotton an ambitious charge-hand at her father's engineering works in Newcastle. A sequence of unexpected and dramatic events draws the unlikely couple close together but not before Vanessa destroys the tranquillity of the Ratcliffe family by becoming pregnant...
Ninja Assassin | DVD | (17/05/2010)
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Ninja Assassin follows Raizo (Rain) one of the deadliest assassins in the world. Taken from the streets as a child he was transformed into a trained killer by the Ozunu Clan a secret society whose very existence is considered a myth. But haunted by the merciless execution of his friend by the Clan Raizo breaks free from them...and vanishes. Now he waits preparing to exact his revenge. In Berlin Europol agent Mika Coretti (Naomie Harris) has stumbled upon a money trail linking several political murders to an underground network of untraceable assassins from the Far East. Defying the orders of her superior Ryan Maslow (Ben Miles) Mika digs into top secret agency files to learn the truth behind the murders. Her investigation makes her a target and the Ozunu Clan sends a team of killers led by the lethal Takeshi (Rick Yune) to silence her forever. Raizo saves Mika from her attackers but he knows that the Clan will not rest until they are both eliminated. Now entangled in a deadly game of cat and mouse through the streets of Europe Raizo and Mika must trust one another if they hope to survive...and finally bring down the elusive Ozunu Clan.
After Thomas | DVD | (07/05/2007)
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A true story about a couple's struggles to meet the challenges of their son's autism.
Jazz - A Film By Ken Burns | DVD | (02/11/2009)
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The Complete 12 and a half hour series on 4 DVDs Jazz is an extraordinary amazing tour de force. This is what classic brilliant television looks like... The Sunday Times Over twelve and a half hours long Jazz is the critically acclaimed definitive history of Jazz music from its roots in the 19th century up to today. Produced by Ken Burns - one of America's most celebrated and respected documentary film-makers - this BBC co-production cost in excess of 000 000 and took over six years to make. Jazz features literally hundreds of rare and classic recordings and live performances from a century of Jazz music supported by exclusive interviews and rare or never before seen film clips and still photographs.
Lark Rise To Candleford - Series 1-3 | DVD | (26/04/2010)
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Adaptation of Flora Thompson's memoir of her Oxfordshire childhood set in the small hamlet of Lark Rise and the wealthier neighbouring market town Candleford at the end of the 19th Century.
Lark Rise To Candleford - Series 3 | Blu Ray | (26/04/2010)
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The BBC's heart-warming adaptation of Flora Thompson's magical memoir of her Oxfordshire childhood returns for a third series. Set at the end of the 19th century Lark Rise To Candleford stars Julia Sawalha Olivia Hallinan Brendan Coyle Mark Heap and Ruby Bentall. As the residents of Lark Rise and Candleford return in this feel-good drama could the fortunes of the Timmins family be about to change? Daniel Parish a journalist arrives to deliver the news that Emma has been left some money. There's a substantial sum to be claimed if Emma can prove her right to the money and there's a rags to riches story in it for Daniel's newspaper. As Robert and Emma contemplate their change in fortunes Laura who is fascinated to meet a real writer shows Daniel around Lark Rise. Elsewhere the Pratt sisters are keeping secrets from one another; a visit from the Bishop coincides with Queenie's pagan ritual; the haunting words of Alf's song profoundly affect his guests; an epidemic - threatened harvest leaves Lark Rise desperate for help from the folk of Candleford and Minnie - in her attempt to live by Dorcas's advice of always telling the truth - ends up offending almost everyone who comes to the post office.
Lark Rise To Candleford - Series 2 | Blu Ray | (26/04/2010)
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Following critical acclaim the residents of Lark Rise and Candleford return in this warm-hearted adaptation of Flora Thompson's novels. Set in the Oxfordshire countryside in the 1890s this rich funny and poignant series chronicles the daily lives of farm-workers craftsmen and gentry detailing the little conflicts romances and misunderstandings between the tiny Lark Rise and the more worldly Candleford. Series two sees the arrival of a dashing and elegant stranger in Candleford. Rich enterprising worldly and apparently without a wife James Dowland is a successful businessman with a string of London hotels and has come to transform Candleford and bring it new prosperity. But not everyone welcomes his entrepreneurial qualities and it isn't long before he is sparring with the spirited yet suddenly unusually flustered Dorcas and aggravating the pride of the male Lark Risers with his superior business acumen and somewhat overbearing manner. The second series of Lark Rise To Candleford sees the welcome return of Julia Sawalha (Pride And Prejudice Cranford) as Dorcas Lane Olivia Hallinan (Sugar Rush Girls In Love) as Laura Timmins her assistant Brendan Coyle (Prime Suspect True Dare Kiss) as Robert Laura's opinionated father Claudie Blakley (Jane Eyre State of Play) as Laura's mother Emma and Mark Heap (Green Wing Love Soup) as Thomas Brown the Head Postman and devout Christian. Joining the cast for the second series are Jason Merrells (Cutting It Waterloo Road) who plays the charming new hotelier James Dowland and Ruby Bentall (Oliver Twist New Tricks) as Minnie a new addition to the Post Office in Candleford.
Ninja Assasin/Enter the Dragon Double Pack | DVD | (10/09/2012)
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<b>Ninja Assasin</b> A young ninja turns his back on the orphanage that raised him, leading to a confrontation with a fellow ninja from the clan. <b>Enter The Dragon</b> A martial artist agrees to spy on a reclusive crime lord using his invitation to a tournament there as cover.
The Forsyte Saga | DVD | (13/05/2002)
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Granada Television's adaptation of The Forsyte Saga achieved the seemingly impossible in Spring 2002, matching the BBC's 35-year-old black-and-white classic version with a richly cast and superbly directed take on John Galsworthy's first two novels. The success of these six 90-minute episodes proved that despite the current emphasis on mini-series and dramas developed around the "hot" actor of the moment, our appetite--and attention span--still craves ensemble pieces which are given the space and time to develop in today’s focus-group-led scheduling. It also demonstrates that nothing generates television gold like a compelling family drama crammed with lust, rape, class conflict and the insuperable power of money. The Forsyte Saga is nothing if not superior soap opera. It could all have gone horribly wrong, haunted by the spectre of its BBC predecessor--a television legend for anyone over 40. Instead, it succeeds entirely on its own merits with scarcely a weak link; from Stephen Mallatratt's taut and fluid script to David Moore's carefully measured, seamess direction. Risks were taken to banish the old ghosts, particularly in the casting. In the event, Damian Lewis' repressed Soames and Gina McKee as his ill-matched bride, the enigmatic Irene, are inspired choices delivering complex portraits of unhappy, damaged human beings who deserve our sympathy. In a sea of marvellous cameos and splendid acting, the top honours go to Corin Redgrave and Rupert Graves for their hauntingly sensitive interpretations of Old and Young Jolyon, as well as to Amanda Root's increasingly exasperated Winifred; and Gillian Kearney's sharply intelligent and worldly June. All rounded characters without a weakly written cipher in sight. --Piers Ford
The Forsyte Saga - Complete First & Second Series | DVD | (12/07/2004)
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The Forsyte Saga is an immense drama of sex power and money. It chronicles the lives of three generations of a powerful Victorian family. Superior arrogant and confident on the surface beneath the imposing veneer lies a festering core of unhappy and brutal relationships riddled with jealousies and tensions. At the heart of the Saga is Soames Forsyte (Damian Lewis) a rich and successful partner in the family law firm and a staunch upholder of the old moral code. But his fiery tormented relationship with his beautiful wife Irene (Gina McKee) upsets his complacency and as Irene embarks on a passionate affair the Forsyte Family is cruelly ripped apart in a bitter feud. A classic of English literature The Forsyte Saga paints a fascinating picture of early twentieth century London life charting the progress of a great dynasty from the height of the Victorian era through the turbulent transition into the modern age. The Forsyte Saga is a compelling drama of love adultery obsession and deceit providing an enticing glimpse into a passionate and flamboyant existence.
Coupling: Complete Series 2 | DVD | (23/09/2002)
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Steven Moffat's second series of Coupling, first broadcast in 2001, is a brilliant consolidation of all those neuroses, small deceits, obsessions and personality tics that struck such a resonant chord when Steve, Susan and their four friends were first unleashed on us. Comparisons with Friends itself are tiresome and lazy: Coupling is an intrinsically British comedy that picks apart the trivial and the mundane in everyday relationships and takes them on surreal journeys, leaving the participants hilariously bemused and rarely any wiser. Its success is due to the magical combination of Moffat's very funny scripts and the talents of six extremely likable actors, including Jack Davenport (Steve) and Sarah Alexander (Susan). But it's Richard Coyle's Jeff, whose sexual fantasies and putting-your-his-in-it propensities exert a compelling fascination, who really keeps you watching through your fingers as you hold your hands to your face in disbelief. Breasts, bottoms and pants are the basis for most of the conversational analysis when these friends get together as a group, as couples, as girlfriends or as mates, invariably becoming metaphors for the state of a relationship or situation. Individual viewpoints and terrors are explored through respective memories of the same event and what-if scenarios. Chain reactions inevitably ensue, fuelling comedy that is based almost entirely on misunderstanding. On the DVD: Coupling, Series 2 on disc is presented in 16:9 anamorphic video aspect ratio, together with a crisp Dolby Digital stereo soundtrack; Mari Wilson's sensuous version of "Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps" for the theme tune deserves a special mention. Extras include disappointing interviews with writer Steven Moffat and Jack Davenport, which are mainly an excuse to repeat several major scenes from the series in full. The "Behind the scenes" feature is also a let-down: it's just a not very funny record of a cast photo shoot. --Piers Ford
Coupling: Complete Series 4 | DVD | (16/08/2004)
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Coupling Season 4: feel free to insert your own "four-play" joke, or for that matter, your own "insert" joke. Sex is still topic 1 for the intertwined group of "exes and best friends", but in this pivotal season there are momentous "relationship issues" that will upend all their lives (insert your own "upend" joke while you're at it). Susan is pregnant, inspiring in Steve nightmares about his own execution and unflattering comparisons of the birth process to John Hurt's iconic gut-busting scene in Alien. Missing in action is the Kramer-esque Jeff (although he makes something of a return in the season finale). Joining the ensemble is Oliver, who is more in the Chandler mode as a lovable loser with the ladies. These inevitable comparisons to "Sein-Friends" are no doubt heresy to Coupling's most devoted viewers. Indeed, this series does benefit from creator and sole writer Steven Moffat's comic voice and vision. He provides his ever-game cast some witty, funny-‘cause-it's-true dialogue, as in Oliver's observation that "Tea isn't compatible with porn". This Britcom is also less inhibited in language and sexual situations than its American counterparts. In the cleverly-constructed opening episode, in which the same "9-1/2 Minutes" are witnessed from three different perspectives, Sally and Jane can do what was left to the imagination when Monica and Rachel offered to make out in front of Joey and Chandler. The birth of Susan and Steven's baby ends the six-episode season on a satisfying and surprisingly moving grace note. A bonus disc takes viewers behind the scenes with segments devoted to bloopers and interviews with cast and crew. --Donald Liebenson
Coupling: Complete Series 3 | DVD | (22/09/2003)
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The third series of Coupling, first aired in 2002, takes fans of the BBC's comedy of sex, manners and modern relationships into new realms of engaging surrealism, leaving those irritating comparisons with Friends trailing in its wake. The men are constantly in pursuit of a basic grasp of the "emotional things" that make women behave the way they do. The women analyse everything to death. But thanks to Steve Moffat's scripts, tighter and quirkier than ever, these characters are living, breathing human beings rather than cynical ciphers for comedy stereotypes. The performances are as strong as you'd expect from an established team, with actors such as Jack Davenport (the ever-perplexed Steve), Ben Miles (unreconstructed chauvinist Patrick), Sally Alexander (dryly intelligent Susan) and Kate Isitt (neurotic Sally) wearing their roles like second skins. But in the surreal stakes, it's Richard Coyle as Jeff, wondering aloud what happens to jelly after women have finished wrestling in it, and Gina Bellman as Jane, musing on the importance of a first snog in identifying what men like to eat, who really raise the laughter levels. All things considered, this is superior comedy for all thirtysomethings--genuine and putative. --Piers Ford