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Claire Skinner: List of Movies, Films and TV Shows

  • Perfect Strangers [2001] Perfect Strangers | DVD | (09/02/2004) from £6.99  |  Saving you £13.00 (65.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Perfect Strangers, Stephen Poliakoff's TV drama, depicts an upper-class English family where distrust, dysfunction and despair are guests at the party. "As you know, in all families, things happen", says the cool Lindsay Duncan. That's the premise: things happen, some of them nasty. The family, once "mini-Rothchilds" and still "drowning in money", are gathered together in an opulent hotel for a grand reunion; the only thing wrong with the idea is that many of them are perfect strangers and the event begins to look more like a conference than an event with heart. Into the blend of well-heeled guests comes the Hillingdon contingent led by Raymond (Michael Gambon), the black ram of the family. His son, Daniel, is a surveyor and true to his profession sets about assessing the fault lines running through the family. Underlying it all is a sense of unease so that even pleasantries come across as deeply unpleasant. Raymond warns us that: "Everybody always lies". Drama arises from the emergence of truth and buried bits of the past, as old photographs are screened to family members provoking curiosity about what lies behind the images. Scratch a surface and everywhere there's pain and mystery. Filmed in lavish London settings where everything is clean and sleek, Perfect Strangers makes for slick visual entertainment. Although the dialogue is stilted and at times surreal, the music by Adrian Johnston cannot be faulted. --Joan Byrne

  • Outnumbered - Series 1-5 Box Set [DVD] Outnumbered - Series 1-5 Box Set | DVD | (10/03/2014) from £21.49  |  Saving you £27.00 (54.00%)  |  RRP £49.99

    Behold the complete collection of Outnumbered the semi-improvised awards-winning comedy which has touched the hearts of the nation. Revel in a full five series and seven years with the Brockmans discovering how this chaotic and charming family has grown and matured with us. Outnumbered has redefined the family comedy by bringing it closer to home.

  • i.d. [Blu-ray] i.d. | Blu Ray | (14/05/2012) from £7.66  |  Saving you £4.01 (30.90%)  |  RRP £12.99

    In an effort to halt the escalating violence of fanatical football supporters, four young policemen are sent undercover. One of these, John (Reece Dinsdale), soon finds his own personality changing and feels a sense of belonging he never felt on the force...

  • Critical [DVD] [2015] Critical | DVD | (25/05/2015) from £3.99  |  Saving you £21.00 (84.00%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Critical will be one story, in one place, in one hour - a real-time medical and emotional roller-coaster ride in which every second counts during the most life-threatening hour of a patient's treatment. Lennie James (The Walking Dead, Line of Duty) will lead an ensemble playing locum trauma consultant Glen Boyle. Catherine Walker (Strike Back) plays trauma registrar Fiona Lomas with Claire Skinner (Outnumbered) playing trauma consultant Lorraine Rappaport. Finally, junior doctor Dr. "Harry" Bennett-Edwardes is played by Kimberley Nixon (Fresh Meat).

  • Outnumbered: Series 1-4 Box Set [DVD] Outnumbered: Series 1-4 Box Set | DVD | (21/11/2011) from £16.79  |  Saving you £18.20 (52.00%)  |  RRP £34.99

    Herein lies all four series and the 2009 Christmas special of Britain's favourite comedy series Outnumbered.That's four school years of spookily familiar and often bafflingly surreal family dilemmas, traversed by Pete and Sue Brockman and their brood. From the seemingly innocent, can I have a biscuit? to progressive theological debate; what would Jesus do if someone stole his mobile? Outnumbered has redefined the family comedy by bringing it closer to home.

  • Outnumbered Series 4 - Christmas Special [DVD] Outnumbered Series 4 - Christmas Special | DVD | (09/01/2012) from £5.49  |  Saving you £4.50 (45.00%)  |  RRP £9.99

    It's Christmas Day and the Brockman family have decided to escape the festivities and head for the sun, but fate seems determined to intervene. Grandad has been taken ill and is languishing in the hospital from hell. Karen has toothache so her special yuletide treat is a trip to an emergency dentist. Ben is intent on getting into the Guinness Book of Records, preferably with a record involving knives, and their ditsy friend Jane is going to be looking after the house, with her ex-convict boyfriend. What can possibly go wrong?

  • Outnumbered: Series 2 Outnumbered: Series 2 | DVD | (16/11/2009) from £2.39  |  Saving you £17.60 (88.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Outnumbered: Series Two

  • Outnumbered - Series 5 [DVD] Outnumbered - Series 5 | DVD | (10/03/2014) from £6.99  |  Saving you £13.00 (65.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    The Brockmans return older but no wiser in the award-winning comedy that celebrates the daily chaos of family life.  The parents face new challenges now.  Karen has started secondary school where her uncompromising attitude is winning her no friends.  Ben has grown into a massive 13 year old who is grappling with the problems presented by pubescent lust stage fright and man-traps.  While the oldest son Jake hovers on the brink of adulthood beset by poor decision-making about gap years sexual morality and cheap tattoos.Mum and Dad battle their way through all this plus an unsettling barrage of email firestorms missing hamsters vigilante neighbours unwelcome visitors from abroad and a musical version of ‘Spartacus’.

  • Life Is Sweet [1990] Life Is Sweet | DVD | (17/03/2008) from £4.55  |  Saving you £11.44 (71.50%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Life is Sweet is the remarkable story of an unremarkable British family told in the classic tragi-comedy style that is uniquely Mike Leigh's. It covers issues of unemployment anorexia failure nervous breakdown and hope as they affect one suburban London family and their friends and acquaintances. The characters and story were created with and by the actors - giving a special edge and momentum to the unfolding events. Leigh's sharply satirical and unsentimentally compassionate view of life strikes a chord with audiences and critics alike. Life is Sweet brings together an impressive cast - including Alison Steadman ('Let Them Eat Cake') Jim Broadbent ('The Avengers') Jane Horrocks ('Little Voice') and Timothy Spall ('Topsy Turvey') - many of whom have worked with Leigh in the past as has producer Simon Channing-Williams.

  • Outnumbered - Series 4 [DVD] Outnumbered - Series 4 | DVD | (21/11/2011) from £3.59  |  Saving you £16.40 (82.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    When is Jake going to bring round his mysterious girlfriend? Why is Karen suddenly so obsessed with 'browsing'? ...and just what is Ben up to with the washing machine? These are just some of the tricky questions facing Pete and Sue in the forth series of hit comedy Outnumbered. A year is a long time in the Brockman household. But older doesn't necessarily mean wiser as the family negotiate a host of new challenges. In this brand new series Jake wrangles with Mum and Dad about the source of his cash flow; Ben baffles his secondary school classmates and teachers with perplexing particle physics theories and Karen has joined a coven of fashion obsessed 9 year-old girls. While shopping may now be a vital pursuit her grasp of logic and reason remain as finely honed as ever. Charity workers beware... Meanwhile Pete and Sue have concerns of their own; next door's Labrador for one and Auntie Angela is back from the states but where's her husband Brick?

  • Moving On Series 2 [DVD] Moving On Series 2 | DVD | (15/11/2010) from £8.09  |  Saving you £11.90 (59.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Moving On: Series 2 (2 Discs)

  • Life Begins - Series 1 Life Begins - Series 1 | DVD | (18/04/2005) from £4.59  |  Saving you £15.40 (77.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    From Mike Bullen the creator of Cold Feet. Maggie Mee (Quentin) is a woman who thinks she has life sorted. That is until her husband Phil (Armstrong) walks out on her and their two teenage children. At the age of 39 Maggie discovers that she's back to square one; no husband no job and no money... Britain's most watched drama series of 2004!

  • Outnumbered Series 1 Outnumbered Series 1 | DVD | (17/11/2008) from £2.59  |  Saving you £17.40 (87.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Outnumbered follows the daily chaos of family life with two parents and three young children locked in an unequal contest. Containing strong elements of improvisation, this comedy is an honest portrayal of the well meaning parental incompetence that happens in most homes, as Mum and Dad attempt to raise their kids with the minimum of emotional damage for all concerned. From the creators of Drop The Dead Donkey, Andy Hamilton & Guy Jenkin, Outnumbered is quite unlike any other family comedy seen before.

  • I.D. [1995] I.D. | DVD | (02/02/2009) from £3.79  |  Saving you £1.90 (19.00%)  |  RRP £9.99

    Intense, ferocious and deeply unsettling, I.D. is an excellent examination of Britain's unsavoury contribution to global culture: football hooliganism. Whereas Alan Clarke's The Firm showed the violence that lurked behind a seemingly normal façade, I.D. posits football hooliganism as a feral temptation. Dedicated, ambitious undercover policeman John (Reece Dinsdale) becomes seduced by the violence of an East London gang, ultimately becoming lost from his regular life with his wife (Clare Skinner). Dinsdale delivers a measured performance that sees him spiral from committed, right-minded policeman to shaven-headed, Nazi-saluting monster, revelling in the violent impulses he embraces with glee and, alarmingly, becoming a hero amongst those he is infiltrating. Warren Clarke is absolutely monstrous as the leader of the hooligan gang, a paragon of bigoted hatred and the embodiment of John's future. Often unnervingly realistic, director Phil Davis is adept at creating riotous mob scenes that chillingly accentuate the world into which John is drawn. It could be said that I.D.'s premise is too thin, and that hooliganism is not addressed in an effective manner, but it is without doubt a chilling character study of the temptation of violence and the horrific influences that lurk in the heart of society. --Danny Graydon

  • Life is Sweet + A Running Jump (DVD + Blu-ray) Life is Sweet + A Running Jump (DVD + Blu-ray) | Blu Ray | (25/09/2017) from £8.29  |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)  |  RRP £N/A

    Mike Leigh's acclaimed social comedy Life is Sweet is one of the director's finest achievements. Depicting a summer in the life of a modern family at odds with itself, this hilarious yet tragic domestic portrait features a stellar ensemble cast - including Alison Steadman, Jim Broadbent and Timothy Spall - and remains a potent and pointed satire. Leigh returns to the colour and terrain of his 1990 classic with A Running Jump. Commissioned by BBC Films and Film 4 to mark the 2012 Cultural Olympiad, the film portrays Perry Conroy's (Eddie Marsan) frenzied efforts to sell a second hand car with the help of his frenetic family. Special Features: Fully illustrated booklet with new writing on the film and full credits Other extras TBC UK | 1990 + 2012 | colour | 99 + 35 mins | English language, with optional hard-of-hearing subtitles | cert 15

  • Life Begins - Series 2 And 3 [2005] Life Begins - Series 2 And 3 | DVD | (29/06/2009) from £8.39  |  Saving you £16.60 (66.40%)  |  RRP £24.99

    Life Begins: Series 2 & 3 (4 Disc)

  • Outnumbered - Series 3 [DVD] Outnumbered - Series 3 | DVD | (15/11/2010) from £2.99  |  Saving you £15.00 (75.00%)  |  RRP £19.99

    Conspiracy theories sex education psychotherapy colonoscopies astrology and kangaroo saliva. These are just a handful of the obstacles that the Brockman family must negotiate in the third series of the multi-award winning comedy Outnumbered. In this new series Karen busies herself recreating Britain's Got Talent and introduces her family to the wonderful world of superstition Ben tackles the school chess league in his own ineffable style and mum worries that Jake's healthy interest in the girl-next-door is turning unhealthy. Meanwhile Dad is grumbling about an ailment that much to the children's amusement may require some invasive investigation. To make things even more uncomfortable Gran has come to stay and made the family a generous offer that may be difficult to refuse. And there are rocky waters ahead after Pete makes a very foolish mistake.

  • Trinity [DVD] Trinity | DVD | (09/11/2009) from £3.98  |  Saving you £7.10 (54.70%)  |  RRP £12.99

    Trinity (3 Disc)

  • Outnumbered - The Christmas Special [DVD] Outnumbered - The Christmas Special | DVD | (18/01/2010) from £2.98  |  Saving you £5.80 (58.10%)  |  RRP £9.99

    Outnumbered: Christmas Special

  • Outnumbered - Series 1-3 Box Set (Plus Christmas Special) [DVD] Outnumbered - Series 1-3 Box Set (Plus Christmas Special) | DVD | (15/11/2010) from £4.59  |  Saving you £29.70 (84.90%)  |  RRP £34.99

    Outnumbered follows the daily chaos of family life with two parents and three young children locked in an unequal contest. Containing strong elements of improvisation this comedy is an honest portrayal of the well meaning parental incompetence that happens in most homes as Mum and Dad attempt to raise their kids with the minimum of emotional damage for all concerned. From the creators of Drop The Dead Donkey Andy Hamilton & Guy Jenkin Outnumbered is quite unlike any other family comedy seen before.

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