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Derek Jacobi: List of Movies, Films and TV Shows
Gladiator (4K UHD) | Blu Ray | (30/04/2018)
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A big-budget summer epic with money to burn and a scale worthy of its golden Hollywood predecessors, Ridley Scott's Gladiator is a rousing, grisly, action-packed epic that takes moviemaking back to the Roman Empire via computer-generated visual effects. While not as fluid as the computer work done for, say, Titanic, it's an impressive achievement that will leave you marveling at the glory that was Rome, when you're not marveling at the glory that is Russell Crowe. Starring as the heroic general Maximus, Crowe firmly cements his star status both in terms of screen presence and acting chops, carrying the film on his decidedly non-computer-generated shoulders as he goes from brave general to wounded fugitive to stoic slave to gladiator hero. Gladiator's plot is a whirlwind of faux-Shakespearean machinations of death, betrayal, power plays, and secret identities (with lots of faux-Shakespearean dialogue ladled on to keep the proceedings appropriately "classical"), but it's all briskly shot, edited, and paced with a contemporary sensibility. Even the action scenes, somewhat muted but graphic in terms of implied violence and liberal bloodletting, are shot with a veracity that brings to mind--believe it or not--Saving Private Ryan, even if everyone is wearing a toga. As Crowe's nemesis, the evil emperor Commodus, Joaquin Phoenix chews scenery with authority, whether he's damning Maximus's popularity with the Roman mobs or lusting after his sister Lucilla (beautiful but distant Connie Nielsen); Oliver Reed, in his last role, hits the perfect notes of camp and gravitas as the slave owner who rescues Maximus from death and turns him into a coliseum star. Director Scott's visual flair is abundantly in evidence, with breathtaking shots and beautiful (albeit digital) landscapes, but it's Crowe's star power that will keep you in thrall--he's a true gladiator, worthy of his legendary status. Hail the conquering hero! --Mark Englehart
Circles of Deceit | DVD | (23/04/2018)
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This series of 4 made for TV feature length thrillers stars Dennis Waterman (The Sweeney, New Tricks) as John Neil, a Falklands War hero whose family were murdered in an IRA terrorist attack. Neil has withdrawn from society and lives an isolated existence, until MI5 come calling. Former special-forces operative John Neil is a lone agent for hire for Britain's security services. Whether taking on Irish terrorists, tracking down professional assassins, or pitting his wits against ruthless drug dealers, the ex-SAS man harbours no illusions about the work he's doing, or the people he serves. Knowing he is expendable to the security services Neil must face down deadly adversaries relying on his instincts and his SAS training in a world of betrayal, danger, and deceit. These 4 films were made for broadcast on Yorkshire TV between 1993 and 1996.
Tales Of The Unexpected - The Complete Series | DVD | (06/10/2008)
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Roald Dahl's chillingly brilliant anthology series Tales of the Unexpected comes to you as a collection of every episode from each series. Although widely-regarded as one of the greatest children's authors of all-time Roald Dahl also wrote chilling adult fiction taking the twisted ideas used to entertain children and thrilling adults with similar themes. Much-gossiped about in its day the surprising stories - usually with a sting in the tale - enthralled a nation the moment the iconic titles started. Sinister and with a touch of the macabre Tales of the Unexpected holds at its heart a core of black humour that makes each story both compelling and surprising with a twist in each tale that delighted audiences throughout the country.
Last Tango In Halifax Christmas Special 2016 | DVD | (23/01/2017)
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Two years have passed since series three. Caroline is about to embark on a new headship at a challenging state school which means moving her family out of the beautiful home in Harrogate to a farm house with potential. Having agreed to host Christmas Day, Caroline is overwhelmed by so much change. But a chance encounter with a new acquaintance gives her a different perspective. Gillian is racked with guilt over Eddie's death and is convinced he's haunting her and Robbie. A sÃ©ance at Caroline's new, supposedly haunted, house is enough to tip Gillian over the edge as she makes a life-changing decision. Meanwhile, in a bid to keep her brain active, Celia joins the local amateur dramatics club, encouraging Alan to do the same. But Alan is forced to admit that his memory isn't what it used to be, leaving the part wide open for Harry, much to Celia's disdain.
I Claudius - Complete BBC Series (5 Disc Box Set) | DVD | (30/09/2002)
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Originally transmitted in the autumn of 1976 I Claudius redefined the boundaries of television with an epic story spanning the annals of Roman history - from the mighty Augustus to the madness of Caligula. One of the jewels in the crown of BBC historical drama this timeless classic features inspirational performances by an all-star cast. This five-disc box set contains all thirteen 50 minute episodes: 1. A Touch of Murder 2. Waiting in the Wings 3. What Shall We Do About Claudius? 4. Poison is Queen 5. Some Justice 6. Queen of Heaven 7. Reign of Terror 8. Zeus By Jove! 9. Hail Who? 10. Fool's Luck 11. A God in Colchester 12. Old King Log
Gladiator | DVD | (13/08/2004)
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The great Roman General Maximus (Russell Crowe) has once again led the legions to victory on the battlefield. The war won Maximus dreams of home wanting only to return to his wife and son; however the dying Emperor Marcus Aurelius (Richard Harris) has one more duty for the general - to assume the mantle of his power. Jealous of Maximus' favor with the emperor the heir to the throne Commodus (Joaquin Phoenix) orders his execution - and that of his family. Barely escaping death Maximus is forced into slavery and trained as a gladiator in the arena where his fame grows. Now he has come to Rome intent on avenging the murder of his wife and son by killing the new emperor; Commodus....
The Old Curiosity Shop | DVD | (08/11/2010)
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A kindly shop owner whose overwhelming gambling debts allow a greedy landlord to seize his shop of dusty treasures. Evicted and with no way to pay his debts he and his granddaughter flee.
Last Tango in Halifax - Series 1-3 | DVD | (02/02/2015)
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The award winning BBC1 Sally Wainwright-written drama, starring Sarah Lancashire, Derek Jacobi, Anne Reid and Nicola Walker, was filmed at Market Arcade, Borough Market and the Upstairs Downstairs Café in Halifax. Last Tango in Halifax tells the love story of two widowers, reunited after 60 years via an internet site. Season three will air in December 2014, on BBC1.
Henry V | DVD | (10/08/2015)
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Very few first-time film directors would have been capable of making such a triumphant adaptation of Henry V; but a still-youthful Kenneth Branagh's years of stage experience paid off handsomely and his 1989 version qualifies as a genuine masterpiece, the kind of film that comes along once in a decade. He eschews the theatricality of Laurence Olivier's stirring, fondly remembered 1945 adaptation to establish his own rules: Branagh plays it down and dirty, seeing the Bard's play through revisionist eyes, framing it as an anti-war story in contrast to Olivier's patriotic spectacle. Branagh gives us harsh close-ups of muddied, bloody men, and of himself as Henry, his hardened mouth and wilful eyes revealing much about the personal cost of war. Not that the director-star doesn't provide lighter moments: his scenes introducing the French Princess Katherine (Emma Thompson) trying to learn English quickly from her maid are delightful. What may be the crowning glory of Branagh's adaptation comes when the dazed leader wanders across the battlefield, not even sure who has won. As King Hal carries a dead boy (a young Christian Bale) over the hacked bodies of both the English and French, a panorama of blood and mud and death greet the viewer as Branagh opens up the scene and Patrick Doyle's rousing hymn "Non nobis, Domine" provides marvellous counterpoint (like the director, the composer was another filmic first-timer). A more potent expression of the price of victory could scarcely be imagined. --Rochelle O'Gorman, Amazon.com
Last Tango in Halifax - Series 3 | DVD | (02/02/2015)
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Please note this is a region 2 DVD and will require a region 2 or region free DVD player in order to play. Celia and Alan are both widowed and in their seventies. When their respective grandsons put their details on Facebook, they rediscover a passionate relationship that started over sixty years ago.
A Bunch Of Amateurs | DVD | (27/04/2009)
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A Hollywood action star whose career is on the skids is persuaded by a sleazy agent into playing King Lear in an amateur charity production.
Stratton | DVD | (01/01/2018)
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Following a mission in Iran which goes spectacularly wrong, Special Boat Service agent Stratton (Dominic Cooper) is summoned by the head of MI6 (Connie Nielson) to undertake another deadly operation. Having been presumed dead, former Soviet operative Barovski (Thomas Kretschmann) has gone rogue and intends to use deadly chemical weapons stolen from his former paymasters to take revenge. Stratton and his team are dispatched to track down Barovski in a nailbiting race against time to the unimaginable happening. Features: Cast & Crew Interviews Making Stratton featurette
Morris: A Life With Bells On | DVD | (26/07/2010)
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A film that will have even the most cynical viewer reaching for their white handkerchiefs MORRIS: A LIFE WITH BELLS ON stars Charles Thomas Oldham as Derecq Twist along with Sir Derek Jacobi (The Golden Compass) Naomie Harris (Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End) Ian Hart (A Cock and Bull Story) Dominique Pinon (Delicatessen) Sophie Thompson (Eastenders) Harriet Walter (The Young Victoria) Aidan McArdle (The Duchess) and Greg Wise (Sense and Sensibility). Described as This is Spinal Tap meets Calendar Girls the film follows the fortunes of an avant-garde Morris team in their struggle to push the boundaries of the venerable ancient dance. Set around the country pub The Travellers Staff the docu-style comedy proves that Morris is not just an innocent pub pastime involving hanky-waving and bearded men with staffs but also that it has its politics-laden ultra-competitive side too. The Millsham Morris men and their leader Derecq Twist are determined to achieve Morris perfection. But Derecq is also preparing to set the Morris world alight by performing the ultimate dance within the Morris firmament the legendary Threeple Hammer Damson. As if this is not enough he is in addition pioneering an innovative daringly freeform brand of the dance dubbed Extreme Morris drawing the anger of traditionalist elements within the Morris community. When Millsham unveil their creation in competition the Morris Circle - the governing body of Morris in the UK - bans Derecq from future competition. Totally devastated by the decision Derecq embarks on a global odyssey through tragedy and triumph which gravely tests his passion for Morris.
The Long Firm | DVD | (30/08/2004)
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During the swinging sixties in London there was only one crime boss in Soho that mattered: the indomitable Harry Starks. With a reputation for savagery and generosity in equal measure Starks ruled central London with a coercive fist and his favourite implement of torture: the red-hot poker. Based on Jake Arnott's best selling novel which combines fact with fiction this is a retrospective tale of criminality in the 1960s through to the 1980s; told from the view of four characters a
Doctor Who - Series 3 | Blu Ray | (31/08/2015)
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All 14 episodes from the third series of the relaunched sci-fi adventure drama, starring David Tennant as the latest incarnation of the legendary Time Lord. In this series, the Doctor is joined by new companion Martha Jones (Freema Agyeman) as he encounters old enemies including the Daleks and the Master (Derek Jacobi). The episodes are: 'The Runaway Bride', 'Smith and Jones', 'The Shakespeare Code', 'Gridlock', 'Daleks in Manhattan', 'Evolution of the Daleks', 'The Lazarus Experiment', '42', 'Human Nature', 'The Family of Blood', 'Blink', 'Utopia', 'The Sound of Drums' and 'Last of the Timelords'.
Shakespeare at the BBC: Tragedies | DVD | (18/04/2016)
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William Shakespeare's repute spans the world the beauty of his language, his profound insight into human nature and the complexity and integrity of his characters, confirming him as the greatest ever playwright. In 1978, the BBC set itself the task of filming all of William Shakespeare's plays for television. The resulting productions, renowned for their loyalty to the text, utilised the best theatrical and television directors and brought acclaimed performances from some of the finest actors. This collection includes 5 of the hugely popular tragedies: HAMLET KING LEAR MACBETH OTHELLO ROMEO AND JULIET
Doctor Who - Series 3 | DVD | (04/08/2014)
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The third series of Doctor Who is full of new thrills, new laughs, new heartbreak and some terrifying new monsters. From the moment the Doctor walks into the life of medical student Martha Jones he changes it forever. 1. Smith and Jones 2. The Shakespeare Code 3. Gridlock 4. Daleks in Manhattan 5. Evolution of the Daleks 6. The Lazarus Experiment 7. 42 8. Human Nature 9. The Family of Blood 10. Blink 11. Utopia 12. The Sound of Drums 13. Last of the Timelords Also includes the 2006 christmas special The Runaway Bride
Cadfael - The Complete Series 1 | DVD | (15/03/2004)
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Brother Cadfael, the medieval mystery-solving monk, is a fascinating detective, at once a man of God, of science, and even of action. Derek Jacobi stars as the former "soldier, sailor, sinner, and Crusader" who has his faith tested by crimes of royal intrigue and baffling murders that seem to plague 12th-century Shrewsbury. You'll find few Benedictine monks so skilled at using a quarterstaff, but beware never to tell him your theory of how a crime "must" have been committed. "We must always be wary of 'must'," he states. "Nothing is certain." And so attest these divine mysteries based on the books by Ellis Peters. Each feature-length episode is self-contained but plays against the backdrop of England's civil war between forces loyal to King Stephen and those to Empress Maud. Eoin McCarthy costars as local Under-Sheriff Hugh Beringar, who relies on Cadfael when murder subverts his efforts to keep the peace. --Donald Liebenson
Joe Maddison's War | DVD | (20/09/2010)
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Set in Newcastle in 1939 Joe Maddison's War features shipyard worker Joe (Kevin Whately) who feels emasculated and past his prime; too old to serve in the war and he's shocked when his wife leaves him for a younger naval officer. Needing a new challenge Joe and his friend Harry (Robson Green) reluctantly volunteer to join the Home Guard. A decision which leads Joe on a journey of self discovery learning lessons of heroism and friendship and also love...
In The Night Garden: Who's Here? | DVD | (21/07/2014)
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