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Six Plays By Alan Bennett: The Complete Series | DVD | (20/02/2017)
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Stephen Frears produces six plays by Oscar-nominated playwright Alan Bennett. Showcasing the talents of Julie Walters, Prunella Scales, Patricia Routledge, Dave Allen and Alun Armstrong, Six Plays by Alan Bennett includes the BAFTA-nominated Me! I'm Afraid of Virginia Woolf. Frears himself directs four of the six plays, with the remaining two directed by BAFTA-winning Giles Foster and Palm d'Or winner Lindsay Anderson. Me! I'm Afraid of Virginia Woolf Trevor Hopkins is painfully shy, but a chance encounter makes him think that his life is about to turn a corner. Starring Neville Smith, Thora Hird and Julie Walters Doris and Doreen Doris and Doreen are happy working in an obscure provincial office, until the spectre of redundancy rears its head. Starring Prunella Scales, Patricia Routledge and Pete Postlethwaite The Old Crowd George and Betty are throwing a housewarming party, but circumstances conspire against them... Starring John Moffatt, Isobel Dean, Peter Jeffrey and Rachel Roberts Afternoon Off A hotel waiter spends an afternoon off in search of sexual fulfilment, but instead finds a town full of eccentrics bearing petty prejudices. Starring Henry Man, Benjamin Whitrow and Philip Jackson One Fine Day An estate agent suffering a mid-life crisis takes up residence in an office block that he's supposed to be renting to his firm's clients. Starring Dave Allen, Robert Stephens and Benjamin Whitrow All Day on the Sands The Coopers decide to holiday in Morecambe as a change from Menorca. They stay in the Miramar Hotel, but Mr Cooper has a guilty secret... Starring Alun Armstrong, Marjorie Yates and Ken Jones
Talking Heads - The Complete Talking Heads | DVD | (03/10/2005)
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Alan Bennett's Talking Heads was a major artistic breakthrough in the field of drama when the first series of monologues aired in 1987. Each tale gives us privileged access to the innermost thoughts of an individual who although we only hear his/her side of the story frequently reveals more about him/herself than intended. Often poignant sometimes sad and occasionally uplifting Bennett's gift for writing comedy is always apparent - and always inspired.
Silas Marner - The Weaver Of Raveloe | DVD | (01/02/2010)
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Set it the early 19th century linen weaver Silas Marner is driven from his religious community after he is falsely accused of theft his fortune is then stolen and Silas if left lonely and poor. An abandoned baby gives a chance to be happy again.
The Jane Austen Collection | DVD | (17/09/2007)
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Set Comprises: Pride And Prejudice: The arrival of the wealthy Mr. Darcy in the neighbourhood causes great excitement within the Bennet family. One of her five daughters Mrs Bennet feels is sure to capture the heart of the wealthy young aristocrat. That fate befalls the spirited Elizabeth. Judging him on first impressions and the malicious gossip of friends she rejects his advances. However as she busies herself with the stormy romances and scandal of her sisters she once again finds herself in his company. Gradually her opinions of this proud young man begin to change... Sense And Sensibility: Jane Austen's tale of two devoted sisters with totally differing attitudes to life and love. Filmed on location in the stately homes of picturesque Dorset and Somerset. Mansfield Park: True virtue triumphs over superficiality in this distinguished BBC production of Jane Austen's celebrated novel Mansfield Park.Set in 18th century England Jane Austen's tale of virtue and vice tells of young impoverished Fanny Price who arrives at the elegant country estate of her uncle Sir Thomas Bertam. Snubbed by everyone except her cousin Edmund Fanny begins her long struggle for acceptance by her shallow relatives who believe wealth automatically means quality. When Fanny finally wins the respect of her snobbish relatives she incurs the displeasure of her uncle by rejecting the handsome philanderer Henry Crawford because she has fallen in love with Edmund. Northanger Abbey: A tale of intrigue adventure and romance. This enchanting BBC dramatization captures the spirit and wit of Austen's classic novel Northanger Abbey. The setting is eighteenth-century Bath a society of decadence and deceit into which Catherine Morland arrives bursting with freshness integrity and a passion for macabre Gothic novels. In a time when materialism not love governs marriage Catherine's head is full of fantasy and fiction of maidens being abducted to sinister castles and heroes riding to the rescue on white horses. When romantic Henry Tilney invites her to his ancestral home Northanger Abbey a dark mystery starts to unfold that makes her blood run cold. Are her fantasies coming true? What does the brooding General Tilney want from her and will the truth destroy her chance for love...? Emma: This splendid BBC dramatization brings to life all the glorious wit and sharp humour of Jane Austen's - arguably her finest - novel Emma recreating her most irritatingly endearing female character of whom she wrote ""no one but myself could like."" Emma presides over the small provincial world of Highbury with enthusiasm but she will find that it is all too easy to confuse good intensions with self-gratification. the often insensitive ever well-meaning incorrigible Emma Woodhouse having engineered the marriage of governess companion and friend to Miss Taylor now turns her attention towards making a match for Mr. Elton the
Rosamunde Pilcher - The Complete Set | DVD | (08/08/2011)
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Rosamunde Pilcher - The Complete Set Best-selling novelist Rosamunde Pilcher is renowned for her storytelling. Her rich romantic tales and their beautiful settings are captured perfectly in this special seven disc DVD boxed set which contains five sumptuous adaptations based on Pilcher's books: Coming Home Nancherrow Winter Solstice Summer Solstice and The Shell Seekers. The films feature a star-studded cast which reads like a who's who of great actors including Joanna Lumley Peter O'Toole David McCallum Honor Blackman Jacqueline Bisset Jean Simmons Sinead Cusack Peter Ustinov Robert Hardy Maximilian Schell and Vanessa Redgrave. Coming Home introduces the glamorous and wealthy Carey-Lewis family and Judith Dunbar. Judith is at boarding school and her family is in Singapore at the outbreak of the Second World War. When she loses touch with her family the Carey-Lewis's welcom her into their home.This story is continued in Nancherrow when the family must struggle to come to terms with post-war Britain. Winter Solstice is an entrancing story of shattered lives and broken hearts. When Elfrida Phipps moves she soon befriends her new neighbours. Tragedy strikes and they all decamp to a house on a Scottish Estate. Set in the beautiful wild Highlands of Scotland the saga is continued in Summer Solstice. The Shell Seekers is the story of love family life and an exquisite painting that has captivated millions and which tears a family apart.
Rosamunde Pilcher's Unknown Heart | DVD | (27/10/2014)
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Carolina Vera and Gedeon Burkhard star in Giles Foster's adaptation of the novel by Rosamunde Pilcher. When Elizabeth Lancaster (Vera), a terminally ill 40-year-old heiress to her family's cider farm, gets a phone call from the hospital with the news of the heart transplant she has been waiting for, she feels like all her dreams have come true. After the operation Elizabeth is unable to connect to her family and instead finds herself drawn to a place she has never known: the home of the woman whose heart now beats in her chest. As she meets her donor's widow, Andrew Shaw (Burkhard) she immediately feels an unexplainable connection and the tormented pair begin a passionate affair. Will their love be enough to keep them together or will more hearts be broken along the way?
Rosamunde Pilcher's Shades of Love | DVD | (07/01/2013)
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Balnaird House, one of the most splendid estates in the Scottish Highlands, is the home of the ancient and venerable Aird family and - it will turn out - of many family secrets held tightly by Violet, aging matriarch of the Aird clan. Henry Aird passed the family home into the hands of the family business when overtaken by debt. This becomes a problem when his insatiable son-in-law Noel becomes chairman and suddenly the entire family fortune and its heritage are at stake. With corporate wheels spinning, heads and hearts are too, as Henry's daughter Laura is torn by heartache and her own lineage is questioned; Henry's friendship with the wealthy Balmerino family is at risk from shocking revelations; and who is the beautiful and mysterious Olivia, inheritor of a vital balance of the family company's shares? Secrets and heartbreak, passion and betrayal, innocence and greed - all human emotion is about to be played out on the Aird estate as this tale unfolds in light and darkness, in Shades of Love.
Rosamunde Pilcher's Four Seasons - Boxed Set | DVD | (23/08/2010)
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Best-selling novelist Rosamunde Pilcher is renowned for her storytelling. Her rich romantic tales and their beautiful settings are captured perfectly in this special seven disc DVD boxed set which contains five sumptuous adaptations based on Pilcher's books: 'Coming Home' 'Nancherrow' 'Winter Solstice' 'Summer Solstice' and 'The Shell Seekers'.
Foyle's War - Series 2 Complete | DVD | (12/03/2007)
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Michael Kitchen stars as the enigmatic Detective Chief Superintendent Christopher Foyle who longs to join the war effort but is left frustrated when his application for transfer is refused. To his surprise however he finds the turmoil of conflict means his skills are in demand on the home front. As WW2 rages over Europe one man fights his own battle against murder mystery and betrayal on the south coast of England - in Foyle's War. Contains the Complete Second Series On DVD
Northanger Abbey (Repackaged) | DVD | (23/01/2012)
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A woman especially, if she have the misfortune of knowing anything, should conceal it as well as she can. Jane AustenCatherine Morland arrives in Bath bursting with freshness, integrity and a passion for Macabre Gothic Novels.When the romantic Henry Tilney invites her to his ancestral home, Northanger Abbey, a dark mystery starts to unfold that makes her blood run cold. Are her fantasies coming true? What does the sinister General Tilney want from her and will the truth destroy her chance of love?Lacking beauty and possessing no outstanding talents to recommend her, Catherine's endearing quality is her undoubted sincerity.
Silas Marner | DVD | (09/10/2000)
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Silas Marner, a member of a strict religious community, is wrongly accused of theft and has no choice but to move to a faraway village. For 15 years he lives alone, hoarding the money he makes from his weaving and gaining a reputation as a recluse, a miser and perhaps even a witch. Marner's life changes dramatically one Christmas season, when his gold is stolen and a mysterious woman dies in the woods outside his cottage. She leaves behind a child that Marner, to the surprise of the other villagers, takes into his home to raise as his daughter. The arrival of the infant, who he names Eppie after his mother, transforms Marner. His bitterness evaporates, he no longer cares about his lost money, and he commits himself completely to his adopted child, who grows up into a loving and beautiful daughter. But Marner's happiness may be threatened when Eppie's real father wants to claim Eppie as his own. Ben Kingsley gives a subtle and moving performance as the simple weaver, and a strong cast gives him ample support in this 1985 BBC adaptation of George Eliot's novel. Silas Marner is not particularly complex--it's certainly a more modest undertaking than Eliot's most famous novel, Middlemarch--but this sentimental Victorian tale, filled with historical detail, potential tragedy, heartless villains and the redeeming power of childhood, makes for a very satisfying film. --Simon Leake, Amazon.com
Bertie and Elizabeth | DVD | (18/04/2011)
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An affectionate and enchanting portrayal of the life of Queen Elizabeth focusing on her courtship by the shy and retiring future King George VI (known as Bertie) and the love story that followed This fascinating adaptation also covers the abdication crisis of Edward VIII the Coronation of George VI as British King and the strong relationship forged between them and Churchill during the War.
Winter Solstice/Summer Solstice | DVD | (02/04/2007)
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This double DVD set features Rosamunde Pilcher's Winter Soulstice and the sequel Summer Solstice Winter Solstice is the entrancing story of shattered lives and broken hearts and a Christmas retreat which brings healing and happy endings. When recently bereaved Elfrida Phipps moves into a tiny cottage she soon makes friends with her new neighbours the Blundells. Elfrida's favourite niece Carrie returns from Austria heartbroken and briefly meets businessman Sam on her flight home. A tragic accident befalls the Blundells and with everyone's lives in ruins Oscar Blundell Elfrida Carrie and her young sister Lucy decamp to a house on a Scottish Estate which is part owned by Oscar. Once in Scotland the party encounters the local landowner The Countess of Rhives and Carrie comes face to face with Sam again. Set in the beautiful surroundings of the wild Scottish Highlands Summer Solstice stars Jaqueline Bissett Sinad Cusack Jason Durr and Honor Blackman. Sam and Carries newly formed business empire is struggling. The exclusive Rhives Castle Hotel isnt attracting enough guests. Elfrida gets her big break when she is offered a small part in a soap opera. Meanwhile Lucinda The Countess of Rhives is enjoying her new found lease of life away from the burden of running the castle.
Maeve Binchy Boxset | DVD | (12/05/2008)
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Based on the best-selling novels of Maeve Binchy. Special boxed set containing three adaptations The Lilac Bus Anner House and Echoes.
Rosamunde Pilcher's The Other Wife | DVD | (27/10/2014)
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Rebecca Kendall a beautiful ex-ballerina has it all; a stunning house; two wonderful daughters; and a handsome loving husband Richard. Richard’s time is divided between England and Canada where without Rebecca’s knowledge he has invested everything they have in a gold mine one which is yet to yield gold. When Richard is killed in a plane crash Rebecca slowly learns the full extent of her husband’s lies and deceit. Battling with her grief she discovers that not only has Richard left her family penniless but he also has a second family on the other side of the Atlantic a wife Natalie and five year old son Jared. Confused she reluctantly turns to her brother in law Martin whose help and kindness masks an ulterior motive. It is only war veteran Harry who gives the selfless support Rebecca needs and when Natalie claims part of Richard’s estate he encourages them to talk. When the two women meet they discover that they have more in common than they could have imagined and both have been equally wronged; they are both The Other Wife.
Hotel Du Lac | DVD | (26/05/2003)
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Hotel du Lac is an impeccably produced BBC television adaptation of Anita Brookner's Booker Prize-winning novel. Middle-aged writer Edith Hope has fled London and romantic disappointment to find sanctuary at a luxury hotel on a Swiss Lake, but finding no escape from her loneliness must eventually face her past. Edith is played with compassion by Anna Massey, her intellect and wit acting as a defence against her own failings, and support comes from a superb cast including Denholm Elliott, Googie Withers, Julia McKenzie, Patricia Hodge, Irene Handl and Barry Foster. Brookner's apparently slight but multi-layered tale is skilfully crafted by writer Christopher Hampton, who has with such films as Dangerous Liaisons (1988) and The Quiet American (2002) become a master of literary adaptation. Giles Foster's direction focuses on bringing the best from his cast, rather than attempting any sort of cinematic sweep, and Carl Davis' eloquent theme music makes the introspection all the more touching. Ultimately, though, it is Anna Massey's insightful central performance which makes Hotel du Lac such a memorable slice of television. On the DVD: Hotel du Lac is presented in the original TV broadcast 4:3 ratio with a very poor, extremely grainy and soft picture. The sound is reasonable mono, clear and free from distortion though lacking in dynamic range. The only extra, though one well worth having, is a serious and highly informative commentary from Giles, Hampton and producer Sue Birtwistle. --Gary S Dalkin
Rosamunde Pilcher: The Collection | DVD | (18/05/2015)
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This fabulous collection inspired by the works of Rosamunde Pilcher includes three gripping adaptations: The Other Wife Unknown Heart and Valentine&rsquo;s Kiss.
Rosamunde Pilcher's Summer Solstice | DVD | (10/07/2006)
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This dramatisation is the sequel to the hugely popular Rosamunde Pilcher's Winter Solstice and features a stellar cast including Jacqueline Bisset (Bullit) Jan Niklas (Plain Truth) Honor Blackman (Goldfinger) Sinead Cusack (North & South) and Jason Durr (Heartbeat).
Rosamunde Pilcher's Coming Home / Rosamunde Pilcher's Nancherrow | DVD | (10/07/2006)
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Rosamunde Pilcher's Coming Home: When Judith Dunbar is sent to boarding school she makes friends with the wild and carefree Loveday Carey-Lewis. Loveday introduces Judith to her wealthy and glamorous family and their glorious ancestral home of Nancherrow. The next few years are glorious joyful halcyon days of passion fun and romance as the friends remain blissfully unaware of the spectre of war which is about to overshadow their lives... Nancherrow: Joanna Lumley
Rosamunde Pilcher: Four Seasons (Summer/Autumn) | DVD | (07/09/2009)
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Four feature length episodes of Rosamunde Pilcher featuring Summer Autumn Winter and Spring.