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  • This Life - Series 1 And 2 This Life - Series 1 And 2 | DVD | (27/02/2006) from £27.23  |  Saving you £22.76 (45.50%)  |  RRP £49.99

    First aired on British television in 1996 This Life chronicles the lives of a group of house-sharing twentysomething professionals as they try to make sense of life love and each other. This Life - Series 1: Providing a timely shake-up of TV drama conventions This Life's refusal to conform was its key to success. While critics deemed it 'immoral' for its graphic depictions of homosexuality and blas attitude to drug-taking fans revelled in its

  • This Life - Series 2 This Life - Series 2 | DVD | (27/02/2006) from £36.01  |  Saving you £3.98 (10.00%)  |  RRP £39.99

    Miles Anna Egg Milly Warren and Ferdy return for the second series of the groundbreaking BBC drama This Life. This time around life is even more complicated: Egg is having serious problems with money and direction; Milly enters an affair with her boss O'Donnell; Anna is still in love with Miles but having a hard time accepting it; meanwhile Miles gets engaged despite his feelings for Anna; Warren gets arrested for 'cruising' in the local park and decides to le

  • The Lakes 2 [1998] The Lakes 2 | DVD | (06/10/2003) from £5.94  |  Saving you £13.50 (67.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    The original series of the The Lakes brought writer Jimmy McGovern and actor John Simm a great deal of critical praise in 1997. Following a particularly dry period for British TV drama, the show's realistic characterisations and their painfully honest decisions hit audiences hard. Simm is a twentysomething trapped in a life of compulsive gambling, theft and being on the dole in Liverpool. On a whim he heads north to the Lake District. He expects to find the countryside quietude where his hidden poetical leanings might find a home, but instead gets caught up in a community like any other. Lies, temptation and tragedy beset every household just as much as the big city. In the second series, far longer than the first, an exploration of Danny's tortured soul might have been the obvious continuation to the story; instead an almost Hitchcockian murder scenario occupies far more screen time. But by stretching things out, this second series does not have the same self-contained impact of the original. Additional writers only served to drag out Danny's boy-to-man journey. Ultimately, lessons are learned, including the realistic conclusion that life is without a poetical status quo. Despite the tail-off in overall quality, you'd be hard pressed to identify a better British drama in the years since. --Paul Tonks

  • The Sins [DVD] The Sins | DVD | (28/03/2011) from £5.69  |  Saving you £14.30 (71.50%)  |  RRP £19.99

    The immensely versatile Pete Postlethwaite stars in The Sins, a seven-part serio-comic drama set amongst London's criminal fraternity, with each episode taking as its loose theme one of the seven deadly sins. Postlethwaite, who seems able to shine in anything from Hollywood blockbusters to low-budget Brit flicks, stars as Len Green, an ex-con getaway driver who shocks his friends and family when, on release from a four-year stretch, he denounces his former life of crime in favour of more cultured endeavours. Whilst this decision, and the effects it has on those close to him, forms the story arc, the real meat of the series is to be found in his relationships with his wife (played by the perennially excellent and hugely underrated Geraldine James), his daughters--Faith, Hope, Charity and Chastity--his surrogate son, Carl and, perhaps, most importantly, his uncle and mentor, Irwin (Frank Finlay). Each case of temptation and sin is examined in turn (all handled by different directors but remaining part of a cohesive whole), as Len's rose-tinted view of his family life is gradually shattered by a series of harsh home truths. There's plenty of comedy throughout, much of it stemming from Len's new career as an undertaker, but it takes actors of Postlethwaite, Finlay and James' stature to handle the often abrupt shifts from light to shade as the series progresses into a darker place. Perfectly rounded (no chance of a second series, given the nature of the denouement), the extended format enables Postlethwaite to develop and enhance his character in a way that no two-hour film could ever offer. The producers even had the good taste to include a Tindersticks song as the theme. --Phil Udell

  • Extremely Dangerous [DVD] [1999] Extremely Dangerous | DVD | (08/06/2009) from £9.78  |  Saving you £6.21 (38.80%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Wrongfully convicted for the murder of his wife and child Neil Byrne (Sean Bean) manages to elude his guards en route to prison when he jumps off a moving train. Byrne goes undercover in Manchester becoming involved with a crime syndicate as he struggles to prove his innocence uncovering several dark secrets in the process.

  • The Lakes - The Complete First And Second Series [1994] The Lakes - The Complete First And Second Series | DVD | (06/10/2003) from £33.99  |  Saving you £-4.00 (-13.30%)  |  RRP £29.99

    The Lakes brought writer Jimmy McGovern and actor John Simm a great deal of critical praise in 1997. Following a particularly dry period for British TV drama, the show's realistic characterisations and their painfully honest decisions hit audiences hard. Simm is a twentysomething trapped in a life of compulsive gambling, theft and being on the dole in Liverpool. On a whim he heads north to the Lake District. He expects to find the countryside quietude where his hidden poetical leanings might find a home, but instead gets caught up in a community like any other. Lies, temptation and tragedy beset every household just as much as the big city. The focus of Series 1 is Danny's relationship with Emma (Emma Cunniffe) and the consequences of having a child. As time races by, his link to the Lakes becomes an exercise in torment when the eyes of blame fall easily upon him after the accidental deaths of four schoolgirls. Stoking the flames of a series of secondary explosions in waiting are a pair of affairs, one adulterous, the other complicated by religion. In the far longer sequel series that came two years later, these back-stories would come to the fore. Although exploring Danny's tortured soul might have been the obvious continuation, instead an almost Hitchcockian murder scenario occupies far more screen time. But by stretching things out, this second series does not have the same self-contained impact of the original. Additional writers only served to drag out Danny's boy-to-man journey. Ultimately, lessons are learned, including the realistic conclusion that life is without a poetical status quo. Despite the tail-off in overall quality, you'd be hard pressed to identify a better British drama in the years since. On the DVD: The Lakes complete series 1 and 2 box set comes with two separate commentary tracks for the very first episode. In interviews, John Simm fondly recalls how cold the lake water was and director David Blair recalls putting him in it. It's a shame the two weren't recorded together. It's also a shame that's all there is in this package. Even a few cast biographies would have been welcome. Picture is 4:3 and stereo sound is as you'd expect from 1990s UK TV. --Paul Tonks

  • Teachers - Series 1 [2001] Teachers - Series 1 | DVD | (24/09/2007) from £9.75  |  Saving you £9.78 (48.90%)  |  RRP £19.99

    The debut series of Channel 4's comedy drama revolves around the lives loves and lost homework of a young group of school teachers. Andrew Lincoln stars as Simon a reckless English teacher whose enthusiasm is somewhat eroded by his sharp-tongued and uninspired Year Eights.

  • Broken Lines [DVD] Broken Lines | DVD | (05/12/2011) from £6.98  |  Saving you £9.01 (56.30%)  |  RRP £15.99

    Upon the death of his father Jake revisits the world he walked out on. Upon returning he finds himself confronting all he has run away from and all that he has become. His return is the catalyst that propels two relationships four different people into facing where they have become stuck. Each of them is faced with having to move forward struggling between betrayal of another or betrayal of oneself.

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