In this ferocious retelling of the Battle of Thermopylae based on the epic graphic novel by Sin City creator Frank Miller, King Xerxes of Persia (Rodrigo Santoro -- Lost) amasses an army of hundreds of thousands, drawn from Asia and Africa, to invade and conquer the tiny, divided nation of Greece in 481 B.C. But when the advancing Persian forces enter the treacherous mountain pass of Thermopylae, they encounter Spartan King Leonidas (Gerard Butler -- The Phantom of the Opera) and his royal guard of soldiers numbering just 300. According to legend, their valor and sacrifice inspired all of Greece to unite against the Persian foe, planting the seeds of democracy and ushering in the Golden Age of Greece.With nonstop action and awe-inspiring visual effects, director Zack Snyder creates a breathtaking vision of one of history's most legendary battles ... and an epic tale of sacrifice and heroism.
All 11 feature length Cracker adventures in one box set! Robbie Coltrane leads an all-star cast in Jimmy McGovern's groundbreaking gritty drama as the uncompromising idiosyncratic Fitz a man whose psychological insight extends to everyone but himself. Episodes Comprise: 1. The Mad Woman In The Attic 2. To Say I Love You 3. One Day A Lemming Will Fly 4. To Be A Somebody 5. The Big Crunch 6. Men Should Weep 7. Brotherly Love 8. Best Boys 9. True Romance 10. White Ghost 11. Cracker
A year after proving that she can handle a murder enquiry as well as any man D.C.I. Tennison is launched back into battle at Scotland Yard. The body of a young girl is discovered in a shallow grave in the back garden of a terraced house in an Afro-Carribean neighbourhood of London. The difficult job of identifying the body and finding the murderer is only made worse when the controversial subject of racism rears its ugly head. Having to contend with prejudice and misunderstanding from both the locals and from within her own team and dealing with a boss who has one eye on his own promotion D.C.I. Tennison has to use her powers of ingenuity courage and compassion as she faces the political disapproval of the public and her colleagues.
Multi-award-winning writer Jimmy McGovern's brand new film based on the UK's controversial joint enterprise law. 17-year-old Johnjo (Nico Mirallegro) gives his cousin Tony and his mates Colin and Kieran a last minute lift in his brother Patrick's car. They tell him they're going for pizza; Johnjo doesn't know that they're going to 'have a word' with a local loudmouth who needs putting in his place. As Johnjo waits in the car Kieran takes offence with an innocent bystander Thomas Ward who is fatally stabbed. The murder victim is the eldest child of Margaret (Susan Lynch) and Tommy Ward (Daniel Mays) who has become estranged from his family after a bitter divorce. Struggling to make ends meet on her own Margaret is nevertheless determined to fight through bureaucracy and the cool indifference of the banks to give Thomas the send-off he deserves. Johnjo makes his own way to the police station and asks for DI Hastings (Robert Pugh). A career copper used to doing battle with 'no comment' Hastings can't believe his luck as Johnjo lays the blame squarely with Kieran. But Hastings wants everyone possible to be tried for murder and with the joint enterprise doctrine at his disposal that includes Johnjo. Also starring Jodhi May Michelle Fairley and Sir Michael Gambon.
A contemporary adaptation of Nigel Kneale's seminal 1953 science fiction serial. A special two hour live event recreated the story of maverick Professor Bernard Quatermass as he attempted to push back the frontiers of space for Britain only for it to lead to terrifying consequences when his first manned rocket returns from its mission with only one of the three man crew still alive and the world falling under the shadow of a terrifying alien threat. This was an event made even more notable for being the corporation's first live drama broadcast for 21 years.
Winner of the Royal Television Society award for Best Daytime Programme 2018 All five episodes from the eighth series of the BBC drama created by Jimmy McGovern and produced by Colin McKeown. Each episode tells a self-contained contemporary story in which the characters have reached a turning point in their lives and are trying to move on. In this series, an Afghani refugee faces the prospect of deportation after eleven years of living in the UK, a mother struggles with the idea of her children growing up and no longer needing her and a divorced couple find comfort in each other when their daughter is rushed to hospital. The episodes are: 'Eighteen', 'Empty Nest', 'Burden', 'Zero' and 'Our House'.
Based freely on the classic novels by CS Forester, Hornblower is a series of TV films following the progress of a young officer through the ranks of the British navy during the Napoleonic Wars. The series greatest asset is the handsome and charismatic Ioan Gruffudd in the lead role, surely a major star in the making. For television films the production values are very good, though as Titanic, Waterworld and The Perfect Storm demonstrated, filming an aquatic adventure is a very expensive business, and it is clear that the Hornblower dramas simply make the best of comparatively small budgets. No more faithful to Forester's books than the 1951 Gregory Peck classic Captain Horatio Hornblower, the real inspiration seems to have come from the success of Sharpe, starring Sean Bean, which likewise featured a British hero in the Napoleonic Wars. Nevertheless, while rather more easy going than the real British navy of the time, the Hornblower saga delivers an entertaining adventure, greatly enhanced by the presence of such guest stars as Denis Lawson, Cheri Lunghi, Ronald Pickup and Anthony Sher. Firmly settled on HMS Indefatigable and mentored by Captain Pellew (an excellent Robert Lindsay), "The Examination for Lieutenant" finds Spain entering the war in an adventure involving both the Black Death and a lethal fireship.--Gary S Dalkin
At thirty five Ray's learned the tricks and done the time. Now he's a face - a villain to be reckoned with and definitely not to be crossed - ready for the blag the big score that'll really set him and his team up. Although the job goes smooth and sweet the take doesn't scratch the three million the gang had it figured for. And when somebody starts thieving from the thieves and people start getting blown away Ray's got some serious thinking to do before the traitor - or the law -
Based on the play by Christopher Marlowe Edward II continues to bestow honours on Gaveston a commoner. Queen Isabella upset and mortified conspires to overthrow the King. Murder and civil war ensue...
The complete collection of Horatio Hornblower's (Ioan Gruffudd) hi-jinks on the high seas!
A young girl who implicates her mother in murder finds herself on the run. A hitman employed by her mother becomes her protector whilst the pair seek out the estranged father in Portugal.
James Nesbitt plays Detective Sergeant Tommy Murphy a maverick cop with a dark past. After failing a psychiatric assessment he is given one last chance by his boss and given a dangerous undercover assignment. Murphy is a loner with little to lose and deals with everything on his own terms... Episodes Comprise: 1. The Goodbye Look 2. Disorganised Crime 3. Strongbox 4. Extra Mile 5. Boys Night Out 6. Hard Boiled Eggs And Nuts
Written by Paul Abbott and Jimmy McGovern Cracker makes a long-awaited return to the small screen and DVD. Nine years on and Fitz is still married and visiting the UK for a family event. Since moving to Australia he has immersed himself in the academic world and has begun to doubt whether he still has what it takes to track down a killer. But when a high profile murder is committed Fitz discovers his ability to delve into the mind of a murderer is as strong as ever.
Captain Martin Stone leads an American unit on a mission to join forces with an elite platoon of soldiers and destroy a Nazi bunker.
Thriller/horror set during World War II. A group of German soldiers in the Ardennes in 1944 take refuge from the advancing Allied troops in an underground bunker system. However during the night a series of strange and horrifying events occur.
From the outset, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine was about conflict. Producers Rick Berman and Michael Piller challenged the utopian ideals of Gene Roddenberry's Star Trek universe to create something totally different from its predecessors. That meant no familial camaraderie, squeaky-clean Federation diplomacy, or beige décor. Instead they wanted interpersonal friction, ruthless enemies (Gamma Quadrant Imperialists--The Dominion) and rebellion at every turn. The DS9 concept was originally facilitated by introducing the Cardassian/Bajoran war during The Next Generation's final days. After a muted first reception fans gradually came to accept the new look, but no one liked Star Trek without a starship and eventually the producers capitulated to viewers' wishes by introducing the USS Defiant (an apt name) in Season 3. Relying far less on technobabble than TNG, DS9 was unafraid to focus on matters of the spirit instead, demonstrating a ballsy independence from its parent shows. Taking up the gauntlet thrown down by Babylon 5, improved CGI space battles also became a fan favourite. Throughout the increasingly serialised story arc there were rebellious factions within the different establishments: Kira had belonged to the Shakaar resistance cell; the Maquis was Starfleet vs Cardassians; section 31 was a secret Starfleet group; the True Way was a Bajoran group opposed to peace; the Cardassians had their Obsidian Order and the Romulans their Gestapo-like Tal Shiar. Yet for all its constant bickering and espionage (even Bashir got to be James Bond), there was always some contemporary social commentary lurking: the Ferengi were used as a comedic foil to frown on materialistic greed; drugs were looked at via the Jem'Hadar foot soldiers' addiction to Ketracel White. Perhaps Sisko summed up the real heart of things: "Bajor doesn't need a man, it needs a legend". A future vision that retains a place for religion and spirituality turned out to be Deep Space Nine's first best destiny. --Paul Tonks
Based freely on the classic novels by CS Forester, Hornblower is a series of TV films following the progress of a young officer through the ranks of the British navy during the Napoleonic Wars. The series' greatest asset is the handsome and charismatic Ioan Gruffudd in the lead role, surely a major star in the making. For television films the production values are very good, though as Titanic, Waterworld and The Perfect Storm demonstrated, filming an aquatic adventure is a very expensive business, and it is clear that the Hornblower dramas simply make the best of comparatively small budgets. No more faithful to Forester's books than the 1951 Gregory Peck classic Captain Horatio Hornblower, the real inspiration seems to have come from the success of Sharpe, starring Sean Bean, which likewise featured a British hero in the Napoleonic Wars. Nevertheless, while rather more easygoing than the real British navy of the time, the Hornblower saga delivers an entertaining adventure, greatly enhanced by the presence of such guest stars as Denis Lawson, Cheri Lunghi, Ronald Pickup and Anthony Sher. --Gary S Dalkin
Adapted from the book by Frank Miller this is a modern retelling of the Battle Of Thermopylae of 480 BC when the 100 000 strong invading Persian Army of King Xerxes was held back in a narrow mountain pass by 300 Spartans. King Leonidas (Gerard Butler) is given four days by Persia's King Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro) to lay down his arms and surrender. Rejecting the proposal the battle ensues and the Spartans are only defeated by the treachery of a local shepherd Ephialtes (Andrew Tiernan) who shows the Persians a secret route enabling them to outflank their opponents.
Haunting dark and disturbing 'Mr In-Between' is a genuinely unsettling drama set against the backdrop of London's underwold with an original twist on a love triangle story of divided loyalties the perils of love and ultimate death... 'Delivers shocks and gruesome thrills ... darkly memorable' - Film Review
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