This is the complete series of Keeping up Appearances where you can witness Hyacinth Bucket (pronounced Bouquet don't you know) and her long suffering Richard impressing and distressing their family and neighbours. Laugh along when 'Daddy' chases after milk ladies naked on his bike Richard fights daily against early retirement and sister Daisy and brother-in-law Onslow cause our house proud Mrs Bucket much embarrassment and humiliation. Featuring every episode of the entire series in an 8 disc box set this is the first time this hilarious BBC comedy is available in one fantastic package including the Christmas Specials! So come in for a Darjeeling tea and visit our heroine Hyacinth Bucket as she fights the ever declining moral fabric of Britain... just whatever you do... don't brush against her walls.
The first BBC television adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic, Dombey and Son (1969) is now available for the first time to own on DVD. Starring John Carson, Kara Wilson, William Moore and Clive Swift. Hugh Leonard s third Dickens adaptation for the BBC, first broadcast in 1969, is an absorbing portrayal of proud logic undone by staunch affection. The timeless story of a father s blinkered pride, public downfall and emotional rescue. Paul Dombey (John Carson) is the wealthy owner of a shipping company whose sole desire is to have a son to inherit the family firm. But when a son arrives, his wife dies soon after, and the sickly boy s own days are numbered. Dombey finds no solace in the affections of his elder child Florence (Kara Wilson). He sees little use in daughters in the business world. Encouraged by the sinister Major Bagstock (Clive Swift), Dombey enters into a second, loveless marriage with Edith Grainger (Sally Home), who eventually flees to France with Dombey s double-dealing business manager James Carker (Gary Raymond). Dombey s livelihood is further undermined by a burgeoning railway network. All seems lost unless his pride will allow him to salvage a relationship with Florence. The colourful characters also include put-upon clerk Walter Gay (Derek Seaton), retired sea-captain Cuttle (William Moore), scatterbrained Mr Toots (Christopher Sandford), Florence s faithful maid Susan Nipper (Helen Fraser), Dombey s fusspot sister Louisa Chick (Hilda Braid) and the spurned but loyal Lucretia Tox (Pat Coombs).
This collection features three of Anthony Trollope's highly regarded works brilliantly adapted for the small screen. With over 15 hours of timeless film from one of the nineteenth-century's greatest writers visit the fascinating world of Victorian England as the prolific and respected novelist illustrates the penetrating conflicts of the day. He Knew He Was Right: Louis Trevelyan's refusal to believe in his wife Emily's fidelity destroys a perfect marriage and drives him literally insane. Suspicious beyond reason that she is having an affair with Colonel Osbourne a man of dubious reputation he forces his wife out of their house hires the seedy private detective Bozzle to spy on her and organises the kidnapping of their son with devastating consequences. Throughout Emily's protestation of her innocence and the couple's enduring love for each other despite their estrangement render the story moving and tragic. The Way We Live Now: Set in the railway boom of the 1870s Anthony Trollope's epic tale of Victorian power and corruption captures the turmoil as the old order is swept aside by the brash new forces of business and finance. It is packed with the trials and tribulations of young love the enduring values of honourable men the raw energy of one of the most powerful cities in the world and the greed and corruption that lay below its glittering surface. The Barchester Chronicles: The acclaimed 1982 BBC adaptation of Anthony Trollope's novels. The community of Barchester is shaken from its cosy complacency when a newspaper's crusade against the Church of England's practice of self-enrichment misfires. Overnight Rev. Harding (Donald Pleasence) becomes a pawn in a battle between his younger daughter's beau John Bold (David Gwillim) and his older daughter's husband. Little do they realise that the worst is yet to come until a regime change delivers Barchester into the hands of a most unholy trinity: the weak-willed Bishop Proudie (Clive Swift) the domineering Mrs. Proudie (Geraldine McEwan) and the insufferable Rev. Obadiah Slope (Alan Rickman).
Christmas may come but once a year but for arch-snob Hyacinth Bucket (pronounced Bouquet if you please) disaster drama and humiliation – all obstacles on the ladder to social-climbing success – are far more frequent. In these Christmas Specials we see a delightful cruise on the QE2 start in a less-than-delightful muddy fi eld. We see a glorious English Civil War pageant with Hyacinth as Queen Henrietta Maria go royally wrong when the cast fails to turn up and her unsavoury relatives step into the breach. And we see that even The Season of Good Will isn’t immune from woe as a sherry-fuelled Richard dressed as Santa brings Hyacinth tidings devoid of any comfort and joy.
A Passage to India, David Lean's adaptation of EM Forster's mysterious tale of racism in colonial India, turned out to be the master director's final film. Subtle and grand at the same time, Lean's adaptation is faithful to the book, rendering its blend of the mystical and the all-too human with exquisite precision. Judy Davis plays a young British woman travelling in India with her fiancé's mother. While visiting a tourist attraction, she has a frightening moment in a cave--one that she eventually spins from an instant of mental meltdown into a tale of a physical attack that ruins several lives. Lean captures Forster's sense of awe at the kind of ageless wisdom and inexplicable phenomena to be encountered in India, as well as the British tendency to dismiss it all as savage, rather than simply different. --Marshall Fine
Martin Chuzzlewit (Dir. Pedr James 1994): Martin Chuzzlewit is a wealthy old man. But who will inherit his riches? He has disinherited his grandson young Martin suspecting the motives of the young man's love for Mary Chuzzlewit's nurse and companion. With such a prize to play for the rest of his family - including the snivelling hypocrite Pecksniff and the fabulously evil Jonas - bring forth all of their cunning greed and selfishness. With his grandson floundering in Amer
Atmospheric, superbly scripted and filled with the unexpected, this remarkable anthology series offers spine-tingling psychological and supernatural tales for younger viewers. Strongly remembered to this day, Shadows is one of the quintessential children's drama series of the 1970s.Producer Pamela Lonsdale - renowned for many landmark children's series - assembled an outstanding team of writers for this third series, including Fay Weldon and Joan Aiken, and Liverpool Poet Brian Patten; performers include Joan Greenwood, Clive Swift, Bryan Pringle, Ronald Hines and June Brown.This series also includes The Boy Merlin - the screenplay which was developed into the memorable children's series of 1979.
By the time Alfred Hitchcock's second-to-last picture came out in 1972, the censorship restrictions under which he had laboured during his long career had eased up. Now he could give full sway to his lurid fantasies, and that may explain why Frenzy is the director's most violent movie by far--outstripping even Psycho for sheer brutality. Adapted by playwright Anthony Shaffer, the story concerns a series of rape-murders committed by suave fruit-merchant Bob Rusk (Barry Foster), who gets his kicks from throttling women with a necktie. This being a Hitchcock thriller, suspicion naturally falls on the wrong man--ill-tempered publican Richard Blaney (Jon Finch). Enter Inspector Oxford from New Scotland Yard (Alex McCowan), who thrashes out the finer points of the case with his wife (Vivian Merchant), whose tireless enthusiasm for indigestible delicacies like quail with grapes supplies a classic running gag.Frenzy was the first film Hitchcock had shot entirely in his native Britain since Jamaica Inn (1939), and many contemporary critics used that fact to account for what seemed to them a glorious return to form after a string of Hollywood duds (Marnie, Torn Curtain, Topaz). Hitchcock specialists are often less wild about it, judging the detective plot mechanical and the oh-so-English tone insufferable. But at least three sequences rank among the most skin-crawling the maestro ever put on celluloid. There is an astonishing moment when the camera backs away from a room in which a murder is occurring, down the stairs, through the front door and then across the street to join the crowd milling indifferently on the pavement. There is also the killer's nerve-wracking attempt to retrieve his tiepin from a corpse stuffed into a sack of potatoes. Finally, there is one act of strangulation so prolonged and gruesome it verges on the pornographic. Was the veteran film-maker a rampant misogynist as feminist observers have frequently charged? Sit through this appalling scene if you dare and decide for yourself. --Peter Matthews
The lady of the house Hyacinth Bucket (Patricia Routledge) has turned being a snob into an art form. Her surname is pronounced ""Bouquet"" don't you know and her family don't help. Her long-suffering husband Richard (Clive Swift) keeps his head down and does his best to live with her domineering ways. But Hyacinth's a determined lady with one mission in life - to impress. First broadcast in 1990 this release features every episode from Series One and Two of 'Keeping Up Appearances'.
The first two episodes of this BBC miniseries only hint at the delights to come. A lawsuit aimed at church reform in the town of Barchester forces a decent middle-aged clergyman (Donald Pleasence) into a moral crisis and a conflict with his son-in-law, a pompous archdeacon (Nigel Hawthorne, The Madness of King George). The gracefully written and acted narrative shows glimpses of dry wit--but in episode 3, the arrival of a new bishop (Clive Swift, Keeping Up Appearances), his imperious wife (Geraldine McEwan, The Magdalene Sisters), and his devious chaplain (Alan Rickman, Truly Madly Deeply, the Harry Potter movies) launches The Barchester Chronicles into a satirical power struggle all the more mesmerizing because of the smallness of the territory. The scheming of the citizens and clergy of this British town is both Byzantine and wonderfully comic as the tempestuous personalities claw and dig at each other. Rickman, in one of his first film or television roles, turns in a tour de force of oily ambition. McEwan's ferocious machinations are downright terrifying, while the sputtering Hawthorne seems constantly in danger of bursting a vein. At the center of it all is Pleasence. Making goodness compelling has always been difficult, since wickedness is always more dramatic; but Pleasence brings a deep and stirring passion to his role that proves as engaging as all the back-biting that surrounds him. And these are just the more familiar faces; a host of lesser-known actors give equally superb performances. The final episode (of seven) will have you on pins and needles. The Barchester Chronicles, adapted from two novels by Anthony Trollope, is one of those marvels of British television, a skillful production that proves intelligent fare can be hugely entertaining. --Bret Fetzer
Critically acclaimed adaptation starring Sir Ian McKellen. Unparalleled in its simplicity and in the timelessness of its ferocious and pointed deeply human tragedy Shakespeare's 'Othello' is presented here in yet another award winning brilliantly rendered production from legendary director Trevor Nunn and the Royal Shakespeare Company.
From the acclaimed director of Lawrence of Arabia, Doctor Zhivago and The Bridge on the River Kwai, A Passage To India was Sir David Lean's last ever feature film and a winner of two Oscars®.
When students Alex (David Ladd - A Day of Flanders) and Patricia (Sharon Gurney - Jason King) discover a dying man in their local underground station they spark off an investigation that reveals a sinister and macabre plot that even sends shivers down the spines of hardened police officers Calhoun (Donald Pleasence - Halloween You Only Live Twice) and Rogers (Norman Rossington - Saturday Night & Sunday Morning A Hard Day's Night). Prominent people it seems have be
Hyacinth Bucket (don't dare pronounce it any way other than 'Bouquet'!) is a snob. She devotes most of her energies to maintaining ""standards"" and trying to impress ""influential"" people. In the process she frequently brings chaos into the lives of her friends relatives and neighbours.... Episodes Comprise: 1. The Senior Citizens' Outing 2. The Mayor's Fancy Dress Ball 3. Hyacinth is Alarmed 4. A Riverside Picnic 5. Skis 6. The Country House Sale 7. The Boy Friend 8. A Barbecue at Violet's 9. The Rolls Royce 10. The Hostess 11. The Pageant
The third and fourth series of the sitcom in which stuck-up socialite Hyacinth Bucket (pronounced 'Bouquet' mind you) puts her put-upon husband the ever-dependable Richard through further excruciatingly awkward but fantastically funny situations! Episode titles: Early Retirement Iron Age Remains Violet's Country Cottage How to Go on Holiday without Really Trying Richard's New Hobby The Art Exhibition What to Wear When Yachting A Job For Richard Country Retreat A Ce
Kenneth Haigh, Nanette Newman and Harry Andrews give memorable performances in this hard-hitting film which traces the progress of Joe Lampton, the aggressively ambitious protagonist of John Braine's Room at the Top. Offering a grittier treatment than both the 1959 film adaptation and the early '70s television series that followed, Man at the Top is featured here in a brand-new High Definition remaster from original film elements in its as-exhibited theatrical aspect ratio. Northerner Joe Lampton becomes involved with Lord Ackerman, the powerful chairman of a pharmaceutical concern, his beautiful wife Alex and daughter Robin. But trouble starts when Joe is made Managing Director of one of Ackerman's companies and makes a shocking discovery: his predecessor committed suicide. Special Features: Fullscreen version Music suite of Roy Budd's original score Theatrical trailer Image galler
After years of unavailability the three surviving episodes from the legendary BBC horror anthology series Dead of Night finally come to DVD. Originally screened on BBC2 in 1972 and rarely seen since Dead of Night have been highly sought by fans of the BBC and British Horror for decades. In The Exorcism – perhaps the most terrifying of the episodes – four wealthy middle-class friends (Clive Swift Edward Petherbridge Anna Cropper and Sylvia Kay) gather for a Christmas dinner in a country cottage only to find that the past will not rest while they feast. In Return Flight the professionalism of an experienced and respected airline pilot (Peter Barkworth) is placed under scrutiny when he encounters the ghostly apparition of a WWII Lancaster bomber. In A Woman Sobbing a middle-class wife (Anna Massey – Peeping Tom) becomes increasingly paranoid when her nights are interrupted by the terrifying and unexplained sound of a female crying in one the rooms in her new house. Contents: First time on DVD for this rare and classic BBC TV horror series All three remaining episodes on one disc Fully illustrated booklet with original essays
Kenneth Haigh, Nanette Newman and Harry Andrews give compelling performances in this hard-hitting 1973 film tracing the progress of Joe Lampton, the aggressively ambitious protagonist of John Braine's Room at the Top. Offering a grittier treatment than the 1959 film adaptation and the subsequent television series which sequelised Braine's classic novel, Man at the Top is featured here in a brand-new transfer from original film elements in its as-exhibited theatrical aspect ratio. Northerner ...
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The lady of the house Hyacinth Bucket (Patricia Routledge) has turned being a snob into an art form. Her surname is pronounced ""Bouquet"" don't you know... Her long-suffering husband Richard (Clive Swift) keeps his head down and does his best to live with her domineering ways. But Hyacinth's a determined lady with one mission in life - to impress!
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