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  • 1990: The Complete Collection [DVD]1990: The Complete Collection | DVD | (20/11/2017) from £14.98   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £N/A

    Simply Media are delighted to announce the DVD release of the critically acclaimed dystopian drama 1990: The Complete Collection, on 20th November 2017. This collection contains all 16 episodes from series 1 and 2, originally broadcast on BBC Two in 1977. 1990 has been lauded as a TV landmark by Junsui Films Limited, a minor miracle it has been finally released by We Are Cult, and a well-crafted British character drama by Archive TV Musings. The Guardian has described the series creator Wilfred Greatorex (Secret Army) as one of the most prolific and assured television script-writers and editors from the 1960s into the 1980s. 1990 tells a chilling tale of a bleak and nightmarish future Britain where individual rights have been replaced by rights only for the common good. Government bureaucracy is out of control. The lives of ordinary citizens are in the hands of the Home Office's corrupt and overbearing Public Control Department (PCD), which has its watchful eye on everyone to monitor and expose all possible and imaginary threats to the country. Greatorex described his series as Nineteen Eighty-Four plus six because of the parallel themes with Orwell's prophetic novel. The PCD uses sophisticated surveillance systems to expose anyone threatening the status quo. Special State-sanctioned brainwashing units, cunningly disguised as caring rest-homes, are ruthlessly used to suppress independent thought and cure dissidents. A strict rationing of food, alcohol and travel is imposed, and ID cards are required to work, which can be withdrawn by the state at any time. Free speech is forbidden, censorship is rife, and with no rule of law to protect the vulnerable, all citizens are left at the mercy of the state's tyrannical control. Or so it seems.... 1990 stars Golden Globe winner Edward Woodward (The Wicker Man) in the lead role as the calm, witty and charming rebel Jim Kyle. He's a journalist working for one of the last remaining independent newspapers, and a secret dissident who is fighting the corrupt establishment by covertly helping others escape. He risks prison or even death if identified. Woodward leads a strong supporting cast including Robert Lang (Othello (1965)), who gives an unforgettable performance as the PCD's ruthless controller Herbert Skardon; and Barbara Kellerman (The Sea Wolves) shines as his provocatively alluring deputy, Delly Lomas. Series two sees Lynn Blake (Lisa Harrow) join the cast as Kyle's ex-lover, who becomes the new Deputy Controller of the PCD. She's even more determined to expose his informer and finally get her man. 1990 also takes a rare and fascinating original spin on the dystopian fiction genre, unusually depicting a totalitarian regime where the government follows a socialist agenda, instead of the more usual fascist regime. In a society today where the Snoopers Charter has been passed by the British Government, justified as a means of combating terrorism, Greatorex's fictional vision of the future may not be so different from our real present.

  • A Touch of Frost: Series 1 [1992]A Touch of Frost: Series 1 | DVD | (01/06/2009) from £33.73   |  Saving you £-8.74 (N/A%)   |  RRP £24.99

    Includes the feature-length episodes 'Care & Protection' 'Not With Kindness' and 'Conclusions'. David Jason is the gritty and dogged Detective Inspector Jack Frost a man who has little time for paperwork or the orthodox approach. This release features all the episodes from Series One of A Touch of Frost.

  • A Touch of Frost: Series 4 [1996]A Touch of Frost: Series 4 | DVD | (01/06/2009) from £29.99   |  Saving you £-3.00 (N/A%)   |  RRP £26.99

    The fourth series of investigations featuring hard-bitten policeman Frost... Episode titles: Paying the Price Unknown Soldiers The Things We Do for Love Fun Times For Swingers Deep Waters.

  • A Very British Coup [1988]A Very British Coup | DVD | (25/06/2001) from £N/A   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £24.99

    The complete television drama series 'A Very British Coup.' A steel worker is elected as Prime Minister. Based on the novel by Chris Mullen MP.

  • A Touch of Frost: Series 3 [1995]A Touch of Frost: Series 3 | DVD | (01/06/2009) from £33.73   |  Saving you £-8.74 (N/A%)   |  RRP £24.99

    The complete third series of investigations by Detective Frost... Episodes comprise: 'Appropriate Adults' 'Quarry' 'Dead Male One' and 'No Refuge'.

  • Waiting For God - Series 2Waiting For God - Series 2 | DVD | (15/05/2006) from £5.69   |  Saving you £14.30 (71.50%)   |  RRP £19.99

    'If you're angry you know you're still alive!' The complete second series of the fondly remembered BBC sitcom Waiting for God. Episodes Comprise: 1. Counselling For The Dying 2. The Partition 3. Daisy Takes Charge 4. The Thief 5. Tell The Truth 6. The Hip Operation 7. Glamorous Grannies 8. Foreign Workers 9. Young People

  • A Touch of Frost: Series 10A Touch of Frost: Series 10 | DVD | (18/10/2004) from £20.23   |  Saving you £4.76 (23.53%)   |  RRP £24.99

    A tenth series of investigations featuring gruff detective Frost (David Jason). Includes Hidden Truth Close Encounters and Held In Trust.

  • A Touch of Frost: Series 2 [1994]A Touch of Frost: Series 2 | DVD | (01/06/2009) from £15.50   |  Saving you £10.75 (75.49%)   |  RRP £24.99

    The second series of investigations featuring the gruff detective. Episodes comprise: 'A Minority Of One' 'Widows And Orphans' 'Nothing To Hide' and 'Stranger In The House'.

  • Poldark - Series 2 - Part 2 [1975]Poldark - Series 2 - Part 2 | DVD | (06/10/2003) from £6.99   |  Saving you £11.00 (157.37%)   |  RRP £17.99

    The second half of the acclaimed second series of the classic BBC drama. Welcome to Cornwall near the turn of the nineteenth century where an air of celebration pervades. However even as Admiral Lord Nelson defeats the french fleet in the battle of the Nile the situation between the recently returned Ross Poldark and George Warleggan is no nearer a conclusion. And things at home aren't much better for Ross for Demelza is playing a very dangerous game with Lord Falmouth's nephew

  • A Touch of Frost: Series 5 [1997]A Touch of Frost: Series 5 | DVD | (01/06/2009) from £29.99   |  Saving you £-5.00 (N/A%)   |  RRP £24.99

    David Jason is the gritty and dogged Detective Inspector Jack Frost a man who has little time for paperwork or the orthodox approach. This release features all the episodes from Series Five of A Touch of Frost. Episode titles: Penny For The Guy House Calls True Confessions No Other Love.

  • Lord Peter Wimsey - Five Red Herrings ) [1975]Lord Peter Wimsey - Five Red Herrings ) | DVD | (27/12/2001) from £N/A   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £19.99

    Based on the series of novels written by Dorothy L Sayers in the 1920s and 30s, Lord Peter Wimsey was dramatised for TV by the BBC between 1972-5. Ian Carmichael, veteran of British film comedy, played the genial, aristocratic sleuth; Glyn Houston was his manservant Bunter. The pair are similar to PG Wodehouse's Jeeves and Bertie Wooster (whom Carmichael played in an earlier TV adaptation) though here the duo are equal in intelligence, breezing about the country together in Wimsey's Bentley and stumbling with morbid regularity upon baffling murder mysteries to test their wits. Those for whom this series forms hazy memories of childhood might be surprised at its somewhat stagy, lingering interior shots, the spartan paucity of music, the miserly attitude towards locations, especially foreign ones, and the rather genteel, leisurely pace of these programmes, besides which Inspector Morse seems like Quentin Tarantino in comparison. It seems that initially the BBC was reluctant to commission the series and ventured on production with a wary eye on the budget. The Britain depicted by Sayers is, by and large, populated by either the upper classes or heavily accented, rum-do-and-no-mistake lower orders, which some might find consoling. However, the acting is generally excellent and the murder mysteries are sophisticated parlour games, the televisual equivalent of a good, absorbing jigsaw puzzle. There were five feature-length adaptations in all. "Five Red Herrings" is the last and perhaps the least of the series, involving a trout fishing holiday interrupted by the death of a local artist. --David Stubbs


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