Maxine Peake Rupert Penry-Jones and Neil Stuke star in this smart and thrilling legal drama about the lives loves and hard cases facing a group of top end barristers. Series 1Single attractive thirty-something Martha Costello is a brilliant passionate defence barrister with the unwavering belief that all are innocent until proven guilty. She is about to apply to become Queen's Counsel (a 'QC' or 'Silk') but she's not the only one at her chambers... Clive Reader is charming ruthless and dangerous and knows how to play the game... only one of them will be made QC and Senior Clerk Billy Lamb is the man with everyone's lives and careers in his hands. Martha's conscience and faith in the criminal justice system are tested to breaking point as she deals with clients who are good bad and downright evil. Series 2Martha is now a member of the Queen's Council - a QC which means the stakes are now higher than ever. Tensions are running high in the chambers with the still ambitious Clive Reader having to deal with his failure to become a QC and Billy Lamb under pressure to keep the chambers afloat. As Martha finds an ambiguous ally in Caroline Warwick a 50-something sharp as a stiletto QC and Clive develops a fascination for a very beautiful and principled solicitor; passion jealousy and ambition take hold both in and out of the courtroom. Series 3Martha is now an experienced QC at the height of her powers and should be enjoying the high-profile cases and media attention that implies. But as her cases become ever more morally complex Martha questions whether her role as a defence barrister is enough. Her close relationships are put to the test when her ambitious colleague and rival Clive Reader finally becomes QC challenging her to confront her feelings for him. As Head Clerk Billy Lamb struggles to keep the huge secret he's been concealing he makes plans to secure the future of Chambers with or without him. Effective new Practice Manager Harriet has other ideas and wants chambers to prosecute more and defend less potentially isolating Martha. As she struggles with her conscience her faith in the justice system is tested to breaking point. Where does she really belong? Special Features: Series 1: Cast Interviews
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As the series opens Martha is already a QC of a year's standing and on the back of the Jody Farr case is building her practice and particularly a reputation for winning unwinnable cases. But now Clive has got silk too and he's specialising in Prosecution. The criminal bar is a small world and increasingly Martha and Clive are pitted against each other in court. Martha finds it hard to keep the personal and the professional apart and never more so than when she loses to Clive in a big case early on. Martha's growing reputation means that her cases attract headlines more frequently either because the case is a cause celebre or because her defence is breaking new ground legally. Her cases will feel even bigger the stakes higher heaping the pressure on Martha.
A seemingly happily married man embarks on an affair with devastating consequences.
Five friends grew up together in North London before going their separate ways. Twenty years on they're about to reunite for the first time to celebrate Susie's wedding. Bride-to-be Susie (Michelle Collins) isn't sure she wants to get married and tries to keep details of her wild past hidden. And each of her four friends are also going through a crisis of their own. Janet (Gwyneth Strong) is a working wife, desperate to have a baby. Mandy's (Pauline Quirke) husband makes her feel overweight and under loved, driving her to other men.Anna (Frances Barber) is a single and carefree writer determined to pursue her dream. And Karen (Lesley Manville) is a teacher unwilling to reveal she is gay. Series Two continues a year after Susie's wedding. Approaching forty, the friends find themselves facing a fresh set of problems. Motherhood turns Susie into a different woman. Mandy is single. Janet's issues aren't solved by IVF. Anna accepts that certain men are single for a reason. Only Karen seems content. Directed by Phil Davies, better known today as one of Britain's best character actors. Real Women delivers an intelligent social commentary on the contemporary lives of women during 90s. Features: Directed by BAFTA-nominee Phil Davies (Poldark (2016)) Written by Coronation Street writer Susan Oudot Music composed by Emmy-nominee Carl Davies (Buster Keaton) Starring Jane Gurnett (Crossroads), Toni Palmer (The French Lieutenant's Woman), Michelle Collins (Coronation Street), Pauline Quirke (Emmerdale), Darren Kempson (Grange Hill), Gary Webster (Family Affairs), BAFTA-nominee Lesley Manville, Golden Globe nominee Simon Ward (The Tudors) and Gwyneth Strong (Only Fools and Horses)
This boxset contains five dramatisations of Minette Walters stories featuring: The Ice House; The Scolds Bridle; The Echo; The Dark Room and The Sculptress. The Ice House (Dir. Tim Fywell 1997): Since the disappearance of her husband David ten years earlier Phoebe Maybury had been under suspicion and Inspector Jack Walsh had mounted an intensive investigation but in the absence of a corpse the case had remained unsolved. The discovery of a body in the ice house ten yea
Based on Peter Turner's memoir, FILM STARS DON'T DIE IN LIVERPOOL follows the playful but passionate relationship between Turner (Bell) and the eccentric Academy AwardÂ®-winning actress Gloria Grahame (Bening). Liverpool, 1978: What starts as a vibrant affair between a legendary femme fatale and her young lover quickly grows into a deeper relationship, with Turner being the person Gloria turns to for comfort. Their passion and lust for life is tested to the limits by events beyond their control.
Stockbroker Terry orthodontist James art dealer Patrick and decking king Gary are friends from schooldays. Except for Gary who is still married there is nothing to stop the boys as they indulge what they believe is their last chance to recapture their youth. Their efforts to bring back their heady carefree bachelor days mostly make them look absurd. They have the money for the hip clothes motorbikes and beautiful young girlfriends but these things really are the domain of much younger men. And although they'd never admit it there are worries about health impotence ex-wives and children that will not go away.
Identical male twins both lose their wives in a traffic accident. Whilst conducting bizarre photographic experiments in an attempt to understand the process of death they seek solace with the only survivor of the crash...
Royal Shakespeare Company production of King Lear... King Lear is a violent storm on a grand scale. It is a timeless tale of greed and lust for power. It is the story of a sick old man his scheming children and lost loyalties
Four successful fifty-something men have to deal with an array of different problems: from marriage children and divorce to younger girlfriends and the problems of how to spend their wealth.
Made-for-TV comedy drama based on the novel by Sue Townsend. Following the election of the Republican Party, the United Kingdom's new Prime Minister, Jack Barker (David Walliams), carries out his campaign promise to abolish the country's monarchy. Stripped of their vast wealth, the Royal Family is forced to relocate to a council estate in the Midlands, where they struggle to fit in and adjust to their new surroundings.
As Suzie Gold's sister prepares to get married it seems only natural that Suzie's thoughts should turn to the state of her own love life. While her doting but dysfunctional family desperately want her to be happy - preferably by finding a good Jewish boy to settle down with - Suzie meets Darren a boy from work and they start a heady romance. But the relationship sours when Suzie finds herself unable to bring him home worried that he won't match up to her family's exacting (double)
Starring Martin Shaw (George Gently) and Frances Barber (Goal) Neil Pearson (Drop the Dead Donkey) and Ken Stott (Rebus). This BAFTA nominated drama tells the controversial story of Cecil Rhodes how he became the wealthiest man in the world and founded the nation Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe). Originally broadcast on BBC One in 1996 attracting audiences in excess of eight million viewers this series was filmed on location in the stunning scenery of South Africa with a massive 10 million budget. This triple DVD set featuring all eight episodes and is available for the first time on DVD.
Unfairly neglected since its original low-key cinema run, Secret Friends is the only feature to be written and directed by Dennis Potter (Pennies from Heaven, The Singing Detective). Made shortly after his hugely controversial mini-series Blackeyes, the film centres on a writer, played by Alan Bates (A Day in the Death of Joe Egg), who descends into a kind of madness during a train journey as memories, fantasies and psychotic visions collide. Extras: High Definition remaster Original stereo audio New audio commentary with Graham Fuller, editor of Potter on Potter Bon Vivant (2020): actor Ian McNeice recalls working with Dennis Potter Theatrical trailer Image gallery: publicity and promotional material New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing Limited edition exclusive 36-page booklet with a new essay by Jeff Billington, Dennis Potter on the making of Secret Friends, an extract from Potter on Potter, an overview of critical responses, and film credits World premiere on Blu-ray Limited edition of 3,000 copies All extras subject to change
Piano student Zoe Stock has won a place at the Devington Manor Winter School led by internationally renowned musician Sir Michael Fielding. From the riverbank in the grounds of the manor she sees a woman jump from the bridge and disappear underwater. When Barnaby and Jones start investigating the possible drowning they discover unsavoury connections to the past that could prove lethal twenty years later. But can they intervene before the body count escalates and will the talented Zoe survive her master class? Nothing is as it seems behind the well-trimmed hedgers of the picturesque cottages in the idyllic English country of Midsomer. Beneath the tranquil surface of sleepy village life exist dark secrets scandals and downright evil. John Nettles stars as the humorous thoughtful and methodical Detective Chief Inspector Barnaby.
Featuring an all-star cast and based on one of the great novels of West Indian literature; Orchid House is a gripping and at times breathtaking drama of thwarted passion, desire and colonialism in Dominica, directed by acclaimed independent director Horace Ov. Lally tells the story of all she has seen, raising the three white daughters of a formerly powerful but now impoverished family.Master has returned from war a broken man, chained to a curse from which there is no release. Nurtured and cared for by both his wife Madam, and Mamselle the children’s tutor, the tides of change sweep and swirl around them, eating away at the oncesolid rock of the white man’s dominance and the all-powerful control of the church. When the three daughters, having left the island, reconvene to shore up what is left of their household, they find an island sultry with the sweat of toil, protest, unresolved passion, death and desire. Secrets that have lain suppressed too long are about to be exposed at the Orchid House. Special Features: Cast Filmographies Picture Gallery Subtitles
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.
This box set features the entire sixth series of the classic British Television drama Inspector Morse. Episodes comprise: 1. Dead On Time: Morse becomes deeply involved when a Don apparently commits suicide. The man's wife Susan was once engaged to Morse who makes no secret of the fact that he is still in love with her... 2. Happy Families: A wealthy industrialist is murdered yet his family seem uninterested until a second murder occurs... 3. The Death
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