Miss Emmeline Lucas known universally to her friends as Lucia is a dreadful snob but in Miss Elizabeth Mapp of Mallards Lucia meets her match. On the surface they are the most genteel of society ladies but beneath the veneer of politeness and etiquette lies a bitter and seething malice. There is no plan too devious no plot too cunning no depths to which they would not sink in order to win the battle for social supremacy. Using their deadly weapons of garden parties bridge eve
Kevin Costner's lousy English accent is a small obstacle in this often exciting version of the Robin Hood fable. That aside, it's refreshing to have a preface to the old story in which we meet the robber hero of Sherwood Forest as a soldier in King Richard's Crusades, coming home to find his people under siege from the cruelties of the Sheriff of Nottingham (Alan Rickman). After Robin and his community of outcasts and fighters take to the trees, director Kevin Reynolds (Fandango, 187) is on more familiar narrative ground, and he goes for the gusto with lots of original action (Robin shoots two arrows simultaneously from his bow in two directions). Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, as Marion, makes a convincing damsel in distress and Morgan Freeman brings dignity to his role as Robin's Moor friend. Alan Rickman, however, gets the most attention for his scene-chewing role as the rotten sheriff, an almost campy performance that is highly entertaining but perhaps a little out of sorts with the rest of the film. --Tom Keogh
It's 'vege-mania' in Wallace and Gromit's first feature adventure.
A story of love freedom and choice based on Whitbread prize winning author Jeanette Winterson. Her adopted mother is a passionate Pentecostalist whose world view is so entirely governed by the Bible that she believes her daughter to be the Chosen One from God. But Jess's feelings for other girls and her mother's fury at her daughter's 'unnatural passions' leads to her abrupt expulsion from the church and the beginning of her search to be herself.
The award winning story of the Magdalene Asylums of 1960s Ireland, where countless young women were ritually abused by the Catholic Church.
Miss Marple: Complete Box Set - Series 1-3 (12 Discs)
Bafta award winning Geraldine McEwan stars as Miss Marple in this stunning set of murder mysteries. Miss Marple's sweet old lady exterior hides an excellent perception of human nature and a razor sharp intuition for solving crimes-murderers underestimate her at their peril! Investigations comprise: 1. The Body in the Library 2. The Murder at the Vicarage 3. 4.50 From Paddington 4. A Murder is Announced 5. Sleeping Murder 6. The Moving Finger 7. By the Pricking of my Thumbs 8.
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).
Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves reinvented the legend for contemporary cinema audiences, and in doing so far outstripped at the box office even Kevin Costner's own infinitely superior Dances with Wolves to become the biggest hit of 1991. It's an entertaining enough family adventure film, but plays like a big-budget TV movie with no distinctive flair for action or romance. (Director Kevin Reynolds would reunite with Costner four years later for the equally stodgy Waterworld). If the accents are all over the place, at least Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio makes a Maid Marion of ravishing Pre-Raphaelite beauty. Morgan Freeman is fine as Robin's Moorish sidekick, though, other than to expand the demographic, his character has no business being in the story. Realising that the whole enterprise has the credibility of a pantomime, Alan Rickman outrageously camps up his Sheriff of Nottingham, stealing the film in the process. Costner makes an acceptable hero, though he will never replace Errol Flynn in the definitive The Adventures of Robin Hood. If you can accept explosives in 13th-century England, that the approach to Sherwood Forest is a modern conifer plantation and that the 170 miles from Dover to Nottingham is a matter of a few hours ride via Northumberland, then you may find much to enjoy here. Otherwise an already overlong film has been extended to an excessive 148 minutes in this special edition, making far too much of a not very good thing. On the DVD: Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves is presented as a two-disc set, with a 1.78:1 anamorphic transfer that is generally good looking but with an occasionally soft picture and some evidence of dirt and minor print damage. The Dolby Digital 5.1 remix of the original stereo soundtrack is atmospheric and powerful and shows off Michael Kamen's score to its best. Though presented with 12 minutes of footage not seen in the cinema version, the film still suffers most of the cuts (amounting to 28 seconds) imposed by the BBFC over the years. The main extras are a pair of commentaries: Costner and Reynolds discuss the film in frank and enthusiastic detail, while on a second track Freeman, Slater, writer/producer Pen Densham and cowriter/producer John Watson offer a great deal of insight plus a fair bit of stating the obvious, backslapping and critic bashing. Robin Hood: The Myth, the Man, the Movie (31 mins) is a cut version of a 45-minute TV special originally broadcast in America the night before the premiere, and offers an interesting if brief look at the Robin Hood story plus some routine making-of material. Finally, there is a video of Bryan Adams performing "Everything I Do, I Do It for You" live at Slane Castle and 18 minutes worth of bland electronic presskit-style archive interviews with Costner, Freeman, Mastrantonio, Slater and Alan Rickman, plus the original American trailer, a stills gallery and cast and crew list. --Gary S Dalkin
During World War 2 Carrie and Nick are evacuated to a small Welsh town to live with the strict Mr Evans and his sister Auntie Lou and find they've entered a world of curses witches and druids; a world where nothing is quite what it seems...
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
Celebrated actress Julia McKenzie and BAFTA award-winning actress Geraldine McEwan take on the role of Agatha Christie's shrewd and inquisitive Miss Jane Marple in this spectacular set of murder mysteries.
Leslie Phillips and Geraldine McEwan star as a married couple embarking on a potentially unwise business venture in this light-hearted comedy gem from Carry On legends Peter Rogers and Gerald Thomas! Co-starring Julia Lockwood, Noel Purcell and Irene Handl, No Kidding is presented here as a brand-new transfer from the original film elements in its original theatrical aspect ratio. Bequeathed a rundown country house by a late aunt, The Robinsons are persuaded to turn it into a holiday home for the children of rich parents. They soon come into conflict with the local alderman - but that aggravation pales into insignificance when the children start to arrive! Special Features: Image gallery PDF material
Geraldine McEwan takes over the coveted mantle of the titular super sleuth in one of a series of all-star cast adaptations of Agatha Christie's Miss Marple novels. The villagers of Chipping Cleghorn including Jane Marple are agog with curiosity over an advertisement in the local gazette which reads: ""A murder is announced and will take place on Friday October 29th at Little Paddocks at 6.30 p.m."" A childish practical joke? Or a hoax intended to scare poor Letitia Blacklock? Unab
Geraldine McEwan takes over the coveted mantle of the titular super sleuth in one of a series of all-star cast adaptations of Agatha Christie's Miss Marple novels. The Bantrys wake to find the body of a young woman in their library. But who is she? How did she get there? And what is the connection with another dead girl whose remains are discovered in an abandoned quarry? The Bantrys invite Miss Marple to solve the mystery...
Geraldine McEwan takes over the coveted mantle of the titular super sleuth in one of a series (this episodes was Emmy-nominated) of all-star cast adaptations of Agatha Christie's Miss Marple novels. For a moment the two trains were side by side. In that moment Elspeth McGillicuddy (Pam Ferris) witnessed a murder as she stared out of her window. But who apart from Miss Marple would take her story seriously?
Geraldine McEwan takes over the coveted mantle of the titular super sleuth in one of a series of all-star cast adaptations of Agatha Christie's Miss Marple novels. When the Parson of Miss Marple's village St. Mary Mead declares rather carelessly that ""Anyone who murdered Colonel Protheroe would be doing the world at large a service"" he does not realise his words will come back to haunt him! From several potential murderers the venerable detective must find the real killer...
Log line: Wallace and Gromit''s new bakery business faces danger when a mysterious killer starts targeting all the bakers in town. Two liner: Wallace and Gromit have opened a new bakery business - Top Bun - but a deadly murderer is targeting all the bakers in town. Wallace couldn''t care - he''s found true love in the shape of Piella Bakewell former star of the Bake-O-Lite bread commercials. Can Gromit discover the identity of the Cereal Killer before Wallace becomes the next victim? Two para: Wallace and Gromit have opened a new bakery - Top Bun - and business is booming not least because a deadly Cereal Killer has murdered all the other bakers in town. Gromit is worried that they may be the next victims but Wallace couldn''t care - he''s fallen head over heels in love with Piella Bakewell former star of the Bake-O-Lite bread commercials. So Gromit is left to run things on his own when he''d much rather be getting better acquainted with Piella''s lovely pet poodle Fluffles. But then Gromit makes a shocking discovery which points to the killer''s true identity. Can he save his master from becoming the next baker to be butchered? And does Fluffles know more than she is saying? It''s a classic 'who-doughnut'' mystery as four-time Academy Award winning director Nick Park creates a hilarious new masterpiece in the tradition of 'master of suspense'' Alfred Hitchcock.
Almost a decade after Maggie Smith won an Academy Award for her performance in the film of the same name, Scottish Television undertook a television dramatisation of Dame Muriel Spark's much loved novel. With Geraldine McEwan in the title role, this seven-part series explored more fully and at length the rich and varied characters that populated her work and in so doing, created a superbly satisfying drama, a strikingly different yet complementary partner to its big screen counterpart. Despairing of dreary rain-soaked Newcastle, Miss Brodie is reinvigorated by the opportunity to teach at the Marcia Blaine School for Girls in her beloved Edinburgh. The visionary Miss Brodie soon finds herself at odds with some members of the teaching staff, and some parents, with her outspoken attitudes towards her girls, the curriculum she swiftly casts aside, and her beloved Mussolini. Taking those girls with potential under her wing, the inquisitive, the attractive, the talented, the outcast, Miss Brodie inspires a spirited rebellion in her charges, much to the chagrin of the aptly named Miss Gaunt, whilst befriending likeminded teachers of art and music. "I am a teacher, first, last and always... that is what I am here for; to keep your mind alive until the curriculum catches up with it."
Geraldine McEwan takes over the coveted mantle of the titular super sleuth in a box set of all-star cast adaptations of Agatha Christie's Miss Marple novels. Episodes Comprise: 1.Sleeping Murder 2.The Sittaford Mystery 3.The Moving Finger 4.By The Pricking Of My Thumbs
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