Shooting Fish is the kind of movie that evaporates once the end credits roll, but it's lightweight fun while it lasts. An amusing prologue sets the tone: two young orphan boys--one in America, one in England--demonstrate their precocious ability to subvert the strict rules of society. Eighteen years later, the clever Yankee schemer Dylan (Dan Futterman) and techno-geek Jez (Stuart Townsend) are fast friends in London, pulling off a series of royal scams to finance their dream of building a luxurious home for orphans--of course, it's a selfish cause since they're the orphans. Their newly hired secretary Georgie (played by the delightful Kate Beckinsale) goes along with their con games in the belief that their intentions are good, and when she discovers their selfish motivations... well, let's just say the boys (who are both smitten with the charming medical student Georgie) manage to rise to the occasion and do the right thing. Despite a few clever twists, this frothy plot meanders too much to be very involving, but the three young co-stars make it all worthwhile. (Futterman had already played Robin Williams's son in The Birdcage and Beckinsale made a strong impression in The Last Days of Disco.) It's one of those featherweight British comedies that's so good-natured you feel Scroogey if you resist it, and director and co-writer Stefan Schwartz has made the movie just smart enough to hold its own against a wall-to-wall soundtrack of kitschy pop songs. If you don't consider "cute" a derogatory term, this movie will offer an agreeable diversion. --Jeff Shannon
The heart warming tale of Jimmy Grimble (played by newcomer Lewis McKenzie), a teenage boy who reckons life would be perfect if he was a great football player. With Robert Carlyle and Ray Winstone.
This historical drama from acclaimed director Sir Trevor Nunn tells the true story of young royal Lady Jane Grey and how she was supplanted on the throne of England for a mere nine days by plotting ministers after the death of Henry VIII. Starring Helena Bonham Carter in her feature film debut and with a strong supporting cast including Patrick Stewart Lady Jane is a powerful and moving story of political corruption and the tragedy of love. Helena Bonham Carter gives a remarkable
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).
A beautifully crafted captivating mini-series charting the life and times of one of the greatest pioneering scientists of the 20th century who received the Nobel Prize for her discovery of Radium. This daring portrait gives viewers a rare insight into the heartbreak and scandal that rocked Curie's early years following the death of her husband which had a negative impact on her esteemed position within the scientific world. And how she overcame this to become one of the most influential women in science Award winning actress Jane Lapoaire's (The Devil's Crown Antony and Cleo-patra Love Hurts) convincing performance in the title role of Marie Curie first brought her to wide attention acting as a springboard to a long successful career both on screen and stage. Lapotaire is also joined by acclaimed actor Nigel Hawthorne (Madness of King George III Amistad and Yes Minister) as her husband Pierre.
Brilliant Victorian aristocrat and scientist Sir Hugo Cunningham has a morbid fascination with photographing the dead. But when his son s death in a horrific boating accident is caught on film he discovers that a mysterious creature, the Asphyx, appears at the point of death to consume the soul. Sir Hugo theorises that if he can capture the creature when it appears and lock it away he can achieve immortality. Together with his soon to be son in-law Giles, Sir Hugo embarks on a dangerous and all-consuming quest to give his family eternal life - but as his obsession takes over and his experiments start to go wrong...
Windsor Castle today is a wonderful living example of the power and tradition of the Royal Family. For nearly 1000 years it has stood as a symbol of the monarchy's strength it is the largest working castle in the World and is still a cared for home of the royal family. But on one fateful day all that was threatened. On the morning of November 20th 1992 the year called unforgettably the annus miserabilis of Her Majesty the Queen fire broke out in the Castle. This is the story of that fire as told by those who witnessed it and by those for whom Windsor Castle is a home. But it is also the amazing story of the astonishing effort that was made to restore the Castle to its former glory and prove that there was life for Windsor Castle after the Fire.
Adam Faith and Zoe Wanamaker star in this memorably bittersweet drama series charting the relationship between an entrepreneur with wildly fluctuating fortunes and a former City high-flyer. Co-starring Jane Lapotaire and Tony Selby, with guest turns from Jenny Agutter, Rik Mayall, Philip Glenister and Leslie Ash, Love Hurts was another huge success for veteran screenwriters Lawrence Marks and Maurice Gran, running for three series and earning Zoe Wanamaker a BAFTA nomination. This set contains all thirty episodes. Forty-one-year-old Tessa Piggott walks out on her well-paid PR job when her boss and long-term lover announces that he's leaving her for a young salesgirl. Vowing to overhaul her life, she seeks more fulfilling work with a Third World development agency, but hours before an important campaign launch a bathroom emergency brings ex-plumber Frank Carver to her door. A divorced millionaire entrepreneur whose lifestyle plummeted when his business went under, Frank's charm, wit and streetwise savvy lead Tessa to reconsider her decision to renounce men and relationships...
Stretching from the Stone Age to the year 2000, Simon Schama's Complete History of Britain does not pretend to be a definitive chronicle of the turbulent events which buffeted and shaped the British Isles. What Schama does do, however, is tell the story in vivid and gripping narrative terms, free of the fustiness of traditional academe, personalising key historical events by examining the major characters at the centre of them. Not all historians would approve of the history depicted here as shaped principally by the actions of great men and women rather than by more abstract developments, but Schama's way of telling it is a good deal more enthralling as a result. Schama successfully gives lie to the idea that the history of Britain has been moderate and temperate, passing down the generations as stately as a galleon, taking on board sensible ideas but steering clear of sillier, revolutionary ones. Nonsense. Schama retells British history the way it was--as bloody, convulsive, precarious, hot-blooded and several times within an inch of haring off onto an entirely different course. Schama seems almost to delight in the goriness of history. Themes returned to repeatedly include the wars between the Scots and the Irish and the Catholic/Protestant conflicts--only the Irish question remains unresolved by the new millennium. As Britain becomes a constitutional monarchy, Schama talks less of Kings and Queens but of poets and idea-makers like Orwell. Still, with his pungent, direct manner and against an evocative visual and aural backdrop, Schama makes history seem as though it happened yesterday, the bloodstains not yet dry. On the DVD: The Complete History of Britain extras are generously packaged on a separate disc and include the original score and a Simon Schama biography. There's an interesting "promotional message" to camera in which Schama explains the role of a cab driver, Wally, in inspiring the series, along with an interview with Mark Lawson in which Schama stresses the deliberate subjectivity of these programmes and an inaugural BBC History lecture in which he defends TV's ability to transpose history to camera. --David Stubbs
Arguably the archetypal Gothic thriller The Dark Angel is a sensual and stylish adaptation of Uncle Silas - Sheridan le Fanu's influential Victorian literary masterpiece. Starring Peter O'Toole in a wonderfully rich performance as the dangerous scheming and perhaps quite mad Silas Ruthyn this three-part drama is elegantly directed by cult favourite Peter Hammond (Sherlock Holmes The Avengers) and also features Beatie Edney as the unfortunate Maud Jane Lapotaire as the grotesquely sinsiter Madame de la Rougierre Tim Woodward as the brutal Dudley and Hammer Horror doyenne Barbara Shelley in her final dramatic television role. Sparkling with corrupted elegance its dark brooding atmosphere makes The Dark Angel the definitive adaptation of this literary classic. When her father unexpectedly dies young Maud Ruthyn becomes heiress to a large fortune that is held in trust for her until she comes of age. Romantically obsessed by a youthful Byronic painting of her Uncle Silas she readily agrees to being placed in his care - ignoring warnings of his behaviour as a known rake wastrel and opium fiend. Unfortunately for Maud things are not what they seem and Silas's benevolent demeanour hides a web of deception and terror.
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.
Richard is King. A monarch ordained by God to lead his people. But he is also a man of very human weakness. A man whose vanity threatens to divide the great houses of England and drag his people into a dynastic civil war that will last 100 years. RSC Artistic Director Gregory Doran directs David Tennant in the title role of 'a definitive production of great play' ( Daily Mail ).
An adaptation of William Shakespeare's classic which depicts the crumbling of an obsessed man's sanity and the chronicling of his moral disintegration.
Arctic prospector Jack McCann (Hackman) after fifteen years of solitary searching becomes one of the world's wealthiest men when he literally falls into a mountain of gold in 1925. Twenty years later he lives in luxury on a Caribbean island that he owns. But his wealth brings him no peace of mind as he copes with Helen his bored alcoholic wife; Tracy his dear but headstrong daughter who has married a dissolute philandering social-climber; and Miami mobsters who want his islan
Chief Inspector Barnaby is pitted against one of his old rivals when what at first seems like a routine road accident opens the door on a much more sinister crime.... An Irish stranger vanishes after being knocked down by Dr Burgess on his way home from an evening's drinking. Barnaby discovers the visitor to be Sean O'Connell a disgraced vet turned horse whisperer then his search brings him face to face with an old adversary Melvyn Stockard. Stockard's daughter is about t
Arctic prospector Jack McCann (Hackman) after fifteen years of solitary searching becomes one of the world's wealthiest men when he literally falls into a mountain of gold in 1925. Twenty years later he lives in luxury on a Caribbean island that he owns. But his wealth brings him no peace of mind as he copes with Helen his bored alcoholic wife; Tracy his dear but headstrong daughter who has married a dissolute philandering social-climber; and Miami mobsters who want his island to build a casino...
Victorian scientist and philanthropist Sir Hugo Cunningham (Robert Stephens) believes his experiments in photographing the dying at the very moment of their passing have somehow captured images of the victims' souls leaving their bodies. But when he unfortunately records on moving film the accidental death of his son and his fiance he discovers the apparition he has captured on film is moving toward the victims rather than away from them. Sir Hugo theorizes that it must be the m
The life and times of Edward VII dramatised for the television. The BAFTA award winning 1975 drama comes to DVD for the first time! Episode titles: The Boy Experiment In Education The New World Alix A Hundred Thousand Welcomes The Invisible Queen Dearest Prince The Royal Quadrille Scandal The Years of Waiting King At Last The Peacemaker Good Old Teddy!
Brilliant Victorian aristocrat and scientist Sir Hugo Cunningham (Robert Stephens) has a morbid fascination with photographing the dead. But when his son's death in a horrific boating accident is caught on film he discovers that a mysterious creature (called the Asphyx) appears at the point of death to consume the soul. Sir Hugo theorises that if he can capture the Asphyx when it appears and lock it away he can achieve immortality. Together with his soon to be son-in-law Giles (Robert Powell) Sir Hugo embarks on a dangerous and all-consuming quest to give his family eternal life. But as his obsession takes over his experiments start to go wrong... The Asphyx has been digitally remastered from the original negatives by BBC Post Production. Special Features: Deleted Scenes Theatrical Trailer Stills Gallery Restoration Featurette
Early 1970s cult British horror starring Robert Stephens and Robert Powell. The Asphyx - the spirit of death - enters the body at the precise moment the soul is released. Each person has their own asphyx and if it can be captured the person can theoretically live forever. Sir Hugo (stephens) through his interest in photography and metaphysics captures the asphyx on film. when his son dies in a boating accident Sir Hugo becomes obsessed with immortal life with terrible consequences.
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