When Lady' Sandra Abbott (Imelda Staunton) discovers that her husband of forty years is having an affair with her best friend, she seeks refuge with her estranged, older sister Bif (Celia Imrie). The two could not be more different - Sandra is a fish out of water next to her outspoken, serial dating, free-spirited sibling. But different is just what Sandra needs and she reluctantly lets Bif drag her along to her community dance class, where gradually she starts finding her feet... and romance. In this hilarious and heart-warming modern comedy, a colourful group of defiant and energetic baby boomers' show Sandra that retirement is only the beginning, and that divorce might just give her a whole new lease of life - and love.
Pauline Collins repeats her stage success as the character Shirley Valentine, a married woman who decides in her middle years that she wants more out of life. Leaving her spouse behind, she heads to Greece, where she grows close to a low-key local bloke (Tom Conti). Collins and director Lewis Gilbert (Educating Rita) choose to let the character, as she did in the play, speak directly to the audience at times and the gamble works in terms of creating a gentle, intimate atmosphere. Conti is a bonus, a warm presence and funny to boot. --Tom Keogh
An amazing journey in Norway's Far North as Joanna Lumley pursues a lifelong dream to track down the elusive stunningly beautiful Northern Lights. Joanna grew up in tropical Malaysia and as a little girl never saw snow or felt cold. Inspired by fairytales and picture books she always longed to make the journey north. At last she travels north across the Arctic Circle up through Norway to Svalbard the most northerly permanently inhabited place on Earth where she has to cope with temperatures approaching minus 30 deg C. With a box of crayons in hand her journey takes her from train to boat to husky-sled to snowmobile as she is pulled ever northwards by what she calls 'the strongest point of the compass'. She explores the romantic fjords of Lofoten and learns to ride a snowmobile speeding across endless expanses of Lapland tundra with a Sami herdsman in search of his reindeer. As she reaches the Arctic Ocean she prepares for bed in a hotel made entirely of ice. Everywhere she goes she asks about the mysterious Northern Lights.
Appropriate for their big screen debut, Edina and Patsy (Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley) are still oozing glitz and glamour, living the high life they are accustomed to; shopping, drinking and clubbing their way around London's trendiest hotspots. Blamed for a major incident at an uber fashionable launch party, they become entangled in a media storm and are relentlessly pursued by the paparazzi. Fleeing penniless to the glamorous playground of the super-rich, the French Riviera, they hatch a plan to make their escape permanent and live the high life forever more! Click Images to Enlarge
Roald Dahl's modern classic for children becomes a delightful combination of live action and stop-motion animation by the team that made The Nightmare Before Christmas: director Henry Selick and producers Tim Burton (Batman) and Denise Di Novi. The story concerns young James (played for real and through voice-overs by Paul Terry), who is orphaned and left in the charge of two cruel aunts (Miriam Margolyes, Joanna Lumley). Rescued by a mysterious fellow (Pete Postlethwaite), James ends up inside a giant peach, drifting over the Atlantic Ocean in the company of a gentleman grasshopper (voiced by Simon Callow), a fast-talking centipede (Richard Dreyfuss), an anxious earthworm (David Thewlis), a matronly ladybug (Jane Leeves), and a sexy spider (Susan Sarandon). The collection of actors and their creepy-crawly alter egos are a delight, especially when some of the song-and-dance numbers (tunes are written by Randy Newman) get everyone going. --Tom Keogh
Featuring the much-loved Joanna Lumley, the series will follow the actor as she travels to the far reaches of Japan, from the icy Siberian seas of the north to the subtropical islands of the south. With her natural curiosity and engaging storytelling, Joanna will take viewers on an adventure exploring some of the uncharted corners of Japan's 6,800 mystical islands. In this 3-part series, Joanna will journey over 2,000 miles travelling across Japan by boat, train, plane and foot. From rustic mountains to sprawling metropolitan super cities, Joanna's epic journey across this beautiful country of extremes will give audiences a unique insight into the people who make up these enchanting islands and their rich culture.
She's an OAP with attitude When Mum and Dad drop schoolboy Ben off to stay at his granny’s for the evening he expects the usual – boring old cabbage soup never-ending knitting and endless scrabble with his equally boring grandma. Until one day Ben’s granny tells him an incredible story… she was once known as the ‘Black Cat’ a notorious international jewel thief! Together they go on a wild adventure to complete the one heist she never quite managed in her criminal heyday – to break into the Tower of London and steal the crown jewels. Based on the bestselling book by David Walliams and boasting an impressive all-star cast including Joanna Lumley Rob Brydon Miranda Hart Julia McKenzie and a hilarious cameo from superstar Robbie Williams Gangsta Granny is a must-see comedy treat for all the family.
Set in a world in which the future and past collide and time overturns reality Sapphire and Steel captures your consciousness and takes you to altered states. Eerie frightening forces are at work and Sapphire and Steel have been assigned... Only Sapphire and Steel (Joanna Lumley and David McCallum) can stop the strange events and restore natural order to the universe. Two superhuman agents assigned to safeguard the structure of Time - using their uncanny powers they protect the present from invading evils of the past and future.
Based on the best-selling books by David Walliams Gangsta Granny She's an OAP with attitude When Mum and Dad drop schoolboy Ben off to stay at his granny’s for the evening he expects the usual – boring old cabbage soup never-ending knitting and endless scrabble with his equally boring grandma. Until one day Ben’s granny tells him an incredible story… she was once known as the ‘Black Cat’ a notorious international jewel thief! Together they go on a wild adventure to complete the one heist she never quite managed in her criminal heyday – to break into the Tower of London and steal the crown jewels. Based on the bestselling book by David Walliams and boasting an impressive all-star cast including Joanna Lumley Rob Brydon Miranda Hart Julia McKenzie and a hilarious cameo from superstar Robbie Williams Gangsta Granny is a must-see comedy treat for all the family. Mr Stink A funny heartwarming nose-clenching tale Chloe sees Mr Stink every day but she’s never spoken to him which isn’t surprising because he’s a tramp and he stinks. But before she knows it Chloe has an unusual friend hiding in her garden shed when it looks like Mr Stink and his stinky dog Duchess might be driven out of town. As Chloe struggles to make sure no one sniffs out Mr Stink she also has to cope with an overbearing mum who is more interested in her own political ambitions than her daughter her put-upon dad who has a secret of his own her ‘perfect’ younger sister Annabelle and the nasty girls who make her life miserable at school. There is also one other person with an extraordinary secret as it turns out that there is more to Mr Stink than meets the eye... or nose. A special family comedy with a nose-clenching twist based on David Walliams’ best selling book – and the BBC’s first ever narrative programme to be filmed in 3D.
Ella lives in a magical enchanted world where her fairy godmother has given her a troublemsome gift: she cannot refuse any comman, so she undertakes a quest to free herself from the mysteriuous curse.
From the makers of "Roadtrip" and "Old School" comes another raucous comedy about a group of US students taking a grand European tour that gives new meaning to the phrase "foreign relations."
With Clouseau still missing the French president orders Clouseau's archrival - the dangerously deranged Dreyfus (Lom) - to find him. Having no such intentions Dreyfus ingeniously hires the world's worst detective New York Police Department's not-so-finest Clifton Sleigh (Wass) to ensure that Clouseau is never located. But it's beginning to look like his foolproof plan could end up making him look like the fool!
Absolutely Fabulous: Absolutely Everything
It's time to dust off the duffle coat as Alan Davies and Sheridan Smith return to star in a brand new Jonathan Creek mystery, involving secret societies, seeming supernatural events at a girls' boarding school and the miraculous disappearance of a body in front of several witnesses. But as Creek and Joey soon discover, there is more to this case than a mere locked-room mystery - what is the link with the baffling red rings which appeared on the foreheads of convent schoolgirls in the 1960's, and the horrifying, ghostly death of a student? And what could explain the repeated appearance of St Barnabas himself to the girls? Something supernatural is hiding in the old convent school grounds, but Creek has an inkling that not all is as it seems. Using his powers of deduction and lateral thinking, Creek races against time to uncover a number of intriguing clues which lead him to the unbelievable truth. Can he once again render the impossible, possible?
Joanna Lumley's Nile
Rosamunde Pilcher's Coming Home: When Judith Dunbar is sent to boarding school she makes friends with the wild and carefree Loveday Carey-Lewis. Loveday introduces Judith to her wealthy and glamorous family and their glorious ancestral home of Nancherrow. The next few years are glorious joyful halcyon days of passion fun and romance as the friends remain blissfully unaware of the spectre of war which is about to overshadow their lives... Nancherrow: Joanna Lumley
'I'm embarking on a 7000-mile journey following the route of the legendary Silk Road, that throughout history helped spread all manner of foods, inventions and cultures across Asia and Europe...my most adventurous and exotic journey yet.' - Joanna Lumley This epic new four-part series is Joanna Lumley's grandest and most challenging journey yet, a breath-taking odyssey from Venice to the Chinese border along the veins of the ancient Silk Road. A perilous network of paths, the Silk Road shaped the modern world, bringing silk, printing, spices, gunpowder, and many other things, to the West. Joanna's adventure will see her travel through a breath-taking array of fabulous landscapes as she crosses continents, deserts, mountains and steppe, boldly following in the footsteps of the merchants, conquerors, kings and pilgrims who once lived and died along this route. Includes subtitles for the Hard Of Hearing
Suddenly it's sexy to be 60 in this dark comedy starring Joanna Lumley and Denis Lawson. Sensitive Skin looks at life through the eyes of a successful couple living in metropolitan London. Along with their friends Al and Davina Jackson struggle with sexual temptation and professional jealousy and try to cope with their fear of the future. Al (Lawson) is a pundit for a broadsheet newspaper and is paid to find imperfection in everything; Davina (Lumley) works in an art gallery and is paid to make life more beautiful. However being 60 isn't simple. The couple's 30-year-old son Orlando refuses to acknowledge adulthood while Davina's sister Veronica and her husband Roger intimidate the Jacksons with their confident and controlled grasp of life.
Now, for the first time, the three parts of this Avengers trilogy are brought together in brand-new restorations from the original negatives! A NINE-LETTER WORD BEGINNING WITH C... CYBERNAUT... the most efficient of killers, brainchild of electronics genius Clement Armstrong (Michael Gough) and defeated (so it seemed at the time) by John Steed and Emma Peel. But the Cybercasts would be back... resurrected by suave but diabolical Paul Beresford (Peter Cushing) and, finally, by double agent Felix Kane (Robert Lang) to exact revenge on Steed and his new companions, Prudery and Gambit. Feature the Avengers New Avengers episodes: The Cybercasts Return of the Cybercasts. The Last of the Cybercasts...?? This set also features the ability to watch the episodes as a Vintage Experience an option to play all three episodes with ad breaks and contemporary commercials.
Greece is where western civilisation began; drama, democracy, language, science, philosophy and medicine all originated from here. This country has given the world so much, leaving an enduring legacy on the fabric of our everyday life. Joanna Lumley embarks her own Greek Odyssey to explore Europe's most influential country, a land so rich in history, myth and romance. From the Greek islands to its far northern borders, to Mount Olympus to Corfu, Joanna's passion for travel and understanding of people makes for some of the best travel documentaries on British television.
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