Indian Summers Series Two It's back to the British Raj and the hill of Simla as the colonial period drama returns with another 10 full length episodes. We rejoin the guests of Royal Simla Club in the summer of 1935, where Cynthia (Julie Walters) will be entertaining new characters played by Rachel Griffiths, Art Malik, James Fleet, Sugandha Garg, Arjun Mathur and Blake Ritson.
Set during the last gasp of the British Empire in Swaziland, in 1969, the plot focuses on the dysfunctional Compton family whose gradual disintegration mirrors the end of British rule.
Gosford Park: Robert Altman directs this elegant period drama and Agatha Christie-style murder mystery that features the cream of British acting talent. Gathered at aristocrat Michael Gambon's big house are fellow toffs Charles Dance, James Wilby and Jeremy Northam (as British matinee idol Ivor Novello) among others. Meanwhile, downstairs in the bustling servant's quarters we encounter Alan Bates and Helen Mirren as the head male and female members of staff. The various intrigues that play out between members of the different classes and sexes are all observed with Altman's customary withering eye and trademark roving camerawork. After a murder is committed, comical pipe-smoking detective Stephen Fry arrives, but the solution is arrived at in an unconventional way. With an impeccable ensemble cast that Merchant Ivory would die for, Gosford Park is a classy piece of cinema from a great director getting back to the top of his form. Ladies In Lavender: Award winning actresses Dame Judi Dench and Maggie Smith star in this evocative, heart-warming story of unfulfilled dreams, innocence and unrequited love. Cornwall in 1936 remains as ever a timeless place. Sisters, Janet and Ursula Widdington discover a castaway on the beach below their house. With the help of the local doctor they nurse him back to health. During his convalescence the sisters discover his talent as a musician and the unsettling effect he has on them both - especially Ursula, whose life will never be the same again. Before You Go: Directed by veteran British film-maker Lewis Gilbert (Shirley Valentine, Educating Rita), Before You Go is based on Shelagh Stephenson's play 'The Memory of Water'. Three sisters (Julie Walters, Joanne Whalley and Victoria Hamilton) return to their family home in Northumberland following the death of their mother (Patricia Hodge). Family memories are soon rekindled in this beautifully acted, touching comedy drama...
As one of Britain's best-loved and most talented writer/performers, Victoria Wood's career spanned forty years and numerous awards including five BAFTAs. This Lancashire-born singer-songwriter, screenwriter, actor and director blazed a trail and inspired an entire generation of female comedy performers; her body of work will influence comedy for years to come. Wood's astute observational humour was embodied in an engagingly flawed and uniquely British cast of characters; her warmth and universal appeal saw her embraced by all sections of the viewing public in a way that few performers have been or are ever likely to be. This set celebrates Victoria Wood's unforgettable legacy with the following shows: SCREENPLAYS Three bittersweet plays including the highly acclaimed Talent. WOOD AND WALTERS The complete series BAFTA-nominated comedy, including the pilot show. AN AUDIENCE WITH VICTORIA WOOD BAFTA-winning stand-up from 1988. HOUSEWIFE, 49 BAFTA-winning drama in this moving portrait of an ordinary woman during wartime. SPECIAL FEATURES: Julie Walters and Friends: an award-winning one-off special featuring sketches written by and co-starring Victoria Wood Archive interviews
Features the DVD's Midlife Christmas All The Trimmings and Victoria Wood Sold Out Live.
She can run a business ride like a Cossack and shoot straight with a pistol. Sally Lockhart is the bold fresh heroine of this thrilling and terrifying tale from Philip Pullman award-winning writer of the acclaimed His Dark Materials trilogy also adapted for the big screen. Sally recently orphaned is alone and being hunted by an assassin. With her new friends - young photographer Frederick and quick-witted street child Jim - she must discover her father's killer. Facing them is an unseen murderous opponent and at the heart of it all the deadly blood-drenched secret of the ruby in the smoke. Set Comprises: The Ruby In The Smoke The Shadow In The North
In 1987, Buster was as much an experiment in film as its subject matter was in robbery. Could audiences ignore the rock singer status of Phil Collins in the lead role? Would audiences still be interested in a 25-year-old cash grab that had been considerably devalued by a currency gone metric? By and large the answer to both was "yes", helped considerably by a high budget (for a British film) it perfectly remade the 1960s experience. Collins as Buster Edwards is only one of a gang who all seem doomed to be captured after their £2.5 million train heist. The caper is over within 30 minutes. However, the film is really about the love story between Buster and his doting yet long-suffering wife June (an excellent Julie Walters). When the action switches to sun-drenched Mexico, you just know her loyalty is going to be tested to extremes because that's when Collins' award-winning songs kick in! "Two Hearts" and "Groovy Kind of Love" may not be 60s-styled, but the message is that love always conquers time and place.On the DVD: The transfer is rather average, as are the talent profiles of Collins, Walters, Ralph Brown (the legendary Ronnie Biggs), and director David Green. Making up for them is a 50-minute "Making of" featurette that interviews everyone involved, including the real-life Buster. There's lots of on-set tomfoolery, and some first attempts at the hit songs that hardly flatter Collins' live singing voice! --Paul Tonks
Stephen Frears produces six plays by Oscar-nominated playwright Alan Bennett. Showcasing the talents of Julie Walters, Prunella Scales, Patricia Routledge, Dave Allen and Alun Armstrong, Six Plays by Alan Bennett includes the BAFTA-nominated Me! I'm Afraid of Virginia Woolf. Frears himself directs four of the six plays, with the remaining two directed by BAFTA-winning Giles Foster and Palm d'Or winner Lindsay Anderson. Me! I'm Afraid of Virginia Woolf Trevor Hopkins is painfully shy, but a chance encounter makes him think that his life is about to turn a corner. Starring Neville Smith, Thora Hird and Julie Walters Doris and Doreen Doris and Doreen are happy working in an obscure provincial office, until the spectre of redundancy rears its head. Starring Prunella Scales, Patricia Routledge and Pete Postlethwaite The Old Crowd George and Betty are throwing a housewarming party, but circumstances conspire against them... Starring John Moffatt, Isobel Dean, Peter Jeffrey and Rachel Roberts Afternoon Off A hotel waiter spends an afternoon off in search of sexual fulfilment, but instead finds a town full of eccentrics bearing petty prejudices. Starring Henry Man, Benjamin Whitrow and Philip Jackson One Fine Day An estate agent suffering a mid-life crisis takes up residence in an office block that he's supposed to be renting to his firm's clients. Starring Dave Allen, Robert Stephens and Benjamin Whitrow All Day on the Sands The Coopers decide to holiday in Morecambe as a change from Menorca. They stay in the Miramar Hotel, but Mr Cooper has a guilty secret... Starring Alun Armstrong, Marjorie Yates and Ken Jones
Oscar-nominated actress Julie Walters (Mamma Mia Harry Potter) takes on the lead role in a revealing portrait of Mo Mowlam; the powerfully charismatic woman whose no-nonsense approach to politics helped achieve one of the most monumental landmarks in British history the Good Friday Agreement. Mo's warmth passion and unorthodox style made her renowned throughout the country and loved by many. Away from the public gaze she found happiness later in life with husband Jon Norton (David Haig - My Boy Jack) but just months before the pivotal 1997 general election she discovered she had a brain tumour. Defying medics her brave battle with ill-health was played out on the public stage. A poignant and intimate look at the life of the most popular if controversial Labour politician of a generation as well as an inside account of the extraordinary events which led to peace in Northern Ireland.
Biopic starring James Corden as 'Britain's Got Talent' winner Paul Potts. The film charts Potts' rise to fame, from his humble beginnings as a timid shop assistant to an internationally-renowned opera singer thanks to his success on the 2007 British talent show. Following a string of failed chances, dismissals from his idol Pavarotti and unforeseeable accidents, Paul's determination and talent enabled him to battle through against the odds and achieve his lifelong dream.
In the throes of a midlife crisis a man buys a new Jaguar and it immediately becomes his new love. What he doesn't know is that his wife is as attracted to the Jaguar salesman as he is to the car.
Inside every one of us is a special talent waiting to come out. The trick is finding it. Starring Julie Walters and newcomer Jamie Bell the film (based on a real-life story) follows the progress of little Billy Elliot a motherless 11 year-old from a poor Durham pit village. When young Billy chooses ballet classes over boxing lessons his life is changed forever. He decides to keep the lessons secret from his father a coal miner but when his ballet instructor persuades him to try out for the Royal Ballet School in London Billy must make the choice between family responsibilities and his dreams... Billy Elliot received plenty of recognition at the Academy Awards picking up nominations for Best Supporting Actress Best Director and Best Screenplay.
Victoria Wood: Three Plays (2 Discs)
A coming of age story about a shy teenage boy trying to escape from the influence of his domineering mother.
Epic colonial drama starring two-time BAFTA winner Julie Walters. Set in the foothills of the Himalayas, the 10-part saga tells the story of the decline of the British Empire and the birth of modern India, from both sides of the experience. The story is set in Shimla, where during the hottest months of the year a growing community of British elite are posted to govern. Cynthia Coffin, widower and hub for gossip among the Brits, prepares the exclusive British Royal Club for their arrival. In the summer of 1932, India is steaming with tension as locals call for independence but powerful Brits continue as if nothing has changed. The fate of the two sides becomes progressively tangled as the tale of love, betrayal and independence unfolds.
Prick Up Your Ears is a celebration of outrageous playwright Joe Orton (Gary Oldman) and his love affair with Kenneth Halliwell (Alfred Molina) which concluded with their violent and premature deaths. Orton was one of the 1960s golden boys from working class Leicester lad to national celebrity from sexual innocent to grinning satyr from penniless student to icon of Swinging London. He became a star by breaking the rules - sexual and theatrical. But while his plays including Loo
A collection of Alan Bleasdale's finest work. Includes: GBH: Penned by the mighty hand of Alan Bleasdale GBH tells the story of two men; Michael Murray an ambitious and charismatic politician; and Jim Nelson a respected headmaster at a school for disturbed children. Both are citizens of a northern city lifelong supporters of the Labour party and undergoing an intense period of stress. Both believe that they're being driven insane. Nelson accidentally defies a Murra
Alan Bleasdale pens this original television adaptation of Dickens' classic novel. Having grown up in the workhouse of Mr Bumble (David Ross) young orphan Oliver (Sam Smith) has only ever known hardship and poverty. When he ends up on the streets of London he is taken in by Fagin (Robert Lindsay) and inaugurated into the ways of the pickpocket and it is while attempting to master this new craft that Oliver encounters a family who hold the key to his own hidden past.
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