DS Steve Arnott is transferred to the police anti-corruption unit after the death of a man in a mistaken shooting during a counter-terrorist operation.
Zavvi - The Home of Pop Culture From the creator and producers of Bodyguard. This thrilling British police drama has earned universal praise for its nail-biting action, complex characters, and intricate plotting (TV Guide). At anti-corruption unit AC-12, Superintendent Ted Hastings (Adrian Dunbar, Blood) leads his team of DS Steve Arnott (Martin Compston, The Nest) and DC Kate Fleming (Vicky McClure, This Is England) in investigating suspected cases of police corruptionand in the process, they begin to uncover a conspiracy that reaches to the heights of the force. Includes: Five behind-the-scenes featurettes, Actor filmographies, picture galleries.
All four series of this charming and hugely popular ITV series, based on Gerald Durrell's much-loved Corfu trilogy of novels. Series 1 A warm, funny, feel-good series about a family's adventures on a gorgeous Greek island when they uproot from their English home in the hope of a better life. Based on Gerald Durrell's much-loved Corfu trilogy of novels, The Durrells sees impoverished but sparky widow Louisa Durrell make the radical decision to seek out a new destiny for her family when she relocates her reluctant brood to a dilapidated house in the Greek sun. This beautifully shot series follows the family as they adjust to their new life, face a whole new set of challenges and meet new friends, rivals, lovers and animals. Series 2 This charming and hugely popular series returns to follow the adventures of the eccentric Durrell family as they embrace life on a gorgeous Greek island. This latest series sees spirited English widow Louisa and her brood put down roots in their dilapidated rented house, alongside an ever-increasing menagerie of animals brought home by youngest son Gerry. Doing their best to settle into the community, they need to earn money to pay their aggressive new landlady Vasilia, who sees Louisa as a love rival for charming playboy Hugh. With the help of Spiro and Theo, the Durrells resort to selling typical British produce at the market. But accidentally poisoning the locals might not be the best way to start a new business Series 3 The beautiful island of Corfu continues to work its magic on the eccentric Durrell family. Even a visit from Aunt Hermione isn't the usual dreaded experience as the formerly formidable matriarch has embraced the laid back Greek attitude and found romance. Leslie's also enjoying a much-improved love life with three very different girls. But there's no safety in numbers when his mother and siblings decide to interfere. Margo has (temporarily) given up on love and found a new vocation, while Gerry's obsession with animals continues to grow. As for Louisa, a trip to the UK with Larry to sort out family affairs reminds her of the restrictions of her old life. After a brush with bohemian London artists, she realises her heart lies in her island paradise. Series 4 The future's looking bright for the eccentric Durrells, as we catch up with their lives on the beautiful island of Corfu. They're each channelling their heartbreak in different ways following the events in Series 3. Louisa's keeping busy by opening the doors of the family villa as a guest house. But with cousin Basil her only paying guest, business isn't exactly booming. Larry's struggling to get his risquÃ© Black Book published and enjoying love with two ballet dancers, while Leslie's throwing himself back into his job (and shooting). Animal-mad Gerry now has ambitions to open his own zoo, and Margo's up for another new challenge as she decides to start her own beauty salon. INCLUDES BONUS FEATURES FROM ALL FOUR SERIES! STARRING: Keeley Hawes, Josh O'Connor, Milo Parker, Callum Woodhouse, Daisy Waterstone, Alexis Georgoulis, Ulric Von Der Esch, Leslie Caron, Anna Savva, Yorgos Karamihos, Daniel Lapaine, Miles Jupp and Barbara Flynn
Its 1981, the start of a new decade and Ritchie, Roscoe and Colin begin a new life in London. Strangers at first, these young gay lads, and their best friend Jill, find themselves thrown together, and soon share each other's adventures. But a new virus is on the rise, and soon their lives will be tested in ways they never imagined. As the decade passes, and they grow up in the shadow of AIDS, they're determined to live and love more fiercely than ever. Hedonistic, proud, emotional and ground-breaking. Its the story of friends, lovers and families, set to soundtrack of the growing Gay scene of the 1980s.
Everything seems perfect when Alice, her husband Harry and their teenage daughter Charlotte finally move into their new dream home. The first night quickly turns into everyone's nightmare when Alice finds Harry dead at the bottom of the stairs. Alice loses her ground and tries to cope with his sudden death. As Alice navigates the logistics of death, everything starts to unravel and Alice discovers that Harry had been hiding far more from her than debt. From the director of Call the Midwife and The Durrells, Finding Alice is a dark family comedy starring critically-acclaimed Keeley Hawes, Joanna Lumley, Gemma Jones and Nigel Havers.
This DVD boxset showcases both series one and two of the intriguing, gut wrenching series The Missing, starring Tcheky Karyo. Series 1 One moment there's a hand in yours and the next moment it's gone. For Tony Hughes, the emptiness of those seconds that turn into panic-stricken minutes, then weeks, then years, it is a moment he cannot forget and now he can never let go. What happened to Tony and Emily's son Oliver when they holidayed in France? Was he lost? Kidnapped? Trafficked? Murdered? The not-knowing haunts them, tears at them, shreds their marriage. And while Emily tries to move on, Tony can only go back to that day, to that place and try to find his son... try and find the truth. Set in England and France over eight years, The Missing follows Tony and Emily's story along with the French police grappling with a small town and a way of life overturned by events as they witness a man out of control, out for the truth, out for some kind of justice. In a world full of hope and despair, passion and injustice how far will one man go to ease the pain inside? The answer lies in The Missing. Series 2 A young British woman stumbles through the streets of her German hometown and collapses. Her name is Alice Webster, and she has been missing for 11 years. Alice's return sends shockwaves through the small community of Eckhausen, especially when it is revealed that she may hold vital clues to the whereabouts of another missing girl. Told simultaneously over two timeframes, the series follows Alice's family as they are thrown back into a turmoil that threatens to tear them apart at the seams. French missing persons detective, Julien Baptiste, becomes embroiled in the mystery as he races across Europe to pursue a 12 year-old case that he never let die. Through a gripping puzzle of twists and turns, The Missing Series 2 explores the emotional complexity of what happens when a missing child returns, as well as tracing a thrilling chase for a missing girl who is yet to be found.
Its 1981, the start of a new decade and Ritchie, Roscoe and Colin begin a new life in London. Strangers at first, these young gay lads, and their best friend Jill, find themselves thrown together, and soon share each others adventures. But a new virus is on the rise, and soon their lives will be tested in ways they never imagined. As the decade passes, and they grow up in the shadow of AIDS, theyre determined to live and love more fiercely than ever. Hedonistic, proud, emotional and ground-breaking. Its the story of friends, lovers and families, set to soundtrack of the growing Gay scene of the 1980s.
SERIES ONE: Lives and careers are on the line in this thrilling police anti-corruption drama following the investigation into DCI Tony Gates (Lennie James). Gina McKee, Vicky McClure, Martin Compston, Adrian Dunbar, Craig Parkinson and Neil Morrissey also star. SERIES TWO: When a police convoy is fatally ambushed, AC-12 pursue the sole surviving officer, DI Lindsay Denton (Keeley Hawes). Cast also includes Vicky McClure, Martin Compston, Adrian Dunbar, Craig Parkinson, Neil Morrissey, Mark Bonnar and Jessica Raine. SERIES THREE: When Firearms Officer Sergeant Danny Waldron (Daniel Mays) shoots dead a hardened criminal, AC-12 suspect foul play. Also starring Vicky McClure, Martin Compston, Adrian Dunbar, Craig Parkinson, Neil Morrissey, Leanne Best, Arsher Ali and Will Mellor. SERIES FOUR: When DCI Roz Huntley (Thandie Newton) captures a serial killer, the chief forensic investigator (Jason Watkins) alerts AC-12 to a possible miscarriage of justice. The cast also includes Vicky McClure, Adrian Dunbar and Martin Compston.
Dickens was the master of Victorian social satire, ruthlessly exposing the cruelty and absurdity that supported the strictly hierarchical class-structure of the day. This superb production of Our Mutual Friend does full justice to his darkest, most complex novel, fleshing out the satirical bones of the plot with performances that eschew caricature in favour of psychological depth. Anna Friel's Bella is wonderfully complex, her innate goodness struggling with her love of money and desire for advancement. Paul McGann, as the lawyer Wrayburn, is also superb, wrestling with the implications of his feelings for Lizzie. And of course, this being Dickens and the BBC, there's a terrific supporting cast, including Timothy Spall as the melancholy articulator of skeletons, Mr Venus. As the fortunes of the characters rise and fall, the river Thames flows eternally on, the symbolic backbone of this remarkable story. At six hours, this version of Our Mutual Friend is a long production, but not a moment too long. A mystery, a love story, a critique of the pursuit of wealth and status, this is perhaps the best adaptation of Dickens ever to be committed to film. --Simon Leake, Amazon.com
One of the most loved television series of all time is brought back to life with a stellar cast and a story full of scandal, romance and intrigue set against a sweeping historical backdrop.Series One:1936. The house at 165 Eaton Place has stood empty since the Bellamy family sold it six years earlier. Now the doors are finally flung open by new owners, diplomat Sir Hallam, his wife Lady Agnes, and, back from the Raj, Maud, Lady Holland, his mother. With the arrival of Agnes's debutante sister, Lady Persie, the sumptuous home is ready to come to life.And who better than Rose, the house's former parlourmaid, to recruit the new staff? The new 'downstairs' family is as full of characters as its previous incarnation with the highly strung butler Mr Pritchard, cook Mrs Thackeray, chauffeur Harry Spargo and a vivacious and spirited young team.Soon both the elegant upstairs world and the downstairs staff have built their own labyrinth of secrets, lies and scandal, and as they feel the tremors of royal and political upheaval and the ominous threat of war, the house reverberates to the familiar sounds of rumour, excitement and dread...Series Two:Set in the year preceding World War Two, 165 Eaton Place reopens its doors and welcomes you back into the enthralling lives of its inhabitants, both upstairs and down. Now a wellestablished and thriving household in the heart of London, life in Eaton Place has moved on; Lady Agnes and Sir Hallam's family is complete with the addition of two small children and London has settled into an easy peace with the apparent aversion of war.But with both upstairs and downstairs harbouring life changing secrets and the menace of war creeping ever closer, the smooth running of Eaton Place threatens to come crashing to a shattering halt. And as romance, heartbreak and intrigue engulf the household, its inhabitants discover that the real threat is much closer to home...
All three series of the hard-hitting, fast-paced thriller delving into the murky world of police corruption. Series One: When a counterterrorism raid goes tragically wrong, Detective Sergeant Steve Arnott refuses to participate in a cover-up. Ostracised by colleagues, he transfers to an anticorruption unit, AC-12, that's in the process of investigating one of the Force's most respected officers, Detective Chief Inspector Tony Gates. Not only has Gates just been awarded Officer of the Year, his squad has returned the best crime figures for three consecutive years. But can anyone really be that good? Arnott and Gates become embroiled in a game of cat-and-mouse. Every time Gates seems cornered, he finds a way to turn the tables still believing he can save himself, if only he can prove his innocence. But all the time he's digging a bigger hole and plunging irrevocably into a moral abyss. And the stakes keep getting higher. Soon it isn't just careers on the line it's lives. Series Two: When a top secret police convoy is ambushed police officers are killed and a protected witness is seriously injured the sole surviving police officer is DI Lindsay Denton (Keeley Hawes). Convinced of an inside job the case is assigned to AC-12. DS Steve Arnott (Martin Compson), DC Kate Fleming (Vicky McClure) and Superintendent Ted Hastings (Adrian Dunbar) are joined by DC Georgia Trotman (Jessica Raine) and as twists and turns abound the team become increasingly suspicious that their most valuable witness could be their prime suspect. Series Three: When AC-12 are called in, DS Steve Arnott (Martin Compston) clashes with Danny, and it's left to DC Kate Fleming (Vicky McClure) to investigate undercover. As the inquiry intensifies, Supt. Ted Hastings (Adrian Dunbar) begins to suspect the case is linked to AC-12's past and a possible traitor in their midst.
Screenwriter Andrew Davies describes Tipping the Velvet, his adaptation of Sarah Waters's acclaimed novel of lesbian love, betrayal and redemption in Victorian England, as "Pride and Prejudice with dirty bits". This three-part BBC production chronicles with relish the story of Nan Astley (Rachael Stirling, the ravishing image of her mother, Diana Rigg), barely 18, and certain that life holds more for her than her oyster girl's existence. "You'll meet someone who'll have your head spinning and your legs turning to jelly", her sister promises. That someone surprisingly turns out to be "gay and bold" Kitty Butler (Keeley Hawes), a music-hall entertainer with whom Nan falls instantly, and swooningly, in love. Nan follows her to London, where, as a double act, they become the toast of London, until Kitty's "marriage of convenience" breaks up the act and Nan's heart. The outcast Nan, decked out in Victor/Victoria duds, becomes a streetwalker, and then "tart" to the aptly named Diana Leatherby (Anna Chancellor). This affair, too, comes to "a bad end" as a destitute Nan is deposited back on the streets, where she insinuates herself into the lives of Florence (Jodhi May), a social worker, and her socialist brother. Is Nan "too spoiled and stained for love"? Will she risk her blossoming relationship with Florence when Kitty inevitably returns to rekindle their affair? Nan's couplings, while tastefully done, do carry what Waters calls "a queer erotic charge". They are graphic by BBC standards. But the sterling writing and performances will captivate even the most sensitive viewers, making this groundbreaking mini-series, to quote one character, "a delightful evening... a rare treat". --Donald Liebenson
When a young woman walks back into the town she was abducted from 11 years previously, it is revealed that she holds vital clues about another missing girl. French detective, Julien Baptiste, becomes embroiled in the mystery when he races across Europe to pursue a 12 year-old case. The Missing II dramatizes a thrilling chase for a missing girl, whilst exploring the truth of what happens when a missing child returns.
John Le Carre for the internet generation, Spooks is a smart combination of TV cop show and George Smiley-esque espionage shenanigans that pulls no punches in its depiction of an MI5 team fighting a covert war on the streets of London. This is adult, post-watershed drama clearly inspired by the hard-hitting reality style of US shows such as 24 and The Sopranos. The strong ensemble cast is led by charismatic Matthew MacFadyen as Tom Quinn, star spy of "Section B", the counter-terrorism branch headed by Harry Pearce (Peter Firth). Keeley Hawes, David Oyelowo and tough-cookie Jenny Agutter make up the team. And as with its British predecessors, Cracker and Prime Suspect, Spooks also delves fearlessly into the characters' turbulent personal lives, here given an added twist by their constant need to deceive even those they love. The six episodes of the BAFTA Award-winning Series 1 tackle a variety of tough issues, including religious fanaticism, racism, governmental cover-ups and, naturally enough, the lingering shadow of Irish terrorism. Throughout, the show strikes a fine balance between a James Bondian techno-obsession with spy gadgets and more character-based action, with crisp writing and pacey direction that ratchets up the tension a notch further with every episode. The final cliffhanger is an unforgettable TV moment, and one that leaves viewers agog for Series 2. On the DVD: Spooks, Series 1 is cleverly presented in a three-disc set with specially filmed "cut scenes" instead of a standard menu: interact with the mysterious office intruder to select the different options: interviews, behind-the-scenes documentaries, deleted scenes, character profiles, audio commentaries and more. It's a neat idea, though one that may outstay its welcome after repeated viewings; fortunately it's possible to skip the opening sequence using the chapter forward button and move directly to the main "desk menu". --Mark Walker
"The Bank Job" is inspired by an extraordinary true event, a daring, unsolved robbery, which took place more than 35 years ago in London.
8 episodes of Ashes to Ashes the BBC's follow-up to Life On Mars starring Philip Glenister and Keeley Hawes.
Nicholas Laughland's TV adaptation of Thomas Hardy's novel. Set in a rustic English village in the mid 19th century Under The Greenwood Tree tells the story of a poor young man who falls for a middle-class schoolteacher and attempts to win her over.
A dignified send-off for a loved one erupts into uproarious chaos when romance, jealousy, in-laws, hallucinogens, dark secrets, life-long yearnings and a spot of bold blackmail all collide.
A warm, funny, feel-good series about a family's adventures on a gorgeous Greek island when they uproot from their English home in the hope of a better life. Based on Gerald Durrell's much-loved Corfu trilogy of novels, The Durrells sees impoverished but sparky widow Louisa Durrell make the radical decision to seek out a new destiny for her family when her options in late 1930s England seem to be limited to struggling on or marrying a wealthy but dreary older man. Concerned that the lives of her four children', ranging in age from 11 to 21, are heading down the wrong track, she relocates her reluctant brood to a dilapidated house in the Greek sun. This beautifully-shot series follows the family as they adjust to their new life, face a whole new set of challenges and meet new friends, rivals, lovers and animals.
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