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From writer/director/producer Gurinder Chadha ('Bend It Like Beckham') comes the inspirational drama BLINDED BY THE LIGHT, set to the music and lyrics of Bruce Springsteen's timeless songs. BLINDED BY THE LIGHT tells the story of Javed (Viveik Kalra) a British teen of Pakistani descent, growing up in the town of Luton, England, in 1987. Amidst the racial and economic turmoil of the times, he writes poetry as a means to escape the intolerance of his hometown and the inflexibility of his traditional father. But when a classmate introduces him to the music of'the Boss,' Javed sees parallels to his working-class life in Springsteen's powerful lyrics. As Javed discovers a cathartic outlet for his own pent-up dreams, he also begins to find the courage to express himself in his own unique voice. Based on Sarfraz Manzoor's acclaimed memoir Greetings from Bury Park, BLINDED BY THE LIGHT is a joyful story of courage, love, hope, family and the unique ability of music to lift the human spirit.
Still Open All Hours returns for a fourth series and sees David Jason reprising his role as shopkeeper Granville, who has inherited the small corner shop from his beloved but miserly Uncle Arkwright. Now running the business with his cheerful and good-looking son, Leroy the result of a brief romantic encounter a couple of decades ago Granville continues to serve the local community in his own inimitable fashion! With a keen eye on making a profit, Granville comes up with all kinds of hair-brained schemes to encourage his customers to part with their money, but things rarely turn out as he expects.
Postman Pat is back as the "Head of Special Delivery Service" with a very special Christmas mission!
The nation's favourite postman Pat in Volume 3 of Special Delivery Service Series 2. Episodes Comprise: Postman Pat and the Karaoke Night Postman Pat and the Digeridoo Postman Pat and the Amazing Weather Machine Postman Pat and the Super Skateboard Sizzle Postman Pat and the Rubber Duck Race Postman Pat and the Sticky Situation
Arkwright's, the nation's favourite corner shop, opens its doors again for series three of Roy Clarke's follow up to Open All Hours. The series begins with a Christmas special where Granville (David Jason) and Gastric (Tim Healy) find themselves playing marriage counsellors and Kath (Sally Lindsay) attempts to get everyone into the Christmas spirit. In other episodes Granville finds ever more ingenious ways to winkle out a small profit from customers like the ever-gullible Cyril (Kulvinder Ghir) and Granville's courtship of Mavis (Maggie Ollerenshaw) continues with more fish and chip dinners and trips out in Gastric's mini, but he's got to keep an eye out for Mrs. Featherstone (Stephanie Cole) who doesn't seem quite satisfied with Mr Newbold (Geoffrey Whitehead), her current candidate for the position of husband number four Meanwhile Granville's son, Leroy (James Baxter) still yearns for a delivery vehicle that won't spoil his success with dating; love-sick Gastric, full of heart but low on grey matter, is still trying to impress Mavis's formidable sister Madge (Brigit Forsyth); local gossip Mrs Hussein (Nina Wadia) continues her quest to catch Leroy's eye; and arch pessimist Eric (Johnny Vegas) is still looking for improvements in his own married life, which takes a turn for the worse when a mystery woman starts asking for him round the neighbourhood
British films about sex are fairly rare, and mostly embarrassing: from the painfully anxious (Brief Encounter) to the hopelessly naff (the Carry On films). What a treat then is Rita, Sue and Bob Too, Alan Clarke's filming of a stage play by young Andrea Dunbar. It's an unsentimental, gleefully lewd comedy about shagging. Tagged for its cinema release in 1987 as "Thatcher's Britain with its knickers down", it even provoked a minor moral hullabaloo in the newspapers. Rita (Siobhan Finneran) and Sue (Michelle Holmes) are two giggly Bradford lasses stuck on a ramshackle housing estate. They keep themselves in fags by occasional baby-sitting for nouveau riche couple Bob (George Costigan) and Michelle (Lesley Sharp). Bob fancies himself rotten, but Michelle has ruled that sex is off the menu. So one night, driving Rita and Sue home, Bob detours to the Yorkshire moors and offers the girls a little something extra in his front seat. Rita and Sue decide to grab it while they can. Alan Clarke's cult following is founded on his bleak, brilliant films about violent young men (Scum, The Firm, Made in Britain). But Rita, Sue is a tribute to Clarkey's ribald sense of humour. It even sports a cameo from novelty pop-act Black Lace, performing their non-hit "Gang-Bang". Teenage debutantes Holmes and Finneran are terrific--just watch them dancing lustily around Bob's red leather sofa to Bananarama. In support, Clarke wisely cast skilled northern comedians like Patti Nicholls and Willie Ross, as Sue's foul-mouthed mum and dad. Amid the laughs, Clarke as usual doesn't stint from showing us the harsh, unlovely side of life. He shot the film on location at Bradford's Buttershaw estate, where Andrea Dunbar grew up and where, tragically, she died of a brain haemorrhage only a few years after the film's release. --Richard Kelly
Postman Pat: Special Delivery Service
Everyone in Greendale is helping to arrange a surprise party for a special someone's birthday - Postman Pat! The preparations are underway with kids, adults and even Ted's machines helping out. But all the while, Pat thinks friends and family have forgotten his special day. Will everything go to plan and be ready in time for the big surprise?
Goodness Gracious Me was never quite a classic comedy series, but it did achieve the goal of all such sketch shows: to make at least a couple of its characters part of the popular discourse. The show's best creations were those that served to let the rest of Britain in on a few of the in-jokes in British/Asian life. The bitterly competitive immigrant mothers boasting about the achievements of their first-generation children, the over-compensating, more-British-than-the-British Kapoor family and the obstinately patriotic Mr Everything Came from India. The sketch in which the latter passionately argues that Leonardo da Vinci was, in fact, Indian is a particular joy. Fine though these ideas were, Goodness Gracious Me also carried its share of padding. Hapless Romeo Mr Check Please is a less funny and less charming reading of The Fast Show's "I'll get me coat", and the kindest that can be said musical sketches is that they're not quite as lame as the ones on Smack the Pony. On the DVD: Goodness Gracious Me, Series 3 offers the standard episode selector, a song selector to direct the viewer to the unfunny musical parody of their choice, augmented by a simple yet brilliant idea that should be mandatory for all sketch show DVDs: another selector which allows you to watch all the sketches from the series featuring one particular character. The DVD also contains an interview with cast member Nina Wadia. No subtitles are available. --Andrew Mueller
'Goodness Gracious Me' is a wonderfully irreverent comedy sketch show that takes a light-hearted look at the Anglo-Asian community. Sending up British culture Asian culture and everything in between Sanjeev Bhaskar Meera Syal Nina Wadia and Kulvinder Ghir bring together unforgettable skits in the fastest sketch show this side of Bombay! Containing all three series made plus the previously unavailable 50 minute India special 'Back Where They Came From' you'll be quoting Mr Check
Episodes from the brand new series commissioned by the BBC. Postman Pat And The Greendale Rocket: The local children set off on a school outing and are very excited to find Greendale's forgotten old train. Pat and Ted try to get it working again but with no luck so they call on the help of Julian's pen pal whose Dad is a train enthusiast. Will they get the Greendale Rocket running in time for the grand opening of the new train station? Postman Pat's Magic Christmas:
A quartet of great new adventures with Postman Pat! Episodes comprise: 1. Postman Pat And The Ice Cream Machine 2. Postman Pat And The Great Greendale Race 3. Postman Pat And The Hungry Goat 4. Postman Pat And The Jumble Sale
The complete first series of the superb sketch show! Sending up British culture Asian culture and everything in between is the team of Meera Syal Sanjeev Bhaskar Nina Wadia and Kulvinder Ghir bringing together a series of unforgettable characters in an irreverent look at our multi-cultural society. Among the many characters featured in the first series are the determinedly English Cooper family (spelt Kapoor) the streetwise Bhangramuffins Asian superhero Sanjeev Austin -
The complete second series of the superb sketch show! Sending up British culture Asian culture and everything in between is the team of Meera Syal Sanjeev Bhaskar Nina Wadia and Kulvinder Ghir bringing together a series of unforgettable characters in an irreverent look at our multi-cultural society.
Postman Pat Special Delivery Service features 8 new episodes including Postman Pat and Cowboy Colin Postman Pat and Big Bob Bell and Postman Pat and the Runaway Bees.
The Special Edition DVD includes a Postman Pat figurine inside the DVD. Everyone's favourite animated postie returns in six adventures. This time out Pat's landed a new job as head of the 'Special Delivery Service' which means he's got to make sure the mail gets through - no matter what it takes. Episodes Comprise: Crazy Robots A Tepee Fruit Bats A Wind Machine Charlie's Telescope A Runaway Cow Special Features: Trailers for other Children's titles available to buy.
Goodness Gracious Me - BBC Two Disc Set Series 1 and 2 Includes Special Features
A Brit. Asian film producer charges around the Queen of the London Suburbs peopled by a host of off-beat Ealing residents trying to get a film financed. As he is rejected and spurned his obsession grows. His life with his teenage son his Irish wife his formidable Indian mother their struggles with money and trying to be a family are all woven together in a series of mad-cap events.
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