Steve Pemberton & Reece Shearsmith present a fifth anthology of films. From night-time to half-time, from the magic of Christmas, to the mysteries of Magic, into the minds of monsters. Starring alongside Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith is a wealth of talent including: Stephanie Cole (Doc Martin), Jenna Coleman (Victoria), Kadiff Kirwan (Mary Queen of Scots), David Morrissey (The Other Boleyn Girl), Ralf Little (The Royle Family), Fionn Whitehead (Dunkirk), Maxine Peake (Funny Cow), Phil Davis (Poldark) and many more. INCLUDES ALL OF SERIES FIVE, PLUS THE HALLOWE'EN SPECIAL INSIDE NO.9 LIVE: DEAD LINE.
From acclaimed director Mike Leigh, Peterloo is an epic portrayal of the events surrounding the infamous 1819 Peterloo Massacre, where a peaceful pro-democracy rally at St Peter's Field in Manchester turned into one of the bloodiest and most notorious episodes in British history. The massacre saw British government forces charge into a crowd of over 60,000 that had gathered to demand political reform and protest against rising levels of poverty. Many protesters were killed and hundreds more injured, sparking a nationwide outcry but also further government suppression. The Peterloo Massacre was a defining moment in British democracy which also played a significant role in the founding of The Guardian newspaper.
Powerful and thought-provoking drama based on one of the most shocking crimes of the 20th Century. This is the chilling story of child killers Ian Brady and Myra Hindley and how they were finally brought to justice. Convicted of the torture and killing of five youngsters the Moors Murderers remain two of the most hated figures in Britain. See No Evil reveals the untold story and is based on two years of intensive research and interviews with detectives and the key trial witness. Produced in consultation with the murdered children's relatives.
Maxine Peake Rupert Penry-Jones and Neil Stuke star in this smart and thrilling legal drama about the lives loves and hard cases facing a group of top end barristers. Series 1Single attractive thirty-something Martha Costello is a brilliant passionate defence barrister with the unwavering belief that all are innocent until proven guilty. She is about to apply to become Queen's Counsel (a 'QC' or 'Silk') but she's not the only one at her chambers... Clive Reader is charming ruthless and dangerous and knows how to play the game... only one of them will be made QC and Senior Clerk Billy Lamb is the man with everyone's lives and careers in his hands. Martha's conscience and faith in the criminal justice system are tested to breaking point as she deals with clients who are good bad and downright evil. Series 2Martha is now a member of the Queen's Council - a QC which means the stakes are now higher than ever. Tensions are running high in the chambers with the still ambitious Clive Reader having to deal with his failure to become a QC and Billy Lamb under pressure to keep the chambers afloat. As Martha finds an ambiguous ally in Caroline Warwick a 50-something sharp as a stiletto QC and Clive develops a fascination for a very beautiful and principled solicitor; passion jealousy and ambition take hold both in and out of the courtroom. Series 3Martha is now an experienced QC at the height of her powers and should be enjoying the high-profile cases and media attention that implies. But as her cases become ever more morally complex Martha questions whether her role as a defence barrister is enough. Her close relationships are put to the test when her ambitious colleague and rival Clive Reader finally becomes QC challenging her to confront her feelings for him. As Head Clerk Billy Lamb struggles to keep the huge secret he's been concealing he makes plans to secure the future of Chambers with or without him. Effective new Practice Manager Harriet has other ideas and wants chambers to prosecute more and defend less potentially isolating Martha. As she struggles with her conscience her faith in the justice system is tested to breaking point. Where does she really belong? Special Features: Series 1: Cast Interviews
The complete first series - on DVD for the first time! Victoria Wood Julie Walters and a superb ensemble cast serve up the laughs in this critically acclaimed comedy set in a factory canteen. Episodes Comprise: 1. Monday 2. Royals 3. Scandals 4. Moods 5. Party 6. Nightshift
In the tyrannical court of Athens, the pitiless dictator Theseus plans his wedding to Hippolyta, a prisoner of war, and young Hermia is sentenced to death by her own father. Meanwhile, in the rickety township on the hillside, amateur theatre group the Mechanicals rehearse, with all their comic rivalries. And beyond Athens, in the wild wood, dark forces are stirring Celebrating 400 years of Shakespeare, Russell T Davies' full-blooded adaptation has more attitude and invention than anything that's gone before. This is a production for everyone, brought to life by an award-winning cast of established stars and exciting newcomers. It's a dream that will never be forgotten.
Created by written by and starring the one and only Victoria Wood 'Dinnerladies' chronicles the antics of a group of workers in a manky old canteen up in the north of England... Episodes comprise: 1. Catering 2. Trouble 3. Holidays 4. Fog 5. Gamble 6. Christmas 7. Minnellium 8. Christine 9. Gravy 10. Toast
The Comic Strip team return with Red Top and an all star cast in an outrageous new special. Our story begins when an innocent Northern girl accidentally becomes Chief Executive of News International and gets caught up in a 70's Watergate style conspiracy.
A thoroughly modern woman. Maxine Peake stars in a profoundly moving drama based on the real diaries of Anne Lister: a landowning woman who defied the conventions of her 19th century life to great scandal...for Anne was a lesbian. Her affair with 'soul mate' Marianna Belcombe keeps society guessing but when it is announced that Marianna is to be married to the older corpulent and wealthy Charles Lawton Anne is distraught. Set in the small elite world of high society The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister is an inspiring story of 'the first modern lesbian' - a woman who challenged convention and was determined to simply be herself.
As the series opens Martha is already a QC of a year's standing and on the back of the Jody Farr case is building her practice and particularly a reputation for winning unwinnable cases. But now Clive has got silk too and he's specialising in Prosecution. The criminal bar is a small world and increasingly Martha and Clive are pitted against each other in court. Martha finds it hard to keep the personal and the professional apart and never more so than when she loses to Clive in a big case early on. Martha's growing reputation means that her cases attract headlines more frequently either because the case is a cause celebre or because her defence is breaking new ground legally. Her cases will feel even bigger the stakes higher heaping the pressure on Martha.
Alan Bennetts renowned monologues are remade with an extraordinary British cast with two powerful new pieces added to the collection. Touching on universal themes such as guilt, grief and isolation, Bennetts masterful monologues have always had a timeless quality. But they feel particularly relevant today. Bennetts long-term collaborator, director Nicholas Hytner, heads up a superlative creative team. Actors including Jodie Comer, Martin Freeman and Kristin Scott Thomas bring Bennetts haunting work to life with darkly captivating performances. With the actors talking directly to the camera, this is an exceptionally intimate dramatic experience. As the characters unburden their souls, theres nowhere for the actors or audience to hide. Starring Jodie Comer, Monica Dolan, Martin Freeman, Tamsin Greig, Sarah Lancashire, Lesley Manville, Lucian Msamati, Maxine Peake, Rochenda Sandall, Kristin Scott Thomas, Imelda Staunton, Harriet Walter
CLUBBED, based on the true life story of BAFTA winning writer Geoff Thompson, is a journey through family and fear set in the violent world of 80s Clubland.
The Village is an epic drama series for BBC One starring Maxine Peake and John Simm charting the life and turbulent times of one English village across the whole of the 20th century written by Bafta-winning writer Peter Moffat. The Village charts the life and turbulent times on one English village throughout the twentieth century with the life and memories of one man Bert Middleton providing the backbone to the story as he lives across the entire hundred years. From boyhood to extreme old age Bert witnesses births and deaths love and betrayal and the great political events and social upheaval that shaped and made Britain and his village what it is today.
'Hamlet' is Shakespeare's most iconic work. Every Hamlet is defined by the actor. In this stripped back, fresh and fast-paced version, Maxine Peake creates a Hamlet for now, a Hamlet for Manchester.
Featuring series 1 to 3 of blisteringly funny offbeat drama from writer Paul Abbott (Clocking Off) Shameless follows the rollercoaster lives and loves of the anarchic Gallagher family from Manchester. Meet the Gallaghers. Mum went AWOL years ago Dad stayed at home with the six children only to hit the bottle. And sometimes the kids. The real head of the family is big sister Fiona (20) who looks after Carl (11) Debbie (9) and baby Liam (3). She is occasionally helped more often hindered by reluctant virgin 'Lip' (16) and the actively gay but very private Ian (15). Welcome to a hectic world of sexual adventures triumphs love scams and a fair bit of crime on a rough Manchester housing estate where wheel-less cars are the norm and the moving ones are stolen. This box set features all the episodes from series 1 and 2.
Maxine Peake, Rupert Penry-Jones and Neil Stuke star in this smart and thrilling legal drama about the lives, loves and hard cases facing a group of top end barristers.Series 1:Single, attractive, thirty-something Martha Costello is a brilliant, passionate defence barrister with the unwavering belief that all are innocent until proven guilty. She is about to apply to become Queen's Counsel (a 'QC' or 'Silk'), but she's not the only one at her chambers... Clive Reader is charming, ruthless and dangerous, and knows how to play the game... only one of them will be made QC and Senior Clerk, Billy Lamb, is the man with everyone's lives and careers in his hands. Martha's conscience and faith in the criminal justice system are tested to breaking point as she deals with clients who are good, bad and downright evil.Series 2:Martha is now a member of the Queen's Council - a QC, which means the stakes are now higher than ever. Tensions are running high in the chambers, with the still ambitious Clive Reader having to deal with his failure to become a QC, and Billy Lamb under pressure to keep the chambers afloat. As Martha finds an ambiguous ally in Caroline Warwick, a 50-something, sharp as a stiletto QC, and Clive develops a fascination for a very beautiful and principled solicitor; passion, jealousy and ambition take hold both in and out of the courtroom.
It's 1969 at a strict English girls' school where charismatic Abbie and intense and troubled Lydia are best friends. After a tragedy occurs at the school, a mysterious fainting epidemic breaks out threatening the stability of all involved.
Washed-up pop star (Paul Hilton) arrives at the Cliff Edge Hotel looking for inspiration and meets a guilt-ridden woman (Maxine Peake), who is desperate to recover her past. An older woman (Marjorie Yates) checks into a room to kill herself, but encounters a chambermaid (Ania Wendzikowska) who just won’t let her die. A blind date set up on the Internet between two teenagers (Joe Dempsie, Nichola Burley) fails to turn out like either of them expected. Over the course of two days and one night the hotel guests, frozen into the snowy landscape, begin to thaw- and to find a purpose that connects them all.
The Devil's Whore (2 Discs)
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