Michael Gambon plays the extraordinary Belgian detective Inspector Maigret in this television adaptation of the novels by George Simenon. Intuitive intelligent and creative with a genius for human nature Maigret is like no other detective as he cunningly investigates crime and the human psyche. Episode titles: Maigret And The Mad Woman Maigret On Home Ground Maigret Sets A Trap.
Michael Gambon plays the extraordinary French detective Inspector Maigret in this television adaptation of the novels by George Simenon. Intuitive intelligent and creative with a genius for human nature Maigret is like no other detective as he cunningly investigates crime and the human psyche. Episode titles: Maigret And The Nightclub Dancer Maigret And The Hotel Majestic Maigret On The Defensive.
Andrew Crocker-Harris (Albert Finney) a teacher of Greek and Latin at a private school is dubbed the 'Hitler of the Lower Sixth' by his students. His rigidity and cruelty are the sad remnants of an extinguished passion for classical literature. But as he is poised to leave the school--forced into retirement by the headmaster and made a cuckold of by the infidelities of his wife Laura (Greta Scacchi) - Crocker-Harris finds his love for learning rekindled by the interest and sympathy of a young student named Taplow (Ben Silverstone) who gives him Robert Browning's translation of Aeschylus' Agamenon as a parting gift. Based on a Terence Rattigan play The Browning Version is a character study that finds pathos in British stodginess and makes a subdued plea for the nobility of teaching. Finney is the powerful centre of the film portraying a man whom time and opportunity have passed by. As humiliations are piled upon his character Finney registers nothing but silent resignation even as he ratchets up his stoicism to face the next disappointment.
Just as he's about to get out of the game entirely, a drug dealer gets drawn back in to the doublecrossing world of the London mafia in this refreshing British thriller.
The Greatest Survival Story Of All Time. Shackleton's Antarctic Adventure recounts the extraordinary true story of polar explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton's 1914- 1916 British Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition which many consider ""the greatest survival story of all time."" This expedition has become a testament to heroism and human endurance with all 28 men surviving nearly two years in the barren frigid Antarctic when their ship the Endurance was caught in pack ice and eventually crushed.
In the near future, the Catholic Church has joined with other western religions in an ecumenical movement that has washed out much of the original message of the religion. A group of Irish monks have begun saying the mass again in Latin and have attracted an international following. Martin Sheen is sent from Rome to bring them to task and they must confront what is truly essential in their worship and what is not.
A Monkey's Tale is an action-packed animated adventure that tells the story of two tribes of monkeys the Laankos and the Woonkos long separated by fierce rivalry. One day a young Woonko Kom accidentally finds himself in the world of the Laankos where he discovers how similar the Laankos are to his own creed. Romance evil friendship comedy and tragedy lead finally to reconciliation in an uplifting family adventure.
'Action Man' features the super hero and his team doing battle against the Earth's evil enemies. 'Redwall' tells the story of the characters who live at Redwall Abbey. 'Sleepy Hollow' is based on the Washington Irving tale.
A Monkey's Tale is an action-packed fun-filled humourous adventure tells the story of two tribes of monkeys the Laankos and the Woonkos long divided by rivalry and now living in fear of each other. Kom a rebellious teenage monkey is told by the elders of the Wonkoos that he must never venture into the mysterious depths of the jungle for fear of what Laankos might do to him.One day quite by accident Kom finds himself in the world of Laankos where he discovers that they are in fact very similar to his own tribe. Having befriended the Laankos king the film tells Kom's story of how romance evil deeds friendship comic escapades and tragedy lead finally to reconciliation in an uplifting and universally appealing family adventure.
This box set features the following films: Ladies In Lavender (Dir. Charles Dance) (2004): 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. Gosford Park (Dir. Robert Altman) (2001): 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. Keeping Mum (Dir. Niall Johnson) (2005): Known throughout the clergy for his perfectionism Reverend Walter Goddfellow (Atkinson) is preoccupied with writing the perfect sermon fails to realize that his wife (Kristin Scott Thomas) is having an affair and his children are up to no good... A typically eccentric British black comedy with a delightfully dotty performance from Maggie Smith and a sublimely sleazy turn from Patrick Swayze to give sterling support to the snappy script from writer/director Niall Johnson.
In Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Harry returns for his fifth year of study at Hogwarts and discovers that much of the wizarding community has been denied the truth about his recent encounter with the evil Lord Voldemort. Fearing that Hogwarts' venerable Headmaster Albus Dumbledore is lying about Voldemort's return in order to undermine his power and take his job the Minister for Magic Cornelius Fudge appoints a new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher to keep watch over Dumbledore and the Hogwarts students. But Professor Dolores Umbridge's Ministry-approved course of defensive magic leaves the young wizards woefully unprepared to defend themselves against the dark forces threatening them and the entire wizarding community so at the prompting of his friends Hermione and Ron Harry takes matters into his own hands. Meeting secretly with a small group of students who name themselves Dumbledore's Army Harry teaches them how to defend themselves against the Dark Arts preparing the courageous young wizards for the extraordinary battle that lies ahead.
Two struggling, rather eccentric actors Tom (Dylan Moran) and O'Malley (Michael Caine) prove the little known adage that bad actors make great crooks.
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