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.
The come-from-behind winner of the 1981 Oscar for Best Picture, Chariots of Fire either strikes you as either a cold exercise in mechanical manipulation or as a tale of true determination and inspiration. The heroes are an unlikely pair of young athletes who ran for Great Britain in the 1924 Paris Olympics: devout Protestant Eric Liddell (Ian Charleson), a divinity student whose running makes him feel closer to God, and Jewish Harold Abrahams (Ben Cross), a highly competitive Cambridge student who has to surmount the institutional hurdles of class prejudice and anti-Semitism. There's delicious support from Ian Holm (as Abrahams's coach) and John Gielgud and Lindsay Anderson as a couple of Cambridge fogies. Vangelis's soaring synthesised score, which seemed to be everywhere in the early 1980s, also won an Oscar. Chariots of Fire was the debut film of British television commercial director Hugh Hudson (Greystoke) and was produced by David Puttnam. --Jim Emerson
Roundly dismissed as one of Steven Spielberg's least successful efforts, this very underrated film poignantly follows the World War II adventures of young Jim (a brilliant Christian Bale), caught in the throes of the fall of China. What if you once had everything and lost it all in an afternoon? What if you were only 12 years old at the time? Bale's transformation, from pampered British ruling-class child to an imprisoned, desperate, nearly feral boy, is nothing short of stunning. Also stunning are exceptional sets, cinematography and music (the last courtesy of John Williams) that enhance author J.G. Ballard's and screenwriter Tom Stoppard's depiction of another, less familiar casualty of war. In a time when competitors were releasing "comedic", derivative coming-of-age films, Empire of the Sun stands out as an epic in the classic David Lean sense--despite confusion or perceived competition with the equally excellent The Last Emperor (also released in 1987, and also a coming-of-age in a similar setting). It is also a remarkable testament to, yes, the human spirit. And despite its disappointing box-office returns, Empire of the Sun helped to further establish Spielberg as more than a commercial director and set the standard, tone and look for future efforts Schindler's List and Saving Private Ryan. --N.F. Mendoza
A Horseman Riding By is a magnificent saga adapted from the book by R.F. Delderfield of rural Edwardian England from 1900 to the end of the Great War. Nigel Havers stars as Paul Craddock invalided out of the army during the Boer War to become Squire of the long neglected Devonshire Estate of Shallowford. The series charts Craddock's new life in the Valley which is challenging because of the Valley's inhabitants and the harsh consequences of war.
Winner of four Academy Awards (including Best Picture), this internationally acclaimed motion picture recounts the poignant true story of two British sprinters vying for gold in the 1924 Paris Olympic Games. Harold Abrahams (Ben Cross), a driven athlete of Jewish ancestry, runs to overcome prejudice and to achieve personal fame; his rival, Eric Liddell (Ian Charleson), a devout Scottish missionary, competes for the glory of God. An inspirational story of spirit and strength in the face of enormous odds, the film combines the finest elements of athletic competition and human drama to create a compelling and timeless cinematic classic.
Winner of four Academy Awards including Best Picture, this internationally acclaimed motion picture recounts the poignant true story of two British sprinters vying for gold in the 1924 Paris Olympic Games. Harold Abrahams (Ben Cross), a driven athlete of Jewish ancestry, runs to overcome prejudice and to achieve personal fame; his rival, Eric Liddell (Ian Charleson), a devout Scottish missionary, competes for the glory of God. An inspirational story of spirit and strength in the face of enormous odds, the film combines the finest elements of athletic competition and human drama to create a compelling and timeless cinematic classic.
A Passage to India, David Lean's adaptation of EM Forster's mysterious tale of racism in colonial India, turned out to be the master director's final film. Subtle and grand at the same time, Lean's adaptation is faithful to the book, rendering its blend of the mystical and the all-too human with exquisite precision. Judy Davis plays a young British woman travelling in India with her fiancé's mother. While visiting a tourist attraction, she has a frightening moment in a cave--one that she eventually spins from an instant of mental meltdown into a tale of a physical attack that ruins several lives. Lean captures Forster's sense of awe at the kind of ageless wisdom and inexplicable phenomena to be encountered in India, as well as the British tendency to dismiss it all as savage, rather than simply different. --Marshall Fine
During World War II a British Army officer is despatched to Borneo to train the local tribesmen to fight the Japanese and is surprised to discover the tribal king is an American. The two train the tribe and fight in a series of battles but both are sadly aware that their destruction is imminent...
On the surface Ralph Gorse is a charmer in every sense of the word: handsome suave and stylish sparkling company and the possessor of a sexual magnetism that attracts most women he encounters. But the charm is a veneer. Gorse is a con man and sexual adventurer whose conquests are merely a way of obtaining his heart's desires: money and power...
In this second installment of the trilogy Emma Harte passes on the Harte business empire to her favourite grand-daughter Paula McGill Fairley who must strive to unite a warring family. This is the story of one woman's determination to find the passion and happiness that should be her rightful legacy.
A 1987 espionage thriller, The Whistle Blower stars Michael Caine as Frank Jones, a businessman and regular patriotic war veteran whose son Bob (Nigel Havers) is a Russian linguist who works at GCHQ. Bob begins to express doubts to his father about aspects of his work; days later, police report to Frank that his son has died in a fall. A verdict of accidental death is recorded. However, in the midst of his grief, Frank is puzzled by aspects of the death and decides to conduct his own investigation. In so doing he finds himself pitted against an utterly unscrupulous Secret Service prepared to stop at nothing, including murder, to cover up their operations. Set at the time when concerns about GCHQ were at their height and the Cold War had yet to thaw, many of the film's concerns seem, years subsequently, to be thankfully dated. Moreover, it's hard to believe that the bumbling British Secret Services would actually be capable of organising a convivial soiree in a brewery, let alone orchestrate the sort of skulduggery they perpetrate here. Still, with a cast that features all the usual British suspects (Sir John Gielgud, James Fox, Gordon Jackson) there's no doubting the pedigree of The Whistle Blower, which, despite its ostensibly uncomfortable message, actually makes for very agreeable comfort viewing. Michael Caine is especially fine as Michael Caine. --David Stubbs
With John Simm, Martin Clunes, Phyllis Logan, Sophie Ward, Nigel Havers and Kevin McNally featuring among its combined casts, and novelists and screenwriters Anthony Horowitz (Foyle's War) and Stephen Gallagher (Bugs, Murder Rooms) among the writers, this acclaimed five-part contemporary horror/fantasy anthology could not be anything other than compelling viewing. Chiller also features the direction and production talents of Lawrence Gordon Clark - best known for his direction of the BBC's classic Ghost Story for Christmas thread during the early 1970s. This set contains the complete series, originally screened in 1995. Prophecy A woman takes part in a séance with some friends. Five years later, disaster begins to overtake them. Can she discover the source of the destructive power? Toby A pregnant woman loses her unborn child in a car crash. On becoming pregnant again, she is convinced that she is haunted by his malignant spirit. Mirror Man A young homeless man is compelled by a mysterious friend to murder the elderly social worker who is trying to help him. The Man Who Didn't Believe In Ghosts A writer who regards the supernatural with cynicism moves into a supposedly haunted house. He sets out to prove ghosts do not exist. Number Six In Helsby, a small Yorkshire town, police are desperately searching for the child killer who strikes at full moon.
Written by award-winning screen-writer and novelist Frederic Raphael, The Glittering Prizes is the critically acclaimed series of six teleplays chronicling the changing lives of friends who first meet at Cambridge University. Tom Conti (Shirley Valentine, Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence) stars as would-be novelist Adam Morris with Mark Wing-Davey and Nigel Havers among his college peers. Barbara Kellerman, Malcolm Stoddard, Connie Booth, Miriam Margolyes and Tim Pigott-Smith also feature among.
From the acclaimed director of Lawrence of Arabia, Doctor Zhivago and The Bridge on the River Kwai, A Passage To India was Sir David Lean's last ever feature film and a winner of two Oscars®.
Nigel Havers stars as the young Nicholas Nickleby in the BBC's triumphant adaptation of one of Charles Dickens' most celebrated novels. Darkly satirical angry funny hugely entertaining - and filled with the richest assortment of oddball characters that could only have originated from the quill of Dickens - it features Nigel Havers in his first leading role along with a delightful supporting cast.
Drama based on the Catherine Cookson novel which tells the story of a young girl who discovers that her whole life has been based on a lie...
Amidst the thaw of glasnost, the Kremlin discovers that two Soviet agents, sent to England under deep cover in 1965, have been lost. A beautiful and ambitious Russian agent, sent to London to track them down, becomes embroiled in a tangle of CIA, KGB and MI-5 plots and counter-plots as the two lost agents, now utterly assimilated, try to avoid detection.
As World War II looms in Europe, an ambitious young English lawyer embarks on his turbulent career and even stormier love life. Set amidst the politically turbulent times surrounding World War II, this acclaimed 13-part BBC drama (adapted from C.P. Snow's novel) chronicles the impassioned life of young Englishman Lewis Eliot (Shaughan Seymour). In a world where truth and justice test the moral fibre of even the most solid of men, Eliot is the ambitious lawyer fighting the temptations that cou.
Winner of four Academy Awards including Best Picture this internationally acclaimed motion picture recounts the poignant true story of two British sprinters vying for gold in the 1924 Paris Olympic Games. Harold Abrahams (Ben Cross) a driven athlete of Jewish ancestry runs to overcome prejudice and to achieve personal fame; his rival Eric Liddell (Ian Charleson) a devout Scottish missionary competes for the glory of God. An inspirational story of spirit and strength in the face of enormous odds the film combines the finest elements of athletic competition and human drama to create a compelling and timeless cinematic classic.
Stockbroker Terry orthodontist James art dealer Patrick and decking king Gary are friends from schooldays. Except for Gary who is still married there is nothing to stop the boys as they indulge what they believe is their last chance to recapture their youth. Their efforts to bring back their heady carefree bachelor days mostly make them look absurd. They have the money for the hip clothes motorbikes and beautiful young girlfriends but these things really are the domain of much younger men. And although they'd never admit it there are worries about health impotence ex-wives and children that will not go away.
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