Set during the Napoleonic wars of the early 1800s Oliver Tobias stars as Jack Vincent a swashbuckling ex-British naval captain turned smuggler. A strong-willed independent man who lives by both his wits and the sword Vincent is ably assisted by Sarah (Lesley Dunlop) and petty thief Honesty Evans (Hywel Williams Ellis) in his struggle to stay one step ahead of the Excise Men... Episodes Comprise: Disc One: The Right Price - Part One The Right Price - Part Two Forced Run The Respectable Traitor - Part One The Respectable Traitor - Part Two Press Gang Disc Two: In at the Death Missing Princess Hogshead The Felon An Eye for an Eye Straw Man - Part One Straw Man - Part Two
An evil magician seeks to gain power by obtaining a magic rose. A peasant boy and a prince join forces to stop him.
This 4 disc box set features the complete series of Arthur Of The Britons. With the roman withdrawal from Britain the tribes have entered into a period of feudal warfare. Arthur is the war chieftain of a tribe of Celts who has his eye on the bigger picture - unification of the tribes in the face of the Saxon threat. Assisted by his adoptive father Llud and Saxon friend Kai he has his hands full keeping the peace with opposition from the various feuding factions as well as his duplicitous cousin Mark of Cornwall.
Joan Collins stars as Fontaine, a night club owner in both of these steamy 70's erotic dramas. The Stud: ontaine (Dame Joan Collins) is the London wife of Benjamin (Walter Gotell), a wealthy Arab businessman. She spends his money on her nightclub, The Hobo , and partying. She hires a handsome manager, Tony (Oliver Tobias), to run her club, but it is understood that his job security is dependent on his satisfying her nymphomaniacal demands. The Bitch: The owner of a trendy disco starts having problems with the men in her life and the Mafia, which is trying to move in on her place.
The Adventurer is Gene Bradley a jet-setting multi-millionaire businessman who attracts trouble as well as the ladies. Features the complete series.
From the producers of 'Robin Of Sherwood' and 'The Adventures Of Black Beauty' Richard O'Sullivan stars as the notorious highwayman in the complete second series of the 1978 London weekend television show. Episode titles: The Fox - Part One The Fox - Part Two Blood Money Deadlier Than the Male The Elixir of Life The Thief-Taker The Judge Sentence of Death - Part One Sentence of Death - Part Two The Godmother The Secret Folk The King's Shilling The Hanging.
Mozart's comic masterpiece is set in a Turkish palace and tells the exciting and amusing story of the 'escape from the harem'. In this acclaimed production from The Royal Opera by Elijah Moshinsky filmed in 1988 the Turkish atmosphere is created by Timothy O'Brien's imaginative set of garden and crumbling palace strikingly complemented by Sir Sidney Nolan's colourful front and backcloths. The Spanish nobleman Belmonte is ably sung by Deon van der Walt and his beloved Konstanze is sung by Inga Nielsen with both dramatic conviction and brilliant secure coloratura. The actor Oliver Tobias gives a sensuous and powerful performance in the speaking role of Pasha Selim and Lillian Watson is a charming Blonde.
Mozart in Turkey is a feature-length 88-minute hybrid BBC co-production which interleaves making-of documentary footage (24 minutes) and filmed highlights (64 minutes) from Mozart's opera Die Entführung aus dem Serail ("The Abduction from the Seraglio"). Working to their pre-recorded performance of the complete opera conducted by leading Mozartian Sir Charles Mackerras with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Choir, we see the cast mime to playback key arias, duets and quartets from Mozart's gorgeous work. The story of a Spanish noble woman, Konstanze (soprano Yelda Kodalli), her English maid, Blonde (soprano Désirée Rancatore), fiancé, Belmonte (tenor Paul Groves) and his servant, Pedrillo (tenor Lynton Atkinson) in the Turkish Harem of Pasha Selim (Oliver Tobias in a speaking role) is beautifully filmed in the famous Topkapi Palace in Istanbul. The documentary sections offer a brief, rather superficial look at Mozart's writing of the opera and the ideas that influenced it and are expressed within the drama. The music-making is hardly to be faulted and the staging is ravishing. Unfortunately the whole seems like an over-length DVD extra that should accompany a complete film of the opera--the very thing that is mysteriously missing from this release. On the DVD Mozart in Turkey is presented anamorphically, enhanced at 16:9 for widescreen televisions, with a virtually flawless picture taken, presumably, from digital tape. If the programme is watched complete the sound is stereo only and the music sometimes sounds harsh. If music highlights are selected, sound is available in stereo or a much fuller and more rounded Dolby Digital 5.1. There are optional subtitles in English, German, Spanish, French and Dutch, but if any of these is selected it is imposed over the English-language documentary sections as well as the German-language opera scenes. When playing music highlights there are rather abrupt and unmusical fades in and out between scenes. The menu is awful, offering the option either to play all or select a given track, but not to play from a particular scene onwards. Switching subtitles on or off, or changing audio tracks, entails returning to the main menu then starting the programme afresh. There is no resume play facility and there are no extras. --Gary S Dalkin
Starring Oliver Tobias, James Condon, Helen Morse and Elizabeth Crosby, and produced by Tony Essex (Follyfoot), Luke's Kingdom is an epic adventure series set in Australia during the early nineteenth century. Filmed entirely on location, it is a tale of pioneering and achievement against bitter odds, in which a family struggles to carve out an existence in a land more dangerous and more brutal than the West at its wildest. Amongst its directors are fan-favourite Peter Hammond (The Avengers) and the award-winning Peter Weir (Picnic at Hanging Rock).
Originally broadcast in 1981 this five-part story has Turpin and his highway companion Swiftnick encountering treachery and danger at every turn as they try to help an American lady Jane Harding who is on a mission to depose the corrupt governer of Maryland. Written by the legendary Richard Carpenter Dick Turpin's Greatest Adventure is a fast-paced action story with strong support from a number of guest stars such as: Patrick MacNee Michael Deeks Susan Hampshire Oli
Handsome and sensual Tony Blake (Oliver Tobias) has ambitions to acquire his own discotheque in fashionable London. So when he meets the ravishing and insatiable Fontaine Khaled (Joan Collins), Tony agrees to manage her disco and also attend to Fontaine s more personal requirements . The sexually-charged relationship of this ill-starred couple plays out against a hedonistic backdrop of international intrigue, sexual lust and illicit love in this renowned 70 s bonkbusting blockbuster!
Two more mysteries for the detective Sherlock Holmes to solve! The Musgrave Ritual: Holmes and Watson are staying with Reginald Musgrave at Hurlstone Manor. During their stay the butler disappears after he has been dismissed for prying into family documents examining details of the Musgrave ritual. Then when Rachel the housemaid vansihes Holmes begins to employ his deductive powers. The Abbey Grange: When Sir Eustace Brackenstall is bludgeoned to death in his dinning room Holmes is called in. After interviewing Lady Mary Sir Eustace's wife who herself was assaulted in the attack Holmes concludes that it is the work of the notorious Lewisham gang and hands the matter over to the local constabulary. But on the way back to London something is nagging in Holmes mind...
Pinky (Jordan) is released from prison and has decided to go straight from now on, but takes a job as a maintenance man at a large bank, which gives him a lot of undue attention from Ivan the Terrible (Niven), the local hoodlum. By using Pinky, Ivan hopes to rob the bank and Pinky starts to liken to the idea of going back to his old ways.
Wanted: Intergalactic couple seeks romance + possibly more w/nubile SWF. We're a real pair! He's an NSGEM (Non-Smoking, Green-Eyed Monster). She's a SCECLS (Scantily Clad, Egg-Carrying Love Slave). You're eager to get nekkid, have an IQ that resembles a Celsius temp. reading, and reside at an unnamed female college filled w/randy staffers & idiotic administration. First date w/us includes attempts at terrorisation & you being encased in a monster semen chrysalis. May include zombification. Interested? Wander down to the local sewers--we'll be waiting! (No boyfriends (except as HDs [hors d'oeuvres]) or STDs (space-transmitted diseases).) --Keith Simanton, Amazon.com
Back in the day when childrens' programmes were, by turns, fun, challenging, dramatic, spooky, hilarious and fantastic, tea-time programming was a staple part of the lives of millions of kids. Diverse and highly popular, it fired imaginations and was invariably an integral part of any worthwhile playground antics the next day.
Grizzly Falls is a gorgeous, hopelessly old-fashioned film that's unlikely to attract the viewership it ought to--none of the characters is particularly witty or clever; special effects, save a few stunts with a bear, are nil; and the irony level is at an all-time low. In other words, prying the kids away from Pokémon to watch this film may be a challenge, but it's worth the effort. Daniel Clark plays Harry, a lad of around eight who accompanies Tyrone (Bryan Brown), his thrill-seeking dad, on a mission to the Colorado Rockies, where he intends to be the first to capture a live grizzly. It's the early 1900s, so the means by which Tyrone plans to snare the beast aren't especially humane--at a saloon stop, he hires five tough guys, one with a team of hounds. Then the hunt begins. The hounds' punishing master quickly emerges as a villain; when he and two dogs are mauled by the grizzly, he exacts revenge by caging the bear's cubs. She, in classic righteous-mother mode, retaliates by dragging Harry into the woods. What follows is a desperate chase through beautiful countryside by tireless Tyrone and the blossoming of an impossible boy-bear friendship. Mizzy, as Harry comes to call the bear, protects him from dangers of the wild while leading the boy to her caged cubs, who are travelling east with the ornery houndskeeper. There's a showdown when the animal family is reunited, but Harry and Tyrone extinguish a series of confrontations handily, then move on to cement their own iffy relationship. The surplus of action scenes in this PG-rated film will wow kids eight and up, and only jaded viewers will summon the callousness to criticise its unapologetic portrayal of blind loyalty and courage at all costs. --Tammy La Gorce, Amazon.com
Returning from military service in Flanders Dick Turpin discovers he has been cheated out of his inheritance by an unscrupulous landowner. Bitter and penniless Turpin takes to the open road as a highwayman in this first series of swashbuckling eighteenth century adventure...
A young man Kyle (Kley) is considered insane by everyone in town with the exception of his childhood girlfriend Caitlin (Caufield) and her younger brother Michael (Cormie). Kyle must confront his fears and his past to save Michael from the hands of a small town's legendary evil the Tooth Fairy.
The high-flying action-packed world of undercover Customs and Excise investigators and their fight against international crime comes together in the 1990s ITV drama The Knock. The Investigations Unit of HM Customs and Excise comprises a crack team of young detectives. They are civil servants with a difference - when they 'knock' - people jump! From their top security head-quarters they lead cases which are frequently undercover often life-threatening and involve everything from arms trading to illegal gold and drug smuggling. Features the complete 13 episodes from series 2.
Beauty can be deadly... Rebecka Fairbanks (Elizabeth Hurley) is a beautiful but temperamental movie star who is struggling to find her next hit picture. She accepts the part of the nineteenth century serial killer Belle Gunness and commits herself to the role with an almost obsessive passion. As filming gets underway she begins adopting more and more of Belle's sinister mannerisms. Soon people start disappearing from the set and are later found dead. The murders share a st
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