Only When I Laugh was written by Eric Chappell (Rising Damp Home to Roost) and directed by Vernon Lawrence (Duty Free The Bounder). The series starred James Bolam (Beiderbecke) Peter Bowles (To the Manor Born) and Christopher Strauli (Raffles) as three congenital hypochondriac layabouts forever haunting the ward patrolled by the droll Doctor Thorpe (Richard Wilson - One Foot in the Grave). This 4 DVD collection includes every episode from all four series!
The complete Series 1&2 of the smash hit TV property following Victoria throughout her long and prosperous life as she becomes Queen, Wife and Mother. Series 1&2 take a look at her ascension to the throne and her marriage while series 2 sees her facing the challenges of becoming a mother whilst ruling over a nation in constant unrest. Starring Jenna Coleman, Tom Hughes, David Bamber, Peter Bowles, Bebe Cave, Margaret Clunie, Samantha Colley, Martin Compston, Daniel Donskoy, Emerald Fennell, Catherine Flemming, Daniela Holtz, Nell Hudson, Alex Jennings, Ferdinand Kingsley, Tommy Knight, Denis Lawson, Nigel Lindsay, Nicole McCauliffe, Eve Myles, David Oakes, Paul Rhys,Dame Diana Rigg, Adrian Schiller, Leo Suter, Jordan Waller, Anna Wilson-Jones, Bruno Wolkowitch with Peter Firth, Alex Jennings and Rufus Sewell. Directed by Ollie Blackburn, Lisa James Larsson, Geoffrey Sax, Sandra Goldbacher, Jim Loach and Daniel O'Hara, Tom Vaughan
Michelangelo Antonioni's close-up of Swinging Sixties London. David Hemmings plays a master photographer who explores the city twenty-four hours a day focusing in on the world's most beautiful models. One day he takes some photographs of a couple embracing in a park and suspects he has stumbled across a murder. Antonioni received Academy Award nominations for Best Writer and Best Director in 1966 for this his first English Language film.
Created by BAFTA-nominated writer and playwright Clive Exton, this series of twelve soap-style dramas takes a light-hearted look at the varied inhabitants of Carlisle Crescent, a fictitious West London street, who share communal gardens but little sense of community spirit. With further scripts by Willis Hall (Billy Liar, Budgie), William Trevor (Play for Today) and Alick Rowe (Morgan's Boy, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie) The Crezz features an exceptional ensemble cast that includes stand-ou.
“After 20 years what Detective-Sergeant Johnson has seen and done is destroying him.” — In their third screen collaboration the iconic Sean Connery and director Sidney Lumet (Serpico Dog Day Afternoon) plumb the depths of what is perhaps their most psychologically complex creation: a member of the British Police Force who has perhaps witnessed one horror too many. Two decades into a career marked by fraught investigations into murders and sex crimes Detective-Sergeant Johnson (Connery) loses all composure whilst conducting an interrogation with a suspected rapist assaulting him and subsequently beating him to death. The lead-up to this moment is charted across the course of the film in a careful flashback structure... and the lines between guilt and innocence protector and sadist become ineradicably blurred. Released only one year before the director's Serpico and almost a decade before Prince of the City The Offence offers an early Lumetian investigation into the psyche of a policeman under duress and the potential for corruption within a high-stakes profession. The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present The Offence for the first time on Blu-ray in the UK in a special Dual Format edition. Bonus Features: New 1080p presentation of the film on the Blu-ray 32-PAGE BOOKLET with a new essay on the film by Mike Sutton an archival interview with Sidney Lumet and more!
This highly regarded Thames anthology from the 1980s presented a diverse range of high-quality single dramas that would serve as pilots for possible future series. Among these screenplays were many notable successes: these included 'Woodentop', which introduced The Bill's much-loved characters PC Carver and WPC Ackland; 'Lytton's Diary', both created by and starring Peter Bowles; and linked screenplays The Traitor' and 'A Question of Commitment', featuring Alec McCowen in the role of master spycatcher Mr Palfrey. Episodes Comprise: Inspector Ghote Moves in. Judgement Day. Secrets. Woodentop. The Traitor. Lytton's Diary. King & Castle. Ladies in Charge. Thank You, Miss Jones. Making News. Snakes and Ladders. A Question of Commitment. Hunted Down. Special Features: Singles' Night: Starring Robin Nedwell. Originally produced as a Storyboard edition, this play was ultimately transmitted outside the series banner.
Following critical acclaim, Victoria (Jenna Coleman) resumes her role as queen establishing herself as a working mother, learning to balance her responsibilities as both parent and Sovereign. However, Prince Albert (Tom Hughes) is still struggling to find a role for himself alongside his powerful wife as she returns to her duties, intent on proving that she can be mother, dutiful wife and Queen. Victoria's challenges during her reign, both home and abroad, leave her with a modern dilemma, can she really have it all? Starring Jenna Coleman, Tom Hughes, Peter Bowles, Bebe Cave, Martin Compston, Emerald Fennell, Catherine Flemming, Daniela Holtz, Nell Hudson, Alex Jennings, Ferdinand Kingsley, Denis Lawson, Nigel Lindsay, David Oakes, Dame Diana Rigg Adrian Schiller, Leo Suter, Bruno Wolkowitch. Directed by Lisa James Larsson, Geoffrey Sax, Jim Loach and Daniel O'Hara.
Hot on the heels of her acclaimed success in The Good Life Penelope Keith undertook a role that would further confirm her place as one of Britain's leading comic actors: the role of Audrey Fforbes-Hamilton in To The Manor Born. Series One first broadcast in 1979 finds Audrey mourning the death of her husband but more importantly mourning his inability to handle his financial affairs. Forced to sell her beloved Grantleigh Manor she is equally distressed to find it bought by upstart businessman Richard De Vere a man with no concept of the history or the valued place of the Estate in the community. Audrey must roll her sleeves up. It's time for the ex-Lady of the Manor to put the new Lord in his place or vice versa. A battle of wits is about to take place that will find the winner To The Manor Born.
Based on the tales by novelists Somerville and Ross, The Irish R.M. is a collection of stories about Major Sinclair Yeates, an English army officer who becomes the Resident Magistrate in pastoral Ireland. Set in the nineteenth century, this classic comedy-drama is an exciting watch, filled with eccentric characters that grips the viewer. Starring Peter Bowles, Niall Toibin and Anna Manahan, this complete saga contains all three series with 6 episodes in each. Available for the first time in 5 years, this collection contains every episode of The Irish R.M. ever made. When Major Sinclair Yeates (Peter Bowles) resigns his commission in the English Army and takes up a post as resident magistrate in the West of Ireland, he is not prepared for the colourful array of characters who will now surround him. Starring Peter Bowles, Niall Toibin and Anna Manahan, this nineteenth century comedy-drama is set in the rural village of Skebawn with Yeates residing in an old manor house. The story is based on the classic novels written by Somerville and Ross but the TV adaptation features tales of Yeates trying to settle into daily life of his new Irish village. The customs and culture of the town soon develop as being as hectic as the battlefield he's been previously used to. Series One: EPISODE GUIDE Great Uncle McCarthy Trinket's Colt A Misdeal The Boat's Share Occasional Licences O Love! O Fire! Series Two: EPISODE GUIDE A Horse, A Horse The Dispensary Doctor Holy Island Oweneen The Sprat A Royal Command The Aussolas Martin Cat Series Three: EPISODE GUIDE The Muse In Skebawn Major Apollo Riggs The Friend of Her Youth In the Curranhilty Country Lisheen Races The Devil You Know
He'll Steal Your Heart...and Your Money! Meet Howard Booth (Peter Bowles) a suave black sheep in white kid gloves with an uncanny ability to sweet talk his way out of any sticky situation. Women cannot resist him-even when he's making off with their last quid! The one person immune to Howard's outrageous charm is his stuffy brother-in-law Trevor (George Cole) whose pleasantly dull life is about to go topsy-turvy...because this debonair con man is moving in! The laughs start when Howard's doting sister Mary (Rosalind Ayres) welcomes him into her cramped home convinced she can help him turn over a new leaf. For Trevor he sees a chance to show up his flashy brother-in-law and finally run things. Unfortunately Howard just cannot be one-upped. He is like a glass of sparkling champagne while Trevor is a pint of flat beer. A comic battle of wits is about to begin between the two men-but once again Trevor is outmatched. Episodes Comprise: He's Not Heavy: He's My Brother-in-Law Howard at the Majestic We'll Go No More A-Roving Raising the Wind On Approval Suspicion The Rival A Tale of the Unexpected Matchmaker Raffles Love Me Love My Dog Third Party A Genuine Simpson Unreasonable Behaviour
Eccentric defence lawyer Horace Rumpole (Leo McKern) is the scourge of the courtroom. However at home he is hen pecked by his wife (she who must be obeyed). This double DVD contains the entire first series of John Mortimer's popular Rumpole Of The Bailey including the first ever episode 'Rumpole and the Younger Generation'. Rumpole's initial case sees him called upon to defend the teenage son of a notorious criminal family with whom he is familiar. Rumpole knows that whilst the boy is innocent on this occasion he is destined for a life of crime...
A team consisting of a physicist his wife a young female psychic and the only survivor of the previous visit are sent to the notorious Hell House to prove or disprove survival after death. Previous visitors have either been killed or gone mad and it is up to the team to survive a full week in isolation and solve the mystery of Hell House...
Sitcom legend Penelope Keith reunites with The Good Life producer John Howard Davies in this cleverly written and immensely popular comedy from writer/actor George Layton. Co-starring Butterflies' Geoffrey Palmer and Keith's To the Manor Born co-star Peter Bowles, this set contains all three series. Caroline Fairchild has resumed her former career in publishing much against the wishes of husband Donald, who also works in the same industry. When her publisher's parent company also takes over Donald's employer, they learn that their megalomaniacal director takes a harsh line on married couples working together. Sneakily they devise an unorthodox solution and become an undercover couple! The ploy seems to work, but there is one unpalatable aspect for Donald: he now finds himself taking orders from his wife...
As a Christmas treat in the late 1960s and 70s, the BBC produced adaptations of ghost stories based on the works of MR James, the Cambridge academic and author of some of the most spine-tingling tales in the English language, which were broadcast to terrified viewers in the dead of winter. This was a tradition that was briefly revived by the BBC between 2007 and 2010. These adaptations, which have a subtlety and style all of their own, have been a major influence on many contemporary British horror filmmakers and have come to be some of the most sought after British TV titles of all time by their legions of eager fans. Episode Comprise: Whistle and I’ll Come to You. The Stalls of Barchester. A Warning to the Curious. Lost Hearts. The Treasure of Abbot Thomas. The Ash Tree. The Signalman. Stigma. The Ice House. A View from a Hill. Number 13.
'The criminals and us - we're all in the same business. The difference is our clients pay us to keep one jump ahead of the criminal mind. Diagnosis? Call the police. Prognosis? Call Welbeck 3269.' Meet The Protectors: Ian Souter Robert Shoesmith and their Girl Friday Heather Keys. Their motto: 'We Sell Security'. Their object: to prevent crime. Operating from a smart Marylebone office they form a high-powered private investigation team dedicated to fighting crooks and forestalling crimes of all kinds in the twilight borderland between the underworld and the policeman's beat. This classic ABC adventure series stars former RSC player Andrew Faulds as the fiercely moral Souter a Black Watch officer turned private detective; Michael Atkinson is fellow troubleshooter Shoesmith an ex-policeman with an unnervingly acute understanding of the mind and methods of the criminal; and Ann Morrish is secretary and confidante Heather a former auctioneers' assistant with a sharp eye for art fakes and forgeries. Originally screened in 1964 - predating its ITC namesake by eight years - the complete series is made available here for the first time in any format.
Series One, first broadcast in 1979, finds Audrey mourning the death of her husband, but more importantly mourning his inability to handle his financial affairs. Forced to sell her beloved Grantleigh Manor, she is equally distressed to find it bought by upstart businessman Richard De Vere, a man with no concept of the history or the valued place of the Estate in the community. Audrey must roll her sleeves up. It’s time for the ex-Lady of the Manor to put the new Lord in his place – or vice versa. A battle of wits is about to take place that will find the winner To The Manor Born. Special Features Interview with writer Peter Spence Cast Filmographies Production Notes Subtitles
As a Christmas treat in the late 1960s and 70s, the BBC produced adaptations of ghost stories based on the works of MR James, the Cambridge academic and author of some of the most spine-tingling tales in the English language, which were broadcast to terrified viewers in the dead of winter. This was a tradition that was briefly revived by the BBC between 2007 and 2010. These adaptations, which have a subtlety and style all of their own, have been a major influence on many contemporary British horror filmmakers and have come to be some of the most sought after British TV titles of all time by their legions of eager fans. Volume four includes 1976's The Signalman, 1977's Stigma and 1978's The Ice House. Although most films in the series were based on the works of MR James, The Signalman was scripted by Andrew Davies (Pride & Prejudice) from a Charles Dickens story, while the last two films on this volume were based on original scripts.
Peter Nichols adapts his award-winning play to devastating effect in Peter Medak's powerful black comedy about an ordinary couple struggling to cope with a severely disabled child. School teacher Brian (Alan Bates - A kind of Loving, Georgy Girl) and his wide Sheila (Janet Suzman - Nicholas And Alexandra, The Draughtsman's Contract) are the parents of young Jo (Elizabeth Rabillard), a child afflicted with cerebral palsy. Caring for Jo threatens to overwhelm their loves, and to stay sane they rely on dark humour. But while Sheila tries to ensure that her daughter has some quality of life, Brian is increasingly obsessed with the idea that she might be better off dead...
Episodes Comprise: 1. A Day In The Life Of 2. The Right Honourable Gentleman 3. Adam's Rib 4. Postman's Knock 5. Accident 6. Dear Diary 7. These You Have Loved 8. Away For Christmas
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