Life On Mars is the smash-hit cop show starring John Simm as a detective who is involved in a car accident and wakes to find himself transported back to 1973, a world dominated by Ford Cortinas, sheep-skin jackets and very hard coppers.
John Simm continues into a second thrilling series as Sam Tyler a driven and ambitious young detective determined to keep the streets of 21st Century Manchester safe. But after a near fatal car accident he has waken up dazed and confused in 1973. Has he gone back in time? Is he in a coma? Or has he simply gone insane? In an archaic CID unit he still must adapt to their old-fashioned technologies and etiquettes while working on some of the hardest cases in which he's ever been involved....
The daddy of all private investigators. Featuring all the episodes from series 1 & 2 Vincent stars Ray Winstone as the eponymous private investigator; a headstrong passionate man whose methods often bring him into conflict with the authorities.
Intense, ferocious and deeply unsettling, I.D. is an excellent examination of Britain's unsavoury contribution to global culture: football hooliganism. Whereas Alan Clarke's The Firm showed the violence that lurked behind a seemingly normal façade, I.D. posits football hooliganism as a feral temptation. Dedicated, ambitious undercover policeman John (Reece Dinsdale) becomes seduced by the violence of an East London gang, ultimately becoming lost from his regular life with his wife (Clare Skinner). Dinsdale delivers a measured performance that sees him spiral from committed, right-minded policeman to shaven-headed, Nazi-saluting monster, revelling in the violent impulses he embraces with glee and, alarmingly, becoming a hero amongst those he is infiltrating. Warren Clarke is absolutely monstrous as the leader of the hooligan gang, a paragon of bigoted hatred and the embodiment of John's future. Often unnervingly realistic, director Phil Davis is adept at creating riotous mob scenes that chillingly accentuate the world into which John is drawn. It could be said that I.D.'s premise is too thin, and that hooliganism is not addressed in an effective manner, but it is without doubt a chilling character study of the temptation of violence and the horrific influences that lurk in the heart of society. --Danny Graydon
Cranford: Box Set
The real-life story of the North Yorksire lasses of Rylstone Women's Institute who decided to show a little WI skin to sell a calendar in aid of cancer.
8 episodes of Ashes to Ashes the BBC's follow-up to Life On Mars starring Philip Glenister and Keeley Hawes.
'In prosperity our friends know us; in adversity we know our friends.' Mad Dogs is the tale of four Englishmen - Max Beesley Philip Glenister John Simm and Marc Warren - who venture for a holiday together in the Majorcan sun. The holiday soon turns from an idyll into a nightmare with lies deception and murder being the main memories the boys can hope to take back with them. How far would you go for your friends not least when you can't remember why you liked them in the first place? The boys enter into a Faustian pact involving drugs money witchcraft and goats. Madness prevails in what is becoming the worst holiday of anyone's lifetime... Will the Mad Dogs ever get home?
Orlando Bloom stars as a stranger in a strange land in this epic Crusades adventure.
Set in the dangerous world of buccaneers, this new adaption of the much loved Robert Louis Stevenson classic Treasure Island will take viewers on a high octane adventure following the story of Jim Hawkins as he discovers Flint's treasure map. The two part drama follows the story of Jim Hawkins who's unexpectedly drawn into the world of piracy when he discovers Flint's treasure map. However, Long John Silver will stop at nothing to get hold of the gold for himself. As they set sail for Treasure Island, Jim embarks on an action adventure that will change his life forever.Starring Emmy Award winner Eddie Izzard in the role of Long John Silver, Elijah Wood as Ben Gunn and Donald Sutherland as Captain Flint, top British acting talent completing the line-up include Phillip Glenister as play Captain Smollet, Rupert Penry-Jones (Spooks) who takes on the role of Squire Trelawney and Daniel Mays as Dr Livesey. David Harewood takes on the role of Bones who leads Jim into the murky world of piracy and seeking Flint's hidden treasure. Toby Regbo stars as Jim Hawkins - a gutsy, eager and courageous young lad who finds himself battling with Silver for the treasure and his life.
DELICIOUSLY DARK WRITER-PERFORMERS STEVE PEMBERTON AND REECE SHEARSMITH RETURN WITH A THIRD COLLECTION OF THEIR AWARD-WINNING FILMS. An argument about a restaurant bill spirals out of control, a karaoke night veers wildly off script, and a mysteriously exclusive art exhibition brings sharp new meaning to the term cutting-edge culture'. Belly laughs and macabre twists combine in six endlessly inventive episodes with guest stars including Philip Glenister (Outcast), Jason Watkins (W1A), Fiona Shaw (True Blood), Keeley Hawes (The Durrells), Jessica Raine (Call the Midwife) and Derek Jacobi (Vicious). Pemberton and Shearsmith deliver their most daring series yet, as they rewrite the rules of comedy and drama with this genre-bending masterpiece. EXTRAS: The Making of the Devil of Christmas Audio Commentaries
Philip Glenister, Saksia Reeves, James Wilby, Clare Holman and Downton Abbey's Joanne Froggatt feature among an outstanding cast in this exceptional six-part drama set in the Channel Islands during World War II. Written by Stephen Mallatratt best known for his iconic staging of Susan Hill's The Woman in Black Island at War is set on the fictional St. Gregory but based on real events from the 1940s, and explores the moral conflict and hardship that became part of everyday life for the Islanders under occupation. The German invasion begins brutally with a bombing raid that kills many islanders before troops move in to occupy the towns and villages. Determined to maintain control, Oberst Baron von Rheingarten makes it clear to the islanders that all freedoms are restricted; a curfew is imposed, transport is limited to cycling, homes are requisitioned and Jews are forced to attempt to escape or conceal their identity. The islanders struggle to decipher right and wrong in this strange situation where both friend and foe must live side by side at times, quite literally...
We've come so far and now the end is near. The journey that began with Life on Mars concludes as Alex Drake embarks on her final mission: to uncover the truth about Gene Hunt and unlock the dark secrets of this World. Alex is back only this time it's 1983 and something feels different. The arrival of DCI Jim Keats sent by Scotland Yard to monitor the station's performance throws some unexpected light on past events. Haunted by the ghost of a policeman Alex decides that her only hope in getting home lies in finding out what really happened to Sam Tyler.
ID1 - John, an ambitious young copper, is sent undercover into the hardcore football gangs to track down the generals' - the shadowy figures who orchestrate the violence. Gradually, the hard drinking, hard fighting macho world proves irresistible and John slowly finds himself turning into one of the thugs he has been sent to destroy. ID2 - 20 years on from the ferocious and deeply upsetting original fi lm a young British Asian police officer is going deep undercover into the heart of the Shadwell FC firm. The team's resurgent hooligan element are fired up by a takeover from a Russian billionaire and adventures into Europe, whilst plans to build a new mosque in the shadow of Shadwell's ground create an explosive environment for Mo to defuse. As football and political violence create a perfect storm of social unrest this undercover copper is faced with the question of who he really is and where he belongs. Bonus: ID2 - Making Of Deleted Scenes
Set Comprises: Cranford: This BBC dramatisation of three of Elizabeth Gaskell's novels captures the small absurdities and tragedies in the lives of the people of Cranford a small rural Cheshire town inhabited largely by women. This is a community that runs on cooperation and gossip at the very heart of which are the daughters of the former rector: Miss Deborah Jenkyns and her sister Miss Matty. But domestic peace is constantly threatened in the form of financial disaster imagined burglaries tragic accidents and the reapparance of long-lost relatives. North And South: A powerful adaptation of Elizabeth Gaskell's feisty and passionate love story set across the social divides in the changing world of Victorian industrial society. Margaret Hale is one of literature's most original heroines: a southerner from a country vicarage newly settled in the industrial northern town of Milton. In the shock of her move she misjudges charismatic cotton mill-owner John Thornton whose strength of purpose and passion are a match for her own pride and wilfulness. When the workers of Milton call a strike Margaret takes their side and the two are brought into deeper conflict. As events spiral out of control Margaret - to her surprise - begins to fall in love with Thornton... Wives And Daughters: After years spent as a widower village doctor Mr Gibson has decided to remarry; something for which his rather naive daughter Molly is wholly unprepared. Molly's world is soon overturned by the arrival of an unwanted stepmother and a bewitching beautiful stepsister Cynthia. In spite of the circumstances of their acquiantance and of being so entirely different from one another the two girls instantly form a close relationship. But it is a friendship that is put to the test when they look set to become rivals in love. Matters are further complicated when a dangerous secret emerges from Cynthia's past in which she entangles Molly with serious consequences for them both...
John, an ambitious young copper, is sent undercover into the hardcore football gangs to track down the 'generals' - the shadowy figures who orchestrate the violence. Gradually, the hard drinking, hard fighting macho world proves irresistable and John slowly finds himself turning into one of the thugs he has been sent to destroy.
Robert Powell and Japser Carrott star as a pair of inept detectives who always seem to solve cases despite their amazing levels of incompetence. Developed from sketches in Canned Carrott the show adopts the Dumb and Dumber approach Powell being dumb and Carrott much dumber! Episodes Comprise: 1. What The Butler Saw 2. Hostage 3. Teed Off 4. Acting Constables 5. Studs 6. Strangers In Paradise
The follow up to Life On Mars Ashes To Ashes sees the return of DCI Gene Hunt (Philip Glenister) - but he is no longer the self styled 'Sheriff Of Manchester' - drawn by the action and intrigue of the London Met Gene's turned his attentions to taking on the 'southern nancy' criminal scum! He is joined by his faithful sidekicks Ray Carling (Dean Andrews) and Chris Skelton (Marshall Lancaster). DCI Alex Drake is thrown into the mix - after suffering a horrific accident in 2008 she finds herself in 1981 alongside Hunt and his team.
Mal's bought an RV Park with plans for a booming family-run business, but it soon turns out that they are not going to be living the dream they hoped. Before they've even settled in, Mal discovers that the park is home to a group of eccentric residents who are not exactly thrilled to meet their new owners. Meanwhile, Jen has to learn how to survive American suburbia and the kids have to navigate a US high school. With culture clashes aplenty, life in Britain soon seems even further away than they'd thought it would. But with the support of each other and their crazy new friends, they begin to learn how to live the American dream.
This BBC dramatisation of three of Elizabeth Gaskell's novels captures the small absurdities and tragedies in the lives of the people of Cranford a small rural Cheshire town inhabited largely by women. This is a community that runs on cooperation and gossip at the very heart of which are the daughters of the former rector: Miss Deborah Jenkyns and her sister Miss Matty. But domestic peace is constantly threatened in the form of financial disaster imagined burglaries tragic accidents and the reapparance of long-lost relatives.
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