Who would have thought retirement could be so chaotic? Certainly not querulous Victor Meldrew one of tree-lined suburbia's perennial complainers or his long suffering wife Margaret. When he's forced to take early retirement Victor suddenly has plenty of time on his hands to rage against the petty annoyances of life. But there's one thing to remember in the Meldrew household - whatever can go wrong often does and it usually spells disaster for Victor... Series 1: 1. Alive and Buried 2 The Big Sleep 3 The Valley of Fear 4 I'll Retire to Bedlam 5 The Eternal Quadrangle 6 The Return of the Speckled Band Series 2: 1. In Luton Airport No-One Can Hear You Scream 2. We Have Put Her Living In The Tomb 3. Dramatic Fever 4. Who Will Buy? 5. Love And Death 6. Timeless Time Series 3: 1. Monday Morning Will Be Fine 2. Dreamland 3. The Broken Reflection 4. The Beast In The Cage 5. Beware The Trickster On The Roof 6. The Worst Horror Of All Series 4: 1. The Pit and the Pendulum 2. Descent into the Maelstorm 3. Hearts of Darkness 4. Warm Champagne 5. The Trial 6. The Seceret of Seven Sorcerers Series 5: 1. The Man Who Blew Away 2. Only A Story 3. The Affair Of The Hollow Lady 4. Rearranging The Dust 5. Hole In The Sky 6. The Exterminating Angel 7. The Wisdom Of The Witch (Christmas Special episode) Series 6: 1. The Executioner's Song 2. Tales Of Terror 3. Futility Of The Fly 4. Threatening Weather 5. The Dawn Of Man 6. Things Aren't Simple Anymore
Rock n Roll outfit The Majestics are a Scottish rock band on the eve of their 1986 Silver Jubilee tour. They find themselves in trouble when their lead singer Big Jazza McGlone is killed in a car crash so they manage to talk his younger brother in to taking his place. The Majestics final dispiriting tour of Scotland's less salubrious clubs and pubs is punctuated by childish backstage squabbling and a series of personal disasters.
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!
Adapted from Colin Dexter's best-selling novels Inspector Morse took to our screens in 1987 with John Thaw in the lead role as the talented but cynical and lonely Inspector and Kevin Whately as his partner Detective Robert Lewis. Throughout its thirteen year run Morse repeatedly solved difficult murder cases with his old-fashioned methods and Lewis's help. A touching and emotional drama that touched the hearts of its audience.
There's something intrinsically funny about tactlessly truth-telling talking animals. And there are plenty of those--and laughs to go with them--in this 1998 re-imagining of Hugh Lofting's children's story. Eddie Murphy plays the doctor in question, a modern-day San Francisco physician who discovers that he can understand what animals have to say. Director Betty Thomas makes the most of an amazing voice cast for the animals, led by Norm McDonald and including everyone from Garry Shandling to Julie Kavner to Albert Brooks. The story itself is pretty slim--will the conscientious doctor sign his soul away to a greedy HMO?--but Murphy makes the most of it, often providing priceless reactions to animal voices only he can hear. --Marshall Fine, Amazon.com
Martin Scorsese does not sound like the logical choice to direct The Age of Innocence, an adaptation of Edith Wharton's novel about the manners and morals in New York society in the 1870s. But these are mean streets, too, and the psychological violence inflicted between characters is at least as damaging as the physical violence perpetrated by Scorsese's usual gangsters. At the centre of the tale is Newland Archer (Daniel Day-Lewis), a somewhat diffident young man engaged to marry the very respectable May Welland (Winona Ryder). But Archer is distracted by May's cousin, the Countess Olenska (a radiant Michelle Pfeiffer), who has recently returned from Europe. As a married woman seeking a divorce, the Countess is an embarrassment to all of New York society. But Archer is fascinated by her quick intelligence and worldly ways. Scorsese closely observes the tiny details of this world and this impossible situation; this is a film in which the shift of someone's eyes can be as significant as the firing of a gun. The director's sense of colour has never been keener, and his work with the actors is subtle. --Robert Horton, Amazon.com
Ike Graham (Richard Gere) is a New York newspaper columnist with a problem - his deadline is an hour away, his ex-wife is his boss and his writer's block is working overtime.
In Victor Meldrew, One Foot in the Grave brought us one of the greatest characters in the history of British situation comedy. David Renwick's multi-award winning creation spawned a catch phrase--"I don't believe it"--that vocalised the sentiments of the perennially disgruntled, the irritated or the plain bewildered. Victor is a superannuated security guard struggling to fill his premature retirement usefully, but he is frustrated at every turn. Coincidences, external forces and events and other people conspire against him. Somehow or other, he always gets the blame, leaving a trail of walking wounded in his wake, usually led by his long-suffering wife Margaret. This first series, originally transmitted in 1990, contains countless comic moments, many of them truly surreal. But Victor is never a one-dimensional target for our laughter. Indeed, as with the best comedy, we mock him at our peril. None of us get through life without our share of Meldrew moments. Thanks to Richard Wilson's performance--which rightly made him a major television star--he is a rounded human being who genuinely can't understand why he is constantly at odds with the world around him, despite his best efforts. And in Annette Crosbie as the increasingly enraged Margaret, he has the perfect screen partner. --Piers Ford
Merlin returns to BBC One for its fifth series starring Colin Morgan Bradley James and Richard Wilson.
It's more of the same for Larry David's sitcom from HBO, and for fans, that's a good thing. The show--largely extemporized--follows suit of David's former series, Seinfeld: it's a show about nothing, just the everyday life of the star going about his pseudo-real world. But David's show has far more edge (thanks, in part, to airing on cable TV) with all the bad luck, embarrassing situations, and dreadful behavior as its premiere season. The closest thing to an arc is David's season-long pitch to the networks for a new show starring former Seinfeld stars Jason Alexander and Julia-Louis Dreyfus. Each network is lampooned, especially HBO, which David has a bad history with in this alternate world. Sure to repel those with soft funny bones, Curb's acerbic comedy allows jokes where David is accidentally framed--if ever so briefly--as a child molester, wife abuser, or murderer. But for those who do love his shtick, there are big laughs, especially when we bump into characters as unbridled as David, like a fellow writer who is quite protective of his dad's invention, the Cobb salad. Many comic actors pop up, some as "themselves" (Richard Lewis, Rob Reiner) and others as characters (Rita Wilson, Ed Asner) along with the delights of co-stars Cheryl Hines as David's wife and his affable manger, Jeff Garlin. There are several touchstone bits: what a thong brief can do to a relationship, a run-in with pro wrestler, Larry's first baptism, and one very collectible doll. To pick one episode to capture this second season--and its grandstanding nature--it would be "Shaq," in which the NBA star is accidentally tripped, changing David's usual bad luck with gut-busting results. --Doug Thomas
This remake of the popular heartwarming Christmas classic captures all the joy of the original version. A little girl who has been raised not to believe in fantasy fairy tales and Santa Claus meets a department-store Santa who claims he's the real Kris Kringle. Her mother insists that it can't be true--that Kris is only a nice old man who isn't all too sane. But soon things start happening that may make both of them change their minds... and have faith in magic once again.
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
In Loving Memory: Series 3
Documentary about Robert McNamara, Secretary of Defense in the Kennedy and Johnson Administrations, who subsequently became president of the World Bank.
The incredible true story of Ralph 'Papa' Thorson. He's not as fast as he used to be: that's what makes him human. He's a bounty hunter: that's what makes him dangerous. Ralph ""Papa"" Thorson is a modern day bounty hunter who spends his time traveling the country to capture various fugitives who have skipped bail. When he does make it home to California he has to contend with his live-in girlfriend Dotty who is in a state of advanced pregnancy and trying to get Thorson to take a mo
Betty Thomas directs and Eddie Murphy stars in Doctor Dolittle, the 1998 hit film which, while ostensibly aimed at children, has a high quotient of hip and even mildly gross humour. Murphy stars as John Dolittle, whom we see as a child talking to a neighbourhood dog who explains that the reason mutts sniff each others' butts is to assess their characters when first meeting them. Little John promptly tries this out on being introduced to his school principal. Warned off such social eccentricity, Dolittle stops talking to animals and as an adult becomes a respectable doctor running his own medical practice--until a bump on the head revives his capacity to understand animals, whereupon mayhem, mortification and a menagerie of needy and freeloading creatures are heaped upon his ordered existence. Murphy plays it relatively straight. It's the animals, some of them vividly enhanced by Jim Henson's animating team, who provide the real laughs here, and a thoroughly worldly, wisecracking bunch of characters they prove to be. There's a couple of hard-boiled, squabbling rats, a pigeon who complains of impotence, Rocky the guinea pig (voiced by Chris Rock) with a neat line in hip backchat, while Albert Brooks voices the gruff, melancholy tiger whose life Dolittle must try to save. A sweet but by no means saccharine comedy. On the DVD: The DVD edition features scene selection and a trailer. --David Stubbs
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®.
Heralded by many as a work of genius by artist William Hogarth - A Harlots Progress was created by using sketches of prostitutes in the early 18th Century. This film follows William Hogarth(Toby Jones) and looks at the facts of his life and also focuses on he life of a 22 year old prostitute who supposedly became his inspriation. From the creator of the forthcoming major Channel 4 drama series 'City of Vice' this prequel of sorts shows the graphic depiction of the sq
Set in the 1950's 'Born And Bred' proved to be a hugely popular ratings winner when it was broadcast at peak time on Sunday evenings in April 2002. GP Arthur Gilder has lived in the Lancashire village of Ormston all of his life. His son Tom who is also a doctor lives in Manchester. Arthur misses his family and is determined to hand the practice over to Tom. However following in his father's footsteps is the last thing on Tom's mind - until he retraces his steps to the picturesque
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