Includes all 31 episodes from all 5 series of the 1990s BBC comedy starring Jasper Carrott and Robert Powell. Accidentally promoted far beyond their level of competence, Detective Constables Bob Louis and David Briggs stumble from crime to crime relying on a unique blend of intuition, hunches and inspired guesses... all of them hopelessly wrong. Incompetent, inept and usually in trouble, these bungling bobbies seem more likely to catch a cold than any Mr. Big, but somehow Superintendant Cottam always finds himself awarding them commendations.
Franco Zeffirelli's epic TV retelling of Jesus' life was filmed in Morocco and Tunisia with an all-star cast, including Robert Powell in the lead role. The script, co-written by renowned author Anthony Burgess, attempts to remain faithful to its source by using material from all four Gospels.
It's not the 1935 Hitchcock classic, but this sturdy 1978 adaptation of John Buchan's The Thirty Nine Steps is still a rollicking good adventure. In keeping with the Boys' Own derring-do of the story (set in Edwardian London and the Scottish Highlands), the movie maintains a brisk pace that's interrupted only for tea or cocktails. Robert Powell is Richard Hannay, the man who unwittingly becomes embroiled in a dastardly Prussian plot to assassinate the Greek Prime Minister. Framed for murder, Hannay must flee to Scotland and attempt to clear his name whilst outwitting the prune-faced Prussian agents. Among all the deftly choreographed action sequences and careful period settings there's a strong vein of humour in the film, and if it wasn't for the numerous murders there would be little reason for PG certification. The grand dénouement comes with the realisation that the predicted time for the assassination is linked to Big Ben; unlike the earlier movie this version climaxes memorably with Powell hanging from the clock's minute hand. It might not be Hitchcock behind the lens, but it's still jolly good fun. --Joan Byrne
The girls of Kappa House are dying for new pledges. SCREAM QUEENS is a new killer comedy-horror series from award-winning executive producers Ryan Murphy (Glee, American Horror Story), Brad Falchuk (Glee, American Horror Story) and Ian Brennan (Glee).Kappa House, the most sought-after sorority for pledges, is ruled with an iron fist (in a pink glove) by CHANEL OBERLIN (Emma Roberts, American Horror Story: Freak Show, Scream 4). But when anti-Kappa DEAN CATHY MUNSCH (Jamie Lee Curtis, Halloween, A Fish Called Wanda, True Lies) decrees that sorority pledging must be open to all students, and not just the school's silver-spooned elite, all hell is about to break loose, as a devil-clad killer begins wreaking havoc across the campus. An over-the-top, biting satire, SCREAM QUEENS is part black comedy, part slasher flick and a modern take on the classic whodunit, in which every character has a motive for murder... or could easily be the next victim.
Robert Powell reprises one of his most famous roles, that of Edwardian adventurer Richard Hannay, in this hit drama series spinning out of John Buchan's thrilling tales of derring-do most famously, the classic novel The Thirty-Nine Steps. This release comprises both action-packed series, with guest appearances from Martin Clunes, Alex Kingston, Charles Gray, Oliver Cotton, Phyllis Logan, Iain Cuthbertson and Anthony Valentine. Having forged a successful career as a mining engineer, prospector and military intelligence officer in South Africa, Richard Hannay returns to Britain amid the mounting tensions of pre-First World War Europe. His plans to settle down are dashed, however, when the naval arms race between Britain and Imperial Germany enters a dangerous new phase and his ingenuity is stretched to its limit by the ever-inventive schemes of his ruthless arch-enemy, Count Otto von Schwabing...
Based on a true story that shocked a nation, this powerful four-part factual drama, from BAFTA winning writer and executive producer Jeff Pope (Appropriate Adult, The Widower), centres on the devastating impact on a city of an innocent child's murder amid a wave of gang violence. In August 2007, while walking home from football practice in his England kit, 11-year-old Rhys Jones was unwittingly caught in the crossfire of a gang war. Shot in the neck outside the Fir Tree pub in Liverpool's Croxteth, he died in his mother's arms. Made with the support of Rhys's parents, Melanie and Steve, Little Boy Blue explores their ordeal and looks at the agonising dilemmas of witnesses faced with becoming pariahs for speaking up. It tells the story of the long and extensive investigation, led by Merseyside Police SIO David Kelly, that eventually brought Rhys's murderer and his associates to justice.
Classic version of Hugo's tragic tale of unrequited love. Quasimodo is the deformed bellringer of Notre Dame taunted and brutalised by the townspeople because of his repellent appearance. Despite his outward appearance however Quasimodo has a tender heart as he demonstrates when he falls in love with beautiful gypsy girl Esmerelda.
Ken Russell's flamboyant treatment of The Who's rock opera about a deaf dumb and blind boy who develops an extraordinary ability at pinball. Under his sinister stepfather's influence he achieves fame and a cult following but his almost messianic status also spells the beginning of his destruction... Featuring musical contributions from a host of rock stars including Elton John Eric Clapton and Tina Turner.
From its stunning opening sequence, featuring Georgina Hale (who plays the wife of Gustav Mahler in this Ken Russell film) isolated in full mummy wrap and writhing with erotic yearning to the lush strains of her husband's music, Mahler distinguishes itself as the most poetic and archetypal of Russell's great-composer works. A kind of cinematic response to Luchino Visconti's 1971 adaptation of Death in Venice, in which Dirk Bogarde plays a Mahler-esque composer in search of beauty in the plague-filled city, Mahler stars Robert Powell as the great Jewish romantic from 19th-century Vienna, drafting enormous symphonic works in the midst of rising anti-Semitism. Converting to Christianity as a means of survival, Mahler carries on with his work but experiences an erosion of his health and sense of identity. Meanwhile, his self-effacing spouse represses her own creative drives to keep the resident genius afloat, plugging every leak and receding all but invisible into the woodwork. While the film is the least ostentatious of Russell's movies about music, it is hardly conventional--a mix of lyrical tableaux and comic fantasy that adds up to a stirring, dream-like experience. --Tom Keogh
An enigmatic stranger with uncanny magical prowess and miraculous psychic abilities mysteriously comes to 'visit' a powerful politician and quickly gains a spell-binding hold over the senator and his family... Magic Murder Mystery.... Nothing is as it appears to be....
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
Brilliant Victorian aristocrat and scientist Sir Hugo Cunningham has a morbid fascination with photographing the dead. But when his son s death in a horrific boating accident is caught on film he discovers that a mysterious creature, the Asphyx, appears at the point of death to consume the soul. Sir Hugo theorises that if he can capture the creature when it appears and lock it away he can achieve immortality. Together with his soon to be son in-law Giles, Sir Hugo embarks on a dangerous and all-consuming quest to give his family eternal life - but as his obsession takes over and his experiments start to go wrong...
The complete collection of terrifying tales from Brian Clemens' classic series. Famed scriptwriter Brian Clemens is probably best known for his work on 'The Avengers' and 'The Professionals' but arguably the his best work is 'Thriller' a series he made for Lew Grade in the mid 1970s. 'Thriller' is an antholoy series of single plays - some horrific some terrifying - but always with a singular twist in the tale. Highly popular and critically acclaimed in its time 'Thriller' attracted a high calibre of stars. With tales featuring foreign agents and time bending serial killers (and all points in between) 'Thriller' set a new benchmark for quality horror in the 1970s. This set contains the complete run of 43 episodes (6 series). Series 1: 1. Lady Killer 2. Possession 3. Someone At The Top Of The Stairs 4. An Echo Of Theresa 5. The Colour Of Blood 6. Murder In Mind 7. A Place To Die 8. File It Under Fear 9. The Eyes Have It 10. Spell Of Evil Series 2: 1. Only A Scream Away 2. Once The Killing Starts 3. Kiss Me And Die 4. One Deadly Owner 5. Ring Once For Death 6. K Is For Killing 7. Sign It Death Series 3: 1. A Coffin For The Bride 2. I'm the Girl He Wants To Kill 3. Death To Sister Mary 4. In the Steps Of A Dead Man 5. Come Out Come Out Wherever You Are 6. The Next Scream You Hear Series 4: 1. Screamer 2. Nurse Will Make It Better 3. Night Is The Time For Killing 4. Killer With Two Faces 5. A Killer In Every Corner 6. Where The Action Is Series 5: 1. If It's A Man; Hang Up 2. The Double Kill 3. Won't Write Home Mum; I'm Dead! 4. The Crazy Kill 5. Good Salary Prospects Free Coffin 6. The Next Voice You See 7. Murder Motel Series 6: 1. Sleepwalker 2. The Next Victim 3. Nightmare For A Nightingale 4. Dial a Deadly Number 5. Kill Two Birds 6. A Midsummer Nightmare 7. Death In Deep Water
The can has been opened at last! Canned Carrott is finally served up for the first time on DVD! All 6 episodes from the first series are included right here. And very tasty it is too - Jasper Carrott's classic TV series one of the most popular ever broadcast is here in all it's glory. It features Jasper performing his hilarious stories and monologues talking about everything from passport photos to baggage handlers - You've never seen them but you know they exist - you'll have their footprints in your luggage!; his famous accident prone character Wiggy getting in to all kinds of scrapes; and introducing The Detectives to the world - with fellow cop Robert Powell. So good it spun off in to it's own series later. And if that wasn't enough every episode includes fantastic sketches from regular guests Steve Punt and Hugh Dennis (Outnumbered Mock The Week).
The complete 1971 BBC production of Thomas Hardy's great novel released on TV for the first time! Robert Powell stars as Jude Fawley the young Wessex stonemason of exceptional promise who inspired by one of his tutors dreams of a university education. However once Jude moves to Oxford to pursue the challenge he is contracted to a loveless marriage and a doomed affair with his vivacious cousin soon spells tragedy for all...
Even by the standards of a genre not characterised by restraint, the 1974 rock opera Tommy is endearingly barmy, a bizarre combination of Pete Townshend's disturbed inspiration and director Ken Russell's wildly eccentric vision. Even if you gamely try and read allegorical meaning into it, the story is frankly odd: a child becomes psychosomatically deaf, dumb and blind after witnessing the murder of his father by his stepdad and goes on to become rich and famous as the world pinball champion (since when was pinball a world-class competitor sport?), before setting himself up as a latter-day messiah. It's about the travails of the post-war generation, the disaffection of youth, the trauma of childhood abuse, the sham nature of new-age cults, and many other things besides. At least, that's what Townshend and Russell would have you believe. But what's really important is the many wonderful, utterly bonkers set-pieces--effectively a string of pop videos--that occur along the way, performed by great guest stars: Tina Turner as the Acid Queen, Eric Clapton as the Preacher, Keith Moon as Uncle Ernie, Elton John's mighty rendition of "Pinball Wizard", even Jack Nicholson doing a turn as a suave specialist. Roger Daltrey is iconic in his signature role, and Oliver Reed makes up for a complete inability to sing with a bravura performance as his sleazy stepdad, but best of all is Ann-Margret as Tommy's mother Nora: her charismatic presence holds the loose narrative together and she richly deserved her Academy Award nomination; the sight of her in a nylon cat suit being drenched in baked beans and chocolate from an exploding TV set is worth the price of admission alone. On the DVD: Tommy comes to DVD in a two-disc set, with the feature on disc one accompanied by three audio tracks: Dolby Stereo or 5.1 surround, as well as the original "Quintaphonic" surround mix--a unique experience with effectively two pairs of stereo tracks plus a centre track for the vocals. The anamorphic picture adequately recreates the original theatrical ratio. The second disc has a series of lengthy and illuminating new interviews with the main (surviving) players: Townshend, Russell, Daltrey and Ann-Margret, in which we learn among other things, that Daltrey wasn't Townshend's first choice for the role, that Stevie Wonder was the original preference for the Pinball Wizard, and that Ken Russell had never heard of any of these rock stars before agreeing to helm the movie. There's also a feature on the original sound mix and its restoration for DVD. All in all, a satisfying package for fans of one of the daftest chapters in the annals of rock music. --Mark Walker
This box set contains the following films: The Looking Glass War (Dir. Frank Pierson) (1969): In exchange for political asylum Polish defector Leiser (Jones) agrees to return behind the Iron Curtain to confirm the suspicions of the British Security Chief that East Germany is building a rocket in violation of the disarmament pact. Once in East Berlin Leiser falls in love with a beautiful young girl and the couple decide to flee the espionage experts - both East and West - to start a new life together. But they soon find themselves pawns in the brutal game where the stakes are human lives. 84 Charing Cross Road (Dir. David Hugh Jones) (1986): A heart-warming drama in which Anne Bancroft stars as a New York collector of rare books. Little does she know that a letter to a small bookshop in London will lead to a 20 year love affair with the staff and the city... Remains Of The Day (Dir. James Ivory) (1993): Stevens is the perfect English butler. Now employed by Mr Lewis the new American owner of Darlington Hall Stevens has spent the best part of his working life serving Lord Darlington the host of many prestigious international conferences in the 1930s. It was only when war broke out in 1939 that Lord Darlington's involvement with the Nazi party was uncovered. Now twenty years later Stevens realizes that his unquestioning faith and dedication to duty were misplaced and cost him dearly in his own personal life. Over several years he carried on an intense relationship with the Estate's attractive young housekeeper Miss Kenton. But his unwavering sense of duty led Stevens to deny his emotions - and eventually drive away the one woman he loved. Now he wants to make amends... Legends Of The Fall (Dir. Edward Zwick) (1994): Colonel William Ludlow (Sir Anthony Hopkins) built a ranch in the remote foothills of the Montana Rockies where he brought up his three sons away from the carnage of the Indian wars. Alfred (Aidan Quinn) the eldest is dutiful and reserved Samuel (Henry Thomas) the beloved youngest is compassionate and idealistic while the middle brother Tristan (Brad Pitt) has a wild untameable spirit. Into this masculine world enters Susannah Finncannon (Julia Ormond) a beautiful intelligent woman who stirs a passion and rivalry in all three brothers that will change the course of their lives and shape their destinies forever. From the rugged prairie lands of 19th Century America to the trenches of World War I and the changing world beyond 'Legends of the Fall' is a sweeping star-studded epic - a passionate journey into the darkest secrets of love betrayal and the unbreakable bonds of blood. Bram Stoker's Dracula (Dir. Francis Ford Coppola) (1992): Francis Ford Coppola returns to the original source of the Dracula to create a modern masterpiece. It follows the tortured journey of the devastatingly seductive Transylvanian Prince (Gary Oldman) as he moves from Eastern Europe to 19th century London in search of his long lost Elisabeta who is reincarnated as the beautiful Mina (Winona Ryder)... The Hunchback Of Notre Dame (Dir. Michael Tuchner) (1982): Classic version of Hugo's tragic tale of unrequited love. Quasimodo is the deformed bellringer of Notre Dame taunted and brutalised by the townspeople because of his repellent appearance. Despite his outward appearance however Quasimodo has a tender heart as he demonstrates when he falls in love with beautiful gypsy girl Esmerelda.
Rudolf Nureyev and Margot Fonteyn created one of the most memorable partnerships in ballet history. This documentary features clips of the dynamic duo's most popular performances including the pas de deux from ""Le Corsaire"" and ""Swan Lake"" and excerpts from ""Romeo and Juliet"" and ""Les Sylphides"".
Twelve-year old Lizzie has come to Misselthwaite Manor now a home for young war orphans run by housekeeper Martha and there she meets fellow orphans Robert Stephen and Geraldine. Endlessly curious full of spark and life Lizzie soon learns about the secret garden and wants to find out more. But Martha is fearful of its mysteries and has forbidden any of the children from venturing inside- a strictly observed rule that Lizzie is determined to break! With a stolen key in her hand she enters the garden and discovers that something once so beautiful has starved of love and is dying from neglect- but how does she restore it to it's former splendour?
Doomwatch is the nickname for the Department of Measurement of Scientific Work. Under the leadership of Nobel Prize winning physicist, Dr. Spencer Quist, the Doomwatch team struggled, for three seasons, to keep an eye on the environment and supervise government and private sector research in an attempt to prevent pollution and other disasters that might be caused by the misuse of new scientific developments, discoveries and technology. While confronting dangers ranging from a plastic eating bacteria to hyper intelligent species of rats, from mind destroying sound waves to toxic wastes and genetic mutations, the Doomwatch team always found themselves under the gun, from unsupportive governmental superiors, and openly hostile corporations, and the powerful influences they could wield. The Doomwatch team initially consisted of Quist; former intelligence agent, Dr. John Ridge; eager young researcher Toby Wren; technician and computer specialist Colin Bradley; and secretary Pat Hunnisett. Episode List: Disc 1 S01, E01 - The Plastic Eaters; S01,E04 - Tomorrow The Rat; S01,E05 - Project Sahara; S01,E06 - Re-Entry Forbidden Disc 2 S01,E07 - The Devil s Sweets; S01,E08 - The Red Sky; S01,E10 - Train and De-Train; S01,E11 - The Battery People Disc 3 S02,E01 - You Killed Toby Wren; S02,E02 Invasion; S02,E03 - The Islanders; S02,E04 - No Room for Error Disc 4 S02,E05 - By The Pricking Of My Thumbs; S02,E06 - The Iron Doctor; S02,E07 - Flight Into Yesterday Disc 5 S02,E08 - The Web Of Fear; S02,E09 - In The Dark; S02,E10 - The Human Time Bomb Disc 6 S02,E11 - The Inquest; S02,E12 - The Logicians; S02,E13 - Public Enemy Disc 7 S03,E04 - Waiting For A Knighthood; S03,E06 - Hair Trigger; S03,E12 - Sex And Violence (Never transmitted); Extra - The Cult Of Doomwatch (documentary) .
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