That'll Be The Day: Abandoned by his father at an early age Jim MacLaine seems to have inherited the old man's restlessness. Despite his apparent intelligence Jim decides not to take the exams that would pave his way to university; he begins to think that the life of a pop musician might be the thing for him... Stardust: Show me a boy who never wanted to be a rock star and I'll show you a liar.... Jim is now enjoying the nomadic gigs and groupies' life of The Stray Cats. When he achieves all his wildest dreams of international stardom the sweet taste of success begins to turn sour...
That'll Be The Day is a nostalgic trip back to the late 1950S, time of brothel- creeper shoes, drainpipe trousers,sideburns and greased back hair. David Essex makes his screen debut as wayward hero Jim MacLaine, who lives a life of dead-end jobs and one-night stands and dreams of becoming a rock star. Ringo Starr, as his fairground buddy, epitomizes the [eriod and is joined by Billy Fury and Keith Moon in a living tapestry of memories for rock fans. Brand new restoration with new extras including interviews with Ray Connolly, David Puttnam and Bob Stanley. Extras: New Interview with David Puttnam New Interview with Bob Stanley New Interview with Ray Connolly Stills Gallery Stills gallery
Written by multi-award-winning playwright Jack Rosenthal one of Britain's best-loved and most consistently successful screenwriters Sadie, It's Cold Outside is a wry and sympathetic comedy starring Rosemary Leach and Bernard Hepton as Sadie and Norman Potter, a world-weary middle-aged couple lamenting their lost dreams in an exhausting, increasingly hostile world.When Sadie was a little girl, her one ambition was to be a housewife. Now, having spent the last 23 years cooking, cleaning and sleeping with her leg in an elastic bandage, her one ambition is to take all her clothes off in Tesco, stick a Green Shield stamp on her navel and scream herself sick.When Norman was a little boy, his ambition was to single-handedly thrash Australia in every Test Match or possibly win a Nobel Prize. Sadly, he s never had the time; he's been busy every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday watching television... and Sunday's his day of rest!
On the surface Ralph Gorse is a charmer in every sense of the word: handsome suave and stylish sparkling company and the possessor of a sexual magnetism that attracts most women he encounters. But the charm is a veneer. Gorse is a con man and sexual adventurer whose conquests are merely a way of obtaining his heart's desires: money and power...
Anton Rodgers stars as middle aged solicitor Alec Callender - a partner in Semple Callender and Henty - who pines for Perry Mason style cases however seldom is faced with anything more taxing than a simple house conveyancing. Through his work Alec meets Zoe Angell played by Eve Matheson a 26 year old PE teacher befuddled by her impending divorce although neither is looking for romance there is an unmistakable spark and soon they embark on the rocky road of a 'spring and autumn'
Ian McShane plays the English statesman and Victorian Prime Minister in this exceptional BBC mini-series centred around his life.
In his first leading sitcom role Ronnie Corbett dons bowler hat brolly and briefcase to play a quintessential suburban commuter on whom disaster fits more snugly than his pin-striped trousers! Created by comedy legends Barry Cryer Eric Idle and Graham Chapman No That's Me Over Here sees Ronnie battling the relentless forces of time while struggling to keep his place in a ruthless suburban status race. Bewildered by office politics rapidly losing the fight to retain his non-fattening centre and belittled at every opportunity by his patronising neighbour he's the kind of chap who gets dressed up only to be unceremoniously brought down. Also starring Rosemary Leach as Ronnie's better half The Saint's Ivor Dean as his boss Mr Robinson and Benny Hill Show stalwart Henry McGee as his semi-detached arch-enemy and workplace rival Cyril this set comprises all thirteen hilarious episodes made by London Weekend Television in 1970. Features: Production paperwork and scripts from the original 1960s run of episodes Image gallery
Berkeley Square is a wonderful period drama about three young women from very different backgrounds who meet become friends and share experiences when they all gain positions as nannies in the wealthy households of London's exclusive Berkeley Square.
That'll Be The Day: Abandoned by his father at an early age Jim MacLaine seems to have inherited the old man's restlessness. Despite his apparent intelligence Jim decides not to take the exams that would pave his way to university; he begins to think that the life of a pop musician might be the thing for him... Stardust: Jim is now enjoying the nomadic gigs and groupies' life of The Stray Cats. When he achieves all his wildest dreams of international stardom the sweet taste of success begins to turn sour...
Swallows and Amazons Forever! is the wonderful television adaptation of Arthur Ransome’s classic books Coot Club and The Big Six. Set on the Norfolk Broads in the 1930s the BAFTA-nominated BBC production is packed full of lively characters beautifully authentic scenery and plenty of adventure. Coot Club Whilst travelling to Norfolk to stay on a boat with family friend Mrs Barrable Dick and Dot Callum meet Tom Dudgeon and the members of Coot Club. After being told that they won’t be learning to sail their disappointment quickly turns to excitement as an adventure begins to unfold. Will they be able to protect a precious coot’s nest whilst hiding Tom from the awful Hullabaloos who are hell bent on ruining everyone’s holiday? Creator of Downton Abbey Julian Fellowes stars as Jerry the Hullabaloo in this delightful film. The Big Six When Dick and Dot return to Norfolk to stay with Tom they find themselves caught up in a brand new adventure. The Death And Glories are being accused of setting moored boats adrift but the three boys maintain their innocence. With the whole town against them it’s up to Coot Club to gather evidence and prove that someone else is responsible for these crimes. The Big Six is born. Dr Who’s Colin Baker and Patrick Troughton star in this fitting adaptation of the classic story. Includes subtitles for the very first time plus some brand new special features including a Behind-The-Scenes Photo Gallery.
John Gielgud (Gulliver's Travels) Annette Crosbie (Calendar Girls) and Susan Fleetwood (Persuasion) star in this intriguing drama series adapted by John Mortimer (Rumpole Of The Bailey) from his best selling novel. Molly Pargeter (Susan Fleetwood) has found the perfect Tuscan vvilla for her family's summer holiday. Molly had hoped to soak up the local colour and revel in the artistic masterpieces that surround her instead she ends up exploring the myster
When unhappily married doctor Alec Harvey (Burton) removes a piece of grit from the eye of fellow train-traveller Anna Jesson (Loren) little do they suspect that this chance encounter will turn into a passionate relationship. Alec relentlessly pursues Anna but she is tormented by guilt as the fantasy dream becomes a nightmare of deceit and she realises she is betraying both her husband and children. Based on the 1936 Noel Coward playlet Still Life.
'Coot Club' and 'The Big Six' by the celebrated novelist Arthur Ransome are 2 companion stories from his series of children's books set on the lakes and waterways of England and called 'Swallows and Amazons'. The Ransome stories are a special mix of realism and romance. Indeed they were all inspired by treasured memories of his own childhood holidays in the Lake District and Norfolk Broads. The intricate detail in which he describes the boats and wildlife of the English countrysid
Based on actual accounts this film portrays the days and hours before and during the invasion of the Falkland Islands by Argentina which eventually led to the Falklands War. As the Argentine forces land on the main island and make their way towards Government House the British Royal Marines batten down the hatches and prepare to defend Governer Rex Hunt his family and their fellow islanders from the invaders.
In the wake of No, That s Me Over Here! and Now Look Here!, this is the third sitcom series penned by Graham Chapman and Barry Cryer for Ronnie Corbett s archetypal everyman. Corbett shines as a pompous but affable ingÃ©nue whose witless bluster and eagerness to fit in land him in unwelcome scrapes. The Prince of Denmark is a frayed-at-the-edges pub to which wife Laura (Rosemary Leach) has inherited the lease. But Ronnie soon takes charge, convinced that his past skills as a frustrated insurance salesman will help get things ship-shape. Ronnie s run-ins feature brewery reps posing as customers, a rugby team on a rowdy binge, a woman about to give birth on the billiards table, and a cast of irregular regulars including a ragingly alcoholic commuter (Tim Barrett) who can be relied upon to miss train after train, and a crossword fiend (Michael Nightingale) who talks only in cryptic riddles. Luckily Laura and dependable barman Steve (David Warwick) are on hand to smooth the waters whenever unsinkable Ronnie drifts out of his depth. Corbett may have been put back in a box at Mother s in his next, wildly successful sitcom Sorry!, but Chapman and Cryer s freestyle six-episode precursor is smarter, more satisfying, and just a little more grown-up. written by Graham Chapman and Barry Cryer.
World War II has ended and evacuess are returning home to their families. One such evacuee is Rusty Dickinson who is met at the docks by her mother Peggy after spending five years away in America. It has been a time of dramatic transformation and everyone must learn to adapt to both the changes in the family and their surroundings. Peggy has a new found independence she has spent the war working for the Women's Voluntary Service raising Charlie - the younger brother whom Rusty
The Power Game - ATV's famous boardroom drama from the 1960s stars Patrick Wymark as John Wilder, the ruthless and power-hungry executive that everybody loves to hate. His adversarial relationship with his wife and colleagues in his fight for political power and one-upmanship set the template for many boardroom dramas to come. Wymark revelled in his role as the despicable Wilder, his strong and compelling characterisation encouraging equally high-calibre performances from co-stars Peter Barkworth, Clifford Evans, Barbara Murray, Jack Watling and Michael Jayston. Comprising all three complete series, this set will appeal to fans of high-quality drama and archive television. With both the second and third series not being seen since their original transmission, the majority of episodes have been transferred from film elements especially for this set. Special Features (Series Three): Man from Italy (mute) Alternative Main Titles and Promotion Promotional Trailers 35mm Title Footage (mute)
Ralph Gorse a charmer in every sense of the word is handsome suave and stylish. It soon becomes clear however that there is a much darker side to his character: that of a conman seducer and murderer. Whilst staying in Reading he seduces Joan Plumleigh-Bruce much to the disgust of her friend Mr Stimpson and succeeds in swindling a great deal of money from her. Running off to Brighton with the money he soon wastes it all and has to get his old job back working in a car showroom. The owner's daughter Pamela falls for him and on discovering she is pregnant Gorse is forced to marry. After an insurance scam goes terribly wrong Gorse flits again to try and start a new life with a false identity. With Mr Stimpson catching up with him will Gorse succeed or will he finally get his comeuppance?
Film legends Sophia Loren and Richard Burton star in this moody adaptation of Noel Coward's emotional tale about a chance meeting that progresses from friendship into an unexpected but impossible love. Directed by BAFTA-winning Alan Bridges and scripted by John Bowen (both of whom had worked to great acclaim on TV's Play for Today), Brief Encounter is featured here as a brand-new High Definition remaster from original film elements in its original widescreen theatrical aspect ratio as well as a legacy transfer of the as-filmed full-frame version. When a tiny piece of grit in Anna's eye leads to an unexpected meeting with Alec at the local railway station, neither of them could guess that what begins as a casual friendship could turn so easily into a tormenting relationship.
Contains all 3 volumes from this classic family program. Disc One: 'The Tale of Peter Rabbit & Benjamin Bunny' 'The Tale of Flopsy Bunnies & Mrs. Tittlemouse' and 'The Tale of Tom Kitten and Jemima Puddleduck'. Disc Two: 'Tale of Pigling Bland' 'Tale of Samuel Whiskers' and 'The Tailor of Gloucester'. Disc Three: 'The Tale of Mrs Tiggywinkle & Jeremy Fisher' 'The Tale of Mr Tod & The Further Adventures of Peter Rabbit' and 'The Tale of 2 Bad Mice & Johnny Town Mouse'.
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