Cambridge Spies, the BBC's moody 2003 dramatisation of the most notorious debacle in the history of the British Secret Service, raises the spectre of the treachery of Philby, Burgess, MacLean and Blunt for a generation of viewers who can only imagine the shockwaves generated by their duplicity. Inevitably the story suffers from the basically repellent quality of its raw material. Determinedly non-judgemental, it frequently stumbles along a precarious path between romantic eulogy and fact-based fable of the perils of idealism. For all the handsome casting, the characters have little charm to compensate for their deeds. Their motivations are sketched only vaguely. Even in moments of personal vulnerability, however poignant the performances, sympathy is at a premium. But it has its high points as an atmospheric soap opera: the recreation of a period that stretches from the radical aspects of 1930s university life at Cambridge to Cold War London, dipping into the Spanish Civil War and the Washington diplomatic circle en route, is vivid. The acting, too, is fine. Tom Hollander's rampantly dissolute Burgess verges constantly on parody. But Toby Stephens (Philby), Samuel West (a frosty Blunt) and Rupert Penry-Jones (an emotionally wrung-out MacLean) work wonders with Peter Moffat's insubstantial script. On the DVD: Cambridge Spies is a handsome production with a cinematic quality enhanced by an appropriately edgy soundtrack and widescreen presentation. The main extra is the commentary shared by director Tim Fywell, producer Mark Shivas and writer Peter Moffat. It's a rather self-congratulatory affair, but includes some interesting insights: attempts to film some events in their real location met with refusal, suggesting that in some quarters, the outrage and embarrassment that Burgess, Philby and MacLean left in their wake is still very close to the surface. --Piers Ford
Fast paced and edgy this mini-series (first shown on BBC3) alternates between the gripping love triangle involving the young Casanova Henriette and her husband Grimani and the swan song of the world's most notorious lothario! Written by Russell T. Davies creator of 'Queer As Folk' and the scribe behind the new 'Doctor Who'.
A new adaptation of Jane Austen's classic.
Maxine Peake Rupert Penry-Jones and Neil Stuke star in this smart and thrilling legal drama about the lives loves and hard cases facing a group of top end barristers. Series 1Single attractive thirty-something Martha Costello is a brilliant passionate defence barrister with the unwavering belief that all are innocent until proven guilty. She is about to apply to become Queen's Counsel (a 'QC' or 'Silk') but she's not the only one at her chambers... Clive Reader is charming ruthless and dangerous and knows how to play the game... only one of them will be made QC and Senior Clerk Billy Lamb is the man with everyone's lives and careers in his hands. Martha's conscience and faith in the criminal justice system are tested to breaking point as she deals with clients who are good bad and downright evil. Series 2Martha is now a member of the Queen's Council - a QC which means the stakes are now higher than ever. Tensions are running high in the chambers with the still ambitious Clive Reader having to deal with his failure to become a QC and Billy Lamb under pressure to keep the chambers afloat. As Martha finds an ambiguous ally in Caroline Warwick a 50-something sharp as a stiletto QC and Clive develops a fascination for a very beautiful and principled solicitor; passion jealousy and ambition take hold both in and out of the courtroom. Series 3Martha is now an experienced QC at the height of her powers and should be enjoying the high-profile cases and media attention that implies. But as her cases become ever more morally complex Martha questions whether her role as a defence barrister is enough. Her close relationships are put to the test when her ambitious colleague and rival Clive Reader finally becomes QC challenging her to confront her feelings for him. As Head Clerk Billy Lamb struggles to keep the huge secret he's been concealing he makes plans to secure the future of Chambers with or without him. Effective new Practice Manager Harriet has other ideas and wants chambers to prosecute more and defend less potentially isolating Martha. As she struggles with her conscience her faith in the justice system is tested to breaking point. Where does she really belong? Special Features: Series 1: Cast Interviews
Drama mini-series by Amanda Coe. A story of the close and often fraught relationship between sisters Vanessa Bell and Virginia Woolf.
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.
As the series opens Martha is already a QC of a year's standing and on the back of the Jody Farr case is building her practice and particularly a reputation for winning unwinnable cases. But now Clive has got silk too and he's specialising in Prosecution. The criminal bar is a small world and increasingly Martha and Clive are pitted against each other in court. Martha finds it hard to keep the personal and the professional apart and never more so than when she loses to Clive in a big case early on. Martha's growing reputation means that her cases attract headlines more frequently either because the case is a cause celebre or because her defence is breaking new ground legally. Her cases will feel even bigger the stakes higher heaping the pressure on Martha.
The stakes are higher than ever for Adam Harry and the team as growing mistrust between the British American and Iranian Governments culminates in a series of high-risk operations at home pushing the Section to its very limits. As Iran's race to become a nuclear power impacts on British and American security the distinction between friend and foe becomes ever more blurred.
The unlikely team of fast-track cop-on-the-rise DI Chandler (Rupert Penry-Jones) and DS Miles (Phil Davis) are back on the case along with their uninvited amateur expert on local murder Edward Buchan (Steve Pemberton) in Whitechapel. Hot on the heels of the Jack the Ripper murders something dark and dangerous is happening on the back streets of Whitechapel. After a spate of gruesome killings and maimings Buchan suggests that the crimes seem to replicate those of the much-feared Kray Twins of the 1960s powerful ganglords who once terrorised the East End of London. Are their underworld murders being painstakingly recreated? For Chandler it all points to one man - but the answer is far from clear when a new set of twins appear on the scene. Decades on from the original crimes with the danger increasing with every delay can the Whitechapel team crack the Krays?
""MI5; not 9 to 5!"" MI5. The Spooks. They don't exist. You will never know their names where they come from who they are. And they're all that stand between you and those who watch this country with terror on their minds. This release features all the episodes from Season 3. Episodes comprise: 1. Project Friendly Fire 2. The Sleeper 3. Who Guards The Guards? 4. A Prayer For My Daughter 5. Love And Death 6. Persephone 7. Outsiders 8. Celebrity 9. Frequently Asked Que
The Walrus crew is stranded with an army of Spanish soldiers standing between them and the precious Urca gold. And with their crimes against their brethren no longer a secret Flint and Silver must join forces in a desperate bid for survival. Meanwhile Eleanor Guthrie struggles to maintain her grip on Nassau as a new breed of pirate arrives in the form of Ned Low a man for whom violence isn’t just a tool... it’s a pastime. As blood is spilled and tensions mount Charles Vane must decide which he values more: Eleanor’s life or the respect of his men. And unbeknownst to all of them a prize of immeasurable value has already been smuggled onto the island... one whose discovery will alter the very landscape of their world and force everyone in Nassau toward the ultimate judgment: are they men or are they monsters?
The streets of London's East End are awash with blood. A murderer stalks thenight picking off vulnerable women and leaving them brutally butchered. Butthis is not the 19th Century; this is not Jack the Ripper - this is a copycatkiller and once again the police remain clueless... For fast-tracked media savvy DI Chandler it's his first big murder case; forfront-line hard-bitten DS Miles he's now saddled with a boss who wouldrather talk about Emotional Intelligence than gut feeling. Neither of themhave a clue until renowned 'Ripperologist' Edward Buchan draws theirattention to the similarities between the Jack the Ripper killings in 1888 andthe modern-day murder.The race is on to succeed where police officers failed over 100 years before -to catch the copycat killer before he strikes again.
Featuring all 10 episodes from series 5 of the hit BBC drama.
Barristers. They are young, educated, soft on the inside, hard where it counts. Don’t let the wigs fool you, when you stand alone in court, when your life is on the line, these are the people you want between you and the jury. The North Square chambers are finding their feet, fighting for a large piece of the criminal justice business in Leeds. Working for his barristers – or maybe the other way around – is their manipulative chief clerk. Ruthless, obsessive, with a razor sharp mind and a cosh-like sensibility, Peter McLeish loves the business and the business loves him. Featuring a powerhouse cast including Phil Davis, Rupert Penry-Jones, Helen McCrory, and Kevin McKidd, North Square, first broadcast on Channel 4 in 2000, is a gripping legal drama that takes you into a closed world steeped in tradition and blows it wide open Special Features: Picture Gallery Cast Filmographies Subtitles
Seventeen year old Justine (Laura Fraser) is fed up with the lack of success she has with guys. It seems as though the boys have it easier. But now she's ready to take that big step, but with whom?
Fast-paced adventure movie event based on the world famous novel by John Buchan and starring Rupert Penry-Jones (Spooks; Casanova) as sophisticated and dashing hero Richard Hannay a man with an inquisitive mind and a miraculous habit of getting himself out of sticky situations. Set on the eve of World War One Hannay has returned to London from South Africa to begin a new life when he becomes embroiled in an undercover German plot to steal British plans for the outbreak of war. As the clock starts ticking can Hannay outrun the police and German spies to protect Britain? Featuring an all-star cast including Lydia Leonard (Rome; Jericho) Eddie Marsden (Happy Go Lucky; Hancock) Alex Jennings (The Queen) David Haig (My Boy Jack; Four Weddings And A Funeral) and Patrick Malahide (Brideshead Revisited; Billy Elliot).
Set in Nazi-occupied France at the height of World War Two the story centres on a young Scottish woman (Cate Blanchett) working with the French Resistance in the hope of rescuing her lover, a missing RAF pilot shot down behind enemy lines.
Maxine Peake, Rupert Penry-Jones and Neil Stuke star in this smart and thrilling legal drama about the lives, loves and hard cases facing a group of top end barristers.Series 1:Single, attractive, thirty-something Martha Costello is a brilliant, passionate defence barrister with the unwavering belief that all are innocent until proven guilty. She is about to apply to become Queen's Counsel (a 'QC' or 'Silk'), but she's not the only one at her chambers... Clive Reader is charming, ruthless and dangerous, and knows how to play the game... only one of them will be made QC and Senior Clerk, Billy Lamb, is the man with everyone's lives and careers in his hands. Martha's conscience and faith in the criminal justice system are tested to breaking point as she deals with clients who are good, bad and downright evil.Series 2:Martha is now a member of the Queen's Council - a QC, which means the stakes are now higher than ever. Tensions are running high in the chambers, with the still ambitious Clive Reader having to deal with his failure to become a QC, and Billy Lamb under pressure to keep the chambers afloat. As Martha finds an ambiguous ally in Caroline Warwick, a 50-something, sharp as a stiletto QC, and Clive develops a fascination for a very beautiful and principled solicitor; passion, jealousy and ambition take hold both in and out of the courtroom.
Meticulous and obsessional, DI Chandler and his unit are based in Whitechapel - an area drenched in dark history and sinister goings-on. It is where Jack the Ripper carried out his horrific crimes. It is where The Krays constructed their Empire of Crime based on sadomasochistic punishments. This series unearths a Whitechapel full of Gothic shadows, cobblestones and ancient hostelries. There's fear in the Huguenot weaving houses of Wilkes Street, and terrifying discoveries in the dark corners and rooftops around Brick Lane.Ed Buchan joins DI Chandler and hard-bitten DS Miles as their historical advisor - operating out of the bowels of the police station among musty tomes of the crime archive. Chandler is convinced crimes of the past hold the key to solving crimes of the present. The team is tested by bloody and vicious murders on their own doorstep. Do crimes such as the Thames Torso murders, HH Holmes, The Zodiac Killer and The Ratcliffe Highway murders unlock the truth? In Whitechapel history isn't dead, it's deadly.
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