Upstairs Downstairs takes place in 165 Eaton Place from the turn of the century through the Great War and into the Roaring Twenties. It concerns the Bellamy family: politician Richard Bellamy his wives Marjorie and Virginia wastrel son James wayward daughter Elizabeth and his flighty ward Georgina Worsley. The house domestics are led by Hudson the Butler a conservative Scot who must contend with the 'below stairs' behaviour of the household staff including cook Mrs Bridges and maids Rose and Sarah. A spectacular critical and ratings success when first transmitted on ITV Upstairs Downstairs still maintains its position as one of the major success stories of British television worldwide. Multi award-winning (including ones from BAFTA the Writers Guild the Royal Television Society Emmies and Golden Globes) the series stars Jean Marsh Gordon Jackson Angela Baddeley Pauline Collins and Lesley-Anne Down. This boxset contains all 68 episodes from the five series of Upstairs Downstairs originally transmitted between 1971 and 1975.
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Based on John le CarrÃ©'s first novel, Call for the Dead (which introduced spymaster George Smiley), The Deadly Affair sees an ageing British secret agent (James Mason) set out to uncover the truth behind a government employee's apparent suicide. Eschewing the glamour of the era's Bond thrillers, Lumet's chilling and intelligent take on the spy drama presents a palpable and darkly sinister picture of Cold War intrigue. The exemplary cast also includes Maximilian Schell, Harriet Andersson, Harry Andrews, Roy Kinnear and Lynn Redgrave. Extras High Definition remaster Original mono audio Audio commentary with film historians Michael Brooke and Johnny Mains The National Film Theatre Lecture with James Mason (1967, 48 mins): archival audio recording of an interview conducted by Leslie Hardcastle The Guardian Lecture with Sidney Lumet (1983, 89 mins): archival audio recording of an interview conducted by Derek Malcolm at the National Film Theatre, London A Different Kind of Spy: Paul Dehn's Deadly Affair (2017, 17 mins): writer David Kipen discusses the life and work of screenwriter Paul Dehn Take One and Move On (2017, 5 mins): camera operator Brian West on The Deadly Affair Lumet's London (2017, 4 mins): the London locations of The Deadly Affair explored Original theatrical trailer Image gallery: on-set and promotional photography New English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
BAFTA-nominated actress Maureen Lipman stars as Jane Lucas author of a problem page in a glossy magazine and radio Agony Aunt. A huge hit for ITV in the late 70s and early 80s Agony lasted for three series. Based on the experiences of real-life Agony Aunt Anna Raeburn Agony trod a thin line of black humour - the darkest joke of all being that Jane offers solutions to people on a daily basis but can't solve her own personal problems.
The second series of The Fast Show races on from where the first series left off, taking the now-familiar characters and projecting them into new and unusual situations. The "Suits You" men are let loose as waiters in a restaurant, Indecisive Dave finally makes his mind up, Unlucky Alf tries his hand at courting, Bob Fleming splutters his way through a midnight Badger Watch and Channel 9 branches out into light-entertainment with predictably incomprehensible results. The seven episodes also add further depth to many of the catchphrase-reliant characters. Rowley Birkin QC finds a touching reason to wish he hadn't been "very, very drunk", Ted and Ralph's romance stutters on, Brilliant! gets depressed and things turn sour for Which Was Nice. All our favourites are present and correct, but the freshest laughs come from the new characters and less-established sketches, such as an inept croupier blundering through his first day on the job, Brilliant!'s dad ("Rubbish!"), haughty, mistake-prone history presenter Gideon Soames, and the world-weary Carl Hooper's unspectacular show "That's Amazing!". On the DVD: The Fast Show, Series 2 comes to DVD with no extras, aside from some nicely animated menus, episode and scene selection. --Paul Philpott
Eagerly awaited re-release of this seminal British horror film. Patrick Wymarks stars in his last role (Where Eagles Dare Repulsion and Witchfinder General) with Linda Hayden (Baby Love Expose) in this horror thriller set in 17th century England about the children of a village slowly converting into a coven of devil worshipers.
The titular electrical repairman (Tony Haygarth) has a simple life and a fertile imagination. Running his own business from a rundown street corner in Bingleton he's more than happy with his scatty wife Netta (Patsy Rowlands) and their beloved dog Cuddly. However a chance encounter with the divine Miss Griffin (Prunella Gee) opens up Des Kinvig's life to a world far beyond that of his daydreaming imagination. Soon he's whisked away from his mundane life for regular trips to the
When murder becomes a virtual reality... The stylish Channel 4 tale of urban murder features Paul Bettany in his first leading role. Two Brighton-based students buy an internet murder game and are amazed by its realistic qualities. They perform the perfect cyber murder but soon the boundaries between fantasy and reality become blurred when a real copycat killing takes place. Leaving the game it seems can be murder... Written by BAFTA award winner Lynda La Plante.
The discovery of furry remains believed to be the Devil sparks a barrage of evil un-doings in a small town. Soon after their discovery the Devil's remains disappear hampering the investigation by the local Judge (Patrick Wymark). But the evil forces that take over are frightening proof that the Devil may indeed be among the villagers...
Wilbur Gray a horror writer has stumbled upon a terrible secret that cats are supernatural creatures who really call the shots. In a desperate attempt to get others to believe him Wilbur spews three tales of feline horror.
A sequence of dramatic events befalls the residents of Eaton Place. Elizabeth becomes involved with the Suffragettes which has disastrous consequences upon Rose a financial crisis threatens to force the Bellamys from their home and James returns from India with a fiancee in tow who threatens to shatter the peace. The formidable Thomas and Sarah receive a rousing send-off from the other servants as they set off to begin their new life together in north London. Is this really the last time they will be seen at Eaton Place?
The Fast Show, like Viz comic and Private Eye magazine, is one of those comedic institutions whose principal appeal is its utter predictability. The jokes in every episode are exactly the same, every sketch an only slightly different path to one of a few familiar punchlines ("I'll get me coat", "Where's me washboard?", "Scorchio!", "Suits you, Sir," and so on): once the viewer or reader is in with the jokes, they feel part of the club. This sort of reductive comedy is extremely easy to do badly: it is testament to the writing and acting of Paul Whitehouse and his team that not only are most of the set-pieces funny every time they reappear (the overly prurient tailors, the pub know-all, the Trevor Brooking-esque football pundit Ron Manager), but that each individual sketch is funny more than once. This first series of The Fast Show does not include a couple of characters who became well-loved mainstays; neither the licentious car salesman Swiss Tony, for whom everything was "like making love to a beautiful woman", or the incomprehensible raconteur Rowley Birkin QC, had been developed at this stage. However, aficionados will regard this collection as indispensable for the beginning of the saga of awkward young aristocrat Ralph and his unrequited passion for his gardener, Ted: a funny yet oddly affecting rendering of love thwarted by circumstance. On the DVD: The Fast Show--Series 1 on disc includes interviews with the cast, and English subtitles. There is an episode selector and an individual scene selector, though the latter is confusingly laid out. --Andrew Mueller
World War I is over and Eaton Place has moved into the 1920's. The uncertainty of this new age is emphasised as Richard Bellamy's plans for the future with his new wife Virginia cause anxiety. James Bellamy on returning from the war looking for a worthwhile occupation decides to follow in his father's footsteps and enters politics. James and Georgina are caught up in the hysterical gaiety of the times and throw a wild fancy dress party which ends in tragedy. James finds himself bored with his life and embarks on an affair with his best friend's wife. Meanwhile below the stairs Hudson becomes enamoured with a new young housemaid and puts his position as butler in danger... Amidst the political turbulence there is also social exuberance for some members of the upper class. Georgina strikes up a friendship with a wild society girl causing great distress to her family. Meanwhile James is experiencing the heartaches of unrequited love as Georgina doesn't recognise his strong feelings for her. Worst of all a massive blow is dealt to the whole household as tragedy strikes Eaton Place. James has unfortunately made a bad investment and is forced to sell Eaton Place to pay off creditors. Episodes Comprise: 1. On with the Dance 2. A Place in the World 3. Laugh a Little Louder Please 4. The Joy Ride 5. Wanted-A Good Home 6. An Old Flame 7. Disillusion 8. Such a Lovely Man 9. The Nine Days Wonder 10. The Understanding Alberto 11. Will Ye No Come Back Again 12. Joke Over 13. Noblesse Oblige 14. All The Kings Horses 15. Whither Shall I Wander?
A sequence of dramatic events befalls the residents of Eaton Place. Elizabeth becomes involved with the Suffragettes which has disastrous consequences upon Rose a financial crisis threatens to force the Bellamys from their home and James returns from India with a fiancee in tow who threatens to shatter the peace. The formidable Thomas and Sarah receive a rousing send-off from the other servants as they set off to begin their new life together in north London. Is this really the las
These eight episodes from the Fast Show's third series brought us sparking new characters like the 13th Duke of Wybourne No Offence Taff Lad and the Hearty Hikers and treats in the shape of Swiss Toni Dave Angel Eco-Warrior and the Posh Cockneys to join old favourites like Suits You Chanel 9 Colin Hunt Ted and Ralph and the ever-increasing parade of catchphrase heroes.
The complete third series of the outstanding Emmy Award-winning Upstairs Downstairs. Episodes Comprise: 1. Miss Forrest 2. A House Divided 3. A Change Of Scene 4. A Family Secret 5. Rose's Pigeon 6. Desirous Of Change 7. Word Of Honour 8. The Bolter 9. Goodwill To All Men 10. What The Footman Saw 11. A Perfect Stranger 12. Distant Thunder 13. The Sudden Storm
Landmark British drama series' first season set in turn-of-the-century England chronicles life among the residents of 165 Eaton Place. This is the first series of the classic British drama 'Upstairs Downstairs'. It is obvious in this first season that the budgets are low with the sets sparse and 'bloopers' often not being edited out. This season and the next (which was shown as two series in Britain) were combined into 13 episodes and shown in the US to great acclaim; it won an Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series and an Emmy nomination for Jean Marsh as Best Lead Actress in a Drama Series.
Landmark British drama series' first season set in turn-of-the-century England chronicles life among the residents of 165 Eaton Place. This is the first series of the classic British drama Upstairs Downstairs. It is obvious in this first season that the budgets are low with the sets sparse and 'bloopers' often not being edited out. Contributer's to the series include renowned author Fay Weldon. Episodes comprise: 1. On Trial 2. The Mistress and the Maids
Beneath the tranquil surface of sleepy village life in the idyllic English county of Midsomer exist dark secrets scandals and downright evil. John Nettles stars as the humorous thoughtful and methodical Detective Chief Inspector Barnaby. Episodes Comprise: 1. Midsomer Life 2. Left For Dead 3. The Magician's Nephew 4. Days Of Misrule 5. The Dogleg Murders 6. Secrets And Spies 7. The Black Book 8. The Glitch 9. Small Mercies 10. The Creeper
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