Take The Full Monty, add a sharper emotional edge and replace the strutting strippers with a dignified British band. That's the essence of Brassed Off, a bittersweet gem released in 1996, a year before its more popular (and Oscar-nominated) counterpart. In the Yorkshire town of Grimley, there has always been a coal mine, just as for the last 111 years there has been a brass band and it seems that Danny (the wondrous Pete Postlethwaite) has been the director for every one of those years. Tory economic policies, however, are closing coal mines around the country in favour of nuclear power and Grimley appears to be next on the list. Danny is unfazed by the threat, claiming, "It's music that matters." But some of the men are about to quit the band until the appearance of Gloria (Tara Fitzgerald at her most radiant), who dazzles the all-male group (including old flame Andy, played by Ewan McGregor) first with her beauty, then with her flügelhorn playing. The new member gives the band a boost as they continue to perform and compete but closure remains very real, as director Mark Herman (Little Voice) accompanies the band's performances (played with gusto by the Grimethorpe Colliery Band) with scenes of angry labour-management confrontations and family strife. In this context, some of the characters claim that the music is an irresponsible form of escapism. It becomes clear, however, from a touching performance of "Danny Boy" to the stirring conclusion at Royal Albert Hall, that music is an expression of the human spirit, a bit of beauty and sanity in a harsh world. With defiance, the band can play "Land of Hope and Glory" even when the land offers them neither. --David Horiuchi
Set against the stunning scenery of the South African bush, this boxed set contains the complete Wild at Heart, the story of Danny Trevanion (Stephen Tompkinson), a widowed English vet and his new extended family. Sarah (Amanda Holden), Danny's second wife, decides they should all return a sick monkey to its natural habitat in Africa in an attempt to bring her family and Danny's closer together. The holiday becomes a permanent adventure when they agree to stay to run a game reserve, presenting life-changing opportunities beyond even their wildest expectations or greatest fears. When the wild takes a terrible toll, Danny is bereft, but newcomers bring new life and with it, new hope for the future. And by Danny s side there is always his friend, tracker, guide and partner Duplessis without whom life would never be the same. This is a television drama series like no other. Colourful, adventurous, rich in dreams and possibilities, celebrating a way of life few can ever know but which can be enjoyed and experienced here who wouldn't want to live their lives Wild at Heart.
Stephen Tompkinson returns as the tenacious and stubborn Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks in three more gripping crime stories. When the mother of 11 year old Kyle Heath reports him abducted by a man and a woman masquerading as social workers, Banks is drawn into a strange and unsettling search for the missing boy. When a journalist is found dead at a holiday home in a remote village, Banks and the team find a connection to a death in the 1980s involving the surviving members of a pop band. And a terrible chain of events is set in motion by the discovery of a loaded gun in a young girl's bedroom, ultimately putting Banks' own daughter in mortal danger. Elsewhere Detective Annie Cabbot returns from a year's maternity leave - is it time for Banks to admit how he really feels about her? Detective Helen Morton's relationship with her son becomes increasingly strained. And a difficult case forces Annie to reveal the identity of her child's father.
Ballykissangel: Series 1-6
A massive success for Sky One, this hit sitcom from the writers and producers of Shameless, The IT Crowd and The Office stars BAFTA winner Jason Watkins, Sarah Parish and Stephen Tompkinson in an ongoing saga of beleaguered managers, oddball checkout staff and unsatisfied customers at a fictional north-west supermarket. This set comprises all eight episodes of series six. The search for the new Valco Area Manager is finally over and Gavin's shocked to learn that the successful candidate is none other than Cheryl! When her personal relationship with Gavin is discovered, however, she has quite the battle on her hands... Meanwhile Katie and Daniel's budding romance comes under attack from an old flame, Lisa's relentless baby-making schedule gets the better of Colin, and Gavin's healthy-eating initiative meets with opposition from pushy 'Pleasure Food' rep Duncan Trench...
In a small northern town in 1974 law and order has broken down and the community seems to falling apart. Their only hope is DS Barry Harrigan just returned from duty in Hong Kong and rejoining the local police force. He realizes that crime is spreading like a disease and he must face up to the gangs terrorizing the local community. When he discovers that his friend has been brutally murdered his battle for justice becomes very personal. Special Features: Interviews with Cast and Crew Deleted scenes
Stephen Tompkinson returns as Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks, in the hit series based on the novels of the award-winning crime writer Peter Robinson. In three new adaptations, Banks must come to terms with dramatic changes to his team, as DS Annie Cabbot's impending maternity leave leads to the arrival of DI Helen Morton as a brilliant, accomplished, but socially inept addition to the Yorkshire Major Crimes Unit. When DCI Alan Banks receives a disturbing message from his brother Roy in Strange Affair, he drops everything to find him, just as new recruit DI Helen Morton finds evidence linking Banks to the body of a murder victim… In Dry Bones That Dream, DCI Alan Banks and DI Helen Morton must learn to reconcile their conflicting policing styles and personalities whilst trying to unravel the increasingly puzzling murder of a local accountant who has been leading a secret double life. When a teenage schoolgirl is found strangled in Innocent Graves, Banks and his team quickly identify their prime suspect. But the closer Banks moves towards a conviction, the more the course of the investigation distances him from Helen.
It's 1992, and the miners of Grimley Colliery are facing uncertainty. Not only is their pit under threat, but the Grimley Colliery Band is on the verge of breaking up - that is, until Gloria (Tara Fitzgerald) arrives.As the only female member of the band, she somehow manages to rekindle their enthusiasm for the forthcoming National Championship, as well as rekindling a childhood romance with Andy (Ewan McGregor).
Stephen Tompkinson (Wild at Heart, Grafters) leads the cast as detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks, based on the hugely successful novels from award-winning international crime writer Peter Robinson. Tompkinson stars in the TV adaptation of three Inspector Banks novels: Playing with Fire, Friend of the Devil and Cold is the Grave.In Playing with Fire two bodies are found after a fire on some narrow boats and Banks and DS Annie Cabbot find themselves on the trail of an arsonist who has killed two people.In Friend of the Devil a young student is attacked in the middle of the city and in another part of Yorkshire a woman has her throat cut, but the two different murders have disturbing similarities.Cold is the Grave is a case terrifyingly close to home as Banks is asked by his boss, Superintendant Gerry Rydell, to find his missing teenage daughter...
Starring Will Tudor (Game Of Thrones, Humans) and Poppy Lee Friar (Ackley Bridge, In The Club) as the iconic leads, This feature-length film explores Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean's early years and the creative impetus that finally drove them to become ice dancing royalty. Written by William Ivory (Made in Dagenham), the inspirational drama follows the pair's humble beginnings and family life in Nottingham and how they came together to become Olympic champions. Acting royalty, Anita Dobson (Eastenders) takes the role of Miss Perry, Jayne's first coach at the Nottingham Ice Stadium, whilst Stephen Tompkinson (The Split, DCI Banks) plays Jayne's father George and Jo Hartley (Bliss, This Is England '90) plays her mum Betty. Dean Andrews (The Moorside, Last Tango in Halifax) and Christine Bottomley (Fearless, In the Club) play Chris's parents, Colin and Mavis, and Jaime Winstone (Babs, After Hours) is Janet Sawbridge, the ice dancing instructor who pairs Chris and Jayne together for the first time. Susan Earl (I Want My Wife Back, Reggie Perrin) takes the role of Betty Dean. Includes subtitles for the Hard Of Hearing
This tense uncompromising drama by distinguished dramatist and novelist Lynda La Plante has received critically acclaimed on both sides of the Atlantic; winning 14 international awards including a BAFTA for Best Drama Serial and Best TV Actress (Helen Mirren). Retirement loom large for Detective Inspector Tennison but as her exemplary career draws towards its inevitable conclusion Jane is paying dearly for 35 years of repressed rage and loneliness. When the body of a missing schoolgirl is discovered the hunt for her killer begins. However as Jane and her team struggle to track down the brutal child murderer the world-weary Detective Tennison begins to unravel.
A massive success for Sky One, this hit sitcom from the writers and producers of Shameless, The IT Crowd and The Office stars BAFTA winner Jason Watkins, Sarah Parish and Stephen Tompkinson in an ongoing saga of beleaguered managers, oddball checkout staff and unsatisfied customers at a fictional north-west supermarket. This set comprises all nine episodes of series five including both the milestone 50th episode and 2015 Christmas Special!The series opens with the devastating news that discount chain Lauda is opening up in Warrington... right opposite Valco! As the staff ponder an uncertain future, manager Gavin is shocked to find the new store run by the notorious Cheryl Fairweather. Attractive, disarmingly dizzy and seemingly cordial, the four-time winner of the Golden Grocer award turns out to be a ruthless retail rival! Meanwhile, checkout girl Katie returns as HR manager and deputy manager Daniel is brave enough to date Charlie, the boss's daughter!SPECIAL FEATURE:50th Episode behind-the-scenes featurette
Wild At Heart: Series 5 Box Set (3 Discs)
A massive success for Sky One, this hit sitcom from the writers and producers of Shameless, The IT Crowd and The Office stars BAFTA winner Jason Watkins, Sarah Parish, Stephen Tompkinson, Miriam Margolyes, Jane Horrocks and Mark Addy in an ongoing saga of beleaguered managers, oddball checkout staff and unsatisfied customers at Valco, a fictional north-west supermarket. This set contains all five series and all three Christmas specials - alongside a wealth of special features, including behind the scenes featurettes, video diaries and outtakes. Series One Deputy manager Julie tries desperately hard to make a good impression on her boss Gavin - which isn't helped by the major crush she has on him... Series Two Gavin's promotion to Area Manager makes way for incoming manager Lorraine to introduce Valco's new below economy line The No Nonsense Range . Series Three A new Head of Strategy has been tasked with modernising the store. Young, dynamic and barking mad, his avant garde ideas clash with Gavin's safe and by-the-book approach. Series Four Valco's new resident pharmacist - a fantasist with a chip on his shoulder about doctors - causes headaches for Gavin, though not as many as Rose - a seemingly sweet old lady who is anything but! Series Five Discount chain Lauda is opening up right opposite Valco. As the staff ponder an uncertain future, manager Gavin is shocked to find the new store run by a ruthless retail rival!
The jewel in the Thames TV crown this BAFTA award winner for Best Comedy Drama was watched by 18 million viewers per episode! The box set includes all the episodes from series 2. Contains the following episodes: 1.National Pelmet (11 Sep 80) 2.Whose Wife Is It Anyway? (18 Sep 80) 3.You Lose Some You Win Some (25 Sep 80) 4.Don't Tell Them Willie Boy Was Here (2 Oct 80) 5.Not A Bad Lad Dad (9 Oct 80) 6.The Beer Hunter (16 Oct 80) 7.A Nice Little Wine (23 Oct 80) 8.All Mod Cons (30 Oct 80) 9.Diamonds Are A Girl's Worst Enemy (6 Nov 80) 10.The Old School Tie (13 Nov 80) 11.All About Scoring Innit? (20 Nov 80) 12.Caught In The Act Fact (27 Nov 80) 13.A Lot Of Bull And A Pat On The Back (4 Dec 80) Series 2 is also available as individual volumes. The most entertaining tightly scripted inventively comic and sharply directed series to be found on any of our television channels. - Daily Telegraph
First appearing on our screens in late 1979, Minder was a vehicle for ex-Sweeney sidekick Denis Waterman, but its lasting contribution to TV culture was rehabilitating George Cole, whose lovable but unscrupulous "entrepreneur" (an older version of the spiv he portrayed in the St Trinians films) mockingly reflected the values of 1980s Thatcherite Britain. The series is fondly set in a rough demimonde of small-time gangsters and ageing dolly birds, and against a backdrop of seedy London pubs and dubious business dealings. Waterman plays Terry McCann, ex-boxer and ex-con trying to stick to the straight and narrow, but persuaded against his better judgement to become involved in murky capers set up by his employer, "Arfur", who regularly sublets him to dodgy associates of his. In this, the first series, Arthur Daley is more in control, not quite the figure of fun he would later become. In the opening episode, for instance, as Terry is held hostage by wannabe black militants in a launderette, Arthur is negotiating his "exclusive" story to a tabloid. Though aspects of these episodes are a little creaky and dated--Terrys flares especially--the interplay between the too softhearted hard man Terry and his dapper but slippery boss is both priceless and timeless. This DVD has a scene selection feature and individual episode guides. --David Stubbs
Some things change and some things change forever. With his wife and unborn baby in the UK, Danny Trevanion and DuPlessis struggle to survive in a world without Leopard's Den. Working for the demanding Ed Lynch at the Big Five Animal Park is a big step down - but they're about to take a big step up.The corrupt developer Christian Peeters has disappeared - and only Danny and DuPlessis know that he may have been murdered - because they've hidden the body! But when an opportunity to buy Leopard's Den and Mara comes up, they find themselves in an unlikely partnership with the Big Five's Ed Lynch.Nothing goes smoothly or as expected, and with Danny's impending fatherhood calling him halfway around the world, and new threats to Leopard's Den from Ed Lynch's manipulative wife, the struggle is as great as ever to ensure the integrity of the Trevanions isn't compromised no matter how hard life proves when you're Wild at Heart.
With angels crying in the toilets all because of a jealous Angel Gabriel it could only be the eagerly awaited performance of the Primary school nativity play - this time with a twist! The UK's finest comedy actors take the leading roles as the eight year old performers. Through the inevitable mishaps misunderstandings young egos fears of failure and fallings out the children's characters evolve into mirror images of thier parents the nativity play's audience. You'll be drawn i
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