Paul Nicholas and Jan Francis are outstanding in their roles as Vince - the cockney unreliable Jack-the-lad with a witty one-liner for every occasion - and Penny - the posh prim and proper lady. When Vince got cold feet and left Penny standing at the altar Penny got on with her life and tried to forget Vince once and for all. Five years and a chance meeting later Penny's feelings are rekindled feelings that she thought were gone forever. Insisting that they would remain 'just good friends' but with emotions resurfacing a classic love-hate on-off relationship is (once again) established. Exacerbating Vince and Penny's predicament are both sets of parents Vince's - Les and Rita - are all leopard print and Brylcreem whilst Penny's - Daphne and Norman - are quite the opposite wine tasting and twin set types. Written by John Sullivan (Only Fools and Horses Citizen Smith) this is a classic story of love lost and found where the question on everyone's lips is will Vince and Penny remain just good friends'? Newly restored by the BBC and available for the first time in its entirety - including the long unseen 1984 Christmas special - John Sullivan's classic sit-com is still as endearing and enjoyable as when it first aired.
Have a drink mate? Have a fight mate? Have a taste of dust and sweat mate? There's nothing else out here. Balanced on a knife-edge between social realism and existential horror this disturbing subversive portrayal of Australia's cultural underbelly failed to find a wide audience on its original release but has since become established as a seminal cornerstone of the Australian cinema. A middle-class schoolteacher stuck in a government-enforced teaching post in an arid backwater stops off in the mining town of Bundanyabba on his way home for the Christmas holidays. Discovering a local gambling craze that may grant him the financial independence to move back to Sydney for good the opportunity proves irresistible. But the bad decisions are just beginning and a reliance on local standards of hospitality in the Yabba may take him on a path darker than ever expected. One of the many triumphs in director Ted Kotcheff's career Wake in Fright effortlessly sustains the quality of a sun-baked nightmare with a relentless forward drive and outstanding performances by Donald Pleasance Gary Bond Sylvia Kay and Chips Rafferty in his final role. A brutal gripping dissection of the limits of masculinity and amorality to stand alongside Straw Dogs A Clockwork Orange and Deliverance it remains a stunning entry in the envelope-pushing cinema of the early 1970s. The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present this film in a new Dual Format edition for its UK home viewing premiere. Special Features: New high-definition 1080p presentation of the film from the 2009 restoration Audio commentary with director Ted Kotcheff and Editor Anthony Buckley A selection of video pieces including new interviews and rare behind-the-scenes footage Original US Outback TV spot Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hearing-impaired A booklet featuring writing on the film its restoration rare imagery and more!
Created and written by Sid Green (Morecambe and Wise: Two of a Kind, The Strange World of Gurney Slade), Mixed Blessings stars Christopher Blake (That's My Boy) and Muriel Odunton as a mixed-race couple struggling to placate their disapproving and constantly bickering families. This popular and - for its time - provocative series also stars much-loved sitcom stalwarts Carmen Munro (The Fosters), and Joan Sanderson (Please Sir!).With Susan expecting the couple's first child, there's no shortage of advice from everyone around her. Thomas's father Edward thinks a family holiday by the sea is just the ticket at such an exhausting time; Thomas naturally assumes that the role of a father-to-be is to help as much as possible. Susan, however, insists that he shouldn't interfere... unless she asks him to!
Created and written by Sid Green (Morecambe and Wise: Two of a Kind, The Strange World of Gurney Slade), Mixed Blessings stars Christopher Blake (That's My Boy) and Muriel Odunton as a mixed-race couple struggling to placate their disapproving and constantly bickering families. This popular and - for its time - provocative series also stars much-loved sitcom stalwarts Carmen Munro (The Fosters), and Joan Sanderson (Please Sir!).Series Two finds the ever-obliging newlyweds continuing to be torn between two sets of in-laws, as Thomas finally lands an engineering job, and Susan announces her pregnancy. Her news meets with typically mixed responses: fathers-in-law William and Edward seem dismayed, and even Matilda and Annie, who both welcome the event, find a reason to squabble. Thomas and Susan - who'd hoped a baby might just bring the two families together - are once again driven to despair...
Episodes from John Sullivan's comedy series in which East End bookmaker Vince Pinner (Nicholas) who thinks he is Gods gift to women may just have met his match in up-market girl Penny Warender (Francis)... Contains all 14 episodes from Series One and Two.
An international co-production made on location along the Brittany coastline Rapture is one of the most remarkable coming of-age films ever made and with its vivid atmosphere and emotional acuity is one of the most striking and neglected studio projects of the 1960s. Three years after she shot to prominence in the classic Sundays and Cybele Patricia Gozzi gives an extraordinary performance as the young girl whose isolated existence under her overbearing father Melvyn Douglas (Ninotchka). Is turned on its head with the sudden arrival of a seductive fugitive from the law Dean Stockwell (Quantum Leap). With a supporting cast including Gunnel Lindblom Sylvia Kay (Wake in Fright BBC TV's Just Good Friends) and Peter Sallis (Last of the Summer Wine) stunningly expressive black and white Cinemascope visuals and an exquisite score by Georges Delerue Rapture is an astonishing rediscovery presented for the first time on home video in the UK in a new high-definition restoration. Special Features: New exclusive commentary with film historians Julie Kirgo and Nick Redmon Booklet featuring an essay by critic Mike Sutton Vintage Stills
Adapting R.F. Delderfield's classic story of love, lust, crime and betrayal, this mini-series centres around a young bank clerk whose yearning to escape the mundanity of small-town life in the 1930s is answered all too readily when he falls for an exotic beauty with dangerous intentions.First aired in 1990, Come Home Charlie and Face Them was the final project of North Wales-born actor and writer Alun Owen, a key figure in 1960s television drama whose credits include the Oscar-nominated screenplay for A Hard Day's Night and scripts for landmark anthology series Armchair Theatre.Charlie Pritchard is a bank cashier in a small Welsh seaside town; lodging with bank manager Evan Rhys-Jones, he forms a relationship with Ida, the banker's earthy, quietly determined daughter. Ida's simple appeal pales, however, beside the promise of passion embodied by the seductive Delphine who with her brother, Beppo, runs the lively Rainbow CafÃ©. Charlie and Delphine are irresistibly drawn together... but each for entirely different reasons.
Come Home Charlie and Face Them is based on the novel by R F Delderfield (To Serve Them All My Days). Charlie Pritchard thinks that the bank manager's daughter is his ideal woman as he works as a cashier in a dreary bank in a dreary Welsh town - that is until he meets Delphine. With Delphine and her sidekick Beppo a plan is hatched to rob Charlie's bank.
Pranks (Dir. Jeffrey Obrow 1981): When the kidding stops the killing starts! Morgan Meadows Hall has been condemned and soon will be torn down. Five college students volunteer to close the structure during Christmas holiday. What ensues are bone chilling events and narrow escapes from a murderer wielding a spiked baseball bat. Everyone is not successful in escaping from the horror of this terrifying insane killer. Just when you are convinced the reign of terror is over... you realize it has only begun... God Told Me To (Dir. Larry Cohen 1976): Was he a god? The Devil? Or something even more terrifying... A rooftop sniper guns down 14 pedestrians on the streets of New York City. A mild-mannered dad takes a shotgun and blows away his wife and children.A cop goes on a sudden shooting spree at the St. Patrick's Day Parade. Each of these unlikely killers makes the same dying confession: 'God told me to.' Now a repressed Catholic NYPD detective must uncover a netherworld of deranged faith alien insemination and his own unholy connection to a homicidal messiah with a perverse plan for the soul of mankind.
In 1960s London a beautiful continental au pair finds herself wrestling with the affections of an earnest peace-protestor a dashing young toff and a roguish older man. But fun and freedom turn to shame and despair when she finds that her naivety has put her lovers and their partners - including the well-meaning Janet (played by Big Zapper's Linda Marlowe in her first role) - at risk. Stylishly shot in crisp black and white and set against a backdrop of smoky jazz clubs 'Ban the Bomb' marches and evocative London locations this finely-tuned cautionary tale was the directorial debut of Gerry O'Hara (All the Right Noises The Brute) and is presented in a new high-definition transfer.
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