Miniseries starring Jenna Coleman and Tahar Rahim. Charles Sobhraj (Rahim) is a criminal who excels in identity theft and fraudulent gem smuggling who, during the 1970s, along with girlfriend Marie-Andree Leclerc (Coleman), kills a number of backpackers, fuelled by his hatred for hippy culture. However, soon German diplomat Herman Knippenberg (Billy Howle) begins tracking Sobhraj convinced that he is responsible for a number of unexplained deaths. Assisted by his wife Angela (Ellie Bamber) and colleague Paul Siemons (Tim McInnerny) they attempt to pin down the elusive Sobhraj.
It's hard to know who thought it would be a good idea to make a live-action version of Disney's animated classic. The one bright notion anyone had was casting Glenn Close as Disney Übervillainess Cruella de Vil; her flashing eyes and angular features are a perfect match and do credit to what is one of the most indelible animated characters Disney has ever created. The story remains essentially the same, focusing on Cruella's plot to kidnap the puppies of a young married couple (Jeff Daniels and Jolie Richardson) and make them into a coat. But the dreaded John Hughes, who wrote this script, fills it with sadistic slapstick and far too few genuine laughs. The human actors work hard, but to little avail; thankfully, there's a posse of puppies to regularly steal scenes when the going gets dreary--although there are only so many laughs to be had from inappropriate dog puddles. --Marshall Fine, Amazon.com
Like a skidmark through history the Edmund Blackadders left an indelible dirty stain on every era they passed through. No one knows where the notorious Blackadder family originated from - some say the shallow end of the gene pool others just nod and point to the cess-pit behind the pig-sheds. Every new era produces a more contemptuous Edmund Blackadder each incarnation bearing a striking resemblance to the last carrying forward the family traditions of cowardice treachery and po
Based on the novel by Labour MP Chris Mullin and adapted for the screen by Alan Plater (Fortunes of War) A Very British Coup imagines what might have happened if a Left-Wing Labour MP had become Prime Minister of the UK at the end of the 1980s. Radical Leftist Harry Perkins (Ray McAnally) an unassuming working class politician from Sheffield stands for open and honest government. Despite a landslide victory for Labour Perkins is fighting for his seat from day one as the right-wing establishment and its American allies scheme to plot his downfall. Adultery blackmail and conspiracies abound Perkins remains committed to his socialist agenda. But when politics gets dirty can he play the game and win?
Globe Theatre production of Shakespeare's classic play.
Classic 1980'S Bafta-Winning Bbc Drama, Available On Blu-Ray For The Very First Time! Remastered From The Original 16Mm Film. Winner Of Six Baftas, Including Best Drama Series, Best Actor & Best Original Television Music. Featuring Music By Eric Clapton & Michael Kamen As Yorkshire Detective Ronald Craven Investigates The Murder Of His Daughter, The Story Spirals Into A Gripping Eco-Thriller Of Political Conspiracy, Secret Service Machinations And Even Shady Medieval Societies. As He Draws Closer To The Dangerous Inner Sanctums Of Organised Environmental Protests And Nuclear Power Interests, He Discovers The Ultimate Truths At The Heart Of Our Society. Features: Eric Clapton And Michael Kamen'S Bafta Award Winning Score. The Baftas 1986 Including Interviews With Bob Peck And Joe Don Baker. The Broadcasting Press Guild Awards 1986 Featuring Interviews With Producer Michael Wearing And Actor Bob Peck. Magnox The Secrets Of Edge Of Darkness. Featuring Contributions From Writer, Cast And Production Team. Bbc Arts Programme Did You See ? Reviews Edge Of Darkness. Bob Peck Interview From The Bbc Breakfast Time Programme.
A team-building weekend in Eastern Europe goes badly wrong for the employees of a weapons company.
Although now regarded as the opening salvo of a classic series, the original Blackadder series was not considered a great success, either among critics or many viewers, so a major rethink took place when it was recommissioned. On the writing front, future-Four Weddings And A Funeral scribe Richard Curtis was joined by Ben Elton, while the expensive War of the Roses-era sets were replaced by cosier Elizabethan ones. The most important change, however, was with Rowan Atkinson's eponymous character who, in the first series, had been a fairly weak-willed idiot but now emerged as the familiar Machiavellian fiend which would cement Atkinson's place in the pantheon of great British sitcom actors. Moreover, even if so many of the script's lines have been subsequently ripped off by lesser hands that it can't help but occasionally sound dated, the central performances of Atkinson, Tony Robinson (Baldrick), Tim McInnery (Lord Percy), Stephen Fry (Lord Melchett) and, of course, Miranda Richardson as the childishly psychotic Queen Elizabeth ("I love it when you get cross. Sometimes I think about having you executed just to see the expression on your face") remain note perfect. Yet the real pleasure for viewers may be in rediscovering the raft of excellent guest star performances--not least Tom "Doctor Who" Baker's berserk turn as a literally legless old sea dog given to guzzling his own urine long before the drinking water has run out. --Clark Collis
Cruella De Vil (Glenn Close) is released from prison on good behavior swearing that she will have nothing to do with fur ever again in her life.
Leeson (Ewan McGregor) is rightly proud of himself: despite his humble beginnings, the Watford lad is now a trusted employee of Barings Merchant Bank, the City of London's oldest Banking House founded in 1763.
“witty & heart-warming” THE TELEGRAPH “a celebration of being different” THE INDEPENDENT Based on the bestselling book by David Walliams and featuring an all-star cast including Jennifer Saunders, James Buckley, David Walliams and Kate Moss. Dennis feels different - he’s an ordinary boy who lives in an ordinary house in an ordinary street, he plays football with his mates and lives with his dad and brother, but he is frustrated by the boring grey world he inhabits - life has never really been the same since his mum left. However, transformation can happen when you least expect it, and in a local shop a fashion magazine seems to be calling Dennis – can it be that supermodel Kate Moss is really telling him that it’s okay for boys to like Vogue? Aided by Lisa, the coolest girl in the school, Dennis creates a whole new persona. But can a boy wear a dress – and how will his headmaster, his dad and his friends react when they find out?
Follow the progress of Rowan Atkinson's irredeemably wicked Edmund Blackadder throughout history in this complete box set of all four series--from the snivelling War of the Roses-era creep in the Shakespearean parody that was the first series, to his final and unexpectedly noble demise in the trenches of the First World War in Blackadder Goes Forth. In between, of course, we see Edmund at the court of giggly Queen Elizabeth I in Blackadder II, now transformed into the Machiavellian cad audiences came to love so well (thanks to a character overhaul from writing team Ben Elton and Richard Curtis and Rowan Atkinsons note-perfect performance). Then in Blackadder III he's still scheming, but this time has moved a little down the social ladder as butler to the congenitally stupid Prince Regent on the cusp of the 18th and 19th centuries. In all four generations Blackadder is accompanied (or should that be hampered?) by his faithful yet terminally stupid servant Baldrick (Tony Robinson); and if that wasn't bad enough he also has to put up with the incompetence, pomposity and one-upmanship of a host of other contemporary hangers-on wonderfully played by regular costars Hugh Laurie, Tim McInnery, Stephen Fry, Miranda Richardson and Rik Mayall. Taken as a whole this sharp, cynical, occasionally satirical, toilet humour-obsessed and achingly funny saga deserves to stand alongside Fawlty Towers as one of the best ever British sitcoms. --Mark Walker
This is a film about art; not the history of art or the academic study of art or the fluctuations in the art market or the latest exhibition but it is about what starts artists off and what keeps them going. It's about instinct, temperaments and practicalities, about perseverance. About how work occurs and how, from working life to working life, art is passed on.
The final Blackadder series, which first appeared in 1990, was the most highly evolved of all of the Richard Curtis/Ben Elton-scripted excursions. Having contrived to attain the Crown at the end of the third series, Rowan Atkinson's Edmund Blackadder is now reduced to a mere Captaincy in the trenches during World War I, with these episodes finding him shooting messenger pigeons, grumbling about Charlie Chaplin and unscrupulously evading his patriotic duty to pile over the top and be slaughtered pointlessly. Hugh Laurie plays the upper class silly arse to the hilt while Baldrick, who has grown progressively more stupid throughout the four series, can barely muster the intelligence to move from the spot. Blackadder Goes Forth stoutly refused to the end to abandon its relish for broad, puerile scatological puns: "Captain Darling will pump you thoroughly in the debriefing room," growls Stephen Fry's General Melchett. However, Blackadder's cynicism is laced with genuine despair at the recent madness of World War I. The closing moments of the final episode, as Blackadder and co. finally receive their orders, are handled with sober poignancy and became a frequent fixture in Remembrance Day TV scheduling. --David Stubbs
The classic first series of BlackAdder was slightly different to its successors--Ben Elton was not yet part of the writing team, and Shakespearean parody featured prominently. Rowan Atkinson was at his best as a would-be Machiavellian medieval intriguer while Brian Blessed plays his gloriously over the top blustering militarist father.The episodes collected here are: "The Foretelling", in which Richard III, played by Peter Cook in a brilliant parody of Olivier, wins Bosworth only to get in an unseemly argument about a horse; "Born to be King" in which Edmund, lumbered with providing bearded ladies, morris dancers and eunuchs for a festival, discovers some indiscreet love letters; "The Archbishop" in which after his father has the Archbishop of Canterbury killed, Edmund starts his intrigues again; "The Queen of Spain's Beard" in which Blackadder's father's international schemes call for Edmund to make a dynastic marriage to Miriam Margolyes as the Infanta of Spain, and Jim Broadbent plays a peculiarly irritating interpreter; "Witchsmeller Pursuivant" in which Edmund falls foul of the demonic witchsmeller, played with more gusto than is quite credible by Frank Finlay; and "The Black Seal", wherein Edmund assembles a group of villains as his personal retinue (Rik Mayall plays a mad prisoner).On the DVD: No extras here at all, aside from subtitles in English, SDH, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, French, Spanish, Portuguese and Italian, and chapter points within each episode. --Roz Kaveney
The complete television drama series 'A Very British Coup.' A steel worker is elected as Prime Minister. Based on the novel by Chris Mullen MP.
Drawing TV audiences of up to 11 million viewers 'Trial And Retribution' is a gritty urban drama that deals with graphic topics from abduction to serial murders and internal police corruption to psychological illness. Breaking new ground in terms of content and style each episode traces the entire trajectory of a serious crime from the act being committed to a detailed investigation and arrest before arriving at the law courts for a dramatic finale.
Paul Finchley (Coltrane) is a cherished household name, one half of a much-loved comedy double act with a career that spans several decades. He's a bona fide national treasure until the day he receives a knock at the door. Faced with an accusation of long-past sexual offences, the life of this adored entertainer begins to unravel. Paul, and all those closest to him, are put under the intense pressure of the investigation and the merciless media circus that accompanies it, from his wife of 40 years Marie (Walters) and his troubled daughter Dee (Riseborough), to his manager and his loyal comedy partner, Karl (McInnerny). Throughout the investigation and criminal trial that follows, memories prove muddied, doubts flourish, loyalties are tested, and truths, half-truths and lies are all exposed. This powerful exploration of truth, memory, trust and family calls into question: how well do we really know those we love? The answer lies in a National Treasure.
Earning a nomination at the Academy Awards for Best Animated Short Film in 1998 this collection of nine animated tales is cleverly and faithfully adapted from one of the most audacious and astonishing works in English literature. Via cel animation clay animation and impressionistic drawings the viewer is transported on a vivid journey to medieval times taking in chivalry love lust the Black Death rape deception and chickens. Introducing a group of men and women from various st
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Everybody knows the name. Everybody knows Sherlock Holmes - or thinks they do. But few know the true story of Conan Doyle's remarkable life and fewer still the extent to which Doyle suppressed and sanitised the pain of Holmes' birth. Set between 1892 and the early 1900s, a new feature length drama for BBC TWO, The Strange Case of Sherlock Holmes & Arthur Conan Doyle, written by David Pirie (Murder Rooms, The Woman in White), is an exploration of the dark family past which drove Arthur Conan Doyle to create the world-famous detective... and then to murder him.
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