Pauline Collins repeats her stage success as the character Shirley Valentine, a married woman who decides in her middle years that she wants more out of life. Leaving her spouse behind, she heads to Greece, where she grows close to a low-key local bloke (Tom Conti). Collins and director Lewis Gilbert (Educating Rita) choose to let the character, as she did in the play, speak directly to the audience at times and the gamble works in terms of creating a gentle, intimate atmosphere. Conti is a bonus, a warm presence and funny to boot. --Tom Keogh
Written by the award-winning Daragh Carville, The Bay is a compelling and beautifully crafted crime story rooted in the families and communities of a distinctive coastal town. When Family Liaison Officer Lisa Armstrong (Morven Christie) is assigned to a missing persons investigation, at first it seems like any other tragic, but all too familiar. But there's something very different about this particular case. With horror, Lisa realizes she's got a personal connection with this frightened family; one that could compromise her and the investigation.
From the multiple BAFTA Award winning writer Steven Moffat (Coupling Press Gang Doctor Who Jekyll Tin Tin) comes the first series of Joking Apart starring Robert Bathurst and Fiona Gillies. First shown in 1993 the series was a huge cult hit and has been eagerly awaited on DVD ever since. Comedy writer Mark Taylor knows he has found the woman of his dreams when he meets Becky and sweeps her off her feet with his non-stop quick-fire one-liners. But five years on Mark doesn't realise that the joke has worn thin and a surprise party for Becky changes his life completely. Told in flashback this award-winning bittersweet comedy has it all; laughter and tears joy and pain.
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