This critically acclaimed wartime drama is an epic adventure of love friendship and courage during the Second World War. In a quiet Suffolk village life is disrupted when the 525th Bomber Group of the United States Eight Air Force arrives with its Flying Fortress bombers its two thousand officers its energy and confidence. Despite cultural differences between the brash Americans and the reserved but resilient villagers of Market Wetherby they pull together to face the common ene
The Agatha Christie Hour is a collection of ten dramas based on short stories by the most popular novelist in history. Featuring a heady mix of romance, the supernatural and thrilling adventure, the episodes all showcase Christie's unrivalled flair for the dramatic. With guest stars including John Nettles, Roy Kinnear, Amanda Redman, Rupert Everett and Cherie Lunghi, the episodes in this set are: Features: Magnolia Blossom The Case of the Discontented Soldier The Girl in the Train The Fourth Man Jane in Search of a Job The Manhood of Edward Robinson The Case of the Middle-aged Wife In a Glass Darkly The Mystery of the Blue Jar The Red Signal
Running for four enormously popular series, this thrilling Yorkshire Television drama stars John Stride as David Main, an ambitious, dynamic, occasionally impetuous young solicitor. Having cut his teeth in London, Main now returns to his native Leeds to establish his own practice. Thirsting for success yet never losing touch with his compassionate side, Main takes on lucrative, high-profile cases as well as those involving society's most underprivileged; as the series follows him through both triumph and catastrophe, his passion for his work often leads to conflict in his turbulent private life. Co-starring John Wentworth as Main's older, more cautious partner, along with Anna Palk, Margaret Ashcroft, Glynn Edwards and Sharon Maughan, this complete set contains all 45 episodes.
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This highly regarded Thames anthology from the 1980s presented a diverse range of high-quality single dramas that would serve as pilots for possible future series. Among these screenplays were many notable successes: these included 'Woodentop', which introduced The Bill's much-loved characters PC Carver and WPC Ackland; 'Lytton's Diary', both created by and starring Peter Bowles; and linked screenplays The Traitor' and 'A Question of Commitment', featuring Alec McCowen in the role of master spycatcher Mr Palfrey. Episodes Comprise: Inspector Ghote Moves in. Judgement Day. Secrets. Woodentop. The Traitor. Lytton's Diary. King & Castle. Ladies in Charge. Thank You, Miss Jones. Making News. Snakes and Ladders. A Question of Commitment. Hunted Down. Special Features: Singles' Night: Starring Robin Nedwell. Originally produced as a Storyboard edition, this play was ultimately transmitted outside the series banner.
First transmitted in 1984, Chocky is a six-part TV adaptation of John Wyndham's clever novel. Matthew, an apparently normal 12-year-old boy, starts talking to an invisible presence called Chocky, who quizzes him on a wide variety of subjects as if unfamiliar with life on Earth. Over the course of the serial it is suggested that Chocky is an alternate personality or, after Matthew has been helped by Chocky to rescue his sister from drowning, a guardian angel. But we realise early on that this non-imaginary friend is in fact an alien who has made exploratory contact with the boy. Though Chocky manifests as a swirl of blue light, this is a rare piece of TV science fiction that sticks to the domestic arena, exploring ideas rather than playing with special effects. Wyndham's very 1950s-styled novel is updated by making the kids less well-spoken, and throwing in Rubik's cubes and space invaders video games, but adaptor Anthony Read's script preserves the virtues of the novel. Young Andrew Ellams is fine in a demanding role, and there's good-quality puzzled concern from dad James Hazeldine and 80s TV's resident sexy mum Carol Drinkwater. Apart from a few eye-abusing 1984 fashions--Jeremy Bulloch's huge glasses and blinding white jeans in a cameo as a psychiatrist--and the general leisurely pace, which is no bad thing in such a careful piece of drama, this has dated little. Those who remember its first broadcast will find it lives up to the memory, and those who weren't born then should still find it an entertaining watch. On the DVD: Chocky on disc can be accessed as a marathon two-and-a-half-hour watch or as six individual episodes (the latter is recommended). Print quality is fine given the techniques of its production. A nice extra is a 20-minute, in-depth chat with writer Anthony Read. --Kim Newman
The old lady of UK crime-drama finally makes its way to DVD with this box set of series. Bringing hard-hitting storylines and gritty acting The Bill was something of a revolution when it first hit our screen courtesy of ITV. Now in it's 21 year the Bill continues to march on to TV legend status. Episodes comprise: 1. Funny Ol' Business - Cops & Robbers 2. A Friend In Need 3. Clutching At Straws 4. Long Odds 5. It's Not Such A Bad Job After All 6. The Drugs Raid 7. A Dange
The first police series to show a woman at Detective Inspector level, The Gentle Touch stars Jill Gascoine as Maggie Forbes a tough but compassionate cop who is also a single mother to a teenage son following the murder of her police constable husband. Reflecting a time when there were very few ranking female officers, the series not only showed police procedure within a Metropolitan Police CID unit but also offered an insight into how a woman might cope with such a role in what was still very much a man's world. Instantly successful with the public, The Gentle Touch ran for five series and featured guest appearances by Catherine Schell, Brian Croucher, Joanne Whalley, Liz Smith, Art Malik, Lynda Bellingham and Louise Jameson, among many others.
Within These Walls remains a high point of British television drama. A huge success for LWT the series offered an authentic portrayal of day-to-day life for the inmates and staff of a women's prison reflecting the progress of penal system reform and the shift from a Victorian ethos of punishment to an emphasis upon rehabilitation. Within These Walls focussed particularly on the challenges facing the female governor - not least the conflict between adherence to rules and sensitivity to individual needs. Setting the template for later series such as Prisoner: Cell Block H and Bad Girls this outstanding drama is still fondly remembered more than 30 years after its original screening. In this fourth series originally aired in 1976 compassionate reformer Faye Boswell is replaced by Helen Forrester (Katharine Blake) an attractive widow who leads a solitary life in a fl at adjoining the prison. Helen's methods differ radically from Faye's; gone is the easy informality that characterised her predecessor's regime. But Helen has an inner warmth a sense of humour and an equal dedication to the women who find themselves within the closed world of Stone Park.
The Agatha Christie Hour is a collection of ten hour-long dramas based on short stories by the most popular novelist in history. Some were romances some had supernatural themes and a couple were adventures. The common link was that all came from the talented pen of Agatha Christie all were entertaining and each drama was carefully crafted and well cast with many of Britain's best known actors of the time represented. Episodes Comprise: The Case of the Middle-Aged Wife: When Mrs Packington whose husband is paying more attention to his young secretary answers an ad in the papers reading ARE YOU HAPPY? IF NOT CONSULT MR PARKER PYNE she soon finds herself being dazzled and swept off her feet by the handsome Claude Luttrell. In A Glass Darkly: Matthew Armitage is startled by a vision in his mirror: he sees a man with a scarred neck strangling a beautiful blonde. He later meets the woman in his vision Sylvia and notes her fiance's scarred neck. Mathew tells Sylvia of his premonition and the engagement is broken off. But is that all there is to it? The Case of the Discontented Soldier: The recently retired Major Wilbraham is bored and unhappy so he answers Parker Pyne's newspaper ad. Before long the Major finds himself rescuing Freda Clegg from two burly attackers; with Freda in tow he embarks on a daring adventure to find treasure in the wilds of Africa! Another charming love story of an autumn romance. Magnolia Blossom: Theodora Darrell is running away with her lover - and business associate of her husband - Vincent Easton when she learns her husband Richard is facing financial ruin. Old loyalties resurface and she returns home to see if she can fix the situation. The Mystery of the Blue Jar: Playing golf early one morning Jack Harrington hears a cry Murder! Help! from a nearby cottage. He runs up to find a beautiful French girl Felise placidly weeding the garden oblivious to any disturbance. When the Jack hears the same cries for many days he begins to think he might be mad. But are more sinister forces at work? The Red Signal: Dermot West is invited to dinner at the home of Jack and Claire Trent. The first is his best friend the second the woman he loves. During the evening the conversation turns to the supernatural; Dermot admits he frequently gets what he calls 'the red signal' to warn him of impending danger. He neglects to mention that he is getting the signal strongly that night! Jane in Search of a Job: Jane Cleveland lands a sought-after job as double for the Grand Duchess of Ostrova during the latter's state visit to England. An attempt is feared on the Duchess' life and when Jane is framed for a theft events become ever more complicated. Can she clear her name and who is trying to kill the Duchess? The Manhood of Edward Robinson: Prim and proper yet a romantic dreamer Edward Robinson leads a rather dull life with his domineering girlfriend and uninspiring job. His quiet dull life ends when he wins some money in a newspaper contest and he embarks on an adventure that even he never dreamed of. The Girl in The Train: George Rowland a bored playboy disowned for the seventh time by his wealthy uncle is on the train to London. When a beautiful girl bursts into his compartment frantically begging to be hidden his life changes dramatically. The Fourth Man: A canon a lawyer and a psychiatrist find themselves together on a train bound for Newcastle. There is a fourth man in the compartment who apparently pays no attention to his companions' animated conversation.
This critically acclaimed wartime drama is an epic adventure of love friendship and courage during the Second World War. In a quiet Suffolk village life is disrupted when the 525th Bomber Group of the United States Eight Air Force with its Flying Fortress bombers its two thousand officers its energy and confidence arrive. Despite cultural differences between the brash Americans and the reserved but resilient villagers of Market Wetherby they pull together to face the common enemy. A story of romance hardship fear and sacrifice. Poignant and moving the reality behind this fictional drama makes it more so.
Almost a decade after Maggie Smith won an Academy Award for her performance in the film of the same name, Scottish Television undertook a television dramatisation of Dame Muriel Spark's much loved novel. With Geraldine McEwan in the title role, this seven-part series explored more fully and at length the rich and varied characters that populated her work and in so doing, created a superbly satisfying drama, a strikingly different yet complementary partner to its big screen counterpart. Despairing of dreary rain-soaked Newcastle, Miss Brodie is reinvigorated by the opportunity to teach at the Marcia Blaine School for Girls in her beloved Edinburgh. The visionary Miss Brodie soon finds herself at odds with some members of the teaching staff, and some parents, with her outspoken attitudes towards her girls, the curriculum she swiftly casts aside, and her beloved Mussolini. Taking those girls with potential under her wing, the inquisitive, the attractive, the talented, the outcast, Miss Brodie inspires a spirited rebellion in her charges, much to the chagrin of the aptly named Miss Gaunt, whilst befriending likeminded teachers of art and music. "I am a teacher, first, last and always... that is what I am here for; to keep your mind alive until the curriculum catches up with it."
Donald Sinden, Anton Rodgers and Peter Egan star in this witty, sharply observed drama series which reveals the intrigues, resentments, bewilderments and betrayals of the staff of a large corporation. Based on writer Philip Mackie's own experiences, this award-winning series is available here for the first time.The Greatrick Organization is a faceless, multi-million-pound concern dedicated to making more millions. In its headquarters we meet an assortment of middle and junior executives, among them new boy Richard Pershore a handsome young hopeful who knows he's just walked into a jungle; press officer Rodney Spurling, widely known as the Chairman's whipping boy; and PR head David Pulman, with his beautiful, ever-efficient but possibly treacherous secretary, Veronica. Their lives may look cosy enough; all they have to do is keep on being loyal slaves until they're 60 or 65. But there are a hundred different ways to put a foot wrong
The complete collection of the landmark British drama series' set in turn-of-the-century England chronicling life among the residents of 165 Eaton Place. For individual episode listings please refer to the individual boxed sets.
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?
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
Edward Petherbridge stars as Lord Peter Wimsey. Harriet Vane decides it is time to take a break and heads to North Devon. On a walking tour the peace is shattered when she finds the body of a man on the beach with his throat slit.
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.
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