Stepping into the role of Leslie Charteris' "modern-day Robin Hood" Simon Templar (formerly played in films by smoothies like George Sanders), Roger Moore swiftly struck the right poses, adding a raised eyebrow to the character's established trademarks--a stick figure with halo, a whistled theme (co-composed by Charteris himself) and a quixotic commitment to adventure rather than decency. More clean-cut than the vigilante of the novels, Moore's Templar is a reformed thief (with an accent on reformed) whose adventures invariably involve a beautiful girl in trouble, an exotic locale established by stock shots and pantomime-level barroom sets with revolving fans on the ceiling, and "foreign" villains, played by familiar British character actors in false moustaches. The Saint ran from 1962 to 1969. Connoisseurs reckon the earlier, black and white shows are superior to the later colour seasons. From 1979 to 1980, there was a follow-up, The Return of the Saint, in which sufficiently ironic Ian Ogilvy donned Templar's polo neck, but the format seemed outmoded in comparison with The Sweeney and The Professionals. Volume One contains: "The Talented Husband" in which a playwright is found dead in suspicious circumstances, with guest star Shirley (Goldfinger) Eaton; and "The Latin Touch" which concerns a kidnapping in Rome, with Suzan Farmer and Warren (Alf Garnett) Mitchell. --Kim Newman
Robert Powell reprises one of his most famous roles, that of Edwardian adventurer Richard Hannay, in this hit drama series spinning out of John Buchan's thrilling tales of derring-do most famously, the classic novel The Thirty-Nine Steps. This release comprises both action-packed series, with guest appearances from Martin Clunes, Alex Kingston, Charles Gray, Oliver Cotton, Phyllis Logan, Iain Cuthbertson and Anthony Valentine. Having forged a successful career as a mining engineer, prospector and military intelligence officer in South Africa, Richard Hannay returns to Britain amid the mounting tensions of pre-First World War Europe. His plans to settle down are dashed, however, when the naval arms race between Britain and Imperial Germany enters a dangerous new phase and his ingenuity is stretched to its limit by the ever-inventive schemes of his ruthless arch-enemy, Count Otto von Schwabing...
All 17 episodes from the classic children's series. Get on board get on board come and join the Double Deckers... A song that brought joy to a whole generation of children thanks to Here Come The Double Deckers a huge TV hit in the early '70s. This much-loved series follows the trials and tribulations of the Double Deckers; Brains Billie Doughnut Sticks Scooper Spring and Tiger as they hold secret meetings on an abandoned bus in a junk yard and embark on numerous adventures often joined by Albert the street sweeper (Melvyn Hayes). Originally aired in the UK in 1971 this wonderful comedy adventure series complete with lots of singing and a fair amount of detective work ran for just one memorable season of seventeen episodes it has never been seen on DVD until now.
Each of the world's major cities has its best detective agency and each of these has its best agents; super-agents like The Protectors.The most sensitive baffling dangerous assignments are handled by this trio of adventurers with no equal among private eyes. In their nerve-tingling assignments they function as a highly trained team but they know that the next mission might mean death - and they live as if each moment were their last. Robert Vaughn stars as Harry Rule the suave American who leads their operations and works from a London office; Nyree Dawn Porter is the elegant Rome-based Contessa di Contini and Tony Anholt is Paul Buchet a French agent operating out of a Paris apartment. Produced by Gerry Anderson and Reg Hill (Thunderbirds) this glossy stylish series was one of ITC's most lavish and ambitious projects boasting intriguing action-packed storylines and location filming in some of Europe's most glamorous cities. John Thaw Diana Quick Stephanie Beacham Peter Bowles Patrick Troughton and George Baker are among the many stars making guest appearances while Tony Christie sings the show's theme tune Avenues and Alleyways - a UK Top 40 hit on its re-release in 2005. This 7-disc set comprises all 52 half-hour episodes originally aired between 1972 and 1974.
First introduced to fans in the hugely successful ITC series Department S, this is Jason King, brought vividly to life by Peter Wyngarde in a series of high-spirited adventures which turned him into a world-famous celebrity. Jason King is an author and bon vivant who savours life to the full, from good food to gorgeous girls. Wherever he goes in search of material for his books he encounters more stirring drama, deeper intrigue, more unexpected situations and more beautiful women than any one man has the right to experience! Coping with everything in his own elegant, flamboyant manner, anything can happen to him and usually does! Features: Wanna Watch a Television Series? Chapter Two: Fish out of Water - The last part of our exclusive two-part documentary on Department S and Jason King, narrated by Peter Bowles and featuring contributions from Cyril Frankel, Kate O'Mara and Burt Kwouk Extensive episodic image galleries (discs 1-7) Textless opening and closing titles and Adcap A suite of Laurie Johnson's incidental music, with accompanying image gallery Archive interview with Peter Wyngarde on Russell Harty's show in 1973 PDF material The Crossfire a play from 1967 featuring Peter Wyngarde
A Kind of Loving: The Complete Series
Crooks In Cloisters is a 1964 British comedy starring Bernard Cribbins and Barbara Windsor. A gang of hardboiled rogues exchange their London gear for the brown robes of a religious order. Make no mistake, they are no undergoing a change of heart, just hiding out until the heat cools off a little and they can return to their criminal activities in the big smoke!
In 1960, television-executive Lew Grade's ITC company inaugurated a tradition of escapist adventure/mystery shows with Danger Man, a pocket-sized take on the spy stuff strutted in fiction by Ian Fleming's as-yet-unfilmed James Bond books. The versatile Patrick McGoohan took the lead role of John Drake, a daring spy for the NATO powers. This first, half-hour incarnation of the show (that would be known in the US as Secret Agent) concentrated on tight little plots executed at a rapid pace. McGoohan proved as adept in the numerous fight scenes and he was at spitting out the hardboiled dialogue which counterpointed Edwin Astley's memorable music. Although Drake is a deliberately colourless leading man, the format of the show allowed McGoohan to go undercover each week as a different, often strange character. Later, the series came back as an hour-long programme that segued wildly into McGoohan's masterpiece, The Prisoner. Volume One includes the following episodes: "View from the Villa" (with Barbara Shelley); "Time to Kill" (with Derren Nesbitt); "Josetta"; and "The Blue Veil" (with Ferdy Mayne). --Kim Newman
United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), SPECIAL FEATURES: Behind the scenes, Box Set, Commentary, Documentary, Interactive Menu, Multi-DVD Set, Scene Access, Uncut, SYNOPSIS: All 26 episodes of the cult 1960s series. In 'My late, lamented friend and partner' detective Jeff Randall (Mike Pratt) is devastated when his friend and partner Marty Hopkirk (Kenneth Cope) is killed by a hit-and-run driver. However, Marty's ghost returns from the grave to inform Jeff that his death was no accident. 'A disturbing case' has Marty's widow Jeannie (Annette Andre) commit Jeff to an asylum when she sees him talking to himself. 'All work and no pay' finds jean convinced that the moving furniture in her flat is the work of her late-husband Marty's restless spirit, but of course Jeff and the ghostly Marty know better. 'Never trust a ghost' sees Marty convinced that a man has been shot dead in his London home after inadvertently witnessing the killing. In 'that's how murder snowballs' Jeff uses Marty to help him form a variety act when he investigates the murder of a mind reader. 'just for the record' finds Jeff acting as bodyguard to a beauty contest entrant, but the job is not as simple as it at first seemed. 'Murder ain't what it used to be!' has Marty cross swords with another ghost - deceased gangster Bugsy, who wants revenge on his former partner-in-crime. Unfortunately, Bugsy's intended victim is Marty's partner Jeff's latest client! 'Whoever heard of a ghost dying?' sees Jeff and Marty being used as fall guys when a master criminal and a clairvoyant discover their secret. In 'the house on haunted hill' Jeff asks Marty to help solve the mystery of a 'haunted house' which is being used as the front for a diamond robbery. 'When did you start to stop seein...Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) (1969) - Complete Series - 8-DVD Box Set ( My Partner the Ghost )
First aired in December 1960, Coronation Street is the longest running, most watched soap opera in Britain. This boxed set of the best episodes from the 1990s is released to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of everyone's favourite show. Winning numerous accolades, the show was described as the most successful television programme in British history by the Royal Television Society, and creator Tony Warren was made an MBE in 1976. The dramas of Weatherfield’s residents have kept viewers enthralled throughout the soap’s history, and this volume of classic episodes from the 1990s allows fans to revisit key moments and storylines of that decade. Newcomers include the unhappily married Des and Steph Barnes, loner Roy Cropper, wheelchair-bound battleaxe Maud Grimes, butcher Fred Elliott, scheming barmaid Tanya Poole, aspiring model Raquel Wolstenhulme, and the troublesome Battersby family; noted writers include Shameless creator Paul Abbott, and actor and playwright Stephen Mallatratt.
The twist of private-eye show Randall & Hopkirk Deceased is that in the first episode, gumshoe Marty Hopkirk (Kenneth Cope) is killed off by the villains, only to pop up in an immaculate white suit as a ghost visible only to his hardboiled partner Jeff Randall (Mike Pratt). In theory, the supernatural streak--which meant a complex set of rules about Marty's appearances and effects on the physical world--should lead the show into wilder territory, but most episodes squander the team's unique abilities on ordinary cases about blackmail and murder-for-profit. A persistent subplot has the living Jeff getting cosy with the dead Marty's widow Jean (Annette Andre) to the discomfort of her late husband. The elementary effects and the nice underplaying of the leads have a certain period charm, and the show could afford a high calibre of special guest villains and dolly birds. A 1990s remake with Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer hasn't obliterated memories of the original. --Kim Newman
The BFI presents three more classic kids' films from the much loved Children’s Film Foundation. Cult favourite Sammy's Super T-Shirt (1978) - arguably the most sought after gem in the CFF library – finally comes to DVD, accompanied by two other classics from the collection. Sammy dreams of becoming a super athlete, despite his puny build. When his lucky training t-shirt is thrown into a scientist's lab it becomes imbued with 'super strength' power. When Sammy manages to recover the t-shirt he uses his new-found strength to out-run baddies and bullies alike. Soapbox Derby (1957), sees a young Michael Crawford scrapping with a rival South London gang in Battersea, while The Sky-Bike (1967) stars Liam Redmond as an eccentric inventor trying to achieve more than just speed. Special Features: Illustrated booklet
The story of European women living in Singapore at the outbreak of war in the Far East and their capture by the Japanese. Features the complete episodes from the television series.
Robert Walker, Herbert Lom and Christopher Lee all feature in this spectacular adventure of lost treasure set deep in the Amazon jungle, but the undeniable star of The Face of Eve is screen goddess Celeste Yarnall later immortalised as the blood-thirsty temptress in cult horror classic The Velvet Vampire. Scripted by legendary British B-movie mogul Harry Alan Towers, The Face of Eve is presented here in a brand-new transfer from the original film elements in its as-exhibited theatrical aspect ratio.Mike Yates, a pilot and adventurer searching for lost Inca treasure, is saved from savages by a beautiful white jungle goddess who wields a strange power over her subjects. Soon both Yates and the mysterious Eve are involved in a dangerous race deep into the jungle to locate the hidden treasure...SPECIAL FEATURE: Image Gallery
The Punch and Judy Man is a British comedy from 1963 directed by Jeremy Summers (Crooks In Cloisters). It was Tony Hancock's second film in a starring role, following The Rebel (1961). Hancock plays Wally Pinner, the unhappily married Punch and Judy Man. Wally and the other beach entertainers are socially unacceptable to the town's snobbish elite. Wally's wife, Delia (Sylvia Syms), runs a seaside shop below their flat. She's desperate to have Wally invited to entertain at the official reception for Lady Jane Caterham (Barbara Murray), who she sees as her ticket to a rise in the social ladder. At the Mayoress' suggestion the Reception Committee invites Wally to entertain. During the dinner, events degenerate and a food fight begins when one of the drunken guests begins heckling Wally. When Lady Jane vents her anger at Wally for ruining the evening, Delia floors her with a punch, her dreams of social acceptance shattered.
As World War II looms in Europe, an ambitious young English lawyer embarks on his turbulent career and even stormier love life. Set amidst the politically turbulent times surrounding World War II, this acclaimed 13-part BBC drama (adapted from C.P. Snow's novel) chronicles the impassioned life of young Englishman Lewis Eliot (Shaughan Seymour). In a world where truth and justice test the moral fibre of even the most solid of men, Eliot is the ambitious lawyer fighting the temptations that cou.
A discredited ex-CIA agent reduced to working as a private investigator, McGill travels the world as a 'gun for hire'. His unorthodox approach and strong sense of personal integrity often bring him into conflict with both his employers and the authorities, making him more enemies than friends... Starring Richard Bradford in a career-defining role as McGill, Man in a Suitcase has been newly remastered in High Definition from original 35mm film elements for this Blu-ray release. Featuring all thirty episodes, this critically acclaimed and highly popular action series has never looked better than this.
Punch & Judy Man: Tony Hancock is a melancholy Punch and Judy man trying to establish himself as an important citizen in the seaside town where he works. When his snobbish wife is taught a lesson at an important social event it looks like the British comic genius may just get the new lease of life of which he's always dreamed... (Dir. Jeremy Summers 1963) The Rebel: Tony Hancock portrays a bored city clerk who has ambitions of becoming an artist in France. (Dir. Robert Day 1961)
The Bill went from strength to strength in 1988 when it was restructured into the half-hour format that stormed to the top of the ITV ratings and the show remained a Top Ten UK drama for over two decades – becoming the longest- running police procedural drama ever screened on British television. Starring fan favourites Sgt. Cryer (Eric Richard) WPC Ackland (Trudie Goodwin) DS Ted Roach (Tony Scannell) DC Lines (Kevin Lloyd) and the ever irascible DI Burnside (Christopher Ellison) this set contains 48 consecutive episodes – originally screened in 1989.
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