La Boheme is based on the masterwork by Giacomo Puccini itself based on a novel by Henri Murger. This latest production and direction by Jonathan Millar for the English National Opera was filmed at the London Coliseum in early 2009 and features a brand new English translation by Amanda Holden. Taken to Paris's depression era of the 1930's by Miller and designer Isabella Bywater a vision of realism as depicted in the films and photos of the peroid is captured.
This newly re-packaged and expanded Ghost Stories for Christmas 6-DVD box set from the BFI includes a total of 20 spine-tingling adaptations of the stories of M R James plus three additional Ghost Stories for Christmas broadcast by the BBC between 1968 and 2010. Highlights include Jonathan Miller’s Whistle and I’ll Come to You (1968) Lawrence Gordon Clark’s A Warning to the Curious (1972) and the Andrew Davies adaptation of Charles Dickens’ The Signalman (1976). These adaptations which have a subtlety and style all of their own have been a major influence on many contemporary British horror filmmakers and have come to be regarded as some of the most acclaimed and brilliant British TV titles of all time. Contents: Disc One: Whistle and I’ll Come to You (1968); Whistle and I’ll Come to You (2010) Disc Two: The Stalls of Barchester (1971); A Warning to the Curious (1972) Disc Three: Lost Hearts (1973); The Treasure of Abbot Thomas (1974); The Ash Tree (1975) Disc Four: The Signalman (1976); Stigma (1977); The Ice House (1978) Disc Five: A View from a Hill (2005); Number 13 (2006); Disc Six: Classic Ghost Stories (1986) – Robert Powell reads ‘The Mezzotint’ ‘The Ash Tree’ ‘Wailing Well’ ‘The Rose Garden’ and ‘Oh Whistle and I'll Come to You My Lad’ Extras Three episodes of Ghost Stories for Christmas with Christopher Lee (2000): ‘The Stalls of Barchester’. ‘A Warning to the Curious’ and ‘Number 13’ Three episodes of Spine Chillers (1980): ‘The Mezzotint’ ‘A School Story’ and ‘The Diary of Mr Poynter’ Filmed introductions with director Lawrence Gordon Clarke Extensive booklet with essays biographies film notes and full credits
This mammoth box set includes the following BBC Shakespeare Adaptations: 1. Romeo And Juliet - Directed by Alvin Rakoff (1978) 2. Richard II - Directed by Jane Howell (1983) 3. As You Like It - Directed by Basil Coleman (1978) 4. Julius Caesar - Directed by Herbert Wise (1979) 5. Measure For Measure - Directed by Desmond Davis (1979) 6. Henry VIII - Directed Kevin Billington (1979) 7. Henry IV: Parts I & II - Directed by David Giles (1979) 8. Henry V: Parts I & II - Directed by Davi
Sixteen-year-old Terry Connor is sent, along with a few of his friends, to an Outward Bound centre. On his first day at the centre Terry is taken pot-holing by the senior instructor, Alex. All goes well until, at 100 feet underground, Alex goes to search for the torch that Terry has dropped.Hours pass, and, to Terry's astonishment, when Alex finally returns he has no recollection whatever of having been absent. Terry suspects something sinister is taking place - it is surely no coincidence that there is a secret Ministry of Defence establishment nearby. But just how deeply his curiosity will involve him in dangerous matters becomes clear when he learns the truth about the 'Jensen Code'...The Jensen Code was a highly unusual children's thriller series, written by Carey Harrison (author son of actor Rex Harrison), and starring David (Dai) Bradley, the BAFTA-winning young star of Kes, as the teenager who unwittingly uncovers a terrifying space-age espionage project. This complete 13-part series, rarely seen since its original transmission in 1973, is released here for the first time in any format. Originally made in colour, The Jensen Code now exists only as black and white telerecordings made for overseas sales, the full colour episodes having been junked many years ago.
Almost a decade after creating the phenomenally successful drama A Family at War, acclaimed writer John Finch explored the peacetime consequences of the Second World War's aftermath for two very different families in this major series from Granada Television. The Spoils of War ran for three series all twenty episodes are included in this set.The war in Europe is over and Germany lies devastated. Though there is hope for a brighter future, six years of conflict has changed life considerably for both the Warringtons, owners of the ironworks in the town of Whitstanton, and for the working-class Haywards. As both families come to terms with the uncertain, fragmented world that emerges during peacetime, they share joys and disappointments as the future unfolds both in Britain, and in Germany...
As a Christmas treat in the late 1960s and 70s, the BBC produced adaptations of ghost stories based on the works of MR James, the Cambridge academic and author of some of the most spine-tingling tales in the English language, which were broadcast to terrified viewers in the dead of winter. This was a tradition that was briefly revived by the BBC between 2007 and 2010. These adaptations, which have a subtlety and style all of their own, have been a major influence on many contemporary British horror filmmakers and have come to be some of the most sought after British TV titles of all time by their legions of eager fans. Episode Comprise: Whistle and I’ll Come to You. The Stalls of Barchester. A Warning to the Curious. Lost Hearts. The Treasure of Abbot Thomas. The Ash Tree. The Signalman. Stigma. The Ice House. A View from a Hill. Number 13.
In the third century of the second calendar after the chaos of the intergalactic wars a powerful dictatorship has risen to dynamic proportions and engulfed most of the populated worlds. Liberty has become a crime punishable by death and the majority of the population lives in a drug-induced state of docility. This tyrannical authority fulfils George Orwell's prophecy of 1984 to its most terrifying extremes. This government is known as the Federation. Each world has its share of rebe
Alice in Wonderland the haunting nightmarish 1966 BBC Television version writ-ten and directed by Jonathan Miller and starring Peter Sellers Sir John Gielgud Sir Michael Redgrave Wilfrid Brambell Peter Cook Alan Bennett John Bird Leo McKern and Anne-Marie Mallik as Alice. Shot in pinpoint ghostly black and white with a dream-like editing schematic actors dressed not in costumes but in period clothes and a jarring seductive beautiful score by Ravi Shankar this Alice in Wonderland is like no other version you'll see of the Lewis Carroll classic. Alice in Wonderland is a dark nightmarish excursion into pointless almost listlessmadness...which makes it even more off-putting and uncomfortable in its rigid diffidence. Alice in Wonderland doesn't look like anything I've ever associated with the literary source. Instead Miller gives us an Alice who sleepwalks through increasingly madden-ing scenes that although she says she's a bit confused by them on the soundtrack she doesn't appear fazed by them at all.
As a Christmas treat in the late 1960s and 70s, the BBC produced adaptations of ghost stories based on the works of MR James, the Cambridge academic and author of some of the most spine-tingling tales in the English language, which were broadcast to terrified viewers in the dead of winter. This was a tradition that was briefly revived by the BBC between 2007 and 2010.These adaptations, which have a subtlety and style all of their own, have been a major influence on many contemporary British horror filmmakers and have come to be some of the most sought after British TV titles of all time by their legions of eager fans.Volume one in the BFI's BBC Ghost Stories collection pairs both versions of the terrifying Whistle and I'll Come To You: the 1968 adaptation directed by Jonathan Miller and starring Sir Michael Hordern, and the more recent reinterpretation, starring the legendary John Hurt, from 2010.
Jonathan Miller's terrific adaptation of Lewis Carroll's novel originally aired on BBC1 in 1966 featuring an all star cast.
First screened in 1982 this timeless story of an ageing king who decides to divide his kingdom between his three daughters stars Michael Hordern as Lear with Brenda Blethyn as Cordelia Giliam Barge as Goneril Penelope Wilton as Regan Michael Kitchen as Edmund and Anton Lesser as Edgar....
Four Idle Hands: The Complete Series
At Chilford Green Aerodrome, a small, privately owned airfield in the heart of England, the transportation of cargo takes place daily. But this is no ordinary cargo - as 18-year-old Chris Lomax is to discover. A keen motor mechanic whose enthusiasm for aircraft has prompted him to get a job at Chilford, Chris's self-reliance and questioning mind are soon causing consternation for his employers; as he gets alarmingly close to the true nature of the airfield's operations, it becomes clear that Chris - and his young colleague, Sarah - could be in serious danger. Fly Into Danger was a seven-part action series aimed at a younger audience; however, its spectacular and rapidly paced airborne sequences and a subject matter as relevant today as when it first aired in 1972 ensure that Fly Into Danger will appeal to viewers of all ages. Written by Roy Russell (The Saint, The Queen Street Gang) and boasts a strong cast. Originally made in colour, only two episodes still exist in this format, the remaining five coming from black and white telerecordings.
A collection of all The Secret Policeman's Ball concerts in aid of Amnesty International. A unique collection containing over 10 hours and spanning 3 decades of live comedy and music for Amnesty. Includes performances by Peter Cook Sting Dudley Moore Rowan Atkinson John Cleese Eric Clapton Michael Palin and many more... This 4 disc set includes the following shows: Pleasure At Her Majesty's (1976) Mermaid Frolics (1977) The Secret Policeman's Ball (1979) The Secret Poli
Hayley Mills and Oliver Reed star in Kinglsy Amis' sophisticated sex comedy, directed by Jonathan Miller. Pretty young teacher Jenny Bunn (Hayley Mills) moves down south in the swinging sixties. Jenny's hardly had time to settle into her digs before local lothario Patrick (Oliver Reed) spots her, wines and dines her and sweeps her back to his place for a night of (in his mind) meaningless sex. It's then that Patrick makes a truly shocking discovery: Jenny is a virgin - and intends to stay that way. Patrick hasn't met a virgin before, so he's totally confused - and a bit scared. Can he persuade the virtuous Jenny to join the permissive society or should he just give up and settle for the easy charms of randy TV show girl Wendy (Aimi McDonald)? Whatever he's going to do, he'd better do it fast - because Jenny's grubby old landlord Dick (John Bird) and super-rich socialist Julian (Noel Harrison) are also sniffing around her... With a great supporting cast that includes Sheila Hancock, Ronald Lacey John Fortune and Penelope Keith, and a witty script from George Melly, Take A Girl Like You is a saucy British classic available on DVD for the very first time.
Jill Gascoine stars as tough, no-nonsense female cop Maggie Forbes. Made at a time when there were very few ranking female officers in the police force, The Gentle Touch not only showed police procedure within a Metropolitan Police CID unit but also allowed insight into how a woman might cope with such a role in what was very much a man's world. An instant hit with viewers, The Gentle Touch become one of the most successful police dramas ever made. This fifth series sees DI Maggie Forbes facing the continuing challenges of policing in the Eighties, with powerful and contemporary storylines from a writing team that includes Terence Feely (Callan), Tony Hoare (Minder) and Peter Hammond (Z Cars); Lysette Anthony, Gordon Kaye, Lynda Bellingham and Louise Jameson guest-star.
Created specially for television this Beggar's Opera captures the quality and satiric edge of the Hogarth engravings which influenced Gay's original version. The characters of this highly spirited comedy of London low-life thrived on thieving lechery and deceit: Peachum the receiver of stolen goods shops his clients when it suits him; Lockit the prison governor has corrupt links with Peachum; Macheath the highwayman has married Polly Peachum but is promised to Lucy Lockit; Jenn
M.R. James is one of the greatest writers of stories of the supernatural and 'Oh Whistle and I'll Come to You My Lad' is one of his darkest works - a tale of solitude and terror and the dangers of intellectual pride. Made in 1968 for BBC Television's Omnibus programme Jonathan Miller's adaptation succeeds in capturing the chill of terror at the heart of the story. The bleak Norfolk landscape is superbly photographed by Dick Bush to instil a sense of isolation and unease from th
The opera La Clemenza di Tito was composed only a few months before Mozart's death. As this period of his life is not particularly well-documented there are many legends surrounding this composition - some say that it was composed in just 18 days! This production is unique because the secco-recitatives proven to not be Mozart's own are not up to the standard of the main musical numbers and Franz Welser-Mst decided to replace them with abridged spoken dialogue. The Opernhaus Zrich has aimed to look forward with this production and fuel discussions about the possibilities of modern Clemenza performances. Director Jonathan Miller was inspired by Tolstoi and Tchechov and the Flemish painters for this production. They gave the appropriate down to earth feel which he wanted to achieve. Jonas Kaufmann has sung all of the great Mozartian tenor roles so his excellent Titus rounds up his repertoire extremely well.
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