A gritty crime series with strong female lead characters and the career breakthrough which started Lynda La Plante on her path as one of television's highest profile writers - Widows was a smash hit for ITV and has now been adapted into a major motion picture by acclaimed director Steve McQueen. Both series of Widows are presented here as brand-new restorations from their original film materials. Also included is the sequel series made ten years later: She's Out. When their villain husbands are killed during the attempted robbery of a security van, three widows have a chance to start afresh. Then one of them finds the robbery plans and they decide to finish what their husbands started...
Wealthy businessman and skilled huntsman Tom Newcliffe (Calvin Lockhart) summons a selection of guests to his home for the weekend one of whom is a werewolf with a taste for blood. It's up to the others to seek out the monster before the full moon reveals the culprit.
Linda Shirley and Bella are relaxing in the South African sunshine after fleeing to Rio De Janeiro using part of the proceeds from the robbery. Dolly their leader has already returned to London. The dark days of planning rehearsing and executing a dangerous raid seem far behind. Their criminal coup has made them rich beyond their wildest dreams. All the ties with the past have been severed. Life's a dream... until one man turns it into a nightmare!
Poldark is the beloved BBC miniseries set against the stormy sociopolitical backdrop of 18th-century England. The year is 1780 and Captain Ross Poldark has just returned to Cornwall from his battles in the American War. He hopes to settle down with his inheritance and his beloved Elizabeth but false reports of his death preceded his arrival resulting in heartbreaking circumstances. In addition Poldark must also contend with his fetching new housekeeper and the family copper mines which threaten to fall into the hands of his greatest archenemy.
Before WENTWORTH, BAD GIRLS and PRISONER: CELL BLOCK H there was WITHIN THESE WALLS! Hard-hitting and often controversial, Within These Walls gave an authentic portrayal of day-to-day prison life in the 1970s. Intense and emotional, the series reflected the shift in emphasis from punishment to rehabilitation as it focused on the trials of a newly appointed governor and her attempts to liberalise the regime of Stone Park, H.M. Prison for women. Starring Googie Withers as the principled and compassionate prison governor (followed in later series by Katharine Blake and Sarah Lawson), this landmark series showcased strong writing and direction and remains a high point of British television drama. Guests across all five series include Barbara Ewing, Colin Baker, Paul Darrow, Angharad Rees, Sorcha Cusack, Jill Gascoine, Lynda Bellingham, Gabrielle Lloyd, Gwen Taylor, Stephen Yardley, Cheryl Campbell, Joan Hickson, John Rhys-Davies, Michael Bryant, Angela Thorne, Martin Jarvis, Pamela Stephenson and Simon MacCorkindale.
The entire first and second series of this romantic TV drama series set in 1780s Cornwall. The story begins when Ross Poldark (Robin Ellis) returns from the American War of Independence to claim his inheritance and marry his fiancée Elizabeth (Jill Townsend). However during his two year absence false reports of Poldark's death have been circulated and Elizabeth has found comfort in the arms of another.
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.
This 16 disc box set features all 41 episodes from four television series based on the adventures of Arthur Conan Doyle's fictional detective Sherlock Holmes. The Adventures Of Sherlock Holmes: Holmes (Jeremy Brett) investigates 13 baffling cases. From a blackmailed king to an abandoned Christmas goose Holmes must use his acute perception and powers of observation to solve the riddles and catch the criminals to ensure the safety of strangers and colleagues alike. The Return Of Sherlock Holmes: Holmes' powers are called upon once more in solving a compendium of crimes more baffling than ever. Dr Watson (Edward Hardwicke) is on hand as his ever-faithful assistant. The Casebook Of Sherlock Holmes: In this series Holmes is joined by his indispensable colleague Dr. Watson in addressing a variety of bizzarre crimes. The Memoirs Of Sherlock Holmes:
This highly regarded crime series stars John Woodvine as Detective Chief Superintendent Kingdom of the Central Office of the CID, and John Carlisle as his colleague DI Ward. An intelligent, authentic portrayal of the complexities of police work in the increasingly violent London of the 1970s, New Scotland Yard benefited from the involvement of ex-Chief Superintendent Frank Williams, former head of the Yard's Murder Squad, who acted as series adviser. This third series sees the workaholic King...
Starring John Woodvine, one of Britain's most distinguished stage and screen actors, this LWT police drama series presents a grippingly authentic portrayal of detective work in London during the rapidly changing 1970s. Executive-produced by Rex Firkin, this first series also featured ex-Chief Superintendent Frank Williams (former head of the Yard's Murder Squad) as advisor and scripts by Gangsters creator Philip Martin and Robert Banks Stewart.The focus is on Detective Chief Superintendent John Kingdom, of the Central Office of the CID. Having worked his way to the top through a number of Greater London divisions, he knows the force and he knows the villains. With a quiet authority he tackles some of the capital's most serious, high-profile, and perplexing cases; assisting the workaholic Kingdom is his equally efficient colleague, Detective Inspector Alan Ward.
A gritty crime series with strong female lead characters and the career breakthrough which started Lynda La Plante on her path as one of television's highest profile writers - Widows was a smash hit for ITV and has now been adapted into a major motion picture by acclaimed director Steve McQueen. Both series of Widows are presented here as brand-new High Definition restorations from their original film materials. Also included, in Standard Definition, is the sequel series made ten years later: She's Out. When their villain husbands are killed during the attempted robbery of a security van, three widows have a chance to start afresh. Then one of them finds the robbery plans and they decide to finish what their husbands started...
Welcome to Cornwall England's westernmost county. The year is 1780 and the political and social atmosphere is as stormy as the sea that pounds the rocky shores. Into this landscape Captain Ross Poldark (Robin Ellis) returns from the American war to take up his inheritance and take up with his beloved Elizabeth (Jill Townsend). But with false reports of his death having reached Cornwall ahead of him what will he find? First broadcast in 1975 this release features the second ha
A highly popular police procedural drama from the turn of the '70s and notable as one of the earliest British television dramas to feature a female detective in a leading role Fraud Squad features the work of Detective Inspector Gamble and his aide, Detective Sergeant Vicky Hicks: Metropolitan officers on the trail of the con-men and fraudsters who operate at all levels of society.Featuring guest appearances by Richard Vernon, George Baker, Dandy Nichols and Maigret star Rupert Davies among others, this second series showcases a further 13 episodes in which Gamble and Hicks hunt down the sharks and sometimes the minnows inhabiting the murky world of international fraud. Originally made in colour, only two episodes still exist in this state the remaining eleven are brand-new transfers from the monochrome telerecordings made for overseas sales.
Within These Walls offered an authentic portrayal of day-to-day prison life as well as the progress of the penal system reflecting the shift from a Victorian ethos of punishment to an emphasis upon rehabilitation. Focussing on the trials of a newly appointed governor and her attempts to liberalise the regime of Stone Park H.M. Prison for women Within These Walls was a huge success for LWT and would set the template for later series such as Prisoner: Cell Block H and Bad Girls; the series is still fondly remembered more than 30 years after its original screening. Googie Withers (The Lady Vanishes) stars as the principled and compassionate prison governor Faye Boswell whose task is to understand and help the women who find themselves in the closed world of Stone Park. With strong writing and direction Within These Walls remains a high point of British television drama. The third episode of this series - Nowhere for the Kids - no longer exists in any format but its script is included in PDF format on Disc One as a special feature.
First half of the second series of this period Cornish costume drama first screened in the '70s. Ross returns home from the army to find that George Warleggan has dispossesed his aunt and taken over her land. Warleggan is also expecting Elizabeth to give birth to his son. Ross also goes in search of his friend Doctor Dwight Enys who is missing in action in France. With the bloody French Revolution raging Ross returns home from the army with Doctor Enys and Hugh Armitage. Armitage makes overtures to Demelza while Elizabeth's cousin languishes in an unhappy arranged marriage to Reverend Osbourne.
A rich sportsman invites a number of guests to his house knowing that one of them is a werewolf. The film features a novel 'guess who' sequence at the end.
A well-remembered police procedural drama from the late 1960s, Fraud Squad showcases the exploits of Detective Inspector Gamble and his aide, Detective Sergeant Vicky Hicks, Metropolitan officers on the trail of the con-men and fraudsters who operate at all levels of society - from boardroom to bingo hall. Fraud Squad was notable for being one of the earliest British television dramas to feature a female detective in a leading role, while several storylines focus on Gamble's tangled personal...
Intense and emotional, this landmark '70s drama series pulled no punches in its portrayal of life inside a women's prison. Created by Oscar and Golden Globe nominee David Butler and produced by BAFTA Award nominee Jack Williams, the series remains a high point of British television drama. The series offered an authentic portrayal of day-to-day life for the inmates and staff, reflecting the shift from a Victorian ethos of punishment to one of rehabilitation and focussing on the challenges facing successive female governors - not least the conflict between adherence to rules and sensitivity to individual needs. Setting the template for numerous later series, this groundbreaking drama is still fondly remembered more than 30 years after its original screening. This fifth and final series (only ever seen in a few ITV regions) sees a new governor at Stone Park Prison; Helen Forrester has left to study women's prisons in Europe and Susan Marshall has been appointed to act as governor during her absence. At first the staff are startled by Mrs. Marshall's coolness and disciplinarian approach, but she is not insensitive to the atmosphere and menace on North Wing...
Dolly Rawlins, Linda Perelli and Shirley Miller have one thing in common their husbands are all members of the same gang. After a terrible accident when their husbands are killed attempting to hold up a security van, for each of the women it is time to stop, take stock and start life afresh. When Dolly finds the plans for the robbery and with the women facing life alone, suppose they were to finish what their husbands started and carry out the robbery themselves? Includes all 12 digitally re-mastered episodes of this classic ITV drama. Features: Interviews with Lynda La Plante and Linda Agran Original Publicity Still
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