Horace Rumpole (Leo McKern) is the down-at-heel yet brilliant barrister who plies the courtrooms of the Old Bailey. Fond of quoting Wordsworth and notorious for turning away many suits according to his own moral code, he never prosecutes, always defends. Famed for winning his cases, there is one person he will always lose out to his wife, She Who Must Be Obeyed ! Includes all seven series plus feature-length story, Rumpole's Return.
One of the twentieth century's most successful crime novelists, Edgar Wallace's thrillers have been widely adapted for film and television - the most memorable of which are the Edgar Wallace Mysteries series, made at Merton Park Studios during the first half of the 1960s. A noir-esque series, it updates some of the author's stories to more contemporary settings, blending classic B-movie elements with a distinctly British feel. Unseen for decades and freshly transferred from the original film elements specifically for this release, all 47 films will be released over seven volumes on DVD. This fourth volume includes top-notch performances from Alfred Burke, Barbara Shelley, Paul Daneman, Anton Diffring and Dawn Addams, and features scripts by Philip Mackie (The Naked Civil Servant), Roger Marshall (The Sweeney, Public Eye) and Richard Harris (The Darling Buds of May). Special Features: House of Mystery - A thriller made by Independant Artists Ltd during the same period as the Merton Park films Exclusive booket by author and critic Kim Newman Image Gallery PDF Material
Ian Carmichael stars as the aristocratic detective Lord Peter Wimsey in this classic BBC adaptation of the novels by Dorothy L. Sayers. These five feature-length adaptations bring all the wit, elegance and style of one of England's classiest detectives to the scene of the crime - five crimes to be exact - each one presenting an interesting challenge for this sharp-witted mastermind. Join Lord Peter Wimsey as he uncovers the mysteries of: Clouds of Witness, The Unpleasantness at The Bello...
The Guardians: The Complete Series Box Set (4 Discs)
COUNTERSPY Fastidious auditor Frank Manning encounters rum goings on when he is approached by a woman who claims she is being blackmailed. Of course, he agrees to help but even he could not have foreseen that he'd end up finding a man, fully clothed, dead in a bath... LITTLE RED MONKEY A mysterious assassin targets eminent British atomic scientists, leading to fears for the safety of Leon Dushenko a Russian defector and missile expert who is passing through London en route to the United States. Will he be the assassin's next victim? THE MAN WHO WOULDN'T TALK Dr Frank Smith and Eve arrive from America, apparently on honeymoon but actually on an undercover assignment from Washington. They are instructed to rendezvous with a Hungarian scientist who has vital information about biological warfare! RING OF SPIES A bookseller and his wife; a disgruntled naval clerk; an undercover Soviet agent with a false identity... all members of a secret spy cell working from a bungalow in suburban Ruislip, hidden for years from unsuspecting neighbours and British spycatchers!
Bob Hoskins, Martin Shaw, Paul Eddington and David Daker are among the cast of this LWT crime series with a difference. Villains follows the exploits of nine bankrobbers from the moment of their dramatic escape from imprisonment; told from the point of view of the criminals, the individual stories of the men, their accomplices, their women and the audacious heist itself unfold through each of the 13 hour-long episodes. Nine men move into a disused ladies' lavatory and seal themselves in for the weekend. Then they tunnel their way up through the floor of a nearby City bank, and walk out clutching a third of a million pounds between them. It seems the perfect job - but something goes wrong. Most of the men are subsequently caught and convicted. One year on, as the 'Bog Robbers' are being driven from prison to the Appeal Court, another ingenious plan is put into action. It sees them going on the run, taking desperate, sometimes farcical measures to evade recapture, and finding time to reflect on their shady pasts and uncertain futures.
Richard Bradford is ex-CIA agent 'Mac' McGill who now works as a private investigator. He goes from job to job living out hotel rooms with all his worldly possessions in one old brown suitcase... Featuring all the episodes ever made! Episodes comprise: 1. Brainwash 2. The Sitting Pigeon 3. Day of Execution 4. Variation on a Million Bucks (1) 5. Variation on a Million Bucks (2) 6. Man from the Dead 7. Sweet Sue 8. Essay in Evil 9. The Girl Who Never Was 10. All That Glitters 11. Dead Man's Shoes 12. Find the Lady 13. The Bridge 14. The Man Who Stood Still 15. Burden of Proof 16. The Whisper 17. Why They Killed Nolan 18. The Boston Square 19. Somebody Loses Somebody... Wins? 20. Blind Spot 21. No Friend of Mine 22. Jigsaw Man 23. Web with Four Spiders 24. Which Way Did He Go McGill? 25. The Property of a Gentleman 26. The Revolutionaries 27. Who's Mad Now? 28. Three Blinks of the Eye 29. Castle in the Clouds 30. Night Flight to Andorra
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.
Having overstepped the bounds of an ongoing internal corruption case no nonsense New York cop James Dempsey (Michael Brandon) is drafted into a newly created undercover unit of London's Scotland Yard codenamed SI-10. Partnered with the dashing Harriet Makepeace (Glynis Barber) who demands to be termed 'Harry' the two mis-matched cops are flung into one all-action investigation after another! The complete and final series of the high octane criminal drama. Episodes Comprise: 1. The Burning: Part 1 2. The Burning: Part 2 3. Jericho Scam 4. The Prizefighter 5. Extreme Prejudice 6. Bird Of Prey 7. Out Of Darkness 8. The Cortez Connection 9. Mantrap 10. Guardian Angel
One of the twentieth century s most successful crime novelists, Edgar Wallace s thrillers have been widely adapted for film and television the most memorable of which are the Edgar Wallace Mysteries series, made at Merton Park Studios during the first half of the 1960s. A noir-esque series, it updates some of the author's stories to more contemporary settings, blending classic B-movie elements with a distinctly British feel. Long-awaited and much sought after, all 47 films will be released over seven volumes on DVD. As special features, they will also include the seven separate Edgar Wallace thrillers made by Independent Artists Ltd between 1959 and 1961. This series includes top-notch performances from Michael Caine, Alfred Burke, Barry Foster, Hazel Court, Patrick Magee, Bernard Archard, Michael Gough, Jack Watling, Harry H. Corbett and Bernard Lee, including scripts by Robert Banks Stewart (Callan), Man in a Suitcase co-creator Richard Harris, Philip Mackie (The Naked Civil Servant), Lukas Heller (The Dirty Dozen) and Roger Marshall (The Sweeney). Noted directors include Sidney Hayers (The Avengers), Robert Tronson (Armchair Thriller) and Quentin Lawrence (Catweazle). A recording of the series memorable theme music, Man of Mystery, also spawned a Top Five UK hit for The Shadows.
One of the twentieth century's most successful crime novelists, Edgar Wallace's thrillers have been widely adapted for film and television - the most memorable of which are the Edgar Wallace Mysteries series, made at Merton Park Studios during the first half of the 1960s. A noir-esque series, it updates some of the author's stories to more contemporary settings, blending classic B-movie elements with a distinctly British feel. Unseen for decades and freshly transferred from the original film elements specifically for this release, all 47 films will be released over seven volumes on DVD. This third volume includes top-notch performances from Barry Foster, Michael Gough, Bernard Lee, Jack Watling and Michael Goodliffe, and features scripts by Philip Mackie (The Naked Civil Servant), Robert Banks Stewart (Undermind, The Human Jungle) and Lukas Heller (The Dirty Dozen). Special Features: Breakout - A thriller made by Independant Artists Ltd during the same period as the Merton Park films Exclusive booklet by author and critic Kim Newman Image Gallery PDF Material
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
There have always been spies men and women who have pried for patriotism for religion for love... or for money. This intriguing drama is based on the true story of the Portland spy ring an unlikely Soviet operation active in southern England from the late 1950s until January 1961 when the core members were arrested. Directed by TV drama veteran Robert Tronson Ring of Spies stars Bernard Lee (best known as Ian Fleming s M ) William Sylvester Thorley Walters and BAFTA winners Margaret Tyzack and David Kossoff. It is presented here in a brand-new digital transfer. An antiquarian bookseller and his wife; a disgruntled hard-drinking naval clerk and the lonely secretary he recruits; a polished Soviet agent who assumes the identity of a dead Canadian citizen: the players in a familiar Cold War story of hidden cameras dead-letter drops and a long-range radio calling Moscow Central. A duel between Soviet intelligence and British counter-espionage and a trade in deadly secrets directed from a bungalow in suburban Ruislip hidden for years from unsuspecting neighbours and British spycatchers... SPECIAL FEATURES:  Image Gallery  Promotional material PDF
Horace Rumploe (Leo McKern) is a down-at-heel yet brilliant barrister. Fond of quoting Wordsworth he comes to the defence of shoplifting vicars overly amorous teachers and many others who pass through the doors of the Old Bailey. He is famed for always winning his cases but there is one person who he has never beaten - his wife She Who Must Be Obeyed! Includes every episodes from all seix series!
With memorable and unsettling opening credits and exceptional performances and direction Armchair Thriller became a massive hit for Thames Television in the late 1970s and early 1980s. With its trademark ghoulish razor-sharp cliff hangers and iconic theme tune (by Roxy Music's Andy Mackay) this haunting anthology series was an immediate success its eerie disturbing and downright scary tales regularly attracting over 15 million viewers. Each of its ten stories is a gripping exercise in compelling television showing ordinary people plunged into extraordinary situations. For many this series remains a high-watermark of dramatic television and its many frightening and spooky moments are remembered by viewers nearly thirty years after its original transmission. The complete collection of each spooky episode!
Patricia Routledge stars as Hetty Wainthrope in the second series of the BBC detective drama. Armed with little more than her pocketbook and her prodigious common-sense Hetty has proven that she can easily match wits with the best of them; even if she has to take the bus to get to the scene of a crime! Episodes Comprise: 1.Poison Pen 2.Lost Chords 3.Runaways 4.The Astral Plane 5.A Rose By Any Other Name 6.Woman Of The Year
Created by Upstairs, Downstairs' Alfred Shaughnessy, this major series chronicles the shifting fortunes of a fictional aristocratic family, the Bournes of Larkfield Manor, through the turbulent years of the 1930s leading up to the Second World War an upheaval that will change their world forever. Sisters Elizabeth, Anne and Victoria Bourne are dependent on their parents for income and bound by the remnants of the previous century's code of social behaviour. The girls' great hope is to find a suitable husband, and their expectations are high, but who is to know that what awaits as storm clouds begin to gather over Europe... A huge success for ITV, this set contains all three series.
Jim Bergerac (Nettles) is a recovering alcoholic divorcee and father of a young daughter a Detective Sergeant with the Bureau des Etrangers Jersey. Jim likes doing things his own ways a true maverick and consequently doesn't always carry out his investigations in the traditional manner the way his boss would like... Episodes Comprise: 1. Ninety Per Cent Proof 2. A Hole In The Bucket 3. Holiday Snaps 4. Ice Maiden 5. Come Out Fighting 6. A Touch Of Eastern Promise 7. A Cry In The Night 8. The Company You Keep 9. Tug Of War 10. House Guests
Set against the Notting Hill race riots of the late 1950's The Wind Of Change is a gripping kitchen-sink drama focusing on the relationship between a father (Donald Pleasence) a world-weary yet liberal man who spends all his spare time looking after his rabbits and his rebellious unemployed son Frank (Johnny Briggs). Frank is bigoted racist who believes the black immigrants are taking all the British jobs though he doesn't seem too concerned in trying to get one himself. When Frank and his gang of teddy boys beat up a black man who later dies of his injuries he must face the consequence of his actions...
The complete episodes of Randall And Hopkirk Deceased starring Mike Pratt as Jeff Randall Kenneth Cope as his ghostly partner Marty Hopkirk and Annette Andre as Marty's widow Jean Hopkirk. Episodes Comprise: 1. My Late Lamented Friend 2. A Disturbing Case 3. All Work and No Pay 4. Never Trust a Ghost 5. That's How Murder Snowballs 6. Just for the Record 7. Murder Ain't What it Used To Be 8. Whoever Heard of a Ghost Dying? 9. The House on Haunted Hill 10. When Did You Start to Stop Seeing Things? 11. The Ghost Who Saved The Bank At Monte Carlo 12. For The Girl Who Has Everything 13. But What A Sweet Little Room 14. Who Killed Cock Robin? 15. The Man From Nowhere 16. When The Spirit Moves You 17. Somebody Just Walked Over My Grave 18. Could You Recognise the Man Again? 19. A Sentimental Journey 20. Money To Burn 21. The Ghost Talks 22. It's Supposed To Be Thicker Than Water 23. The Trouble With Women 24. Vendetta To A Dead Man 25. You Can Always Find A Fall Guy 26. The Smile Behind The Veil
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