Alan Bennett's Talking Heads was a major artistic breakthrough in the field of drama when the first series of monologues aired in 1987. Each tale gives us privileged access to the innermost thoughts of an individual who although we only hear his/her side of the story frequently reveals more about him/herself than intended. Often poignant sometimes sad and occasionally uplifting Bennett's gift for writing comedy is always apparent - and always inspired.
Let the BBC transport you back to the decadent aristocratic drawing rooms of 1890's England. Lovingly restored the four plays in this collection feature a who's who of great actors of the British stage & screen; including stars like Sir John Gielgud Joan Plowright Jeremy Brett Susan Hampshire Margaret Leighton and Gemma Jones. This collection comprises dramatisations of 'The Importance Of Being Earnest' 'An Ideal Husband' 'The Picture Of Dorian Gray' and 'Lady Windermere's Fa
Alan Bennett At The BBC
Imogen Stubbs stars in the BBCs critically lauded 1988 adaptation of D.H. Lawrences The Rainbow. Ursula Brangwen (Stubbs) is the beautiful, naive daughter of a wealthy country squire, one of five children living in the Nottinghamshire mining heartland at the turn of the century. From wide eyed sixteen year old to fully grown woman, the drama follows Ursula through the trials and tribulations of her burgeoning personal relationships in her quest to find fulfilment for her developing passionate.
Unseen for over fifty years, this exceptionally rare feature sees comedy legend Norman Wisdom at his best playing a naÃ¯ve explosives expert who finds himself involved with a criminal gang after uncovering nefarious dealings by a prominent industrialist! Hailed as one of Wisdom's finest films, it was one of two features he made independently, and marked a departure from his more familiar and endlessly popular comic creation, 'the Gump'. Co-starring Alfred Marks and Susannah York, There Was a Crooked Man was directed by the BAFTA-nominated Stuart Burge. SPECIAL FEATURES: Image gallery Original promotional PDFs Booklet by Norman Wisdom expert Richard Dacre
Based on the stage production by Anthony Besch.
This mammoth of a box set contains every episode from the seven series and the specials of Rumpole Of The Bailey.Leo McKern stars as the eccentric, bibulous Old Bailey defence lawyer Horace Rumpole in the magnificent and hugely popular series written by the barrister/playwright John Mortimer. It's not an easy life for the lawyer as, all the time, Rumpole is trying to stay on top of the day to day shenanigans at chambers whilst constantly endeavouring to pacify wife, she who must be obeyed.Episode listing:1:Pilot: Rumpole Of The Bailey2: Rumpole and the Younger Generation 3: Rumpole and the Alternative Society4: Rumpole and the Honourable Member5: Rumpole and the Married Lady6: Rumpole and the Learned Friends7: Rumpole and the Heavy Brigade8: Rumpole and the Man of God9: Rumpole and the Case of Identity10: Rumpole and the Show Folk11: Rumpole and the Fascist Beast12: Rumpole and the Course of True Love 13: Rumpole and the Age for Retirement 14: Rumpole's Return 15: Rumpole and the Genuine Article 16: Rumpole and the Golden Thread 17: Rumpole and the Old Boy Net 18: Rumpole and the Female of the Species 19: Rumpole and the Sporting Life 20: Rumpole and the Last Resort 21: Rumpole and the Old, Old Story 22: Rumpole and the Blind Tasting 23: Rumpole and the Official Secret 24: Rumpole and the Judge's Elbow 25: Rumpole and the Bright Seraphim 26: Rumpole's Last Case 27: Rumpole and the Bubble Reputation 28: Rumpole and the Barrow Boy 29: Rumpole and the Age of Miracles 30: Rumpole and the Tap End 31: Rumpole and Portia 32: Rumpole and the Quality of Life 33: Rumpole a la Carte 34: Rumpole and the Summer of Discontent 35: Rumpole and the Right to Silence 36: Rumpole at Sea 37: Rumpole and the Quacks 38: Rumpole for the Prosecution 39: Rumpole and the Children of the Devil 40: Rumpole and the Miscarriage of Justice 41: Rumpole and the Eternal Triangle 42: Rumpole and the Reform of Joby Jonson 43: Rumpole and the Family Pride 44: Rumpole on Trial
Set in the mid-1970s and reflecting the complexities of that turbulent decade, Bill Brand stars Jack Shepherd (Wycliffe) as a newly elected left-of-centre Labour MP who struggles to reconcile socialist principles with the realpolitik of Westminster. This groundbreaking and unashamedly intelligent drama series is penned by Oscar-nominated dramatist Trevor Griffiths (Fatherland, Reds), and earned a BAFTA nomination for Jack Shepherd. A by-election in the solidly working-class constituency of Leighley sees Bill Brand, a former lecturer, elected to Parliament by a slim majority. Driven by a determination to improve the lives of his textile-worker constituents, he finds his ideas of representation are provocatively different from those of the whips; and in a world of oblique negotiations and hidden bargains - the uncomfortable realities of a minority government - Brand's fundamental belief in the Party is assailed by doubts, while his troubled personal life further endangers his tenuous political career.
Shakespeare's tragic story of how a great man's vanity is manipulated by a jealous aide to bring about his downfall. A film by Stuart Burge of JohnDexter's production of 'Othello' at The National Theatre.
A classic production of Chekhov's classic tale of boredom and frustration set on a Russian country estate in the late 19th century. Produced as part of the inaugural season at the new Chichester Festival Theatre Laurence Olivier directed the play and also performed the role of Dr Astrov.
Unseen for over fifty years, this exceptionally rare feature sees comedy legend Norman Wisdom at his best playing a naÃ¯ve explosives expert who finds himself involved with a criminal gang after uncovering nefarious dealings by a prominent industrialist! Hailed as one of Wisdom's finest films, it was one of two features he made independently, and marked a departure from his more familiar and endlessly popular comic creation, 'the Gump'. Co-starring Alfred Marks and Susannah York, There Was a Crooked Man was directed by the BAFTA-nominated Stuart Burge. Features: Image gallery Original promotional PDFs Booklet by Norman Wisdom expert Richard Dacre
Serjeant Musgrave's Dance
Michael Gambon plays the extraordinary Belgian detective Inspector Maigret in this television adaptation of the novels by George Simenon. Intuitive intelligent and creative with a genius for human nature Maigret is like no other detective as he cunningly investigates crime and the human psyche. Episode titles: Maigret's Boyhood Friend Maigret and the Minister Maigret and the Maid.
Fall Of The Eagles is a stunning BBC dramatisation of the declining years and final collapse of three of the most powerful European dynasties - the Hapsburgs Romanovs and Hohanzollerns - between the mid 19th century and the end of the First World War. The series focuses on the tempestuous reigns of Emperor Franz Josef of Austria-Hungary Tsar Nicholas II of Russia and Kaiser Wilhelm of Germany...
An absolute must for fans of Georges Simenon's beloved sleuth, Inspector Jules Maigret, this four-volume Maigret Collection is the finest detective series from Granada Television since the late Jeremy Brett gave us his definitive portrayal of Sherlock Holmes in the 1980s. The masterful Michael Gambon is the latest in a long tradition of familiar leading men (from Jean Gabin to Richard Harris) who have played Simenon's blunt but humane, occasionally whimsical, and magnificently insightful investigator. Yet Gambon is perhaps uniquely suited to the part: a popular star with none of the baggage of a brand-name icon or the self-effacing obligations of a character actor. He captures perfectly Maigret's measured but hardly inscrutable presence in the eruptive underworld of Paris crime. Among the 12 episodes here is "Maigret and the Burglar's Wife", which does honour to Simenon's compassionate tale of a retiring thief whose accidental encounter with a corpse sets in motion one of Maigret's most intense psychological duels. The equally compelling "Maigret's Boyhood Friend" finds the detective on a case drawing suspicion to an old school chum, while "Maigret Sets a Trap" is a wonderful production of Simenon's puzzler about a serial killer whose patterns of motivation and action must be deciphered before he can be caught. --Tom Keogh
The complete third series about an eccentric Old Bailey defence lawyer.
Michael Gambon plays the extraordinary French detective Inspector Maigret in this television adaptation of the novels by George Simenon. Intuitive intelligent and creative with a genius for human nature Maigret is like no other detective as he cunningly investigates crime and the human psyche. Episode titles: Maigret And The Nightclub Dancer Maigret And The Hotel Majestic Maigret On The Defensive.
Leo Mc Kern stars as the eccentric bibulous Old Bailey defence lawyer Horace Rumpole in the magnificent and hugely popular series penned by the barrister-playwright John Mortimer. This double DVD includes all the episodes from the sixth series of 'Rumpole Of The Bailey'.
John Mortimers acclaimed 1959 NTA production is comprised of two original one-act plays -The Dock Brief and What Shall We Tell Caroline - and stars theatre veterans Michael Hordern, George Rose and Jean Marsh.
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