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Animated tale based on a true story. Balto (voiced by Kevin Bacon) is a half husky, half wolf who does not seem to fit into either family. He becomes a hero when a diptheria epidemic and blizzard combine to threaten the lives of the children of Nome, as he has to lead a team of sled-dogs over 600 miles to obtain the life-saving medicine.
Roy Boulting directs this 1950s British comedy starring Glynis Johns as a woman whose sympathy for those in need plays havoc with her love life. Though it may seem to outsiders that Josephine Luton (Johns) is a good match for her fiancÚ, businessman Alan Hartley (Donald Sinden), there is a major problem - Alan is doing too well to elicit her sympathy. This goes instead to his friend David Hewer (Peter Finch), a playwright whose lack of success thus far leaves him in a melancholy state of mind. Josephine duly begins a romantic relationship with David to try and cheer him up, but are there men in even more desperate straits that could steal her from him?
Hercule Poirot, along with three other luminaries from the world of crime detection, is invited to dinner by the renowned London socialite Dr Shaitana. Also on the guest list are four members of what Shaitana calls his Black Museum - a collection of murderers who have each succeeded in 'getting away with it'. An elegant dinner is followed by a game of bridge, in which Shaitana himself does not participated. But just after midnight, when the guests prepare to leave, they make a terrible discovery. Their host is dead in his armchair, stabbed in the chest. The four sleuths are thus faced with one murder and a quartet of likely suspects. Working both together and independently, they investigate the pasts of the Black Museum's finest in order to determine the most likely killer. Poirot finds that many hindrances and distractions are thrown in his way, as he attempts to read the meaning of the cards which each suspect has placed on the table. Agatha Christie's intriguing mystery is dramatised with a full cast including Stephanie Cole and Donald Sinden. 2 CDs. 1 hr 30 mins.
It is 1908 and Sir Antony Ross (Donald Sinden) from London has co-ordinated a team of explorers to go looking for his missing son in the Arctic Circle. The group's expert is John Ivarson (David Hartman), a professor of Nordic history. On their voyage they stumble into uncharted land - a mysterious valley next to a huge volcano, which they discover is a lost Viking kingdom.
All 45 episodes from series 1-7 of the late 1960s/early 1970s daytime comedy serial starring Patrick Cargill as Patrick Glover, divorced thriller writer and father to two teenage daughters, whose life revolves around his writing, his family and their Saint Bernard dog, HG (as in Wells). Filmed in the old-school method as a stage play, the series was renowned for its tight, mile-a-minute wordplay. The set also includes the feature film from the series made in 1972.
World War II submarine drama chronicling British efforts to destroy the German battleship 'Tirpitz' in a Norwegian fjord. John Mills leads a stalwart British cast in this documentary-style film.
Gilbert Gunn directs this light-hearted 1950s comedy starring Donald Sinden, Dora Bryan and Barbara Murray. The film is set during World War II at an anti-aircraft battery on the English coast staffed by women from the Auxiliary Territorial Service. The handsome Lieutenant Gordon Brown (Sinden) is in charge of the facility and naturally draws the attention of a number of the women posted there. Complicating matters is the fact that Brown's wife, Betty (Murray), is also based at the facility, but is forced to conceal the fact that she's married to her commanding officer to avoid being transferred. Will Betty be able to hold her silence as she watches women throw themselves at her husband?
Juliet Mills stars in this semi-comic look at the lives of the male patients at a TB sanatorium. In parts the film can be compared to the early 'Carry On' films.
1950s British drama following a group of London pub darts players on a day trip to France. The members of the group have various interests to pursue in France. While some are going just for the darts, one man plans to buy cheap watches and smuggle them back to Britain for a profit. Jim Carver (Donald) has a more sombre intention. Having fought in France during the war, he heads to a nearby cemetery to pay his respects to a fallen comrade. Along the way he bumps into Martine (Odile Versois), a Frenchwoman he used to know. Love blossoms, but Jim and his fellow darts players have a boat to catch...
Triple bill of war dramas set at sea. In 'For Those in Peril' (1943), Pilot Officer Rawlings (Ralph Michael) is turned down by the RAF for air service on medical grounds and instead joins Air Sea Rescue, helping to pull downed Allied airmen out of the sea. Rawlings is initially resentful of his new job, but gradually comes to appreciate its importance. When the crew of a Boston bomber become stranded at sea in a dinghy, Rawlings and his colleagues become involved in a race against time - and the elements - to save their lives. 'San Demetrio, London' (1943), set in 1940 during the battle of the Atlantic, is based on a true story. The crew of the petrol tanker San Demetrio are left with a near impossible task when she is torpedoed by the Germans. The crew are forced to abandon ship in three lifeboats. Two are picked up by other ships in the convoy, but the third drifts for days until its crew spies the burning San Demetrio on the horizon. Do they board the ship, try to put out its fires and get it back to English shores or do they stay in the drifting lifeboat in the hope of being rescued? In 'The Cruel Sea' (1953), based on the novel by Nicholas Monsarrat, World War Two Lt. Commander Ericson (Jack Hawkins) has already lost one ship to an enemy attack when he is given command of the frigate Saltash Castle. A subsequent confrontation in the North Atlantic tests Ericson's leadership to the limit once again, as he risks sacrificing the lives of his crew for the greater good.
Based on James Barlow's novel, 'Burden of Proof',; Cathleen Burnett plays the long suffering mother who attempts to keep her wayward and viscious son in line. Richard Burton plays the confused, angry young man who cannot get to grips with his homosexuality.
In this delightful tale, an Eastern Prince arrives in England with some family jewels which he's having reset as a gift for his fiancee. However, the Prince also has a mistress. She asks to wear one particularly enchanting piece that features a huge ruby, and then promptly disappears with it. Poirot discovers a connection with a house party at the home of Colonel and Mrs Lacey and, in order to pursue his investigation, an invitation is procured for him to the Laceys', ostensibly to enjoy an old-fashioned Christmas. With deft skill and the workings of his little grey cells, Poirot brings this case to a satisfying and festive conclusion. Starring John Moffat as Hercule Poirot, with Donald Sinden and Sian Phillips as Colonel and Mrs Lacey. 1 CD. 45 mins.
Fiona Shaw stars as the eponymous king in this made-for-television adaptation of Shakespeare's tragedy. Telling the story of the monarch's downfall, the modern reimagining sees Donald Sinden and Paola Dionisotti star as the Duke and Duchess of York, Richard Bremmer as Henry Bolingbroke, Julian Rhind-Tutt as the Duke of Aumerle and Kevin McKidd as Harry Percy.
World War Two drama, based on the best-selling book by Nicholas Monsarrat, starring Jack Hawkins. Lt. Commander Ericson (Hawkins) has already lost one ship to an enemy attack when he is given command of the frigate Saltash Castle. A subsequent confrontation in the North Atlantic tests Ericson's leadership to the limit once again, as he risks sacrificing the lives of his crew for the greater good.
In this seagoing military drama set in World War II, Lt. Comdr. Ericson is made captain of a British corvette, a small escort vessel used to guide and protect convoys traveling through the Atlantic.
Ericson had his confidence severely shaken during his last command, in which he lost his ship and most of its men following an attack by a German U-boat.
As he leads a new and largely inexperienced crew aboard the H.M.S. Compass Rose, Ericson is once again thrown into a life-and-death dilemma that forces him to choose between destroying an enemy ship and sparing the lives of his own men.
Collection of British comedy films. In the Second World War feature 'The Night We Dropped a Clanger' (1959) British Wing Commander Blenkinsop (Brian Rix) is due to carry out a top-secret operation in occupied France in order to uncover information about the flying bomb. To outwit the Nazis, the RAF employs Aircraftsman Arthur Atwood (also Rix) as Blenkinsop's double but the two get mixed up and it is left to the decoy to complete the mission. In 'The Case of the Mukkinese Battle-Horn' (1956) a Mukkinese battle-horn is stolen from the Metropolitan Museum. Superintendent Quilt (Peter Sellers) and Sergeant Brown (Spike Milligan) investigate the robbery, meeting a number of eccentric characters along the way. In 'What a Whopper' (1961) struggling writer Tony Blake (Adam Faith) and his bohemian artist flatmates are threatened with eviction from their house in Chelsea. To raise the cash, they devise a hare-brained scheme to travel to Loch Ness, fake an appearance of the famed monster therein, and write a bestselling book about it. What could possibly go wrong? In 'The Butler's Dilemma' (1943) Rodney Playfair (Richard Hearne) is made to impersonate a butler in exchange for having his gambling debts written off. However, he is really providing an alibi for a thief... In 'Gert and Daisy Clean Up' (1942) the title characters (Elsie and Doris Waters) do their best to help the war effort by rounding up salvage metal and foiling a racketeering plot. 'Tons of Trouble' (1956) follows caretaker Mr. Pastry (Hearne) as he gets himself into all sorts of calamities looking after his beloved boilers Mavis and Ethel. In 'Gert and Daisy's Weekend' (1942) the two East End sisters volunteer to escort a group of evacuee children out of Blitz-torn London into the safety of the countryside. All kinds of mayhem, mischief and misunderstandings ensue as the motley troupe arrives at the grand Little Pipham Hall, presided over by the imposing Lady Plumtree (Annie Esmond). 'Your Money Or Your Wife' (1960) follows married couple Pelham (Donald Sinden) and Gay Butterworth (Peggy Cummins) as they unexpectedly run into money troubles. In advance of Gay receiving an inheritance, the newly-weds decide to splash out to celebrate. It is only after this that they discover they will be given the money in weekly instalments unless the couple divorce or Pelham dies. They plan to divorce and remarry but will their scheme pay off? The collection also includes a documentary on English actress Liz Fraser entitled 'Liz Fraser - Her Life in Comedy' and the short 'Comedy Cocktail' (1951) in which Edwin J. Fancey presents clips from some of Charlie Chaplin's comedies.
Adventure drama about a man who travels to post-colonial Africa to visit his brother, only to find he has been killed by a Kenyan rebel group. When Alan Howard (Dirk Bogarde) arrives in Africa, he soon learns his brother has been killed by the Mau Mau, a group of rebels who are fighting against the newly imposed rule of the white man. Enraged by his brother's murder, Alan decides to stay and put all his energy into fighting the Mau Mau, who he now considers his enemy. However, along the way he falls in love with a neighbouring settler called Mary (Virginia McKenna), who disagrees with his abhorrence of the native people, and tries to put an end to his prejudices.
Junior doctor Simon Sparrow (Dirk Bogarde) gains a position at St Swithin's Hospital in London and ends up sharing 'digs' with a bunch of slightly older young medics, all of whom have failed the previous year on account of their inability to keep to the curriculum. Sparrow tries to find a balance between the antics of his new peers and the ever-terrifying Sir Lancelot Spratt, chief surgeon at St Swithin's and a man on the lookout for miscreant doctors wherever they may be. Menaced by the advances of his landlady's daughter, and feelings for one of the nurses, will Sparrow be able to qualify?
When Kay Harker meets a mysterious Punch and Judy man on his way home for Christmas, he little realizes that he is about to be plunged into adventure. The old man entrusts Kay with a strange puzzle box - the Box of Delights - before suddenly disappearing. Kay soon discovers two things: the box can transport him through time and space, and there is a plot to steal it. He must battle heroically against terrifying forces of evil in order to win the day... This thrilling BBC Radio adaptation boasts a stellar cast, including Donald Sinden, Lionel Jeffries, Spike Milligan and Celia Imrie. 3 CDs. 3 hrs.
-- Descriptive gazetteer, town by town, of all surviving British
theatres built between 1750 and 1950.
Donald Sinden stars as eccentric amateur sleuth Gideon Fell in these two full-cast BBC radio dramatisations of stories by John Dickson Carr. One of the pre-eminent detectives of crime fiction's Golden Age, Dr Gideon Fell is stout, jovial and fond of beer and band music. However, he also possesses a razor-sharp mind and extraordinary powers of deduction, which are frequently put to the test as he is called upon to solve seemingly impossible crimes. Created by the master of the locked-room mystery, John Dickson Carr, Dr Fell appeared in 23 novels, several short stories and plays, and numerous radio adaptations. These two dramas, first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1997, see him embroiled in two inexplicable cases that have the police baffled. In The Hollow Man, two murders are committed by someone who appears to be both invisible and lighter than air; while in The House in Gallows Lane, the peaceful English countryside of 1936 is disrupted by an alarming fortune-teller - and a mysterious death. These thrilling dramatisations star Donald Sinden as Gideon Fell with John Hartley as Hadley. Classic Radio Crime: presenting vintage detectives for your investigation! Duration: 2 hours 50 mins approx.
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