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Adapted from series creator James Mitchell's Sunday Express Short Stories by his son Peter Mitchell, four new adventures expand the themes explored in the television show. David Callan works for The Section, a top-secret counter-espionage organisation. He's a killer, a trained assassin, and the best at what he does. But that doesn't mean he has to like it. With the aid of the burglar Lonely; fellow operative Meres; and Section secretary Liz, Callan fulfils the orders of departmental head Hunter and finds himself in very murky waters. Murder, betrayal, and model soldiers. It's all in a day's work for Callan. 2.1 File on a Difficult Don. The cap and gown meet the gun and bullet when Callan visits the Dreaming Spires to protect a codebreaker. 2.2 File on a Mourning Mother. Callan and Meres are investigating the mysterious death of a scientist at a top secret research centre when they discover, Hell hath no fury... 2.3 File on an Elusive Engineer. Callan and Meres are sent to protect a British engineer from an assassination attempt and then find themselves all at sea. 2.4 File on an Angry American. The CIA plans to execute a double agent on British soil and Callan is sent to make sure the target's wife doesn't get caught in the cross-fire. CAST: Ben Miles (Callan), Frank Skinner (Lonely) Nicholas Briggs (Hunter), Jane Slavin (Liz), Nicholas Day (Odgers), Jason Nwoga (Routledge/Stone), Imogen Church (Conchita), Michael Jibson (Earl of Burgos/Rod Mercer), Emily Raymond (Diana Browne), Tam Williams (Toby Meres), Mark Elstob (Judd/Jorge/Armstrong), Lara Lemon (Miss Townley), Jamie Parker (Peter Carteret/Mackley), Jade Anouka (Angela Wain), Beth Chalmers (Mrs Ventris).
Live stand up performance by British writer, comedian and TV presenter Frank Skinner, recorded at the Leicester Square Theatre in London.
Arthur Kennedy and Peggy Dow star in this Second World War drama. After being blinded by a German sniper in North Africa, US soldier Larry Nevins (Kennedy) is placed in a military hospital where he tries to adapt to his disability with help from his fellow wounded servicemen and his new friends Joe (James Edwards) and Judy (Dow). When he eventually returns home, Joe finds himself questioning long-held attitudes and whether he was right to abandon his new friends in an attempt to reclaim his old life.
A TV special from 1999 starring a veritable who's who of British comic actors as primary school children putting on a Nativity play. As well as playing the kids, the actors all appear as their parents at the post-show gathering.
Live stand up performance by British writer, comedian and TV presenter Frank Skinner, recorded at the Leicester Square Theatre in London.
Biographical war drama starring Rock Hudson as US Air Force pilot Colonel Dean Hess. As a training officer in the Korean War, Hess gets the chance to atone for his unintentional bombing of a German orphanage during World War II. While fighting the enemy he attempts to save orphaned refugees by building a shelter and later evacuating them from dangerous territory.
Double feature starring Basil Rathbone as detective Sherlock Holmes. In 'The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes' (1939), Professor Moriarity (George Zucco) has come up with a scheme for stealing the crown jewels from the Tower of London. To get Holmes involved, he persuades a flute player to murder a girl. In 'Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon' (1943), Holmes travels to Switzerland to rescue the inventor of a bomb-sight which the allies want to keep from the Nazis. Back in London, however, it turns out that the inventor is not all that he seemed...
Boris Karloff stars in this sci-fi horror from 1940. When mild-mannered professor George Kingsley (Stanley Ridges) is fatally wounded, his friend Dr. Ernest Sovac (Karloff) performs illegal brain surgery to save him. After the operation, Kingsley is left with part of deceased mobster Red Cannon (Ridges)'s brain and as a result suffers from a split personality. He tells Sovac about a secret stash of money that Cannon stole. To locate the cash, Sovac hypnotises Kingsley so that Cannon's personality will take over, but this only makes matters worse for the professor. Bela Lugosi also stars as a gangster who is out to get the money for himself.
1950s western starring Alan Ladd and Shelley Winters. When Mountie Thomas O'Rourke (Ladd) and his half brother, Cree Indian Cajou (Jay Silverheels), discover Grace (Winters), the only survivor of a burned out wagon, new Mountie Inspector Benton (Robert Douglas) surmises that the fire was a result of a Cree attack and disarms the tribe. Meanwhile, the Sioux Indians are hoping to make the Crees their allies in order to defeat the US 7th Cavalry. The Canadian policemen attempt to prevent the joining of the two Indian tribes, leaving O'Rourke to choose between his duty and his morals.
Drama starring Susan Hayward as the daughter of a traditional cattle owner who builds an oil empire. When her father dies in an oil well blast, Cherokee Lansing (Hayward) becomes determined to seek revenge. However, while she fights for her property and stages wildcat drilling she forgets about all human values. Can geologist Brad Brady (Robert Preston) help her see the error of her ways?
Full-cast adaptations of Callan stories originally published in the Sunday Express. Adapted from series creator James Mitchell's Sunday Express Short Stories by his son Peter Mitchell, four new adventures will expand the themes explored in the television show. Murder, betrayal and model soldiers. It's all in a day's work for Callan. 1.1 File on a Deadly Deadshot by James Mitchell (adapted by Peter Mitchell). With Lonely posing as his gentleman's gentleman, the section's top operative David Callan is sent to a country estate in Northumberland to infiltrate a rich men's shooting party. One of his companions is an assassin but which one? High living and high stakes on the grouse moors as Callan attempts to work out which of the dead-shots is a man-hunter.1.2 File on a Classy Club by James Mitchell. (adapted by Peter Mitchell). Callan finds the odds are stacked against him when he poses as a high roller at London's top casino. His mission is to lose all his money but he almost loses his life when he stumbles into an East German spy cell. Perhaps a card sharp from Lonely's past can help Callan turn the tables. 1.3 File on an Awesome Amateur by James Mitchell (adapted by Peter Mitchell). Callan and Meres are despatched to a cultural festival in Venice to snatch a Russian poet from under the noses of the KGB. But the success of the mission depends upon the expertise of amateur sleuth and keen ornithologist Cynthia Widgery. Feathers fly on the Grand Canal... 1.4 File on a Harassed Hunter by James Mitchell (adapted by Peter Mitchell). Callan is drawn into a dark secret when Hunter invites him to fly to Newcastle for a trip to the theatre. The plot thickens when an alcoholic actor and a decoy called Prenderghast lead Callan to one of the KGB's most proficient killers. The setting for the denouement is far too close for comfort.The classic television series from the Sixties returns with a star-studded cast, in brand new audio adaptations from Big Finish Productions. Originally broadcast in 1967,Callan took the burgeoning world of spy drama, and brought a much darker tone to the genre. Having similar responsibilities to MI5, Callan used the most ruthless and lethal techniques to get the job done, each method meticulously filed by `The Section' (the organisation behind operative Callan), colour coding each lethal tactic. Four series of the original television series were produced between 1967 and 1972, plus a cinema film released in 1974 and a TV comeback in 1981. And now, Callan is set to return on audio at Big Finish adapted from series creator James Mitchell's Telegraph Short Stories by his son Peter Mitchell. CAST: Ben Miles (Callan), Frank Skinner (Lonely), Nicholas Briggs (Hunter), Jane Slavin (Liz), David Rintoul (Baumer), Justin Avoth (Endicott), Glen McReady (Minns), Louis Tamone (Lorimer / Waiter), Tam Williams (Toby Meres), Mark Elstob (Karl / Judd / Willis), Robert Portal (Bulky Berkeley / Lubov), Annabelle Dowler (Amparo Soller / Barbara Jackson), Gyuri Sarossy (Marty Rivers), Beth Goddard (Cynthia Widgery / Auntie Gertie / Adrienn),Teddy Kempner (Evan Lang / Joe 'Plastic' MacNamara), Leighton Pugh (Petrov).
Frank Skinner is undoubtedly one of the funniest and most successful comedians appearing on British screens. Born Chris Collins in 1957 he grew up in the West Midlands where he inherited his father's passion for football, a West Bromich Albion supporter, along with a liking for alcohol. Expelled from school at 16 Frank held various jobs later going on to gain an MA in English Literature. Nurturing a serious drink problem from the age of fourteen, Frank eventually turned to Catholicism in 1987 and hasn't had a drink since. He performed his first stand up gig in December 1987. His first television appearance in 1988 met with fits of laughter from the audience and 131 complaints, including one from cabinet minister Edwina Currie. He met fellow comedian David Baddiel in 1990 and the two went on to share a flat throughout the early 90's and to create the hit TV series Fantasy Football League.
Winner of the prestigious Perrier Award at the Edinburgh Festival, Skinner's is a unique mixture of laddish and philosophical humour which has won him the prime time ITV show - The Frank Skinner Show. Here, for the first time, Frank candidly tells us of the highs and lows of his fascinating life and career.
In this new volume of memoirs, Frank Skinner describes his experience of going back on the road doing stand-up again, after many years spent working mainly on television. His adventures on tour are by turns funny and moving as he meditates on growing older, the terrors and joys of trying to make a live audience laugh night after night and on the nature of comedy itself. For the first time we read a comedian's account, in his own words, of how his act is put together; his return to a world of dark little clubs and the strange encounters he has there. But what is perhaps most startling and original about Frank Skinner's writing is his honesty nbout not only the highs and lows of his career, but more intimate and personal issues - male sexuality and matters of the heart.
The award-winning comedian, and former half of Baddiel and Skinner, returns to the stage after a gap of ten years, with this performance at Birmingham's National Indoor Arena.
Absolutely mad frame-busting comedy starring the infamous duo, Ole Olsen and Chic Johnson. Ole and Chic are a couple of stagehands who try to help a young playwright woo the girl of his dreams, but manage to wreck his big stage production in the process.
For the first time ever, eight of the most iconic cinematic masterpieces of the horror genre are available together on Blu-ray as Universal Monsters: The Essential Collection.
Digitally restored in perfect high-definition picture and perfect high-definition sound, this essential set includes a never-before-seen featurette about the restoration of Dracula and the first ever offering of Creature from the Black Lagoon in its restored Blu-ray version.
Contains hours of bonus features, a 44-page booklet and 8 exclusive art cards with original theatrical posters.
The Mummy (1932):
The Invisible Man (1933):
The Bride of Frankenstein (1935):
The Wolf Man (1941):
The Phantom of the Opera (1943):
The Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954):
Frank Skinner introduces you to the hidden world of the brave, unsung heroes who dedicate their lives to protecting millions of Americans against the ongoing threat of terrorism. From the humid jungles of Vietnam to the streets and alleyways of North African hot spots such as Beirut, Cairo and Libya, Skinner gives you the true story of how the current war on terror began. What he shares are some of the most dangerous, intense situations and military training scenarios that he 's faced, all the while helping to raise his family and cope with his son 's life-threatening medical problems. More than just a book on military tactics and counter-terrorism, this is a book on survival and the human spirit. Praised by authors Richard Marcinko and Dr. Margaret Nydell, Skinner 's book takes an exciting look into the very evolution of military history through the eyes of a man who has been in the very heart of it. Complete with photographs to help reference his tactical training as well as his travels around the world, Cook, Baker, Candlestick Maker is a fascinating exploration into one of the most vital yet unknown areas in today 's military.
"They've said some crazy things about me over the years. I mean,
okay: 'He bit the head off a bat.' Yes. 'He bit the head off a
dove.' Yes. But then you hear things like, 'Ozzy went to the show
last night, but he wouldn't perform until he'd killed fifteen
puppies . . .' Now "me," kill fifteen puppies? I love puppies. I've
got eighteen of the f**king things at home. I've killed a few cows
in my time, mind you. And the chickens. I shot the chickens in my
house that night.
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