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Drama starring Peter Mullan as Frank, a hard-working 55 year-old, respected in his local community, but who suddenly finds himself without a job. For the first time in his life, Frank is without direction. When his friend Danny (Billy Boyd) jokes that on a clear day he could swim to France, an idea is planted in Frank's mind. Concealing his plans from his loving wife Joan (Brenda Blethyn) Frank determines to put his life back together by attempting the ultimate test of endurance - to swim the English Channel. In so doing he cements a broken relationship with his grown up son.
Four BBC adaptations of the novels of Jane Austen.
Andrew Davies's 1995 adaptation of 'Pride and Prejudice' starring Jennifer Ehle and Colin Firth was the BBC's flagship drama in the Autumn 1995 schedule. The story revolves around the arrival of the wealthy Mr Darcy (Firth) and party, and the excitement this causes amongst the five daughters of the Bennett family.
Andrew Davies also penned the adaptation for 'Sense and Sensibility' (2008). Marianne Dashwood (Charity Wakefield) wears her heart on her sleeve when she falls in love with the charming but unsuitable John Willoughby (Dominic Cooper), ignoring her sister Elinor (Hattie Morahan)'s warning that her impulsive behaviour leaves her open to gossip and innuendo. Elinor, sensitive to social convention, struggles to conceal her own romantic disappointment, even from those closest to her. Will the sisters learn that sense must mix with sensibility if they are to find personal happiness in a society where status and money govern the rules of love?
Romola Garaistars as matchmaker Emma Woodhouse in 'Emma' (2009). Despite the protestations of Mr Knightly (Jonny Lee Miller) for her not to become involved, Emma's meddling has unforeseen effects when she persuades her young friend Harriet Smith (Louise Dylan) to reject the advances of a local farmer in favour of the dashingly eligible Mr Elton (Blake Ritson).
In 'Persuasion' (2007), Anne Elliott (Sally Hawkins) has spent years regretting her rejection of Captain Wentworth (Rupert Penry-Jones)'s proposal of marriage, her family having been against the match on grounds of class. When he returns from sea they meet but, instead of finding romance, are kept apart through a series of misunderstandings. Anne is being pursued by her cousin, Mr Elliott (Tobias Menzies), while Captain Wentworth is regarded as a very eligible bachelor and has a stream of young women with marriage in mind beating a path to his door.
An extraordinary tale of sex, passion and royal intrigue. This is the little-known story of Mary Boleyn who was mistress to King Henry VIII before he married her older sister, Anne.
Inspired by Philippa Gregory's novel of the same name, this television adaptation of The Other Boleyn Girl is about great families jockeying for position and using their daughters as pawns in a deadly game. Set during one of the most notorious periods in British regal history, it is a powerful narrative and at its heart is the relationship between two rivals - The Boleyn Sisters.
The complete three-part BBC drama set amidst the lesbian subculture of 1890s England. The series follows heroine Nan Astley (Rachael Stirling), who meets and falls for male impersonator Kitty Butler (Keeley Hawes). Nan moves to London and begins an affair with Kitty while also joining her music hall act. When she discovers an unwelcome truth Nan begins a voyage into the capital's sexual underworld which eventually sees her become destitute and forced to make some important decisions about the future of her relationships.
Sally Potter directs this drama about two teenage girls living in London in the early 1960s. Elle Fanning and Alice Englert star as Ginger and Rosa, best friends who were both born on the day the first atom bomb fell on Hiroshima. The two are inseparable until Rosa falls in love with Ginger's charismatic father Roland (Alessandro Nivola). Ginger, shattered and alone, becomes increasingly immersed in the anti-nuclear movement, the looming horrors of the Cold War and the Cuban Missile Crisis resonating with her own personal nightmare.
Romantic comedy starring Stuart Townsend as Olly Pickering, a gifted writer who has unfortunately been struck with writer's block and frittered away his publisher's advance without a single paragraph to show for it. Then, out of the blue, James (Steve John Shepherd), Olly's best friend from university whom he has not seen for five years, gets in touch. James is getting married and he wants Olly to be his Best Man. Olly is immediately terrified about how he is going to write a speech when his writer's block is so extreme. His fears are briefly pushed aside at the engagement party when he meets the girl of his dreams - until James introduces her to Olly as Sarah (Amy Smart), his bride to be...
Every episode of the action drama series based on the novel by former Special Forces operative Chris Ryan. The first series follows ex-SAS Sergeant John Porter (Richard Armitage) and MI6 officer Hugh Collinson (Andrew Lincoln) seven years after they participated in an operation in which two soldiers were killed. The second series, 'Project Dawn', follows the efforts of Section 20 agents Michael Stonebridge (Philip Winchester) and Damien Scott (Sullivan Stapleton), as they try to put an end to an international terrorist group after Porter is kidnapped. The third series, 'Vengeance', finds Section 20 in Africa trying to stop billionaire Conrad Knox (Charles Dance) who aims to use stolen Libyan nuclear devices to further his plans for domination. In the fourth series, 'Shadow Warfare', following the execution of a Section 20 operative in Lebanon by Leo Kamali (Zubin Varla), a member of Al-Zuhari's terrorist organisation, Scott and Stonebridge travel to Columbia to try and take him alive. In the fifth series 'Legacy', Section 20 continue their globetrotting military missions as Sgts. Stonebridge and Scott travel to Thailand to find the kidnapped daughter of the British Ambassador where they are caught up in a plot to bomb the embassy. After a North Korean general dies in the blast, Stonebridge and Scott investigate the covert crime syndicate known as Office 39 who planned the attack to provoke a North Korean war with the West.
Nico Mirallegro stars in this British drama alongside Michael Gambon, Daniel Mays and Michelle Fairley. When 17-year-old Johnjo O'Shea (Mirallegro) agreed to take his friends to the local pizza restaurant he had no way of knowing that he would later be charged as an accessory to premeditated murder. When one of the friends stabs and kills someone, the Joint Enterprise Law known as the Common Law entitles the court to grant all of the boys involved the same sentence. As Johnjo's parents fight to prove his innocence in the crime, the victim's family strive for justice.
This London-set noir thriller starring Charlotte Rampling and Gabriel Byrne is the directorial debut of Rampling's son, Barnaby Southcombe who adapted it from the novel by Elsa Lewin. Lonely divorcee Anna Welles (Rampling) meets wealthy businessman George Stone (Ralph Brown) at a singles party, and ends up going home with him. As she is leaving his apartment, she crosses paths with Detective Bernie Reid (Byrne), who has been called to the scene of a brutal murder in the very apartment that Anna has just left.
A mother, Madame Danzard, and her daughter, Isabelle, hire a maid to look after them. But when her younger daughter, Lea, comes to live with them, they become isolated, and this forces them into a fantasy world of obsession and jealousy which slowly gets out of control.
Box set containing six television dramas written and directed by Stephen Poliakoff. 'Shooting the Past', stars Timothy Spall and Lindsey Duncan. 'Caught on a Train' stars Michael Kitchen and Peggy Ashcroft. 'Perfect Strangers' stars Matthew MacFadyen and Lindsay Duncan. 'The Lost Prince' stars Gina McKee. 'Friends and Crocodiles' stars Damien Lewis and 'Gideon's Daughter' stars Bill Nighy.
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