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A collection of six BBC dramatisations of Jane Austen classics. Adapted by Andrew Davies after his success with his work on George Elliot's 'Middlemarch' for television, 'Pride and Prejudice' was the BBC's flagship drama in the schedule for autumn 1995. The story revolves around the arrival of the wealthy Mr Darcy (Colin Firth) and party and the excitement he causes amongst the five daughters of the Bennett family. In 'Persuasion' (1995), Anne Elliott (Amanda Root) has spent years regretting her rejection of Captain Wentworth's (Ciaran Hinds) proposal of marriage. 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 (Samuel West), while Captain Wentworth is now regarded as a very eligible bachelor. 'Northanger Abbey' (1986) stars Peter Firth and Robert Hardy. The story follows the adventures of Catherine Moorland (Katharine Schlesinger), who is invited by the romantic Henry Tilney to stay at the Abbey - and finds it to be shrouded in mystery and intrigue. In 'Sense and Sensibility' (1980), sisters Elinor and Marianne Dashwood (Irene Richard and Tracey Childs) lose their family fortune to spiteful relatives, and are forced to seek out suitable husbands in order to survive. While Marianne falls for the heartless John Willoughby (Peter Woodward), Elinor finds herself attracted to Edward Ferrars (Bosco Hogan) - who is himself betrothed to Lucy Steele (Julia Chambers). In 'Mansfield Park' (1983), Fanny Price (Sylvestra Le Touzel) struggles to adjust to her new aristrocratic lifestyle when she is sent by her debt-ridden mother to live with her rich aunt and cousins. Her 'superior' relatives constantly ignore her, and only her cousin Edmund (Nicholas Farrell) shows Fanny any interest. However, Fanny's charm and wit eventually win her many potential suitors, and before long she has to decide whether she wishes to wed for love or for status. Doran Godwin stars in 'Emma' (1972), which tells the stroy of the eponymous heroine whose chief joy in life is organising the lives of the friends with whom she surrounds herself. She is soon the apple of Mr Knightly (John Carson)'s eye, an older family friend who has watched her grow and advised her on many things in life.
Let the BBC transport you back to the decadent aristocratic drawing rooms of 1890's England. Lovingly restored for DVD, these plays feature a who's who of great actors of the British stage & screen.
Paul McGann stars in 'The Importance of Being Earnest' (1986) about true love being derailed by mistaken identity. 'The Picture of Dorian Gray' (1976) sees Peter Firth play the eponymous dandy, whose portrait is ravaged by his degraded, sordid lifestyle, while he escapes without a mark.
'An Ideal Husband' (1969) stars Jeremy Brett as Lord Goring, an dillettante aristocrat who may be able to help a friend out of a crisis. Finally, 'Lady Windermere's Fan' (1985) stars Kenneth Cranham in a story of jealousy and infidelity in the upper strata of Edwardian society.
All ten episodes of the 1980 revised version of the 1970s cult classic science fiction series. The series follows brother and sister Dan and Helen (Stephen Garlick and Sylvestra Le Touzel) who find and make friends with an alien who they call Peep-Peep (Colin Mayes). The episodes are: 'The Meteorite', 'The Spinning Compass', 'The Man in the Sandpit', 'In Danger!', 'The Hold-Up', 'Where Is Tom?', 'The Hunt for the Car', 'The Lake', 'Captured!' and 'In the Spaceship'.
Christopher Morahan directs this 1960s comedy drama starring Victor Henry, Susan George and Jack Shepherd. Ginger (Henry), an opportunistic window cleaner with an eye for the ladies, enjoys himself greatly in swinging sixties London. However, when he sets eyes on the beautiful and beguilingly innocent Jill (George), he renounces his philandering ways and decides that he has found the girl to settle down with. Unfortunately, his friend Dwyer (Shepherd) seduces Jill first and the girl discovers shortly afterwards that she's pregnant. How will all concerned deal with the arrival of a baby and the responsibilities that ensue?
The Fourth Doctor departs, the Fifth arrives and the Master returns in these three classic 1980s adventures!
Another adventure for everyone's favourite time-traveller. Answering the Brigadier's space/time telegraph, the Doctor (Tom Baker), Sarah (Elisabeth Sladen) and Harry (Ian Marter) arrive in the village of Tulloch, near Loch Ness. A series of attacks have taken place on local oil rigs, and many are blaming the legendary monster. The Doctor discovers the creature to be the Skarasen - cyborg pet of invading aliens the Zygons. Their own planet having been destroyed and their spaceship crippled, these deadly shape-shifters are now intent upon taking control of the planet Earth.
Forbidden to continue his travels through time and space by his fellow Time Lords, the newly regenerated Doctor (Jon Pertwee) begins his exile on 20th century Earth. His arrival coincides with a shower of strange meteorites, which are promptly investigated by the United Nations Intelligence Taskforce. Although his old friend Brigadier Alastair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart (Nicholas Courtney) is initially suspicious of the Doctor's new appearance and personality, he is forced to ask for his help when several of the meteorites go missing. The Doctor discovers that the meteor shower was in fact the first wave of an invasion by hostile alien intelligence the Nestene; phase two begins when the Autons - deadly plastic mannequins created by the Nestene agents on Earth - launch an attack on the unsuspecting public.
The true story of racing jockey Bob Champion (played here by John Hurt), who discovered he had cancer while at the height of his career. He began an intensive course of chemo-therapy, and clawed his way back to health to win the Grand National. What makes this story all the more remarkable is the fact that Champion's horse Aldaniti was simultaneously recovering from an injury so serious that at one point it was thought the horse would never race again.
The Third Doctor (Jon Pertwee) faces terrifying plastic Autons and the evil Master in these two classic Doctor Who adventures. In 'Spearhead from Space' (1969), the newly-regenerated Doctor begins his exile on 20th century Earth after being forbidden to continue his travels through time and space by his fellow Time Lords. His arrival coincides with a shower of strange meteorites, which are promptly investigated by the United Nations Intelligence Taskforce. Although his old friend Brigadier Alastair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart (Nicholas Courtney) is initially suspicious of the Doctor's new appearance and personality, he is forced to ask for his help when several of the meteorites go missing. The Doctor discovers that the meteor shower was in fact the first wave of an invasion by hostile alien intelligence the Nestene; phase two begins when the Autons - deadly plastic mannequins created by the Nestene agents on Earth - launch an attack on the unsuspecting public. In 'Terror of the Autons' (1970), the Doctor must pit his wits against the Nestene invaders, now teamed with renegade Time Lord the Master. This episode marks the first appearance of Jo Grant (Katy Manning), Captain Mike Yates (Richard Franklin) and The Master (Roger Delgado).
This 1985 made-for-TV film tells the story of brothers, Helmut (Bill Nighy) and Karl Hoffmann (John Shea). Both come of age at the start of Hitler's power in Germany in 1931. Helmut, the brilliant but opportunistic student, joins the SS and eventually becomes a successful flag rank officer. Karl, an idealistic athlete, joins the SA and experiences the darker side of Nazism. When the SA is disbanded, he is thrown into prison and later conscripted into the German army. Brother is pitted against brother until their relationship, and the Third Reich, stands in ruins
Triple bill of fantasy adventure films. In 'Dragonheart' (1996), knight Bowen (Dennis Quaid) attempts to instill the values of King Arthur in his pupil, Einon (Lee Oakes and David Thewlis), in the hope that he will rule more wisely than his tyrannical father. Einon is given one half of a dragon's heart after he is wounded in return for promising to rule well, but he reneges on his promise by becoming as big a tyrant as his father. Disillusioned, Bowen vows to kill every dragon in existence. Years later he meets the dragon Draco (voiced by Sean Connery) and, after initial hostility, the two strike up an unlikely friendship. In the sequel 'Dragonheart: A New Beginning' (1999), orphaned stable boy Geoff (Christopher Masterson) stumbles across Drake (voiced by Robby Benson), the world's sole surviving dragon. Together, they set about righting the wrongs of the bandits who threaten the peace of Geoff's homestead, but will the young boy and his fire-breathing friend be able to face up to every foe? Lastly, in 'Dragonheart 3 - The Sorcerer's Curse' (2015), Gareth (Julian Morris), a young aspiring knight, befriends a dragon (voiced by Ben Kingsley) while searching for gold and, together, the new companions work to defeat an evil sorceror who is determined to bring the kingdom under his control.
A BBC dramatisation of Francis Hodgson Burnett's classic children's story about an orphaned little girl who goes to live with her gloomy and secretive old uncle. The girl soon makes friends with a young boy and together they play behind the locked gates of the secret walled garden, with unexpected consequences - but never-the-less a happy outcome. Set in Victorian Yorkshire.
When the master of Cambridge college Porterhouse succumbs to a fatal stroke, he is replaced by the progressive Sir Godber Evans (Ian Richardson), who announces such earth-shattering initiatives as female students, a canteen and contraceptive machines. Head porter Skullion (David Jason) is outraged, along with the Fellows, and enlists the help of old Porterhousian Sir Cathcart D'Eath (Charles Gray) in foiling Sir Godber's schemes.
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