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Mike Vardy directs this big screen adaptation of the adventures of working class hero Joe Lampton (Kenneth Haigh). When Joe gets to know pharmaceutical tycoon Lord Ackerman (Harry Andrews) and his wife Alex (Nanette Newman), it results in an unexpected job offer. However, things aren't all plain sailing. While managing one of Ackerman's companies, Joe discovers that a former member of staff committed suicide for his part in producing a drug that proved harmful to women. How will Ackerman react when Joe tells him the news?
All seven episodes from the second series of the drama that brings to life the trials of famous murderers. Each of the episodes tells the self-contained story of the trial of a renowned British killer, from the unsavoury couple, Dr Peter Crippen (John Fraser) and Ethel Le Neve (Hannah Gordon), to Edith Thompson (Gayle Hunnicutt), suspected of murdering her own husband. The episodes are introduced by Robert Morley, with other actors to appear in the dramas including Christopher Cazenove, Ian Charleson, Michael Jayston, Kenneth Haigh and Phyllis Calvert. The episodes are: 'Miss Elmore', 'The Root of All Evil', 'My Perfect Husband', 'A Smile Is Sometimes Worth a Million Dollars', 'The Darlingest Boy', 'Make It a Double' and 'A Boy's Best Friend'.
Herbert Wilcox directs this classic British drama starring Anna Neagle and Sylvia Syms. The film follows Valerie Carr (Neagle), a widowed mother, who struggles to keep her 17-year-old daughter Janet (Syms) under control and out of trouble. However, with Janet falling under the influence of Tony Ward Black (Kenneth Haigh), an apparently wealthy and carefree young man, Valerie has her work cut out for her...
Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton star in this Academy Award-winning, epic retelling of the life and loves of the Egyptian queen. Desperate to hold onto her throne in the face of Roman expansion, Cleopatra (Taylor) employs all her charms in an attempt to secure an alliance with Julius Caesar (Rex Harrison). When Caesar is subsequently murdered, however, a vulnerable Cleopatra quickly turns her affections to popular Roman general Mark Antony (Burton). But although the relationship initially fares well, it's not long before the once proud general, now emasculated by the queen's charms, is reduced to a shadow of his former self that presages the doomed lovers' ultimate fate.
Eight more plays from the hugely popular ITV drama anthology series that ran from 1956 -1973. The series was broadcast on Sunday nights and featured original scripts dealing with issues of the day from a number of esteemed contemporary writers. This selection of plays features actors including John Thaw, Anton Rodgers, Kenneth Haigh, Bill Maynard and Susannah York. The episodes are: 'Wednesday's Child', 'Competition', 'The Left Overs', 'High Summer', 'The Creditors', 'The Death of Glory', 'The Square of Three' and 'According to the Rules'.
A collection of radio readings of F. Scott Fitzgerald's fiction - plus two bonus programmes Over the years the BBC has broadcast readings of many of F. Scott Fitzgerald's novels, novellas and short stories. This collection includes some of his most famous works alongside various lesser-known tales, including three 'lost stories' (first published in 2017 and with an introduction written by editor Anne Margaret Daniel). Contents: The Great Gatsby - read by Sam Robards The Diamond as Big as the Ritz - read by Garrick Hagon Tender is the Night - read by Kenneth Haigh Babylon Revisited - read by Stuart Milligan The Sensible Thing - read by Stuart Milligan Bernice Bobs Her Hair - read by Laurel Lefkow Financing Finnegan - read by John Sharian The Smilers - read by John Sharian An Alcoholic Case - read by John Sharian Three Hours Between Planes - read by John Sharian Pat Hobby's Secret - read by Ed Bishop Pat Hobby: Teamed with Genius - read by Ed Bishop Pat Hobby and Orson Welles - read by Ed Bishop Pat Hobby: The Homes of the Stars - read by Ed Bishop Thank You for the Light - read by Karen Bartke, with an introduction read by Laurel Lefkow The Couple - read by Finn den Hertog Salute to Lucy and Elsie - read by Stuart Milligan Also included are The Great Gatsby Letters, in which F. Scott Fitzgerald tells his editor about his hopes and fears for his new novel, and The Beautiful and the Damned: A Portrait of F. Scott Fitzgerald, featuring Ed Bishop and Sarah Keller as Fitzgerald and Zelda. Please note: some of the language in this recording reflects the era in which it was first broadcast.
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