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12 stories from the adventurous Peruvian bear. Episodes comprise: 'Christmas Paddington', 'Paddington Hits the Jackpot', 'Trouble at Number Thirty Two', 'The Unexpected Party', 'Paddington and the Christmas Shopping', 'Paddington Bakes a Cake', 'Trouble at the Waxworks', 'In and Out of Trouble', 'A Family Group', 'Paddington and the Mystery Box', 'A Sticky Time' and 'Paddington's Puzzle'.
A BBC dramatisation of George Eliot's classic novel about the lives and loves of a group of people living on the cusp of the Industrial Revolution in a small town named Middlemarch. These include young Doctor Lydgate (Douglas Hodge), who arrives at Middlemarch hospital full of idealism and determined to do good works; Dorothea Brooke (Juliet Aubrey), who becomes attracted to the scholarly Edward Casaubon (Patrick Malahide) and then finds herself trapped in an ill-fated marriage; and Will Ladislaw (Rufus Sewell), a young lad who awakens Dorothea's repressed passion and thereby changes the course of her life.
All 13 episodes of the 1970s BBC historical drama starring Patrick Stewart. The story charts the decline and fall of the great Houses of Europe - the Hapsburgs, Romanovs and Hohenzollerns - in war and revolution between the mid-19th century and the end of the First World War. Other actors to star in the series include Charles Kay and Gayle Hunnicut, while Michael Hordern acts as the narrator. The episodes are: 'Death Waltz', 'The English Princess', 'The Honest Broker', 'Requiem for a Crown Prince', 'The Last Tsar', 'Absolute Beginners', 'Dearest Nicky', 'The Appointment', 'Dress Rehearsal', 'Indian Summer of an Emperor', 'Tell the King the Sky Is Falling', 'The Secret War' and 'End Game'.
Twelve episodes featuring the much-loved Paddington Bear from Darkest Peru, In these episodes, Paddington arrives in London, travels on the underground, and gets in trouble when he tries to redecorate. Episodes are: 'Please Look After This Bear'; 'A Bear in Hot Water'; 'Paddington Goes Underground'; 'A Shopping Expedition'; 'Paddington and the Old Master'; 'A Spot of Decorating'; 'A Family Group'; 'Paddington Makes a Bid'; 'Do-It-Yourself'; 'A Disappearing Trick'; 'Something Nasty in the Kitchen'; and 'Trouble at the Launderette'.
Animated feature of Richard Adams' best-selling novel. When rabbit Fiver (voiced by Richard Briers) has a premonition of his warren being destroyed by man, he persuades his brother Hazel (John Hurt) and a few other friends to flee in search of safety. They have many adventures along the way, until they encounter a vicious race of rabbits who are determined to prove their supremacy.
During World War II, seven Allied agents are selected to rescue an American general from the impenetrable German fortress Schloss Adler. In charge of the team is British Major Smith (Richard Burton), with American Lieutenant Schaffer (Clint Eastwood) as second in command. Parachuting into the enemy territory in German uniforms, the squad discover one of their number dead on arrival, and Smith suspects that he may have a traitor amongst his unit. Alistair Maclean wrote the screenplay and the film is reported to be amongst director Quentin Tarantino's favourites.
A fabulous six-CD audio box-set containing the entire collection of stories by Beatrix Potter, complete and unabridged. The twenty-three tales in this giftset, have never lost their popularity, and sell in their millions all over the world. Meet again the famous characters that children love and adore... PETER RABBIT, SQUIRREL NUTKIN, THE FLOPSY BUNNIES, MRS TIGGY-WINKLE, TOM KITTEN, JEREMY FISHER, JEMIMA PUDDLE-DUCK and many more. These stories are beautifully brought to life by a talented cast of readers, including Patricia Routledge, Timothy West, Michael Hordern, Janet Maw, and Rosemary Leach.
Submerge yourself in classic BBC Dickens dramatisations that, like the great novelist's work, have stood the test of time.
The majesty of Charles Dickens' storytelling is captured in this DVD boxset that brings together BBC dramatisations of eight of the acclaimed author's classic novels. From the touching 1985 dramatisation of the semi-autobiographical Oliver Twist to the moving A Christmas Carol that sidesteps mawkish sentimentality and instead, offers viewers an affecting and sincere drama, each TV adaptation will delight fans of the author – and win over a generation of new ones.
Starring a wealth of celebrated actors including Maggie Smith, Bob Hoskins, John Mills and many more, the Charles Dickens Collection celebrates the author's work with authentic and beautifully-played mini TV-series from a broadcaster that is world-renowned for its adaptations.
In chronological order, the adaptations featured in this set are:
Four charming tales starring the marmalade-loving bear from darkest Peru. The stories are: 'Please Look After This Bear', 'A Bear in Hot Water', 'A Disappearing Trick' and 'Paddington and the Amateur Dramatics.' 'Please look after this bear' said the label around Paddington's neck, so the Brown family take him home and do just that. Life with Paddington, however, is full of surprises -as you'll find out in these four great dramatised stories! 1 CD. 50 mins.
Musical retelling of the famous fairytale. In the kingdom of Euphrania, young Cinderella (Gemma Craven) lives a life of misery with her wicked stepmother (Margaret Lockwood) and two stepsisters. When a Great Ball is thrown in honour of the Prince (Richard Chamberlain), the forlorn Cinderella dreams of attending - only to have her wish granted by her Fairy Godmother (Annette Crosbie)! At the Ball the Prince meets and is smitten by Cinderella, but the path of true love does not run straight...
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.
Drama directed by Bill Douglas telling the story of the 'Tolpuddle Martyrs'. Having been arrested in England for campaigning for fairer wages and forming one of the first trade unions, a group of six farm workers from Dorset are sentenced to be transported to Australia in 1834 for seven years. Cameo appearances include Vanessa Redgrave, James Fox, Michael Hordern, Murray Melvin and Freddie Jones.
Gilbert Gunn directs this 1950s British comedy starring Guy Rolfe, Michael Hordern, Ronald Shiner and Lionel Jeffries. The officers on board HMS Scotia are quick to seize the opportunity for a party when they moor off the French Riviera. They have an excuse, too - Captain Robert Randall (Richard Coleman) has just become engaged to Jill Eaton (Mary Steele), who joins him on the ship to celebrate along with her friends Mary Carlton (Anne Kimbell) and Antoinette (Nadine Tallier). However, when a problem with the shore boat leads to the girls spending the night on the ship, the officers are forced to try and conceal their presence when the formidable Admiral Hewitt (Hordern) arrives to inspect the vessel. Chaos duly ensues...
Richard Lester directs this farcical musical comedy. Set in ancient Rome, it tells the story of Pseudolus (Zero Mostel), an idle slave who has made a deal to win his freedom if he can procure for his master (Michael Crawford) the beautiful virgin slave, Philia (Annette André), who lives in the house next door. Pseudolus does his best, but the forces of farce are against him and his efforts soon come up against a series of bizarre complications involving mistaken identites, sly tricks, comic chases, unexpected arrivals and narrow escapes. Phil Silvers, Michael Horden, Roy Kinnear and Buster Keaton also star.
Vincent Price plays a Shakespearian actor Edward Lionheart, who re-enacts murder scenes penned by the famous bard, in order to gain revenge on the nine theatre critics who have denied him the Best Actor of the Year award. His accomplice is his devoted daughter (Diana Rigg) and together they seek revenge in a most bloody and violent way: one critic is decapitated in his bed, one is made to murder his own wife and another is forced to eat his beloved dogs.
Double bill of rauchy comedies by Frankie 'Titter Ye Not' Howerd, the outrageously camp and bawdy British comic. 'Up Pompeii' (1971) is the feature length spin-off from the Howerd's television series about a lazy slave living in ancient Pompeii. When a document falls into his hands listing the names of those plotting to assassinate Emperor Nero, he is forced to infiltrate the group. Hilarious mishaps result. In 'Up The Chastity Belt' (1971) Lurkalot (Frankie Howerd) is a humble serf in Custard Castle, who runs a side-line selling chastity belts and love potions at the local market place. He's called upon to save the day when Sir Braggart De Bombast attempts to seize the castle and kidnap the beautiful Lobelia De Custard.
Widely regarded as a broadcasting classic, the 1981 BBC Radio dramatisation of The Lord of the Rings stars Ian Holm, Michael Hordern, Robert Stephens, John Le Mesurier and Peter Woodthorpe. This box set contains all three parts of the epic tale - The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers and The Return of the King. Sauron, the Dark Lord, has gathered to him the Rings of Power - the means by which he will be able to rule the world. All he lacks in his plan for domination is the Ruling Ring, which has fallen into the hands of the hobbit, Frodo Baggins... Brian Sibley, one of the original dramatists, has written new opening and closing narration for the character of Frodo, played by Ian Holm. This collection also includes a bonus CD featuring Stephen Oliver's complete musical score, and a demo version of 'Bilbo's Last Song'. 13 CDs. 13 hrs 15 mins.
An enticingly eerie Hammer horror film about a baron in 19th century Austria who keeps his son and daughter virtual prisoners, for he is convinced that insanity runs in his family. Intrigues, chases and murders drive the plot.
Collection of ghost stories adapted by the BBC. In 'Whistle and I'll Come to You' (1968) Michael Hordern plays Professor Parkin who heads to a hotel on the east coast of England. While out on a walk he comes across a mysterious bone whistle which ends up having disturbing consequences for Parkin. In 'Whistle and I'll Come to You' (2010) John Hurt stars as James Parkin who, in this version, is a retired astronomer taking a much needed break from caring for his ailing wife. In 'A Warning to the Curious' (1972) Mr Paxton (Peter Vaughan) travels to English seaside town Seaburg hoping to find the last of three Anglo Saxon crowns belonging to the Agers family whose last descendant has recently died. In 'The Stalls of Barchester' (1971) Dr. Black (Clive Swift) is cataloguing the Barchester Cathedral Library when he comes across an old diary belonging to Archdeacon Haynes (Robert Hardy) who died mysteriously. In 'Lost Hearts' (1973) young orphan Stephen (Simon Gipps-Kent) goes to stay at the generous Mr. Abney (Joseph O'Connor)'s estate where he is haunted by two children who previously lived in the house. In 'The Ash Tree' (1975) Sir Richard Fell (Edward Petherbridge) inherits his uncle's manor and grounds. He moves in and decides to cut down an ash tree that could prove harmful to the property... In 'The Treasure of Abbot Thomas' (1974) cynical Reverend Somerton (Michael Bryant) is completely close-minded when it comes to paranormal activity. But his steadfast beliefs falter when his search for the treasure of alchemist Abbot Thomas (John Herrington) unleashes a terrifying spectre. In 'The Signalman' (1976), based on the story by Charles Dickens, Denholm Elliott stars as a troubled railway signalman who has witnessed some unsettling sights and sounds along his stretch of track. In 'Stigma' (1977) Katherine Delgado (Kate Binchy) and her family move into a new home but have difficulty removing a menhir from their garden. In 'The Ice House' (1978) Paul (John Stride) goes to stay at a spa resort to help him get over the breakdown of his marriage. In 'A View from a Hill' (2005) historian Dr. Fanshawe (Mark Letheren) visits his friend, Squire Richard (Pip Torrens), and, having broken his own binoculars, borrows a pair through which he can see into the past... In 'Number 13' (2006) Professor Anderson (Greg Wise) is staying in room 12 of a local hotel while working in a cathedral town to authenticate historical documents. But after being disturbed at night, Anderson discovers that a previously missing room 13 has appeared... Finally, Robert Powell reads a selection of tales by M.R. James which were partially dramatised for the series 'Classic Ghost Stories'. The episodes comprise: 'The Mezzotint', 'The Ash Tree', 'Wailing Well', 'The Rose Garden' and 'Oh, Whistle, and I'll Come to You, My Lad'.
1970s adventure comedy adapted for the screen by George MacDonald Fraser from his second novel following cowardly antihero Harry Flashman, here portrayed by Malcolm McDowell. Trying to find his way into the high society of 19th-century Europe, Captain Flashman is persuaded to pose as a Prussian nobleman and wed Duchess Irma (Britt Ekland) by Otto von Bismarck (Oliver Reed) and Rudi von Sternberg (Alan Bates), who are seeking to advance their political careers. However, Flashman's disguise is discovered and he goes on the run, encountering a number of catastrophes on the way.
Based on a true story documented in the book by M.E. Clifton-James. In an effort to confuse the Nazis during the Second World War, an actor (played by M.E. Clifton-James himself) is forced to play Montgomery and is strategically positioned to cover the real man's tracks.
When a wealthy practical joker (Wilfred Brambell) dies, he leaves four friends a fortune, but only if they fulfill certain conditions. Bossy boots Thora Hird must take a menial job for a month, the lecherous Leslie Philips has to propose to the first single girl he meets, Ronnie Corbett must overcome his natural timidness to run a bank, and thriller writer Michael Hordern is asked to commit a real life crime and spend a month in gaol.
Feature length spin-off from the Frankie Howerd television series about a lazy slave living in ancient Pompeii. When a document falls into his hands listing the names of those plotting to assassinate Emperor Nero, he is forced to infiltrate the group. Hilarious mishaps result.
Double bill of action adventures set during World War Two, directed by Brian G. Hutton and starring Clint Eastwood. In 'Kelly's Heroes' (1970), a group of soldiers led by Kelly (Eastwood) capture a German general in occupied France. He reveals the location of a bank housing 14,000 bars of Nazi gold, which Kelly and his men set out to steal. The only problem is that the bank lies 30 miles behind enemy lines. In 'Where Eagles Dare' (1968) seven Allied agents are selected to rescue an American general from the impenetrable German fortress Schloss Adler. In charge of the team is British Major Smith (Richard Burton), with American Lieutenant Schaffer (Eastwood) as second in command. Parachuting into the enemy territory in German uniforms, the squad discover one of their number dead on arrival and Smith suspects that he may have a traitor amongst his unit.
Mark Hall and Chris Taylor co-direct this animated version of Kenneth Grahame's much-loved children's tale. Badger (voice of Michael Hordern), Rat (Ian Carmichael) and Mole (Richard Pearson) are the woodland and river-dwelling creatures who enjoy a simple, settled existence in the English countryside. However, their brash and egotistical friend, Toad (David Jason), is renowned for his passing fads and expensive but short-lived enthusiasms. When Toad develops a passion for motor cars, his resultant debts force him to sell his ancestral home, Toad Hall, to the cunning and conniving weasels.
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