Cult British television figure, Fred Dibnah was renowned for his love of engineering history. The 'Industrial Age' collection compiles a selection of his programmes on the definitive era in British history.
Wind, Water and Steam
This is the first of a six-part series in which Fred Dibnah celebrates Britain's rich industrial heritage. Fred takes a nostalgic tour of the country giving his own inimitable view on the Industrial Revolution. Along the way he meets dedicated volunteers who have spent their lives preserving the past. In this programme Fred examines the early use of wind and water power and traces the development of the steam engine. He visits a man who's built a windmill in his back garden and searches out examples of early steam engines that are still working today.
Mills and Factories
The series continues as Fred Dibnah traces the development of Britain's textile industry from the picturesque Scottish countryside of New Lanark to the urban mill town of Burnley. On his travels he chats to ex-weavers to find out what life was like in the mills, and comes across a group of volunteers who have spent the last 30 years saving mill engines from the 'scrapman'.
Four children discover a strange egg hidden in an old Persian carpet in this classic adaptation of E. Nesbit's acclaimed children's story, part of a trilogy of novels that started with 'Five Children and It'. A family buys an old carpet from a junk-shop in Edwardian London, which when unrolled reveals a large shiny egg. One of the boys accidentaly knocks the egg into the fire. A charming talking phoenix emerges and he has the power to grant their wishes. With the magic carpet now laid out in their playroom, their fantastic adventures are about to begin. The children soon find themselves transported to distant lands and faraway places, including a tropical desert island. Closer to home they take the phoenix on a tour of London where a surprise awaits; and a family trip to the theatre has unexpected results!
Following the Earth's close encounter with a comet, a meteor shower strikes Britain's population blind. Bill Masen (John Duttine), recovering in a London hospital from a vicious plant attack, is one of a few to survive with eyesight intact. The world he emerges into has been terrifyingly altered. The government has collapsed, bands of renegades are thriving in the anarchy - and a hostile carnivorous form of plant life, the Triffids, have begun to prey on the weakened and vulnerable human population. For Masen, life is now a desperate struggle...
It is the Second World War and Carrie (Juliet Waley) and Nick (Andrew Tinney) are evacuated from London to a small town in Wales, where they are placed with strict Mr. Evans (Avril Elgar) and his timid mouse of a sister. Their friend Albert (Tim Coward) is luckier, living in Druid's Bottom with Hepzibah Green (Rosalie Crutchley) who tells wonderful stories, and the strange Mister Johnny (Matthew Guinness), who speaks a language all of his own. Carrie and Nick are happy to visit Albert there, until one day when Carrie does a terrible thing - the worst thing she ever did in her life...
This regular series of short documentary films was produced in the 1960's by the Special Features Division of the Rank Organisation to screen in their Odeon and Gaumont cinemas. Marvellously concise and beautifully shot, these colour featurettes, numbering over 500 in total, presented cinema-goers with varied aspects of modern British life. This volume presents over 100 films whose subjects cover an incredibly diverse range: from crime prevention to refuse collection, from caravanning to photographers models! Many have remained unseen since their first screening five decades ago and are presented here complete and uncut.
The Navigators follows the fortunes of a group of rail track workers based at a South Yorkshire depot, as the privatisation of British Rail takes effect. When 'Harpic', the depot boss, gives Paul, Mick and the rest of the gang their new working brief - the company's 'Mission Statement' - 'performance-related pay' and unpaid holidays seem like a joke. But before long, the choice is very clear to the gang: take their chances with redundancy cash and life as casual agency workers, or work for the new company under the new rules...
In the Aloha State, the action doesn't get any hotter, and the most diabolical criminals never take a vacation. Luckily, neither does the most elite police force ever assembled: Five-O. Detective Steve McGarrett (Jack Lord) is back, and thieves, gangsters and murderers are going away - for good. If you're looking for danger and excitement, the eighth season of 'Hawaii Five-O' is here - with all the explosive twists and turns of a legendary TV classic!
First shown in BBC One's renowned 'Play for Today' series in 1972, Peter Terson's sparkling comedy of class and manners stars Brian Glover, Ray Morto and Douglas Livingstone. Derbyshire miners Art (Glover), Ern (Mort) and Abe (Livingstone) head north to Whitby for a boys-only escape and a spot of sea fishing. Checking into a shabby B&B run by haughty landlady Audrey (Jane Freeman) and her henpecked hubby, the trio are bamboozled into paying a high price for their rooms. They board their chartered boat piloted by a taciturn ex-fisherman, who stares grimly ahead while offering stern warnings about mixing chips and brown ale on a swelling sea. But the boys are half-cut before they've left the harbour, and as they reach the cod grounds they're decidedly off-colour. With his unshakable poise, fervour for self-improvement and back-of-the-sauce-bottle learning, Art is the well-meaning group leader who anchors the action as they head for deep water.
Fourteen Fire-Powered Options, Ranging From 30MM Cannon to Nuclear Tipped Strike Missiles.
Hawke and a lady reporter are held prisoners by terrorists who use a religious group's settlement to hide their dam-bombing activities.
2. Random Target
Sam Kowal, the owner and operator of an air charter service, asks Hawke and Santini to photograph an area of desert land, and in doing so they place themselves into a very dangerous situation.
3. The American Dream
Hawke comes to the aid of an old war buddy whose family and friends are being victimised by a former Vietnamese warlord.
Unseen for decades, 'Journey of a Lifetime' is a series of programmes filmed in the early 1960s throughout Israel and Jordan. It shows Ann and John, a young, newly-married couple, rediscovering the past through their discovery of the present - while visiting such famous places as the Dead Sea, Nazareth, Jerusalem, the Sea of Galilee, Petra, Bethlehem, Samaria, Jericho, Emmaus, Judaea and the River Jordan. Through their journey of discovery and enchantment the couple see for themselves the holy places that Ann's faith has always made real for her while John, who keeps an open mind, finds that much which he considered miraculous and unlikely could well have happened. Filmed in colour, the series was only ever transmitted on ABC in black and white and has been newly transferred from the original 35mm Eastmancolor negatives especially for this release. Part travelogue, part history lesson and part reaffirmation of one's personal faith, this is an absorbing series for the whole family - it does not preach, but has a message for those who wish to listen.
This lavishly produced drama follows the turbulent personal and political career of Sir Oswald Mosley. Mosley was man women found irresistible and other men followed blindly. He was rich, brilliant and fearless, a man who should have ranked with the heroes of the century. instead his personal life and public career ended in disgrace. Once a leading politician and dashing social figure, Mosley is now remembered as the leader of the dictatorial populist movement in the decade before prominence, the man who wanted to make Britain a fascist state remains a controversy.
This series charts Mosley's rise to political notoriety through his personal life. It presents a vivid portrait of a man determined to achieve power and to have frequent sexual liaisons. Central to the series is Mosley's first marriage, to Cimmie, daughter of Lord Curzon. He wooed and won her over, but their relationship foundered on her pain and humiliation at his frequent affairs, and she died prematurely aged 34. Subsequently, Mosley married Diana Guinness in Nazi Germany at a time when his politics were moving to the right and he had cut himself off from the conventional political parties. His political career had started differently. Returning from the First World War he became the youngest MP in 1918 and was a rising star of the Conservative Party but fell out with it. He subsequently joined the Labour party, reached ministerial rank, and thought of as possible leader of the party. Once again, he fell out with his party, left and formed the New Party, and then the British Union of Fascists.
Join Alice as she falls into the wild world of Wonderland and meets extraordinary characters such as Tweedledee and Tweedledum, the Mad Hatter, the Queen of Hearts and the frantically late White Rabbit. And the fun continues with new bonus features including The Mad Hatter's Virtual Tea Party, the newly discovered Cheshire Cat song "I'm Odd", sing along songs and much more. Your family will want to experience this timeless Disney masterpiece again and again.
An impossible choice between love and duty. A choice to be made by the King of England, Edward VIII (Edward Fox). To choose love is to deny his birthright and throw an Empire into constitutional crisis; to choose duty is to deny himself. This compelling, award-winning drama covers the turbulent period between 1928 and the King's abdication in December 1936, during which desperate attempts were made to bring the King to understand both his duty and his obligation - a situation which polarised the Cabinet, the Church of England and politicians across the Empire.