Leslie Phillips, Bob Monkhouse, Patricia Hayes, Harry H. Corbett, David Jason, Jimmy Edwards and Richard O'Sullivan are just a few of the stars featuring in this collection of comedy plays penned by Ray Galton and Alan Simpson - the legendary writing team whose timeless credits include both 'Hancock's Half Hour' and 'Steptoe and Son'. Following the same format that had proved so effective with their earlier run of plays for 'Comedy Playhouse', this series consists of six shows:
1. The Suit
A married man falls victim to a rather embarrassing burglary.
2. Friends in High Places
A 55-year-old wishes to be young again and his wish is granted!
3. Never Talk to Strangers
Two lonely people have a chance to find happiness together.
4. Don't Dilly Dally on the Way
After 23 years in the same bungalow, a couple prepares to move house.
5. Pity Poor Edie...Married to Him
What happens to a marriage when the breadwinner finds she is expecting?
6. An Extra Bunch of Daffodils
A man who has buried five heavily insured wives begins a search for his sixth...
Rattigan had a profound understanding of the human heart in all its complexity. He is the master of an emotional restraint which gives his work its unforgettable power and attracts, in this collection, star actors of the calibre of Sean Connery and Colin Firth, Penelope Wilton and Judi Dench, Ian Holm and Michael Gambon, Eric Porter and Geraldine McEwan. Among the plays included on this DVD are The Deep Blue Sea in which Hester Collyer sacrifices everything for a younger man who cannot return her love and The Browning Version in which a schoolmaster's emotional shell is cracked by an unexpected act of kindness.
The series follows an elite team of international undercover operators whose job it is to infiltrate themselves into situations that are either too sensitive or too hazardous for normal government operatives to undertake. Starring Michael Quinn and Neil Hallett as operatives Nick Craig and Tony Miller, every episode contains mystery, espionage, daring antics and the quirky humour typical of ITC's 1960's output.
Life at The King Alfred Dental Hospital is going all wrong for final year student David (Bob Monkhouse). He has to treat his first live patients in a couple of days, he's made the big mistake of falling in love with the Dean's niece Peggy (Peggy Cummins) - and he may just have made Britain's 'Most Wanted' list! It all started when bungling small time crook Sammy Field (Kenneth Connor) accidentally robbed a dental supply store. He convinced David that the instruments he stole were bankrupt stock - and David innocently helped him sell them to his fellow students. Now David's an accessory to robbery - and has to disguise Sam as a fellow dental student in the college while he tries to set everything straight! No wonder he's looking so down in the mouth!
Chosen by the wizard Shazam! to be the world's protector, young Billy Batson becomes the World's Mightiest Mortal. Battling alongside Superman the nefarious Black Adam, Billy quickly discovers the challenge that all Super Heroes ultimately face - is he fighting for justice? - in this brand-new extra-length short. Four more favourite DC Comics Super Heroes - Jonah Hex, Green Arrow, Black Canary and The Spectre - face challenges of their own...
Fred Midway (Warren Mitchell) will do anything to climb to the top of the corporate tree, and he's equally keen to bump up his family's social status. When his aspirations suffer various setbacks, Fred even manages to turn a desperate situation to his advantage...only to be blackmailed by his own son - a real chip off the old block!
From creator Jimmy McGovern (Common, Cracker, Accused, The Street) and the producers of Reg and Common comes five more self-contained and deeply affecting stories, each driven by the pivotal character's desire or inability to 'move on'. With themes ranging from addiction to lost love, from hurtful lies and painful truths, the series casts an unflinching eye on the every-day drama of modern life. Johnny Vegas and Robert Glenister make their directorial debuts as a stellar cast yet again delivers on its promise of bold, contemporary stories, well-told.
The critically acclaimed series 'Moving On' created by BAFTA and EMMY award-winning Jimmy McGovern returns for a third run of five powerful films about people confronted with a life-changing decision. This series has a stellar cast complimented by compelling stories written by the cream of UK writing talent.
This dynamic and tightly scripted drama centres on the search for the perpetrators of a multi-million-pound gold bullion robbery; Peter Vaughan stars as the C.I.D. officer doggedly tracking down all those who hold clues to the identity of the mastermind behind the raid. Vaughan's strong performance is supported by some of the key dramatic actors of the late 60's, including Joss Ackland, Alfred Lynch, George Cole, Bernard Hepton, George Innes, Roy Dotrice and Ian Hendry.
The third series of the Til Death Us Do Part sequel found Alf Garnett in splendid form; giving out to anyone who'll listen (and some who won't) on the injustices suffered by this particular senior citizen. This series finds Warren Mitchell once again surrounded by great character actors including Carmel McSharry, Arthur English and Ken Campbell as well as Patricia Hayes and Irene Handl - and also features a special appearance by Spike Milligan as the volatile van driver, Fancy Fred. As well as having to put up with the devout but defiant Mrs Hollingsbury upstairs and smug neighbour, Mr Johnson across the road, Alf now has company in his spare room lodger, Winston. No wonder he spends most of his time in the pub with Arthur! Among the many classic Alf Garnett scenes in this series are the magnificent telephone battle with Mrs Hollingsbury, a hilarious seance with Gwenneth and Min, fisticuffs with Fancy Fred, Alf doing what he does best on a visit to the DHSS and a long afternoon stuck out on the upstairs window ledge.
The critically acclaimed series "Moving On" created by Bafta and Emmy award winning Jimmy McGovern returns with a second run of ten powerful films about people confronted by life-changing decisions. This series has a stellar cast complimented by compelling stories written by the cream of UK writing talent. Dominic West makes his directorial debut and the series has a stunning talent line up including John Simm, Ewen Bremner, Anna Massey plus the late Corin Redgrave. The series tackles contemporary issues including adoption, Alzheimer's, religion and special needs care.
The second series of the Til Death Us Do Part sequel might have missed the late Dandy Nichols, but the loud-mouthed Alf Garnett is joined by a host of other great character actors including Carmel McSharry, Patricia Hayes, Irene Handl, Arthur English and Ken Campbell. Else has died and Alf is left to cope with life as a widower. Now he has to get by on a smaller pension, cook his own Sunday dinner and put up with Mrs. Hollingbery, his landlady who lives in the upstairs flat. Alf's not exactly alone, he's still got his drinking friend Arthur; exasperated neighbours, the Johnsons; Winston, the black (and gay!)social worker; his daughter, Rita; batty ex-neighbour Min and her senile sister Gwenneth and Mrs Hollingbery, who might even cook for him - if he can prove himself "handy around the house"!.
The classic 1960s and early 70s comedy series Til Death Us Do Part had established Warren Mitchell’s bigoted big-mouth Alf Garnett as one of the most unforgettable figures of British television. Too good a character to leave to posterity, his creator Johnny Speight brought him back - as opinionated, loud-mouthed, bad tempered, reactionary, prudish, homophobic and hilarious as ever! This 1985 sequel found Alf and Else relocated to a flat in the East End, but the curmudgeonly old git still had plenty to moan about: his pension, the unions, having to push his wheelchair bound wife around and, horror upon horror, their black and gay, council home help, Winston. Though Alf's daughter Rita only visits occasionally, Alf finds plenty of people to listen to his rants: his drinking friend Arthur; his constantly exasperated upstairs neighbour Fred Johnson, Else (still 'the silly moo') and, of course, the camp home help, now nicknamed Marigold.
A Selection of 'Glimpses' from The Nostalgic Hit TV Series brought to you by Talking Pictures TV. 60 individual Glimpses, rare pieces of nostalgia looking back at the 1940's and 1950's. Never before seen on video, restored for your enjoyment.
Channel 4's "Time Team" is the most popular and longest-running history programme on television, having completed over 150 digs at different locations both abroad and throughout the British Isles. This exclusive 3-disc box set features the very best of those digs as chosen by the team themselves. "The Very Best Time Team Digs" are introduced and reviewed by Tony and the Time Team. There is also a wealth of bonus features, including two more digs: Turkdean 2 - the only site that was so good hat Time Team went back to do more excavation, and Nevis Part 2 - he 2nd half of Time Team's dig in the Caribbean. Also squeezed in are two episodes of Time Team Extra - the follow-up history programme broadcast in 1998, and last but not least, a new film Geofizz Explained timed at guiding viewers through the three very different 'geofizz' techniques regularly used during Time Team digs.