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Fred Zinnemann directs this award-winning adaptation of Robert Bolt's historical play. Sir Thomas More (Paul Scofield) has to wrestle with his conscience when he is appointed Lord Chancellor of England by King Henry VIII (Robert Shaw). The King wishes More's support in his decision to divorce his wife, Catherine of Aragon, in favour of Anne Boleyn (Vanessa Redgrave). When More refuses and resigns from his office, he falls foul of a plot by Thomas Cromwell (Leo McKern) to remove him permanently. The film won six Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor in a Leading Role (Scofield) and Best Writing, Screenplay Based On Material from Another Medium.
The entire comedy drama series from Alan Plater. In 'The Beiderbecke Affair' (1984), woodwork teacher and jazz buff Trevor Chaplin (James Bolam) has always fantasized that a beautiful blonde will enter his life and simultaneously provide him with rare recordings of his hero Bix Beiderbecke. Unlikely as it seems, this is just what happens one evening when Trevor is at home in his flat. It is an encounter which will ultimately involve him and his colleague, independent political campaigner Jill Swinburne (Barbara Flynn), in exploding lawnmowers, political corruption and the strange world of 'black economists' Big Al (Terence Rigby) and Little Norm (Danny Schiller). In 'The Beiderbecke Tapes' (1987) Trevor and Jill find themselves plunged into another jazz-related mystery when the former purchases some Bix Beiderbecke tapes from a pub barman. Jill is intrigued when one of the tapes contains a conversation about the planned dumping of nuclear waste in the Yorkshire Dales, her curiosity being roused still further by the discovery that the barman who sold Trevor the tapes has now gone missing... The intrepid duo soon find themselves up to their necks in trouble once more as their investigation takes them from the relative safety of Yorkshire to the mean streets of Amsterdam and Edinburgh. In the final part of the trilogy, 'The Beiderbecke Connection' (1988), Trevor and Jill are still living together, and they now have a baby boy to look after as well. Their household is increased still further when old friend Big Al asks them to take in a refugee as a favour; Trevor is reluctant until he discovers that his new guest is, like him, an ardent jazz fan. However, this visitor is only the first of many who will involve Trevor and Jill in yet more intrigue and deception.
Yorkshire miner turned rugby player Frank Machin (Richard Harris) has a number of women chasing after him, but only has eyes for his widowed landlady, Mrs Hammond (Rachel Roberts). However, she remains resolutely unresponsive to his advances. Meanwhile, Frank's rebelliousness at the club is tolerated as long as he is successful on the pitch, but as he comes to appreciate the emptiness of his existence his frustration begins to mount.
Box set featuring six Shakespeare adaptations starring legendary actor Laurence Olivier. In 'King Lear' (1983), the ageing King Lear (Olivier) decides to split his kingdom between three daughters - Regan, Cordelia and Goneril - with each receiving a share appropriate to the amount of love they feel for him. However, when the faithful Cordelia refuses to protest her devotion, an enraged Lear foolishly cedes complete control to the devious remaining siblings - with terrible results. In 'Henry V' (1944), the young king (Olivier) puts his rakish past behind him and rallies his men to invade France, winning against the enemy's superior numbers. The film was shot in Ireland to avoid the constant bombardment of the Blitz and Olivier was discharged from the Navy to make the film. In 'Hamlet' (1948), Hamlet (Olivier), Prince of Denmark, is still mourning over the death of his father and his mother Gertrude's (Eileen Herlie) subsequent remarriage to Hamlet's despised uncle, Claudius (Basil Sydney), who is now King. When his father's ghost appears to Hamlet and reveals that it was Claudius who murdered him, the young prince vows revenge. However, a fatal flaw in his character - hesitation - mars his efforts, resulting in murder, madness and treachery. In 'The Merchant of Venice' (1974), Jewish moneylender Shylock (Olivier) provides young Antonio (Anthony Nichols) with a loan, stating that if it is not repaid he will claim a pound of flesh. When Antonio's bond defaults, Shylock attempts to claim his grisly compensation in a court of law, but Portia (Joan Plowright) pleads Antonio's case. In 'Richard III' (1955), Olivier stars as the cold and calculating king, a treacherous and untrustworthy fellow who makes plans to kill anyone who threatens his position. Henry Stafford (Ralph Richardson), the Duke of Clarence (John Gielgud) and Lady Anne Neville (Claire Bloom) are just some of those moving in his orbit. 'As You Like It' (1936) was filmed in England in 1936 when Olivier was still considered a promising young actor rather than one of the finest thespians ever, as he would later become, this is his first filmed Shakespeare performance and thus a milestone in film history.
Eight-part Yorkshire Television drama in which a successful businessman feigns his own death in order to try and discover who has been plotting against him. After three attempts on his life, Lew Burnett (Colin Blakely) decides that enough is enough and allows his pursuers to believe that the third attempt has succeeded. In fact, Burnett is hot in pursuit of the truth about who is out to get him. The episodes are: 'Wheel of Fortune', 'Tower of Destruction', 'Knave of Coins', 'Chariot of Earth', 'The Bridge Maker', 'Grail and Platter', 'Laws of Fortune' and 'Ring of Return'.
12 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, drawn from the years when the show was produced by the Associated British Corporation (ABC), features scripts by, among others, J.B. Priestley, James Mitchell, Fay Weldon and Alun Owen. The actors to appear in the plays include Patrick McGoohan, Stanley Baker, Billie Whitelaw, Colin Blakely, Judy Cornwell and Hugh Griffith.
Laurence Olivier stars in and produces this adaptation of Shakespeare's famous tragedy, made exclusively for television. The ageing King Lear (Olivier) decides to split his kingdom between three daughters - Regan, Cordelia and Goneril - with each receiving a share appropriate to the amount of love they feel for him. However, when the faithful Cordelia refuses to protest her devotion, an enraged Lear foolishly cedes complete control to the devious remaining siblings - with terrible results.
Collection of both television series, the original eight-part thriller from 1974 and the 1980 spin-off, written by Edmund Ward. 'The Hanged Man' sees Lew Burnett (Colin Blakely), the owner of an international construction company, survive three attempts on his life and decide to play dead in order to survive. This tactic will only give him so much time however and he must use it wisely if he is to find the people hunting him. But his predicament also forces him to face some uncomfortable facts. 'Turtle's Progress' shifts the focus onto a petty criminal who featured in Burnett's story. Turtle (John F. Landry) and Razor Eddie Michael Attwell) unwittingly end up with their hands on 80 safe deposit boxes taken in a bank heist. One by one they find out what is contained in each while Superintendent Rafferty (James Grout/David Swift), knowing about their illicit activities, skulks around searching for the hard evidence he needs to prove their guilt.
In this sequel to 'She', a young woman (Olinka Berova) is possessed by the spirit of Queen Ayesha. She is taken in by a millionaire, but a deadly trail is left by the pursuit of her destiny: to succeed Ayesha as the ruler of the lost city of Kuma.
Collection of three films adapted from Agatha Christie's novels following the Belgian sleuth. In 'Murder On the Orient Express' (1974), while heading into heavy weather, the Orient Express gets stuck in the snow and overnight one of the passengers - the millionaire Ratchett (Richard Widmark) - is repeatedly stabbed to death. Who did it? Luckily the famous detective Hercule Poirot (Albert Finney) is on hand to find out. The cast also includes Lauren Bacall, Ingrid Bergman, Sean Connery and Vanessa Redgrave. In 'Death On the Nile' (1978) a rich heiress is murdered aboard a steamship travelling down the Nile. Poirot (Peter Ustinov) discovers that almost all the passengers had a reason to kill her but will he be able to locate the true culprit before the ship reaches port? The film also stars Bette Davis, Maggie Smith, Angela Lansbury and David Niven. Finally, in 'Evil Under the Sun' (1982), when beautiful socialite Arlena Marshall (Diana Rigg) is found strangled on a Mediterranean island, there is no shortage of suspects for Poirot (Ustinov) to eliminate from his enquiries.
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