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US Ambassador Robert Thorn (Gregory Peck) is persuaded to substitute a newborn baby whose mother has died in childbirth for his own stillborn son. By the age of five the child, Damien, seems to be exerting a malevolent influence on the Thorn household, suffering a violent fit when he is taken to church and causing his nanny to hang herself. Thorn searches for an answer to his son's behaviour and meets maverick priest Father Brennan (Patrick Troughton), who tries to convince him that Damien is in fact the Antichrist and must be stopped at all costs. The Ambassador at first dismisses this as the crazy rantings of a religious maniac, but subsequent events suggest that maybe the priest had a point.
Jane Austen's famous comedy of manners and romance is once more developed for the screen in the grand traditions of the BBC costume drama. Adapted by Andrew Davies after his success with the television adaptation of George Elliot's 'Middlemarch', the series was the BBC's flagship drama in the Autumn 1995 schedule. The story revolves around the arrival of the wealthy Mr Darcy (Colin Firth) and party and the excitement he causes amongst the five daughters of the Bennett family.
Complete first series of the British television animated children's show. Charlie Chalk is a bumbling clown who has decided to leave the circus and ends up in the town of Merrytwit, where he makes friends with an assortment of odd and eccentric characers. Includes all 13 episodes: 'Shipwrecked Charlie'; 'Arnold's Night Out'; 'The Coconut Harvest'; 'The Sneezes'; 'Jumping Bananas;' 'The Mountain That Moaned'; 'Edward Keeps Fit'; 'The Feast'; 'There Are No Roads On Merrywit'; 'Mildred's Day Off'; 'Bert's Boring Day'; 'Return Of The Litter' and 'Goodbye Hello'.
Damien - The Omen 2
Omen 3 - The Final Conflict
Omen 4 - The Awakening
The Omen (2006)
Keith Michell plays the controversial, most feared and much-married king of England, whose life is seen here in a series of flashbacks as he reflects on his deathbed.
BBC adaptation of Elizabeth Gaskell's unfinished novel. The decision of long-time widower Mr Gibson (Bill Paterson) to remarry has several repercussions for his daughter, Molly (Justine Waddell), who resents the arrival of her stepmother (Francesca Annis). However, Molly also acquires a stepsister, Cynthia (Keeley Hawes), with whom she soon forms a close bond. Their relationship is later put to the test, however, when they both set their sights on the same man.
Four BBC adaptations of the novels of Jane Austen.
Andrew Davies's 1995 adaptation of 'Pride and Prejudice' starring Jennifer Ehle and Colin Firth was the BBC's flagship drama in the Autumn 1995 schedule. The story revolves around the arrival of the wealthy Mr Darcy (Firth) and party, and the excitement this causes amongst the five daughters of the Bennett family.
Andrew Davies also penned the adaptation for 'Sense and Sensibility' (2008). Marianne Dashwood (Charity Wakefield) wears her heart on her sleeve when she falls in love with the charming but unsuitable John Willoughby (Dominic Cooper), ignoring her sister Elinor (Hattie Morahan)'s warning that her impulsive behaviour leaves her open to gossip and innuendo. Elinor, sensitive to social convention, struggles to conceal her own romantic disappointment, even from those closest to her. Will the sisters learn that sense must mix with sensibility if they are to find personal happiness in a society where status and money govern the rules of love?
Romola Garaistars as matchmaker Emma Woodhouse in 'Emma' (2009). Despite the protestations of Mr Knightly (Jonny Lee Miller) for her not to become involved, Emma's meddling has unforeseen effects when she persuades her young friend Harriet Smith (Louise Dylan) to reject the advances of a local farmer in favour of the dashingly eligible Mr Elton (Blake Ritson).
In 'Persuasion' (2007), Anne Elliott (Sally Hawkins) has spent years regretting her rejection of Captain Wentworth (Rupert Penry-Jones)'s proposal of marriage, her family having been against the match on grounds of class. When he returns from sea they meet but, instead of finding romance, are kept apart through a series of misunderstandings. Anne is being pursued by her cousin, Mr Elliott (Tobias Menzies), while Captain Wentworth is regarded as a very eligible bachelor and has a stream of young women with marriage in mind beating a path to his door.
Double bill of BBC TV dramas based on the characters from Jane Austen's classic novel 'Pride and Prejudice'. 'Death Comes to Pemberley' (2013) is an adaptation of the novel by P.D. James which continues the story of 'Pride and Prejudice'. Elizabeth (Anna Maxwell Martin) and Darcy (Matthew Rhys) have been happily married for a number of years and have two young sons. However, when Elizabeth's sister Lydia (Jenna-Louise Coleman) brings news of a murder in Pemberley woods, their life of domestic bliss is thrown into turmoil. Adapted by screenwriter Andrew Davies, 'Pride and Prejudice' (1995) revolves around the arrival of the wealthy Mr Darcy (Colin Firth) and party and the excitement he causes amongst the five daughters of the Bennett family. Crispin Bonham-Carter, Anna Chancellor and Susannah Harker also star.
Comedy set in World War Two, starring James Robertson-Justice and Leslie Phillips. Sir Ernest Pease (Robertson-Justice) is a self-important scientist who is sent undercover on a bombing mission to monitor the effectiveness of his latest invention, a new-fangled radar. When the plane is attacked, he parachutes to safety - only to be sent to a POW camp, where he takes on the alias of Lieutenant Farrow. There, the somewhat happy-go-lucky bunch of Brits suspect their acerbic new fellow prisoner of being a spy, and all sorts of culture clashes and misunderstandings ensue.
The complete TV mini-series that dramatises the life of the Bronte sisters, authors of some of the most memorable novels in the literary canon. Written by Christopher Fry, the series explores the everyday lives of the sisters in their home in the small Yorkshire village of Haworth. Charlotte (Vickery Turner), the author of 'Jane Eyre', is the most ambitious of the girls, with Emily (Rosemary McHale), the writer of 'Wuthering Heights', the most poetic and intense. The episodes are: 'The Little King', 'Home and Abroad', 'Delusion's Song', 'Rewarding Destiny' and 'Silent Is the House'.
Three digitally remastered Doctor Who stories from the 1960s, '70s and '80s. In the three-part 'The Seeds of Death' (1969), the Doctor (Patrick Troughton), Jamie (Frazer Hines) and Zoe (Wendy Padbury) travel to a moon relay station to find out why T-Mat, a form of instant travel, has broken down. There they discover a race of Ice Warriors, planning to use T-Mat to carry seed pods to earth which will produce a deadly fungus to suck the air dry of oxygen. The Doctor has to foil the Ice Warriors' plan, avoiding the deadly pods along the way. In the four-part 'Carnival of Monsters' (1972), the Doctor (Jon Pertwee) and Jo (Katy Manning) find themselves arrested as stowaways after the TARDIS makes an unplanned arrival on the S.S. Bernice, en route to India in 1926. However, the ship is in fact trapped in a miniscope - the mechanical peepshow of intergalactic showman Vorg (Leslie Dwyer). When the Scope is impounded by officials on the planet Inter-Minor, many of the creatures contained within get loose, including the monstrous Drashigs. In the four-part 'Resurrection of the Daleks' (1983), the Daleks are once again seeking their creator, Davros (Terry Molloy), to discover a cure for the Movellan virus. Mercenaries free Davros from his prison ship, but the Kaled scientist has other ideas, and soon a Dalek civil war is underway. On 20th-century Earth the Doctor (Peter Davison), Tegan (Janet Fielding) and Turlough (Mark Strickson) are caught up between the rival factions and the Earth rebels, but they are already part of a larger plan to destroy Gallifrey.
Colin Firth stars in this BBC drama based on the experiences of the Royal Scots Guard Lieutenant Robert Lawrence, including his military training, the action he saw in the Falklands conflict and the aftermath of the terrible injuries he sustained.
Leigh Hunt (1784-1859) was a prolific, versatile and engaging writer. He outlived many of the poets and essayists of his generation whose reputations overshadowed his, but Coleridge, Wordsworth, Shelley and Keats all owed a debt to his advocacy, as did Tennyson and Browning. A poet of charm and technical skill, and an able translator and playwright, Leigh Hunt excelled as an essayist, literary critic and letter writer. His concern was always, in the words of his son, to "open more widely the door of the library", to share his literary enthusiasms and extend his readers' tastes. This anthology draws on the full range of Hunt's poetry and prose, revealing a writer committed to the humane and civilising powers of literature and friendship.
The entire third season (remastered) of the 1970s BBC sci-fi series created by Terry Nation. In 'Aftermath', the crew abandon the Liberator in the wake of the Andromedan attack. Avon is rescued by Dayna and her fugitive father. 'Powerplay' sees Avon and Dayna battling for control of the Liberator with Federation officer Tarrant, while Cally and Villa are hostages in a sinister hospital. In 'Volcano', the crew of the Liberator, with Blake and Jenna now missing, arrive at the planet Obsidian. 'Dawn of the Gods' sees the crew at threat from a creature from Cally's legends. In 'The Harvest of Kairos', Servalan captures the Liberator and strands the crew on a deadly planet. 'City at the Edge of the World' sees Villa finding love and adventure 3000 light years from the crew. Unfortunately, he falls foul of Babyan the Butcher (Colin Baker) - the Federation's second most wanted man next to Blake. In 'Children of Auron', Cally is telepathically summoned to help her people, but is in fact walking into a trap set by Servalan. 'Rumours of Death' sees Avon seeking revenge on Bartholomew - the man who killed his one true love, Anna Grant. In 'Sarcophagus', Cally is taken over by a strange alien. 'Ultraworld' sees Dayna and Tarrant racing to save Cally and Avon's minds from the inhabitants of a gigantic computer planet. In 'Moloch', the crew follow Servalan to the planet Sardos, where they encounter the planet's supreme power - a computer creature from the future. 'Deathwatch' sees the crew discover a gladiator style spectator sport where one of the competitors is Tarrant's brother and the 'impartial' judge is Servalan. Finally, in 'Terminal', Avon receives some instructions to travel to the planet Terminal, and he believes them to be from the long-missing Blake. They are actually from the evil Servalan.
In 1714 Parliament offer a £20,000 prize for anyone who can provide an accurate means of measuring longitude at sea. John Harrison (Michael Gambon) flies in the face of popular opinion by saying that the stars do not provide the answer, and provides his own solution with the invention of a mechanical clock. However, it takes Harrison forty years to prove his theory, and he is eventually forgotten in the mists of time. Centuries later, Robert Gould (Jeremy Irons) attempts to restore Harrison's reputation by tracking down and repairing the four clocks he originally constructed.
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