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From beginnings on a gravel court on a farm in rural South Africa, Gordon Forbes went on to travel the world with his long-time tennis partner Abe Segal during the late 1950s and early 60s: the glory days of Fred Perry, Roy Emerson and Virginia Wade. In this delightful insider’s account of tennis on the international circuit, Forbes looks back with laughter at his tennis playing years through a varied, successful and often outrageous career on the world’s courts.
This newly published edition of A Handful Of Summers brings back a cult classic, revealing an era populated by the most colourful tennis players of all time. More about the hilarious escapades of players than the game itself, the book begins with a short series of vignettes from Forbes’s childhood on an Eastern Cape farm in South Africa, then takes the reader on a tennis tour – into locker rooms and restaurants, narrow streets and small hotels, and onwards to the lawns of Wimbledon and the caramel coloured clays of Roland Garros.
A player of international repute, Gordon Forbes has managed to capture the irresistible charm of an era while telling the story of a young man striving to follow signposts on the winding roads of life.
Classic comic espionage caper from Disney studios starring Peter Ustinov and Derek Nimmo. Lord Southmere (Nimmo) hides a top-secret microfilm containing the formula for the mysterious 'Lotus X' in a dinosaur skeleton at the Natural History Museum in London after narrowly escaping from a gang of ruthless Chinese spies. When he realises that the spies are following him, he instructs his former nanny Hettie (Helen Hayes) to retrieve the microfilm. Southmere is then promptly recaptured by the head spy, Hnup Wan (Peter Ustinov), while the resourceful Hettie assembles a group of fellow nannies to help her search for the microfilm. But the nannies are up against the cunning of the evil spy gang, who will stop at nothing to get to the prized Lotus X before Hettie and her helpers.
Ray Galton and Alan Simpson script this 1970s BBC adaptation of the novel by Gabriel Chevallier. The programme follows life in the small French village of Clochmerle, where plans to install a public urinal in the village square trigger a series of disagreements between the many institutions and individuals in competition for power. Cyril Cusack, Wendy Hiller and Kenneth Griffith are among the stars, with narration from Peter Ustinov.
Disney-animated version of the Robin Hood tale, with Robin characterised as a fox, Allan-a-Dale a rooster, Little John a bear, Friar Tuck a badger and the Sheriff of Nottingham a wolf. Robin and his merry band rob from the rich and give to the poor while England is ruled by the corrupt King John (voiced by Peter Ustinov) - whose snake advisor Hiss looks and sounds suspiciously like Terry-Thomas!
Sometime in the future, the inhabitants of a city are forced to undergo 'renewal' when they reach the age of 30. A member of the security forces (Michael York) becomes intrigued about the fate of a young woman (Jenny Agutter) and decides to aid her bid to escape from the city...
Star-studded, epic adaptation of Henryk Sienkiewicz's novel based in Rome during the time of Nero. Marcus Vinicius (Robert Taylor), a commander in the army, returns to the city and falls in love with a Christian girl called Lygia (Deborah Kerr). However, as he is a pagan, she rejects his suit and refuses to have anything to do with him. Meanwhile, Nero (Peter Ustinov) burns down the city, blames it on the Christians, and prepares to feed them to the lions.
Set in 1942 at the height of the second war, this is the story of Odette Marie Celine Churchill who, after an appeal, sends her holiday photos of the French Coast to the War office. Due to her unique qualifications, she is sent to France as a secret agent, and to join the resistance.
This presentation of the powerful film classic features an additional five minutes of footage cut from the film's original release, plus the original overture and extended soundtrack.
Director Stanley Kubrick tells the tale of Spartacus (Kirk Douglas), the bold gladiator slave and Varinia (Jean Simmons), the woman who believed in his cause. Challenged by the power-hungry General Crassus (Laurence Olivier), Spartacus is forced to face his convictions and the power of Imperial Rome at its glorious height.
The inspirational true account of man's eternal struggle for freedom, Spartacus combines history with spectacle to create a moving drama of love and commitment.
Screen legend Peter Ustinov displays his celebrated wit and humour in this 1988 ITV special. Ustinov was acknowledged by many as the 'King of the Raconteurs', able to hold an audience spellbound with humorous anecdotes honed to perfection over the years.
His career spanned film (he received an Oscar both for Spartacus and Topkapi), theatre, books (his autobiography, Dear Me, was a bestseller) and he was the favoured guest of many a chat show host, though most people still recognise him as Hercule Poirot.
It is his charm and humour, however, that he is best remembered for and An Audience With Peter Ustinov showcases this wonderfully, leading many to rate this as the finest in the popular and long-running Audience series.
Disney-animated version of the Robin Hood tale, with Robin characterised as a fox, Allan-a-Dale a rooster, Little John a bear, Friar Tuck a badger and the Sheriff of Nottingham a wolf.
Fun and romance abound as the swashbuckling hero of Sherwood Forest, and his valiant sidekick plot one daring adventure after another to outwit the greedy prince and his partner as they put the tax squeeze on the poor.
Classic Will Hay comedy. Inept schoomaster William Potts (Hay) is parachuted into Nazi Germany when British intelligence discover that he is the spitting image of an enemy master spy. Upon his arrival, Potts is put to work teaching young German spies how to appear authentically British - and is soon employing his own highly unorthodox educational methods!
Peter Ustinov writes and directs this wartime drama following the British scientists who developed the first radar system. Led by Professor Heatherville (Ralph Richardson), five research scientists are required to work in total secrecy to develop the vital navigational tool. As war breaks out across Europe the scientists are moved and housed together to accelerate the key breakthrough required to begin mass development of the pioneering system. As the danger of their mission increases and their home island is threatened with a Nazi invasion the team find their work and personal life under increasing pressure on all fronts.
Set in the English countryside of the 1920s - when otter hunting was still legal - this film follows the life of Tarka the Otter from his birth into adulthood. We witness his close shaves, and his struggle with a man who tries to keep our furry hero as a pet.
Star-studded adaptation of the Lewis Carroll fantasy. When she slips down a rabbit hole, young Alice (Tina Majorino) finds herself in the bizarre kingdom of Wonderland. After an encounter with the ever-grinning Cheshire Cat (Whoopi Goldberg), Alice accompanies the White Rabbit to the tea party of the Mad Hatter (Martin Short). Alice's body size is adversely affected after she partakes of some magic tea, but this is nothing compared to the trouble she gets into after a run-in with the vile Queen of Hearts (Miranda Richardson).
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.
Carol Reed directs a host of British stars in this documentary-style WW2 adventure. Following the Dunkirk retreat, Lt. Jim Perry (David Niven) is assigned a bunch of raw recruits and sets about transforming them from bickering civilians into a proficient battle-ready fighting force. When training is finished, Perry and his men ship off to Africa and the battle of El Alamein....
Sir Peter Ustinov's beautifully crafted autobiography is told with exquisite wit and insight. From his birth in April 1921, it spans his extraordinary career as actor, playwright, film star and director, confirming his early belief that he is 'irrevocably betrothed to laughter'. Ustinov's renowned gift for mimicry is exploited to the full in Dear Me. Eccentric relatives, school masters, sergeant majors and manic Hollywood moguls are all brought unforgettably to life.
A collection of vintage interviews taken from the long-running BBC TV chat show 'Parkinson'. With contributions from some of the leading lights of music, film and the arts over the years, those featured include Michael Caine, Jonathan Miller, Peter Ustinov, Bette Midler, Dr Jacob Bronowski, and Oprah Winfrey.
Marty Feldman writes, directs and stars in this parody of the French Foreign Legion adventure films based on the novel by P.C. Wren. When a priceless family heirloom goes missing, Sir Hector Geste (Trevor Howard)'s adopted twin sons - the weedy, pathetic Digby (Feldman) and his (not so) identical twin brother, dashing swashbuckler Beau (Michael York) - must gallivant across Europe and North Africa to keep it from the clutches of their wicked stepmother, Flavia (Ann-Margret). The all-star supporting cast includes Peter Ustinov, Terry-Thomas, Spike Milligan and Roy Kinnear.
Internationally established authors describe and analyze the most important categories of prejudice: anti-Semitism, sexism, racism, religious prejudice, class prejudice, as well as prejudice against age, illness, disability. The German translation of the Handbook of Prejudice, which was published on behalf of the Sir Peter Ustinov Institute and deals with ways of researching and fighting prejudice is now expanded with new and topical themes such as anti-Gypsyism and Islamophobia.
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