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Ruling by divine right, but himself ruled by caprice, King Richard exiles Henry Bolingbroke and seizes his father’s vast estates. While Richard is distracted by a rebellion in Ireland, Bolingbroke returns to England, intent on recovering his rightful property and, with the support of his disgruntled peers, perhaps seizing the crown itself.

Dazzlingly eloquent and ceremonious, Richard II invests a weak and self-dramatising man with tragic status and represents Shakespeare’s most searching exploration of the meaning of kingship and the rising powers that can destroy it.


 

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What was left was a powerful drama that depicted the intolerance and hardship that the women had to endure to make themselves heard above a prejudiced society. Harrowing scenes of brutality by the powers that be were starkly portrayed -such as Lady Constance Lytton being held down by prison warders as she is force fed by doctors shoving a tube down her throat to pump food into her. Women being beaten by the police, arrested en masse and publicly ridiculed led their originally peaceful protestations to take on new tactics as they took to smashing windows, defacing a nude Venus in the National Gallery and -in the case of Emily Wilding Davison, making the ultimate sacrifice by flinging herself in front of the King's horse at Epsom racetrack and dying from her injuries.

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In this TV adaptation of the Harold Pinter classic, a seedy poet (Gielgud) shows up at the home of a rich writer (Richardson) and they start reminiscing about the "past." 

A seedy ostensible poet, Spooner, visits the home of his wealthy and successful counterpart, Hirst. Their conversation suggests that they have come there after meeting in a pub. Further conversation suggests that they knew each other at university and share acquaintances and perhaps even lovers. Hirst's associates/assistants Foster and Briggs do their best to intimidate Spooner. 

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A rollicking adaptation of Kingsley Amis's first novel, Lucky Jim stars Stephen Tompkinson as Jim Dixon, a luckless lecturer at a provincial British university, trying to make a splash with his pompous boss, Professor Neddy Welch. Jim is also trying to make it with the woman of his dreams, Christine Callaghan, while simultaneously being pursued by the woman of his nightmares, fellow lecturer Margaret Peel. 

One (of many) complications is that Christine is the girlfriend of Professor Welch's egotistical artist son, Bertrand. Another is that Margaret keeps attempting suicide to get Jim's attention. But despite his misadventures, Jim keeps his eyes on the prize: a leg up on the ladder to a professorship in medieval history. 

Published in 1954, Lucky Jim had something never before seen in fiction: a working-class hero, well educated but unabashedly middlebrow. Amis's innovation came as a breath of fresh air to a literary scene subdued by philosophical protagonists and alienated artists. This satiric and farcical story leads merrily through scenes of virtuoso comic catastrophe. 

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In 1991, Dervla Kirwan starred in Melvyn Bragg's notorious three part drama A Time To Dance. The story concerned a respectable Bank Manager, Andrew Powell played by Ronald Pickup who falls in love with an eighteen year old schoolgirl, Bernadette Kennedy, the youngest daughter of the most notorious family of layabouts in Cumbria.

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The Odyssey was originally broadcast on CBC Television between 1992 and 1995. There are three seasons with 13 episodes each. It starred Illya Woloshyn as Jay Ziegler, Ashleigh Aston Moore as Donna/Alpha (credited as Ashley Rogers), Tony Sampson as Keith/Flash, Andrea Nemeth as Medea/Sierra Jones, Mark Hildreth as Finger, Ryan Reynolds as Macro (in his first major role), Janet Hodgkin son as Val Ziegler, and Devon Sawa as Yudo. 

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Adapted from a play by Simon Gray and broadcast as part of BBC's Screen Two in 1990, Old Flames stars Stephen Fry as a barrister who finds himself caught up in a strange conspiracy. Although this is something of a dark comedy, Fry plays his role completely straight. 

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Ready When You Are, Mr McGill is a story is centered on the filming of a movie. A television actor-extra is finally given a line to say to camera. While filming, a collection of comical mishaps occur to create chaos on-set. This is the little-released 2003 adaptation of the 1976 original, in which Tom Courtenay takes the lead role of Joe McGill. The story is centered on the filming of a television drama starring Amanda Holden as a police officer, and Bill Nighy plays the increasingly frustrated director. 
 

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Gail, a fourteen-year-old from a middle class family in Leeds, is grieving over the death of her father. At school, she is tormented by a gang of other girls lead by Glenn, who comes from a dysfunctional family in the council estate. 

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A fondly remembered studio-based drama, and an example of the sort of superb production that was regularly transmitted on television. 

An Englishman's Castle is a television serial first broadcast in 1978, written by Philip Mackie. The story was set in an alternate history 1970s, in which Nazi Germany won World War II and occupies England. Peter Ingram (Kenneth More) is a writer for a soap opera (also called An Englishman's Castle), which is set in London during The Blitz and subsequent Nazi occupation. 

He is oblivious to Nazi rule, which is hidden behind a facade of seemingly normal English daily life. As is mentioned in historical references, the occupation was followed by several years of guerrilla warfare, which culminated in an amnesty that enabled the resisters to resume normal daily life in return for accepting the reality of German occupation - which they generally did, feeling that further resistance was futile. 

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Four part drama serial that studies the personal lives of folk in a remote Scottish fishing village which is coming to terms with rationalisation, and globalisation of its fishing industry. 

The local fish farm is only just still in business, the company has been bought out by a multi-national organisation who have sent over a new boss, McCaffrey. He begins to sort out the plant and clashes with the manager, Alan. Kathy works at the plant to support her family and her husband is out of work. Their marriage is stormy and McCaffrey, a widower finds himself attracted to her. McCaffrey rescues his nephew, Con from the wrath of the Belfast paramilitaries and gives him a job and a place to stay. However Con isn't grateful and he resolves to seduce Kathy in order to upset his uncle. 

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The first season revolved around the fallout from Lydia's breaking off her engagement to Lou (Sonny Marinelli, who was written out after a few episodes), enrolling at a local university somewhat resembling nearby Montclair State University, and moving away from home for the first time. Most of the situations were light-hearted, but plots occasionally delved into darker subjects, including Paulie's struggle to resist the temptation to fall into corruption as a police officer. In the second season, Lydia finally selects a major to pursue a career in sports medicine. Her mother Dolly successfully ran for city council of Bellefield. Paulie started dating Plum (Danielle Harris), a classmate whom Lydia befriends in the first season, and marries her.

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In the early Eighties a Belfast family tears itself apart after the Mother dies a hard death from cancer

Searing working-class drama with Northern Ireland's Troubles used only as a backdrop to the story of the Martins, an ordinary family with James Ellis outstanding as the domineering father, Brid Brennan in a touching portrayal of the eldest daughter trying to hold things together and the eponymous Billy played by a young actor who may have a future in the business, Kenneth Branagh.

The Belfast vernacular is brilliantly caught by writer Graeme Reid.

The two follow-up plays featuring the same characters are well worth seeking out: " A Coming to Terms for Billy' and "A Matter of Choice for Billy"

 

 

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Comedy Drama about a Northern Haulage Firm struggling in the recession hit 1980's in the UK.

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Bernard Samson is an aging British spy, who was once at the top of his game. He led his own spy team in East Germany from Berlin. Everything changed when he lost a team member and he's been blaming himself for it ever since. He now works behind the desk with a team of young highly educated spies, who've never seen a day of action. When evidence of a Russian mole within their ranks appear, he's asked once again to return to Berlin and use his experience and old contacts to help catch the traitor.

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A lonely farmer's daughter hopes to find love at the village ballroom. 

Set in rural Ireland in the 1950s, Bridie has been attending the local dance hall for years in the hope of finding a good husband who can help work her family's farm. Now surrounded by younger prettier women at the dances, she comes to the realization that all the good men of her generation have emigrated or have been spoken for; and her only remaining hope for marriage is with the alcoholic and unreliable Bowser Egan

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In the first instalment, big changes are afoot as Jim decides to hand over the running of the business to his dashing young nephew, and Carol gets the wrong end of the stick when she overhears them discussing the future of the business. 

Paul Duggan continues to prey on Carol's affections, and begins to sow seeds of discontent among the sales force. Will Jim Procter realise in time that his successor at Albery Glass is also his worst enemy?

 

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The further adventures of Tucker Jenkins and his former class mates from Grange Hill. Follow Tucker and friends, as they duck and dive their way through love and life during a time of high unemployment in the 1980's. 

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British television sitcom about a family that moves into a home occupied by the ghost of its previous resident, a middle-aged Jewish mother. The show was produced by Cinema Verity for the BBC and originally aired from 1992 to 1994 Yetta Feldman (Miriam Karlin), still occupies the residence, and has been scaring occupents away for years

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Carl, Jon and Andy have been mates forever. They are Generation X # hardened party animals but their party train is grinding to a halt. Series One & Two.

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Lizzie Dripping 1973 was a British television children's programme set in the country village of  Little Hemlock, where a young girl, Penelope, with a vivid imagination (Played by future 
Blue Peter presenter Tina Heath) encounters a local witch (Sonia Dresdel) whom only she can see and hear.

 

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At the heart of this roller-coaster ride through the landscape of contemporary Britain lies 17 year-old David's epic quest to find the father who abandoned him when he was only four. 
 

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The Quest Trilogy:  Three elderly men, Dave, Ronno and Charlie, meet at Charlie's retirement party and reminisce about their teenage "quest" in the 1950s to get laid.

 

 

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Set in a city comprehensive school of low expectations and ambitions. Pupil Latimer does not conform to the macho culture and is labeled a homosexual, leading to bullying by both the pupils and some of the teachers.

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Based on the influential spy novel of the same name by W. Somerset Maugham, which in turn was based on his own experience working with British intelligence in WWI. Alex Jennings stars as John Ashenden with Joss Ackland, Ian Bannon, Fiona Mollison, and Jason Isaacs in recurring roles. 

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A British sitcom which ran for two seasons, with 13 episodes, on BBC television in 1998 - 2000, each series was 6 episodes long and one special was aired in December 1998. The series was both produced and distributed by the BBC and shown nationwide during its airing.

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This offbeat comedy series follows the on-again, off-again romance of a totally mismatched pair, Brenda Wilson and Malcolm Stoneway. The path of true love is far from smooth and there are tears and break-ups, rows and reconciliations galore, but there is also an inexplicable attraction which brings them back together after every stormy parting.  Series 1 to 7.

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Tells the story of a girl who, while working in a London cafe, meets a "raver" who introduces her to the drug Ecstasy and the whole British drugs scene. The girl falls in love with the raver, played splendidly by Ian Hart, but - when fired from her cafe job - she becomes involved with the seedier world of dealing

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Amy Medford (Jenny Agutter) is a dutiful housewife of the early 20th century. But when her husband Elliot (Chris Robinson) objects to a wife with a career, Amy leaves her husband and comfortable lifestyle. She goes on to devote her life to teaching sight-and-hearing-impaired students at a tradition-bound special school. Amy teaches the impaired students how to speak, as most of the students have never heard their own name. Amy's students take on a team of "normal" kids at a football game.

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Blade on the Feather is a television drama by Dennis Potter, broadcast by TV on 19 October 1980 as the first in a loosely connected trilogy of plays exploring language and betrayal. A pastiche of the John Le Carré spy thriller and transmitted eleven months after Anthony Blunt was exposed as the 'fourth man', the drama combines two of Potter's major themes: the visitation motif and political disillusionment. The play's title is taken from "The Eton Boating Song".

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