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A TV schools version of the play by William Shakespeare, filmed in the studio and on location with an impressive cast and some very moody lighting! 

Originally broadcast in five episodes in the `Middle English' series. This DVD features both the original 5-part serial AND ALSO the 80-minute compilation. Both are subtly different edits, each featuring material not found in the other. 

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A TV schools version of the play by William Shakespeare, filmed in the studio and on location in Venice. Originally broadcast in five episodes in the `Middle English' series. This DVD features both the original 5-part serial AND ALSO the 80-minute compilation. Both are subtly different edits, each featuring material not found in the other. 
 
The movie features Haydn Gwynne as Portia, Bob Peck as Shylock, Paul McGann as Bassanio, and Benjamin Whitrow as Antonio. The costumes are credible according to the time period, and the acting is outstanding. Bob Peck as Shylock and Haydn Gwynne as Portia offer particularly interesting performances. Antonio and Bassanio appear to have deep love for one another in the play; however, their relationship never appears to be anything more than strictly friendship-based because of Bassanio’s passionate performance for Portia. 
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A TV schools version of the play by William Shakespeare, filmed in the studio and on location with an impressive cast. This production is influenced by Michael Bogdanov’s experimental workshop in Birmingham where he explored the impact of Shakespeare on working-class people. Bogdanov uses urban buildings, and junkyards to give a post-apocalyptic feel. 

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Macbeth, the Thane of Glamis, receives a prophecy from a trio of witches that one day he will become King of Scotland. Consumed by ambition and spurred to action by his wife, Macbeth murders his king and takes the throne for himself.

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THIS SELECTION OFFERS FIVE DOCUMENTARIES, DISTRIBUTED ACROSS TWO DVDs. 

'Film Educaton' was strand of documentaries, aimed primarily at media students, analysing the art and craft of movie making, directing and screenwriting. These programmes look specifically at transferring some of the most famous English language plays to the big screen. 

RICHARD III: SHOOTING SHAKESPEARE (1996) 

An analysis of the Richard Loncraine/Ian McKellen film of RICHARD III, looking at the creative choices made in adapting the play. Featuring contributions from Richard Loncraine, Ian McKellen, Nigel Hawthorne, Dominic West and Annette Bening. 

HAMLET - TO CUT, OR NOT TO CUT (1997) 

An analysis of the Kenneth Branagh film of HAMLET, looking at the creative choices made in adapting the play. Featuring contributions from Kenneth Branagh, Dr. Robert Smallwood (Shakespeare Birthplace Trust) and Russell Jackson (script advisor). 

ROMEO AND JULIET - STARS, I DEFY THEE (1997) 
Film Education: William Shakespeare Screening DVD - Branagh Mckellen


An analysis of the Baz Luhrmann film of ROMEO + JULIET, looking at the creative choices made in adapting the play. Featuring contributions from Baz Luhrmann, Gordon Dennis (Ball State University), Claire Danes, Terence Hawkes (University of Wales), John Leguizamo, Leonardo Di Caprio, Paul Sorvino and Diane Venora. 

SCREENING SHAKESPEARE (1997) 

An analysis of the art of adapting Shakespeare for the big screen, looking at the creative choices made in adapting the plays. Featuring contributions from Peter Greenaway (director of Prospero's Books), Adrian Noble (director of Twelfth Night), Richard Briers (who acted in Much Ado About Nothing and Hamlet), Richard Loncraine (dirctor of Richard III), Paul Arnott (producer of A Midsummer Night's Dream), Gordon Dennis (Ball State University), Terence Hawkes (University of Wales), Kenneth Branagh (director of Hamlet and Much Ado About Nothing), Russell Jackson (Branagh's script advisor), Patrick Spottiswoode (Globe Education), Ian McKellen, Al Pacino (director of Looking For Richard), and Dr. Robert Smallwood (Shakespeare Birthplace Trust). 

and, as a bonus feature: 

TRUTH ON TRIAL - THE CRUCIBLE (1997) 

An analysis of the Nicholas Hytner film of Arthur Miller's modern tragedy, looking at the creative choices made in adapting the play. Featuring contributions from Arthur Miller, Joan Allen, Winona Ryder, Nicholas Hytner and Daniel Day Lewis. 

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Starring Sarah Lancashire. Meg Bartlet a child protection officer, is grieving after the stillbirth of her daughter. Haunted by the tragedy she befriends new mum Christine Rearden whose child Eleanor appears to be suffering from breathing problems. Meg soon begins to suspect that foul play is at work.

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A TV series that follows the Taylor-Chatterjee family, proprietors of a 1980s inspired B&B in Margate.

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A single mother (Toni Braxton) and her gospel community help a man (David Julian Hirsh) whose wife and three children were murdered. In Twist of Faith, the fictional, cross-cultural, music infused love story tells the tale of Jacob Fisher (Hirsh), an Orthodox Jewish Cantor and amateur songwriter from Brooklyn, New York, who witnesses the senseless murder of his wife and three children. Catatonic, Jacob walks out on his Jewish mourning ritual, leaving behind his Jewish garments, wallet and keys. Abandoning his identity, he wanders aimlessly, hoping somehow to understand his tragedy. Fortuitously, he lands in Brent, Alabama (population 2,500), where he is embraced by Nina (Braxton), a single mother and the lead singer of a small gospel choir, her Uncle Moe (Williamson) and their gospel community who help him re-examine his life. While music brings Nina and Jacob together, they try to make sense of his past and their possible future. 

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An all-female detective outfit, the "Eyes Enquiry Agency", is formed as a front for the Home Office's new security operation the Covert Activities Thames Section (or CATS for short). 
Initially led by ex-Oxford Union President Pru Standfast, she was followed by experienced ex-cop Maggie Forbes (who later led the section), computer genius Frederica "Fred" Smith and later Tessa Robinson

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A darkly hilarious satire of old age based on the novel by England's favorite curmudgeon, Kingsley Amis, Ending Up will keep you simultaneously laughing and gasping in horror. Tuppenny-Hapenny Cottage is home to a hodgepodge of oldsters forced to live together more out of financial consideration than mutual affection. In this bizarre household, each of the elderly resident's unique peeves, ailments, quirks, and charms compounds into a terrible, wonderful tragicomedy of what it means to be old in Britain. The residents are divided in most things; some, for example, dote on the resident dog, others loathe it. The strange entourage is made up of vivid, well-acted characters including a man struggling with his vocabulary after a stroke, a woman concerned about her increasing senility, and a practical joker who often goes too far. 
This is a refreshing look at old age without the kid gloves and an unsanctimonious sense of sarcasm. 

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This year sees the 20th anniversary of what appears to be a long forgotten comedy series, written by and starring Black Country comedian Frank Skinner, called Blue Heaven. The series was filmed in and around Birmingham and the Black Country and featured a number of early television appearances from people who were to go on to much bigger things. 

Blue Heaven started out in 1992, as episode two in a five part series of comedy pilots called Bunch of Fives. The other four episodes were; 
•Dead At Thirty – featuring Jesse Birdsall (Bugs), Paterson Joseph (Casualty, Hustle, Survivors) and Mark Williams (Harry Potter, Hustle, Kinsey) 
•The Weekenders – starring Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer 
•Shall We gather At The River? – featuring Francis Matthews (the voice of Captain Scarlett) and Beryl Reid 
•Miles Better – featuring a young 21 year old actor called David Tennant (Dr Who) 

In 1994 it was commissioned a six part series of Blue Heaven, which aired between 30 July 1994 – 3 September 1994. It told the story of singer Frank Sandford (Skinner) and his keyboard player Roache (Conleth Hill) and their hopes of making it big in the world of pop. Frank is out of work and lives with his parents (played by John Forgeham and Paula Wilcox) who make his life a constant embarrassment. Listed below is an episode summary along with details of the guest stars and some of the locations used for filming. 

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Several men from Wales travel to the Philippines on an arranged tour to meet Filipina women for romance and possible marriage. None of the women are the ideal Asiatic beauties the men imagined, but by the end of the tour, most of the Welshmen return with a new bride. 

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Germany, March 2000: Detective Alex Fischer investigates the murder of a young Danish woman, whose body has been slashed from head to foot. On the ground beside her are the words in Arabic: "We are crossing". As the threat grows of a mass exodus of refugees caused by civil war in Russia, Fischer sets out on a hazardous search for the truth with refugee Anna. 

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With the Occupation of Brussels by the Nazis, Helene could forget her ideas of a university degree.

Her energy turned towards the hidden fight against the occupiers and gradually...

Cast:
Martha Plimpton   ...  Helene Moszkiewiez
Eric Stoltz   ...  Franz Bueller
Jack Shepherd   ...   Tobias Moszkiewiez
Kika Markham   ...   Regine Moszkiewiez

 

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What would happen if you could clone yourself? Two ordinary friends decide to try this with a new machine at work.Thinking this experiment has not worked the friends go home dejected.But further events prevail and a serious dose of mistaken identity ensues. Can the imposters be caught? 

 

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This is the wonderfully funny television adaptation of the stage play by David Lodge about a creative writing course set in the wilds, the writers teaching that course, and the comedy of manners in which the students are involved. 

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One of the most influential plays of it's generation, here presented in a BBC studio production, here presented in its original transmission form of 3 x 30 minute episodes (90 minutes running time in all). 

A Taste of Honey is set in Salford in North West England in the 1950s. It tells the story of Jo, a seventeen-year-old working class girl, and her mother, Helen, who is presented as crude and sexually indiscriminate. Helen leaves Jo alone in their new flat after she begins a relationship with Peter, a rich lover who is younger than her. At the same time Jo begins a romantic relationship with Jimmy, a black sailor. He proposes marriage but then goes to sea, leaving Jo pregnant and alone. She finds lodgings with a homosexual acquaintance, Geoffrey, who assumes the role of surrogate father. Helen returns after leaving her lover and the future of Jo's new home is put into question

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A young boy discovers the existence of a group called the Mooncussers - a gang of pirates that work at night and sends out false homing signals to ships at sea; the ships then crash on the shore, where they are looted by the gang.


 

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Adaptation of Russell Hoban's novel about two mechanical toy mice, and their quest to become "self-winding".

 

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After minister Sam Whitehead (Andy Griffith) moves to his new post in a small Kansas town, he finds that the place is in total gridlock because of a feud between the families of Mayor Will Sinclair (Henry Jones) and his rival Axel Gresham (Edgar Buchanan). Meanwhile, Sam's reckless brother-in-law, Bubba (Jerry Van Dyke), turns the church boiler into an alcohol still. Sam is ready to quit when his friend Art (Gary Collins) decides to enter politics in order to change the town for the better.

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Drew Barrymore was 11 when she played 11-year-old Lisa who has no time for toys; she's too busy taking care of her siblings and cooking for her mother. 
During the Christmas Eve blizzard, Lisa travels to Toyland in Wizard of Oz-like fashion and arrives just in time for a wedding. 
Young Mary Contrary is about to marry mean, old Barnaby Barnacle, despite the fact that she loves Jack Be Nimble (Keanu Reeves).

Starring:
Drew Barrymore
Richard Mulligan 
Eileen Brennan 
Keanu Reeves 
Jill Schoelen 
Googy Gress 
Pat Morita

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A young boy travels back in time to 1927 using his elderly neighbour's time machine to try to stop his grandfather's planned flight across the Atlantic.

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Brink! is a 1998 set in the backdrop of aggressive inline skating. The film was written by Jeff Schechter and directed by Greg Beeman. The film stars Erik von Detten as Andy "Brink" Brinker, a high school inline skater who joins a group of sponsored aggressive inline skaters to earn money to help his financially troubled family. The film is considered a modern and loosely based adaptation of Mary Mapes Dodge's 1865 novel Hans Brinker, or The Silver Skates.

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A well-remembered and impressive drama serial set in the world of medicine. 

Edgar Pascoe is a highly successful and charismatic cardiac surgeon. Pre-eminent in his field, he is the embodiment of the upper echelons of medicine: urbane, assured, supremely confident in his own abilities. But he is not infallible - either in the operating theatre or in his private life with his divided family. 
A well-remembered and impressive drama serial set in the world of medicine. 
 
Edgar Pascoe is a highly successful and charismatic cardiac surgeon. Pre-eminent in his field, he is the embodiment of the upper echelons of medicine: urbane, assured, supremely confident in his own abilities. But he is not infallible - either in the operating theatre or in his private life with his divided family. 
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The great John Gielgud takes the role of the ghost in Oscar Wilde's story.

A young American couple inherits an English castle, only to find that it is haunted by the spirit of a disgraced ancestor, doomed to stay on the estate because of his cowardice.

The only way he can escape is if one of his descendants performs an heroic act.

Starring:
John Gielgud 
Ted Wass 
Andrea Marcovicci 
Alyssa Milano
Jeff Harding 
Lila Kaye 
Harold Innocent 
George Baker

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Blacksmith Charley (Dan Blocker - Hoss from Bonanza) invests in a mail-order bride, and townsfolk of Calico County talk Sadie (Nanette Fabray) into posing as the bride-to-be when the real bride fails to appear.

Starring:
Dan Blocker
Nanette Fabray
Jim Backus 
Wally Cox 
Jack Elam 
Henry Jones 
Stubby Kaye 
Mickey Rooney 
Noah Beery Jr.

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Bay Kennish is a teenager who grew up in a wealthy family with two parents and a brother. Fellow teen Daphne Vasquez, who lost her hearing at an early age, was raised by a single mother in a working-class neighborhood. One day in her high-school chemistry class, Bay discovers that her blood type doesn't match either of her parents'. Official tests confirm that Bay is not her parents' birth child. When the Kennish family meets Daphne and her mom, Regina, they realize that the girls were switched at birth. The news prompts the Kennishes to allow Regina -- who is experiencing financial difficulties -- Daphne and Daphne's grandmother to live in their guest house. The two polar-opposite families struggle to learn how to live together for the sake of the girls, who try to keep their footing in both the world they know and the new one into which they are thrown. 

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Hearts and Minds is a British television series created by Jimmy McGovern and first aired on Channel 4 from 16 February to 9 March 1995. The series won the Royal Television Society award for Best Serial Drama.

The series is about a young teacher at a tough Liverpool high school. After working in a factory, Drew Mackenzie (Christopher Eccleston) manages to educate himself to become a teacher. He wants to share his idealistic approach to rising above his circumstances with his Liverpool students, but soon finds himself caught in the crossfire of racial tensions, homophobia, and the difficult home lives of the teenagers.

According to series creator Jimmy McGovern, the series was based in part on the three years he spent as an English teacher at the Quarry Bank school in Liverpool. The series was well reviewed by British critics, who praised its realism as compared to other well known school dramas.

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RAW is an Irish drama television series which was broadcast on RTÉ. The show focuses on the staff at a Dublin restaurant. 

 

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A Man Called Intrepid is based on the best-selling book by William Stevenson, this 3-Part mini series begins in 1939, just before the outbreak of WWII. With his warnings of Hitler's treachery going ignored, out-of-power politician Winston Churchill (Nigel Stock) approaches patriotic Canadian industrialist Sir William Stephenson (David Niven) with an unusual request. Sir William is asked to use his own funds to secretly organize an Allied espionage network, to be set in motion the moment Hitler shows his hand. Joining in this covert operation is American president Franklin D. Roosevelt, who, risking possible impeachment, encourages Sir William to establish a training base for spies in Ontario. Other concerned parties include the courageous French expatriate Madelaine (Barbara Hershey) and Sir Willi.am's right-hand man Evan Michaelain (Michael York).

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