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This post-apocalyptic drama was first aired in 1975 and seems to be the inspiration behind the 'Survivors' series.The story is about a girl called Nicky Gore (Victoria Williams) who is left in england by her parents as they flee the chaos and head to France. Follow Nickys adventures as she tries a unravel the mystery behind the strange noise that makes everyone destroy electronic machines.

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Way Upstream is a play by Alan Ayckbourn. It was first performed, under Ayckbourn's direction, in Scarborough, North Yorkshire, UK, "in the round" at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, on 2 October 1981.[1] Although realistic in style, with a setting of a hired cabin cruiser on an English river, some journalists read it as an allegory of the political state of England at the time, with the violent resolution of the usurping captain's tyrannical regime taking place at "Armageddon Bridge", and crew members "Alistair" and "Emma" (representing an innocent "Adam" and "Eve") making a new start at the end. Ayckbourn, however, always maintained he was an apolitical writer and is on frequent record for his lack of interest in party politics; his website makes it clear that the play is not about the political state of the nation.

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The Chestnut Soldier was the third in The Snow Spider Trilogy written by a great children's author Jenny Nimmo. This story leaves behind the painful history of the Griffiths family losing their only daughter Bethan and concentrates on another family, the Lloyds. Gwydion Gwyn Griffiths has grown quickly and finally accepts who he is and uses his magical powers to try and heal.

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Skorpion is a British television serial transmitted in 1983.

A sequel (of sorts) to the 1981 series Blood Money, Skorpion saw Michael Denison, Daniel Hill and Jack McKenzie reprise their roles from the original serial. A mysterious plane crash in the Scottish highlands and a woman pursued by a hitman are cases investigated by the Anti-Terrorism Squad.

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Emlyn's Moon was the second in The Snow Spider Trilogy written by a great children's author Jenny Nimmo. It was often suggested (unfairly in my opinion) that the books were difficult to get into because of the complicated subject of child loss (for more information see the Snow Spider pages on Little Gems).

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Me and My Girl was a 1980s British television situation comedy starring Richard O'Sullivan which centred on the challenges faced by a widower raising his adolescent daughter. It was broadcast on ITV between 1984 and 1988.Created by Keith Leonard and John Kane, Aired from 1984 to 1988. It starred Richard O'Sullivan as Simon Harrap and Joanne Ridley as Samantha. Simon runs an advertising agency called Eyecatchers and the series centres around his relationship with his daughter, his business partner Derek Yates played by Tim Brooke-Taylor and a string of romantic liaisons. Richard O'Sullivan Tim Brooke-Taylor Joanne Ridley Joan Sanderson Joanne Campbell Leni HarperJon Cartwright Sandra Clark 

 

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Tinsel Town was a television drama produced in Scotland. It ran for two series, Series one in 2000 and the second in 2001. Set in Glasgow it deals with the lifestyles of eight main characters which revolve around the 'Tinsel Town' nightclub in series one. These characters include Stevie Allen as 37-year old policeman Lewis Reid, and David Paisley as his 17-year old boyfriend Ryan Taylor. Ryan's sister Sandra (Mandy Mathews) is also a central character with her friendship with Jack Donnelly (Thomas Hicky) providing humour and balance to the cast. 

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The dodgy business deals of an older brother finally catch up with him, forcing him and his blameless younger  brother to seek refuge in the family theme park business in Blackpool. The tension of this drama series, which ran for seven 
episodes in 1990, is whether or not Howitt's character can stay on the straight and narrow or if he will end up getting himself or his brother killed.

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Always and Everyone is a British television drama that ran from 1999 to 2002. It dramatised the hectic everyday lives of the doctors and nurses running the Accident and Emergency department of the large, busy city hospital, St. Victor's. 

 

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Cutting It is a BBC television drama series set in Manchester, England, focusing on the lives and loves of the team running a hairdressing salon. It ran for four series between 2002 and 2005. The show featured a number of actors who have since become established stars, including Amanda Holden and Ben Daniels 

Featuring all the episodes from series 1-4 

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The Perfect Blue 1997Romantic comedy following the fortunes of old friends Sunny and Tom who are about to get married - to other people - when they meet again at a wedding fair. Sunny teaches boisterous four-year-olds; Tom watches old Hollywood films for a living; Sunny is West Indian; and Tom is white and comes from Wandsworth. With their respective weddings fast approaching they have to face the fact that they're still in love with each other.

Nick Collins's The Perfect Blue (1997) was a one-off TV play shown as part of a Love Bites season.

 

 

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Sons and Daughters is a Logie Award winning Australian soap opera created by Reg Watson and produced by the Reg Grundy Organisation between 1981 and 1987. The first episode aired on Monday 18 January 1982, during the Christmas/New Year non-ratings period in both Sydney and Melbourne, and the broadcast date of the final episode varied across Australia. The final episode was screened in Sydney on Sunday 27 December 1987 and in Melbourne on Sunday 10 January 1988 (again in the non-ratings period). Adelaide station ADS7 was one of the first to complete the series, showing the final episodes in a two-hour special on Monday 16 November 1987.

There are 972 half-hour episodes, but during the series' original run in Australia, later episodes were shown in an hour-long format. The pilot episode was shown in Australia and some UK  regions as a 90-minute special, although subsequent screenings have seen that episode split into three half-hours. The program has been broadcast internationally, and has been particularly popular in the United Kingdom, Ireland and Belgium.

Full Series 1 - 6 -  972 Episodes

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Robson Green stars as John Close, a well meaning but inexperienced solicitor who takes over the running of a run down Newcastle legal practice. The series unites Robson with one of the North East's most celebrated actors, James Bolam, who plays Graham True, the founding partner of the practice John takes over and who now happily resides in a mental hospital and becomes an unlikely mentor for John Close.

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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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Absent Friends unfolds over afternoon tea where friends gather to console a recent widower over his wife's death by accidental drowning. Socially gormless, the widower exposes simmering tensions and disaffections, leaving them by the end unintentionally but hilariously much the worse for his visit.

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Superb teleplay of Ayckbourn's stage hit taking us to three kitchens of three business associates and their spouses on three successive Christmases (last Christmas, this Christmas, next Christmas). Over the three years fortunes and fates are reversed and the manic laughter of last Christmas turns to surreal abandon next Christmas. Super perfs all-around but of note by Maureen Lipman and Geoff Palmer. Is the ending heartbreaking or hilarious? Both? You decide.

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Tony Doyle leads the group as the father who is disgusted with the Irish politics after spending time as a soldier in the IRA. He has a huge anger management problem, is selfish, brutal

Based on John McGahern's novel of the same name Amongst Women is a powerful 4 part drama which brilliantly portrays the Moran family through the 50's and 60s.

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Joe and Sarah Marriot is a pair of European campers who have pitched their tent for a little R & R at a campsite in France. Miranda Richardson stars in Andrew Davies' glorious comedy about a group of Brits on holiday in France, and the sexual and emotional tensions simmering just below the surface.

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Alan and Tricia Hamilton are very happy. He's the head of a building firm and on top of his game. She's a part-time beautician and mother to their two sons. One day their perfect, if unremarkable, life is torn apart when a last-minute decision to pop out for a quick drink with a colleague sees Alan step out in front of a passing car. The resulting accident leaves him in a deep coma but with remarkably few physical injuries. Desperately worried about him, Tricia is delighted when he comes round - only to discover that the man she loved has disappeared. His behaviour's changed, he's lost all of his inhibitions and he veers from angry and frustrated to vulnerable and childlike. Simple tasks like making toast and getting dressed are beyond him, he's unable to hold down the job he loves and he plays and laughs with his sons as if he's a child. Alan's behaviour puts his relationship with Tricia under intolerable pressure. She longs to find the husband she loves in there somewhere - but fears she may have lost him forever 

David Tennant 
 

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The Prisoner Of Second Avenue DVD (Region 2) Color. Widescreen. Jack Lemmon, Anne Bancroft, Gene Saks.

Writer and comedy genius Neil Simon at his best! Neurotic middle-aged New Yorker Mel Edison (Jack Lemmon) is fired from his advertising job, forcing his loving wife, Edna (Anne Bancroft), to become the couple's sole breadwinner. Feeling emasculated, he begins to fall into a depression. A summer heat wave, unthoughtful neighbors and a robbery only worsen matters. When Mel finally suffers a nervous breakdown, he relies on those closest to him, including Edna and his brother Harry (Gene Saks), to restore his sanity.

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Shoot to Kill is a four-hour drama documentary reconstruction of the events that led to the 1984–86 Stalker Inquiry into the shooting of six terrorist suspects in Northern Ireland in 1982 by a specialist unit of the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC), allegedly without warning (the so-called shoot-to-kill policy); the organised fabrication of false accounts of the events; and the difficulties created for the inquiry team in their investigation. 

The film, written by Michael Eaton and directed by Peter Kosminsky, was made for Television, and screened in two parts over successive nights in June 1990. However, the programme was not broadcast in Northern Ireland itself, a precaution that Ulster Television said reflected legal advice that it might prejudice future inquests on the deceased, which had been suspended. 

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Professor Glynne Wickham looks at the latest proposals to reconstruct Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre near its original site in Southwark, examining the historical evidence for the construction of theatres in Shakespeare’s time, and discussing the effect of modern alterations to these designs on the authenticity of the project. Professor Wickham is then assisted by actor Robert Powell in examining the possible theatrical effects which could have been achieved in Shakespeare’s day, as well as getting an actor’s point of view of the problems presented by the original stage. The question of cost is discussed with the project’s organiser, Sam Wanamaker. 

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First six years of the Scottish drama set on and around the Glendarroch Estate and village. Great likeable characters and scenery raise this serial above the norm. Other following years also available. Excellent picture and sound quality

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Sunset Beach, the one-hour daytime drama from Aaron Spelling, premiered January 6, 1997. It was both Spelling's first daytime venture and the first new serial to hit the television airwaves in eight years. The show has developed a solid fan base that Soap Opera Digest called "remarkable for a newcomer" and it didn't take long for the show to become a cult hit here in The UK. Set in a small coastal California community, Sunset Beach made its mark on television by combining traditional daytime drama storytelling with the natural beauty of Southern California's beach locations and was supported by a talented and ethnically-diverse cast. TV Guide noted that "Sunset Beach had become a cult hit with growth potential" for the daytime serial viewer. This fact had become particularly true with teen viewers who enjoyed Sunset's suspenseful and quirky storylines like "Terror Island," a take-off on the popular Scream movies. Also popular was the storyline "Shock Wave," highly publicized earthquakes followed by a treacherous tsunami which caused mayhem at the beach. Sunset Beach also blended real-life news into its storyline, such as the Presidential scandals. Sunset Beach featured some of the most recognizable and popular stars on television as well as the hottest newcomers to daytime. They portrayed core family members and friends living in Sunset Beach who came from all walks of life-rich, poor, heroes, villains, lovers, friends and enemies. Families such as the Richards, the Deschanels, the Torres and the Cummings, were all interwoven, often coming together at the funky blues/rock club, The Deep, or at the cyber coffeehouse, Java Web. They worked as police officers, lifeguards, reporters, waiters, lawyers and restaurant owners.

 

 

Complete Series =755 Episodes

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Comedy drama serial 'Happy Birthday Shakespeare' followed family man Will Green (Neil Morrissey), a tourist bus driver who is convinced that life would be better if he and his family moved to the birthplace of his favourite man Shakespeare’s birthplace Stratford-Upon-Avon where he could open his own restaurant. Will also harboured dreams about beginning a romance with tour guide Alice (Amanda Holden).

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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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Made on an unusually large budget of £1 million, John Caird's adaptation of Henry IV was the BBC's biggest Shakespeare project since the close of the BBC Television Shakespeare (1978-85) a decade earlier, and was considerably more adventurous than any of those productions. Huge cuts were made to the original text (Caird said that he'd removed almost everybody named after an English county), much of the remainder was reshuffled, and additional material was interpolated from Richard II, Henry V, Henry VI Part III and The Merry Wives of Windsor. If it's not as radical a reinvention as the same year's big-screen Richard III (d. Richard Loncraine) - the medieval-cum-Elizabethan setting at least remains true to the original - it certainly rivals it for gripping immediacy and overall clarity. 

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Richard Eyre's six-part series on the English-speaking theatre of the 20th Century. 

Eyre looks at influences on the British theatre as he came to the end of his tenure as the National Theatre's artistic director; typically, he focuses on a few key writers per episode, loosely organised into factions or geographical influence (thus, in the episode on the American influences we get Odets, Williams, Miller and the Broadway musical). 

The presentation relies heavily on clips from the plays discussed, archive interview footage, and contemporary talking head comments. Eyre himself presents throughout, and no one can doubt his enthusiasm and commitment to the craft he has long perfected as a director of drama and musicals. This is a valuable and now rarely-seen series. 

What follows is a highly original survey of modern British theatre, beginning with Shakespeare, "the DNA of British theatre", and moving through the pervasive influence of Irish playwrights (Congreve, Shaw, Wilde and Yeats), the significance of the American influences from O'Neill to Rodgers and Hammerstein, the impact of Brecht, the breakthrough of Look Back in Anger in 1956, and concluding chapters on the current state of the theatre. 

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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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