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Friday, 23 May 2008 18:12

Fenn Street Gang 2 on DVD

They're back!  It seems that no sooner has season one hit the shelves of DVD stores, than Season Two comes charging over the hill, giving us more adventures from the young school leavers of Fenn Street.

As the series begins, it’s been a year since the students left the relatively shielded and easy surroundings of form 5C, as seen in seasons one to three of PLEASE, SIR! - they left Fenn Street School expecting that they could rule the world, but it hasn’t turned out that way. They are gradually finding out that the world does not always want to know, and that things are always more complicated and tricky than how they initially seem.

Friday, 23 May 2008 17:48

Willie The Actor - David Barry

David Barry follows up his autobiography with some classic Roaring Twenties fiction in this new novel ...

 

David Barry, star of Please Sir and The Fenn Street Gang, has published Willie the Actor, a novel based on the life of New York bank robber, Willie Sutton.

David’s acting career began alongside Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh. As Frankie Abbott in Please Sir!, alongside co-stars Deryck Guyler, John Alderton and Joan Sanderson he became a household name, with his character being a born coward who liked to think himself a tough guy with street smarts. The series spawned sequel The Fenn Street Gang, where Frankie Abbott was given license to extend his life of fantasy.

Sunday, 27 April 2008 06:16

Enemy At The Door on DVD

ENEMY AT THE DOOR series 1 and 2 released on DVD by Network

Wartime dramas ENEMY AT THE DOOR has landed on DVD as two sets of four discs. Each of these 13-episode releases weighs in at a RRP of £29.99, and the episodes are complete and uncut.

The Channel Islands, the only piece of British soil to be occupied by the Nazis during World War II, are the setting for the story - a gripping, and sometimes harrowing, account of the Islanders living under German rule. Starring Alfred Burke as Major Richter, viewers had previously seen Alfred as Frank Marker in Public Eye – so this was very much a change of pace.

Sunday, 27 April 2008 05:29

Owl Service on DVD

Classic book adapation is a hoot on DVD…

Network has released THE OWL SERVICE – THE COMPLETE SERIES, the definitive adaptation of Alan Garner’s award-winning novel, available on DVD for the first time. All eight episodes appear complete and uncut in this two-disc set. This was the first full-scripted programme made in colour by Granada Television.

Shot almost entirely on location in the Welsh valleys in the summer of 1969, with the episodes transferred from the original film elements in this release, THE OWL SERVICE perfectly combines history, myth, mystery and adventure surrounding a tense set of human relationships.

Tuesday, 22 April 2008 16:09

Vila is back in new Blake's 7

B7 Productions has announced a series of prequel audio adventures based on the cult television classic, BLAKE’S 7.

Following the success of last year’s audio re-imagining of BLAKE’S 7 (broadcast on BBC7 over Christmas) and 30 years since the dramatic and shocking finale of the original series, MICHAEL KEATING will reprise his role as the cowardly thief, Vila Restal, the only character to appear in all 52 episodes of the original series. The new audio incarnation of Olag Gan played by OWEN AARONOVITCH (Jon Lindsay in Coronation Street) also stars.

Sunday, 20 April 2008 20:39

Department 'S' on DVD

Department S – DVD Special Edition

Network has at last let loose its DVD release of cult favourite DEPARTMENT S. This eight-disc set sees all 28 episodes of the series available for the first time in one set in the UK.

Peter Wyngarde stars as flamboyant crime writer Jason King in this popular espionage series with an extravagant mindset. King is a crime novelist and freelance operative for Department S, an elite branch of Interpol which specialises in solving the seemingly unsolvable. Along with fellow detectives, straight laced action man Stewart Sullivan (Joel Fabiani) and glamorous computer expert Annabelle Hurst (Rosemary Nicols), King attempts to unravel bizarre and inexplicable mysteries which have left other police baffled.

Sunday, 20 April 2008 19:49

Pole Position hits DVD

POLE POSITION ROARS ONTO DVD!

Transforming cars. Orphans who fight crime. Colourful action capers for the Saturday morning crowd. This is the stuff of youthful nostalgia, of mornings in your pyjamas eating sugar-stuffed cereal while the fantasy fights of Dungeons & Dragons gave way to the more grown-up but equally fantastical crime-fighting stunts of the Pole Position team. For those who grew up on BBC1’s Saturday morning kids strand Going Live!, this is where the action was!

Sunday, 10 February 2008 00:00

Charlie & Alan are back!

Two and a Half Men season 5 on Paramount in February ...

 

There's more good news for fans of sit-coms from Stateside in the shape of a welcome return for another season of Two and a Half Men. The Charlie Sheen-helmed sit-com returns to its home on the Paramount Comedy Channel in the UK, on Monday, 25th February, with the season five debut at 9.00pm - a double bill of episodes gets us off to a flying start! There's also a timeshift available with the episodes being repeated just after midnight.

For those of you who have not caught this gem, it is the story of two brothers, a son/nephew and the many women who surround them all. Charlie Harper (Charlie Sheen) is a well-to-do jingle writer who has his Malibu lifestyle disrupted when his uptight brother, Alan (Jon Cryer), and Alan's son, Jake (Angus T Jones), come to stay.

Season 5 sees Jake getting ready to start a new school as he advances to junior high, whilst his twice-divorced dad Alan tries to convince his brother Charlie that he needs to date more respectable women. Yeah, like THAT is gonna happen!

 

 

Sunday, 13 January 2008 00:00

Boston Legal's Back!

Shatner's back on LIVINGtv for a fourth season of legal fun ...

 

The fourth series of the smash-hit US legal drama from the multi-award-winning maestro of legal drama David E Kelley (Ally McBeal, LA Law) comes back exclusively to LIVING on Thursday 31 January at 10.00pm.

Set in the morally dubious world of high-priced litigation at a Boston law firm, the show has garnered both critical acclaim and major awards. Both its leading men, James Spader and William Shatner, have won Emmy Awards for their roles, while Shatner has also been honoured with a Golden Globe. This series also sees Hollywood actress Saffron Burrows ("Enigma", "Troy") join the cast.

Fast-paced and darkly comic, Boston Legal follows the personal and professional lives of the litigators at Crane, Poole and Schmidt. Five times Emmy-winner Candice Bergen plays Shirley Schmidt, the firm’s founding partner who continually tries to bring order to the chaotic office.

Other members of the practice include Jerry ‘Hands’ Espenson (Christian Clemenson - a guest star who has now become a series regular), a lawyer with Asperger’s Syndrome, and Clarence Bell (Gary Anthony Williams), an attorney whose feelings of inadequacy cripple him to such an extent he often switches between personalities, meaning he is also known as Clarice, Clevant and Oprah.

In a captivating series premiere, Shirley asks Alan Shore (Spader) to represent her when she is sued after withdrawing her donation to a university. Alan is happy to help, but is distracted when he discovers that the opposing council is one of his ex-girlfriends (Burrows). Also, Denny Crane (Shatner) is arrested for soliciting a prostitute, and no-nonsense attorney Carl Sack (John Larroquette) joins the team. Sack immediately puts Clarence’s nose out of joint when he berates him after uncovering a video of ‘Clarice’ performing at a local dance competition.

Also joining the cast is Tara Summers as Katie Lloyd, a 'freshman' lawyer who immediately finds herself defending a murder suspect who doesn't want to be defended. Born in London, Tara trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, guest-starred on a trio of episodes of Dirt, and was also seen in the movies "Wha A Girl Wants", "Factory Girl" and "Rabbit Fever".

The show was originally going to be called The Practice: Fleet Street, as it was designed as a civil law spin-off from that series (another of the David E Kelly stable, which also includes Doogie Howser MD, Picket Fences, and Chicago Hope).

An accomplished actor, James Spader appeared alongside Maggie Gyllenhaal in the critically-acclaimed film, "Secretary" which won the 2002 Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize for Originality. Spader also starred in "Speaking of Sex", "Supernova", "Slow Burn", "Critical Care" and "Crash".

The characters of both Shore and Crane originally made their debut in The Practice. Brad Chase (Mark Valley - previous the lead in Keen Eddie) has left the show this season. Mark Valley's career began when he was discovered by an agent in Berlin, and his first role was working in John Schlesinger's "The Innocent", which starred Anthony Hopkins and was filmed in Germany. Mark made an impact on television viewers with his lead role in Pasadena, as well as in recurring roles on ER and Once and Again, plusguest spots on CSI, The Lone Gunmen and Gideon's Crossing. He also featured in the long-running daytime drama Days of Our Lives.

Rene Auberjonois (Odo in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine) who was Paul Lewiston, has also left the regular roster of the series, along with Julie Bowen (who played Denise Bauer) and Constance Zimmer (Claire Simms). The show already has a reputation of regularly freshening up the line-up of its less quirky characters each season.

 

Wednesday, 27 February 2008 06:21

The Riches with Eddie Izzard

Eddie Izzard Stateside comedy drama now available in a season one collection ...

 

Meet the Riches, high-class, upstanding members of the community, however, all is not as it seems. Now meet the Malloys, gypsy travelling con artists who strangely look and sound just like the Riches …

And that, in a nutshell is the jumping-off point for the season one DVD release of The Riches from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. Season one became a flagship show for new digital channel Virgin 1, starring the enigmatic British double act of Eddie Izzard and Minnie Driver, and for those of you who missed it, this DVD release is the perfect way to catch up.

After they are involved in a car accident that kills a very wealthy couple, Wayne and Dahlia Malloy (Izzard and Driver) and their children Di Di (Shannon Marie Woodward), Sam (Aidan Mitchell) and Cael (Noel Fisher) grasp the opportunity to assume the identity of the well-to-do ‘normal’ family.

Seduced by the idea of a better life for themselves, and armed with the keys to a new house in a wealthy neighbourhood, they soon find that suburban life is more twisted and challenging than any of their previous stings.

As the dark American comedy drama begins, Dahlia has just been paroled from prison. During her two-year sentence, she has developed various drug addictions and in her absence, Wayne and the children have continued to act as con artists across the US. After a brief reunion with their traveller clan, the family flees, stealing a large amount of money from the clan's hoard of cash as they do their best to blend in with their new surroundings.

With series 2 of The Riches due to air on Virgin 1 this autumn, this DVD box set is a great way to become familiar with a show that really needs more mainstream exposure.

The Riches premiered on the Stateside version of the FX channel on 12 March 2007 - the first season of 13 episodes was a ratings success with 3.8 million viewers watching the pilot, which, in the history of the American FX channel, was only second to the premiere of The Shield.

The comedy and fun in the show comes from square pegs trying to fit into round holes. Wayne schmoozes his way into a job in a law firm, acting as point man to an obnoxious real estate developer. Dahlia persuades a local private school to take on her children after the admission deadline. The children use their skills to make the best of the world around them that is obsessed with style over substance. As with any set of lies built on little foundation, circumstances start to catch up with the family – especially as relatives and those who knew them in their former lives get ever-closer to them.

Special Features on the DVD set include audio commentaries with Eddie Izzard and Creator Dmitry Lipkin – these are on the pilot episode and “Waiting for Dogot”, the season finale. We also have “Fox Movie Channel presents Casting Session and World Premiere” on disc one – very much ‘exactly what it says on the tin’, as well as a “Gag Reel” – Dennis Norden would be proud! To cap off the extras, on disc four we find the ‘Webisodes’ - little vignettes that originally appeared online to gain the show some profile.

The four-disc set has a “15” certificate (mainly for swearing and some brief nudity), a running time of approx 591 minutes, and a retail price of £34.99 – but you can get it for less at www.culttvstore.com.

 

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