Network DVD Titles May 2010
Here is a look at what Network DVD are releasing this month…
3rd May 2010
Cuffy – Complete Series - Spinning off from comedy drama Shillingbury Tales, this engaging sitcom from 1983 stars Bernard Cribbins (The Railway Children, Doctor Who)
Four Idle Hands – Complete Series - First screened in 1976, the series features an early TV role for future Quadrophenia and Eastenders star Phil Daniels alongside Ray Burdis, with George Innes, Royston Tickner and Howard Goorney taking on the principal adult roles.
The Hanged Man – Complete Series (web exclusive, available only at www.networkdvd.co.uk) - There have been three attempts to kill Lew Burnett. After the third attempt Burnett decides to stay ‘dead’ – so that he can stay alive.
In an exceptional performance, acclaimed RSC player and character actor Colin Blakely (Saturday Night and Sunday Morning, Son of Man) stars alongside Michael Williams (Educating Rita, Henry V) and Gary Watson (The Avengers, The Saint).
Oh No, It’s Selwyn Froggitt – Series 3 - Bill Maynard stars as the council labourer, hapless handyman and all-round public nuisance in this classic Yorkshire Television sitcom from the pen of award-winning writer Alan Plater (Beiderbecke).
10th May 2010
Callan – The Colour Years – Starring the late Edward Woodward (The Wicker Man, Breaker Morant, The Equalizer). Callan became a national phenomenon in the late 1960s, making Woodward one of the highest profile actors on television and earning him a BAFTA Award for Best Actor.
Raven – The Complete Series (web exclusive, available only at www.networkdvd.co.uk) – Future Quadrophenia and EastEnders star Phil Daniels is Raven, alongside Michael Aldridge (Last of the Summer Wine) and Carry On... stalwart Patsy Rowlands, in this six-part fantasy series in which occult and supernatural themes are interwoven with environmental concerns.
The Upper Hand – Series 2 - This engaging comedy series stars Joe McGann and Diana Weston, with The Avengers siren Honor Blackman and future Bad Girls star Kellie Bright supporting.
17th May 2010
Baffled! – TV Movie (web exclusive, available only at www.networkdvd.co.uk) - Star Trek icon Leonard Nimoy, Susan Hampshire (The Forsythe Saga, Monarch of the Glen) and Vera Miles (Psycho) star in this eerie story of revenge and murder from beyond the grave.
Extras: Image Gallery - including a number of behind-the-scenes stills & PDF promotional material
The Sentimental Agent – Complete Series (web exclusive, available only at www.networkdvd.co.uk) - Spinning off from an episode of Man of the World, this quirky and humorous thriller has scripts from writers Brian Clemens (The Avengers, Thriller), Tudor Gates (The Sweeney) and Julian Bond (Tales of the Unexpected).
Extras: Burt Kwouk: “With This Face” – brand new interview with the legendary actor (Disc 3); Episode stills galleries (all four discs); Promotional PDF material
24th May 2010
A Bunch of Fives (web exclusive, available only at www.networkdvd.co.uk) - Stars Jamie Foreman (Layer Cake, The House of Elliott) and Lesley Manville (Vera Drake, Cranford). A hard-hitting and humorous drama written by the Grange Hill team of John Sichel and Colin Rodgers.
The Georgian House (web exclusive, available only at www.networkdvd.co.uk) – Eerie, unsettling and one of the key children’s TV productions of the 1970s, The Georgian House was written by acclaimed author Jill Laurimore with noted producer/writer Harry Moore (The Clifton House Mystery, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle) and produced by the renowned Leonard White (The Avengers, Armchair Theatre). Cult children’s television actor Spencer Banks (Timeslip, Tightrope) stars alongside Jack Watson (Sky, Arthur of the Britons) in a series that The Stage lauded as “visually rich, sumptuously produced [and] a quality production”.
Sharman – The Complete Series - Oscar-nominated Clive Owen (Chancer, Closer) brings a brooding intensity to the role of private detective Nick Sharman in this stylish drama. The series features rapidly paced storylines from, among others, Tony Hoare (The Sweeney, Minder) and the award-winning Paul Abbott (Shameless, Touching Evil). Samantha Janus, Keith Allen, Gina Bellman, Ray Winstone and Bill Paterson are among the guest stars.
31st May 2010
Benny Hill – Annual 1982 - The Benny Hill Show was one of the most successful programmes ever screened on British television, and every show was a critically acclaimed ratings topper. In two shows from 1982 you can see a close encounter with a female vampire, Benny’s version of the Monte Carlo Show, and all-out warfare breaking out between the traffic wardens and street-cleaners of Dimpton Town!
Benny Hill – Annual 1983 - INTERESTING FACT: Though the show went through several producer/directors, it is widely acknowledged that Benny Hill, in addition to being the star and writer, acted as an unofficial director of the program, although he was never credited as such.
London’s Burning – Series 14 - The combination of famously realistic action scenes and personal issues portrayed made London’s Burning a huge ratings success for ITV.
At its peak, London’s Burning was watched by over 18 million viewers.
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