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A Ghost Story For Christmas

A Ghost Story For Christmas logoA collection of eight ghost stories, mostly adapted from the short stories of M.R. James that were aired over the Christmas holidays over eight consecutive years.

A History of Britain

A History of Britain logoStretching from the Stone Age to the year 2000, Simon Schama's Complete History of Britain does not pretend to be a definitive chronicle of the turbulent events which buffeted and shaped the British Isles. What Schama does do, however, is tell the story in vivid and gripping narrative terms, free of the fustiness of traditional academe, personalising key historical events by examining the major characters at the centre of them. Not all historians would approve of the history depicted here as shaped principally by the actions of great men and women rather than by more abstract developments, but Schama's way of telling it is a good deal more enthralling as a result. Schama successfully gives lie to the idea that the history of Britain has been moderate and temperate, passing down the genera...

A Horseman Riding By

A Horseman Riding By logoA Horseman Riding By is a 13 part BBC drama series that was first broadcast in 1978. The series was based on two of the three books in R F Delderfield's A Horseman Riding By trilogy and starred Nigel Havers as Paul Craddock, a young man who was invalided out of the Boer war and invited to become squire of the long neglected Shallowford estate in Devon. [Above right: Prunella Ransome, Fiona Gaunt and Nigel Havers.]</P> Paul has to use all his charm and guile to convince the old families of the valley that he is capable of doing the job. Fortunately he is assisted by estate keeper John Rudd (Glyn Houston) who knows their ways.</P> After a disastrous marriage to flighty Grace Lovell (Fiona Gaunt) Paul eventually marries Claire Derwent (Prunella Ransome). They make a great couple a...

A Most Mysterious Murder

A Most Mysterious Murder logoJulian Fellowes acts as detective and unravels the mystery behind five real unsolved murders from the past. There is the case of Charles Bravo in 1876 who died shortly after he was married. Chief suspects were his wife, her companion, her lover and a groom. Also under investigation are 'The Case Of Rose Harsent -1902', 'The Case Of George Harry Storrs - 1909', 'The Case Of The Croydon Poisonings - 1929' and ''The Case Of The Earl Of Erroll - 1941'.

A Passionate Woman

A Passionate Woman logoSet in Leeds in the Fifties Cold War period, Billie Piper stars as Betty, a young wife and mother who reluctantly falls passionately and hopelessly in love with her charismatic Polish neighbour, Alex Crazenovski, played by Theo James (new Woody Allen film, untitled). But little does Betty know that some 30 years later, in Eighties Thatcherite Britain, her affair will implode on her beloved son Mark's wedding day. Mark as an adult is played by Andrew Lee Potts (Primeval). Sue Johnston (The Turn Of The Screw, Waking The Dead), stars as Betty in the Eighties opposite Alun Armstrong (New Tricks) who plays her devoted, if dull, husband, Donald. The younger Donald is played by Alun Armstrong's real-life son Joe Armstrong (Robin Hood). Frances Barber (The Street) plays Betty's sister, Margaret, w...

A Picture of Health

A Picture of Health logoIn little more than a lifetime, medical care has changed beyond all recognition. This is the story of how it happened: told first hand by the patients, doctors, surgeons and nurses who were there. With rarely-seen footage from specialist film collections, each programme shows the revolution that’s taken place in our hospitals, clinics, and GP surgeries. A Picture of Health is an entertaining mix of archive, first-hand memories and expert insight into the way those changes affected all of us.

A Prince Among Men

A Prince Among Men logoChris Barrie (Red Dwarf & The Brittas Empire) stars as Gary Prince, a businessman who is also an ex-football (soccer) star. Prince believes himself to be a superior human being, and sees most, if not all around him as his inferiors. Prince is married to Lisel (Francesca Hunt), a book translator that Gary meet while playing for a German team in Munich. The Prince’s live in Cheshire England. The British critics disliked the series, but the BBC commissioned a second season (series). That second series lasted just three episodes before being pulled from prime-time and moved to Sunday afternoons. Three additional original episodes aired on Sunday before the series ended its run with a total of twelve episodes of thirty minutes each.

A Question of Sport

A Question of Sport logoSporting celebrities are quizzed on their own and others' sports.

Absolutely Fabulous

Absolutely Fabulous logoIn this satirical British sitcom, which became a cult hit on American cable, a grotesquely self-centered fashion victim chain-smokes, swills champagne, abuses drugs, munches caviar, terrorizes her daughter, and tries in vain to mingle with the beautiful people -- all in the company of her sleek, slutty, boozed-up best friend.
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