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The Tales of Para Handy

The Tales of Para Handy logoPara Handy is the crafty Gaelic skipper of the Vital Spark, a Clyde puffer (steamboat) of the sort that delivered goods from Glasgow to the Hebrides and the west coast highlands of Scotland in the early 20th century. The stories partly focus on his pride in his ship, "the smertest boat in the tred" which he considers to be of a class with the Clyde steamers, but mainly tell of the “High Jinks” the crew get up to on their travels. He had at least one crossover with Munro's other popular character, Erchie MacPherson of Erchie, My Droll Friend. The name is an anglicisation of "Para Shandaidh", which means "Petey son of Sandy", and he is content to describe himself as "Chust wan of Brutain's hardy sons". The other principal characters forming the four man crew include Dan Macphail the eff...

The Team - A Season With Mclaren

The Team - A Season With Mclaren logoA 7 part TV series produced by the BBC during the 1993 Formula One season. The series followed the team and regular drivers Ayrton Senna, Michael Andretti, as well as test driver Mika Häkkinen giving a behind the scenes insight to the McLaren team.

The Thin Blue Line

The Thin Blue Line logoThe Thin Blue Line is about the everday goings on at Gasforth police station. A small town station led by Inspector Raymond Fowler (Atkinson), who is coping with his failing relationship with his girlfriend of 10 years, Police receptionist Patricia Dawkins. Meanwhile, the ineptness of his own colleagues as well as the equally brainless C.I.D division means that life at Gasforth never goes quite as smoothly as planned. Starting in 1995 (Season 1) and ending in 1996 (Season 2) this 14 episode Ben Elton comedy gets you drawn in and laughing for ages, truly a classic for the video shelf!

The Third Man

The Third Man logoHarry Lime is the owner/operator of Harry Lime, Inc., an international import/export organization with offices in New York City and London. Harry has an assistant, the no-nonsense, numbers-crunching accountant/associate Bradford Webster. Harry is a ladies' man, a world traveler, and a world-renowned businessman -- even though his criminal past occasionally haunts him. In contrast, Brad is strictly business: he can rattle off the projected profit of a business deal in terms of both American dollars and British pounds without the aid of an adding machine, and occasionally appears to have a negative attitude toward Harry's romantic encounters with women from around the world.
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The Three Musketeers (1966)

The Three Musketeers (1966) logoThe BBC produced this mini-series version of Alexandre Dumas's classic THREE MUSKETEERS tale in 1966. Among the cast members helping to bring the tale to life are Brian Blessed and Gary Watson Dumas’ timeless tale of epic adventure and swashbuckling romance comes to life in this classic BBC production starring Brian Blessed, Jeremy Young and Gary Watson. Determined to fulfill his dream of becoming a musketeer, D’Artagnan leaves home with only an old horse and a letter of recommendation to the Captain of the King’s Musketeers. Although the letter is stolen, he quickly proves himself worthy and joins the ranks of Athos, Porthos and Aramis. The four become fast friends and band together to protect the King of France from the devious Cardinal Richilieu who plans to overthrow the monarchy...

The Tower

The Tower logoThe Tower, an observational documentary which has been filmed over three years, charts the urban regeneration of the notoriously troubled Pepys Estate in South London. A property developer is turning a dilapidated former council high-rise into luxury riverside apartments and another is being demolished and rebuilt for public sector workers. The changes are happening under the gaze of those still living in the original local authority houses next door.

The Town That Never Retired

The Town That Never Retired logoNick Hewer and Margaret Mountford head up an experiment to send 70-something pensioners back into full time work in the city of Preston. The experiment reflects the Government's plans to raise the state pension age. They're more used to judging thrusting young apprentices, but this time the pair pluck 14 older workers out of retirement and set them to work in a chocolate factory, building site, restaurant, health clinic and estate agency.

The Trials of Life

The Trials of Life logoA study in animal behaviour, it was the third in a trilogy of major series (beginning with Life on Earth) that took a broad overview of nature, rather than the more specialised surveys of Attenborough's later productions. Each of the twelve 50-minute episodes features a different aspect of the journey through life, from birth to adulthood and continuation of the species through reproduction. The series was produced in conjunction with the Australian Broadcasting Service and Turner Broadcasting System Inc. The executive producer was Peter Jones and the music was composed by George Fenton. Part of David Attenborough's 'Life' series, it was preceded by The Living Planet (1984) and followed by Life in the Freezer (1993).

The Tripods

The Tripods logoSet in the year 2089, huge machines known as Tripods have take over earth. Controlling humans with a 'cap' (A mind control device in-planted on the head at the age of fourteen) which erases imagination, curiosity and independent thought, mankind now lives without technology in a rural/medieval existence. Cousins Will and Henry Parker only a year away from being 'capped' hear of a place where free (un-capped) men live and fight the Tripods. Their travel take them from their home in England to France where they meet Jean-Paul'Beanpole'Deliet who joins them on their journey to the white mountains of the Alps, home of the free men.

The Truth About Climate Change

The Truth About Climate Change logoThe Truth About Climate Change is a two part documentary presented by Sir David Attenborough who asks the question ‘What is the future for our world?' Some extraordinary phenomena have taken place in recent times; Hurricane Katrina, the heat wave of 2003, polar bears swimming in search of ice and vast swarms of insects enveloping an African village. But are these isolated incidents or are they omens of a greater global change? Sir David discovers that the world is warming at an unprecedented rate, and finds out why this is now far beyond any normal allowance for cyclical fluctuation. But are humans to blame? These changes are already in motion whatever we do now, but Sir David believes that we may be able to act to prevent a catastrophe. People around the world are having to adapt their ...
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