New titles from Network DVD in August 2010.
2nd August 2010
Class Act – The Complete Series – Joanna Lumley stars in this pacy, racy comedy drama penned by BAFTA winner Michael Aitkins and produced by Verity Lambert (Doctor Who, Jonathan Creek). Ian McNeice, Dennis Waterman, Elizabeth Spriggs, Keith Allen and Celia Imrie are among a host of guest stars.
The Four Just Men – The Complete Series (web exclusive) – This ITC crime drama series, loosely based on Edgar Wallace’s novel of 1905, assembles an astonishing array of talent: Jack Hawkins (The Cruel Sea), Richard Conte (The Godfather) and Oscar nominees Vittorio de Sica and Dan Dailey star as the four men chosen to pursue justice and defeat tyranny worldwide. Their regular co-stars include Avengers star Honor Blackman, as glamorous secretary Nicole, Lisa Gastoni, June Thorburn, and Andrew Keir (Quatermass and the Pit).
Gazette – The Complete Series (web exclusive) – Gerald Harper (Adam Adamant Lives!) stars as James Hadleigh, proprietor of a Yorkshire newspaper owned by his father. Created by Robert Barr and originally screened in 1968, Gazette introduced the charming, privileged but conscientious protagonist whose continuing mixed fortunes would be chronicled in Hadleigh, Yorkshire Television’s immensely popular and long-running series aired between 1969 and 1976 – also available on DVD from Network.
My Old Man – Series 1 – Clive Dunn (Bootsie and Snudge, Dad’s Army) is Sam Cobbett, the geriatric hero of this hilarious sitcom from Yorkshire Television. Based on a BBC pilot that originally starred Ronnie Barker, My Old Man takes a look at the generation gap – in particular, what happens when a lively, opinionated old codger ends up living under the same roof as his daughter and son-in-law.
Pardon My Genie – Series 1 – Ellis Jones plays Hal, with Roy Barraclough (Sez Les) starring as his long-suffering boss Mr Cobbledick, and Hugh Paddick (Round the Horne) as the Genie. Aimed at a young audience but hugely popular with children and adults alike, Pardon My Genie was devised and written by Roberts Robots and Rentaghost creator Bob Block.
Roberts Robots – Series 1 – Stars John Clive as Robert and Magpie presenter Jenny Hanley as Angela. From Bob Block, creator of Rentaghost. This release comprises all seven episodes of series one, originally screened in 1973.
9th August 2010
The Protectors – The Complete Series – Robert Vaughn (Hustle) stars alongside Nyree Dawn Porter (Hilary and Jackie) and Tony Anholt (Space: 1999, Howard’s Way). Produced by Gerry Anderson and Reg Hill (Thunderbirds), this glossy, stylish series was one of ITC’s most lavish and ambitious projects, boasting intriguing, action-packed storylines, state-of-the-art special effects and location filming in some of Europe’s most glamorous cities.