More new titles from Network DVD in August 2010.
16th August 2010
A Mind To Kill – Series 3 – Philip Madoc (The Life and Times of David Lloyd George) plays DCI Noel Bain. This gritty, darkly authentic detective thriller set in South Wales won a Welsh BAFTA for Best Sound in 2001.
Selwyn – The Complete Series – Starring Bill Maynard (The Gaffer, Heartbeat) and Niamh Cusack. Spinning off from Yorkshire Television’s hugely successful Oh No It’s Selwyn Froggitt!, Selwyn was again produced and directed by sitcom legend Ronnie Baxter (Rising Damp).
23rd August 2010
Cannon and Ball – Series 1 – Having been given their major TV break on Bruce Forsyth’s Big Night in 1978, Oldham welders-turned Clubland stars Cannon and Ball went from strength to strength, and this ratings-winning LWT series, launched the following year, consolidated their success and made them household names. Speciall guests include Irene Handl, June Whitfield, Maureen Lipman, Liza Goddard and Michael Robbins (On the Buses).
Father Dear Father – Series 6 – A continuing hit with viewers on its first appearance in 1970, Father, Dear Father regularly topped the ITV ratings during its six-year run. Guest-stars Tony Britton, Donald Sinden, Leslie Phillips and Jack Hulbert.
Fresh Fields – Series 2 – Fresh Fields’ wry, gentle humour made it a firm favourite with viewers, spawning an equally popular sequel – French Fields – and earning McKenzie a BAFTA nomination for Best Light Entertainment Performance. Starring Anton Rodgers (May to September) and Julie McKenzie (Cranford).
In Loving Memory – Series 5 – Thora Hird (Talking Heads, Last of the Summer Wine) brings her inimitable sense of humour to the role of Ivy Unsworth, alongside Christopher Beeny (The Rag Trade, Upstairs Downstairs, Last of the Summer Wine) as Billy.
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.
Surgical Spirit – Series 7 – a huge success with the viewing public, running for seven series between 1989 and 1995. This seventh and final series was originally screened in 1995. Stars Nichola McAuliffe (Coronation Street) and Duncan Preston (Dinnerladies, Emmerdale).
That’s My Boy – Series 1- Starring sitcom legend Mollie Sugden (Are You Being Served?) as Ida Willis. Written by Pam Valentine and Michael Ashton (You’re Only Young Twice), That’s My Boy was an enduring success for Yorkshire Television, running for five series and a Christmas special between 1981 and 1986.
30th August 2010
Birds of a Feather – Series 1- Sitcom starring Pauline Quirke and Linda Robson as the two bickering sisters and Lesley Joseph as their nosey and oversexed neighbour. This massively popular programme reached over 15 million viewers at its peak, and ran for nine series (102 episodes, including specials) between 1989 and 1998. It was sold to over 30 countries worldwide.
Birds of a Feather – Series 2 – Everyone’s favourite Essex girls return with this second series of Birds of a Feather – one of the 1990s’ most successful, long-running and memorable sitcoms. This release also features the feature-length Christmas Specials from 1990.
Miss Jones and Son – Series 1- Starring Paula Wilcox (Man About the House) and Christopher Beeny (In Loving Memory). Running for two series in 1977 and 1978, Miss Jones and Son was written by Richard Waring (And Mother Makes Three), and produced and directed by Peter Frazer-Jones (Man About the House, Robin’s Nest); it was also notable for being the first British sitcom to depict a single mother.
Wycliffe – Series 3 – Currently shown on ITV3, the quietly conscientious Wycliffe offers something of a contrast to the classic ‘maverick detective’ character, and is played by charismatic, BAFTA-nominated actor Jack Shepherd. The series’ haunting theme music, composed by Nigel Hess, received the Royal Television Society’s award for the best television theme, and Wycliffe remained a top-rated drama throughout its five-year run.
You’re Only Young Twice – Series 1 – This highly popular Yorkshire Television sitcom stars much-loved TV battleaxe Peggy Mount on robust form as Flora Petty. Pat Coombs co-stars as Cissie, while veteran stage actress Lally Bowers (A Fine Romance) and sitcom regular Diana King are fellow residents Dolly and Mildred.