New titles from Network DVD in October 2010.
4th October 2010
Bouquet of Barbed Wire – Complete Series – Recently remade for television, this is the original series- a powerful study in the fragility of family unity and the destructive consequences of forbidden desire. Featuring spellbinding performances from Frank Finlay, Sheila Allen and Susan Penhaligon, this series was immensely popular with both the viewing public and critics.
Another Bouquet – Complete Series – Another Bouquet continues Newman’s powerful examination of the fragility of family unity and the destructive consequences of forbidden desire. Sheila Allen and Frank Finlay give spellbinding performances and this sequel to Bouquet of Barbed Wire continued to be popular with both the viewing public and critics.
The Larkins – Series 3 – This classic early ATV sitcom was created by Clapham-born Fred Robinson and based upon his youthful scripts for plays about a fictional Cockney family. With skilful comic playing from a renowned cast and a script that ATV production controller Bill Ward described as the funniest he had ever read, The Larkins inspired great affection throughout its run between 1958 and 1964.
Lorna Doone – Based on R.D. Blackmore’s classic novel. Starring Clive Owen (Children of Men), Sean Bean (Sharpe, The Lord of the Rings), Polly Walker (Rome) and Billie Whitelaw (Napoleon and Love). One of the great love stories of English literature is retold in this powerful television adaptation, directed by Andrew Grieve (Hornblower).
Surgical Spirit – Complete Series - Nichola McAuliffe gives a memorable performance as Sheila Sabatini, with Duncan Preston (Victoria Wood: As Seen on TV) starring as Jonathan Haslam. Featuring scripts by Graeme Garden among other contributors, Surgical Spirit was a huge success with the viewing public, running for an impressive seven series between 1989 and 1995.
11th October 2010
The Gaffer – Complete Series – Bill Maynard (Oh No It’s Selwyn Froggitt) is Fred Moffat, the tight-fisted yet quick-thinking director of a struggling light-engineering firm, in this cleverly scripted, bittersweet sitcom. Co-starring Russell Hunter (Callan) and Pat Ashton (The Benny Hill Show). A huge success for Yorkshire Television – regularly attracting audiences of over 16 million – and featuring guest turns from Joanne Whalley, Chris Langham and Garfield Morgan among others, The Gaffer ran for three series between 1981 and 1983.
Oh No It’s Selwyn Froggitt / Selwyn – Complete Series – Establishing Bill Maynard as a household name, created by comedy legend Roy Clarke (Last of the Summer Wine) and mainly written by the award-winning Alan Plater (Beiderbecke). Boasts a regular supporting cast featuring Bill Dean (Brookside) – who also wrote lyrics for each show’s theme song – and Robert Keegan (Z Cars), and remained a firm favourite with the viewing public.