New titles from Network DVD in January 2011.
17th January 2011
Barbara – Series 2 – Developed from a pilot screening in ITV’s 1995 ‘Comedy Firsts’ season, this acclaimed sitcom cast Gwen Taylor as Barbara. Sam Kelly (Porridge) also stars as Ted, while Sherrie Hewson (Coronation Street) is Jean. Also starring Elizabeth Carling (Goodnight Sweetheart), Mark Gatiss (The League of Gentlemen), Joanna Van Gyseghem (Duty Free), Helen Atkinson-Wood (Blackadder), Jean Alexander and Roy Barraclough (Coronation Street), and singer and actress Julie Driscoll also appear.
Cowboys – Series 1 – Starring Oscar-winning scriptwriter and actor Colin Welland (who won the Acadamy Award for the Chariots of Fire screenplay while Cowboys was being broadcast) as aptly named plumber Geyser, David Kelly (Robin’s Nest, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) as his terminally confused co-worker, and Roy Kinnear as the boss entirely unburdened by a conscience.
Is It Legal? – Series 2 – Penned by Simon Nye (Men Behaving Badly, Reggie Perrin) and starring Richard Lumsden (Life of Riley), Imelda Staunton (Cranford) and Jeremy Clyde (Jam and Jerusalem). This intelligent, searingly funny sitcom chronicles the misadventures of a team of deeply flawed characters manning the offices of a small suburban law firm.
The Other ‘Arf – Series 1 – The universal appeal of rich-man-falling-for-working-class-girl is the theme of this hit comedy series starring Lorraine Chase and John Standing – leads whose own backgrounds mirror those of their characters. THE OTHER ‘ARF was conceived by Terence Howard (who had worked on the celebrated Campari ad campaign which launched the TV career of model Lorraine Chase), and developed by legendary comedy writers Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais (Porridge, Auf Wiedersehen Pet).
The Piglet Files – Series 1- Starring Nicholas Lyndhurst, Clive Francis and Michael Percival. THE PIGLET FILES lifts the lid on the shadowy world of espionage during the early ‘90s – with quite startling results. Sparkling writing plays on the James Bond franchise in this tongue-in-cheek sitcom.
Walter – film – With a remarkable performance by Ian McKellen (earning him a Royal Television Society Award) and directed by Stephen Frears (The Queen), Walter remains one of the most acclaimed and poignant dramas ever made for British television. The first ever Film on Four, it was chosen as the centrepiece drama for the launch night of Channel Four in 1982.