More new titles from Network DVD in February 2011.
14th February 2011
Chiller – The Complete Series (web exclusive) – With John Simm, Martin Clunes, Phyllis Logan, Sophie Ward, Nigel Havers and Kevin McNally featuring among its combined casts, and novelists and screenwriters Anthony Horowitz (Foyle’s War) and Stephen Gallagher (Bugs, Murder Rooms) among the writers. This horror/fantasy anthology also features the direction and production talents of Lawrence Gordon Clark – best known for his direction of the BBC’s classic Ghost Story for Christmas thread during the early 1970s. This set contains the complete series, originally screened in 1995.
Shadow Squad (web exclusive) – A highly successful late crime show from the late 1950s, initially featuring the adventures of Detective Vic Steele who, quitting his job sets up his own detective agency. Time has not treated SHADOW SQUAD well in the archives and out of 179 shows only four now remain. These are featured on this set alongside the sole remaining episode of Shadow Squad spinoff Skyport.
21st February 2011
Birds of a Feather – Series 5 and Birds of a Feather – Series 6. Written mainly by Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran (Goodnight Sweetheart, Love Hurts), the series stars Pauline Quirke and Linda Robson as the two bickering sisters and Lesley Joseph as their nosey and oversexed neighbour with guest appearances from George Hamilton, George Wendt and Richard Branson. With over 15 million viewers at its peak, Birds of a Feather ran for nine series (102 episodes, including specials) between 1989 and 1998. It was sold to over 30 countries worldwide and was BAFTA nominated and a British Comedy Award winner.
Fresh Fields – Series 3 - Starring Anton Rodgers (May to September) as accountant William and Julia McKenzie (Cranford) as accomplished cook Hester. 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.
The Larkins – Series 4 – 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.
Wycliffe – Series 5 – 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.
28th February 2011
An Audience with Jasper Carrott – Having made several appearances on regional television during the mid-seventies, Jasper launched his first series in 1978. AN AUDIENCE WITH JASPER CARROTT was a storming success, earning him a Pye Award as Outstanding New Personality and making him into a household name.
Heartbeat – Series 3 – Staple Sunday-night viewing for two decades, Heartbeat won several prestigious TV awards – including Best Performing Peak-Time Drama in 1999 (beating Coronation Street), and a number of ITV Programme of the Year awards. Attracting a peak audience of 14 million and spawning a highly successful spin-off, The Royal, and a Top Ten hit single, the series has garnered a devoted following and remains prime-time viewing world-wide.