New titles from Network DVD in September 2011.
12th September 2011
Armchair Theatre Volume 2
ITVís flagship drama anthology series containing eight plays initially broadcast between 1970 and 1974.
ARMCHAIR THEATRE became a showcase for the post-war generation of British writers who sought to place sensitive social topics – in particular the British class system – under the microscope. Throughout, the series featured a number of powerful, award-winning plays, and its lasting influence was a testament to producer Sydney Newmanís passionate belief in televisionís potential to bring high-quality drama to the viewing public.
This collection brings together eight plays, featuring scripts by Donald Churchill (Spoonerís Patch), P.J. Hammond (Sapphire and Steel) and Roger Marshall (Public Eye), and includeds performances by John Thaw, Anton Rodgers, Kenneth Haigh, Bill Maynard, Susannah York, Gordon Jackson and Warren Clarke.
19th September 2011
Long Dayís Journey into the Night
The world’s foremost actor, Laurence Olivier, and one of America’s greatest playwrights, Eugene O’Neill, are brought together in this acclaimed stage production, by the National Theatre Company, of O’Neill’s Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece.
The Ebony Tower
Featuring a formidable central performance by Laurence Oliver, one of Britainís most revered actors, this BAFTA-nominated television play was adapted by John Mortimer (Rumpole of the Bailey) from the novel by John Fowles; a distinguished supporting cast includes Greta Scacchi and Roger Rees.
The Merchant of Venice
In this lavish stage production, Oscar winner Laurence Olivier takes on one of literary historyís most enigmatic and challenging characters: the vengeful moneylender of Venice, Shylock. Adapted from Jonathan Millerís brilliant London stage production, this updated interpretation of Shakespeareís masterpiece shifts the setting from Elizabethan times to the late 19th Century – allowing for a new relevance for contemporary audiences, and a deeper understanding of the central character.
26th September 2011
Love In A Cold Climate
Dame Judi Dench, Michael Williams, Michael Aldridge, Diana Fairfax and Simon Cadell star in an eight-part adaptation of two classic novels by Nancy Mitford.
The series traces the unconventional lives and loves of the Alconleigh family, dominated by the eccentric, irascible Uncle Matthew – an affectionate and only lightly embellished caricature of the Mitford siblingsí father, Lord Redesdale. With several scenes drawn from Nancy Mitfordís childhood memories (not least her fatherís alarming penchant for hunting his children with a bloodhound), the story also encompasses the economic and political crises of the Thirties and the upheavals of the Second World War, which would ultimately bring to an end the privileged world inhabited by the family.
LOVE IN A COLD CLIMATE was adapted by novelist and dramatist Simon Raven, and directed by Donald McWhinnie (Rumpole of the Bailey).