New titles from Network DVD in November 2011.
Release Date: 7th Nov
Frost on Friday – David Frost presents his legendary current affairs series FROST ON FRIDAY, available from all good retailers on 7th November 2011, RRP £24.99. This 3-disc set features interviews with high profile, public figures, such as James Callaghan, Cardinal Heenan, Enoch Powell, Christian Barnard and Muhammed Ali.
Made at a time when Frost was hosting a chat show in the US and then jetting back to the UK to do three shows over the weekend, FROST ON FRIDAY concentrates this energy into forty minutes worth of incisive and insightful commentary on current affairs. A number of editions of FROST ON FRIDAY no longer exist- this set includes ten shows, one of them being a truly outstanding debate on hanging from October 1968.
FROST ON FRIDAY is the show that made tomorrow’s headlines, as well as reporting on them. It was one of the Frost programmes that dominated ITV weekends in the late 1960s and early ’70s.
Second Thoughts – The Complete Third Series. Network DVD is delighted to announce the DVD release of the popular LWT sit-com SECOND THOUGHTS – THE COMPLETE THIRD SERIES (12) starring James Bolam, Lynda Bellingham, Julia Sawalha and Belinda Lang. All 15 episodes are available complete and uncut in a 2-disc set on 7th November 2011, RRP £19.99.
Faith and Bill are two middle-aged divorcees who are attempting to maintain a relationship despite the forces that threaten to pull it apart. These include constant interference from Bill’s scheming ex-wife and work colleague, Liza and the activities of Faith’s teenage children – the football-obsessed Joe, and demanding daughter Hannah. Nobody said it would be easy…
This hit comedy series was inspired by the real-life relationship of the writers, husband-and-wife team Jan Etherington and Gavin Petrie. With bittersweet storylines and memorable performances from a star cast, Second Thoughts was one of the most popular sitcoms of the ‘90s.
Within These Walls – The Complete Fifth Series. Sarah Lawson takes over the reins as governor in the award-winning WITHIN THESE WALLS – THE COMPLETE FIFTH SERIES (Cert. 15). Available to buy on DVD for the first time from 7th November 2011, RRP £39.99, the series set a benchmark for female prison dramas.
Intense and emotional, this landmark ’70s drama series pulled no punches in its portrayal of life inside a women’s prison. Created by Oscar and Golden Globe nominee David Butler and produced by BAFTA Award nominee Jack Williams, the series remains a high point of British television drama.
This fifth and final series (only ever seen in a few ITV regions) sees a new governor at Stone Park Prison; Helen Forrester has left to study women’s prisons in Europe and Susan Marshall has been appointed to act as governor during her absence. At first the staff are startled by Mrs. Marshall’s coolness and disciplinarian approach, but she is not insensitive to the atmosphere and menace on North Wing…
Release Date: 14th Nov
The Gentle Touch – The Complete Fifth Series. Jill Gascoine stars as tough, no-nonsense female cop Maggie Forbes in THE GENTLE TOUCH – THE COMPLETE FIFTH SERIES (15). It is available from all good retailers on 14th November 2011, RRP £39.99 in a 4-disc set.
Made at a time when there were very few ranking female officers in the police force, THE GENTLE TOUCH not only showed police procedure within a Metropolitan Police CID unit but also gave insight into how a woman might cope with such a role in what was very much a man’s world. An instant hit with viewers, it became one of the most successful police dramas ever made, running for five years before spinning off into another series – C.A.T.S. Eyes.
Following the continuing challenges faced by DI Maggie Forbes, this fourth series, originally screened in 1982 and 1983, features more powerful and contemporary storylines that reflected the changing nature of police work in 1980s Britain; a stellar guest cast includes Joan Hickson, Michael Praed, Joanne Whalley, Art Malik and Clive Swift.