This Granada series brought the adventures of Capt. W.E. Johns' famous fictional airman to Britain's television screens for the very first time. Starring Nevil Whiting in the title role, Biggles features action-packed tales of derring-do and chivalry, the flying ace's exciting quests taking him the from the frozen North to the Amazon, from the Panama Canal to the Pacific. Ready to take on any assignment, Biggles finds adventure both on the ground and in the air! Actor and singer John Leyton - soon to score a Number One hit with Johnny, Remember Me - stars as the intrepid airman's loyal colleague, Ginger, with Carl Duering as his arch-enemy, master criminal and secret agent von Stralhein; among the writers are Tony Warren and his Coronation Street collaborator Harry Kershaw. Presented here are all 44 episodes of this classic series, originally screened in 1960.
A huge success for ITV throughout the 1970s, General Hospital carried on in the tradition of Emergency-Ward 10 and other medical shows of the 1960s. This highly popular series offers a dramatic insight into life at a busy hospital, featuring both compelling medical storylines and those highlighting the often strained personal lives of the doctors, nurses and consultants. A baby girl is brought to the hospital by her distraught mother, having sustained injuries that appear to have been deliberate. A faith healer refuses a life-saving operation, instead placing his trust in his own healing powers. A chance meeting between an attractive female patient and a lonely consultant develops into a sinister game of cat and mouse...Just some of the challenging and delicate situations facing the medical staff of the fictional Midlands General Hospital. Behind each admission, a complex human story - and, many times, a dilemma for the hospital's staff.
The Man is Oldenshaw: an immodest, ex-Oxford type with a mind trained to devour information like a computer. He rose to prominence during the planning of D-Day. His partner is Defraits: Oldenshaw's red-brick equal. Room 17 is the secret centre of operations for the Department of Special Research, a unit set up to study the criminal mind and handle cases that have baffled the police and security services. Answerable only to the Prime Minister, the men in Room 17 pull the strings that make the undercover world dance, without even leaving the confines of their Whitehall office. Starring Richard Vernon and Denholm Elliott as the celebrated super-sleuths, The Man in Room 17 featured clever plot twists, dry humour and innovative production. Created by Big Breadwinner Hog's Robin Chapman, this brilliantly inventive Granada series gained cult status early on and remains very much so to this day.
Every decade has its own kind of cop show, and in the 1960s and early 70s, following years of national love and acclaim for Dixon of Dock Green, it came time for a new breed of policeman to take to the screen. Set in Newtown, a fictional setting to the North of Liverpool, it captures a time when coppers were leaving the beat for fast-paced response vehicles - the Z-Cars of the title. These colour episodes from 1972 make up our first collection, capturing some of the characters and crimes that shaped the long ago decade of old-school policing, when the concept of a crime family was up to three generations of burglars, shoplifters and smash-and-grabbers. Z-Cars was also innovative in reflecting a changing and challenging time for the police men and women themselves, engaging with their own personal crises and their impact on the force. So sit back and buckle-up as we let the criminal underworld of Newtown know that Z-Cars on the way.
One of the longest running police series on British television between 1955 and 1976, Dixon of Dock Green was also the best-loved. Starring the popular Jack Warner in the role of Sergeant George Dixon, the series set the tone for television police drama and paved the way for all that would follow. Filmed on set and on location around the fast disappearing dockland community of London's East End, the character of Dixon, with his friendly and informal "Evening all", offered viewers the kind of policeman you'd be tempted to welcome into your home for a cup of tea - even if you'd just robbed a bank. In these first available colour episodes, the Dock Green police must deal with cases as diverse as a vanished policeman; a mysterious assailant of young women; police protection of a witness to murder; a charming crook with friends in the right places; the hidden world of spousal abuse; and the police shooting of an unarmed criminal. In a modern world of CSI, DNA, and CCTV, much has changed and much remains the same in these still-gripping and utterly compelling episodes of Dixon of Dock Green.
Based on the classic comic French novel, adapted for television by the acclaimed comedy writing team of Ray Galton and Alan Simpson (Hancock/Steptoe & Son); welcome to the small French village of Clochemerle. Nestled in the Beaujolais region of France, this happy little enclave has avoided all hints of modernity, producing fine wine in an atmosphere of timeless calm and culture...until now. Now, in the autumn of 1922, the mayor wants to build a new public edifice, something that will draw a crowd - and he will, and it does, but none of it will happen in the way that he planned. A small village with a powerful church, a republican government, several beautiful wives, one handsome lover, a staunch catholic spinster and many more headstrong personalities are about to clash in a way that will bring pain to some, mirth to others and even the army to fail to keep the peace in a small French village called Clochemerle. Starring: Cyril Cusack, Roy Dotrice, Wendy Hiller, Kenneth Griffith, Micheline Presle, Catherine Rouvel, Freddie Earlle, Cyd Hayman, Barry Linehan, Bernard Bresslaw, Christian Roberts with narration by Peter Ustinov.
Marking 50 years since it was first broadcast, this DVD collection brings together the complete series one and complete series three of the groundbreaking marital comedy Marriage Lines. This hit series, written by Richard Waring (Rings on Their Fingers), is also notable for the sparkling comedic brilliance of its rising young stars, Richard Briers and Prunella Scales. Newly-married George and Kate Starling arrive home from their honeymoon to discover that they've lost their door keys. How they come to meet their new neighbours and events that follow, sets the tone for a series that lovingly explores the perils and pitfalls of love, marriage, anniversaries, petty quarrels and the kind of making-up that's not so hard to do. Fifty years on, it seems like only yesterday as Richard Briers and Prunella Scales find themselves living the result of those Marriage Lines.