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Somewhere at Sea

When Timothy Spall (Secrets & Lies, The Enfield Haunting) one of Britain's best-loved actors, was facing a life-threatening illness, he promised himself that if he survived, he'd take up sailing. The result is a collection of three travelogues, four episodes apiece, of his adventures - Somewhere at Sea, Back at Sea and All At Sea.

Somewhere at Sea is available 29 August 2016 on DVD from Simply Media and follows Timothy and his wife Shane as they navigate around the coast of Britain in a specially built sea-going barge, The Princess Matilda. From Fowey in Cornwall, to Lands End and then onto South Wales, the couple meet local characters and experience the day-to-day adventures of life at sea along the way.



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Chucklevision The Complete Series Two

'To me to you to me you'...a phrase that will bring a chuckle to many generations.

With its catchy theme song Chuckle Vision Chuckle Chuckle Vision and inimitable stars The Chuckle Brothers, Chucklevision was one of the BBC's longest running children's series gracing our screens from 1987 - 2009 and now series one and two of the hilarious, madcap, much loved series arrive on DVD courtesy of Simply Media.

The Chuckle Brothers aka Barry and Paul Elliott are a TV phenomenon, with their unique humour that transcends kids TV to entertain all ages, and in 2008 they received the Special Award at the Children's BAFTAs for their work.

The second series of the wacky and thoroughly entertaining show aired from 1988 - 1989 and now Chucklevision The Complete Series Two, featuring another 13 zany episodes, arrives on DVD on 29 August 2016.

This series sees the boys investigate hobbies, farming and U.F.O.s, celebrate Christmas and the Australian Bicentennial, perform with a symphony orchestra and learn the art of puppetry, invent a robot and observe wildlife... and that's not all!



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The Ambassador

British acting legend Pauline Collins OBE (Shirley Valentine, Dickensien) stars as The Ambassador in this powerful BBC drama from award-winning, BAFTA-nominated Russell Lewis (Inspector Morse, Endeavour), which originally aired in 1998 and now makes its UK DVD premier courtesy of Simply Media.

Harriet Smith is the newly appointed British ambassador to Ireland; recently widowed, this sharp-witted confident woman, holds one of Britain's most coveted and powerful Embassy posts and has unenviable task of quelling the mounting tensions between the two countries. She must perform a delicate balancing act between raising her two teenage sons and the demands of her career.

John Stone (Denis Lawson - Bleak House, Star Wars) is Harriet's determined commercial attache and main aide. But the ever-crafty Stone also works for another master - MI6.

Harriet finds herself in a sinister and dangerous world far removed from the cocktail parties of Downing Street. Entangled in a complicated web of half-truths and withheld information - rife both in and outside of the Embassy walls - Harriet is up against a host of people who would love nothing more than to see her fail.



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Empresses in the Palace

An epic tale of love, betrayal and scandal in Imperial China, Empresses in the Palace, aka The Legend of Zhen Huan, was a huge hit across Asia and now this gripping Chinese TV drama makes its UK DVD debut thanks to Simply Media.

Sun Li, China's 'queen of television', stars as Zhen Huan, a 17-year-old innocent introduced into the imperial court as the latest concubine of Emperor Yong Zheng (Chen Jianbin). Her dreams of a new life of love and prosperity are swiftly dashed as she enters a dog-eat-dog world of treachery and corruption.

Her arrival sparks anger and resentment with Consort Hua (Jiang Xhin), the highest-ranking concubine in the imperial harem and a powerful figure due to the authority of her brother, a prominent general. She must also do battle with the First Empress (Ada Choi), whose own elevated position in the court is under threat.

Amidst all the bitter rivalries and deadly conspiracies, Zhen Huan must summon all her inner strength to protect herself - even from those she once counted as friends. But can she rise to wealth and glory in the Forbidden City without being tainted by corruption?

Shown in China in 2012 as 76 episodes across two seasons, the English version is presented as six sumptuous 90-minute episodes and will be released for the first time in the UK on 15 August 2016.



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The Gingerbread Man

Based on a gripping original story by bestselling thriller writer John Grisham (The Firm), The Gingerbread Man (1998) is tale of murder, madness, revenge and sexual infatuation set in America's Deep South, directed by Oscar-winning Robert Altman (Gosford Park). It arrives on DVD on 15 August 2016 from Odyssey.

Kenneth Branagh (Valkyrie) stars as cocky Savannah lawyer Rick Magruder, who falls for waitress Mallory Doss (Embeth Davidtz - Schindler's List) who is being stalked by her cult leader father, Dixon (Robert Duvall - The Godfather). With help from private eye Clyde Pell (Robert Downey Jr - Iron Man), his acerbic PA Lois (Daryl Hannah - Kill Bill) and Mallory's ex-husband Pete (Tom Berenger - Platoon), Rick succeeds in getting Dixon institutionalised. But when Dixon escapes, Rick is forced to go on the run as he fights to clear his name - and save his life. But just who can he trust? And has the legal hotshot been played for a fool?



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Grace of My Heart

Inspired by the life of internationally renowned singer songwriter Carole King, acclaimed feature film Grace of My Heart, arrives on DVD on 15 August 2016, following hot on the heels of Carole's hugely successful concert in Hyde Park, her first performance in London in 30 years. With the successful smash hit Broadway show Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, still selling out in London's West End, Carole's star continues to shine brightly.

Featuring a stellar cast, a stunning soundtrack and Martin Scorsese as executive producer, Grace of My Heart hits all the right notes as it charts the inspirational story of a female singer-songwriter's struggle to make her mark in the dynamic American music scene of the 60s and 70s.

Set at the time when prodigiously talented singer-songwriters were fighting for recognition in a tough, male-dominated music industry, Grace of My Heart traces the 'long and winding road' to stardom of Denise Waverly (Illeana Douglas - Six Feet Under), whose songs bring fame to other people - until she finds her own voice. This influential story also stars Eric Stoltz (Mask), Patsy Kensit (Absolute Beginners), Bridget Fonda (Single White Female), Matt Dillon (Crash) and John Turturro (Barton Fink).



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10 Extraordinary True Stories

Starring screen legends Meryl Streep (The Devil Wears Prada) and Donald Sutherland (Don't Look Now) alongside Matthew Fox (Lost), Lloyd Bridges (Airplane!), Shannen Doherty (Charmed) and William Devane (Interstellar), 10 Extraordinary True Stories is a fantastic collection of films based on fascinating real life events, which arrives in a stunning 10-disc set on 15 August 2016.

The films include First Do No Harm (1996) where Meryl Streep stars as Lori Reimuller who takes on the medical establishment in a battle to save her son who suffers from epileptic fits, Freefall - Flight 174 (1995) which stars William Devane as Captain Bob Pearson who must attempt to land an airliner when it runs out of fuel at 41,000 feet, and Behind the Mask (1995) where Dr Bob Shushan (Donald Sutherland) tries to find a role in society for James (Matthew Fox), the disturbed and withdrawn young man who saved him from a heart attack. The other films are Deadly Whispers (1995), Sharing the Secret (2000), Gone in the Night (1996), Death in the Shadows (1998), The Other Woman (1995), (1999), To Live For (1999) and Trial By Fire (1995).



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Boy Meets Girl Series Two and Series 1 & 2 Box Set

FOLLOWING THE success of the hilarious, first ever transgender rom-com Boy Meets Girl, it returns for a second series. Boy Meets Girl Series 2 is set for a DVD release, after its run on BBC Two, courtesy of RLJ Entertainment's Acorn Label, alongside the box set release of Boy Meets Girl Series 1 and 2 on 15th August 2016.

Having declared their enduring love for one another, Leo (Harry Hepple - Criminal) and Judy (Rebecca Root - The Danish Girl) are now co-habiting - albeit at Peggy's (Janine Duvitski - Benidorm) - and making plans for a future together. Their respective families are very supportive but cannot help sticking their noses in and causing chaos.



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