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Doomwatch

Groundbreaking classic British sci-fi series Doomwatch originally aired on the BBC from 1970 - 1972 and at its peek, attracted in excess of 13.6 million viewers and spawned two film adaptations. Although in huge demand, it has never before been available on DVD, until now... Thanks to Simply Media Doomwatch Series 1-3 makes its long awaited DVD debut.

Not all of the episodes made it but the ones that still exist come to DVD as Doomwatch Series 1-3 The Remaining Episodes on 4 April 2016. The available episodes will be released in a stunning seven-disc box set, together with unseen episode 'Sex and Violence' and the BBC documentary 'The Cult of Doomwatch'.

The cult series is the brainchild of Kit Pedler and Gerry Davis, the men responsible for Doctor Who's iconic Cybermen, and follows government agency The Department of Measurement of Scientific Work AKA Doomwatch, as they fight to protect mankind from all manner of horrifying technology and experiments gone wrong.



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The Children of Green Knowe

When his father and stepmother leave the country for Christmas, young Toseland (Alec Christie - The Office) is doomed to spend the holidays at his boarding school, until his eccentric great-grandmother, Mrs. Oldknow (Daphne Oxenford - Coronation Street), invites him to stay with her at The Green Knowe estate, an 11th century house built by Normans. While she tells him stories of his ancestors, Toseland soon finds out not everything is what it seems, when he begins to see the spirits of children who lived in the house during the reign of Charles II.

Originally screened in 1986 but never released on DVD, The Children of Green Knowe is a charming and mystical classic children's mini-series adapted from Lucy M. Boston's novels. BAFTA winner Colin Cant (Moondial) directed the series, alongside BAFTA winning producer Paul Stone (The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe). It makes its DVD debut on 28 March 2016 courtesy of Simply Media.

The Manor of Green Knowe is open to the public, details here: greenknowe.co.uk.



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Stalky & Co.

Based on the novel written by the legendary Nobel Prize winner Rudyard Kipling, Stalky & Co. is a six-part BBC drama series that makes its UK DVD debut on 28 March 2016 courtesy of Simply Media.

Following Kipling's own experiences as a boy, the series is a coming of age tale of three roguish boys Stalky (Robert Addie - Robin Hood), M'Turk (Robert Burbage - Mansfield Park) and Beetle (David Parfitt - Shakespeare in Love), at a Victorian English public school. Bursting with revenge, bullying, violence and with a seemingly unending supply of practical jokes to frustrate their long-suffering schoolmasters, will the three pranksters eventually find their match?

This fun and entertaining drama from 1982 is produced by Daytime Emmy winner and BAFTA nominee Barry Letts (Doctor Who) and directed by Rodney Bennett (Z Cars).



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The Missing Postman

Forced to take early retirement, postman Clive Peacock (James Bolam - Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads?) takes a spur of the moment decision to deliver his last mail collection by hand. Mounting his trusty bicycle, he sets off on an adventure all around Britain, delivering each letter personally. Pursued by the police and glorified by the media, he becomes both a fugitive and a reluctant hero.

Produced by Golden Globe and triple BAFTA winner Gareth Neame (Downton Abbey), The Missing Postman is a hilarious but poignant two-part mini-series that won Best BBC Comedy Drama at the British Comedy Awards in 1997. The stellar cast also includes Jim Carter (Downton Abbey), Alison Steadman (Gavin and Stacey), Larry Lamb (Eastenders) and renowned singer Barbara Dickson.

It makes its DVD debut on 28 March 2016 courtesy of Simply Media.



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Speed Sisters

Life on the West Bank is tough, but despite a tangle of roadblocks and checkpoints, a thriving street car-racing scene has emerged. And at the heart of it is a group of five brave, bold and fearless women, the Speed Sisters, the first all-women racing car drivers in the Middle East.

Grabbing headlines and turning heads at improvised tracks across the West Bank, these five women have sped their way into the centre of the gritty, male-dominated Palestinian racing world. Weaving together their lives on and off the track, SPEED SISTERS, is an award-winning, feature documentary from Amber Fares. Chosen for the official selection at Hot Docs, Doc NYC and Sheffield Doc Fest it comes to UK cinemas and on-demand on 25 March 2016 courtesy of Dogwoof.

Offering a release from the pressures and uncertainties of life under military occupation, the races take place at improvised tracks - a vegetable market, an old helicopter pad, a security academy. The fanfare and rivalry between cities brings spectators out in droves, lining rooftops and leaning over barricades to snap photos of their favourite drivers and to catch final times on the scoreboard.

Brought together by a common desire to live life on their own terms, five determined women - Marah, Betty, Noor, Mona and Maysoon - have joined the ranks of dozens of male drivers, competing against each other for the title, and to prove that women can go head to head with the guys.

With a character-driven narrative, tyre-screeching racing scenes and a dynamic Middle Eastern indie music soundtrack, SPEED SISTERS offers a surprising look into what it takes to go further and faster than anyone thought you could.



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Arabella

Making a mockery of Italian and English stereotypes, the timeless 1967 film Arabella follows the good-intentioned efforts of its sultry namesake Arabella Danesi, played by the winner of 24 International film awards Virna Lisi (Latin Lover) as she attempts to save her grandmother Princess Ilaria (Margaret Rutherford - Castle In The Air) from crippling tax debts.

Using her womanly charms to con several men to part with their money, including General Sir Horace Gordon, Duke Pietro Moretti, a hotel manager and an insurance manager - all played by British comedian Terry-Thomas (Strange Bedfellows), Arabella expertly brings together European cinema and British humor and arrives on DVD in the UK for the first time on 21 March 2016.



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Occupied

From the makers of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and best-selling author Jo Nesbo comes the new Nordic sensation, political suspense thriller Occupied (Okkupert). Currently screening on Sky Arts as its top rated programme, this action-packed hit drama arrives on Blu-ray and DVD courtesy of Dazzler Media.

Set in the not so distant future where climate change has brought Europe to the brink of war, Henrik Mestad (Lilyhammer) stars as environmentally friendly prime minister Jasper Berg. He has convinced his voters that the best way to tackle climate change is to halt all oil production in Norway, sending the country and the rest of the world into crisis.

Unable to ignore calls from the rest of the world to intervene, Russia, at the behest of the EU, stages a 'silk-glove' invasion - to secure the oil for the rest of the world. They have, they say, every intention of retreating once this has been accomplished. But it's not long before events unfold that threaten to change everything.

Based on an idea by Jo Nesbo (Headhunters), this gripping, multi-layered 10-part series examines what happens to a nation under occupation, and explores the themes of loyalty to oneself, one's family and one's country. It comes to Blu-ray and DVD as Occupied Season 1 on 21 March 2016.



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Murder

The innovative single drama Murder: Joint Enterprise, helmed by Birger Larsen - the director behind critically acclaimed Danish series The Killing, garnered a BAFTA award when it aired on the BBC Two and now, following the same unique format, the programme returns with three brand new films. They will air on BBC Two in March followed by a DVD release courtesy of RLJ Entertainment's Acorn Label.

Rich in forensic and psychological detail and with unique depth of characterisation, each of the films picks apart a murder in its terrible complexity. Murder The Complete Series comes to DVD on 21 March 2016 with the original Murder: Joint Enterprise on a bonus disc.

The stories dig deep into character and motive to unearth the hidden truths behind the riverside killing of a Scottish doctor; the disappearance of a wealthy philanthropist from her lover's home; and the cold-blooded murder of an off-duty policeman, in: The Third Voice directed by Birger Larsen, Lost Weekend directed by Paul Wright (For Those in Peril) and The Big Bang directed by Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard (Neil Gaiman's Likely Stories).



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