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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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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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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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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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A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon

In this iconic coming-of-age story, Jimmy Reardon (River Phoenix - Stand By Me) spends his days hanging out and womanising with friend Fred Roberts (Matthew Perry - Friends) in the 1988 classic A Night In The Life Of Jimmy Reardon.

As the end of high school looms nearer, Jimmy faces two equally dauting life choices - either go to the business school his overbearing father (Paul Koslo - Vanishing Point) is pressuring him to attend, or elope to Hawaii with his girlfriend Lisa Bentwright (Meredith Salenger - Lake Placid).

Following Jimmy through a night of lust, friendship and bad decisions, this heartwarming and genuine account of teenage discovery is relatable across the ages.



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A Kiss Before Dying

Seeking wealth and status, university student Jonathan Corliss (Matt Dillon -There's Something About Mary) doesn't let anyone get in his way on his quest for the high life in the thrilling 1991 film noir A Kiss Before Dying which comes to DVD for the first time in the UK on 21 March 2016.

After seducing the gullible Dorothy Carlsson (Sean Young - Blade Runner) Jonathan appears to have the perfect in-road to the inheritance of her father - local copper refinery owner Thor Carlsson (Max von Sydow - Star Wars: The Force Awakens).

After realising Dorothy's accidental pregnancy will jeopardise relations with her ultra-rich family, Jonathan murders her and pursues the next option to get his hands on the Carlsson fortune - Dorothy's twin sister Ellen (Sean Young), who has promised to prove her sister's death was not a suicide, or to die trying.



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A Man Called Gannon

A seasoned cowboy takes a young tender-foot under his wing in this compelling, action-packed western from 1968.

Gannon (Anthony Franciosa - A Face in the Crowd) is a lone drifter on the Kansas plains, he never looks for any trouble because trouble always manages to find him. When he takes on Jess (Michael Sarrazin - They Shoot Horses, Don't They?) a young Eastern pupil and teaches him the ways of the cowboy, the two end up in conflict with Beth (Judi West - The Fortune Cookie) a local widow, when she desires to erect a barbed wire fence to corral the cattle. And when Matty (Susan Oliver - Peyton Place), the local hooker with a heart of gold turns up, Beth must compete for Gannon's heart.

This thrilling feature also stars John Anderson (Psycho) and Gavin MacLeod (The Love Boat) and comes to DVD on 21 March 2016 courtesy of Simply Media.



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