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Pompidou

LITTLE BRITAIN's Matt Lucas is Pompidou, in this superb visual comedy series about an elderly oddball aristocrat who has fallen on hard times. It originally aired on BBC One and Netflix, and now Pompidou makes its DVD debut thanks to RLJ Entertainment's Acorn Label.

In a clapped-out old caravan parked in front of his now crumbling estate lives Pompidou, a tubby, pompous, penniless, yet ultimately lovable aristocrat, kept company by his long-serving and loyal butler Hove (Alex Macqueen - The Inbetweeners) and his devoted Afghan Hound Marion. But when there's no food and no money, or no heat and no money; or no money and no money, what's a man like Pompidou to do?

He tries the lottery or searches for an antique; he takes on a blind date or empties his cupboards for a jumble sale. But whatever he does, Pompidou embraces a whole new world or laughter as he tries to turn his life around - without being naughty... very naughty.

Created by Matt Lucas, alongside Julian Dutton (Chucklevision) and Ashley Blaker (The Matt Lucas Awards), this endearing slapstick comedy comes to DVD on 12 October 2015, complete with an array of excellent special features including Behind the Scenes and Bloopers.



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The Green Man

British acting great Albert Finney stars as a slimy hotel owner in The Green Man, a gripping ghostly BBC Two mini series from 1990, which comes to DVD courtesy of Simply Media.

Maurice Allington (Finney - Skyfall, The Gathering Storm) is the promiscuous and alcoholic owner of a quaint British bed-and-breakfast hotel, the Green Man Inn. In the hope of attracting customers, when he's not trying to seduce them, Allington keeps his guests entertained with tales of ghosts and spirits haunting his hotel, spreading rumours that the ghost of a notorious 17th century occult scientist haunts it. But he and his guests are in for a shock when they realise that the hotel is possessed by some very real and malevolent other-worldly spirits.

At times a sexual farce, at others a ghostly thriller, this BAFTA winning extraordinary three-part series is based on the Kingsley Amis 1969 satirical novel of the same name. Starring Linda Marlowe (Eastenders, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), Sarah Berger (Murphy's Law, Castles), Nicky Henson (Syriana, Downton Abbey) and Josie Lawrence (Whose Line is it Anyway?, Fat Friends), it makes its DVD debut on 5 October 2015.



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An Englishman's Castle

An Englishman’s Castle (1978) starring Kenneth More (Father Brown), Isla Blair (Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade) and Anthony Bate (Tinker, Tailor, Solider Spy), is set in an alternate 1970s on an Earth where Germany won the Second World War and is now occupying England. Peter Ingram (More) is the lead writer of a popular soap opera set in Blitz-era London, and knowingly turns a blind eye to the local Nazi rule, opting for the easy life. But when faced with the stark reality of the situation Peter has a difficult decision to make.



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Chandler & Co. Series 1 & 2

When Dee Chandler Tate (Barbara Flynn - Miss Potter) and her former sister-in-law Elly (Catherine Russell - Holby City) set up a private detective agency, they have no idea what a dramatic turn their lives will take. Chandler and Co. Series 1 & 2 charts adventures of the rookie detectives and originally aired from 1994 to 1995. It also stars Peter Capaldi (The Thick of It) and Susan Fleetwood (The Buddha of Suburbia) as Chandler's partner in the second series.



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A Picture Of Katherine Mansfield

Katherine Mansfield was a modernist writer known for her short stories. Having been brought up in New Zealand, Mansfield left for London when she was 15 but her life was cut tragically short when she died of tuberculosis aged just 34. A Picture of Katherine Mansfield tells her story in this magnetic series in which each episode includes a dramatisation of a moment in Mansfield's fascinating life and an adaptation of one of her short stories. Vanessa Redgrave (Julia) stars as Mansfield, alongside Jeremy Brett (Sherlock Holmes) and Annette Crosbie (One Foot in the Grave) in this 1973 drama co-written by Robin Chapman (Dalziel and Pascoe).



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3 1/2 Minutes, Ten Bullets

Two cars. 10 bullets. Two lives irrevocably changed. All within 3 1/2 Minutes. The tragic tale of 17-year-old Jordan Davis and an argument over loud music from a car containing a group of black teenagers, that escalated in a flash into shots being fired is told in 3 1/2 Minutes, Ten Bullets.

The fallout of the senseless killing and the subsequent trial of middle-aged white man Michael Dunn is charted in this riveting documentary released in cinemas on 2 October 2015 by Dogwoof.

Awarded a Special Jury Award at Sundance 2015, 3 1/2 Minutes, Ten Bullets directed by Marc Silver (Who Is Dayani Cristal?), is an unflinching look at racism and violence in the USA and how it impacts ordinary families and young black lives. Blending police interrogation footage, real-life courtroom drama, reconstructions of the incident in a garage forecourt alongside moving and intimate interviews with Jordan Davis' parents, the film tells this powerful tale looking at the local implications and its effects on the families and a community. But it also tells a wider story about racism, prejudice and the search for justice within the American judicial system.



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Get Well Soon

Get Well Soon is a fantastic six-part sitcom, based on how the powerhouse writing team, Ray Galton and Alan Simpson, the men behind Steptoe & Son and Hancock's Half Hour, first met in a Tuberculosis Sanatorium in 1947. It features an all-star cast including Eddie Marsan (Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell), Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey), Anita Dobson (Eastenders) and Robert Bathurst (Cold Feet). Roy Osborne (Matthew Cottle - Game On) is admitted to hospital for tuberculosis, for what he thinks will be a short stay, but ends up facing a much longer stay and befriends roommate Brian Clapton (Marsan). The pair must contend with a meddling matchmaking mother, an international espionage investigation, attempts to woo the female patients and a murder plot.



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Microbes and Men

First broadcasted in 1974, the BAFTA nominated drama series Microbes and Men starring Arthur Lowe (Dad's Army), James Grout (Inspector Morse) and Michael Gough (Batman) follows one of the most important and influential scientific researches of The Germ Theory. This six-part drama gives a moving account of the founders of medicine following its revolutionary impact in the 19th Century.



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