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An Actor's Life For Me

An Actor's Life for Me is a British sitcom starring a stand out cast including John Gordon Sinclair (Gregory's Girl), Victor Spinetti (A Hard Day's Night) and Gina McKee (Notting Hill). Written by The Vicar of Dibley's co-writer Paul Mayhew-Archer, and based on a hit Radio 4 series, it originally aired in 1991. Robert Neilson (Sinclair) is a struggling actor, desperate to hit the big time, however unrealistic his ambitions are and never quite achieves the dizzy heights he aspires to. With the help of his incompetent agent Desmond Shaw (Spinetti), he tries to secure the romantic lead opposite Kim Basinger, attempts to play a corpse while suffering from a cold and when starring as a transvestite in a sex farce, he tries to convince his long suffering fiancée Sue Bishop's (McKee) parents that he's in The Importance of Being Ernest, with hilarious results.



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Born to Run

Born to Run was first broadcast by the BBC in 1997 and includes an award-winning cast including Billie Whitelaw (Hot Fuzz), Keith Allen (Shalllow Grave), Crissy Rock (Benidorm), and Terence Rigby (Tomorrow Never Dies). This six-part drama series follows the trials and tribulations of the wealthy Flitch family. Father Burke (Rigby) has promised his son Byron (Allen) a stake in his classic car business but now insists he must work hard to earn it. The story unfolds with the turmoil of Burke's sudden illness, leading to the collapse of his marriage and a family squabble for control of his business.



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In The Red

This three-part black comedy was first broadcast on the BBC in 1998 and features an all star cast including Richard Griffiths (Harry Potter), Sally Phillips (Bridget Jones's Diary), Warren Clarke (Poldark) and Stephen Fry (QI). A spate of bank manager murders has London in turmoil, and the serial killer has chosen a radio reporter to confess his crimes. Everything points to the lead singer of a rock band known for their ‘In the Red’ songs, but all is not what it seems.



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Diana

A young Patsy Kensit (Absolute Beginners) features in this classic 1980s drama adapted from two novels by R.F. Delderfield. Set in 1920s post-war Britain, Diana follows the class mismatch and intertwining lives of Jan Leigh (Kevin McNally - Pirates of the Caribbean), a poor country lad, and Diana (Jenny Seagrove - Judge John Deed) , the untamable daughter of a rich landowner. This 10-part series was originally broadcast in 1984.



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Armadillo

Armadillo is a British thriller directed by Howard Davies and based on the 1998 novel by William Boyd, featuring an all-star cast including Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey), Tom Hiddleston (Avengers Assemble) and James Frain (The Tudors). This gripping six-part TV series originally screened in 2001 and follows Lorimer Black (Frain), a successful insurance loss adjuster, whose gypsy family continuously borrow money from him. Lorimer finds himself investigating a suspicious hotel fire that may be linked to a large scale of fraud within his own company.



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Looking After Jojo

Looking After Jo Jo is a gritty four-part drama series set in 1980s Edinburgh and stars Trainspotting's Robert Carlyle and Kevin Mckidd. The story follows Jo Jo (Carlyle) who is trapped by the bleak edgy climate of drug abuse. Seen as a hero on the council estate, Jo Jo develops from a petty thief into a drug dealer as he finds his feet and gains power in this moving series.



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Casanova

Federico Fellini's most sumptuous and dark production, the daringly visual and imaginatively designed Casanova is renowned as one of the greatest films of the 1970s. Celebrated for its production values, costume design and Nino Rota's haunting score, Casanova charts the nobleman's search for happiness that leads his road to tragedy. Breaking through the myth of Giacomo Casanova, Donald Sutherland (MASH, The Hunger Games) portrays the notorious womaniser in his waning days, engaging in various amorous and political adventures. Casanova craves respect as a scholar and yearns to pursue his interest in alchemy. A sex scandal lands him in prison, but an escape to Paris provides him a new lease of life. Yet every court in Europe and its attendant patrons and hostesses will only entertain him if he lives up to his reputation in the ritual displays of sex and courtship which form part of the daily life of 18th Century Europe.



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The Hourglass Sanatorium

Wojciech Has' cinematic universe of byzantine sets, hallucinatory images and galleries of grotesque characters is brought to life in his pychadelic masterpiece The Hourglass Sanatorium. Adapted from a collection of short stories by Polish-Jewish writer Bruno Schulz, and funded by the Polish Arts Council, this beautifully re-mastered edition dispenses with traditional narrative, fashioning an audiovisual mosaic that blurs the line between reality and fantasy. Set in the pre-World War II era, a young man named Joseph (Jan Nowicki - Tulips, Spirala) visits a strange dilapidated Sanatorium to see his dying father Jakob (Tadeusz Konrat - Adventure in Marienstadt, Zawilosci Uczuc). Upon arrival he finds a hospital crumbling into ruin, where time is slowed down in order to maintain his father's life signs. Joseph must venture through the many rooms of the sanatorium, each filled with sinsiter worlds conjured from his memories, dreams and nightmares.



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