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Between The Lines : Complete BBC Series 1 [1992] [DVD]
Between The Lines : Complete BBC Series 1 [1992] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Neil Pearson

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Legendary show gets belated release, 5 Sep 2005
Completely agree with the previous reviewer. I too have been waiting years for this to come to DVD.It was at least the equal of it's contemporaries Cracker and Prime Suspect. Brilliantly acted throughout the series never lost the power to shock right through to the bitter end. Lest Ye be Judged is simply one of the most powerful pieces of British drama ever produced. The performance of Michael Angelis as the cop accussed of beating a confession out of a suspect is a revelation. Another highlight is the performance of the late Tony Doyle as Clark's shady boss Deakin. This release will bring some much needed cheer to Autumn. Let's hope we don't have to wait as long for Series 2!!

Lost on Everest: The Search for Mallory and Irvine
Lost on Everest: The Search for Mallory and Irvine
by Peter Firstbrook
Edition: Paperback

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Remarkable story of courage and heroism, 15 Sep 2003
In 1924 Mallory and Irvine were lost making a summit attempt on Everest. Did they reach the summit and perish on their descent? We'll never know but this book puts forward some very interesting evidence to suggest that maybe they did.
One thing that is not in question is the remarkable bravery and fortitude of these men.This is a very affectionate study, mainly of Mallory who is surely one of the great lost heroes of British exploration.Even for someone,like myself, who has no interest in climbing this is a thoroughly gripping and interesting tale that maintains the attention of the reader mainly due to the great character detail the author invests in his work.
If you're looking for a study of one of the most heroic episodes in 20th Century British history then read this book. Then pass it on to someone else to read, because this is a legend that deserves to be kept alive.

Doctor Who - Earthshock [DVD]
Doctor Who - Earthshock [DVD]
Dvd ~ Peter Davison
Price: 6.61

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Davison's Best, 24 Aug 2003
This is an excellent DVD package that will keep fans happy for a month until the next release. Earthshock caused a stir at the time of transmission due to the return of the Cybermen after 7 years absence, a return which the production team managed to keep secret until transmission. The story has stood up well despite being full of glaring plot-holes. The regular cast are all on top form, especially Davison. With the possible exception of Caves of Androzani this is his best performance as the Doctor displaying a touching vulnerability that was missing during the Tom Baker era. There is a great documentary on the disc featuring members of the cast and crew as well as fans of the show discussing Earthsock, the highlight of which is Mark Gattiss of League of Gentlemen on top comic form, though why we need Tory MP Tim Collins telling us The Cybermen were better under a Tory government is quite mystifying. Overall this is probably the best package of the Doctor Who series released so far.

Bottom: Series 1 [DVD] [1991]
Bottom: Series 1 [DVD] [1991]
Dvd ~ Rik Mayall
Offered by jim-exselecky
Price: 5.15

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Riotus fun, 24 Aug 2003
This is a welcome DVD release for the best series of the anarchic comedy. The surrealism of The Young Ones is jettisoned in favour of full-on violence and destruction. Edmondson and Mayall are at their best indulging in antagonistic comradeship. Monty Python this isn't! You can spot a few well known TV faces among the guest stars including the late Brian Glover as Mr Rottweiller in the excellent Gas which is the best ever episode.
If you're looking for subte and intelligent comedy this is not for you-but if you just want to fill an hour or so with riotus belly laughs then look no further.

Doctor Who The Seeds of Doom [VHS] [1976] [1963]
Doctor Who The Seeds of Doom [VHS] [1976] [1963]

14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Baker's Finest, 3 Jun 2003
This story is the highlight of the Tom Baker era and one of the best Dr.Who stories of them all. The Antarctica scenes are well done and the story never sags across six episodes. The transformation scenes are almost painful to watch and the large Krynoid at the end is surprisingly effective.
Scorby (played by John Challis- Boycie from Only Fools and Horses) undergoes genuine character development over the course of the story so that we're almost saddened by his (somewhat gratuitous) demise.
Evoking memories of The Thing From Outer Space this was one of the last truly creepy Doctor Who stories - sublime.

Mrs Slocombe's Pussy: Growing Up in Front of the Telly
Mrs Slocombe's Pussy: Growing Up in Front of the Telly
by Stuart Jeffries
Edition: Paperback
Price: 7.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars All our Yesterdays and then some, 17 Mar 2003
This book certainly brings back memories of some long-forgotten shows and will also make you look at some programmes in a different light. Jeffries writes poigniantly about programmes as varied as Bill and Ben and Brideshead Revisited. His demolition of THE TV News and also Changing Rooms is worth the price of the book alone. Jeffries manages to be funny where appropriate but also hits a sombre note where required. If I have one criticism of this book it is that Jeffries occassionally indulges in academic language and references where it's not required but apart from that a highly readable and enjoyable book.

You Got Nothing Coming
You Got Nothing Coming
by Jimmy Lerner
Edition: Paperback

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant evocation of prison life, 2 July 2002
This review is from: You Got Nothing Coming (Paperback)
This book is simply unputdownable. The wonderful array of colourful, brutal,weird and downright frightening characters is a better cast than any Hollywood prison drama.
Lerner manages to find humanity and even humour in a system where men are both brutal and brutalised.His fascinating journey from terrified new 'fish' to experienced lag using business management strategies for his own survival will keep you gripped from the first page to the last.
What we want now is a sequel showing how Lerner spent the remainder of his time in prison and, if he is now on the outside, how does he adapt to his freedom.
Trust me, after reading this you'll make sure you live your life on the straight and narrow! The best book I'v read this year.

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