Having first disembarked upon Britain's windswept shores in 1973, Iowa-born writer Bill Bryson spent the best part of two decades living among the inhabitants of our small, often charming and occasionally exasperating island. In 1998, inspired by his best-selling book Notes from a Small Island, Bill returned to his adopted country for a humorous and affectionate television safari – conducted over six episodes. This series saw him journeying from Dover to John O'Groats while trying to explain what it was that first attracted him to this land of rain, sweet tea and disagreeable landladies. Between hailing a London cab driven by Stephen Fry, analysing Scouse humour with Alexei Sayle and conversing with Victoria Wood in a Bournemouth beach hut, Bill puts it all into perspective – taking in blue plaques, ballroom dancers, fell runners, cable tossers and churches called St Andrew-by-the-Wardrobe along the way...
Once upon a time, in the small town of Arcata in California, a rich and successful actor made a promise to a young, attractive and vulnerable girl: I shall love you. Look after you. I don't want to hurt you or oppress you, or deny you in any way. But the promise was broken. After being constantly abused and assaulted, the girl left, and the actor fell into a self destructive spiral: drink, no friends, no work. Now, left alone in a shabby basement flat, he is haunted by that promise, the girl to whom he made it, and himself. Oscar winner Anthony Hopkins stars opposite Kate Nelligan in renowned playwright David Mercer's intense, harrowing screenplay, for which producer Peter Willes received a Silver Medal for Outstanding Creative Achievement from the Royal Television Society. First screened as part of ITV s Sunday Night Drama anthology, The Arcata Promise showcases a tour-de-force performance from one of the world's most significant and respected actors.
Released in 1991, THE BONE YARD is a certified cult classic of the VHS era that mixes the bad taste splatter humour of such classics as THE EVIL DEAD and RE-ANIMATOR with enough corpse-shambling thrills and ghoulish chills to make for an essential late night watch. Telling of a living dead outbreak in a coroner's office, THE BONE YARD is a claustrophobic love letter to George A. Romero that inotrduces some original ideas to the well-worn meat-munching trope. With a cast that includes television legend Phyllis Diller and B-movie veteran Ed Nelson (A BUCKET OF BLOOD) and with ertswhile makeup effects genius James Cummins (THE THING) as director - this is one low budget bout of blood-splattered brilliance that more than deserves its HD premiere from 88 Films!! Starring: Ed Nelson, Deborah Rose, Norman Fell Directed by: James Cummins SPECIAL FEATURES: New HD Restoration from the Original Negative Uncompressed LPCM Stereo Soundtrack Optional English Subtitles Audio Commentary with Director James Cummins and Producer Richard F. Brophy Interview with Actress Phyliss Diller Interview with Director James Cummins Interview with Producer Richard F. Brophy Reversible Sleeve with Alternate Comedy Artwork
Described as 'one of the funniest and most entertaining shows on television', this boxset brings together every series to date of the much loved stories of Doc Martin. Starting with the arrival of Doctor Martin Ellingham, a respected surgeon from London, in the small fishing village of Portwenn in Cornwall, this fish out of water soon discovers that small village life can present some very big problems. Get on the wrong side of your receptionist and the world can turn against you. Let that same world know your greatest weakness, and it'll soon be used by those who love you and those who feel less inclined. None of these life lessons are easily learned by a man who is best known for his brusque bedside manner and his absolute lack of interpersonal skills. Portwenn itself is brought to life by its rich array of characters including the formidable Sally Tishell who runs the local chemist, Bert Large and his son Al, local policemen Mark Mylow and Joe Penhale, Doc Martin's aunt Dr Ruth Ellingham and, of course, the primary school teacher who fell for the man they thought had no heart, but she found it, Louisa Glasson who would become Louisa Ellingham. Doc Martin has been bringing a certain kind of joy to viewers around the world since 2004 and this collection of the complete Series One to Nine captures the very essence of why this is 'A tragedy stuck inside a comedy as so many fine British comedies have been at heart' - The Observer
Who doesn't love Lucy? The legendary actress, producer, and comedian steps into the Who Was? spotlight. Much like her hit TV show, I Love Lucy, Americans in the 1950s fell in love with Lucy. Born in New York in 1911, Lucille Ball was always a natural performer. She danced in the chorus of Broadway shows and acted in small parts in Hollywood movies. But Ball's true gift was comedy. She found a way to showcase her gifts in 1951 when CBS gave her the chance to star in a sitcom. She based the show on her life and called it I Love Lucy. Over 60 years later, it is still one of the most loved television shows of all time. Lucille Ball became the first woman to run a major television studio, Desilu, and her comedic genius has kept people laughing for generations. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Tara Sands. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/lili/002209/bk_lili_002209_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
As teens, Teague Blackwell and Wendie Keith starred in a popular television show, The Lost Romance Ranch. It was on the set that they first met, on the set that they first fell in love, and on the set that the two exchanged marriage vows. Fifteen years later, the show's title has taken on even greater meaning. For now Teague and Wendie are separated, with every intention of splitting up for good. Their plans, however, are not unfolding as they'd expected. These days, there's talk of a reunion for the characters on the show. Could a reconciliation for Teague and Wendie be in the script as well? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Laurie Klein. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/bimo/000675/bk_bimo_000675_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Three years ago, I found her drunk on my doorstep, crying over a television show that betrayed her. A year later, we were best friends. She taught me how to laugh, and she set me up on double dates. Sure, I occasionally felt an attraction to her that went far deeper than friendship, but I could pretend it wasn't important. Now she's everything to me. My life has reshaped itself around her. I'm not allowed to want her for more than my best friend. But I do anyway. I want everything from her, and fighting my heart doesn't work anymore. CourtShip is a friends-to-lovers romance novella spanning three years of a changing relationship, written entirely from the hero's point of view. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Michael Fell. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/135235/bk_acx0_135235_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
As America embraces the 1950s, that brash upstart called television is poaching Hollywood's turf, inch by inch. If the studios don't do something drastic, they may lose the battle. When screenwriter Marcus Adler fell afoul of the blacklist, Europe offered sanctuary. Hollywood lures him back, but the specter of Joseph McCarthy forces Marcus to fight for a final chance to clear his name. A charismatic figure rises to intimidate the entire film industry, and Hollywood Reporter Kathryn Massey realizes that she knows a secret that just might topple this self-appointed savior. If Kathryn fails, will her neck land on the chopping block instead? A new kiss-and-tell magazine splashes onto the scene - but it isn't playing by the rules. Gwendolyn Brick figures she doesn't need to worry about a scandal rag until she spots someone lurking around the Garden of Allah during Marilyn Monroe's birthday party. Suddenly, Confidential threatens to expose everything. Tinseltown Confidential is the seventh installment in the Hollywood's Garden of Allah saga. If you like richly woven details, the Golden Age of Hollywood, and characters who come to life, then you'll love Martin Turnbull's captivating historical fiction series. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Daniel David Shapiro. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/096589/bk_acx0_096589_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Tripoli, 1960s: During the years in which post-colonial Libya fell prey to the sprawling greed of the West, Michele Balistreri suffered a succession of blows that would scar him for life. The death of his mother; the unspeakable horror that befell his best friend's family; his father's role in Gaddafi's ascent to power; and the innocent blood pact that would corrupt the course of his future. Rome, 1982: In the wake of a ruinous blunder, a ground-down Commissario Balistreri escapes his regrets through sex, alcohol, and gambling. His sole responsibilities are now a stilted investigation into the death of a South American student, and a tiresome obligation - as a gratitude to the man who saved his career - to a rising television starlet needing protection from the pitfalls of fame. As the risks to this girl, Claudia Teodori, begin to rise along with her reputation, the sorrows of Balistreri's past also start to push back into his present. Both of their fates are inextricably linked - and this driven, obsessive young woman must help this damaged detective fight a foe that follows her and refuses to forget him. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Saul Reichlin. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/qpuk/000145/bk_qpuk_000145_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.