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Plays for Britain: The Complete Series

Synopsis
Thames Television series which was first broadcast in the mid-1970s, featuring six contemporary plays by writers then at relatively early stages in their careers. Stephen Poliakoff’s HITTING TOWN is an intense portrayal of siblings who find refuge from their bleak lives in one incestuous night; Roger McGough’s The LIFE SWAPPERS is a darkly comic take on the theme of exchanged identities; Howard Brenton’s The PARADISE RUN centres on an inexperienced soldier in Northern Ireland at the height of the Troubles. Among the performers are Kevin McNally, Pete Postlethwaite, Denis Lawson, Sheila Gish, Miriam Margolyes and Ray Winstone; directors include Alan Clarke, Philip Savile and Michael Apted.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Year of release
2013
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
realism; television drama

Credits

Director
Alan Clarke; Jim Goddard; Leslie Blair; Michael Apted; Peter Gill; Philip Saville
Writer
Brian Glover; Henry Livings; Howard Brenton; Roger McGough; Roy Minton; Stephen Poliakoff
Cast
Denis Lawson 
Kevin McNally 
Miriam Margolyes 
Pete Postlethwaite 
Ray Winstone 

Distribution Formats

Type
DVD
Format
Region 2 PAL
Price
£19.99
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
325 minutes
Year
2013

Sections

Title
Paradise Run, The
Synopsis
A young soldier finds he is ill-prepared for life in a strife-torn city.

Title
Life Swappers, The
Synopsis
Trevor answers an unusual ad in the local paper. Is a change really as good as a rest?

Title
Sunshine in Brixton
Synopsis
Sixteen-year-old Otis hates school - but a new sports teacher offers him a little hope.

Title
Hitting Town
Synopsis
Ralph tries to cheer up his sister by suggesting a night on the town.

Title
Fast Hands
Synopsis
Jimmy is a gifted young boxer, but neither parents nor girlfriend share his enthusiasm.

Title
Shuttlecock
Synopsis
Sam likes his children to be grown-up; that proves difficult for nine-year-old Harry.

Distributor

Name

Network

Email
shop@networkonair.com
Web
http://networkonair.com/ External site opens in new window
Phone
01992 657707
Address
19-20 Blythe Road
Berghem Mews
Hammersmith
London
W14 0HN
Notes
Founded in 1997, Network specialises in distributing niche television programmes, predominantly licensed from Granada Ventures and Fremantle. They have recently branched into feature film distribution. Sale via retail outlets or direct via Network’s website, which has some’web exclusive’ offers.

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