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Doctor Who: Power of the Daleks - Out November.

Dr Who DVD

50 years ago, one of Doctor Who's most significant and celebrated stories had its one and only broadcast. It has never been seen since. The story is not only considered one of the finest in the series' history, it was also the debut of the Second Doctor, Patrick Troughton. Although the tapes were lost long ago, now, with the help of surviving photographs and footage, BBC Worldwide are delighted to announce that a brand new black and white animation, accompanied by an original audio recording, will be released 50 years to the day after the story’s original broadcast. Episode one of The Power of the Daleks will be available to buy from BBC Store on Saturday 5th November, and the remaining episodes will be released over the following five days. Available to Buy, Download & Keep from 5th November. Exclusive to BBC Store until 14th November.

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The Animals of Farthing Wood - Out October.


When the bulldozers move in, the inhabitants of Farthing Wood know it's time to move on. Rallied by the firm-but-fair Fox, they set out on their long journey towards the sanctuary of White Deer Park – a journey fraught with danger. Based on the best-selling books by Colin Dann, The Animals of Farthing Wood captivated both children and adults alike with its tale of a group of wild animals driven out of their woodland home by urban developers. With notably strong characters and storylines, the series pulled no punches in depicting the animals' struggle for survival amid conflict, predation and the harshness of the elements in a world in which joy and tragedy exist side by side. This globally successful, BAFTA-nominated show ran for three series of 39 episodes, all of which are included in this set. Available: 03/10/2016

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The Bretts - Expected: 31/12/2016

The Bretts DVD

Chronicling the fortunes of four generations of a London theatrical family through the 1920s and '30s, The Bretts ran for two memorably successful series during the late 1980s. An Upstairs Downstairs of the theatrical set, it stars Norman Rodway as the effusive, charismatic Charles Brett and Barbara Murray as his strong-willed wife Lydia. With scripts from veteran screenwriters Rosemary Ann Sisson, Bill Craig, Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran, this set features both acclaimed series. It's 1927, and thespians Charles and Lydia Brett are at the peak of their careers. Intending to capitalise on their success by acquiring their own theatre, will this bid for creative freedom ensure their family's theatrical legacy?

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Sink or Swim - Available: 03/10/2016

Sink or Swim DVD

Doctor Who star Peter Davison headlines this well-remembered BBC sitcom, starring alongside BAFTA-winning Hustle stalwart Robert Glenister in his TV debut. They play brothers Brian and Steve Webber, whose attempt to strike out in business involves a soggy narrowboat and a dubious decision to ply the Thameside tourist trade. Unfortunately, Steve is as loutish and lazy as Brian is charming and ambitious – and the latter finds both his enthusiasm and his relationship with idealistic girlfriend Sonia severely hampered by his brother's persistent presence! Scripted by Alex Shearer, creator of The Two of Us, Sink or Swim is a much-sought-after comedy. This set contains all three series.

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Trollied - Available October 2016

Trollied DVD

A massive success for Sky One, this hit sitcom from the writers and producers of Shameless, The IT Crowd and The Office stars BAFTA winner Jason Watkins, Sarah Parish, Stephen Tompkinson, Miriam Margolyes, Jane Horrocks and Mark Addy in an ongoing saga of beleaguered managers, oddball checkout staff and unsatisfied customers at Valco, a fictional north-west supermarket. This set contains all five series and all three Christmas specials - alongside a wealth of special features, including behind the scenes featurettes, video diaries and outtakes.

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Television Heaven Recommends - Off The Box.

A round up of the latest non-TV related DVD releases.

VIP: As the subject of a This Is Your Life-style television show, eminent aviation scientist Sir Ernest Pease revisits his wartime experience on a secret reconnaissance mission which ended abruptly when the bomber he was testing was downed over Germany. Captured and held in a prisoner of war camp, Pease found himself among a motley, relentlessly optimistic group of RAF officers, who were tireless in helping their brilliant but ill-tempered fellow prisoner carry out his audacious escape plan! James Robertson Justice, Leslie Phillips, Stanley Baxter, Eric Sykes, John Le Mesurier and St Trinians legend Richard Wattis feature in this raucous early-sixties PoW escapade directed by Ken Annakin and co-written by Jack Davies – both Oscar-nominated for Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines. Based on real-life events during World War II, Very Important Person (re-titled A Coming Out Party for its US release) is featured here in a brand-new transfer from the original film elements, in its original aspect ratio.

All The Way Up: Fred Midway will do anything to climb to the top of the corporate tree, and he's equally keen to bump up his family's social status. When his aspirations suffer various setbacks, Fred even manages to turn a desperate situation to his advantage… only to be blackmailed by his own son – a real chip off the old block! Till Death Us Do Part's Warren Mitchell heads an outstanding cast as an ambitious but none-too-bright salesman in this sharply scripted comedy of workplace deviousness and one-upmanship. Based on BAFTA nominee David Turner's 1962 stage hit Semi-Detached, All the Way Up is presented here in a brand-new transfer from the original film elements in its as-exhibited theatrical aspect ratio.

Set amongst London’s Easy End Jazz clubs of the sixties, All Night Long tells the story of Johnny Cousin (Patrick McGoohan - The Prisoner), a manipulative and treacherous drummer with his eye on drawing a Jazz diva out of retirement for his own ends. Jealousy, passion and brooding menace all feature heavily in this moody classic which co-stars an impressive ensemble cast including Keith Michell (The Six Wives of Henry VIII), Betsy Blair (Marty) and Richard Attenborough (The League of Gentlemen), as well as showcasing premiere Jazz musicians of the fifties and sixties, including Johnny Scott, John Dankworth, Tubby Hayes and the legendary Charles Mingus.