15 of the 'Best of British' new releases on DVD to watch in August

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This rich collection of essential new releases covers a mix of fiction and factual, film and TV, originals and adaptations, new and re-released classics – with one thing in common. They're all British made!

From Judi Dench to Hugh Grant, from Daniel Day Lewis to Penelope Keith, from Norbert Smith to Peter Rabbit, delve in and bag yourself a treat.

 

Nothing Like a Dame

Four actors; four icons; four friends; four national treasures – an octogenerian quartet like no other. Dames Eileen Atkins, Judi Dench, Joan Plowright and Maggie Smith come together and chat about their friendship, lives and careers.

 

Finding Your Feet

Timothy Spall, Joanna Lumley, Imelda Staunton, Celia Imrie, John Sessions and David Hayman star in a feelgood comedy. Two sisters are reunited after years apart. Sandra is a status obsessed snob, whose marriage collapses. She quits her sprawling country pile and moves in with free-spirited activist Bif, who lives in a cramped London council flat. And the fun begins!


Longford

Jim Broadbent stars in Oscar winning director Tom Hooper’s multi award-winning biopic of the controversial British politician Lord Longford, who championed the Moors Murderer Myra Hindley, played by Samantha Morton. Lindsay Duncan stars as Longford’s wife, and Andy Serkis as Morton’s partner-in-crime, Ian Brady.

 

 

100 Years of the RAF

A glorious collection packed with tales of courage and sacrifice to celebrate the Royal Air Force. Narrated by Martyn Lewis, the documentary features extraordinary and unseen historical footage of the two World Wars.

 

 

Spitfire

Although this isn't out until September, if you're interested in war planes or the history of flight, you're going to want to pre-order this title now!

As part of the 100 year celebration of the RAF, this stunning film focuses on the fighter jet that changed history. Charles Dance narrates this epic and intimate film documentary on the plucky RAF aircraft that took on the Luftwaffe and won!

 

 

A Very English Scandal

The BBC mini-series that got the country talking! Hugh Grant acts his socks off in this drama, based on true events. It is the late 1960s, homosexuality has only just been decriminalised, and Jeremy Thorpe, the leader of the Liberal party, has a secret he is desperate to hide.

 

 

Crowhurst

Justin Salinger stars as Donald Crowhurst in the strange portrait of the round-the-world sailor who appears to have been driven to madness in his desire to achieve the impossible in a boat he can’t sail, in a boat he can’t win. A compelling psychodrama that is a fascinating tale of a man and his tragic downfall.

 

 

Phantom Thread

Daniel Day-Lewis gives an impeccable and mesmerising performance (well, what did you expect from the multi Oscar-winner?) as an English fashion designer in 1950s London. He hires a new model and she becomes his lover, and proceeds to disturb, and derange, his secure domestic life with his sister, played by Lesley Manville. A brilliantly unsettling film that is destined for ‘classic’ status.

 

 

Peter Rabbit

Big screen adventures with the lovable rabbit and his friends, in a tale inspired by Beatrix Potter. James Corden is the voice of Peter, the cock leader of the pack, who regularly shows off to his younger sisters (Flopsy, Mopsy and Cotton-tail) and cousin Benjamin. But their daily fun turns topsy turvy when a townie moves onto the farm – and he doesn’t like bunnies.

 

 

Norbert Smith: A Life

Harry Enfield’s hilarious spoof documentary, presented by Melvyn Bragg, about the life and films of fictional actor Norbert Smith. They reminisce about a distinguished acting career that ranged from a whimsical Hamlet to a coveted role as the face of Sudso washing powder.

Norbert’s uncertain recollections, helped along by drink, are accompanied by clips from his greatest hits including It’s Grim Up North, Carry on Banging, Passport to Puddlewitch and Whimsy Galore!

 

The Windsors – Complete

If you’re a fan of Harry Enfield, you’ll also enjoy him as Prince Charles in this highly satirical and hilarious comedy soap opera. It reimagines the members of the royal family as they have never been seen before, drawing on real events and creating fictional mayhem and ooh-la-la TV fun.

The right royal riot contains Series 1 & 2, the Christmas Special and The Royal Wedding Special.

 

 

Bletchley Circle: San Francisco

Rachel Stirling stars in the popular series about four women code-breakers turned crime-solvers in 1952. The series opens with Jean and Millie heading to San Francisco to investigate the murder of a friend.

 

 

Branch Lines of Wiltshire

The definitive film of more than a century of Wiltshire rail travel, based on a book by railway expert Colin Maggs. Explore the old routes of the GWR, and the lines in Chippenham, Calne, Trowbridge and Devizes. If you’re a fan of highly researched social history documentaries, you might also enjoy this full collection of programmes.

 

Executive Stress

Penelope Keith, Geoffrey Palmer and Peter Bowles in a classic BBC sitcom. Mother-of-five Caroline decides to return to work against her husband’s wishes. And ends up working with him!

Contains the complete series.

 

 

Poldark Series 4

Ross and Demelza (and those pesky Warleggans) are back and are as tempestuous and riveting as ever! The 18th century-set drama filmed across the clifftops of Cornwall is not only one of our favourites, but across the pond, Americans are beginning to fall head-over-heels for Aidan Turner, Eleanor Tomlinson, Heidi Reed and Jack Farthing! This dramatic fourth series ends with a finale that will shock you to the core. But have your hanky ready. You’ve been warned…

 

 

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