Four exciting DVDs from BBC's archives coming our way in 2018

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From vintage ghost stories and epic historical drama, to heart-warming drama and nostalgic children’s favourites, these four classics, which were thought to be lost forever, had audiences spellbound when they were first broadcast. And we can’t wait to get our hands on them again!

Eagle of the Ninth: The Complete Series (1977)

Anthony Higgins | Eagle of the Ninth | BBC | BBC Drama | The Eagle | Channing Tatum | Jamie Bell | Rosemary Sutcliff | Historical Fiction

An epic historical adventure for all the family, based on one of the greatest mysteries in British history, and adapted from Rosemary Sutcliff’s bestselling children’s novel.

Set around 117AD, Anthony Higgins starred as the series protagonist, the young and ambitious Roman Officer Flavius Aquila Marcus. Alongside his freed ex-slave Esca, and disguised as a Greek doctor, he begins a daring quest to the other side of Hadrian’s Wall to unravel the mystery of what happened to his father’s legion, the Ninth Legion, where four thousand men appeared to disappear without a trace. He also seeks to recover and bring back the bronze eagle standard that was a symbol of the Legion’s honour, the Eagle of the Ninth.

The Eagle of the Ninth | Anthony Higgins | Eagle of the Ninth | BBC | BBC Drama | The Eagle | Channing Tatum | Jamie Bell | Rosemary Sutcliff | Historical Fiction

Fascinating fact: The Eagle of the Ninth is based on the truth myth of the mysterious disappearance of Rome’s Ninth Legion in Britain, and the discovery of a bronze Roman eagle unearthed in Silchester in 1866, which fascinated author Sutcliff.

First broadcast by BBC Scotland on the Sunday night prime-time drama slot in 1977, The Eagle of the Ninth has since been praised as the most faithful adaptation of Sutcliff’s best-known novel, even more so than the 2011 adaptation The Eagle, starring Jamie Bell and Channing Tatum.

Release Date: 15th January 2018



Ghost in the Water (1982)

Ghost in the Water  | BBC | BBC One | Ghost Story | Ghost Story for Christmas | Box of Delights | Rennie Rye | Edward Chitham | Geoffrey Case

On New Year’s Eve in 1982, BBC One took a risk by showing a chilling and mysterious vintage ghost story to families. But it was a risk that paid off, and watching ghostly tales at Christmas time has since become a staple part of families’ festive viewing. Adapted from Edward Chitham’s spooky novel by BAFTA-winner Geoffrey Case, the story plays out as part period drama, part horror and part mystery.

When teenager Tess is possessed by a woman from 1860 over a century after her death, and begins experiencing memories that are not her own, she and her classmate David investigate the mysterious circumstances surrounding the woman’s death.

The authorities recorded the death as a suicide, a mortal sin leading to the woman’s spirit living on through Tess in torment. Tess and David must prove the death was an accident to finally allow the woman’s soul to be put to rest, and free Tess from her nightmarish visions.

We’re in safe hands as this was directed by Renny Rye, known for acclaimed supernatural thrillers such as Box of Delights, and mysteries including Agatha Christie’s Poirot and Midsomer Murders.

Release Date: 5th February 2018



Real Women Series 1 and 2 (1998)

Real Women | Susan Oudot | BBC | BBC Drama | Coronation Street | Gwyneth Strong | Pauline Quirke | Frances Barber | Lesley Manville | Phil Davies

The heart-warming BBC drama about friendship and hardship based on the novels by Coronation Street writer Susan Oudot, and starring some of Britain’s finest acting talent including: Gwyneth Strong, Pauline Quirke, Frances Barber and Lesley Manville.

Five friends from North London grew up together before going their separate ways. Twenty years on and now in their thirties, they reunite for the first time at their friend Susie’s wedding. But each of the friends is going through a personal crisis they would rather keep hidden from the others, and by the end of the wedding celebrations they will learn more about each other than they ever thought possible.

Series two continues a year after the wedding. Now approaching forty, each of the five friends finds themselves facing a fresh set of problems.

Directed by Phil Davies, better known today as one of Britain’s best character actors. Real Women delivers an intelligent social commentary on the contemporary lives of women during 90s.

Release Date: 5th February 2018



Jossy’s Giants Series 1 and 2 (1986)

Jossy's Giants | Football | BBC | Children's TV | Children's Televison | Grange Hill | Byker Grove | BBC One | Edward Pugh | Sid Waddell | Glipton Grasshoppers | Glipton Giants | Newcastle | Newcastle United

Fondly remembered by football mad children who grew up in the eighties. This nostalgic children’s favourite shown on BBC One in 1986-1987. It was directed by none other than Edward Pugh, known for his work on other iconic dramas for young people Grange Hill and Byker Grove. And it was written by darts commentator and much-loved TV personality Sid Waddell.

Jim Barclay starred as Jossy Blair, a former professional footballer for Newcastle United, who has his career cut short after he injured himself. He is convinced by the Glipton Grasshoppers, the local youth football club, to manage their team instead. They are obviously in desperate need of his expert help. With direction, a change of attitude, and a lot of humour along the way, Jossy transforms them into the very respectable Glipton Giants. 

Now who else has that catchy theme song stuck in their heads?

“We’re called Jossy’s Giants. Football’s just a branch of science”

Release Date: 12th March 2018


Simply Media are one of the top UK distributors of rare, classic films and TV shows that are hard to come by. They’re best known for being the home of nostalgic TV favourites and vintage Hollywood classics.

Happily for audiences across the country, they recently brought back landmark TV shows including Threads, Doomwatch, The Brothers and the classic BBC Dickens adaptations – not to forget, everyone’s favourite medic, Doctor Finlay!

If you’re feeling nostalgic for some of the old favourites, browse Simply Media’s collection of releases HERE

Want to see show brought out of the archives? Simply Media are always on the lookout for more forgotten classics to release. If you have something you would like to see again, please send your suggestions to and they will investigate  and let you know if they can release your suggestions on DVD.





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