Let's face the music and dance…

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The coronavirus pandemic continues to keep us all on high alert, fretting about what could happen as this turns into a global health and economic crisis. Having to distance yourself from others makes it even harder. You might feel alone but we're all alone, together.

To keep the growing fear and panic at bay, and to keep you entertained, we've selected ten lighthearted, foot-tapping movies and TV shows to make you smile and warm your heart.

And we're happy to report that we are still able to dispatch your DVDs to you, whilst applying strict safety and hygiene measures to keep our team as safe from the virus as possible.

What will you watch next?

This week is set to be warm, sunny and glorious. But… we need to stay indoors to protect ourselves, our family, neighbours, our NHS warriors, supermarket workers, police officers and everyone working to keep us healthy and safe.

From the latest release Military Wives, to the Oscar winner La La Land, to the Hollywood classic Singin' in the Rain, you'll find something to smile about. And we've also included Paddington!


We can’t think of a better tonic than this considerate, thoughtful little bear! Anyone who knows Paddington, will feel certain that he'd be practising good hygiene and he'd politely tell us all to Stay at Home, Protect the NHS, Save Lives.

 

But first… a 'fascinating fact' for you.

"There may be trouble ahead…" is the opening line to Nat King Cole's hit song. But did you know that it was first written in 1936 by Irving Berlin for the film Follow the Fleet, where it was performed by Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers in a simply mesmerising dance duet?

Here, take a look and be dazzled by their smooth, elegant moves!

 

There may be trouble ahead
But while there's moonlight and music

And love and romance
Let's face the music and dance

 

Ten feelgood shows to escape into as you stay home, self isolate and distance yourself socially.

Military Wives

This good-hearted Britcom sees Kristen Scott Thomas lead a British cast in he true story of a group of women who gained unlikely fame in 2011. Think The Full Monty meets The Choir, with a dose of Calendar Girls, and you’ve got the essential ingredients of this spirit-raising film.

 

Last Tango in Halifax

Anne Reid and Derek Jacobi are a perfect coupling in this multi award-winning later-in-life romance. It's not all plain sailing for Celia and Alan, though. From different walks of life, and with different political values, the two often clash, in spite of their deep affection for one another. And the lives of their two adult daughters, played by Sarah Lancashire and Nicola Walker, often add fuel to the fire!

Here, series creator Sally Wainwright talks about her characters, and why she believes this particular relationship is a hit with audiences.


La La Land

Bittersweet it may be, but it's a joyous tribute to the Hollywood musical of the 1950s. Great songs, good moves and a first class script that manages to steer clear of schmaltz and sentiment. Once is not enough!

For more musicals, browse our full collection HERE.


Singin' in the Rain

 

 

Arguably one of the greatest musicals ever made, starring Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds.

Full of classic songs like Singin’ in the Rain, Make ‘Em Laugh and Good Morning, this vintage Hollywood classic is pure singing, dancing, laughing movie-watching joy.

For more musicals, browse our full collection HERE.

 

Fisherman's Friends

James Purefoy and Daniel May lead the British cast in last year's summer blockbuster.


Mamma Mia!

Meryl Streep, undoubtedly one of our greatest movie actors, agreed to not only perform in a musical but one packed with ABBA songs? And then she agreed to do it again, in the sequel? Well, I'll be…

If you haven't seen these cult modern classics, you must be a rarity! It's packed with even more stars, including Colin Firth, Julie Walters and Pierce Brosnan.

This clip is a particular favourite!

 

The Greatest Showman

Inspired by the ambition and imagination of P.T. Barnum, Hugh Jackman and Michelle Williams star in a bold and original musical that celebrates the birth of show business. It tells the story of a visionary who rose from nothing to create a mesmerizing spectacle that became a worldwide sensation.

 


Bohemian Rhapsody

Music biopics don't come better than this Oscar-winning drama packed with hit songs from Queen's illustrious catalogue. It's the story of Freddie Mercury, chronicling the years leading up to Queen's legendary appearance at the Live Aid concert in 1985


In these surreal times, stuck indoors, with little else to do but clean the house, how many of you haven't started singing this in your head?


Anton's Truly Madly Strictly

This collection would be incomplete without a nod to the BBC's hit dance show, packed with sequins, sweat and glitterballs! This is the ultimate collection of the most memorable, hilarious and show-stopping moments, picked by Anton Du Beke.

Last but never least…

Paddington

Michael Bond's much-loved creation needs no introduction. Our national treasure might be a small bear from Darkest Peru, but he was obviously onto something with his marmalade sandwiches if the reason for this 99-year-old grandmother's recovery from Covid-10 is anything to go by.

The films are funny, dramatic and very sweet-natured and boast some of the finest acting talent around, including Sally Hawkins, Nicole Kidman, Hugh Grant, Julie Walters and Hugh Bonneville.

Here's a reminder of when Paddington had his first encounter with the Brown family

 

Scene-stealer Hugh Grant, Paddington's hilariously roguish co-star in the superb sequel, performs a very fetching twirl to end this selection.

 

 

 

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