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5 Must watch new DVD releases in June

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Oscar winners and nominees aplenty in our pick of this month’s new film releases, together with some of the best new films you might have missed in May.    Loving Incredible to think that until 1967—only 50 years ago—interracial marriage was forbidden in the Southern states of the US. Loving brings the stark reality of our recent history to the fore. It’s a beautifully filmed true story based on an ordinary and unassuming couple, Richard and Mildred Loving, who were jailed, then barred from their home state of Virginia after marrying in Washington, DC. Richard was white and Mildred black....

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Doomwatch - Review

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Doomwatch - Review

Starring: John Paul, Simon Oates, Robert Powell We're often warned these days about environmental collapse and the potential dangers of new technology. Scary though these possibilities undoubtedly are, it might be some small consolation to know they are not new fears. Indeed, back in the early 1970s there was sufficient anxiety over these subjects to propel a programme that addressed them right up the ratings. That programme was Doomwatch. But for all contemporary popularity (not to mention a substantial posthumous reputation), though, it has been difficult to see since its original broadcasts. Now, though, it finally arrives on DVD and...

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7 Best Dads on TV

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7 Best Dads on TV

Father's day is here so what better time to celebrate some of our favourite Dads on TV. They’re not perfect and most are often annoying but they’re all lovable – and completely unforgettable. Here’s why…   Ben Harper – My Family Dentist dad Ben Harper (Robert Lindsay) may not be the most patient or kindest father, but he's someone we can all see a little bit of our own dads in. He yearns to escape with a newspaper and a cold beer – but his family rarely allow him that pleasure! Often cynical and irritated when having to deal with his...

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Years & Years, Chernobyl and 7 more must-watch British dystopian dramas

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Years & Years, Chernobyl and 7 more must-watch British dystopian dramas

Was BBC's Doomwatch, made in the 1970s, the original Black Mirror? We take a look at some of the best British dystopian drama series, that should be on your radar. From the BBC's hit drama starring Emma Thompson, Anne Reid and Russell Tovey, Years and Years, to the must watch drama of 2019, Chernobyl, plus classics such as the 1980's TV phenomenon, Threads.

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Threads: the BBC’s antidote to nuclear war?

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Threads: the BBC’s antidote to nuclear war?

BBC's Threads was the 1980s TV phenomenon that shocked the world. As the threat of nuclear war looms, we need to be reminded again of its dark message… With the USA, Russia, North Korea all posturing the use of nuclear weapons and chemical attacks being used against civilians, perhaps if world leaders such as Trump, Assad, Putin and Kim Jong-un were forced to watch Threads – the 32-year-old made-for-TV film about the run up to and impact of a nuclear war – the world would be a safer place. The Guardian’s Peter Bradshaw wrote an article on the Trump presidency...

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