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10 of the best screen adaptations of Charles Dickens' much loved stories available on DVD: part 1

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10 of the best screen adaptations of Charles Dickens' much loved stories available on DVD: part 1

  Charles Dickens is arguably one of the most well-known names in classic literature and his work is loved worldwide amongst readers of all generations and backgrounds. He was one of the Victorian era's most celebrated writers, and his novels were generally a social critique of that period in history. His stories and the characters within them have played a major part in shaping childhood's, often feauturing in the school curriculum or being a favourite choice for a bed-time story by parents. There have been over 400 film and TV adaptations to date – no other author has had their...

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“Storytellers broaden our minds: engage, provoke, inspire, and ultimately, connect us,” says Robert Redford, 82 today

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“Storytellers broaden our minds: engage, provoke, inspire, and ultimately, connect us,” says Robert Redford, 82 today

Today we celebrate the 82nd birthday of Academy Award-winning actor Robert Redford, who announced his retirement from acting after the release of his new film, The Old Man & The Gun later this year. He told US magazine Entertainment Weekly: “Never say never, but I pretty well concluded that this would be it for me in terms of acting, and [I’ll] move towards retirement after this ‘cause I’ve been doing it since I was 21”. Redford has starred in some of the best-known, critically acclaimed films of all time making him a Hollywood icon in his own right, but it...

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

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

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. Sign up to receive the Simply newsletter for exclusive offers.   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...

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A Grandparents Guide: Six Film Or TV Shows To Survive The Summer Holidays

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A Grandparents Guide: Six Film Or TV Shows To Survive The Summer Holidays

School’s out and the summer holidays have arrived which means museums, theatres, parks, libraries, leisure centres and every other public attraction you can think of will be taken over by excited, hyper-active, and often sugar-fuelled children and their parents, desperate to find things to keep them occupied over the 6-week break. We sympathise with the parents who, despite having a break from work, are unlikely to be getting those much needed lie-ins, lazy days and free choice over how their days will be spent. Instead, having every minute of their day dictated to them by their off-spring. But it’s the...

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Heroines of the Sky – Fighter pilot Mary Ellis and her favourite aircraft, the Spitfire

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Heroines of the Sky – Fighter pilot Mary Ellis and her favourite aircraft, the Spitfire

Mary Ellis, one of the last living female Spitfire pilots, has died. She was 101 years old, one year older than the RAF. Mary Ellis  She remembers having flown about 1000 aeroplanes during World War II. After the war she moved to the Isle of Wight, and took charge of Sandown Airport in 1950. The Spitfire has always been Ellis’s favourite plane. It was the plucky fighter that took on the might of the Luftwaffe – and won! "I love it, it's everybody's favourite," she said. "I think it's a symbol of freedom." You can experience why she loved the...

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