When a successful advertiser abruptly walks away from his career to become a poet, his path is much more difficult than expected. Based on a novel by George Orwell, this touching drama stars British screen icons Richard E. Grant, Academy Award-nominee Helena Bonham Carter and Julian Wadham.
A harrowing, sprawling mini-series produced by Masterpiece Theatre, "Island at War" chronicles three families - the upper-class Dorrs, the middle-class Mays and the working-class Jonases - as they endure five years under Nazi rule on St. Gregory island, a fictionalized location representing the Channel Islands.
Symbol of France's glory, Versailles is probably the most splendid royal palace in Europe. From 1643 to 1792 it was the stage on which the most glorious period of the French Monarchy played out, until the darkest days, at the fall of the Bourbon dynasty. This collection offers a sensitive and endearing portrait of the monarchs and recreates their life, loves and political willpower.
In the ultimate test of endurance Bear Grylls abandons two groups, one of 8 men and one of 8 women, to see if they can survive on an uninhabited island armed with just the clothes they stand up in and a few basic tools. Alone, and filming everything themselves, are the modern Britons resourceful enough to find food, water and shelter in order to survive?
The Madness of King George, Based on Alan Bennett's acclaimed play The Madness of George III, takes a dark-humored look at the mental decline of King George III of England. Taking place in 1788, the film's story begins three decades into George's reign, as the unstable king (Nigel Hawthorne) begins to show signs of increasing dementia, from violent fits of foul language to bouts of forgetfulness. The King's prime minister William Pitt (Julian Wadham) and his wife Queen Charlotte (Helen Mirren) are determined to protect the throne during this time of weakness, when many see it as an opportunity to overthrow the unpopular George, whom they blamed for the loss of the American colonies. Although doctors are brought in, their archaic treatments of the time prove of little value and therefore, in desperation, they turn to Dr. Willis (Ian Holm), a harsh, unconventional specialist whose unusual methods recall modern psychiatry. George experiences an unfamiliar anger and haughtiness as Willis struggles to break through to the mad king. Stressing the absurdity of the entire situation, Bennett's witty screenplay emphasizes dry humor over tragedy, even utilizing references to King Lear for comic effect.
In Sofia, Bulgaria in 1992, an American doctor takes a detour in life when he helps a mysterious woman escape from her would-be assailant and becomes a victim of mistaken identity.
Set in war-torn Eastern Europe, a band of battle-worn mercenaries undertake a dangerous mission into a no-man's land at the behest of a mysterious businessman. When they locate and secure a disused military bunker, they also discover a terrifying secret that has laid buried for half a century--and which they'll have to fight to survive. Starring Ray Stevenson, with Richard Brake and Julian Wadham.