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Babs

Written for the BBC by Tony Jordan, this engaging drama relives the heart warming story of Dame Barbara Windsor, the Cockney girl with a dazzling style and talent to match. Barbara s story takes us on a journey spanning 50 years from 1943-1993 - her lonely childhood and WW2 evacuation as a child, her humble beginnings as a bus conductor s daughter, the complicated relationship with her father John Deeks. Barbara s complex past with her father may well have shaped the choice of men in her life including her first husband Ronnie Knight, who during the marriage was one of Britain s Most Wanted Men . But Babs ever the consummate professional, never let her fans down whatever her personal anguish. Barbara s first stage debut came at the age of 12 and she s remained in the spotlight ever since. Her infectious personality grabbed the hearts of the nation and captured the eye of ground breaking theatre director Joan Littlewood. Working with Joan on stage and screen saw Babs nominated for a Tony and a BAFTA. Babs later secured her the place as the blonde bombshell in the Carry on Films and thereafter history was made. A finely woven script, the story unwinds, full of heart and heartbreak with a touch of sauciness thrown in for good measure.

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Very British Problems

Channel 4's Very British Problems sees some of Britain's most famous faces share their struggles against the endless capacity of social awkwardness which comes with being British. Originating from a Twitter feed, which amassed 1.1 million followers, Very British Problems features hilarious & engagingly wry observations about life as an uptight, tea-guzzling, weather-obsessed, queue-loving Brit from some of the U.K's most famous names. Why can Brits be furious enough to tut, but shudder at the thought of complaining? Why do they spend so much of their lives apologising to inanimate objects? We discover that the British are almost totally incapable of expressing their emotions - Brits would rather throw their food away in a restaurant toilet than complain to the waiter, feel compelled to tell a hairdresser that they love a terrible haircut and have no idea how to receive a compliment. The hidden rage felt when bad queuing is observed and we find out why every Brit says sorry at least eight times a day and how confused and angry we get about tipping. How many times is it acceptable to ask someone to repeat themselves before you just have to nod, chuckle and hope for the best? For the British, being in public comes with an obligation to be polite, but being polite in the UK is very complicated. Narrated by the quick witted Dame Julie Walters, the likes of James Cordon, Jonathan Ross, Freddie Flintoff, Nigel Havers, Vic Reeves, Ruth Jones and Stephen Mangan share with us their hilarious, personal experiences and opinions as to why our nation has a peculiar ability to find confusion, embarrassment and social awkwardness at every turn. Often hilarious, always interesting and at times even thought provoking, this entertaining series is great viewing.

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Beatles - Parting Ways

John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr: the four most iconic names in pop music. Together, they weave the story of the Beatles, still listed by Rolling Stone magazine as the most important band in the world. Since bursting onto the music scene in the early 1960s, the Beatles have embarked on successful solo careers, faced difficult personal and legal battles, but ultimately endured. 'Parting Ways' is the story of life after the Beatles and examines the phenomenon that was Beatlemania, but also looks at the years that have elapsed since the hype, the crescendo and the climax of the Beatles' fame

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Prince Philip - A plot to make a king

Prince Philip: The Plot to Make a King tells the fascinating inside story of the fierce tensions unleashed when the Queen fell in love with Prince Philip. Tensions that would place huge strain on the royal marriage, and would shape the future of Elizabeth's reign. The royal and political elite disliked Philip's German roots and they also disliked his larger than life, ferociously ambitious uncle Lord Louis Mountbatten. This film draws on unpublished memoirs to show how Mountbatten manoeuvred for a royal marriage as early as the winter of 1939-40, when the Queen was just 13. But when Mountbatten was heard to declare, 'The House of Mountbatten now reigns', following the death of King George VI in 1952, the establishment fought back against what they feared was a dynastic coup. Churchill himself was very instrumental in making sure Philip would have no meaningful power and some of the royal family members at the time were also opposed to the prospect of this royal match. The film reveals, for the first time, the complexities and frustrations of the Royal marriage as the Queen struggled to reconcile the love of her husband with the suspicions of her family and her government. Philip's ascension to consort may have been a 'high-stakes dynastic power struggle' orchestrated by his uncle, Lord Louis Mountbatten. But to his credit Prince Philip worked relentlessly hard to make the Royal marriage a success and has stood beside Queen Elizabeth as a constant support throughout her long reign. This documentary is also very much a story of how this young royal couple coped against all the odds to make their relationship and the monarchy work. It also gives us an insight into the story of Philip's youth and why Elizabeth would have seen him as the dashing handsome young prince that she fell in love with. On their golden wedding anniversary in 1997, the Queen paid a touching tribute to her husband, saying, 'He has, quite simply, been my strength and stay all these years'. This insightful documentary contains rare and personal footage of the royal couple, the royal wedding and other key events of that time. Narrated by Tamsin Greig.

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Penelope Keith's Hidden Villages Series 3

Famous actress, and longstanding villager, Dame Penelope Keith is heading out on another summer adventure. Armed with her beloved 'Batsford Guides' , she s uncovering more of our most charming rural villages and their unique characters and stories. Alongside beautiful scenery, Penelope explores the industry, art and literature that characterise each region, and seeks out the village traditions that continue to this day. Join Penelope as she learns what it means to be a villager today, and finds out just why we love villages so much. Episode 1 - The Cotswolds Penelope visits the honey-coloured perfection of Bibury and attends a classic village fete in Ebrington. She takes in the arts and crafts home of William Morris, and meets the writer Jilly Cooper. Episode 2 - Argyll and Bute Amidst lochs and mountains, Penelope finds her most extreme village locations yet. From Vikings in Tarbert, to Queen Victoria s holidays, this complex coastline is her chance to indulge a love of ferries. Episode 3 - North Yorkshire Penelope travels through dales and flies over moors to the coast, in search of the famous Yorkshire spirit. On the way she finds sword dancing in Goathland, and the birthplace of aviation in Brompton-by-Sawdon. Episode 4 - Pembrokeshire Starting in refined Manorbier in the south, Penelope crosses the stunning Welsh peninsula. She explores the wild Preseli Hills, visits the country s best food market in St Dogmaels and finds Abereiddy home of international cliff diving.

Price: £12.99