British Blu-ray’s and DVD Gift Ideas

Downton Abbey

Downton Abbey

For the anglophile in your house there are quite a number of Blu-rays and DVDs available. You might even want to keep some for yourself.

By Gabrielle Pantera

You can purchase them at www.shoppbs.org or www.BBCamericashop.com

Costume dramas (Historicals)

Downton Abbey: Seasons 1 & 2 Set

Starring: Hugh Bonneville , Dame Maggie , Brendan Coyle, Directed by: Brian Percival , Ben Bolt, Produced by: Rebecca Eaton , Gareth Neame, Written by: Julian Fellowes

Downton Abbey is a multi Emmy Award nominated show. The third season starts on PBS in January 2013, but you can give or get yourself in the mood by watching the first two seasons over the holidays. This is a Limited Edition Box Set with the first two seasons including the special Christmas episode from season two. DVD set $59.98 Blu-ray set $64.98

At home with the Georgians

At home with the Georgians

At Home with the Georgians

Directed by: Phil Cairney, Produced by: Liz Hartford, Presented by: Amanda Vickery

This three part dramatization about Georgian England shows what homes met to the  men, women of Georgian times. Amanda Vickery shows what 18th-century British life was like for all walks of life. Details are based on diaries and intimate letters of the time. DVD $32.98

Forsyte Saga

Forsyte Saga

The Forsyte Saga The Complete Collection

Starring: Damian Lewis , Gina McKee , Amanda Root, Directed by: Christopher Menaul Produced by: Rebecca Eaton, Written by: John Galsworthy

In  2002 The Forsyte Saga was first introduced on PBS. You follow wealthy London solicitor Soames Forsyte played by Damian Lewis,  as he marries the beautiful Irene. He thinks his life is perfect, but instead his life falls apart. There is Love passion, obsession and deceit. There are extras ever sen before and a case to hold the DVDs together. DVD $79.98

Copper

Copper

Copper: Season 1

Starring: Tom Weston-Jones , Kevin Ryan , Ato Essandoh, Directed by: Jeff Woolnough, Produced by: Barry Levinson, Written by: Tom Fontana , Will Rokos

This is BBC America’s first original scripted series. Copper is set in 1860s New York City. The 10-part drama centers on Kevin Corcoran played by Tom Weston-Jones, as an intense, rugged Irish-American cop working the city’s notorious Five Points neighborhood.  Available 10/30/12            DVD $47.98 Blu-ray $56.98

Mysteries

Sherlock

Sherlock

Sherlock: Season 1

Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch , Martin Freeman,  Directed by: Paul McGuigan, Produced by: Sue Vertue, Written by: Mark Gatiss , Steven Moffat

This is the first season of the BBC’s modernized Sherlock. Sherlock played by Benedict Cumberbatch, and his friend, Dr. John Watson played by Martin Freeman, reside at 221B Baker Street. Holmes is perennially bored and makes a living by solving bizarre crimes. DVD widescreen  $32.98 Blu-ray $37.98

Sherlock: Season 2

Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch , Martin Freeman Directed by: Paul McGuigan, Produced by: Sue Vertue Written by: Mark Gatiss , Steven Moffat

Sherlock was nominated for four primetime Emmys. There are three new stories in season 2. In A Scandal in Belgravia, Sherlock squares off against the dangerous and desirable Irene Adler. He must use all his skills to stay aliveThe Hounds of Baskerville takes Homes and Watson to the wilds of Dartmoor where they come face to face with the supernatural. In The Reichenbach Fall Moriarty is there again to destroy Sherlock, and he doesn’t care who he hurts to do it.  DVD Widescreen $28.98 blu-ray $37.98

Wallander

Wallander

Wallander: Series 3

Starring: Kenneth Branagh , Sarah Smart , Jeany Spark , David Warner, Directed by: Toby Haynes, Produced by: Sanne Wohlenberg, Written by: Peter Harness

Kenneth Branagh returns as Kurt Wallander to solve three heinous crimes. Based on Henning Mankell’s best-selling books. The episodes for season three are: An Event on Autumn where Wallander finds the remains of a young woman buried in his backyard; The Dogs of Riga Wallander must deal with two Latvian men found dead on a life raft. And in Before the Frost a childhood friend of Wallander’s daughter shows up needing help. DVD widesreen $32.98

Royalty:

Diamond Queen

Diamond Queen

Diamond Queen

Presented by: Andrew Marr

This documentary from the BBC produced to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee as Head of State of the United Kingdom and Head of the Commonwealth.

This is the first time in modern history a Monarch has reached her Diamond Jubilee. Her  reign, history, constitutional role and responsibilities and her impact around the world are examined.  Prime ministers, world leaders are interviewed along with a few interviews with members of the Royal Family. You also see what the Queen does for the commonwealth. DVD $19.98

The Queens Palaces

The Queens Palaces

The Queen’s Palaces

Directed by: Ian Leese, Produced by: Basil Comely, Presented by: Fiona Bruce

Fiona Bruce the host of Antiques Roadshow takes us through the Queens Palaces. You learn about how and why Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse were created. Covered is 1,000 years of history, and you learn about  some of the great treasures in the Royal Collection. Prince Charles, The Prince of Wales introduces the royal palaces and tells us of the place they have in the life of the Monarchy and in the history of Britain. DVD $19.98

Queen and Country

Queen and Country

Queen and Country

Presented by: Sir Trevor McDonald

This year Queen Elizabeth II marks her Diamond Jubilee. This four part series covers her six decades reign. British broadcaster Sir Trevor McDonald narrates as you see what Queen Elizabeth II has accomplished in her tiem on the throne of England. this is a showcase for Her Majesty the Queen and her country. DVD $29.98

Other:

Best of the British Movie Collection

This compellation has 10 great British films in one collection! Movies included are: The Queen, Shakespeare in Love, Bridget Jones’ Diary, The English Patient, The Very Thought of You, The Importance of Being Earnest, Finding Neverland, Emma, Enchanted April, and Trainspotting.  $56.98

Love in a Cold Climate

Love in a Cold Climate

Love in a Cold Climate

Starring: Judi Dench , Michael Williams , Michael Aldridge, Directed by: Donald McWhinnie, Produced by: Ian Elsey, Written by: Nancy Mitford

Based on Nancy Mitford’s book we follow two upper-class young women as they search for two suitable upper-class husbands before World War II. Dame Judi Dench and her real-life husband, Michael Williams, star in this wickedly funny drama. There are English country houses where passions and privilege abound. DVD $56.98

the Story of Costume Drama

the Story of Costume Drama

The Story of the Costume Drama

Narrated by: Keeley Hawes

Showing clips from 50 years and 21 of the best British costume dramas of all time, including The Forsyte Saga and Upstairs, Downstairs to Pride and Prejudice and Cranford  we see what goes into making costume dramas. There are also interviews with the stars, writers and directors as you get a behind the scenes pass to see what makes them so engaging.  Narrated by Keeley Hawes. DVD $99.98

Top Gear Season 18

Top Gear Season 18

Top Gear 18

Starring: Jeremy Clarkson , Richard Hammond , James May

Top Gear’s Britain’s beloved car show hosted by Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May. In this 18th season they visit India as they attempt to promote British trade armed only with three old cars, a badly behaved lawnmower and a trouser press. They also drive supercars across Italy, make a movie car chase, re-invent the mobility scooter, get soaking wet in track day cars, go motor racing for less than the cost of playing golf, investigate the Chinese car industry, immerse themselves in the world of NASCAR, and drive a brand new Ferrari through a snow field. DVD $24.98

 

 

 

 

 

 

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