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Win the classic BBC TV drama and comedy collection on DVD

Classic BBC TV drama and comedy collection on DVD

Starring great British acting talent including Penelope Keith and Paul McGann, Simply Media is delighted to announce the release of a slew of classic BBC TV drama and comedy collections: The Ginger Tree, Charters and Caldicott, Next of Kin and Nature Boy. They will be released on DVD on 25 April 2016 for the very first time in the UK.

The Ginger Tree
Starring Samantha Bond (Golden Eye) in one of her earliest TV roles, The Ginger Tree (1989) is a period drama based on a novel by Oswald Wynd and adapted by Oscar© winner Christopher Hampton (Dangerous Liaisons). In 1903, a young Scottish woman, Mary MacKenzie (Bond) travels to Manchuria to marry a British army officer. Disenchanted with her husband, Mary falls in love with a married Japanese nobleman, Count Kentaro Kurihama (Daisuke Ryû - Ran) and bears his son. But when he brings her to Tokyo, Mary soon faces hardships and ostracism as both a Westerner and a woman. This compelling BAFTA winning series was a co-production of the BBC and NHK Japan and was the first TV drama to be recorded in HD by the BBC.

Charters and Caldicott
Based on the characters from Alfred Hitchcock's film The Lady Vanishes, but set in modern day 1985, Charters and Caldicott are two retired gentelman who abandon their regular Friday lunch and cinema visit when a young girl is found murdered in Caldicott’s flat.This fun-filled series follows the pair as they find themselves drawn into the muder mystery and stars Michael Aldridge (Last of the Summer Wine) and Robin Bailey (I Didn’t Know You Cared) alongside Caroline Blakiston (Poldark) and Tessa Peake-Jones (Only Fools and Horses).

Next of Kin
Directed and produced by BAFTA winner Gareth Gwenlan (Only Fools and Horses) and starring renowned actor Penelope Keith (The Good Life), William Gaunt (The Champions) and Jeremy Swift (Downton Abbey), Next of Kin is a British sitcom that aired on BBC One from 1995 to 1997, and now it comes to DVD as Next of Kin: The Complete Collection. Well-to-do couple Maggie and Andrew Prentice are forced to abandon their dreams of early retirement after they reluctantly become guardians of their orphaned grandchildren, following the death of their estranged son.

Nature Boy
17 year-old David (Lee Ingleby - The A Word) has only vague memories of his father (Paul McGann - Withnail & I), who left many years ago after endowing him with an early love of nature. Determined to track him down, David leaves home and embarks on a search along the way finding love, pain and a new purpose as he becomes involved in environmental campaigning. Directed by BAFTA winner Joe Wright (Atonement) and written by Bryan Elsley (Skins), Nature Boy (2000) is a moving rite of passage that won the Royal Television Society 2001 award for Best Drama Serial and also stars Joanne Froggatt (Downton Abbey).

Competition closing date

Sunday, 15 May 2016 - 11:59pm

Competition prize

To win 1 of 2 classic BBC TV drama & comedy collections on DVD; simply answer the question below:-


Joanna Phillimore and Annabel Greaves

This competition is now closed. Congratulations to all our winners!

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