Mike Leigh At The BBC details
|Starring:||Ben Kingsley, Brid Brennan, Stephen Rea, Alison Steadman, Des McAleer, Eric Richard, Lesley Manville, Brenda Bleth, Felicity Dean, Roger Sloman, Sam Kelly, David Threlfall, Brenda Blethyn, Catherine Hall, Stephen R, Ben Ki, Eric R|
|Genres:||Comedy, Drama, Television|
|Studio:||2 ENTERTAIN VIDEO|
Mike Leigh At The BBC - Hard Labour / The Permissive Society
|12 Disc 1|
Mike Leigh At The BBC - Nuts In May / The Kiss Of Death
|PG Disc 2|
Mike Leigh At The BBC - Abigail's Party
|PG Disc 3|
Mike Leigh At The BBC - Who's Who / Grown-Ups
|12 Disc 4|
Mike Leigh At The BBC - Home Sweet Home / Four Days In July
|12 Disc 5|
|Run time:||11 hours 45 minutes|
|Rental release:||06 Apr 2009|
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Endlessly quotableBy Nick Gypps from Bath, England , 03 Apr 2010
[Highly rated reviewer]Nuts in May is my favourite Mike Leigh film: perfect characterisation and endlessly quotable.
Most of the main characters even have spoof facebook accounts!
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'Mike Leigh At The BBC'By a customer from Beds , 16 Sep 2009If you enjoy 'the street' or 'clocking off' then watch this!!
Hard Labour and Kiss of DeathBy a customer from Britain , 30 Jul 2009I enjoyed Hard Labour and Kiss of Death very much - don't just stick with the well-known Abigail's party and Nuts in May. I like the way they follow the progress of someone's life over a short period of time. The pace of the films is excellent (though I guess fans of the hollywood blockbuster will find it tediously slow). I also like the way the characters are complex and you're not entirely sure what they will do. Also things do not get resolved at the end of the films, it's more a snapshot of their life at a particular time. The seventies setting (albeit contemporary at the time) is very nostalgic to watch now.
Do not do what I did - sit through the entirety of Kiss of Death without twigging who the main character 'is' now (ie Frank Gallagher)! 'Nana Royle' aka Liz Smith is pure genius in Hard Labour.
Drinks party from hell - or suburbiaBy InspectorSands (209 reviews) from London , 24 Jul 2009Those of the view that Mike Leigh patronises the lower classes will find little to alter their view here, but I found this far more interesting than the likes of Happy Go Lucky, his recent movie. In part it's because it's a paen to 1970s consumer tat - the shagpile, coffee table, drinks cabinet and so on. It's like The Good Life or George and Mildrid gone wrong! You start to enjoy it once you learn to savour how excruitiating it all is.
If it still passes you by a bit, be sure to watch the one hour documentary that accompanies the disc. Amazingly, the uneasy class awareness lingers on in that too, in particular when the set designer visits the house on which she modelled the suburban drinks do, and comments on how similar it is to the new, polite tenant (ie. you've got the same lousy taste as the hostess from hell...) There are other insights too.
But this old Play for Today episode unfolds rather slowly so be prepared for that.
Mike Leigh at the BBCBy Hunter65 (4 reviews) from Grimsby , 07 May 2009All 'great' typical Mike leigh great to see some of the early work of some of tv's better known names only sorry I was not old enough the first time around to appreciate them fully.All in all worth watching..