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Tuesday, 3 March 2015

TV on DVD: March 2015

A look at the TV you'll be able to add to your collection in March


Wolf Hall DVD & Blu-ray
Release Date: 2nd March
The major BBC Two adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s Booker Prize-winning novels Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies arrives on DVD and Blu-ray. Wolf Hall presents an intimate portrait of Thomas Cromwell (Mark Rylance), the brilliant consigliere to King Henry VIII (Damian Lewis), as he manoeuvres the corridors of power at the Tudor court. Directed by BAFTA Award-Winner Peter Kosminsky, this powerful series follows the complex machinations and back room dealings of Cromwell. Cromwell serves king and country while navigating deadly political intrigue, the King’s tempestuous relationship with Anne Boleyn (Claire Foy) and the religious upheavals of the Protestant reformation. The release features over 30 mins of exclusive extras including cast interviews with Mark Rylance and Damian Lewis.

Death in Paradise Series 4 DVD
 Release Date: 2nd March
Beat the winter chill and return to the idyllic island of Saint Marie in the Caribbean for the fourth series of Death In Paradise on DVD. Kris Marshall (My Family) returns as the achingly English Detective Inspector Humphrey. From a case of the supernatural to a surf school owner being discovered dead in his workshop, there is still plenty of trouble in paradise to be investigated.

Up The Women Series 1 & 2 DVD box set
Release Date: 2nd March
It’s 1910 and we’re in Banbury Church Hall at the Intricate Craft Circle. Margaret (Jessica Hynes – W1A, Spaced) has just returned from a trip to London, where she was inspired to join the Women’s Suffrage movement. Hynes is joined by a stellar cast including Rebecca Front (The Thick of It, The Day Today), Judy Parfitt (Call The Midwife) and Adrian Scarborough (Gavin & Stacey).

Call The Midwife Series 4 DVD
Release Date: 9th March
The community prepares to enter a new decade - the 1960s. Nurse Cynthia embarks on a life-changing spiritual journey, Trixie receives a proposal from handsome young curate Tom Hereward. But tempers fray when she gets carried away with everything from the engagement party to wedding presents. Also an unexpected set of events sees Chummy take on a new challenge. Elsewhere two new nurses join the team. Barbara, a vicar’s daughter, is hard working and keen, but she’s also inexperienced and struggles to get to grips with the demands placed on her. Call The Midwife Series 1 – 4 box set will also be released on 9th March and is priced £45.95.

Cucumber & Banana DVD box set
Release Date: 16th March
As seen on Channel 4 and E4, Cucumber and Banana are two linked drama series exploring 21st century gay life from the writer Russell T. Davies, best known for reviving Doctor Who and for the frank and ground-breaking Queer as Folk. Packaged together in a must-have box set, Cucumber focuses on how the comfortable life of forty-something Henry and his boyfriend is shattered by a truly disastrous date night involving a death, a threesome, two police cars and the Glee Christmas album. While Banana follows the contrasting lifestyles of younger characters on the periphery of the Cucumber narrative, including a young lesbian, Scotty, and 19 year old Dean.  Cucumber and Banana are also available to buy separately on DVD and priced £16.33 each.

Uncle Series 1 DVD
Release Date: 16th March
Comedian Nick Helm stars as Andy, an out-of-work musician who forges an unlikely alliance with his 12-year-old nephew Errol after being morally blackmailed into looking after him by his chaotic sister Sam. Not a natural with kids or responsibility, he tries to keep his new charge out of trouble while knee deep in it himself.

Spiral Series 5 DVD
Release Date: 16th March
Brimming with gripping plotlines, dark twists and believable characters, Spiral is a gritty and brutal crime drama set on the mean streets of Paris. Driven by a young, caring, idealistic deputy public prosecutor; a forthright, incorruptible judge; an ambitious lawyer who is as attractive as she is ruthless; and a team of homicide detectives lead by a female captain known for their professionalism and their strong methods, this enthralling drama explores the French justice system in all its cynical, corrupt, backstabbing glory. With its nail-biting suspense and constant tension, Spiral is a furiously-paced crime series.

Broadchurch Series 2
Release Date 16th March
The bemoaned second series arrives on DVD.

Bluestone 42 Series 2 DVD
Release Date: 23rd March
The return of the hilarious and often surprising comedy drama series that follows the adventures of a bunch of diverse characters living and working together in a bomb disposal detachment in Afghanistan. They may face danger on a daily basis, but that doesn’t mean they can’t have some fun! Corporal Gordon 'Towerblock' House replaces Corporal Mills as Nick's second in command, but it doesn’t take long for the new arrival to ruffle a few feathers.

The Musketeers Series 2 DVD & Blu-ray
Release Date: 30th March
Series 2 sees Marc Warren (Mad Dogs) join the cast to play the Comte De Rochefort, a dashing and persuasive aristocrat, with a talent for sword fighting and betrayal. As the series progresses the true nature of Rochefort’s plotting is revealed and everyone around him is drawn into his sinister web. Ultimately only the Musketeers D’Artagnan (Luke Pasqualino - Skins, The Borgias), Athos (Tom Burke - Great Expectations, The Hour), Aramis (Santiago Cabrera - Merlin, Heroes) and Porthos (Howard Charles - Royal Shakespeare Company) their loyal allies and friends stand between him and a desperate act that will change all their lives forever. The Musketeers Series 1-2 box set will also be released on DVD and Blu-ray on 30th March and priced £35.73 and £40.84 respectively.

Silent Witness Series 18 DVD
Release Date: 30th March
The Lyell Centre team are under pressure.  A sniper is on the loose in London; a killer stalks the London Underground; a paedophile is found dead in a playground and a child is missing; a failed assassination attempt leaves a seemingly innocent woman dead; a young policeman is killed in the line of duty.  Nikki (Emilia Fox), Jack (David Caves), Thomas (Richard Lintern) and Clarissa (Liz Carr) join forces with the police to investigate these tense, complex and dangerous cases.

DCI Banks Series 3 DVD
Release Date: 30th March
Stephen Tompkinson (Wild at Heart, Ballykissangel) returns as the tenacious and stubborn Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks in three more gripping crime stories. When the mother of 11-year-old Kyle Heath reports him abducted by a man and a woman masquerading as social workers, Banks is drawn into a strange and unsettling search for the missing boy. When a journalist is found dead at a holiday home in a remote village, Banks and the team find a connection to a death in the 1980s involving the surviving members of a pop band.

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