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Tuesday, 21 April 2015

TV on DVD: May 2015

Here's a look at the big TV DVD releases in May.

Ordinary Lies
Release Date: 4th May
What happens when an apparently simple lie spirals out of control and leads to life-shattering consequences? Ordinary Lies shows how desperation can lead to drastic solutions, even in the most every day of workplaces. Set on the shop floor and in the offices of a motor showroom, this warm, compelling and often humorous series follows the stories of an ordinary group of colleagues and friends who, beneath the fun and banter, are struggling to deal with situations they’re hiding from those around them. Ordinary Lies is written by acclaimed screenwriter Danny Brocklehurst (Shameless, Clocking Off) and stars a strong ensemble cast, including Max Beesley, Michelle Keegan, Jason Mansford, Sally Lindsay and Mackenzie Crook.

Inside No. 9 Series Two
Release Date: 4th May
Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith’s critically celebrated series of self-contained black comedies, that may well leave you speechless, is back for a second series. Each episode takes place behind a door marked ‘number 9’, which in this series include a French Sleeper Carriage and a Barn located in unassuming village of Little Happens during the 16th century. Starring a plethora of guest stars - such as Sheridan Smith, Alison Steadman, Claire Skinner, Julie Hesmondhalgh and Jack Whitehall, to name a few – Inside No.9 Series 2 promises to be just as thrillingly menacing and macabre as its predecessor. DVD extras take fans ‘Behind The Scenes’.

Poldark Series 1
Release Date: 11th May
The first series of the hugely successful reworking of the period drama starring Adrian Turner.

W1A: The Complete Series 1 and 2
Release Date: 18th May
When was the last time that we as a nation organised something that wasn’t a complete disaster? Answer: The Twenty Twelve London Olympic Games. Conclusion: Let’s get that guy in to work for the BBC; hence the arrival of Ian Fletcher (Hugh Bonneville) as Head Of Values and the start of W1A. Ian’s job is to think Big Thoughts, but it doesn’t take him long to realise that not only does he not have time to think Big Thoughts, he never has time to think any thoughts at all. Nor can he find somewhere to sit in a building aggressively over designed around the principle of not having a desk. And the challenges don’t end there. On his first day, Ian finds himself holding the hottest of hot potatoes when Mebyon Kernow activist Nigel Trescott complains that Cornwall and the Cornish are shamefully under-represented on the BBC. Extras go behind the scene of the ‘Real W1A’.

Shark DVD & Blu-ray
Release Date: 25th May
They are the most successful group of predators in the earth’s history. They have outlived the dinosaurs, survived two mass extinctions and today they are every shape, every size and hunt in every ocean. From the Greenland shark that lives under the arctic ice to the Epaulette shark that can walk on land over thirty species are highlighted in this definitive global series.  It also reveals the hidden side to sharks, with complex courtship rituals, intricate social lives and surprising ways of bringing up their young. This is the secret life of the ocean’s greatest hunters.  Captivating additional footage includes ‘Beyond the Bite - How Shark was Made’ and ‘Shark: Beneath The Surface’.

Release Date: 25th May
24 meets ER in this real-time medical drama, created by Jed Mercurio (Line of Duty, Bodies) and starring Lennie James (The Walking Dead, Line of Duty), Catherine Walker (Strike Back) Claire Skinner (Outnumbered) and Kimberley Nixon (Fresh Meat). Set in a state-of-the-art major trauma centre. Critical is Critical is a 13-part series set in a state-of-the-art Major Trauma Centre, a unit which treats only the most gravely ill or seriously injured. Each episode is told as one story, in one place, in one hour - a real-time medical and emotional roller-coaster ride in which every second counts during the most life-threatening hour of a patient's treatment.

Safe House
Release Date: 25th May
Tense four-part thriller starring Christopher Eccleston as an ex-policemen asked to protect a family in his B&B turned safe house.

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