Victoria Wood is unquestionably Britain's funniest and best-loved female TV star, winning the hearts of audiences with her brilliant character monologues, comic songs and observational comedy as well as producing hilarious, and often poignant dramas. Working regularly with the same group of acclaimed actors – including Julie Walters, Celia Imrie, Duncan Preston and Susie Blake – she has built up an unrivalled body of work. This extensive collection of BBC titles contains some of her finest programmes, from her BBC breakthrough As Seen on TV which included the infamous Ballad of Barry and Freda (Let's Do It) and Acorn Antiques (also presented here on one DVD) to the one-off 80 minute show Victoria Wood: Live in Your Own Home. The collection showcases her comic script writing in the six playlets of Victoria Wood Presents, focusing on the various annoyances of modern life – from health farms to video dating – and the feature length drama Pat and Margaret in which she and Julie Walters play very different sisters, reunited after 27 years apart. It also includes the documentary series Victoria’s Empire in which Victoria Wood undertakes a fascinating quest for the legacy of Queen Victoria, visiting places around the world that bear their name, from Fort Victoria in Ghana to Victoria, Nova Scotia
Nitro Circus: Live - Life in the Circus - Series 1Life In The Circus Seies 1 showcases the Nitro Circus stars performing their breath-taking and dangerous show stunts live in Australia and New Zealand, plus all the hilarious behind the scenes antics when 40 crazy young performers travel to some of the world's most amazing places. The Nitro TV series stars 17 times X Games Gold medallist Travis Pastrana, the world's greatest action sports star, and his fearless Nitro crew, plus some of the best known and accomplished action sports stars on the planet. Nitro Circus Presents: Vegas Baby!Travis Pastrana and the Nitro Circus Live team descend on Las Vegas for their biggest and most ambitious show yet! In front of a 14,000 strong sell-out crowd in the Grand Garden Arena at the MGM Grand Hotel, Travis and his friends attempt multiple new World first stunts! In true Nitro Circus Live fashion some go great, and some go wrong, but the action and suspense is intense. Experience the drama and tension as the cast prepares for, and ultimately performs, the greatest Action Sports show ever seen. Also includes the incredible World Record stunt of the 16 dirt bikes simultaneous back-flip filmed live at London's O2 Arena.
Please note: This content is not for kids. It is for mature audiences only. This audio comedy features adult language and themes, some sexual content, and the kind of talk you leave on the field. Discretion is advised. 64th Man is an Audible Original starring the world-famous and powerfully funny John Cena, Emmy-nominated actress Anna Chlumsky (Veep), comedy legend Jane Curtin, and an all-star cast of Saturday Night Live performers and alums. Produced by Broadway Video, this sports comedy is not an audiobook - it’s a 10-episode scripted audio series that’s like TV for your ears. In sports, everybody loves redemption stories, the underdog who no one believes in but through sheer hard work wins it all. But no one tells the stories of the players who work hard and don’t make it. In pro football, 53 guys get on the roster. Ten make it to the practice squad. And then there’s the 64th Man - that’s Billy Logan (Cena), who seems to always be one spot from glory. After a promising college career capped by a headline-making, game-winning play, Billy seems destined to be drafted to the NFL. But he isn’t, and after a year of tryouts and near misses, he still hasn’t made it pro. So, he returns home to Columbus, Ohio, to figure out how to make his great gridiron dream come true. With a new job at a grocery store, Billy reconnects with his ex-girlfriend Ellen (Chlumsky), but generally it’s embarrassing to be back in town, seeing as he was the “star who was going places”, and now he’s seen as the “star who never went anywhere”. Looking for an opening to the end zone, Billy will tackle anything to make his dream come true. It’s a path that leads him to a billionaire tech bro starting a new professional football league that has more in common with professional wrestling, a health guru selling a cult-like fitness craze, and a hard-partying NFL quarterback who needs a real-life tackle dummy for his football video game. Will these 1. Language: English. Narrator: John Cena, Anna Chlumsky, Jane Curtin, Will Forte, Leslie Jones, Adam Pally, full cast. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/or/orig/000145/or_orig_000145_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The majority of films today are not produced with the intent to lure people to visit certain destinations. However, in a sense a destination in a film can be seen as a form of product placement that consumers are willing to spend money on to experience. People can, from their TV sofa or cinema chair, gaze upon places, people, stories and other depictions of attributes that a film consists of. When an attribute stands out it can be powerful enough to create a pulling power for the viewers to travel to the film location and see or experience it in reality. This phenomenon has been referred to as film-induced tourism and is still a relatively unexplored area containing many research gaps. This book attempts to fill some of those gaps and find connections between them in order to better understand the occurring processes within film-induced tourism. Destination images, travel motivation, authenticity and travel behaviour in a film tourism context are discussed and analysed. This book should be of interest for professionals in tourism, destination marketing, advertising and branding as well as governmental organs interested in ways to promote cities and countries.
This case study is an exploration of televisual place, of Orange County, California, and three popular U.S. shows set therein: The OC, Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County, and The Real Housewives of Orange County . Place is a meaningful experience in the world, and it is made through a unique intersection of social processes. It is much more than the material embodiment of social processes in a particular location, it is also an amalgam of memory, emotion, and imagination. Places of the media fit this description.More than just re-presentations of reality, mediated places are an inextricable part of our daily lives, and directly engage the processes of place-making by affecting our perception, senses, and subjectivity. These three Orange County based series are used to demonstrate how production techniques contribute to the place-making process and how this process continues and culminates with audience engagement. The use of landscape images, the concept of emotional realism, and reality TV's claim to the real are explored for their role in the televisual place-making process. Audience surveys and the phenomenon of TV-induced tourism demonstrate the importance of televisual places to viewers. This book seeks to prove that mediated places, especially as seen on TV, matter.
'Norman Stanley Fletcher, you have pleaded guilty to the charges brought by this court and it is now my duty to pass sentence.' Those words, spoken by a judge to the show's hero in the title sequence of every Porridge episode, are among the most famous in British comedy and they remind viewers that this is no ordinary TV sitcom.The first situation comedy anywhere in the world to be set in a prison, Porridge is about men being punished for crimes committed against the same sort of people who are watching the show. Millions of hard working Britons were fans, many of them anxious about rising crime and worried that burglars would steal the TV set they were watching it on.Yet they still settled down at 8.30pm on Friday nights between 1974 and 1977 to watch a series that celebrates the sometimes pathetic, often ingenious, recidivism of a group of social misfits who by their own admission are failed citizens. How did such a comedy come to be seen as part of a 'golden age of British sitcom', without ever losing its edge to nostalgia?Crime, like sex, sells. But Porridge did not romanticise villainy. Written by Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais, it's a satire of class-consciousness and power, warmed by a humanistic celebration of men on the margins of society. Its heroes are weak inadequate misfits, not tough, glamorous gangsters. Porridge was a success because the essence of situation comedy is confinement, characters in this format are people who feel trapped and thwarted by circumstances beyond their control. This, therefore, is the ultimate sitcom.Richard Weight's entertaining study of this much-loved classic places Porridge in the context of 1970s social upheavals, explores how the series satirises structures of class and authority through Fletch and Godber's battles to outwit the prison officers Mr Mackay and Mr Barrowclough, and traces its influences on TV comedy that followed.
This case study is an exploration of televisual place, of Orange County, California, and three popular U.S. shows set therein: The OC, Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County, and The Real Housewives of Orange County. Place is a meaningful experience in the world, and it is made through a unique intersection of social processes. It is much more than the material embodiment of social processes in a particular location, it is also an amalgam of memory, emotion, and imagination. Places of the media fit this description. More than just re-presentations of reality, mediated places are an inextricable part of our daily lives, and directly engage the processes of place-making by affecting our perception, senses, and subjectivity. These three Orange County based series are used to demonstrate how production techniques contribute to the place-making process and how this process continues and culminates with audience engagement. The use of landscape images, the concept of emotional realism, and reality TV&#8217;s claim to the real are explored for their role in the televisual place-making process. Audience surveys and the phenomenon of TV-induced tourism demonstrate the importance of televisual places to viewers. This book seeks to prove that mediated places, especially as seen on TV, matter.
'I'm the one they send to the trailer park outside Chimayo, New Mexico, to see the place where the guy went crazy and shot somebody. I'm the one who gets sent to the monster truck show, Lollapalooza concerts, the world's biggest bridal fair. Readers warm to my style . . . unless it drives them to apoplexy.'-H.S. Take the off ramp to the world of Hank Stuever, a truly original writer who captures the humorous and haunting rhythms of modern American lives Hank Stuever's funny, touching reports take us to everyday places where the increasingly unusual realities of today's world run rampant. Stuever--twice a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize--calls this terrain the American Elsewhere. He finds it by bypassing Big News and taking off ramps to places where seemingly ordinary people lead lives just slightly off-kilter. Stuever's Elsewhere extends through trailer parks, roller rinks, malls no longer sparkling, and suburbs where robot dogs growl and bored children jump off rooftops using Hefty-bag parachutes. From Star Wars conventions to credit disasters, from snipers to missing persons, there is always something happening in Elsewhere-and Hank Stuever never misses a scintilla of the action. In Off Ramp, his destinations include Plano, Texas, home of two friends both named Angie ('Plano princesses') who turn home décor disasters over to a TV decorating show and wind up at war against orange carpet. In Washington D.C, we meet a pony-tailed 'sofa surgeon' who confronts the mysteries of the universe and couches that won't go through doorways. In Albuquerque, New Mexico, a spiral-permed secretary begins an odyssey toward marriage that takes her from anxiety dreams ('I'm walking down the aisle and nobody is looking at me or anything') to anxiety that is no dream. And we are there. We visit discount funeral homes ('Let's say you're dead...'), campgrounds where international bonds are formed ('We are from Netherlands, and we are for two days wonderink, who it is you are storage facilities where America keeps its strangest secrets. We meet the men who drew the comic-book characters (including Wonder Woman) Stuever loved as a child professional bowlers, waterbed aficionados, and some Texans on 'debris drives' in search of pieces of the fallen Columbia shuttle. Finally, we travel to Stuever's hometown of Oklahoma lCity where the bombing of the Alfred P.Murrah federal building has created a kind of Elsewhere he has never seen before. You never know quite where Hank Stuever is going to take you. Off Ramp is the terrific debut of a fresh, humane, one-of-a-kind journalistic voice.
Europe was torn by religious and dynastic wars in the 16th century while the mighty Ottoman Empire was getting ready to conquer the countries of the Christian world. The Hungarians had contributed vastly more than their share to the steady development of the European civilization in this time.Unfortunately, the Hungarians' role in the Ottoman Wars is quite underrepresented and neglected both in the academic works and in the popular history publications and TV channels. The Hungarian-Ottoman War Series aims to fill this gap by making this age more popular in the English language. Let us meet and pay tribute to the generations of long-forgotten heroes. Their struggles largely took place between 1372 and 1699, enabling the safe prosperity of the luckier part of western Europe. This is the first book of a coming series which wants to offer a glimpse into the life of the castles of the 1,000-mile-long Hungarian-Croatian-Transylvanian Borderland, beginning with some of the northern castles of the old Hungarian Kingdom. This wonderous Frontier was the longest structure of defense system of Europe which had worked for the longest period, partly financed and maintained by the Austrian Habsburgs and by the Hungarian nobles and by the warriors called the Valiant Order. There are many beautiful castles and many ruins on hilltops with stories and legends attached to them all along this long frontier. They have witnessed smaller or bigger raids, battles and sieges, have seen many cowardice, bloodshed and cruelty. The stories of my book are based on the records of contemporary historians and on the tales of the local folks. Some of them are just fairy tales or family-legends, made up by the imagination of the next generations but there is always a little truth in them. In order to describe some battles and sieges in a more entertaining manner, sometimes I tried to apply the rules of the historical fiction, adding details from my own imagination. There are hundreds of wonderful castles from the Croatian seaside of the Adriatic Sea through the Trans-Danubian Region up to the northern Carpathian Mountains. Many of them will be described in the coming series, including the major battles and sieges in their proximity. All these castles used to be part either of the Kingdom of Hungary and Croatia or Transylvania but now they can be found in eight different modern countries which presently share the Carpathian Basin. These countries are Austria, Slovenia, Serbia, Croatia, Romania, Ukraine, Slovakia and of course, Hungary. In this book, I have chosen thirty-three castles from those which used to guard the northern part of the Hungarian Kingdom against the Ottoman Empire. The westernmost castle of them is Dévény Castle which is located in Slovakia, near to the Austrian border while the easternmost is Munkács Castle which is now in Ukraine.Their old Hungarian name is commonly used in the stories and in their historical descriptions but I gave the modern names and the GPS coordinates as well so as to find them easier on new maps because these fabulous places are worth visiting. Also, I have included some pictures into this e-book but you can find more if you visit my Facebook page, the &#8222;Hungaries-1632' where more information can be found about the castles and the historical period.