Eight celebrated teleplays that originally aired during the 1950s are presented, including works by Rod Serling ('Requiem for a Heavyweight'), Paddy Chayefsky ('Marty') and Ira Levin ('No Time for Sergeants'). Featured performers include Paul Newman ('Bang the Drum Slowly'), Julie Harris ('Wind from the South'), Andy Griffith ('No Time for Sergeants') and Rod Steiger ('Marty'). Each show is preceded by interviews with performers, writers and directors from the original production.
A superb seven-part BBC series tracing the life of naturalist Charles Darwin (1809-82), from his university days through his five-year exploratory voyage on the HMS Beagle to the controversy surrounding the 1859 publication of his landmark 'On the Origin of Species.'
Love at first sight leads to a difficult and dangerous liaison in this romantic drama. Owen Springer (Robson Green) is a young surgeon whose father is in failing health, though the elderly man is convinced his condition is worse than it really is. Owen has relocated to Manchester to be closer to his dad, and is looking for new employment. Owen applies for a position as a Surgical Registrar, and he's interviewed by Anna (Francesca Annis), a Management Consultant. Anna is won over by Owen's charm, and Owen is immediately struck by Anna's intelligence and good looks. Their mutual attraction leads to a romance, but there's more than one spanner in the works -- Anna is several years older than Owen, and she happens to be married -- to Owen's new superior. Produced for British television, Reckless first aired in the United States as part of the award-winning anthology series Masterpiece Theatre.
A subtle and complex six-part adaptation of Henry James' 1904 novel about an unusual love affair between an Italian prince and his former fiancée. The complications: He's getting married, while she finds herself pursued by the bride's father. Originally a BBC serial, it first aired in the U.S. on PBS's 'Masterpiece Theatre.'
A subtle, quiet gem about race relations in the South during the late 1950s, revolving around a prosecutor, his family and their black housekeeper, who's gradually becoming aware of the civil-rights movement. Amply praised but low-rated, the series lasted less than two seasons on NBC, but PBS later aired a two-hour movie finale that wrapped up story lines and aired repeats of the hourlong episodes.