Richard Chamberlain, Rachel Ward, Barbara Stanwyck, Christopher Plummer. Colleen McCullogh's epic tale of the forbidden love between a priest tested by human passion and a beautiful young girl desiring what she can't have. Includes the stunning, original 4-part miniseries The Thorn Birds.
The phenomenal success of the 1977 ABC miniseries Roots all but demanded a sequel to writer Alex Haley's epic story of his African and African-American forebears. Debuting February 18, 1979, Roots: The Next Generations picked up where its predecessor left off, with Haley's slave ancestors winning their freedom in the aftermath of the Civil War. Even so, life for black Americans was wrought with hardship and oppression thanks to the rise of the Ku Klux Klan, the staunch refusal of the white power structure to pass anti-lynching laws, and the formation of the dreaded Jim Crow laws which legalized racial segregation in the South (and much of the North). Covering the period from 1882 to the mid-1970s, the miniseries first focuses on blacksmith Tom Harvey (Georg Stanford Brown), great-grandson of Kunta Kinte (the protagonist of the original Roots), and his family.
The official 40th anniversary of Monty Python DVD release. Almost The Truth: The Lawyer's Cut features the full length six hour TV series on the first two discs with a third disc of bonus material including classic sketches, extended interviews and previously unseen material and a Terry Gilliam image gallery. Almost The Truth: The Lawyer's Cut contains brand new interviews with the five surviving Pythons: John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin with archive contributions from the late Graham Chapman. A host of others also contribute to putting the Python legacy in context including: Phil Jupitus, Bruce Dicinson, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Russell Brand, Steve Coogan, Stephen Merchant, Dan Aykroyd, Nick Mason, Tim Roth, Simon Pegg, Eddie Izzard and many more.
This award-winning six-part historical epic was one of the first examples of the miniseries format and one of the highest-rated television programs in broadcasting history. Based on the best-selling novel by author Alex Haley, Roots chronicles the progress of Haley's own family across many generations, from the kidnapping of an African warrior by American slave traders to eventual post-Civil War freedom.