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This month we’re featuring new movies and series just added to biblio+ including the crime scene dark comedy series The Cleaner and the mystery thriller Doctor Foster, our Editor’s Pick for August, from the BBC, as well as the Australian satire comedy Swinging Safari starring Guy Pearce and Kylie Minogue.
New to our Lifelong Learning category this month is Florence and the Uffizi Gallery, a thrilling, multi-dimensional tour of Tuscany’s most famous city and the world-renowned gallery that holds some of the most prolific works from the Renaissance.
New selections from the BBC this month include the cozy detective series Quirke starring Gabriel Byrne, Michael Gambon, and Geraldine Sommerville, the crime thriller The Intruders starring Stranger Things’ Millie Bobby Brown, and the comedy series This Time with Alan Partridge starring Steve Coogan.
We’re also featuring a thrilling selection of True Crime series and documentaries, including Jack the Ripper: The Case Reopened from the BBC, Heartland Homicide, and Dear Zachary: A Letter To a Son About His Father.
Experience summer concerts from the comfort of your living room with two exciting live performance films starring global pop stars Ariana Grande and Sam Smith in the BBC’s Live in London series.
And don’t miss the kids series Yakka Dee! from the BBC.
THE CLEANER (BBC)
Wicky is a crime scene cleaner. When the detectives are done, he moves in, armed with his bleach and scrubbing brushes. His job brings him into contact with the strangest people: those who knew the victims, and sometimes even the killers themselves. But because he’s a chatty man, he tends to gossip rather more than he cleans.
1970s Australia: A 200-ton blue whale washes up on a local beach and it’s the biggest thing that’s ever happened in the lives of the local kids. Behind closed doors, the parents of this quiet suburban cul-de-sac celebrate in their own special way… It’s a time of boxed wine, bad hair, bad styles, bad choices, but good times. And like the rotting whale, it’s all about to go spectacularly wrong.
DOCTOR FOSTER: Editor’s Pick (BBC)
Gemma Foster is a woman seemingly in control: a trusted GP, the heart of her town, a woman people can trust. But her life is about to explode. Suspecting her husband of having an affair, Gemma throws herself into an investigation that will propel her, her family, and even some of her patients into chaos. Bit by bit, Doctor Foster uncovers secrets that shock her to the core. Now she has to choose how to react. One thing is certain – she is going to behave in ways she could never have imagined.
FLORENCE AND THE UFFIZI GALLERY
A Journey into the heart of the Renaissance… Florence And The Uffizi Gallery is a multi-dimensional journey of the city that was once the cradle of the Italian Renaissance through the most beautiful and representative works of art of the period from Michelangelo, Brunelleschi, Raphael, Leonardo and Botticelli, with a detailed central chapter dedicated to the very treasure house containing their masterpieces: the Uffizi Gallery, including the breathtaking “Adoration of the Magi” by Leonardo Da Vinci, which will be brought back to life in 2016, after several years of restoration, and here unveiled in worldwide exclusive premiere on the big screen. Moreover, a fascinating, Gothic-flavored interlude will display much darker, more monstrous and frightening paintings, such as those by Caravaggio. Art plays the leading role in the film, thanks to the moving narration provided by the mastermind of the Italian Renaissance, Lorenzo the Magnificent, played by Simon Merrells (Spartacus) and authoritative contributions from the main international expert in Renaissance art Arturo Galansino (curator of the Royal Academy in London and newly appointed director of the Strozzi Foundation in Florence) who signed the academic, artistic and scientific supervision of the script, and Antonio Natali, director of the Uffizi, who will welcome us in inside the Gallery and will detail the key works.
NEW TO BIBLIO+ FROM BBC
A consultant pathologist in the Dublin city morgue in the 1950s, Quirke is a powerful character more at ease among the cold silent slabs than the company of his fellow men. But in truth, his profession provides his greatest pleasure: inquisitive by nature, he is fascinated with unlocking the secret to these cadavers’ deaths. After a body vanishes from his mortuary one night Quirke’s curiosity is piqued by the lengths his brother is prepared to go to, to cover up the cause of one young woman’s death in childbirth. As Quirke turns accidental detective, he delves deep into the secrets of Dublin.
Jack Whelan, a former LAPD cop with a troubled history, finds his idyllic life shattered when his wife, Amy, vanishes. Meanwhile, an assassin named Richard Shepherd is embarking on a series of executions, and a seemingly innocent nine-year-old girl, Madison O’Donnell, goes on the run. These apparently unrelated events begin to intertwine, revealing a terrifying conspiracy. When Jack’s high school friend, Gary, shows up asking for help with a murder case, he’s drawn deeper into the mystery, and closer to terrifying revelations about a clandestine group known as Qui Reverti.
THIS TIME WITH ALAN PARTRIDGE
Alan is handed a career lifeline – the chance to stand in as co-host on This Time, a weekday magazine show. But can he capitaliZe on the opportunity?
JACK THE RIPPER: THE CASE REOPENED (BBC)
In 1888 the most infamous serial killer of all time, Jack the Ripper, began his reign of terror in the East End of London. Between August and November, five horrifically violent murders took place in Whitechapel. There was a huge manhunt, but the Ripper was never caught. Since then there has been endless speculation about who the Ripper was, what motivated his crimes, and how the killer escaped justice. Presented by Emilia Fox and Britain’s top criminologist Professor David Wilson, this documentary casts new light on the Jack the Ripper case. Together Emilia and David look at the Ripper’s modus operandi using modern technology – like a digital autopsy table – and recreating the murder sites to help understand the extraordinary risks the Ripper took to kill his victims. Also, using the Home Office Large Major Enquiry System (HOLMES), a bespoke computer system used by the police to help detect patterns in criminal activity, and evidence uncovered within the investigation, results strongly indicate that Martha Tabram was in fact the first Ripper victim. Convinced that Martha Tabram was the Ripper’s first victim, Emilia and David ask a geographical profiling expert to take a fresh look at the pattern of Ripper murder sites, which takes the investigation in a completely different direction, ultimately identifying the most likely suspect. The debate about Jack the Ripper’s true identity is already over 130 years old and is sure to continue, but this documentary casts new light onto the case and is as definitive as could be in naming the killer.
We all dream of possessing a part of that quaint small-town life. A friendly smile and wave from the neighbors as the kids run through the yards playing ball. Unfortunately, sometimes even paradise is visited by loss. Heartland Homicide tells the stories of these events, when big city crimes visit small-town America. Each episode uncovers the lives and circumstances of the victims while outlining and examining the convicted individual’s motives, bringing the horrific events into the light with the people who were there.
DEAR ZACHARY: A LETTER TO A SON ABOUT HIS FATHER
On November 5, 2001, Dr. Andrew Bagby was murdered in a parking lot in western Pennsylvania; the prime suspect, his ex-girlfriend Dr. Shirley Turner, promptly fled the United States for St. John’s, Canada, where she announced that she was pregnant with Andrew’s child. She named the little boy Zachary. Filmmaker Kurt Kuenne, Andrew’s oldest friend, began making a film for little Zachary as a way for him to get to know the father he’d never meet. But when Shirley Turner was released on bail in Canada and was given custody of Zachary while awaiting extradition to the U.S., the film’s focus shifted to Zachary’s grandparents, David & Kathleen Bagby, and their desperate efforts to win custody of the boy from the woman they knew had murdered their son. What happened next, no one ever could have foreseen…
ARIANA GRANDE: LIVE IN LONDON
Davina McCall chats to Ariana Grande in this musical extravaganza. Ariana performs songs from her latest album and some of her biggest hits accompanied by her band and an all-female orchestra.
SAM SMITH: LIVE IN LONDON
Sam Smith performs tracks from their latest album alongside some of their biggest hits, including Stay With Me and the Oscar-winning Writing’s on the Wall, accompanied by their band and the BBC Concert Orchestra. Host Fearne Cotton chats with Sam about their incredible career and life to date. There are some fun moments with Sam’s fans backstage, and they give one special couple the surprise of a lifetime on their wedding day.
KIDS AND FAMILY
Yakka Dee! is an entertaining and inspiring series that uses a mixture of animation and live action to help teach young children new words and encourage their self-esteem and social confidence.
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