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Win the French period drama Maison Close on DVD

Set in an 1870s Parisian brothel, the 8-part Maison Close follows the lives of three very different women working in the opulent Paradise whorehouse. Veris has her sights set on landing a Baron to get her out of the game; Hortense, the owner of Paradise, has a thug demanding money from her; and young Rose just wants to pay-off a large debt.

Following its run on Sky Arts, this uncompromising French series is now available on Blu-ray and DVD from Arrow Films, and we have three copies of the DVD up for grabs. To enter, fill in the form below, answering the following question: In which French city is Maison Close set?

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Catch the third season of Hot in Cleveland on Sony TV

The UK premiere of the third season of Hot in Cleveland lands on Sony Entertainment Television (Sky 157/Virgin 193) with a one-off double bill from 8.30pm on Friday 14 September and continues every Friday at 8.30pm. To celebrate the third series arriving on Sony TV, we have a water resistant MP3 player for you to win.

To enter, fill in the form below, answering the following question: Who plays sassy caretaker Elka in Hot in Cleveland?

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Win the sci-fi crime drama Alphas on DVD

The sci-fi drime drama Alphas follows a crack team of superhumans, headed by brilliant neurologist Dr Lee Rosen (David Strathairn), investigating a new breed of crime; those committed by and involving other Alphas (that is, people with enhanced abilities caused by anomalies in their genetic make-up).

The first season of the super-charged drama is coming to DVD, digital download and VOD from today (10 September). Courtesy of Universal Playback, we have 3 copies of the DVD box-set to give away. To enter, fill in the form below, answering the following question: What is the first name of David Strathairn’s CIA Deputy Director in the original Bourne films?

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Win the Poppy Montgomery crime drama Unforgettable on DVD

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First shown in the UK on Sky Living, Unforgettable sees Poppy Montgomery playing an ex-cop with a special gift: she remembers everything she’s experienced in perfect detail. When a tragedy brings her back in touch with her ex-boyfriend (Dylan Walsh), now an NYPD detective, he convinces her to use her incredible memory to help solve big city crimes…

The complete first season of Unforgettable is coming to DVD on 10 September and, courtesy of Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, we have five copies to give away. To enter, fill in the form below, answering the following question: Poppy Montgomery played Samantha Spade in which US crime procedural drama?

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Win the first series of Jimmy McGovern’s taunt drama Accused on DVD

The first series of Jimmy McGovern’s heavyweight BBC1 drama about how ordinary people become the Accused arrives on DVD from today (27 August), and features a starry line-up of British talent including Peter Capaldi, Marc Warren, Andy Serkis, Christopher Eccleston, Mackenzie Crook, Warren Brown and Naomie Harris.

Courtesy of Acorn Media, we have three copies of the first series of Accused on DVD to give away. To enter, fill in the form below, answering the following question: Peter Capaldi is best known for his role as what foul-mouthed spin doctor in The Thick of It?

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Win the cult 1980s adventure series Manimal on DVD

Back in the early 1980′s, the late British actor Simon MacCorkindale starred in this US fantasy series as Dr Jonathan Chase, a brilliant criminologist whose uses his inherited powers to transform himself into any animal he wishes to assist NYPD detective Brooke McKenzie (Melody Anderson) in solving major crimes. The cult adventure series is now coming to DVD in a 3-disc box-set, complete with a host of extras, on Monday 27 August.

Courtesy of Fabulous Films, we have three copies of Manimal up for grabs. To enter, fill in the form below, answering the following question: Name the Oscar-winning special effects artist responsible for the transformation sequences in Manimal.

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Win the second series of The Big C on DVD

Laura Linney returns in her Golden Globe-winning role as Cathy Jamison in The Big C, which arrives on DVD on Monday 20 August.

The second series finds Cathy deciding to undergo experimental treatment, where she quickly bonds with her fellow patient, Lee (Hugh Dancy) but isn’t so sure about her new doctor (Alan Alda).

Courtesy of Sony Home Entertainment, we have three copies of the inspirational drama for you to win. To enter, fill in the form below, answering the following question: Name the classic US medical drama set during the Korean War in which Alan Alda starred?

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Win the Australian comedy series Wilfred DVD box-set

Series One and Two of Wilfred, the award-winning comedy series from Australian comics Adam Zwar and Jason Gann, about a foul-mouthed, beer-swilling, pot-smoking dog that thinks it’s human (and the inspiration behind the US version) gets a DVD box-set release on Monday 20 August.

Courtesy of Fabulous Films, we have one copy of the box-set for you to win. To enter, fill in the form below, answering the following question: Who plays the human version of Wilfred in the Australian comedy?

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Win the second series of The Walking Dead on Blu-ray

Andrew Lincoln is back for a second instalment of the post-apocalyptic drama The Walking Dead as Deputy Sheriff Rick Grimes, who heads a group of survivors trying to outrun a growing horde of flesh-eating zombies. Fresh for its run on FX and Channel 5, the second season comes to Blu-ray and DVD from Monday 27 August.

We have two copies of the second season Blu-ray box-set for you to win. To enter, fill in the form below, answering the following question: Who plays Rick Grimes?

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Win the fifth and final series of Big Love on DVD

It’s time to bid farewell to the US drama Big Love as the fifth and final season is released on DVD on Monday 6 August 2012, alongside the The Complete Collection – containing all 53 episodes.

The final series finds Bill Henrickson (Bill Paxton) and his family facing the fallout fron his announcement at the end of series four that he was a polygamist. Meanwhile, Alby Grant (Matt Ross) returns from a self-imposed exile with revenge on his mind.

Courtesy of HBO Home Entertainment, we have three copies of the Fifth Season DVD for you to win. To enter, fill in the form below, answering the following question: What is the surname of Bill Paxton’s character in Big Love?

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Will & Grace is coming to Sony TV

The Emmy Award-winning TV comedy series Will & Grace is showing from the very beginning on Sony Entertainment Television (Sky 157, Virgin 193) every weekday at 5.45pm from Monday 6 August and, to celebrate, we have a water resistant Sony MP3 player for you to win.

To enter, fill in the form below, answering the following question: Who plays Grace in the TV comedy series Will & Grace?

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Win the vintage British thriller series The Edgar Wallace Mysteries on DVD

Back in the 1960s and 1970s, The Edgar Wallace Mysteries became a popular feature on afternoon TV in the UK following its cinema run and gave The Shadows a No5 UK hit in 1960 with their instrumental version of the theme music, Man of Mystery. It also starred a who’s who of talent, ranging from Harry H Corbett, John Le Mesurier and Paul Eddington to Michael Caine and Barbara Windsor.

All 47 of these noir-ish mysteries – unseen for decades – have now been carefully restored and will  be released in seven volumes, beginning with the first two volumes on 30 July.

Courtesy of Network DVD, we have one copy of the Volume 1 and Volume 2 box-set, featuring 16 films and a host of bonus material, for you to win. To enter, fill in the form below, answering the following question: Crime novelist Edgar Wallace is best known as the Man of …?

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Jeremy’s Pick of the Day | Friday 20 July

9pm, Nikita, Sky Living HD
A black box file reveals that a terrorist named Ramon (guest star Simon Kassianides), who has been taking credit for some political assassinations, now works for Division.  Amanda convinces Alex to kill Anton Kochenko (guest star Paul Braunstein), a man who used to work for Alex’s father, and plans to let Ramon take the credit for the murder.

10pm, Awake, Sky Atlantic HD
Detective Ed Hawkins is the key to solving the accident in both realities. But when Michael is forced to kill him in on his reality, he must use his reality to crack the case in the other reality. However, Michael soon becomes a wanted man in both realities and he is unaware that the only person who can help him is one of the conspirators.

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Lightning Bolt

We’re used to seeing Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt revelling in the applause and glory after trouncing his rivals in Olympics and World Championships races.

But Usain Bolt: The Fastest Man Alive shows the hard work and sacrifice that have helped make him the world’s best-known athlete. Lying on a track in Jamaica after an exhausting training session, he is half-joking and half-serious when he says: ‘My conscience is telling me, “Stop running, go play football, go play golf”.’

Film-maker Gael Leiblang spent a year with Bolt to capture his highs (including
breaking world records in the 100m and 200m), and low (disqualification
for a false start in the 100m final at the World Championships in South Korea).

But this is more than a film about a fantastic athlete. It goes behind the scenes to show Bolt relaxing at home in Kingston, Jamaica, playing dominoes and football with his friends, and taking a turn as a DJ after an important race meet in Oslo.

Bolt even makes an appeal to Alex Ferguson to consider signing him for Manchester United. He certainly has the pace but, on the evidence here, might need to work on his heading skills.

At the London Olympics, Bolt is aiming to defend his 100m, 200m and 4x100m titles,
an achievement that would make him one of the greatest Olympians of all time. The world will be watching, and so will Leiblang, who is already planning his post-London follow-up film.

If you missed Usain Bolt: The Fastest Man Alive, it is now available on BBC iPlayer.

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Jeremy’s Pick of the Day | Tuesday 17 July

9pm, CSI, Channel 5 HD
The CSI team is called in to investigate a robbery-homicide at an Alice In Wonderland-themed wedding, they have little to work with to find a killer and stop them before they can rob more weddings. Meanwhile, Hodges’ mother comes to town, and Morgan poses as his girlfriend for what is meant to be a very short visit, but turns into a multiple day stay.  Jackyn Smith, stars of 1970s TV siries Charlie’s Angels guest stars.

9pm, Falling Skies, FX HD
The 2nd Mass moves into an airport hanger, but the relocation could cause health problems. Elsewhere Anne grows concerned about the health of the group, the renegade Berserkers come up with a scheme to cast out Tom, and the unit copes with a loss while an enigmatic visitor provides hope.

9pm, The Newsroom, Sky Atlantic HD
MacKenzie takes charge of the revamped News Night and lobbies economist Sloan Sabbith to file a nightly financial report. Meanwhile, Jim takes responsibility for Maggie’s mistake, Charlie puts a halt to Reese’s meetings with Will and a confidential breakup story is a secret no more.

10pm, Leverage, FX HD
The team targets a descendant of legendary con men who knows every scam in the book, so Nate decides that since they can’t con him, they’ll just rob him. Later, Nate learns whohas  been tracking them: Jack Latimer, a professional investor who’ has made millions from companies who have had personnel or practices exposed by Leverage.

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Win the thrilling Israeli drama Prisoners of War on DVD

Following its recent run on Sky Arts 1, the Israeli drama Prisoners of War lands on DVD today. The series, which is known as Hatufim (which means ‘abductees’ in Hebrew) in Israel and inspired the hit US drama Homeland starring Damian Lewis, tells the story of three Israeli defence force reservists who are captured behind enemy lines in Lebanon. Their fate is unknown until 17 years later, when they mysteriously return home – two of them alive, the third in a coffin. The story of the three men’s time in captivity unfolds across 10 episodes, as they attempt to reintegrate into society.

Courtesy of Arrow Films, we have three copies of the DVD for you to win. To enter, fill in the form below, answering the following question: What is the name of Damian Lewis’ character in Homeland?

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Jeremy’s Pick of the Day | Friday 13 July

9pm, Nikita, Sky Living HD
While investigating an old corrupt Division program that seems to have resurfaced, Nikita  and Michael run into Owen (guest star Devon Sawa). He tells them he is searching for Dr Joseph Mars (guest star John Ralston), who not only masterminded the program, but also invented the Regimen and could help Owen wean himself off the dangerous drug.

10pm, Awake, Sky Atlantic HD
After passing out during a bungee jump in one reality, Michael discovers that he is trapped in the other reality with no way back. What is worse, he becomes increasingly unable to distinguish reality from hallucination as a figment of his imagination stalks him.

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Win the fourth series of Damages on DVD

The fourth series of the compelling legal drama series Damages, starring Glenn Close as high-stakes litigator Patty Hewes, heads to DVD on Monday 16 July. The series also stars Rose Byrne as estranged protégé Ellen Parsons, who joins Patty in trying to expose a corrupt security firm; Dylan Baker as an inscrutable mercenary agent; and John Goodman as powerful CEO Howard Erickson, who is put on trial in a wrongful-death suit.

Here’s what actor John Goodman had to say about his role in the series…

Did you find any traits to admire in your character?
No, he’s a weasel! Actually, he has one quality I admire: terrific, rock-solid faith in himself. He does what he does out of a sincere belief in his righteousness, which can be dangerous without any flexibility. But he’s too hidebound, too rigid. He begins to fear that his basic world will be changed and acts on it. Then he’s on a slippery slope.

Has it been tough to portray him, then?
No, it’s a really fun role to play. Howard has a lot of toys to play with and a lot of power to wield. I didn’t base Howard on anyone from real life. He’s an amalgam, a stew of people I’ve observed over the years. That’s all I’ve got.

Why do you think Damages has been so successful?
It has a very contemporary, newsy feel to it, but it doesn’t dumb anything down. The viewer has to bring something to it. It doesn’t talk down to anyone. I live in a world of my own with Sponge Bob Square Pants repeats! But I know this is great drama. Great drama always attracts great actors, but they must have messed up with me!

How have you found it working with Glenn and Rose?
It’s been wonderful. Yes, they’re take-charge gals, but I’ve had so much fun with them. On one occasion, we did this very serious scene, and we spent the whole time giggling and goofing around. I had a ball. You do the same thing over and over, and after a while you get slap happy. During those heavy scenes, it’s important to keep it light and not hammer away at the hard stuff all the time. That gives it a nice balance, a je ne sais quoi!

What does the future hold for you?
We’re working on a sequel to Monsters Inc. I’d like to tell you about the plot, but I can’t. The first film worked so well because every character evolved. They also let the actors in on the magical process of animation. They put Billy Crystal and me together and videoed it, and the energy just quadrupled.

And beyond that?
I don’t have a plan. It’s whatever comes up. When I’m not working, I’m sitting on the sofa, flipping channels and watching Sponge Bob Square Pants!

• For more insights from John Goodman, check out the video on our Facebook page.

WIN DAMAGES: SEASON FOUR ON DVD
Courtesy of Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, we have three copies of the fourth series DVD for you to win. To enter, fill in the form below, answering the following question: What is the name of John Goodman’s character in Damages?

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Here is the news

Aaron Sorkin, the man behind The West Wing and the Oscar-winning film The Social Network and Oscar-nominated Moneyball, turns his attention to TV news in his new drama The Newsroom.

The 10-part drama is set at a fictional cable news station, Atlantic Cable News (ACN), with the storylines playing out against the backdrop of real news events.

In The Newsroom, as in The West Wing, Sorkin tries to show the best of a profession that is often derided. ‘I thought, “How about writing about a hyper-competent group of people?” I wanted to write about a group of heroic people reaching unrealistically high. I wanted to write a love letter to journalism.’

In America, The Newsroom has had a mixed reaction from critics, but gained a big enough audience for a second series to be commissioned.

Judge The Newsroom for yourself when the first series starts on Tuesday 10 July on Sky Atlantic HD at 10pm.

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