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Two-time Academy Award winner Daniel Day-Lewis has been celebrated for his amazing performances and profound ability to reinvent himself time and again thanks to impeccable research and a devotion to his craft. Defining roles in My Beautiful Laundrette, A Room with a View, The Unbearable Lightness of Being, The Last of the Mohicans, In the Name of the Father and Lincoln have won acclaim from critics as well as establishing him as an audience favourite. This two disc set reaches back to showcase Daniel Day-Lewis rarely seen, early roles at the BBC the traditional grounding place for fine British actors. Not only do these three feature-length productions demonstrate the formative years of Day Lewis career, they are perfect examples of great BBC drama in their own right and include a top cast of British actors including Christopher Fairbank, Jim Broadbent, Sian Phillips, Geoffrey Palmer, Hugh Fraser, Anthony Valentine and many more. 1. HOW MANY MILES TO BABYLON? Two Irishmen Protestant Alex Moore (Day-Lewis) and his Catholic childhood friend Jerry, enter WWI as soliders and see their friendship tested as they experience the harsh realities of war. From a story by acclaimed Irish author Jennifer Johnston. Starring DANIEL DAY-LEWIS SIAN PHILLIPS and CHRISTOPHER FAIRBANK Produced by INNES LLOYD Directed by MOIRA ARMSTRONG Based on the novel by JENNIFER JOHNSTON Original UK Transmission: 26/02/1982 2. THE INSURANCE MAN Told through flashbacks, dye factory worker Franz recounts a mysterious skin condition he suffered before the First World War. At Pragues infamous Insurance Company, Franz meets Kafka (Day-Lewis), a bureaucrat whose intelligence and compassion appear out of place amid the apathy that surrounds him. Written by celebrated author Alan Bennett. Starring DANIEL DAY-LEWIS ROBERT HINES GEOFFREY PALMER JIM BROADBENT TREVOR PEACOCK and CHARLOTTE COLEMAN Produced by INNES LLOYD Directed by RICHARD EYRE Play by ALAN BENNETT Original UK Transmission: 22/02/1986 3. DANGEROUS CORNER In this classic thriller by J.B. Priestly, Day-Lewis plays publishing executive Gordon Whitehouse. While gathered with his coterie of high society friends and co-workers at the country estate of his business partner, one guest makes a surprising remark about a musical box. This seemingly harmless comment produces a string of shocking revelations and devastating repercussions. Starring DANIEL DAY-LEWIS SUSAN FLEETWOOD and ANTHONY VALENTINE Produced by CEDRIC MESSINA Directed by JAMES ORMEROD Written by J.B. PRIESTLY based on his play. Original UK Transmission: 22/05/1983
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Anthony Valentine, Christopher Fairbank, Daniel Day-Lewis, David Robb, Geoffrey Palmer, Hugh Fraser, Jim Broadbent, Sam Kelly, Sian Phillips
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A rare look at the Oscar winner's formative years on the screen in three high quality BBC productions