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1 x 2 Hours
Starring
John Rawnsley
Marie McLaughlin
Arthur Davies
Produced By
Jonathan Miller
Distributed For
Rigolleto



Jonathan Miller’s production, performed by the English National Opera, boldly translates the action of Guiseppe Verdi’s opera from sixteenth-century Italian vendettas into 1950s power politics of Mafia-controlled Manhattan.

RIGOLETTO was recorded at the London Coliseum before a live audience with a cast of exceptional brilliance including John Rawnsley as the hunchbacked joker of the title, Marie McLaughlin as his daughter Gilda whose honor he struggles to protect, and Arthur Davies as the "Duke", the godfather of the Mafia, singing the best-known aria, "La Donna e Mobile" to the sound of a juke-box. This is no traditional rendering of the opera. Instead, the action is moved boldly forward from Manuta in the sixteenth century to Little Italy, New York, in the early Fifties. In this environment, the power of a father’s curse is as threatening as it was four hundred years before; superstition has a strong hold on the minds of the Mafiosi.

The opera is sung in a new English translation which adds to the intensity of the drama. The best recommendation has come from the many opera-goers who were expecting to be outraged by this new production, but found themselves seeing a familiar work with fresh eyes and finding new meaning and excitement as a result.

Drama Specials

Naked Civil Servant
John Hurt stars in this biographical film of Quentin Crisp a flamboyant and witty exhibitionist whose conversation is as glittering as the lipstick and mascara he used to effect.
The Sailor's Return
Flawlessly evoking Victorian rural life, the film tells the story of a love doomed by insularity and racial prejudice.

Drama Series

Murder Investiation Team
Each episode began with the discovery of a body and followed the investigation as it unfolded. The team used all the resources at their disposal from the latest forensic techniques, victimology, criminal psychology as well as their own sharp wits, to deliver on their duty to the public and to catch the killers.
The Helen West Caseboo
She’s a workaholic lawyer with a conscience. As a crown prosecutor, she deals with domestic abuse, sexual molestation, and murder. Driven by a strong sense of justice and compassion, she pursues cases even when her boss insists she drop them and goes out of her way to offer victims a helping hand.

Childrens

Animated Classics
29 animated specials of classic literature is something that the entire family can enjoy. Titles include: A Christmas Carol, Moby Dick, Les Miserables, and The Phantom of The Opera.
Wind in the Willows
From the despicable plans of the evil Weasels to Toad’s gentlemanly obsession with the art of the motor car, no stone has been left unturned in creating this charming adaptation of an old favourite.

Factual Specials

Our Lives: Our Dad is a Woman
What would you do if your dad dropped the bombshell that he wanted to be a woman? Bold, emotional, and compelling, this program gains intimate access to the lives of 3 families, in which a father, partner, or son has battled fear and prejudice to reveal their real selves.
Paul McCartney & Wings:
Band On The Run

From the sudden departure of two band members, to Paul and his wife Linda being robbed at knifepoint, This program also looks at the shooting of the iconic album cover and speaks to some of the stars immortalized in the spotlight.

Other

Duran Duran: One Night Only
captures this multi award-winning band as they perform before a live audience offering a rare insight into the band. With exclusive, never-before-seen archive footage, and interviews, the programme provides viewers with a unique perspective on the band.
Phil Collins: One Night Only
A true music legend Phil Collins has sold over 100 million albums over four decades as a solo artist. In One Night Only, he goes back to his roots, taking a nostalgic trip to the area he grew up in and the old haunts where he played his first gigs.