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THE AFRICAN QUEEN: SPE­CIAL RESTORA­TION EDI­TION

(ITV Stu­dios, cert U, £19.99)

SHIN­ING like a di­a­mond, the 1951 clas­sic has been lov­ingly re­stored us­ing the lat­est technology. The re­sult is see­ing Humphrey Bog­art and Katharine Hep­burn mak­ing movie magic in lush colour with crisp sound. In his only Os­car-win­ning role, Bo­gey played Char­lie, the booz­ing, smok­ing, cussing cap­tain of a tramp steamer in Africa who res­cues prim and proper Rose af­ter her brother is killed by Ger­man sol­diers. Af­ter much bick­er­ing the ill-matched pair set forth to sab­o­tage a Ger­man ship in this su­perb film by di­rec­tor John Hus­ton.

THE MAN­AGER­ESS: COM­PLETE SE­RIES ONE (Acorn, two-disc set £19.99)

SET to score with many fans, here’s the 1989 TV se­ries in which the beau­ti­ful game got a beau­ti­ful new man­ager in Cherie Lunghi. She plays Gabriella, a woman raised on foot­ball by an of­ten-ab­sent fa­ther who, when her mother dies, reaches out to her by cut­ting a deal for her to take over from a cor­rupt foot­ball team man­ager. Nu­dity in the dress­ing room is least of the wor­ries for the first fe­male foot­ball team boss as she faces re­sis­tance from the team and trainer and back­stab­bing in the board room.

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