DVD: Jack Rosenthal at the BBC (15)

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A trio of films from the glory days of the one-off TV play make up the bulk of this lovely collection of five Jack Rosenthal dramas.

All of them are shot through with the writer's warm, winning wit and display his characteristic generosity of spirit towards his characters, none more so than the sublime Bar Mitzvah Boy from 1976. Other treats include his first play for the BBC, The Evacuees, and an adaptation of Viv Nicholson's Spend Spend Spend, the tale of how Britain's most famous pools winner ploughed through £152,000 in the early 1960s. The more minor Eskimo Day and its follow-up, Cold Enough for Snow, from the 1990s, make up the set.

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