What’s On

Screenings of classic films on UK television and at the BFI cinema

Today

Sid and Dora

The World at War ()
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1970s World War II documentary series, narrated by Laurence Olivier.

The Captive Heart (1946)
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Stories of life among British officers in a German POW camp, especially of a Czech who has stolen the papers of a dead Britisher.

The Silent Enemy (1958)
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The World War II exploits of a naval frogman in the Mediterranean.

A Matter of Life and Death (1946)
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A pilot with brain damage after bailing out is torn between this world and the next, but an operation puts things to rights.

The Smallest Show on Earth (1957)
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Two young marrieds inherit a decayed cinema and make it pay.

Up Pompeii (1971)

Miracle on 34th Street (1994)
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A department store Santa Claus promises a child that he will provide her with a house, a father and a brother for Christmas.

The Cracksman (1963)


Tomorrow

Marathon Man (1976)
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A vicious Nazi returns from Uruguay to New York in search of diamonds that had been kept for him by his now-dead brother, and is outwitted by the young brother of an American agent he has killed.

Anna Karenina (1948)
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The wife of a Russian aristocrat falls for a dashing cavalry officer. Remake of the 1935 version.

Quartet (1948)
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Four stories introduced by the author, W. Somerset Maugham.

Mysterious Island (1961)
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Union officers escape by balloon and join shipwrecked English ladies on a strange island, where they are menaced by prehistoric monsters and helped by Captain Nemo.

Mine Own Executioner (1947)
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A lay psychiatrist undertakes the care of a mentally disturbed war veteran, but fails to prevent him from murdering his wife.

Albert, RN (1953)
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Prisoners of war construct a lifelike dummy to cover the absence of escaping prisoners.

A Matter of Life and Death (1946)
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A pilot with brain damage after bailing out is torn between this world and the next, but an operation puts things to rights.

To Paris with Love (1955)
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A middle-aged widower and his son go to Paris on holiday and devise matrimonial plans for each other.

The Great Escape (1963)
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Allied prisoners plan to escape from a German prison camp.

The World at War ()
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1970s World War II documentary series, narrated by Laurence Olivier.

The Long Memory (1953)
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An ex-con , framed for a murder he did not commit, plots revenge but instead discovers a fresh crime.

A Run for Your Money (1949)

Welsh Rugby supporters have various adventures on their one day in London.

Tuesday, 19th December

Beloved Enemy (1936)
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During the 1921 Irish rebellion, the fiancée of a British army officer falls in love with the leading revolutionary.

Cleopatra (1963)
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After Julius Caesar’s death, Cleopatra turns her attention to Mark Antony; the most expensive film ever made and almost the longest.

The Silver Fleet (1943)
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In occupied Holland, a shipping magnate destroys his new U-boat and himself and his Nazi mentors with it.

The Man Who Loved Redheads (1955)

The Night My Number Came Up (1955)
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A man dreams that his plane will crash, and the dream begins to come true.

Raintree County (1957)
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During the American Civil War, a Southern belle gets the man she thinks she wants, but subsequently finds life as a schoolmaster’s wife boring.

The World at War ()
1 1 1 1

1970s World War II documentary series, narrated by Laurence Olivier.

A Matter of Life and Death (1946)
1 1 1 1 1

A pilot with brain damage after bailing out is torn between this world and the next, but an operation puts things to rights.

The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
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British POWs in Burma are employed by the Japanese to build a bridge; meanwhile British agents seek to destroy it.

Wednesday, 20th December

Hands of the Ripper (1971)
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Jack the Ripper stabs his wife to death in view of his small daughter, who grows up a sexually repressed murderess.

The Desert Rats (1953)
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An English captain commands an Australian detachment in the siege of Tobruk, and survives an encounter with Rommel.

Spartacus (1960)
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The slaves of ancient Rome revolt and are quashed.

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954)
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Victorian scientists at sea are wrecked and captured by the mysterious captain of a futuristic submarine.

Kavanagh Q.C.

The Night Has Eyes (1942)
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A young teacher disappears on the Yorkshire moors; her friend goes in search, and comes under the influence of a strange young man and his sinister housekeeper.

A Matter of Life and Death (1946)
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A pilot with brain damage after bailing out is torn between this world and the next, but an operation puts things to rights.

Murder Most Foul (1965)

The World at War ()
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1970s World War II documentary series, narrated by Laurence Olivier.

Zulu (1964)
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In 1879 British soldiers stand fast against the Zulus at Rorke’s Drift.

Sam’s Medal (1936)
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The story of Private Samuel Small who saved his Sergeant Major’s life!.

Thursday, 21st December

The Night Has Eyes (1942)
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A young teacher disappears on the Yorkshire moors; her friend goes in search, and comes under the influence of a strange young man and his sinister housekeeper.

Kavanagh Q.C.

Murder Most Foul (1965)

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)

The Great Escape (1963)
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Allied prisoners plan to escape from a German prison camp.

The Pickwick Papers (1952)
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Various adventures of the Pickwick Club culminate in Mrs Bardell’s suit for breach of promise.

A Matter of Life and Death (1946)
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A pilot with brain damage after bailing out is torn between this world and the next, but an operation puts things to rights.

Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
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An adventurer’s life with the Arabs, told in flashbacks after his accidental death in the thirties.

Friday, 22nd December

Heaven Knows, Mr Allison (1957)
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Marooned on a small Pacific island during World War II, a marine and a nun, antagonistic to each other, combine to outwit the Japanese.

The Mill on the Floss (1937)
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A Victorian mill owner and the lord of the manor start a family feud, which ends in tragedy.

Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple ()
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Television series based on the Miss Marple murder mystery novels by Agatha Christie, starring Joan Hickson.

A Run for Your Money (1949)

Welsh Rugby supporters have various adventures on their one day in London.

A Matter of Life and Death (1946)
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A pilot with brain damage after bailing out is torn between this world and the next, but an operation puts things to rights.

It’s a Wonderful World (1956)
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Two songwriters struggle to compose a hit song, until one discovers a way to be successful: by recording an old tune backwards.

Pink String and Sealing Wax (1945)
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In 1880 Brighton, a publican’s wife plans to have her husband poisoned.

Passage Home (1955)
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In 1931, tensions run high on a merchant ship when the captain accepts an attractive girl as passenger from South America.

Saturday, 23rd December

The Family Way (1966)
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There is consternation in a Lancashire family when the son cannot consummate his marriage.

Jurassic Park (1993)
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Genetically re-created from blood taken from ancient mosquitoes, dinosaurs run amok in a theme park.

The Galloping Major (1951)
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A group of suburbanites form a syndicate to buy a racehorse.

Sid and Dora

David Copperfield (1970)

Scrooge (1970)
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Dark musical version of the classic Christmas parable.

Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple ()
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Television series based on the Miss Marple murder mystery novels by Agatha Christie, starring Joan Hickson.

The 39 Steps (1935)
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A spy is murdered; the man who has befriended her is suspected, but eludes the police until a chase across Scotland produces the real villains.

Heavens Above! (1963)

This Happy Breed (1944)
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Life between the wars for a London suburban family.

Christmas Eve, 24th December

The Blue Max (1966)
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In Germany after World War I, an ambitious and skilful pilot causes the death of his comrades and steals the wife of his High Command superior, who eventually finds a means of revenge.

Julius Caesar (1970)
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Cassius and Brutus lead the conspirators who murder Caesar, but are themselves routed by Mark Antony. Elementary production with a surprising number of faults and very few merits.

Lovejoy (1993)

Much Binding in the Marsh

Gone with the Wind (1939)
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An egotistic Southern girl survives the Civil War but finally loses the only man she cares for.

An Alligator Named Daisy (1955)
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A young songwriter finds himself saddled with a pet alligator.

Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple ()
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Television series based on the Miss Marple murder mystery novels by Agatha Christie, starring Joan Hickson.

The King and I (1956)
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In the 1860s an Englishwoman becomes tutor to the children of the embattled King of Siam.

Doctor Dolittle (1998)

Guys and Dolls (1955)

A New York gangster takes a bet that he can romance a Salvation Army lady.

Dunkirk (1958)
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In 1940 on the Normandy beaches, a small group gets detached from the main force.

The Holly and the Ivy (1952)

Christmas brings family revelations in a remote Norfolk rectory.

Scrooge (1951)

A miser reforms after ghosts haunt him on Christmas Eve.

Charles Dickens - The Story of the Goblins Who Stole a Sexton

Miracle on 34th Street (1994)
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A department store Santa Claus promises a child that he will provide her with a house, a father and a brother for Christmas.

Acknowledgements

Programme and film information obtained with thanks from myDigiGuide and BFI.

BFI Southbank Screenings

June (Kim Hunter) and Peter (David Niven) in uniform look at each other in A Matter of Life and Death
A Matter of Life and Death (1946)
Today, 3pm, NFT2
Today, 5.50pm, NFT1
Today, 8.10pm, NFT1
Tomorrow, 2.30pm, NFT6
Tomorrow, 6.30pm, NFT3
A pilot with brain damage after bailing out is torn between this world and the next, but an operation puts things to rights.
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Felix Milne (Burgess Meredith) talks to Barbara ‘Babs’ Edge (Christine Norden) as she drinks tea in Mine Own Executioner (1947)
Mine Own Executioner (1947)
Tomorrow, 2pm, NFT1
A lay psychiatrist undertakes the care of a mentally disturbed war veteran, but fails to prevent him from murdering his wife.
Book tickets
Fay Lowther (Elizabeth Sellars) at her dressing table is watched by Supt Bob Lowther (John McCallum) in a scene from The Long Memory (1953)
The Long Memory (1953)
Tomorrow, 6.20pm, NFT1
An ex-con , framed for a murder he did not commit, plots revenge but instead discovers a fresh crime.
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On the run from the police, Richard Hannay (Robert Donat) handcuffs himself to Pamela (Madeleine Carroll).  A scene from Gaumont’s 1935 film The 39 Steps
The 39 Steps (1935)
Saturday, 4pm, NFT2
Friday, 29th December, 5.45pm, NFT3
A spy is murdered; the man who has befriended her is suspected, but eludes the police until a chase across Scotland produces the real villains.
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Storm Riordan (Sally Gray) holds a gun to Dr Clive Riordan (Robert Newton) in a scene from Independent Sovereign Films' 1949 film, Obsession
Obsession (1949)
Wednesday, 27th December, 6.10pm, NFT1
A doctor decides to kill his wife’s lover by imprisoning him in a lonely cellar while he accumulates enough acid to destroy all trace of his body.
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