What’s On

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

Today, Thursday 24th May

Reach for the Sky (1956)
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  • Today at 12.50am on Talking Pictures
Douglas Bader loses both legs in a 1931 air crash, learns to walk on artificial limbs and flies again in World War II.

The World at War (1973–74)
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Morning
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  • Today at 1.10am on Yesterday
1970s World War II documentary series, narrated by Laurence Olivier.

The Interrupted Journey (1949)
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  • Today at 8am on Talking Pictures
An author leaves his wife for another woman, changes his mind on the journey, pulls the communication cord and causes a train crash. Or does he?.

Last of the Summer Wine (2001)

Gnome And Away
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  • Today at 9.20am on GOLD
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  • Today at 3pm on GOLD

The Blue Max (1966)
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  • Today at 10am on Sky Cinema Select HD
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.

A Touch of the Sun (1956)
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  • Today at 10.10am on Talking Pictures
A hall porter is left a fortune, but after living it up for a while returns to his old hotel, which is on the rocks.

Golden Salamander (1950)
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  • Today at 3pm on London Live
A British archaeologist is torn between tackling a sinister crime syndicate and turning a blind eye.

Discovering Film

Discovering: Elizabeth Taylor
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  • Tonight at 6pm on Sky Arts HD

The World at War (1973–74)
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Occupation
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  • Tonight at 6pm on Yesterday
1970s World War II documentary series, narrated by Laurence Olivier.

The Wrong Box (1966)

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  • Tonight at 6.45pm on TCM HD
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  • Tonight at 7.45pm on TCM Plus 1

Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) (1970)

It’s Supposed to Be Thicker Than Water
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  • Tonight at 8pm on True Entertainment
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  • Tonight at 9pm on True Entertainment Plus 1

Grand National Night (1953)
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  • Tonight at 9.10pm on Talking Pictures
A stable owner accidentally kills his drunken wife, but fate and a complex series of events clear him.

Tomorrow, Friday 25th May

The World at War (1973–74)
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Occupation
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  • Tomorrow at 1am on Yesterday
1970s World War II documentary series, narrated by Laurence Olivier.

Romeo and Juliet (1954)
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  • Tomorrow at 1.25am on London Live
In Shakespeare’s classic play, two families of Renaissance Italy, the Montagues and Capulets, have hated each other for years, but the son of one family and the daughter of the other fall desperately in love and secretly marry.

Man in the Moon (1960)
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  • Tomorrow at 9.15am on Talking Pictures
A man who earns his living as Mr Normal, a human guinea pig for scientific research, is chosen as the first astronaut.

The Gentle Sex (1943)
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  • Tomorrow at 12.45pm on Talking Pictures
Seven girls from different backgrounds are conscripted into the ATS.

Discovering Film

Discovering: Elizabeth Taylor
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  • Tomorrow at 1pm on Sky Arts HD

The Long Memory (1953)
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  • Tomorrow at 1pm on London Live
An ex-con , framed for a murder he did not commit, plots revenge but instead discovers a fresh crime.

Spartacus (1960)
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  • Tomorrow at 4.50pm on Sky Cinema Select HD
The slaves of ancient Rome revolt and are quashed.

The World at War (1973–74)
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Pincers
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  • Tomorrow at 6pm on Yesterday
1970s World War II documentary series, narrated by Laurence Olivier.

Chariots of Fire (1981)
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  • Tomorrow at 8pm on Sky Cinema Select HD
In the 1924 Paris Olympics, a Jew and a Scotsman run for Britain.

The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
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  • Tomorrow at 10.10pm on Sky Cinema Select HD
British POWs in Burma are employed by the Japanese to build a bridge; meanwhile British agents seek to destroy it.

Saturday, 26th May

The World at War (1973–74)
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Pincers
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  • Saturday at 1am on Yesterday
1970s World War II documentary series, narrated by Laurence Olivier.

The Desert Rats (1953)
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  • Saturday at 5.05am on Sky Cinema Select HD
An English captain commands an Australian detachment in the siege of Tobruk, and survives an encounter with Rommel.

633 Squadron (1964)
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  • Saturday at 11.25am on itv4 HD
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  • Saturday at 12.25pm on itv4 Plus 1
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  • Saturday at 12.30pm on itv4 HD
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  • Saturday at 1.30pm on itv4 Plus 1
In 1944, Mosquito aircraft try to collapse a cliff overhanging a munitions factory in a Norwegian fjord.

Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple (1984–92)
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At Bertram’s Hotel (1987, S2, Ep 3)
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  • Saturday at 12pm on Alibi HD
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During a stay at one of London’s most elegant and venerable hotels, Miss Marple uncovers a sinister undercurrent of corruption and murder beneath Bertram’s stuffy veneer.

Discovering Film

Discovering: James Mason
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  • Saturday at 1pm on Sky Arts HD

Golden Salamander (1950)
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  • Saturday at 1pm on London Live
A British archaeologist is torn between tackling a sinister crime syndicate and turning a blind eye.

The Guns of Navarone (1961)
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  • Saturday at 3.45pm on 5Spike
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  • Saturday at 4.45pm on 5Spike Plus 1
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  • Saturday at 4.50pm on 5Spike
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  • Saturday at 5.50pm on 5Spike Plus 1
In 1943, a sabotage team is sent to destroy two giant guns on a Turkish island.

Brian Hayles - Lord Dracula

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  • Saturday at 6am on BBC Radio 4 Extra
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  • Saturday at 4pm on BBC Radio 4 Extra

The Black Tent (1956)
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  • Saturday at 7.05pm on Talking Pictures
During a Libyan battle, a wounded army captain is cared for by Arabs and marries the sheikh’s daughter. Ten years later after his death, his son elects to live with the tribe.

The Jazz Singer (1980)
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  • Saturday at 8pm on True Movies
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Oddly timed reprise of The Jazz Singer, with doting mother replaced by patient wife.

The World at War (1973–74)
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Inside the Reich
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  • Saturday at 11pm on Yesterday
1970s World War II documentary series, narrated by Laurence Olivier.

Massacre in Rome (1973)
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  • Saturday at 11.15pm on Movies4Men
In 1944, after partisans blow up a detachment of SS troops in a Rome street, a German colonel makes an ineffectual attempt to resist an order to shoot 330 Italians in retaliation.

Sunday, 27th May

The World at War (1973–74)
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Morning
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  • Sunday at 12am on Yesterday
1970s World War II documentary series, narrated by Laurence Olivier.

Arthur (1981)

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  • Sunday at 12.55am on RTÉ One Plus 1

When the Bough Breaks (1947)
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  • Sunday at 3.30am on Talking Pictures
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The bewildered wife of a bigamist allows her child to be adopted and then regrets it.

Brian Hayles - Lord Dracula

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  • Sunday at 4am on BBC Radio 4 Extra

Guilty? (1956)
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  • Sunday at 11am on Talking Pictures
An ex-Resistance heroine is on trial for murder at the Old Bailey; her young solicitor goes to Avignon to prove her innocence.

The Long Memory (1953)
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  • Sunday at 1pm on London Live
An ex-con , framed for a murder he did not commit, plots revenge but instead discovers a fresh crime.

The Jazz Singer (1980)
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  • Sunday at 1pm on True Entertainment
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  • Sunday at 2pm on True Entertainment Plus 1
Oddly timed reprise of The Jazz Singer, with doting mother replaced by patient wife.

Discovering Film

Discovering: Elizabeth Taylor
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  • Sunday at 1.30pm on Sky Arts HD

The Guns of Navarone (1961)
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  • Sunday at 2.35pm on Sky Cinema Select HD
In 1943, a sabotage team is sent to destroy two giant guns on a Turkish island.

Oh, Mr Porter! (1937)
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  • Sunday at 2.45pm on London Live
The stationmaster of an Irish halt catches gun-runners posing as ghosts.

Rebecca (1940)
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  • Sunday at 3.20pm on Talking Pictures
The naïve young second wife of a Cornish landowner is haunted by the image of his glamorous first wife, Rebecca.

The Scarlet and the Black (1983)
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  • Sunday at 6.45pm on True Entertainment
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  • Sunday at 7.45pm on True Entertainment Plus 1
Fact-based Second World War drama about a cleric who rescued thousands of PoWs and Italian resistance fighters from the Gestapo.

The World at War (1973–74)
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Occupation
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  • Sunday at 10.40pm on Yesterday
1970s World War II documentary series, narrated by Laurence Olivier.

The World at War (1973–74)
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Pincers
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  • Sunday at 11.40pm on Yesterday
1970s World War II documentary series, narrated by Laurence Olivier.

Monday, 28th May

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.

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.

Scarlet Thread (1951)
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Jewel thieves take refuge in a Cambridge college.

The Weaker Sex (1948)
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  • Monday at 9.40am on Talking Pictures
Day-to-day problems of a well-to-do war widow.

Oliver! (1968)
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  • Monday at 12.10pm on 5Star
A musical version of Oliver Twist.

Green for Danger (1947)
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  • Monday at 11.25am on Talking Pictures
A mysterious murderer strikes on the operating table at a wartime emergency hospital.

The Great Escape (1963)
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  • Monday at 12.30pm on Sky Cinema Select HD
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  • Monday at 10pm on Sky Cinema Select HD
Allied prisoners plan to escape from a German prison camp.

The Entertainer (1960)
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  • Monday at 1pm on London Live
An old-time British music hall performer schemes to stay in show business.

The Scamp (1957)
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  • Monday at 1.15pm on Talking Pictures
A couple decide to adopt a lovable but mischievous boy.

Arthur (1981)

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  • Monday at 3pm on 5Spike
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  • Monday at 4pm on 5Spike Plus 1
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  • Monday at 4.05pm on 5Spike
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  • Monday at 5.05pm on 5Spike Plus 1

The Truth About Women (1957)
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  • Monday at 5pm on London Live
An old roué recounts to his son-in-law his early amorous adventures.

Tuesday, 29th May

Pink String and Sealing Wax (1945)
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  • Tuesday at 5.45am on TCM HD
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  • Tuesday at 6.45am on TCM Plus 1
In 1880 Brighton, a publican’s wife plans to have her husband poisoned.

Hot Enough for June (1964)
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A penniless writer is sent to Czechoslovakia on a goodwill mission and finds himself being used as a spy.

A Touch of Frost (1997)

Penny for the Guy
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  • Tuesday at 10.25am on itv3 HD

The Wrong Box (1966)

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  • Tuesday at 11.20am on TCM HD
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  • Tuesday at 12.20pm on TCM Plus 1

The Sandwich Man (1966)
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  • Tuesday at 11.25am on Talking Pictures
In the course of a walking day around London, a sandwich man encounters many of his eccentric acquaintances.

Anna and the King of Siam (1946)
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  • Tuesday at 11.35am on Sky Cinema Select HD
In 1862, an English governess arrives in Bangkok to teach the 67 children of the king.

The Long Memory (1953)
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  • Tuesday at 2.35pm on London Live
An ex-con , framed for a murder he did not commit, plots revenge but instead discovers a fresh crime.

Mrs Pym of Scotland Yard (1940)
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  • Tuesday at 3.15pm on Talking Pictures
A lady detective exposes a fake spiritualist.

The World at War (1973–74)
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Genocide
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  • Tuesday at 6pm on Yesterday
1970s World War II documentary series, narrated by Laurence Olivier.

The Verdict (1982)
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  • Tuesday at 8pm on Sky Cinema Select HD
An ageing and failed attorney is unexpectedly handed a case of medical malpractice and successfully sues a hospital.

Born Free (1966)
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  • Tuesday at 9pm on True Movies
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A Kenyan game warden and his wife rear three lion cubs, one of which presents them with a family.

Wednesday, 30th May

The Lion Has Wings (1939)
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  • Wednesday at 12.50am on Talking Pictures
Documentary drama tracing the steps leading up to the outbreak of war.

The World at War (1973–74)
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Genocide
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  • Wednesday at 12.55am on Yesterday
1970s World War II documentary series, narrated by Laurence Olivier.

The Angry Silence (1960)
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  • Wednesday at 5.30am on TCM HD
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  • Wednesday at 6.30am on TCM Plus 1
A worker who refuses to join an unofficial strike is ‘sent to Coventry’ by his mates; the matter hits national headlines, and the communists use it to their own advantage.

Cleopatra (1963)
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  • Wednesday at 10.55am on Sky Cinema Select HD
After Julius Caesar’s death, Cleopatra turns her attention to Mark Antony; the most expensive film ever made and almost the longest.

Great Expectations (1946)
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A boy meets an escaped convict on the Romney Marshes, with strange consequences for both of them.

The Root of All Evil (1947)
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  • Wednesday at 1.05pm on Talking Pictures
A jilted woman becomes unscrupulous in business in order to get even with her ex-boyfriend.

The Cowboy and the Lady (1938)
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The daughter of a presidential candidate becomes infatuated with a rodeo cowboy.

A Canterbury Tale (1944)
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  • Wednesday at 2.30pm on London Live
A batty magistrate is unmasked by a land girl, an army sergeant and a GI.

The Monkey’s Paw (1948)
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  • Wednesday at 3.15pm on Talking Pictures
A curio dealer sells a monkey’s paw that can grant the possessor three wishes, but warns that disaster will follow.

The Sea Shall Not Have Them (1954)
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  • Wednesday at 3.55pm on 5Spike
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  • Wednesday at 4.55pm on 5Spike Plus 1
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  • Wednesday at 5pm on 5Spike
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Survivors of an seaplane crash await rescue in a dinghy.

The King and I (1956)
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  • Wednesday at 5.15pm on Sky Cinema Select HD
In the 1860s an Englishwoman becomes tutor to the children of the embattled King of Siam.

Unpublished Story (1942)
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  • Wednesday at 6pm on Talking Pictures
A reporter exposes the Nazis behind a pacifist organisation.

The World at War (1973–74)
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Nemesis
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  • Wednesday at 6pm on Yesterday
1970s World War II documentary series, narrated by Laurence Olivier.

Rebecca (1940)
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  • Wednesday at 9pm on Talking Pictures
The naïve young second wife of a Cornish landowner is haunted by the image of his glamorous first wife, Rebecca.

The Beachcomber (1954)
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  • Wednesday at 11.45pm on Talking Pictures
An alcoholic ne’er-do-well in the Dutch East Indies reforms after an unexpected adventure with a lady missionary.

Thursday, 31st May

Madeleine (1950)
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In Victorian Glasgow, a well-to-do young woman is accused of murdering her lover, but the verdict is ‘not proven’.

The Monkey’s Paw (1948)
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  • 31st May at 3.45am on Talking Pictures
A curio dealer sells a monkey’s paw that can grant the possessor three wishes, but warns that disaster will follow.

The Blue Max (1966)
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  • 31st May at 4.30am on Sky Cinema Select HD
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.

Once in a New Moon (1935)
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  • 31st May at 6.30am on Talking Pictures
A small town gets dragged out into space, and the populace try to organise a local government based on equal rights for all.

Where Time Began (1977)
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After finding a map, Professor Otto Lindenbrock leads an expedition deep below the Earth’s surface to discover its long-hidden secrets.

The Beachcomber (1954)
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  • 31st May at 10.50am on Talking Pictures
An alcoholic ne’er-do-well in the Dutch East Indies reforms after an unexpected adventure with a lady missionary.

Demi-Paradise (1943)

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  • 31st May at 12.30pm on Talking Pictures

A Canterbury Tale (1944)
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  • 31st May at 2.30pm on London Live
A batty magistrate is unmasked by a land girl, an army sergeant and a GI.

Androcles and the Lion (1952)

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  • 31st May at 6pm on Talking Pictures
A slave takes a thorn from the paw of a lion, which later, in the arena, refuses to eat him.

Jigsaw (1962)
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  • 31st May at 9.10pm on Talking Pictures
Brighton policemen track down the murderer of a woman found in a lonely house on the beach.

Acknowledgements

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

BFI Southbank Screenings