What’s On

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

Today

Passport to Treason (1956)
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A detective traces the death of his colleague to fascists working within an alleged peace group.

Blackout (1950)

A man supposedly killed in an air crash turns out to be the head of a counterfeiting ring.

The Red Beret (1953)
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In 1940, an American with a guilt complex joins the British paratroopers.

The Blue Lamp (1950)
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A young man joins London’s police force. The elderly copper who trains him is killed in a shoot-out, but the killer is apprehended.

Tomorrow

Hotel Reserve (1944)
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An Austrian refugee in the south of France is asked by the police to track down a spy among his fellow guests.

The Voice of Merrill (1952)
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Three men are suspected of murder but one becomes a potential victim.

The Blue Lamp (1950)
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A young man joins London’s police force. The elderly copper who trains him is killed in a shoot-out, but the killer is apprehended.

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

The Singer Not the Song (1961)
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In an isolated Mexican town, a priest defies an outlaw who oddly respects him.

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.

Tales of the Unexpected (1980)

North to Alaska (1960)
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In 1900, two successful gold prospectors have woman trouble.

The Curse of the Werewolf (1961)
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A beggar rapes a servant girl and their offspring grows up to be a werewolf.

Thursday, 19th October

Tales of the Unexpected (1980)

Downhill (1927)
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A sixth-form schoolboy, accused of theft, is expelled and goes to the bad in Marseilles before being found innocent.

Anna and the King of Siam (1946)
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In 1862, an English governess arrives in Bangkok to teach the 67 children of the king.

The Green Man (1956)
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A professional assassin stalks a pompous politician.

The Sea Shall Not Have Them (1954)
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Survivors of an seaplane crash await rescue in a dinghy.

First a Girl (1935)
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A messenger girl attracts attention by posing as a boy, and becomes a star.

Cash in the Attic

My Brother’s Keeper (1948)
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Two convicts escape, handcuffed together; one is violent, the other innocent.

Paul Temple’s Triumph (1950)
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A husband-and-wife detective team tracks down a kidnapped scientist who has invented a secret formula.

The Red Beret (1953)
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In 1940, an American with a guilt complex joins the British paratroopers.

Friday, 20th October

When Eight Bells Toll (1971)

Tales of the Unexpected (1980)

The Prince and the Showgirl (1957)
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In London for the 1911 coronation, a Ruritanian prince picks up a chorus girl and they come to understand and respect each other.

House Broken (1936)
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Two women plan to get rid of an unwelcome house guest.

Shadowlands (1993)
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The emotionally repressed C S Lewis, Oxford don and famous writer of children’s books and works of popular theology, enters into a marriage of convenience with an American woman, whom he grows to love, only to learn that she has terminal cancer.

For Better, for Worse (1954)
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Tribulations of a young married couple.

Gold (1974)
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A South African mining engineer falls for the boss’s granddaughter and exposes a conspiracy.

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.

Exodus (1960)
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The early years of the state of Israel, seen through various eyes.

The Fabulous Journey to the Centre of the Earth (1977)

The Cruel Sea (1953)
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Life and death on an Atlantic corvette during World War II.

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.

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.

Saturday, 21st October

The Ghost Camera (1933)
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A chemist investigates how a camera containing film of a murder came into his possession.

The Pure Hell of St. Trinian’s (1960)
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After the girls burn down St Trinian’s, a dubious headmaster offers to create a new school for them.

The Cruel Sea (1953)
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Life and death on an Atlantic corvette during World War II.

Kavanagh Q.C.

Tales of the Unexpected (1980)

First a Girl (1935)
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A messenger girl attracts attention by posing as a boy, and becomes a star.

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

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

Snowbound (1948)
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Various people congregate at a ski hut in the Swiss Alps; all are after buried Nazi loot.

Esther Waters (1948)

Waterloo Road (1944)

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

Sunday, 22nd October

Hell Drivers (1957)
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Fast driving on death-trap roads is required of rival lorry drivers for a cheapjack haulage firm.

Kavanagh Q.C.

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.

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 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.

Tales of the Unexpected (1980)

Esther Waters (1948)

The Railway Children (1970)
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Three Edwardian children and their mother move to Yorkshire when their father is imprisoned as a spy, and have adventures on the railway line while helping to prove his innocence.

Waterloo Road (1944)

The Scarlet and the Black (1983)
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Fact-based Second World War drama about a cleric who rescued thousands of PoWs and Italian resistance fighters from the Gestapo.

The Big Country (1958)
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The Terrills and the Hannesseys feud over water rights, and peace is only brought about with the deaths of the family heads.

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

Monday, 23rd October

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

Northanger Abbey

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.

Death Goes to School (1953)
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Police investigate the murder of a teacher at an all-girls school and discover that the staff room is full of suspects.

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.

Trapeze (1956)

Tales of the Unexpected (1980)

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.

Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949)
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An impecunious heir eliminates eight D’Ascoynes who stand between him and the family fortune.

Tuesday, 24th October

Tales of the Unexpected (1980)

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.

The South Bank Show

13 East Street (1952)
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A detective poses as an escaped convict in order to catch a gang of warehouse robbers.

The Prince and the Pauper (1977)

The Glass Mountain (1949)
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In the Dolomites, a married composer loves an Italian girl who saved his life during the war.

Things to Come (1936)
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War in 1940 is followed by plague, rebellion, a new glass-based society and the first rocketship to the moon.

North to Alaska (1960)
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In 1900, two successful gold prospectors have woman trouble.

The Narrowing Circle (1956)
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Murder on the staff of a magazine.

Persecution (1974)
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A rich American woman in England is hated by her son and fearful that her murky past will be revealed.

My Brother Jonathan (1948)
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The life of a small-town doctor who wanted to be a great surgeon.

Some Mothers Do ’Ave ’Em (1973)


Acknowledgements

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