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The Cat and the Canary (1978)
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Greedy relatives assemble in an old house to hear an eccentric’s will, and a young girl’s sanity is threatened. Remake of the 1939 version. Honor Blackman, Michael Callan, Edward Fox.

Soul Music

Albinoni’s Adagio in G Minor
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Emotional responses to Albinoni’s Adagio in G Minor, including BBC foreign correspondent Malcolm Brabant, who is reminded of war-torn Sarajevo by the composition, and actress Virginia McKenna, who chose the piece for her husband Bill Travers’ memorial service.

Smashing Time (1967)
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Two north country girls have farcical adventures in swinging London, including paint squirting and pie throwing. Rita Tushingham, Lynn Redgrave, Michael York.

Night Song (1947)
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A wealthy socialite falls for a blind pianist and pretends to be blind also, and poor to boot. Dana Andrews, Merle Oberon, Ethel Barrymore.

Sailors Don’t Care (1940)
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A boat-building father and son join the River Patrol service. Tom Gamble, Edward Rigby, Jean Gillie.

The Saint (1962–69)
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Locate and Destroy
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Simon Templar sets out on the trail of a former Nazi believed to have taken refuge in South America.

The Avengers (1961–69)
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Take Me to Your Leader
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60s style action adventure, with the bowler-hatted sleuth Steed and a slinky succession of glamorous female sidekicks.

Last of the Summer Wine (1973–2010)
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Gnome And Away
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Howard has an unusual gift for Marina’s garden but must deliver it without Pearl finding out, and turns to his friends for help.

Discovering Film
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A look at the life and career of Rex Harrison, the Oscar-winning English actor who starred as Professor Henry Higgins in the 1964 film musical My Fair Lady. Rex Harrison.

The Importance of Being Earnest (1952)
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Two wealthy and eligible bachelors of the 1890s have problems with their marriage prospects. Michael Redgrave, Michael Denison, Joan Greenwood.

You Must Be Joking! (1965)
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Assorted army personnel vie in an extended initiative test. Michael Callan, Lionel Jeffries, Denholm Elliott.

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. John Mills, John McCallum, Elizabeth Sellars.

The Saint (1962–69)
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Flight Plan
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A crook flees justice in the guise of a nun, hotly pursued by Simon Templar – who suddenly finds himself having to take a crash-course in the finer points of flying a stolen experimental plane.

The Chiltern Hundreds (1949)
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An aged earl is bewildered when his son fails to be elected to parliament as a socialist, but his butler gets in as a Tory. Cecil Parker, A E Matthews, David Tomlinson.

High Treason (1951)
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Saboteurs are routed by the London police. Liam Redmond, André Morell, Kenneth Griffith.

Tales of the Unexpected (1979–88)
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Bosom Friends (1981, S4 E14)
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An impoverished lady invites an old school-friend to lodge with her, but soon regrets her decision. Rachel Kempson, Joan Greenwood, Nat Jackley.

Ben-Hur (1959)
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In the time of Christ, a Jew suffers mightily under the Romans. Charlton Heston, Jack Hawkins, Haya Harareet.

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. Richard Attenborough, Elizabeth Perkins, Dylan Mcdermott.

The Avengers (1961–69)
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Fog
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60s style action adventure, with the bowler-hatted sleuth Steed and a slinky succession of glamorous female sidekicks.

Berlin Express (1948)
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Police of four nations guard a German VIP on a crack train to Berlin. Merle Oberon, Robert Ryan, Charles Korvin.

Campbell’s Kingdom (1957)
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A young man who thinks he is dying arrives in the Canadian Rockies to take over his father’s oil valley, but a scheming contractor opposes him. Dirk Bogarde, Stanley Baker, Michael Craig.

Our Man in Havana (1959)
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A British vacuum cleaner salesman in Havana allows himself to be recruited as a spy, and wishes he hadn’t. Alec Guinness, Burl Ives, Maureen O’Hara.

The World at War (1973–74)
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Whirlwind (1974, E12)
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The development of British and American strategic bombing in both success and setback. Laurence Olivier, Hans Brunswig, John Corcoran.

For the Love of Ada (1970–71)
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The Wedding
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Walter and Ada prepare to get married, but a small oversight threatens to ruin the big day.

Bigger Than Life (1956)
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A small-town schoolteacher is prescribed cortisone for arthritis; it gradually turns him into a bullying megalomaniac full of grandiose schemes. James Mason, Barbara Rush, Walter Matthau.

Father Brown (1954)
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A Catholic clergyman retrieves a priceless church cross from master thief Flambeau. Alec Guinness, Joan Greenwood, Peter Finch.

Valerie (1957)
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A Western rancher is accused of wounding his wife and murdering her parents. Sterling Hayden, Anita Ekberg, Anthony Steel.

Blake’s 7 (1978–81)
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Weapon (1979, S2 E3)
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Servalan manipulates a brilliant but under-valued weapons scientist into fleeing with his new secret weapon, IMIPAK, in the hope of leading Blake into a trap using a clone as bait. Gareth Thomas, Sally Knyvette, Paul Darrow.

Street of Shadows (1953)
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A Soho club-owner and his society girlfriend become mixed up in murder when the corpse of his mistress is discovered in his office. Cesar Romero, Kay Kendall, Edward Underdown.