What’s On

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

Today

London Town (1946)
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An understudy finally achieves stardom thanks to his daughter’s schemes.

The Titfield Thunderbolt (1953)
1 1 1 1

When a branch railway line is threatened with closure, the villagers take it over as a private concern.

Talking Pictures

The Guns of Navarone (1961)
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In 1943, a sabotage team is sent to destroy two giant guns on a Turkish island.

Around the World in 80 Days (1956)
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A Victorian gentleman and his valet win a bet that they can go around the world in eighty days.

The Woman in Question (1950)
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Police investigating a woman’s death build up several different impressions of her.

The David Niven Show


Tomorrow

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.

Rommel, Desert Fox (1951)
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Rommel returns, disillusioned, to Hitler’s Germany after his North African defeat, and is involved in the July plot.

A Study in Terror (1965)
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Sherlock Holmes discovers the identity of Jack the Ripper.

Shadow Of The Eagle (1950)

The Arrangement (1969)

The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943)
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A British soldier survives three wars and falls in love with three women.

Wednesday, 3rd May

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.

The South Bank Show

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

The David Niven Show

Desert Mice (1959)
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Adventures of a concert party sent to entertain the troops in North Africa during World War II.

Ice Cold in Alex (1958)
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In 1942 Libya, the commander of a motor ambulance gets his vehicle and passengers to safety despite the hazards of minefields and a German spy.

Time Is My Enemy

Cry from the Streets


Thursday, 4th May

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.

The David Niven Show

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.

The Shining (1980)
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Under the influence of a desolate hotel where murders had occurred, a caretaker goes berserk and threatens his family.

A Kid for Two Farthings (1955)
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Among the colourful characters of London’s Petticoat Market moves a boy whose pet goat seems to have the magical power of a unicorn.

Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977)
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A rebel princess in a distant galaxy escapes, and with the help of her robots and a young farmer overcomes the threatening forces of evil.

Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
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The Rebel Alliance takes refuge from Darth Vader on a frozen planet.

The Sandwich Man (1966)
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In the course of a walking day around London, a sandwich man encounters many of his eccentric acquaintances.

Friday, 5th May

A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square (1979)
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Released from prison, Pinky vows to go straight, but attracts a lot of attention after taking a maintenance job.

Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977)
1 1 1 1 1

A rebel princess in a distant galaxy escapes, and with the help of her robots and a young farmer overcomes the threatening forces of evil.

Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
1 1 1 1

The Rebel Alliance takes refuge from Darth Vader on a frozen planet.

The Rogues

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.

London Town (1946)
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An understudy finally achieves stardom thanks to his daughter’s schemes.

Hotel Sahara (1951)
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In North Africa during World War II, a small hotel changes its loyalties to suit its occupiers.

Sleeping Car to Trieste (1948)
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Thieves and blackmail victims are among the passengers on an express train.

Give us the Moon (1944)
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In post-war London a club is opened for idle members only.

Treasure Hunt


Saturday, 6th May

Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
1 1 1 1

The Rebel Alliance takes refuge from Darth Vader on a frozen planet.

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954)
1 1 1 1

Victorian scientists at sea are wrecked and captured by the mysterious captain of a futuristic submarine.

Back-Room Boy (1942)
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A timid meteorologist is sent to an Orkney lighthouse and unmasks a bunch of spies.

Talking Pictures

21 Days (1940)
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An Englishman kills his lover’s husband and plans to give himself up, but his barrister brother objects.

Shadow Of The Eagle (1950)

Time Is My Enemy


Sunday, 7th May

The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943)
1 1 1 1

A British soldier survives three wars and falls in love with three women.

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 Rogues

A Bridge Too Far (1977)
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The story of the Allied defeat at Arnhem in 1944.

Give us the Moon (1944)
1 1 1

In post-war London a club is opened for idle members only.

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.

Shadow Of The Eagle (1950)

Caesar and Cleopatra (1945)
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An elaborate screen treatment of Bernard Shaw’s comedy about Caesar’s years in Alexandria.

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.

World’s Most Expensive Cars

The Great Escape (1963)
1 1 1 1

Allied prisoners plan to escape from a German prison camp.

Treasure Hunt

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954)
1 1 1 1

Victorian scientists at sea are wrecked and captured by the mysterious captain of a futuristic submarine.

Monday, 8th May

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.

The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
1 1 1 1 1

British POWs in Burma are employed by the Japanese to build a bridge; meanwhile British agents seek to destroy it.

Chance of a Lifetime (1950)
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The owner of a small engineering works, impatient with the unionism of his men, gives them a chance to run the factory themselves.

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

Ice Cold in Alex (1958)
1 1 1 1

In 1942 Libya, the commander of a motor ambulance gets his vehicle and passengers to safety despite the hazards of minefields and a German spy.

Madonna of the Seven Moons (1944)

Affected by childhood rape, a demure lady has a second chance in life as a daring gypsy.

The Flight of the Phoenix (1965)
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A cargo passenger plane crashes in the desert, and the survivors try to avert disaster.

The Bulldog Breed (1960)
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A grocer joins the navy as a raw recruit.

The Guns of Navarone (1961)
1 1 1 1

In 1943, a sabotage team is sent to destroy two giant guns on a Turkish island.

Acknowledgements

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