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    Campbell's Kingdom

    Monday 26th April on Channel 4.

    An outdoor adventure in which a young Englishman inherits property in the Canadian Rockies. When he sets out to prove his grandfather's claim that the land is oil rich, he meets dangerous opposition from an unscrupulous developer who wants to flood the valley to power his dam. The result is an action-packed climax between the young man and his friends and the ruthless contractor.

    Director: Ralph Thomas

    Starring: Dirk Bogarde, Stanley Baker, Barbara Murray, James Robertson Justice, Athene Seyler, Michael Craig

    (Widescreen, Subtitles, 1958)



    To Die For

    Tuesday 27th April on Channel 4.

    Romantic drama about a man whose dead male lover returns to haunt him. When a young man dies from an Aids-related illness, his partner - who was unable to fully express his love for him during their life together - represses his grief and hides the deceased's belongings. The dead man's infuriated ghost then appears and forces him to change his ways, aided and abetted by their friends and his own mother.

    Director: Peter MacKenzie Litten

    Starring: Thomas Arklie, Ian Williams, Tony Slattery, Dillie Keane, Jean Boht

    (Widescreen, 1994)



    Women in Love

    Tuesday 27th April on BBC 4.

    Powerful drama, based on the classic D H Lawrence novel set in the West Midlands of the 1920s, about the intertwined lives of two strong-willed sisters. The film examines their relationship and their love affairs with two friends, one of whom is obsessed with the question of what love really means. Glenda Jackson won an Oscar for her portrayal of Gudrun.

    Director: Ken Russell

    Starring: Glenda Jackson, Oliver Reed, Alan Bates, Jennie Linden, Eleanor Bron

    (Subtitles, 1969)



    The Titfield Thunderbolt

    Thursday 29th April on Channel 4.

    Delightful Ealing comedy about a group of villagers and their battle to preserve the local railway line by running it themselves, an enterprise that goes well until they are sabotaged in a midnight raid by the rival bus company. Undaunted, they wheel out the Thunderbolt, an ancient exhibit in the village museum. Now all that remains is to put on a satisfactory run for the stickler of a government inspector.

    Director: Charles Crichton

    Starring: Stanley Holloway, George Relph, Naunton Wayne, John Gregson, Sid James, Jack MacGowran

    (Subtitles, 1953)



    The Odessa File

    Thursday 29th April on FX.

    Taut thriller based on the Frederick Forsyth novel about a young German reporter's efforts to track down Nazi war criminals in the early 1960s. After reading the diary of a Jewish death-camp survivor, the reporter determines to bring to justice the former SS officer mentioned in it, but finds himself up against a sinister network established to protect such officers - who are now occupying influential government posts.

    Director: Ronald Neame

    Starring: Jon Voight, Maximilian Schell, Maria Schell, Mary Tamm, Derek Jacobi, Peter Jeffrey

    (1974)



    Let Him Have It

    Friday 30th April on Channel 4.

    Powerful drama based on the story of retarded teenager Derek Bentley, who in 1953 was hanged for allegedly urging his youthful cohort to shoot a policeman. The film reveals how the easily influenced Bentley formed a friendship with a boy involved in a life of crime. The title is based on the phrase Bentley is alleged to have uttered.

    Director: Peter Medak

    Starring: Christopher Eccleston, Paul Reynolds, Tom Courtenay, Tom Bell, Eileen Atkins, Clare Holman

    (Widescreen, Subtitles, 1991)



    The Way Ahead

    Friday 30th April on Channel 4.

    Action-adventure drama set in World War II showing how civilian recruits come together to form spirited fighting units. The unit boards a troopship bound for North Africa, which is torpedoed with the loss of half the crew. The rest of the men are stationed in a village in Tunisia where, rejecting calls to surrender, they are subjected to German mortar attack. Semi-documentary, originally intended as a training film.

    Director: Carol Reed

    Starring: David Niven, Raymond Huntley, Billy Hartnell, Stanley Holloway, John Laurie, James Donald

    (Subtitles, 1944)



    Mutiny on the Buses

    Saturday 1st May on BBC 1.

    The second spin-off from the popular comedy series finds Stan wanting to get married. The rest of his family frown at the suggestion as they depend on his earnings, so he decides to teach his brother-in-law how to follow in his footsteps and drive a bus. The resultant comic set-piece is a treacherous spin through Windsor Safari Park.

    Director: Harry Booth

    Starring: Reg Varney, Anna Karen, Stephen Lewis, Bob Grant, Doris Hare, Michael Robbins

    (Widescreen, Subtitles, 1973)



    Carry On Abroad

    Saturday 1st May on UKTV Gold.

    Double entendre-packed British comedy with the 'Carry On' regulars embarking on a package holiday to the Spanish resort of Elsbels. The revellers find that the Palace Hotel hardly lives up to its name - not least because the builders have not yet finished erecting the place. This was Charles Hawtrey's last appearance in the series.

    Director: Gerald Thomas

    Starring: Sid James, Kenneth Williams, Charles Hawtrey, Joan Sims, Barbara Windsor, Hattie Jacques

    (1972)



    Carry On Emmannuelle

    Saturday 1st May on UKTV Gold.

    Spoofing the long-running series of erotic movies starring Sylvia Kristel, this was the last Carry On made during the series' golden age. Sadly, it's the weakest of the lot and only the atrocious 1992 Columbus is worse. Lance Peters's script is a gag-free zone that is utterly dependent on smutty innuendo and severely taxes the talents of the few regulars on duty, who are wasted as French Embassy servants recalling Suzanne Danielle's kinky exploits through a series of flashbacks. Curiously, in a film lampooning porn, it's Kenneth Williams who bares the most, with Danielle being the model of modesty in the lead. An embarrassment.

    Director: Gerald Thomas

    Starring: Suzanne Danielle, Kenneth Williams, Kenneth Connor, Jack Douglas, Joan Sim, Peter Butterworth

    (1978)



    Carry On Cabby

    Saturday 1st May on UKTV Gold.

    Early comic outing in which the Carry On team's battle of the sexes takes to the roads. A neglected wife, fed up of playing second fiddle to her husband's taxi business, decides to teach him a lesson by setting up a glamorous rival cab firm staffed by attractive women. As his business suffers more and more, he eventually declares all-out war on the competition, unaware that his wife is the brains behind the outfit.

    Director: Gerald Thomas

    Starring: Sidney James, Kenneth Connor, Hattie Jacques, Charles Hawtrey, Liz Fraser, Esma Cannon

    (Black and White, 1963)



    The Mirror Crack'd

    Saturday 1st May on Channel 4.

    Agatha Christie's Miss Marple investigates a murder on a film set. Following a nervous breakdown, an American actress, haunted by the memory of an apparent accident, comes to England to appear in a film that she hopes will mark her comeback.

    Director: Guy Hamilton

    Starring: Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, Kim Novak, Tony Curtis, Edward Fox, Geraldine Chaplin

    (Widescreen, Subtitles, 1980)



    Carry On Doctor

    Saturday 1st May on UKTV Gold.

    Comic mayhem with the Carry On team let loose in an NHS hospital. Quack doctor Francis Bigger believes that 'mind over matter' is the best remedy for all ills and proceeds to put his theory into practice.

    Director: Gerald Thomas

    Starring: Frankie Howerd, Sid James, Kenneth Williams, Charles Hawtrey, Jim Dale, Barbara Windsor

    (1968)



    Still Crazy

    Saturday 1st May on Paramount Comedy Channel.

    Comedy about a defunct 70s rock band who attempt to stage a successful reunion gig in the 90s. The film follows the band on a low-rent tour of European venues as they try to set aside their many differences in preparation for the big event.

    Director: Brian Gibson

    Starring: Timothy Spall, Stephen Rea, Jimmy Nail, Billy Connolly, Bill Nighy, Bruce Robinson

    (1998)



    Carry On Up the Jungle

    Sunday 2nd May on UKTV Gold.

    The Carry On regulars set off on an exotic safari and soon find themselves plunging in and out of the wrong tents and thrashing their way through the middle of the jungle in search of a rare bird. En route, the gang encounters headhunters, a mateless, all-female tribe and a sex-crazed gorilla.

    Director: Gerald Thomas

    Starring: Frankie Howerd, Sid James, Terry Scott, Joan Sims, Charles Hawtrey, Kenneth Connor

    (1970)



    Carry On Follow That Camel

    Sunday 2nd May on UKTV Gold.

    Classic comedy. Unjustly disgraced, a young English aristocrat joins the Foreign Legion, where he comes across the Bilko-like Sergeant Nocker and a fort full of legionnaires suffering from a touch of the sheikhs. All are a-quiver at the thought of Mustapha Leek turning the garrison into shish kebab. Can young Beau save them and win back his sweetheart?

    Director: Gerald Thomas

    Starring: Jim Dale, Phil Silvers, Peter Butterworth, Charles Hawtrey, Kenneth Williams, Anita Harris

    (1967)



    Educating Rita

    Sunday 2nd May on Hallmark.

    Moving comedy drama based on Willy Russell's hit stage play about a hairdresser who dreams of rising above her drab urban existence through the power of education. For better or worse, she chooses drunken lecturer Frank Bryant as her tutor. Julie Walters gained an Oscar nomination for her film debut.

    Director: Lewis Gilbert

    Starring: Michael Caine, Julie Walters, Michael Williams, Maureen Lipman, Jeananne Crowley, Malcolm Douglas

    (1983)



    The Commitments

    Sunday 2nd May on Paramount Comedy Channel.

    Spirited adaptation of Roddy Doyle's tale about an entrepreneurial young Dubliner who assembles a raw band to perform 60s soul. From humble and chaotic beginnings, the Commitments develop a loyal following on the pub circuit, but their manager soon becomes weary of constantly battling with a yobbish lead singer, a trumpet player with an eye for for the ladies, and a drummer with a distinctly psychotic streak.

    Director: Alan Parker

    Starring: Robert Arkins, Michael Aherne, Angeline Ball, Andrew Strong, Dave Finnegan, Bronagh Gallagher

    (1991)



    Kevin & Perry Go Large

    Sunday 2nd May on BBC 1.

    Film spin-off for the popular Harry Enfield characters. Desperate to both bring their musical talent to a wider audience and lose their virginity, the hapless duo decide on the perfect destination - Ibiza. Despite having Kevin's parents along for the ride, the pair soon cross paths with a world famous DJ and spot the girls of their dreams, and try their utmost to succeed with both their chosen quests.

    Director: Ed Bye

    Starring: Harry Enfield, Kathy Burke, Rhys Ifans, Laura Fraser, James Fleet, Louisa Rix, Tabitha Wady

    (Widescreen, Subtitles, 2000)



    Theatre of Blood

    Monday 3rd May on BBC 1.

    An entertaining, tongue-in-cheek black comedy about the killing of eight top British theatre critics in a particularly hideous way. Each death parodies the demise of a character in a separate Shakespeare play, and the finger points at ham Shakespearian actor Edward Lionhart. But baffled police cannot comprehend the situation, for he committed suicide years ago.

    Director: Douglas Hickox

    Starring: Vincent Price, Diana Rigg, Ian Hendry, Harry Andrews, Coral Browne, Robert Coote

    (Subtitles, 1973)

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    A cracking week for British films! Can't wait for Campbell's Kingdom , which I've managed to miss on previous showings - another one for the Stanley Baker Collection.



    For anyone of a macabre bent, Theatre of Blood is an absolute black comedy treat.

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