The Ipcress File

00:05 on Tuesday 15th June on BBC 1.

Spy thriller in which an agent is assigned to investigate a bizarre brain drain among scientists, and finds himself embroiled in a world of espionage where nobody can be trusted and nothing is what it seems. Based on the novel by Len Deighton, it spawned two sequels.

Director: Sidney J Furie

Starring: Michael Caine, Nigel Green, Guy Doleman, Sue Lloyd, Gordon Jackson, Aubrey Richards

(Widescreen, Subtitles, 1965)

The Spy in Black

13:15 on Wednesday 16th June on Channel 4.

Espionage melodrama set in Scotland during World War I. A group of German spies plan to sabotage the British fleet, but their enterprise becomes confused by their personal relationships.

Director: Michael Powell

Starring: Conrad Veidt, Sebastian Shaw, Valerie Hobson, Marius Goring

(Black and White, Subtitles, 1939)


22:00 on Thursday 17th June on BBC4.

In this surreal, macabre thriller, recluse Donald Pleasence strives to keep his young wife Françoise Dorléac cloistered for himself in a Holy Island castle, despite the attentions of gangsters-on-the-run Lionel Stander and Jack MacGowran. Fetishes abound in this, the most Buñuelian of all Roman Polanski's work, but weird slapstick comedy often undermines the deeply serious kinkiness. The result is an acquired taste.

Directed by: Roman Polanski


Malta Story

12:45 on Friday 18th June on Channel 4.

In 1942, an RAF reconnaissance pilot on his way to Egypt is forced to land in Malta and gets caught up in the effort to save the island from the Luftwaffe. The pilot's aerial photographs show that an attack by the Germans is imminent, and he begins to plot the enemy's movements - but he is distracted by a local girl.

Director: Brian Desmond Hurst

Starring: Alec Guinness, Jack Hawkins, Anthony Steel, Muriel Pavlow, Flora Robson, Renee Asherson

(Black and White, Subtitles, 1953)

Nothing but the Night

22:00 on Friday 18th June on The Horror Channel.

Children who have been injected with a serum containing the life essence of dead people retain the memories of the deceased and become killers, wreaking havoc on London.

Directed by: Peter Sasdy

Cast: Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Diana Dors, Georgia Brown, Keith Barron, Fulton Mackay.


The Cruel Sea

15:40 on Saturday 19th June on Channel 4.

Classic documentary-style account of the trials of a British warship during World War II. Haunted by the loss of his past vessel at the cost of many lives, the captain becomes obsessed with taking revenge by sinking a German submarine. But his determination is countered by his guilt in risking his present crew's lives. Based on the bestseller by Nicholas Monsarrat.

Director: Charles Frend

Starring: Jack Hawkins, Donald Sinden, Denholm Elliott, Stanley Baker, John Stratton, Virginia McKenna

(Black and White, Subtitles, Audio Described, 1953)

The Parole Officer

21:35 on Saturday 19th June on Channel 4.

Offbeat comedy following an inept parole officer's efforts to recover the CCTV tape that proves him innocent of the murder for which he has been framed. Unfortunately, the evidence has been cleverly concealed within a high-security bank vault by the real culprit - a high-ranking but corrupt policeman. With the help of four bungling ex-criminals, the parole officer attempts to steal back the tape and clear his name.

Director: John Duigan

Starring: Steve Coogan, Lena Headey, Stephen Dillane, Om Puri, Steven Waddington

(Premiere, Subtitles, 2001)


22:00 on Saturday 19th June on BBC4.

Warner Bros executives reeled in shock when they first saw it, and the censor reached for the smelling salts. Over thirty years later, this seminal cult classic still has the power to disturb with its examination of the lifestyles of a masochistic gangster (played by James Fox) and a bisexual pop star (Mick Jagger) as they enter into a drugged-out parallel universe of their own creation. On the run from his own mob, Fox inveigles his way into Jagger's Notting Hill home where his sense of self � defined by his skill and liking for violence � is warped by contact with the debauched rock recluse. With its fragmented narrative, hallucinatory images and often arcane literary references, ranging from Jorge Luis Borges to Harold Pinter, this profound study of sexuality and identity remains a sensibility-shattering masterpiece.

Directed by: Nicolas Roeg, Donald Cammell


Carry On Cruising

17:50 on Sunday 20th June on Channel 4.

British comedy with the 'Carry On' crew, in which a sea captain about to set sail discovers that his regular shipmates have all defected. In their place is an inexperienced and over-eager bunch who wreak havoc during a Mediterranean cruise, sailing a tricky course through a sea of double entendres until they finally reach port in Spain.

Director: Gerald Thomas

Starring: Sid James, Kenneth Williams, Kenneth Connor, Liz Fraser, Dilys Laye, Lance Percival



23:20 on Sunday 20th June on BBC4.

Comedy drama in which a promiscuous Cockney lad whose life lacks purpose or direction selfishly seduces a string of women, then moves on. When he gets one of his girlfriends pregnant, he refuses to marry her, preferring instead to carry on with more conquests. Eventually a near-tragedy forces him to take a fresh look at his shallow existence - but is it enough to change him for good?

Directed by: Lewis Gilbert