The Foreman Went to France

11:50 on Monday 16th August on BBC 2.

Classic Ealing wartime drama about an English factory foreman who is sent on a mission to occupied France to retrieve some vital machine parts for the Allies. He is accompanied by two lorry-driving British soldiers and assisted by an American girl. Not everyone is on his side, however, and the journey is hindered by the misdirections of a secret collaborator. Based on a story by J B Priestley.

Director: Charles Frend

Starring: Tommy Trinder, Constance Cummings, Clifford Evans, Robert Morley, Gordon Jackson, Ernest Milton

(Black and White, Subtitles, 1941)



The Stars Look Down

13:10 on Monday 16th August on BBC 2.

Classic drama about an idealistic Welsh coal miner's son who uses his education to fight against dangerous working conditions. The young man makes a stand when he discovers lives are at risk, and also finds himself fighting to save his marriage. Based on A J Cronin's novel.

Director: Carol Reed

Starring: Michael Redgrave, Margaret Lockwood, Edward Rigby, Emlyn Williams, Nancy Price, Cecil Parker

(Black and White, Subtitles, 1939)



Trouble in the Glen

13:20 on Tuesday 17th August on BBC 2.

Comedy drama about two men who return to Scotland on separate personal missions but soon find themselves locked in conflict. One has come from Mexico to claim his ancestral seat and install himself as a laird, while the other is an American airman who has returned to meet the child born of his wartime marriage.

Director: Herbert Wilcox

Starring: Orson Welles, Margaret Lockwood, Forrest Tucker, Victor McLaglen, John McCallum, Eddie Byrne

(Subtitles, 1954)



Bedrooms and Hallways

00:30 on Thursday 19th August on BBC 2.

Romantic ensemble piece about a lonely young gay man who joins a self-help group after a friend urges him to improve his social life. There he meets an Irishman who has just come out of a long-term relationship, and they discover that the Irishman's ex-partner was the high school love of the lonely man. But the two men soon find themselves drawn to one another.

Director: Rose Troche

Starring: Kevin McKidd, Simon Callow, James Purefoy, Jennifer Ehle, Tom Hollander, Hugo Weaving

(Widescreen, Subtitles, 1998)



The Fiend

01:45 on Saturday 21st August on BBC 1.

Bizarre horror film about sinister goings-on in suburbia. A sexually confused boy's mind has been warped over the years by his fanatically religious mother and a sinister minister. Grown to adulthood, he goes on a violent rampage, murdering prostitutes to save them from a life of sin.

Director: Robert Hartford-Davis

Starring: Ann Todd, Patrick Magee, Tony Beckley, Madeline Hinde, Percy Herbert, Suzanna Leigh

(Widescreen, Subtitles, 1971)



White Mischief

22:10 on Saturday 21st August on UKTV Drama.

Elegantly sensual tale, based on James Fox's book, about a group of British aristocrats living in Kenya's Happy Valley during World War II. This is the true story of a husband's response to his beautiful young wife's affair with the Earl of Eroll - an affair which rocked society and led to brutal murder.

Director: Michael Radford

Starring: Charles Dance, Joss Ackland, Greta Scacchi, John Hurt, Sarah Miles, Susan Fleetwood

(1988)



The Lost Son

01:35 on Sunday 22nd August on Channel 4.

Bleak drama about a Parisian ex-cop turned private detective who is assigned to work on a case in London's Soho, where he sets out to discover the whereabouts of a missing man. But the apparently simple case turns nasty when evidence leads him into the world of an international paedophile ring.

Director: Chris Menges

Starring: Daniel Auteuil, Ciaran Hinds, Nastassja Kinski, Katrin Cartlidge, Billie Whitelaw

(Premiere, Widescreen, 1999)



Corridors of Blood

00:50 on Monday 23rd August on BBC 1.

Horror thriller about a 19th-century doctor who becomes addicted to the drugs he is using when experimenting to make operations more bearable. After a failed demonstration of his new techniques, the doctor loses his job and his access to the drugs. Finding himself down on his luck in a seedy tavern, he is unable to refuse when two grave robbers offer to supply him with narcotics - but at a grievous price.

Director: Robert Day

Starring: Boris Karloff, Betta St John, Finlay Currie, Christopher Lee

(Black and White, Subtitles, 1958)