Murder on the Orient Express

17:35 on Monday 30th August on Channel 4.

All-star adaptation of Agatha Christie's novel set in 1934 on the Orient Express. A financier travelling from Istanbul to Paris is found dead, stabbed a dozen times, and it's up to celebrated Belgian detective Hercule Poirot to solve the crime. He painstakingly interviews those in the same railway car and through an elaborate re-creation aims to find out just who the killer is.

Director: Sidney Lumet

Starring: Albert Finney, Lauren Bacall, Martin Balsam, Ingrid Bergman, Jacqueline Bisset, Jean Pierre Cassel

(Widescreen, Subtitles, 1974)



A Passage to India

21:00 on Monday 30th August on UKTV Drama.

A meticulously-detailed adaptation of E M Forster's culture-clash novel set in the late 1920s. In the company of her fiance's mother, a headstrong young Englishwoman goes to India to visit her intended husband and is shocked by the arrogant superiority of the British establishment. The film won Oscars for Best Supporting Actress and Maurice Jarre's exotic score.

Director: David Lean

Starring: Judy Davis, Peggy Ashcroft, Victor Banerjee, James Fox, Alec Guinness, Nigel Havers

(1984)



The Big Job

13:10 on Wednesday 1st September on Channel 4.

Bright and breezy comedy in which three bank robbers return after serving a 15-year prison sentence to claim their loot, only to find that the prairie tree in which they hid it is now on the front lawn of the police station.

Director: Gerald Thomas

Starring: Sidney James, Sylvia Syms, Dick Emery, Lance Percival, Joan Sims, Jim Dale

(Black and White, Subtitles, 1965)



The Krays

22:00 on Thursday 2nd September on ITV2.

Disturbing story of the making of the infamous Sixties underworld figures Reggie and Ronnie Kray, from their upbringing by a domineering mother in the deprivation of London's East End. The gangland empire they build is characterised by violence and intimidation, and the film is unflinching in its depiction of their rise to power. An impressive portrayal of the twins by the Kemp brothers - formerly of the group Spandau Ballet.

Director: Peter Medak

Starring: Billie Whitelaw, Gary Kemp, Martin Kemp, Susan Fleetwood, Charlotte Cornwell, Tom Bell

(Widescreen, Subtitles, 1990)



Pulp

00:10 on Friday 3rd September on BBC 1.

Amusing crime satire about a successful pulp-fiction writer living in Rome who agrees to ghostwrite the autobiography of an over-the-hill movie star famed for his real-life friendships with gangsters. But the writer finds himself in over his head when the subject of the book is murdered.

Director: Michael Hodges

Starring: Michael Caine, Mickey Rooney, Lionel Stander, Lizabeth Scott

(Subtitles, 1972)



Please Sir!

16:05 on Saturday 4th September. Duration: 1 hour and 55 minutes

Showing on Channel 4.

Feature film spin-off from the popular TV sitcom. 5C, the problem class from Fenn Street school, are reluctantly selected for a fortnight's stay at a country recreation centre. Will the change of scene pacify the teenage terrors? The students proceed to live up to their reputation as disruptive and unruly kids, creating chaos and mayhem wherever they go.

Director: Mark Stuart

Starring: John Alderton, Noel Howlett, Deryck Guyler, Erik Chitty, Malcolm McFee, Peter Cleall

(Subtitles, 1971)



Mrs Dalloway

16:15 on Saturday 4th September on BBC 2.

Period drama, scripted by Eileen Atkins and based on Virginia Woolf's novel, about a woman's struggle to come to terms with the amorous feelings that a platonic friend clearly holds for her. Clarissa Dalloway reflects on the wild gaiety of her youth, and her rejection of a young suitor. When he suddenly arrives unannounced, she finds that she is no longer afraid of the love that he has for her.

Director: Marleen Gorris

Starring: Vanessa Redgrave, Natascha McElhone, Michael Kitchen, Alan Cox, Sarah Badel, Lena Headey

(Subtitles, 1997)



The Winslow Boy

19:20 on Saturday 4th September on BBC 2.

Period drama based on the true story of a young naval cadet accused of stealing a five shilling postal order, and his father - who risks fortune, health, domestic peace and his daughter's prospects to seek justice. After defeat in the military court of appeals, father and daughter go to Sir Robert Morton, a charismatic barrister and MP, who takes the case before Parliament to seek permission to sue the crown.

Director: David Mamet

Starring: Nigel Hawthorne, Jeremy Northam, Rebecca Pidgeon, Matthew Pidgeon, Gemma Jones

(Widescreen, Subtitles, 1999)



Purely Belter

00:40 on Sunday 5th September on Channel 4.

Touching comedy drama about a pair of troubled young Geordie boys who are determined to buy season tickets to see their beloved Newcastle United. Realising that giving up smoking will not save them the hefty amount they need, the pair dream up a number of moneymaking schemes before graduating to shoplifting and bank robbery, until events take an unexpected turn.

Director: Mark Herman

Starring: Tracy Whitwell, Chris Beattie, Greg McLane, Charlie Hardwick, Roy Hudd, Kevin Whately

(Premiere, Widescreen, 2000)



A Fish Called Wanda

23:35 on Sunday 5th September on Channel 4.

Offbeat black comedy in which a con artist uses her female charms to steal a stash of jewels from her gangster boyfriend, taking sexual advantage of his henchman and lawyer - with whom she later falls in love - to realise her cunning plan. The group's various criminal escapades are often complicated by the presence of a hapless mobster, whose mission to kill an elderly witness proves increasingly hard.

Director: Charles Crichton

Starring: John Cleese, Jamie Lee Curtis, Kevin Kline, Michael Palin, Maria Aitken, Tom Georgeson

(Premiere, Widescreen, Subtitles, 1988)