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    In Which We Serve

    13:05 on Monday 30th May on BBC 2.

    Stirring World War II drama about the crew of a British fighting ship, told through a series of poignant and revealing vignettes. The story of the ship's heroic deeds is narrated by Noel Coward, who, as the ship's captain, acts as a father-figure to his stalwart men. After surviving a torpedo attack, the ship is involved in the Dunkirk evacuation, before heading into battle off the coast of Crete.

    Director: Noel Coward, David Lean

    Starring: Noel Coward, John Mills, Bernard Miles, Celia Johnson, Ann Stephens, Daniel Massey

    (Black and White, Subtitles, 1942)

    We Dive at Dawn

    14:55 on Monday 30th May on BBC 2.

    World War II drama about a mission to hunt and destroy a dangerous German battleship in the Baltic which goes wrong when the British submarine runs short on fuel. A crew member with a flair for the German language is forced to disembark on an enemy-occupied Danish island.

    Director: Anthony Asquith

    Starring: John Mills, Louis Bradfield, Ronald Millar, Jack Watling, Reginald Purdell, Caven Watson

    (Black and White, Subtitles, 1943)


    23:55 on Tuesday 31st May on BBC 2.

    Sci-fi horror in which a routine journey through space turns into a nightmare when the crew of a spaceship on an archaeological mission encounter an alien creature which impregnates one of them and turns her into a flesh-craving monster.

    Director: Norman J. Warren

    Starring: Robin Clarke, Jennifer Ashley, Stephanie Beacham, Steven Grives, Barry Houghton, Rosalind Lloyd

    (Widescreen, Subtitles, 1982)

    The Captive Heart

    10:05 on Wednesday 1st June on Channel 4.

    Drama examining the plight of prisoners of war in Germany from 1940. Michael Redgrave stars as Captain Karel Hasek, an English-speaking Czech who, having escaped from a concentration camp, assumes the identity of a dead English officer, Geoffrey Mitchell, in order to keep out of the hands of the Gestapo. He finds himself forced to write to the man's wife and the logical conclusion follows when the two comfort each other after the war.

    Director: Basil Dearden

    Starring: Michael Redgrave, Rachel Kempson, Frederick Leister, Mervyn Johns, Rachel Thomas, Jack Warner

    (Subtitles, Black and White, 1946)

    Sons of the Sea

    11:10 on Thursday 2nd June on BBC 2 West.

    At the training ground for British Naval Officers, the Royal Naval College at Dartmouth, the commander's son accidentally helps an enemy espionage ring and it's up to his classmates to bail him out... Dir: Maurice Elveyf.

    Director: Maurice Elvey

    Starring: Leslie Banks, Charles Eaton, Simon Lack, Cecil Parker, Ellen Pollock, Kynaston Reeves

    (Subtitles, 1939, U)

    One Million Years BC

    10:05 on Friday 3rd June on Channel 4.

    Director Don Chaffey's reunion with special effects star Ray Harryhausen created a prehistoric world of earthquakes and dinosaurs in which man doesn't quite rule the earth. An inhospitable landscape is populated by two tribes: the Rock People and the Shell People. When, following a fight with his father, John Richardson is banished from the Rock People, he wanders the land to do battle with roving dinosaurs before teaming up with Raquel Welch - in her famous fur bikini - to head off into the sunset and face new hazards.

    Director: Don Chaffey

    Starring: Raquel Welch, John Richardson, Percy Herbert, Robert Brown, Martine Beswick, Jean Wladon

    (Subtitles, Widescreen, 1966)

    The Lavender Hill Mob

    13:45 on Friday 3rd June on Channel 4.

    Classic Ealing comedy from director Charles Crichton with Alec Guinness playing a mild-mannered transporter of gold bullion who has been doing the job for the past 20 years but suddenly decides to steal a million pounds. He enlists the help of paperweight manufacturer Stanley Holloway and they hijack the bank's armoured car. Once in their hands, the gold bars are melted down and formed into the likeness of small, souvenir Eiffel Towers. But after the booty is smuggled out to Paris, it is purchased by a group of English schoolgirls. As a result of their pleading with the girls, the gang retrieve all but one of the towers. But the last one is in the hands of a very determined girl, who refuses to part with it... With Sid James, Alfie Bass and Majorie Fielding.

    Director: Charles Crichton

    Starring: Alec Guinness, Stanley Holloway, Sid James, Alfie Bass, Marjorie Fielding, Edie Martin

    (Subtitles, Black and White, 1951)

    Angels One Five

    16:05 on Saturday 4th June on Channel 4.

    Filmed mainly at RAF Kenley and at the real "11 Group" operations block at RAF Uxbridge, Angels One Five tells the story of the Battle of Britain from the perspective of the men and women on the ground.

    Director: George More O'Ferrall

    Starring: Jack Hawkins, Michael Denison, Dulcie Gray

    (Subtitles, Black and White, 1954)

    Sense and Sensibility

    18:55 on Saturday 4th June on Channel 4.

    Ang Lee's Oscar-winning adaptation of Jane Austen's novel is an enjoyable costume drama that stays faithful to the classic. Emma Thompson and Kate Winslet star as the two impoverished sisters cast out into the cruel world in search of husbands - among them, Hugh Grant, Alan Rickman and Greg Wise.

    Director: Ang Lee

    Starring: Robert Hardy, Hugh Laurie, Kate Winslet, Alan Rickman, Hugh Grant, Harriet Walter

    (Widescreen, 1995)

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    Thanks DB7, a good selection there. Seems unfair to pick any out, but "The Lavender Hill Mob" is just wonderful [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/thumbsup.gif[/img] as are "In which we serve" and "Angels one-five" and "We dive at dawn" and "The Captive Heart" (Michael Redgrave especially good in the latter).

    I've never seen "Sons of the Sea" before, and I don't recall it being on TV before, though may be wrong, so I'll be looking forward to that as well.

    A good week.


    Rob [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/tongue.gif[/img]

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    I know it's a Bank Holiday week and probably a blip on the radar, but from a few weeks ago when we had Auntie Beeb showing only one British co-production, to now four 'proper' British films in a similar period.

    I'd dread to think that the message might finally be getting home.... [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/blink.gif[/img]



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    Credit where it's due, Channel 4 have been showing some cracking Brit-films (afternoon slot after the lunch-time news) for months now. My DVD recorder has been on overtime. They seem to be keeping it up too!! Good on 'em

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