Gosford Park

22:10 on Sunday 30th October on more4.

Robert Altman's Oscar-winning film is ostensibly a murder mystery set in a 1930s English country house but the director also uses the plot to explore English sensibilities of the time. A stellar cast all shine without overpowering this very English film from one of America's best directors.

Director: Robert Altman

Starring: Maggie Smith, Michael Gambon, Kristin Scott Thomas, Camilla Rutherford, Charles Dance, Geraldine Somerville

(2001, 15, 4 Star)



Operation Crossbow

13:05 on Monday 31st October on BBC 2.

Second World War action adventure. As V1 flying bombs fall on London, a gallant team of daring Allied agents is hand-picked to infiltrate and destroy the German weapons research station at Peenemunde. Rumours are rife that the Germans' research has led them to develop a new rocket, the even deadlier V2.

Director: Michael Anderson

Starring: Sophia Loren, George Peppard, Trevor Howard, John Mills, Richard Johnson, Tom Courtenay

(Widescreen, Subtitles, 1965, PG, 3 Star)



Carry On Doctor

16:00 on Monday 31st October on more4.

By now, the 'Carry On' franchise, which began in the late 50s, was into its stride with Gerald Thomas, who was to direct all of the films, returning to the hospital setting. Sid James is the rogue patient, smoking under the bed sheets and smuggling in whiskey, Jim Dale the handsome but accident-prone doctor infatuated by beautiful nurse Anita Harris, and Kenneth Williams the hospital head who is the unlikely romantic target of strict and starched matron Hattie Jacques.

Director: Gerald Thomas

Starring: Frankie Howerd, Kenneth Williams, Sid James, Charles Hawtrey, Jim Dale, Hattie Jacques

(1968, PG, 3 Star)



Triple Cross

13:00 on Tuesday 1st November on BBC 2 North.

World War II spy adventure based on the real-life exploits of double agent Eddie Chapman. Imprisoned in Jersey at the time of the German invasion, Chapman offers to spy for the Nazis in exchange for money and freedom. However, once trained and sent to England, he reports to British intelligence and feeds misinformation to the Germans.

Director: Terence Young

Starring: Christopher Plummer, Romy Schneider, Trevor Howard, Gert Fröbe, Claudine Auger, Yul Brynner

(Subtitles, 1967, PG, 3 Star)



Innocents in Paris

16:10 on Tuesday 1st November on more4.

Picaresque comedy about the British abroad, which sends up both the British and stereotypical observations on foreigners. With Alastair Sim, Ronald Shiner, Margaret Rutherford, Claire Bloom, Claude Dauphin, Laurence Harvey, Jimmy Edwards and James Copeland. Directed by Gordon Perry.

Director: Gordon Parry

Starring: Alastair Sim, Ronald Shiner, Claire Bloom, Margaret Rutherford, Claude Dauphin, Jimmy Edwards

(Black and White, Subtitles, 1953, U, 3 Star)



Tales from the Crypt

00:20 on Wednesday 2nd November on BBC 1.

Five tales of terror, involving mayhem, deceit and black humour, based on the classic EC horror comics. Five people are trapped in a crypt and are shown their futures by the evil cryptkeeper. They are given the option of avoiding their fates - by not living out the rest of their lives.

Director: Freddie Francis

Starring: Joan Collins, Peter Cushing, Roy Dotrice, Richard Greene, Ian Hendry, Patrick Magee

(Followed by Weatherview, Subtitles, 1972, PG, 3 Star)



The Odessa File

13:05 on Wednesday 2nd November on Channel 4.

Following the suicide of an elderly Jewish man, investigative journalist Peter Miller sets out to hunt down an SS Captain and former concentration camp commander. In doing so he discovers that, despite allegations of war crimes, the former commander has become a man of importance in industry in post-war Germany, protected from prosecution by a powerful organisation of former SS members called ODESSA. Miller's hunt for the truth becomes increasingly dangerous as he begins to uncover connections not only with this secret organisation, but also with the Israeli secret service and his own family.

Director: Ronald Neame

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

(Widescreen, Subtitles, 1974, PG, 3 Star)



Sailor Beware

16:20 on Wednesday 2nd November on more4.

Peggy Mount raises the decibel levels of this durable British farce playing the formidable mater of delightful Shirley Eaton, scaring the daylights out of her daughter's naval fiancé, Ronald Lewis. Sailor Beware! benefits from an abundance of music hall mirth, and a supporting cast that includes Gordon Jackson, Thora Hird and Cyril Smith.

Director: Gordon Parry

Starring: Peggy Mount, Cyril Smith, Shirley Eaton, Ronald Lewis, Esma Cannon, Joy Webster

(Black and White, Subtitles, 1957, U, 3 Star)



Very Important Person

16:00 on Thursday 3rd November on more4.

Lively comedy sending up British stiff-upper-lip prisoner-of-war dramas, starring James Robertson Justice as a bombastic scientist who ends up in a German POW camp during the Second World War. The inmates, led by Leslie Phillips and Stanley Baxter, are forced to help him escape.

Director: Ken Annakin

Starring: James Robertson Justice, Leslie Phillips, Stanley Baxter, Eric Sykes, Richard Wattis, Godfrey Winn

(Subtitles, Black and White, 1961, 12, 3 Star)



Carry On up the Khyber

16:15 on Friday 4th November on more4.

Classic Carry On set in India during the 1890s. Sir Sidney Ruff-Diamond is looking after the British outpost near the Khyber pass. Protected by the kilted Third Foot and Mouth regiment, you'd think they were safe. But the Khasi of Kalabar has other ideas...

Director: Gerald Thomas

Starring: Sid James, Kenneth Williams, Charles Hawtrey, Roy Castle, Joan Sims, Bernard Bresslaw

(Subtitles, 1969, PG, 3 Star)



A Man for All Seasons

15:55 on Sunday 6th November on five.

Multi-award-winning historical drama about Sir Thomas More's refusal to acknowledge Henry VIII's break with the Roman Catholic Church. More suffers a crisis of conscience, questioning the sovereign's plans for divorce, and ultimately pays for his disapproval with his life. Paul Scofield's performance won one of the film's six Oscars, which also included the best picture award.

Director: Fred Zinnemann

Starring: Paul Scofield, Wendy Hiller, Leo McKern, Robert Shaw, Orson Welles, Susannah York

(Stereo, 1966, U, 5 Star)