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    Withnail & I

    00:00 on Monday 2nd January on Channel 4.

    Bruce Robinson's witty and perceptive first film as writer/director follows the hilarious drink and drug-fuelled misadventures of struggling actors Withnail and Peter Marwood in London and the Lake District during the last months of 1969.

    Director: Bruce Robinson

    Starring: Richard E. Grant, Paul McGann, Richard Griffiths, Ralph Brown, Michael Elphick, Daragh O'Malley

    (Widescreen, Subtitles, 1987, 15, 5 Star)



    Lawrence of Arabia

    11:30 on Monday 2nd January on Channel 4.

    Peter O'Toole is the eponymous hero who united the warring Arab tribes to take on the Turks in World War One and, in so doing, entered both the history books and the mythology of England's past. David Lean's multi-Oscar winning epic is one of cinema's most sumptuously-shot classics, and O'Toole brings to the role a hesitant demeanour that hints at Lawrence's sexual ambiguity while never masking his steely self-belief.

    Director: David Lean

    Starring: Peter O'Toole, Alec Guinness, Anthony Quinn, Jack Hawkins, Omar Sharif, José Ferrer

    (Subtitles, 1962, PG, 5 Star)



    Lost

    16:05 on Monday 2nd January on more4.

    British thriller starring David Farrar as a police officer desperately trying to uncover the whereabouts of the kidnapped baby of American diplomat David Knight and his wife Julia Arnall.

    Director: Guy Green

    Starring: David Farrar, David Knight, Julia Arnall, Anthony Oliver, Thora Hird, Eleanor Summerfield

    (Subtitles, 1955, 3 Star)



    Porridge

    19:15 on Monday 2nd January on Channel 4.

    Ronnie Barker, Richard Beckinsale and Fulton Mackay star in this superior spin-off feature from the much-loved TV sitcom. Cell-mates Fletch and Godber find themselves on the wrong side of the bars when they're inadvertently bungled out of Slade Prison during someone else's escape. Somehow they've got to break back in before warder Mackay notices their absence.

    Director: Dick Clement

    Starring: Ronnie Barker, Richard Beckinsale, Fulton Mackay, Brian Wilde, Peter Vaughan, Julian Holloway

    (Subtitles, 1979, PG, 3 Star)



    Performance

    23:35 on Monday 2nd January on BBC 2 North East.

    Psychological thriller about a vicious London gangster who is drawn into a decadent world of drugs and fantasy. As a protection racket enforcer, the sadistic thug's days are steeped in vandalism and violence. When he goes too far and commits a murder that upsets his bosses, he hides out from them in the basement of a Notting Hill mansion belonging to a reclusive, debauched rock star.

    Director: Nicolas Roeg, Donald Cammell

    Starring: Mick Jagger, James Fox, Anita Pallenberg, Michele Breton, Ann Sidney, Anthony Valentine

    (Subtitles)



    The Good Die Young

    16:00 on Tuesday 3rd January on more4.

    Powerful British film noir starring Laurence Harvey as an amoral, psychotic playboy who incites three men who are down on their luck to commit a mail van robbery which goes badly wrong.

    Director: Lewis Gilbert

    Starring: Margaret Leighton, Joan Collins, Gloria Grahame, Robert Morley, Richard Baseheart, John Ireland

    (Black and White, 1954, 2 Star)



    Chariots of Fire

    13:10 on Thursday 5th January on Channel 4.

    Hugh Hudson's Oscar-winning film goes back to the 1924 Paris Olympics, where Cambridge student Harold Abrahams and devout Christian Scot Eric Liddell represented Britain on the track. Hudson's Oscar and BAFTA-laden tale of commitment, integrity and sacrifice follows their lives and loves before the two come together in Paris and as they compete at the Olympics, where Liddell must overcome issues arising from his religion.

    Director: Hugh Hudson

    Starring: Nicholas Farrell, Ben Cross, Nigel Havers, Ian Charleson, Daniel Gerroll, Ian Holm

    (Premiere, Widescreen, Subtitles, 1981, U, 4 Star)



    The Kidnappers

    16:15 on Thursday 5th January on more4.

    When their grandfather refuses to buy them a pet dog, two orphaned brothers decide to "adopt" an abandoned baby that they find in the woods, but ugly prejudices rise to the surface in their mixed community when their secret is discovered. Philip Leacock's enchanting children's period drama is blessed by Oscar-winning performances from its two pre-teen leads.

    Director: Philip Leacock

    Starring: Duncan Macrae, Jean Anderson, Theodore Bikel, Adrienne Corri, Jon Whiteley, Vincent Winter

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



    Clockwise

    19:30 on Friday 6th January on ITV3.

    Manic comedy about the misadventures of an obsessively punctual comprehensive school headmaster who sets out to give an important speech to a conference of headteachers. But the day goes from bad to hideously awful when he boards the wrong train - the first set-back in an increasingly hysterical race against the clock.

    Director: Christopher Morahan

    Starring: John Cleese, Penny Leatherbarrow, Howard Lloyd-Lewis, Jonathan Bowater, Stephen Moore, Alison Steadman

    (Including Entertainment News Update, 1986, PG, 3 Star)



    Billion Dollar Brain

    19:30 on Saturday 7th January on BBC 4.

    Espionage thriller, the third in a series based on Len Deighton's popular spy novels. A former intelligence agent is persuaded to return to work, accepting an assignment to deliver a mysterious package to Helsinki. But when he arrives in Finland, he meets an old acquaintance, an ex-CIA man now involved with a billionaire who plans to destroy Communism in Eastern Europe with his own private army.

    Director: Ken Russell

    Starring: Michael Caine, Karl Malden, Ed Begley, Francoise Dorleac, Oscar Homolka, Guy Doleman

    (1967, 2 Star)



    The Ipcress File

    22:15 on Saturday 7th January on BBC 4.

    Spy thriller in which agent Harry Palmer 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

    (1965, PG, 4 Star)



    The Final Curtain

    23:45 on Saturday 7th January on BBC 2 Scotland.

    Black comedy in which an ailing gameshow host looks back on his career as an author takes notes for the dying star's autobiography, and recalls his back-biting contests with a younger television personality.

    Director: Patrick Harkins

    Starring: Peter O'Toole, Adrian Lester, Aidan Gillen, Julia Sawalha, Ralph Brown, Dominic Cooper

    (Widescreen, Subtitles, 2002, 15, 3 Star)



    Zardoz

    21:00 on Sunday 8th January on ITV4.

    Visually arresting sci-fi set in 2293, when the Earth's population has been divided into two camps as a result of overdeveloped technology. The Exterminators police a desolate zone and worship the god Zardoz, who supplies them with guns from the sky. When one of them begins to question his faith and breaks out, he discovers the land of the Eternals, an ageless intellectual oligarchy, and begins a struggle to overturn the system.

    Director: John Boorman

    Starring: Sean Connery, Charlotte Rampling, Sara Kestelman

    (Including Entertainment News Update at 9.55, 1973, 2 Star)



    Brassed Off

    22:10 on Sunday 8th January on more4.

    This award-winning FilmFour production marked the directorial debut of writer/director Mark Herman. Brassed Off is the passionate, moving story of a small mining community struggling to survive when its chief industry is closed down to devastating effect, leaving the colliery brass band as its only point of pride. Starring Ewan McGregor, Peter Postlethwaite, Tara Fitzgerald and Stephen Tompkinson.

    Director: Mark Herman

    Starring: Pete Postlethwaite, Tara Fitzgerald, Ewan McGregor, Stephen Tompkinson, Jim Carter, Philip Jackson

    (Widescreen, Subtitles, Audio Described, 1996, 15, 4 Star)



    Confessions of a Window Cleaner

    22:20 on Sunday 8th January on Paramount Comedy Channel.

    Starring Robin Askwith. Bawdy romp in which a young window cleaner discovers that his lady customers often require a little extra polishing.

    Director: Val Guest

    Starring: Bill Maynard, Robin Askwith, Anthony Booth, Dandy Nichols, Sheila White, Linda Hayden

    (1974, 3 Star)

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    Don't forget to mention "Miss Marple" Joan Hickson in Clockwise! She plays an old confused [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/thumbsup.gif[/img] dopey lady.

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