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    For Better, for Worse

    13:55 on Monday 30th January on Channel 4.

    Charming British comedy about a young couple who struggle to make ends meet as they embark on married life together. Eileen Herlie stars as the worrysome mother of the bride, while Thora Hird steals the show as a talkative charlady who's always ready to offer her opinion.

    Director: J. Lee Thompson

    Starring: Dirk Bogarde, Susan Stephen, Cecil Parker, Eileen Herlie, Athene Seyler, Dennis Price

    (Subtitles, 1954, U, 3 Star)





    The Silver Fleet

    16:30 on Monday 30th January on more4.

    Ralph Richardson stars in this Powell and Pressburger WWII drama as a Dutch ship yard owner who seems to be working with the Nazis and earns the emnity of the Dutch patriots around him. However, Richardson is secretly aiming to make his own blow against the German invaders.

    Director: Vernon Sewell, Gordon Wellesley

    Starring: Ralph Richardson, Googie Withers, Esmond Knight, Beresford Egan, Frederick Burtwell, Kathleen Byron

    (Black and White, Premiere, Subtitles, 1943, U, 4 Star)





    Too Many Crooks

    13:40 on Tuesday 31st January on BBC 2 North East.

    British comedy about a gang of crooks who mess up every robbery they attempt and decide to try their hand at kidnapping instead. They plan to snatch the daughter of a millionaire but snatch his wife by mistake, leaving him to devote more time to his mistress. When the millionaire rejects their demands, his wife throws in her lot with the robbers.

    Director: Mario Zampi

    Starring: Terry-Thomas, George Cole, Brenda De Banzie, Bernard Bresslaw, Sid James, Vera Day

    (Black and White, Subtitles, 1958, 12, 3 Star)



    The Smallest Show on Earth

    14:00 on Wednesday 1st February on Channel 4.

    Gentle, hugely entertaining comedy starring Bill Travers and Virginia McKenna as a couple who inherit a dilapidated fleapit cinema, along with its equally dilapidated staff played by Peter Sellers, Margaret Rutherford and Bernard Miles.

    Director: Basil Dearden

    Starring: Virginia McKenna, Bill Travers, Margaret Rutherford, Peter Sellers, Bernard Miles, Francis De Wolff

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





    Theatre of Blood

    00:00 on Thursday 2nd February on BBC 1 North West.

    An entertaining, tongue-in-cheek comic horror about the demise of several British theatre critics whose murderer draws inspiration from Shakespeare's plays. The finger of suspicion points at ham actor Edward Lionheart, regularly overlooked for acting awards in the past because of his insistence on appearing only in works by the bard. The problem for the police is that their prime suspect very publicly committed suicide some time ago.

    Director: Douglas Hickox

    Starring: Vincent Price, Diana Rigg, Ian Hendry, Harry Andrews, Coral Browne, Robert Coote

    (Followed by Skiing Weather, Subtitles, 1973, 18, 4 Star)



    Shopping

    01:10 on Friday 3rd February on Channel 4.

    Three years before they were married, Jude Law and Sadie Frost took the lead roles in Paul Anderson's FilmFour-funded film. Law plays Billy, a joyrider recently released from jail who, along with Belfast girl Jo, takes to the new craze for ram-raiding, more for the sheer thrill of it all than profit. However, as well as keeping out of the clutches of the law they also have to stay one step ahead of Tommy, the leader of a rival crew.

    Director: Paul W.S. Anderson

    Starring: Sadie Frost, Jude Law, Sean Pertwee, Fraser James, Sean Bean, Marianne Faithfull

    (Subtitles, Signed, 1996, 15, 2 Star)





    Gregory's Girl

    20:00 on Friday 3rd February on ITV3.

    Witty and unsentimental coming-of-age comedy about a boy who falls hopelessly in love with a girl who becomes the new star player on the school football team. Writer-director Bill Forsyth's screenplay vividly portrays the experience of growing up in urban Scotland.

    Director: Bill Forsyth

    Starring: John Gordon Sinclair, Dee Hepburn, Jake D'Arcy, Clare Grogan, Robert Buchanan, Billy Greenlees

    (Including Entertainment News Update at 9.55, 1981, PG, 4 Star)



    The Ladykillers

    13:15 on Saturday 4th Februar on ITV1 Granada.

    Black comedy about a hapless gang of robbers whose plans are upset by a little old lady who runs a boarding house. This was the last of the great Ealing comedies, and featured Peter Sellers in his first significant role.

    Director: Alexander Mackendrick

    Starring: Alec Guinness, Cecil Parker, Herbert Lom, Peter Sellers, Danny Green, Jack Warner

    (Widescreen, Subtitles, 1955, U, 4 Star)





    Death Line

    22:00 on Saturday 4th February on ITV4.

    Entertaining horror flick about every tube traveller's worst nightmare - being eaten alive by a subterranean monster. Something nasty is stalking the tunnels of the London Underground, chewing commuters and giving Inspector Calhoun a big headache. As the plot thickens, it transpires that descendants of a previous tube disaster are holed up in an abandoned tunnel, and they're hungry.

    Director: Gary Sherman

    Starring: Donald Pleasence, Norman Rossington, David Ladd, Sharon Gurney, Hugh Armstrong, June Turner

    (Including Entertainment News Update at 10.55, 1973, 18, 2 Star)





    This Sporting Life

    01:55 on Sunday 5th February on Channel 4.

    Richard Harris turns in a burning Oscar-nominated performance as the rugby league player who makes good but, in doing so, loses his grip on his relationship with the widow with whom he is having an affair. Written by David Storey.

    Director: Lindsay Anderson

    Starring: Richard Harris, Rachel Roberts, Alan Badel, William Hartnell, Colin Blakely, Vanda Godsell

    (Subtitles, Black and White, 1963, 15, 4 Star)





    Voyage of the Damned

    14:40 on Sunday 5th February on BBC 2 Wales.

    Drama based on the true story of a ship carrying German-Jewish refugees which was sent to Havana in 1939 by the Nazis but was denied permission to land anywhere. The ship was eventually obliged to return to Germany, where certain death awaited its passengers. This terrible outcome had been cynically anticipated by the Nazis when granting permission for the voyage in the first place.

    Director: Stuart Rosenberg

    Starring: Faye Dunaway, Oskar Werner, Lee Grant, Sam Wanamaker, Lynne Frederick, David de Keyser

    (Subtitles, 1976, PG, 3 Star)





    Croupier

    22:10 on Sunday 5th February on more4.

    Mike Hodges' film was a surprise sleeper, ignored in this country until it was lauded in the States. Clive Owen plays Jack Manfred, a croupier who works by night and writes by day. His girlfriend Marion becomes increasingly frustrated by his seemingly aimless life, but he becomes focused when glamorous South African Jani de Villiers arrives in his casino, and then his bed, with a plan to defraud the house - but is she playing with a straight deck of cards?

    Director: Mike Hodges

    Starring: Clive Owen, Nick Reding, Nicholas Ball, Alexander Morton, Barnaby Kay, Gina McKee

    (Subtitles, 1998, 15, 4 Star)

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    (DB7 @ Jan 27 2006, 09:12 PM) Quoted post</div><div class='quotemain'>

    The Smallest Show on Earth

    14:00 on Wednesday 1st February on Channel 4.

    Gentle, hugely entertaining comedy starring Bill Travers and Virginia McKenna as a couple who inherit a dilapidated fleapit cinema, along with its equally dilapidated staff played by Peter Sellers, Margaret Rutherford and Bernard Miles.

    Director: Basil Dearden

    Starring: Virginia McKenna, Bill Travers, Margaret Rutherford, Peter Sellers, Bernard Miles, Francis De Wolff

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



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    Bet I know where they could pick up an audience!



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    (DB7 @ Jan 27 2006, 09:12 PM) Quoted post</div><div class='quotemain'>

    The Silver Fleet

    16:30 on Monday 30th January on more4.

    Ralph Richardson stars in this Powell and Pressburger WWII drama as a Dutch ship yard owner who seems to be working with the Nazis and earns the emnity of the Dutch patriots around him. However, Richardson is secretly aiming to make his own blow against the German invaders.

    Director: Vernon Sewell, Gordon Wellesley

    Starring: Ralph Richardson, Googie Withers, Esmond Knight, Beresford Egan, Frederick Burtwell, Kathleen Byron

    (Black and White, Premiere, Subtitles, 1943, U, 4 Star)

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    A rare outing for this one, it's not often shown on TV.

    Produced by Powell & Pressburger. Directed by Sewell & Wellesley who had worked with P&P on various earlier films and there are other members of The Archers in the cast & crew.

    The original story & script was written by Pressburger but he took his name off it as a writer because the directors weren't making the Nazis nasty enough for his liking.



    Based loosely on a true story of some Dutch shipyard workers who stole a submarine being made for the German navy and sailed it to England.



    It was the first film made by Esmond Knight after he was blinded on the Prince of Wales when they were attacked by the Bismarck. He was almost totally blind at the time although you'd hardly know it. But the film really belongs to Ralph Richardson & Googie Withers in the lead roles. It's not exactly a masterpiece, just a very well made film with a good story well told and some very good characters.



    Made during the war with the help of the Dutch government in exile. But made in the UK of course with Dundee dockyard acting as the dockyard in the Netherlands and other places around the Wash acting as the local town.



    We aren't sure where they did do the filming so if anyone recognises anything please let me know.



    Steve

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    (Steve Crook @ Jan 27 2006, 11:26 PM) Quoted post</div><div class='quotemain'>

    A rare outing for this one, it's not often shown on TV.

    Produced by Powell & Pressburger. Directed by Sewell & Wellesley who had worked with P&P on various earlier films and there are other members of The Archers in the cast & crew.

    The original story & script was written by Pressburger but he took his name off it as a writer because the directors weren't making the Nazis nasty enough for his liking.



    Based loosely on a true story of some Dutch shipyard workers who stole a submarine being made for the German navy and sailed it to England.



    It was the first film made by Esmond Knight after he was blinded on the Prince of Wales when they were attacked by the Bismarck. He was almost totally blind at the time although you'd hardly know it. But the film really belongs to Ralph Richardson & Googie Withers in the lead roles. It's not exactly a masterpiece, just a very well made film with a good story well told and some very good characters.



    Made during the war with the help of the Dutch government in exile. But made in the UK of course with Dundee dockyard acting as the dockyard in the Netherlands and other places around the Wash acting as the local town.



    We aren't sure where they did do the filming so if anyone recognises anything please let me know.



    Steve

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    Steve, thanks for this. As you may know I'm particularly interested in the "Dutch" town (which might be Kings Lynn), and the "park" area where Ralph Richardson walks along the path with a line of trees - I suppose it's likely that this also is Kings Lynn bearing in mind the cost and hassle of shifting a location crew around in wartime.



    I haven't seen the film for a while, but I'm also interested in the scene in the shipbuilding yard (which you say is Dundee) - in the far distance, on the far horizon is a massive building that looks like a cathedral it's so much bigger than everything else. What is it?



    If anyone has any answers to these questions, I'd be very grateful (as would Steve and his P and P folks)



    TIA

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    PS Esmond Knight is a nasty Nazi in the film - look out for the scene where he interviews a little girl about Piet Hein's whereabouts - it's very funny [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/thumbsup.gif[/img] By the by, somewhere (and I haven't a clue where) I've got an audio recording of Esmond on Radio 4 from years ago describing his experiences on the Prince of Wales alongside the Hood - the latter literally just disappeared when hit in the magazine by a shell from Bismark, with the loss of most hands. A great tragedy for Britain at that stage in the war, and Churchill wanted to supress the news because of the damaging effect it would have on morale.

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    A similarly infrequent re-run for Dirk Bogarde's matinee idol period pic, FOR BETTER, FOR WORSE. Doesn't seem to have been on for an age ; much to the annoyance of those of us with a ropey old VHS copy...



    SILVER FLEET us worth catching - as Steve says, a good story well told. [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/clapping.gif[/img]



    A decent selection this week. [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/thumbsup.gif[/img]



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    (Rob Compton @ Jan 28 2006, 10:24 AM) Quoted post</div><div class='quotemain'>

    Steve, thanks for this. As you may know I'm particularly interested in the "Dutch" town (which might be Kings Lynn), and the "park" area where Ralph Richardson walks along the path with a line of trees - I suppose it's likely that this also is Kings Lynn bearing in mind the cost and hassle of shifting a location crew around in wartime.



    I haven't seen the film for a while, but I'm also interested in the scene in the shipbuilding yard (which you say is Dundee) - in the far distance, on the far horizon is a massive building that looks like a cathedral it's so much bigger than everything else. What is it?

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    I'll look out for it, although knowing how tricky The Archers could be it might be just a backdrop, or hanging miniature. In Gone to Earth there is a castle overlooking the point-to-point course. But that racecourse is at Eyton, Shropshire and the castle is Ludlow Castle which is about 30 miles away, not on a hill overlooking the course.



    It might be possible to identify the school as well. The one where Ralph Richardson goes to pick up his son and hears Kathleen Byron telling the children about Piet Hein.



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    If anyone has any answers to these questions, I'd be very grateful (as would Steve and his P and P folks)



    TIA

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



    PS Esmond Knight is a nasty Nazi in the film - look out for the scene where he interviews a little girl about Piet Hein's whereabouts - it's very funny [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/thumbsup.gif[/img] By the by, somewhere (and I haven't a clue where) I've got an audio recording of Esmond on Radio 4 from years ago describing his experiences on the Prince of Wales alongside the Hood - the latter literally just disappeared when hit in the magazine by a shell from Bismark, with the loss of most hands. A great tragedy for Britain at that stage in the war, and Churchill wanted to supress the news because of the damaging effect it would have on morale.

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    I don't think I've heard that one but I do have a TV documentary about the hunt for the Bismarck where he does an interview about his experiences.



    Churchill wanted to supress the news - but couldn't. It hit the headlines big time. HMS Hood was regarded as the pride of the fleet. But really she was quite old and creaky and had recently been rushed through a re-fit which hadn't strengthened her deck armour so she was vunerable to a high angle shot which was what was used more at the time. When she was made (launched 1918), gunnery was more horizontal.



    Esmond was an anti-aircraft gunnery officer on the Prince of Wales so, after the Hood had been destroyed, the Bismarck turned her guns on the Prince of Wales and the first salvo landed a bit too close to Esmond. He lost one eye and was blinded in the other, although he later regained some sight in that eye.



    There's a great web site about Esmond at esmondknight.org.uk which also has quite a bit about his daughter Rosalind Knight and his uncle, Captain C.W.R. Knight, the falconer in I Know Where I'm Going!.



    The scene in The Silver Fleet where he's eating spaghetti is quite amusing as well. As he was almost totally blind it's quite messy [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/biggrin.gif[/img]



    Steve

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