What's on this week or so


Television  

Great Expectations (1946)

Probably the best Dickens adaptation in cinema. Like the book the first third is the best but the rest is still pretty good.

Still from Great ExpectationsPoster for Great Expectations

2.40 pm Film4 Thur 23 Feb

They Flew Alone (1941)

Amy Johnson breaks flying records but can't stop her marriage falling apart. Anna Neagle was the obvious choice to play this very British heroine, and Herbert Wilcox does his usual careful job behind the camera.

6.30 am BBC2 Sat 25 Feb

In Which We Serve (1942)

Written by, Starring, and Co-directed by Noel Coward. He even wrote the music. But this is by no means a one man show. The Torrin has been torpedoed and some of the survivors clinging to a life raft remember the people they left at home. It was perfect propaganda at the time, now it gives us one of the best pictures we have of Britain at war.

8.10 am BBC2 Sat 25 Feb

Carry On Cabby (1963)

Feminism arrives in the Carry On world as Sid James refuses to employ female cab drivers and his wife Hattie Jacques starts up a rival company using only dolly birds (and Esma Cannon!). It feels more like an Ealing Comedy than a Carry On but has glorious moments and lines (especially "What! With tweeds!" from Michael Ward)

3.15 pm Film4 Sat 25 Feb, 5.00 pm Film4 Thur 2 March

The Colditz Story (1954)

The story of the escape from the "impregnable" POW camp was a natural for the cinema. John Mills and Eric Portman head the cast in a fine, though now slightly clichéd, movie.

11.00 am Film4 Sun 26 Feb

Carry On Cleo (1964)

With a bunch of sets and props lying around from Cleopatra, it was natural that the budget-conscious producers of the series would want to use them. It's a smashing spoof which contains the classic "Infamy, infamy . . ." possibly the most quoted line in British cinema. Amanda Barrie gives the screen's definitive Cleopatra and if Sid James isn't quite how Marc Antony would have been, that's tough on Marc Antony.

11.05 pm ITV3 Sun 26 Feb

Hell Below Zero (1954)

Alan Ladd joins the crew of an icebreaker to investigate a death. Lots of action once it gets going in this Hammond Innes adaptation.

Still from Hell Below Zero

11.00 am Film4 Mon 27 Feb

Great Expectations (1946)

Probably the best Dickens adaptation in cinema. Like the book the first third is the best but the rest is still pretty good.

Still from Great ExpectationsPoster for Great Expectations

11.00 am Film4 Tues 28 Feb

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It Always Rains on Sunday (1947)

Gloomy tale of Googie Withers trapped in a dull marriage to Edward Chapman until ex-boyfriend John McCallum breaks out of prison and needs a refuge. When it first came out this was the last word in realism, now it looks beautifully artificial.

Still from It Always Rains on Sunday

20.50 NFT2 Mon 27 Feb