What's on this week or so


Yangtse Incident (1957)

True story of how HMS Amethyst escaped from the Chinese revolution in 1949. The story is fascinating but the film far too long.

4.25 pm Film4 Wed 22 March, 1.10 pm Fim4 Wed 29 March

Carry On Jack (1963)

The Carry Ons' first historical is a tale of seafaring folk. Too few regulars and the presence of a proper plot means this doesn't feel like a Carry On, but it's an enjoyable film.

 5.05 pm Film4 Thur 23 March

Cockleshell Heroes (1955)

Troops undergo rigorous training in order to break the blockade of Bordeaux. Jose Ferrer pushes them to the edge despite Trevor Howard's opposition. Another in the long line of true war stories British cinema produced in the Fifties. It's a good one but not overly memorable.

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  12.40 pm Film4 Fri 24 March

Hue and Cry (1947)

When a gang of kids suss that their weekly comic, The Trump, is being used by crooks for coded communication, they decide to round up the villains.

The first Ealing comedy is a classic.

8.40 am BBC2 Sat 25 March

Carry On Follow That Camel (1967)

This Foreign Legion tale only got the Carry On label in order to drum up trade. It has most of the series regulars but stars Phil Silvers. 

10.30 am ITV Sat 25 March

The Wooden Horse (1950)

True-life POW tale about an attempt to dig an escape tunnel in plain sight of the German guards. Stirring stuff.

Still from The Wooden Horse

1.45 pm BBC2 Sat 25 March

The Importance of Being Earnest (1952)

Wonderfully theatrical version of Wilde's play. Most of the performances have become definitive, particularly those of the women (Joan Greenwood, Dorothy Tutin, Margaret Rutherford, and especially Edith Evans)

12.15 pm BBC2 Sun 26 March

The Hound of the Baskervilles (1959)

Sherlock Holmes gets the Hammer treatment ("It's ten times the terror in Technicolor!"). Peter Cushing makes a fair Holmes though the production looks cheap and the hound is a bit disappointing.

Poster for The Hound of the Baskervilles

5.20 pm Film4 Mon 27 March


Nothing this week