Welcome to another week of unique television on Talking Pictures TV. Our blend of drama, romance, comedy and history has something for everyone and we are doing our best to bring you a mixture of uplifting, interesting and entertaining programmes to distract you from these difficult days. Remember, Talking Pictures TV is here all day, every day, keeping you company, day and night. We are also offering this week a brilliant Alfred Hitchcock 6-DVD set and a fascinating book on David Lean that you can curl up with on the sofa. Scroll down to see them.
Highlights for the week beginning Monday 30th March 2020
MONDAY 30th March
American TV series The Rogues (1965) about a trio of conmen starring David Niven, Charles Boyer and Gig Young continues daily at 11am.
At 07:20am on Monday morning, the bittersweet story of That Brennan Girl (1946) starring James Dunn, Mona Freeman, William Marshall and June Duprez tells the story of a young war bride whose seaman husband is killed in action and her baby taken into custody. Can she make good and be reunited with her child? At 12pm Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh smoulder together in Lady Hamilton (1941), the historical story of the romance between Lord Nelson and Lady Emma Hamilton, also known as That Hamilton Woman. A fascinating World War II documentary at 14:30pm, Target for Tonight (1941), featuring the RAF on a Bomber Command raid over Germany, with a Wellington bomber. A good old-fashioned western at 5:15pm, Custer of the West, (1968), a big screen epic starring Robert Shaw, Mary Ure and Ty Hardin in the story of U.S. Army commander George Armstrong Custer, a hero of the Civil War. At 8pm, war drama series Danger UXB stars Anthony Andrews, Judy Geeson & Kenneth Farrington. In this week’s episode, Bad Company, (1979), a new commanding officer’s method of discipline borders on psychotic and the men consider mutiny. Detective series Special Branch follows at 9pm, starring George Sewell, Roger Rowland & John Bailey. In an episode called Polonaise (1973), officers North and Craven are asked to protect a former Nazi collaborator. At 10pm So Long at the Fair (1950) stars Jean Simmons, Dirk Bogarde and David Tomlinson. A brother and sister visit Paris for the Great Exhibition of 1889, but the brother mysteriously disappears.
TUESDAY 31st March
Drama on Tuesday morning with Lost in the Desert (1969) at 9:15am, starring Wynand Uys and Jamie Uys. After a plane crash a young boy and his dog must learn to survive in the heat of the African desert. At 2:55pm Who Killed the Cat? (1966) stars Mary Merrall, Ellen Pollock and Mervyn Johns. A widow persecutes three old ladies, even poisoning a pet cat – but fate takes its revenge… there’s another chance to see Who Killed The Cat? on Sunday 5th April at 9:30am and there is also a second chance to see No, My Darling Daughter (1961) at 4:40pm, starring Michael Redgrave, Michael Craig and Juliet Mills. Robert Newton stars in Night Boat To Dublin (1946) at 7:05pm, playing Captain David Grant, a British secret agent who leads an attempt to save a scientist from the Nazis. Staying with espionage, tonight’s episode of Reilly Ace of Spies at 9pm is called Dreadnoughts and Doublecrosses (1983). Ace spy Sidney proceeds with his plan to get Count Massino to approve his German contract; starring Sam Neill, Leo McKern and Norman Rodway. At 10:00pm Tom Courtenay plays a lazy young clerk in provincial Northern England who lives in his own fantasy, in Billy Liar (1963) with Julie Christie and Wilfred Pickles, directed by John Schlesinger.
WEDNESDAY 1st April
At 9:05am on Wednesday, comedy Left, Right and Centre (1959), stars Ian Carmichael, Alastair Sim & Patricia Bredin. A Tory candidate standing in a local by-election inadvertently starts a friendship with his rival. The life of the English composer Leslie Stuart, famous in the British music halls, is portrayed in You Will Remember (1941) at 2:15pm, starring a young Robert Morley with Emlyn Williams and Dorothy Hyson. Crime thriller One Jump Ahead (1954) is on at 4:05pm starring Paul Carpenter, Diane Hart, Jill Adams and Freddie Mills. Diana Dors stars in an early role in comedy, A Boy a Girl and a Bike (1949) at 5:25pm with John McCallum, Honor Blackman and Patrick Holt. Intriguing drama in Home at Seven (1952), at 7:15pm, directed by and starring Ralph Richardson as a bank official who goes missing for 24 hours and has no memory of the lost time. Regular British law series Rumpole of the Bailey starring Leo McKern is at 9pm. This week in Rumpole and the Old, Old Story, (1987), Rumpole stays with the Erskine-Browns and finds that Portia is prosecuting one of his clients. Also stars Marion Mathie and Peter Blythe. More crime drama to enjoy over two evenings, as Michael Caine stars in Jack The Ripper (1988) Part 1 of 2 is at 10:05pm, with Armand Assante, Susan George, Jane Seymour and Ray McAnally. Chief Inspector Frederick Abberline is assigned to investigate the murder of a prostitute in the East End of London. Part 2 is on Thursday.
THURSDAY 2nd April
Thursday begins with Serious Charge at 9am, a 1959 drama starring Anthony Quayle as a new vicar who falls foul of a false claim made against him – look out for Cliff Richard singing Living Doll! There’s laughter at 2:30pm with Norman Wisdom in A Stitch in Time (1963). At 4:30pm settle down to enjoy The Jungle Book (1942), Zoltan Korda’s beautifully filmed version of Rudyard Kipling’s classic tale, starring Sabu, Patricia O’Rourke, Joseph Calleia, John Qualen, Frank Puglia and Rosemary DeCamp. In full Technicolor, this film adaptation received four Academy Award nominations and became one of United Artists’ top three highest-grossing films at the time, a success which was echoed in the UK and Europe and frankly, it beats Disney hands down! At 7:00pm Ralph Richardson is back in On the Night of the Fire (1939) with Diana Wynyard and Romney Brent. A barber commits a theft which leads to his involvement in blackmail and murder. Our music hall series Funny Man is on at 9pm; in this week’s episode, Hearth and Home, it’s February 1930. Both Davey and Kath find the glamour of London and it personalities attractive and Alec finds it difficult to hold his company and family together. The second and final part of Jack The Ripper is on at 10pm.
FRIDAY 3rd April
Another comical view of British politics in Vote for Huggett (1949) at 9:15am on Friday. Pa Huggett, played by Jack Warner, decides to enter the world of politics, causing uproar in the household. Kathleen Harrison, Susan Shaw, Petula Clark and Diana Dors also star. More comedy at 12:00pm in The Iron Maiden (1962) starring Michael Craig, Anne Helm and Jeff Donnell. An aircraft designer with a passion for traction engines designs a new supersonic jet plane. At 5:50pm Wilfrid Lawson stars in the touchingly comic The Turners of Prospect Road (1947) with Helena Pickard and Maureen Glynne; the story of a taxi driver who finds an abandoned greyhound puppy and takes it home to his daughter, who raises it and trains it to race. Out of the Clouds is at 7:10pm, a 1955 drama about a busy day at London Airport, following the lives and loves of the crew and passengers, it stars Anthony Steel, Robert Beatty, James Robertson Justice and David Knight. Cheeky cockney detective Hazell is in his regular Friday slot at 9pm in Hazell and the Public Enemy (1979). Starring Nicholas Ball, John Bindon and Peter Bourke, it’s a close call for Hazell when he finds himself caught between a bank robber, a gangster and a female reporter. At 10pm Richard Burton stars in Villain (1971), playing an everyday London businessman and sadistic gang leader; also with Ian McShane and Nigel Davenport. At midnight, 12am, cool sixties action film Modesty Blaise (1966) stars Monica Vitti, Dirk Bogarde & Terrence Stamp. A spy spoof with wonderful retro sets and costumes, featuring comic book heroine, set in the Italian Mediterranean.
SATURDAY 4th April
At 10:25am on Saturday The Ghost Train (1941) stars Arthur Askey, Richard Murdoch and Kathleen Harrison. This comedy horror was directed by Walter Forde – high jinks and chills ensue when a group of people become stranded at an isolated station. At 12:10pm there’s another chance to see English Without Tears (1944), starring Michael Wilding, Lilli Palmer and Margaret Rutherford. Grab your handkerchief, melodrama Heart of a Child (1958) is at 3:45pm starring Jean Anderson, Donald Pleasence and Richard Williams. During wartime rationing, a young Austrian boy is forced to sell the family dog to pay for food. Will his canine friend find him when he is trapped in a snowstorm? Vintage sci-fi at 5:20pm in Flight To Mars (1951), starring Marguerite Chapman, Cameron Mitchell and Arthur Franz. Five astronauts fly to Mars where they encounter seemingly friendly and advanced inhabitants – however, the Martians plan to use the ship to invade Earth. Burt Lancaster and Katharine Hepburn co-star in The Rainmaker (1957) at 6:50pm. A middle-aged woman who suffers from unrequited love for the sheriff falls for a con man who comes to a drought-ridden town with the promise that he can make it rain. Peter Finch, Rita Tushingham and Lynn Redgrave star in Girl With Green Eyes (1964) at 9:20pm. Edna O’Brien adapted the screenplay from her own novel, The Lonely Girl, the tender story of a young, naive country girl’s romance with a sophisticated older man. Touching and humorous, Rita Tushingham and Peter Finch are perfect in their roles. Directly afterwards at 11:20pm, Rita Tushingham appears in an exclusive Talking Pictures TV Interview with Robert Ross, discussing her life and career; working with Oliver Reed; getting locked out of her own Cannes Premiere with Dora Bryan and why she will always love film. At midnight, 12am, new series OUT (1978) continues, starring Tom Bell, Victoria Fairbrother and Brian Croucher. In this week’s episode Not Just Pennies, Frank has a disturbing reunion with his wife.
SUNDAY 5th April
For anyone who missed it, the brilliant thriller Sabotage (1937), directed by master of the genre, Alfred Hitchcock is on again at 11:15am. A fascinating documentary about Sophia Loren entitled Looking for Sophia (2004) is on at 12:50pm with interviews and rare footage. James Mason stars in The Man in Grey (1943) at 3:45pm, the story of a Regency romance with a bitter outcome, also starring Margaret Lockwood, Phyllis Calvert and Stewart Granger. Regular army sitcom Get Some In! is on at 6pm, starring Tony Selby, David Janson and Gerard Ryder. In this week’s episode, Crash Exercise, the lads are put through their paces at the scene of a mock plane crash. At 7:05pm there’s comedy with Dear Mr Prohack (1949), starring Cecil Parker, Glynis Johns, Hermione Baddeley, Dirk Bogarde and Sheila Sim. Arthur Prohack works in the treasury where he has rigid control of the public purse. When he comes into a private fortune, however, his personal finances are much more difficult to manage! At 9pm weekly variety show Sunday Night at the London Palladium (1965) is hosted by Jimmy Tarbuck and features Des O’Connor, Tony Martin, Sid James, Cleo Laine and the Johnny Dankworth Seven. At 10:00pm there’s a chance to see a brilliant episode of Armchair Theatre, Office Party (1971) starring Peter Barkworth, Ray Brooks and Angharad Rees (the original Demelza!). Written by Fay Wheldon, this sharply observed drama is about office politics overshadowing a retirement party, highlighting a society in which men and women cannot relate to one another’s needs.
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