We hope you are all keeping well.
December’s here and that means much to celebrate. Yes, the TV Heroes are back soon with adventures new to the channel. Watch out for new episodes of Robin Hood, William Tell, SirFrancis Drake and Sir Lancelot starting from 12thDecember. That’s a real festive gift.
This week also has its share of archive gems. We have some classic British films premiering, all with big star names. There’s Michael Craig, Leslie Phillips, Sylvia Syms, John Mills and, of course, our own Sam Kydd.
Why not dip into our specially selected daytime films too?
Robin’s Nest is back! Watch all the fun at the Fulham bistro every weekday at 10am. See more about the series below.
Upstairs, Downstairs continues every Sunday at 6pm and Friday at 5pm, which we know makes us all very happy.
BIG SCREEN PREMIERES
Upstairs and Downstairs (1959) on Saturday at 1.20pm. No, not the TV series (that’s on on Sunday), but a delightful farce about newlyweds struggling to hire domestic help. If your dream cast is Sid James, Sam Kydd and ….Claudia Cardinale(!), this is the film for you. In fact the whole cast is a dream. There’s Michael Craig, Joans Hickson and Sims, not forgetting Irene Handl. Keep your eyes peeled for Oliver Reed and Shirley Anne Field in early cameos. Directed by Ralph Thomas and Betty Box, the team behind the ‘Doctor’ comedies.
Doctor in Clover (1966) on Sunday at 7pm. Did someone say ‘Doctor’ comedies? Here’s a later offering in that series, with Leslie Phillips once again as the medic with a chaotic love life. After getting the sack, he enrols on a refresher course given by his old mentor, Sir Lancelot Spratt. Unsurprisingly, things don’t go well.
Flame in the Streets (1961)on Sunday at 10pm. John Mills, Sylvia Syms and Earl Cameron star in this tense drama of racial tensions in 1960s London. There is some brilliant location shooting of the then down-at-heel Camden Town. This was the fourth film John Mills made with director Roy Ward Baker. Their first was The October Man, recently seen on Talking Pictures TV.
Grab yourself a cuppa and your favourite biscuit and settle down with our choice of daily pre-lunchtime classics.
Dual Alibi (1947) on Monday at 8.20am. Not one, but two, Herbert Loms as he plays twin trapeze artists conned out of a winning lottery ticket by a faithless woman. A very classy British noir.
The Floating Dutchman (1954) on Tuesday at 10.30am. When a body is dragged from the Thames, Scotland Yard detective, Dermot Walsh, must go undercover with a gang of jewel thieves who may be responsible for the murder.
Happy Go Lovely (1951) on Wednesday at 10.30am. Edinburgh is the setting for this delightful musical comedy starring David Niven as Scotland’s richest man, with Vera-Ellen as the dancer mistakenly thought to be engaged to him.
Grand National Night (1953) on Thursday at 8.25am. Horse trainer, Nigel Patrick, kills his spiteful wife in a fight, then tries to cover up the murder. Co-stars Moira Lister and Beatrice Campbell.
Operation Amsterdam (1958) on Friday at 10.30am. More jewel thieves, but this time they’re the good guys. An English major and two gemstone experts plan to smuggle diamonds out of Amsterdam before the Nazis invade. With Peter Finch and Tony Britton.
Who says you can’t have two cups of tea and two bourbons in one day? We have top-class films on in the afternoon too, so get comfy.
Carve Her Name with Pride (1958) on Monday at 1.35pm. Lewis Gilbert directs Virginia McKenna in a magnificent performance as Violette Szabo, in this true story of a young woman sent to Nazi-occupied France as a spy.
Hue and Cry (1947) on Tuesday at 12.05pm. Only just the afternoon we know, but who can resist one of Ealing’s finest comedies? A gang of kids foil a master crook with the help of comics writer, Alistair Sim.
The Pot Carriers (1962) on Wednesday at 3.50pm. Paul Massie stars as a young prisoner struggling with life on the inside. Set largely in Wandsworth Prison, the story was based on writer Mike Watts’ own prison experience. Co-stars Ronald Fraser and Alfred Burke.
A Windowin London (1940) on Thursday at 2.30pm. Michael Redgrave thinks he sees a murder as he commutes to work. Patricia Roc, in a very early role, plays his wife. The location shooting is one of the highlights of this rarely-seen film. As well as the construction work on Waterloo Bridge, we see superb shots of old Westminster.
Wonderful Life (1964) on Friday at 2.45pm. This fun, upbeat musical stars Cliff Richard and The Shadows, alongside Robin’s Nest’s own Richard O’Sullivan. When the boys are stranded on the Canary Islands, they get to work on a movie.