Dear Supporters of Talking Pictures TV and Renown Pictures,
Premiere Highlights for November
As ever, there is a fantastic selection of premieres to be enjoyed this month, starting with The Man Who Finally Died (1963) starring Stanley Baker on Sat 2nd Nov 19:15 and Mon 18th Nov 18:00; more intrigue with Meryl Streep and Sam Neill in Plenty (1985) on Sat 2nd Nov 21:15 and Thu 21 Nov 22:00. Glynis Johns and Rossano Brazzi star in the comedy Loser Takes All (1957) on Sun 3rd Nov 09:35 and Thu 21 Nov 07:35. The humour continues with Hue and Cry (1947) on Sun 3rd Nov 13:50 & Thu 21 Nov 18:00. On Remembrance Day, 11th November, to honour the memories of all members of the armed forces who have died in the line of duty since World War I, we will be showing a selection of films commemorating their heroism. A poppy will be displayed on screen throughout the day and our exclusive documentary Lest We Forget (2018) presented by war historian Alan Forbes will be shown at 18:00. New Series: Overseas Press Club, begins on Tues 12th Nov 11:00 and continues at the same time every week day. First screened in 1957 and unseen for over fifty years it features dramas based on the adventures of famous reporters. One of Britain’s most famous early entertainers, Tommy Trinder, stars in comedy The Foreman went to France (1942) on Tues 12th Nov 15:45 and Wed 20 Nov 07:30. Thrilling horror with Frankenstein Created Woman (1967) on Fri 15th Nov 22:00 & Tue 19 Nov 22:00 starring Peter Cushing. Scandal in an English suburb, Please Turn Over (1960) is on Sat 16th Nov 13:45 & Tue 19 Nov 11:30 starring Gerald Thomas, Ted Ray, Leslie Phillips and many more. The comedy continues in Private’s Progress (1956) starring Ian Carmichael on Sat 16th Nov 16:00 and Fri 22 Nov 11:30. A thrilling spy drama, Against The Wind (1948) is on Sat 16th Nov 20:25 & Thurs 21 Nov 14:30; directed by Charles Crichton it stars Robert Beatty, Simone Signoret and Jack Warner. A rare film, The Large Rope (1953), which stars Donald Houston, is on Sun 17th Nov 14:00 & Fri 22 Nov 09:35. Three wonderful stalwarts of British comedy, Alastair Sim, Margaret Rutherford and Joyce Grenfell join forces in The Happiest Days of Your Life (1950) on Sun 17th 16:00 and Fri 22 Nov 15:50. A modernised comedy version of Die Fledermaus by Johan Strauss, Oh… Rosalinda! (1956), starring Michael Redgrave and Mel Ferrer is on Sun 17th Nov 18:30 & Wed 20 Nov 11:30. An exclusive interview, Talking Pictures with Marty Wilde (2019) is on Thurs 21st Nov 16:30 with Marty Wilde, MBE who talks about his life and experiences and performs his own composition, a tribute to Eddie Cochran. Music from the 1960s features in Catch Us If You Can (1965) on Sat 23rd Nov 12:30, starring Dave Clark and Barbara Ferris with the Dave Clarke 5. Googie Withers heads the cast in a Victorian thriller, Pink String and Sealing Wax (1946) on Sat 23rd Nov 18:00. Back to the 1960s for Rotten to the Core (1965) on Sun 24th Nov 16:00 & Sat 30 Nov 09:30, a comedy starring Anton Rodgers, Eric Sykes and Charlotte Rampling. Another new series, Secret of the Sahara (1988) starts on Mon 25th Nov 14:00 and continues on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 2pm. Set in the 1920s, it has an all-star cast including: Michael York, Andie MacDowell, Ben Kingsley and David Soul. Googie Withers is back, with George Formby, in comedy caper Trouble Brewing (1939) on Wed 27th Nov 15:30 while David Niven teams up with Leslie Caron in Guns of Darkness (1962) on Sat 30th Nov 21:45. The intriguing Guru in Seven (1998) starring Nitin Ganatra, Lalita Ahmed, Peri Allan, Robert Ashe and Saeed Jaffrey ends the month on Sat 30th Nov 23:50. A fascinating new series, Mystery and Imagination, a British anthology series of classic horror and supernatural dramas, starts on Sun 8th December at 21:00 and continues every Sunday at 9pm.
This year’s Talking Pictures Calendar is proving to be hugely popular, packed with photos of stars, including Dora Bryan, John Gregson and Alfred Burke, the calendar also features photographic collages of screen sirens, vintage cinemas from bygone days and a mouthwatering montage of nostalgic cinema treats! Every month features birthdays of stars, writers & film directors, as well as fascinating facts from the world of film and TV. Don’t miss out on this wonderful tribute to British films and entertainment – it makes a perfect Christmas gift! The Talking Pictures TV Calendar 2020 is available HERE.
A fascinating book that is also currently very popular: Lights, Camera, Merton! by Clive Whichelow, is all about the films of Merton Park Studios. It gives a fascinating insight into some of the best-kept secrets in British film history and makes a perfect gift for film buffs. The book is available HERE.
As part of our ongoing mission to broadcast as much content as possible with subtitles available, we have a full programme of subtitled films this month, details of which can be found HERE.
A huge thank you to everyone who joined us at Stockport Plaza for our 6th Festival of Film last month; the response was overwhelming and the day was a huge success. Thanks also to the wonderful guest stars, Stephanie Beacham, Terry Dene, Rita Tushingham, Ray Brooks and Jenny Hanley who joined us on the day, we hope to see you again soon! Tickets for our 7th Festival of Film in St Albans on 22nd March 2020 are now more than half sold out, so do grab yours quick. More information on the guests and itinerary in the December newsletter – this is not one to miss! To purchase tickets for the 7th Festival of Film at St Albans, click HERE.
Our exclusive DVD release for November has a very festive theme, The Christmas Tree with optional subtitles, a charming 1960s British film from The Children’s Film Foundation about a group of children who are determined to bring a Christmas Tree to the children’s hospital in time for the party. Made in 1966 and directed by Jim Clark, it stars: William Burleigh, Anthony Honour and Kate Nicholls with Doreen Keogh, Anthony Baird, Oliver MacGreevy, George Tovey, Brian Blessed and Geoffrey Whitehead. Also included on the DVD is a collection of bonus shorts, Christmas Glimpses, featuring heartwarming nostalgic films about the festive season in Britain in the 1940s and 1950s, plus Christmas in Australia in 1947 and a Swedish documentary. The Christmas Tree NEW DVD with bonus shorts: Christmas Glimpses is available HERE.
Our popular range of Scrooge Festive Greetings Cards celebrating the iconic film Scrooge, A Christmas Carol, featuring an image of Alastair Sim as the definitive Ebeneezer Scrooge by artist Steve Lilley are available in a pack of ten luxury Limited Edition A5 cards. Made from high quality, thick card, they are blank inside for your personal message and can be found HERE.
Talking Pictures TV is now ranked channel number 25 in the list of the nation’s most watched TV channels – out of approximately 200! Thanks to you all for spreading the word and supporting the channel, you are all part of our mission to keep Film & TV History alive.
Keep spreading the word – it all helps the cause – and happy viewing!