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Duration: 1 hour, 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two HDLatest broadcast: on BBC Two England

Biography of British film pioneer William Friese-Greene, who designed and patented a working cinematic camera. His life was dogged by hardship and lack of recognition. Show more

Contributors

William Friese-Greene:
Robert Donat
Edith Friese-Greene:
Margaret Johnston
Helena Friese-Greene:
Maria Schell
Maurice Friese-Greene:
John Howard Davies
Lord Beaverbrook:
Robert Beatty
Arthur Collings:
Eric Portman
May Jones:
Glynis Johns
Platform Man:
Cecil Parker
Assistant in Laboratory:
David Tomlinson
Bank Manager:
Emlyn Williams
Hotel Receptionist:
Kay Walsh
Police Officer:
Laurence Olivier
Maida Vale Doctor:
Leo Genn
House Agent:
Marius Goring
Industry Man:
Peter Ustinov
Nursemaid:
Sheila Sim
Broker's Man:
Stanley Holloway
Miss Tagg:
Renee Asherson
Company Promoter:
Roland Culver
Ethel Friese-Greene:
Janette Scott
Cousin Alfred:
Bernard Miles
Mrs Claire:
Joyce Grenfell
Maurice Guttenberg:
Frederick Valk
Official Receiver:
Michael Hordern
Sergeant in Storeroom:
Sydney James
Doctor's Housekeeper:
Thora Hird
Recruiting Sergeant:
William Hartnell
Sitter in Bath Studio:
Googie Withers
Sitter in Bath Studio:
Richard Murdoch
Sitter in Bath Studio:
Sybil Thorndike
Mrs Stukely:
Joan Hickson
Industry Man:
Peter Jones
Director:
John Boulting

Duration: 1 hour, 32 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two EnglandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two Wales

Comedy about a well-intentioned junior professor who hopes to impress the new university chancellor, but only succeeds in messing up everything he touches. Show more

Contributors

Jim Dixon:
Ian Carmichael
Bertrand Welch:
Terry-Thomas
Professor Welch:
Hugh Griffith
Christine Callaghan:
Sharon Acker
Mrs Welch:
Jean Anderson
Margaret Peel:
Maureen Connell
Sir Hector Gore-Urquhart:
Clive Morton
The Principal:
John Welsh
University Porter:
Reginald Beckwith
Cyril Johns:
Kenneth Griffith
Bill Atkinson:
Jeremy Hawk
Roberts:
John Cairney
Director:
John Boulting
Director:
Roy Boulting
Producer:
Roy Boulting

Duration: 1 hour, 41 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two HDLatest broadcast: on BBC Two Scotland

Classic satire on British industry in which an upper-class dimwit (Ian Carmichael) is thrown onto the shop floor by his crooked uncle in an attempt to provoke a strike. Show more

Contributors

Fred Kite:
Peter Sellers
Stanley Windrush:
Ian Carmichael
Major Hitchcock:
Terry-Thomas
Sidney De Vere Cox:
Richard Attenborough
Bertram Tracepurcel:
Dennis Price
Mrs Kite:
Irene Handl
Director:
John Boulting
Producer:
Roy Boulting

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Duration: 1 hour, 32 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two HDLatest broadcast: on BBC Two HD

Lighthearted comedy about an upper-crust army misfit who discovers that his uncle is acquiring German art treasures. Show more

Contributors

Pte Stanley Windrush:
Ian Carmichael
Major Hitchcock:
Terry-Thomas
Pte Percival Henry Cox:
Richard Attenborough
Brig Bertram Tracepurcel:
Dennis Price
Arthur Egan:
Peter Jones
Sgt Sutton:
William Hartnell
Pte Dai Jones:
Kenneth Griffith
Pte Horrocks:
Ian Bannen
Pte George Blake:
Victor Maddern
Prudence Greenslade:
Jill Adams
Psychiatrist:
John Le Mesurier
Major Schultz:
Christopher Lee
Director:
John Boulting

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