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Duration: 1 hour, 51 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One HDLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Available for 11 months

Biographical comedy drama set in 1940s New York. A wealthy socialite opens herself up to ridicule when she pursues a career in opera, despite being unable to sing. Show more

Contributors

Florence Foster Jenkins:
Meryl Streep
St Clair Bayfield:
Hugh Grant
Cosmé McMoon:
Simon Helberg
Agnes Stark:
Nina Arianda
Carlo Edwards:
David Haig
Arturo Toscanini:
John Kavanagh
Phineas Stark:
Stanley Townsend
John Totten:
Allan Corduner
Earl Wilson:
Christian McKay
Dr Hermann:
John Sessions
Mrs James O'Flaherty:
Maggie Steed
Mrs Oscar Garmunder:
Thelma Barlow
Baroness Le Feyre:
Paola Dionisotti
Orlando Adams:
Carl Davis
Tallulah Bankhead:
Nat Luurtsema

Duration: 1 hour, 53 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One EastLatest broadcast: on BBC Two Wales HD

Available for 4 months

Two 18th-century French aristocrats play a cruel game of seduction and manipulation, only to find that their cruel machinations will eventually destroy them too.

Contributors

Marquise Isabelle de Merteuil:
Glenn Close
Vicomte Sébastien de Valmont:
John Malkovich
Madame Marie de Tourvel:
Michelle Pfeiffer
Cécile de Volanges:
Uma Thurman
Madame de Volanges:
Swoosie Kurtz
Le Chevalier Raphael Danceny:
Keanu Reeves
Madame de Rosemonde:
Mildred Natwick

Duration: 1 hour, 39 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One WestLatest broadcast: on BBC Two England

Musical comedy. In 1937, a widow buys a derelict West End theatre and hires an impresario to run it, but her idea of using on-stage nudity to attract audiences causes problems. Show more

Contributors

Mrs Laura Henderson:
Judi Dench
Vivian Van Damm:
Bob Hoskins
Bertie:
Will Young
Lord Cromer:
Christopher Guest
Maureen:
Kelly Reilly
Lady Conway:
Thelma Barlow
Producer:
Norma Heyman
Writer:
Kathy Rose
Writer:
David Rose

Duration: 1 hour, 28 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two EnglandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two Scotland

A bingo caller in a seedy Liverpool nightclub envisages himself as a tough private eye, so he places an advertisement seeking work. Starring Albert Finney and Billie Whitelaw. Show more

Contributors

Eddie Ginley:
Albert Finney
William:
Frank Finlay
Mrs Blankerscoon:
Janice Rule
Producer:
David Barber

Duration: 59 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two ScotlandLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Documentary telling the life story of Norman Wisdom, from street urchin to knight of the realm, through interviews with his children, and actors and directors who worked with him. Show more

Contributors

Narrator:
Terence Stamp
Producer:
Sally Norris
Participant:
Stephen Frears
Participant:
Ricky Tomlinson
Participant:
Leslie Phillips
Participant:
Honor Blackman
Participant:
Vera Lynn
Participant:
Nick Wisdom
Participant:
Jacqui Wisdom

Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two EnglandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two HD

Acclaimed British drama about an illegal Nigerian immigrant discovering the unpalatable side of London while struggling to make a living despite his two jobs. Show more

Contributors

Senay Gelik:
Audrey Tautou
Sneaky/Jean:
Sergi Lopez
Mini Cab Driver:
Deobia Oparei
Asian Businessman:
Kriss Dosanjh
Mini Cab Driver:
Israel Aduramo
Cab Controller:
Jeffery Kissoon
Mini Cab Driver:
Nizwar Karanj
Cafe Owner:
Kenan Hudaverdi
Producer:
Robert Jones
Executive Producer:
Paul Smith

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Duration: 1 hour, 26 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One HDLatest broadcast: on BBC One Oxfordshire

Comic drama based on actual events. An ex-private dancer is trying to become a waitress in Las Vegas. But when she meets Dink, she changes her plans and gets into sports betting. Show more

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Duration: 1 hour, 35 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One WalesLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Engaging adaptation of the novel by Roddy Doyle. A redundant baker purchases a dilapidated van and sets himself up in the fast food business with his best friend. Show more

Duration: 1 hour, 5 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Available for 9 months

Drama adapted from Jerome K Jerome's classic tale. Overworked and in need of a rest, three men and a dog set out on an epic voyage of mishap up the Thames.

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The Culture Show

Hanif Kureishi: Writers Are Trouble - A Culture Show Special

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC Two HDLatest broadcast: on BBC Two Wales

In this exploration of Hanif Kureishi's work, Alan Yentob finds that the author takes his duty as national literary nuisance very seriously indeed. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Alan Yentob
Participant:
Hanif Kureishi
Participant:
Stephen Frears
Participant:
Kevin Loader
Participant:
Roger Michell
Series Editor:
Janet Lee

Duration: 1 hour, 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One WalesLatest broadcast: on BBC One Northern Ireland

Romantic comedy with John Cusack, based on Nick Hornby's novel about a thirtysomething record shop owner struggling to reconcile his love of music with his adult responsibilities. Show more

Contributors

Rob Gordon:
John Cusack
Marie DeSalle:
Lisa Bonet
Sarah Kendrew:
Lili Taylor
Penny Hardwick:
Joelle Carter
Caroline Fortis:
Natasha Gregson Wagner
Ian 'Ray' Raymond:
Tim Robbins
Charlie Nicholson:
Catherine Zeta-Jones
Justin:
Ben Carr
Producer:
Tim Bevan
Producer:
Rudd Simmons

Duration: 59 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two ScotlandLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

An intimate portrait of Judi Dench, told by some of the biggest names in entertainment - Daniel Craig, Stephen Frears, Pierce Brosnan, Samantha Bond and Sir Ian McKellen. Show more

Contributors

Narrator:
Colin Salmon
Participant:
Judi Dench
Participant:
Ian McKellen
Participant:
Samantha Bond
Participant:
Pierce Brosnan
Participant:
Stephen Frears
Participant:
Daniel Craig
Executive Producer:
Phil Dolling

Duration: 59 minutes

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

Hugh Grant tells the story behind his success, after being honoured with the Best Actor award at the Baftas for his performance in Four Weddings and a Funeral. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Sandra Bullock
Interviewed Guest:
Richard Curtis
Line Producer:
Louise Meager
Interviewed Guest:
Colin Firth
Interviewed Guest:
Stephen Frears
Interviewed Guest:
Hugh Grant
Commissioning Editor:
Pinki Chambers
Interviewed Guest:
Nicholas Hoult
Interviewed Guest:
Paul King
Executive Producer:
Clare Brown
Interviewed Guest:
Marc Lawrence
Executive Producer:
Katherine Allen
Interviewed Guest:
Ang Lee
Interviewed Guest:
Andie MacDowell
Interviewed Guest:
Chris Weitz
Interviewed Guest:
Paul Weitz
Production Company:
Whizz Kid

Duration: 1 hour, 31 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two ScotlandLatest broadcast: on BBC One Wales HD

Drama recounting the true story of Philomena Lee who, decades after being forced to give up her infant son, enlists the help of an investigative journalist to track him down. Show more

Contributors

Philomena Lee:
Judi Dench
Martin Sixsmith:
Steve Coogan
Sally Mitchell:
Michelle Fairley
Sister Hildegarde:
Barbara Jefford
Mother Barbara:
Ruth McCabe
Pete Olsson:
Peter Hermann
Sally Mitchell:
Michelle Fairley
Writer:
Jeff Pope

Duration: 1 hour, 42 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two EnglandLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Period drama. Adbul Karim is whisked from his clerk's job at an Accra prison to present a ceremonial coin to Queen Victoria for her golden jubilee, along with his more reluctant companion Mohammed. Show more

Contributors

Miss Phipps:
Fenella Woolgar
Arthur Bigge:
Robin Soans
Mohammed:
Adeel Akhtar
Dr Reid:
Paul Higgins
Alick Yorke:
Julian Wadham
Writer:
Lee Hall
Lady Churchill:
Olivia Williams
Lord Salisbury:
Michael Gambon
Abdul:
Ali Fazal
Sir Henry Ponsonby:
Tim Pigott-Smith
Producer:
Beeban Kidron
Queen Victoria:
Judi Dench

Duration: 1 hour, 42 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC HDLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Comedy drama adapted from a graphic novel. Tamara Drewe (Gemma Arterton) returns to the sleepy Dorset village where she grew up, and a contest for her affections develops. Show more

Contributors

Tamara Drewe:
Gemma Arterton
Nicholas Hardiment:
Roger Allam
Beth Hardiment:
Tamsin Greig
Glen McCreavy:
Bill Camp
Ben Sergeant:
Dominic Cooper
Andy Cobb:
Luke Evans
Jody Long:
Jessica Barden
Penny Upmisnter:
Susan Wooldridge
Producer:
Alison Owen
Producer:
Paul Trijbits
Executive Producer:
Christine Langan

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The Film Programme

Stephen Frears, Women in westerns, Angela Pleasence

Duration: 28 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

Available for over a year

Director Stephen Frears discusses his biopic Florence Foster Jenkins, which stars Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Stephen Frears
Interviewed Guest:
Nicholas Martin
Interviewed Guest:
Angela Pleasence
Interviewed Guest:
Rosalynn Try-Hane
Interviewed Guest:
Larushka Ivan-Zadeh
Presenter:
Francine Stock

The Film Programme

Philomena; Cutie and the Boxer; Joe Eszterhas

Duration: 28 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

Available for over a year

Francine Stock talks to director Stephen Frears about Philomena, starring Steve Coogan and Judi Dench. Plus screenwriting legend Joe Eszterhas on his Hollywood big break. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Francine Stock
Interviewed Guest:
Stephen Frears
Interviewed Guest:
Joe Eszterhas
Interviewed Guest:
Zachary Heinzerling
Producer:
Elaine Lester

Duration: 1 hour, 32 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two HDLatest broadcast: on BBC Two Wales

Convincing his uncle to let him manage a rundown launderette, Omar enlists his old friend Johnny to refurbish the place, but racial and sexual tensions threaten the project.