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Elizabeth R

The Lion's Cub

Duration: 1 hour, 25 minutes

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

Classic historical drama series. A young Elizabeth lives in dangerous times, leading the Protestant rebellion against her Catholic half-sister Mary and challenging her claim to the throne. Show more


Glenda Jackson
William Cecil:
Ronald Hines
Catherine Parr:
Rosalie Crutchley
Kat Ashley:
Rachel Kempson
Stephen Gardiner:
Basil Dignam
John Hale

Duration: 2 hours, 42 minutes

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

Lavish historical epic. Under the Roman Emperor Nero, Christianity is outlawed. The beautiful daughter of a Roman general is forced to choose between her religion and her lover. Show more


Marcus Vinicius:
Robert Taylor
Leo Genn
Felix Aylmer
Ralph Truman
Peter Miles
Mervyn LeRoy
SN Behrman
Sam Zimbalist
Miklos Rozsa
Director of photography:
William V Skall
Director of photography:
Robert Surtees

Duration: 2 hours, 25 minutes

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

Available for 4 months

Gabrielle van der Mal enters a nunnery as a nursing postulant, but she is frequently at odds with her superiors as she can't help putting care for the patients above her obedience to the order. Show more


Sister Luke:
Audrey Hepburn
Dr. Fortunati:
Peter Finch
Reverend Mother Emmanuel:
Edith Evans
Mother Mathilde:
Peggy Ashcroft
Dr. Van Der Mal:
Dean Jagger
Sister Margharita:
Mildred Dunnock
Mother Christophe:
Beatrice Straight
Sister William:
Patricia Collinge
Sister Eleanor:
Rosalie Crutchley
Mother Marcella:
Ruth White
Archangel Gabriel:
Colleen Dewhurst
Henry Blanke



Duration: 1 hour, 57 minutes

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

As unrest in France builds toward bloody revolution, cynical Sydney Carton becomes involved with a young woman and a French aristocrat in a deadly chain of events.


Sydney Carton:
Dirk Bogarde
Lucie Manette:
Dorothy Tutin
Jarvis Lorry:
Cecil Parker
Dr Manette:
Stephen Murray
Miss Pross:
Athene Seyler
Marquis St Evremonde:
Christopher Lee
John Barsad:
Donald Pleasance
Madame Defarge:
Rosalie Crutchley
Charles Darney:
Paul Guers
Ernest Defarge:
Duncan Lamont
Jerry Cruncher:
Alfie Bass
Ralph Thomas
Betty E Box
TEB Clarke

Duration: 1 hour

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

Seminal 1980s spy drama series. The final confrontation between Smiley and Karla takes place. But in this game there are no victors, only losers.


George Smiley:
Sir Alec Guinness
Anton Grigoriev:
Michael Lonsdale
Toby Esterhase:
Bernard Hepton
Lauder Strickland:
Bill Paterson
Peter Guillam:
Michael Byrne
Mother Felicity:
Rosalie Crutchley
Simon Langton

Screen One

Series 1

She's Been Away

Duration: 1 hour, 40 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Four

Drama about an unexpected pact which develops between two women, one of whom has been away in a 'home' since she was a rebellious girl half a century ago. Show more


Lillian Huckle:
Peggy Ashcroft
Peter Hall
Harriet Ambrose:
Geraldine James
Hugh Ambrose:
James Fox
Dominic Ambrose:
Jackson Kyle
Young Lillian:
Rebecca Pidgeon
Hugh Lloyd
Mental Hospital Nurse:
Brid Brennan
Mental Hospital Doctor:
David Hargreaves
Harley Street Doctor:
Richard Haddon Haines
Young Cousin Edward:
Barnaby Holm
Young Lillian's Father:
Donald Douglas
Kenith Trodd
Movie Buff:
David Timson
City Friend at Party:
Malcolm Mudie
Traffic Warden:
Doyle Richmond
Supermarket Cashier:
Anne Haydn