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Poetry Please

Gothic Poetry

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Roger McGough gets eerie with selection of gothic poetry from Edgar Allen Poe, Sylvia Plath and Percy Shelley. With archive recordings from Sir John Gielgud and Robert Donat. Show more

Duration: 1 hour, 54 minutes

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

Classic drama chronicling the life and times of a teacher in an English public school. Mr Chips is a strict disciplinarian, but finding love turns him into a kind and gentle tutor. Show more


Mr Chips:
Robert Donat
Greer Garson
Lyn Harding
Peter Colley as a Young Man:
John Mills
John Colley / Peter Colley I, II and III:
Terry Kilburn
Sam Wood



Duration: 2 hours, 38 minutes

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

Drama about an English servant girl who becomes a missionary in World War II China. Based on a true story. Show more

Duration: 1 hour, 23 minutes

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

Available for 8 months

Classic Hitchcock mystery. A man is pursued by the police for a murder he did not commit and by an international spy ring for information he does not possess. Show more


Richard Hannay:
Robert Donat
Miss Smith:
Lucie Mannheim
Professor Jordan:
Godfrey Tearle
Crofter's wife:
Peggy Ashcroft
John Laurie
Mrs Jordan:
Helen Haye
Sheriff Watson:
Frank Cellier
Commercial Traveller:
Gus McNaughton


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


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
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
John Boulting