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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


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

Duration: 1 hour, 48 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two ScotlandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two England

Adaptation of Charles Dickens's classic tale about a young man whose life is dogged by the machinations of his evil, money-grabbing uncle. Starring Derek Bond. Show more


Ralph Nickleby:
Cedric Hardwicke
Nicholas Nickleby:
Derek Bond
Newmann Noggs:
Bernard Miles
Mrs Nickelby:
Mary Merrall
Miss LA Creevy:
Athene Seyler

Duration: 1 hour, 50 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Two England

The story of 15th-century French heroine Joan of Arc, who led an army to drive the English occupying forces out of France. Based on George Bernard Shaw's play. Show more


Charles the Dauphin:
Richard Widmark
Dunois, Bastard of Orleans:
Richard Todd
The Earl of Warwick:
John Gielgud
The Inquisitor:
Felix Aylmer
John de Stognumber:
Harry Andrews
De Courcelles:
Barry Jones
The Archbishop of Rheims:
Finlay Currie
The Master Executioner:
Bernard Miles

Duration: 1 hour, 49 minutes

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

Available for 2 months

The story of a ship from its construction to its participation at Dunkirk and finally its sinking at the Battle of Crete. As the ship sinks, the crew remember their loved ones. Show more


Captain 'D':
Noel Coward
O/S 'Shorty' Blake:
John Mills
Alix Kinross:
Celia Johnson
Mrs Hardy:
Joyce Carey
Freda Lewis:
Kay Walsh
Chief Petty Officer Walter Hardy:
Bernard Miles
Noel Coward
David Lean
Noel Coward

Duration: 1 hour, 53 minutes

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

Available for 3 months

Vivid adaptation of the Dickens classic about a poor young orphan who becomes a gentleman of means thanks to a mysterious benefactor. Show more


Joe Gargery:
Bernard Miles
Miss Havisham:
Martita Hunt
Abel Magwitch:
Finlay Currie
Young Pip:
Anthony Wager
Estella as a child:
Jean Simmons
Herbert Pocket:
Sir Alec Guinness
David Lean
David Lean
Ronald Neame



Duration: 1 hour, 55 minutes

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

Hitchcock thriller. A doctor (James Stewart) on holiday with his family in Morocco gets caught up in a plot to assassinate a foreign diplomat. Show more


Dr Bern McKenna:
James Stewart
Jo McKenna:
Doris Day
Mrs Drayton:
Brenda de Banzie
Mr Drayton:
Bernard Miles
Ralph Truman
Louis Bernard:
Daniel Gelin
Mogens Wieth
Val Parnell:
Alan Mowbray
Jan Peterson:
Hillary Brooke
Hank McKenna:
Christopher Olsen

This Is Your Life

Series 8

Episode 19: Hattie Jacques

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC TelevisionLatest broadcast: on BBC Two Wales

Available for years

Eamonn Andrews looks at Hattie Jacques's life and career, with contributions from John Le Mesurier, Eric Sykes and Leslie Phillips. (1963) Show more


Eamonn Andrews
Interviewed Guest:
Hattie Jacques
John Le Mesurier
Eric Sykes
Leslie Phillips
Shirley Eaton
Leonard Sachs
Bernard Miles
Vere Lorrimer

Duration: 1 hour, 29 minutes

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

Musical fairy tale based on the classic Brothers Grimm story. A woodcutter and his wife wish for a small boy. They are granted this wish in the miniature form of Tom Thumb.


Tom Thumb:
Russ Tamblyn
Forest Queen:
June Thorburn
Bernard Miles
The Cobbler:
Ian Wallace
Peter Butterworth
Town Crier:
Peter Bull
Voice of Yawning Man:
Stan Freeberg
Voice of Con-Fu-Shon:
Dal McKennon
George Pal
George Pal