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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, 33 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC One Wales

James Mason stars in an adaptation of Isabel Colegate's novel. A stately home is overrun for a weekend by the cream of Edwardian society on the eve of the Great War. Show more


Sir Randolph Nettleby:
James Mason
Cornelius Cardew:
John Gielgud
Lord Gilbert Hartlip:
Edward Fox
Minnie Nettleby:
Dorothy Tutin
Lady Aline Hartlip:
Cheryl Campbell
Alan Bridges

Duration: 1 hour, 40 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One LondonLatest broadcast: on BBC One Scotland

Complex espionage thriller about a former agent whose son dies under mysterious circumstances. When the man investigates, he discovers sinister Soviet connections. Show more


Frank Jones:
Michael Caine
Simon Langton
Robert Jones:
Nigel Havers
Sir Adrian Chapple:
John Gielgud
Cynthia Goodburn:
Felicity Dean
Charles Greig:
Barry Foster


Duration: 1 hour, 49 minutes

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

Espionage drama based on the Graham Greene novel. A potential leak is discovered in a small section of the Secret Service. Two men are under suspicion. Richard Attenborough stars. Show more


Colonel John Daintry:
Richard Attenborough
Brigadier Tomlinson:
John Gielgud
Cornelius Muller:
Joop Doderer
Arthur Davis:
Derek Jacobi
Doctor Percival:
Robert Morley
Castle's Mother:
Mia Maestro
Sir John Hargreaves:
Richard Vernon
Maurice Castle:
Nicol Williamson


Duration: 3 hours, 11 minutes

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

The celebrated blockbuster recounting the life of Mohandas K Gandhi, who started out as a lawyer and rose to become the leader of the Indian independence movement. Show more


Mahatma Gandhi:
Ben Kingsley
Margaret Bourke-White:
Candice Bergen
General Dyer:
Edward Fox
Lord Irwin:
John Gielgud
Judge Broomfield:
Trevor Howard
The Viceroy:
John Mills
Charlie Andrews:
Ian Charleson
General Smuts:
Athol Fugard
Sardar Patel:
Saeed Jaffrey
Pandit Nehru:
Roshan Seth
Senior Police Officer:
Ian Bannen
Sir George Hodge:
Michael Hordern
Om Puri
Sir Edward Gait:
Richard Vernon
Shane Rimmer
European Passenger:
Peter Cartwright
Police Sergeant:
Ken Hutchison
Manager of the Mine:
John Savident
Ravi Shankar
Director of photography:
Ronnie Taylor
Director of photography:
Billy Williams

Duration: 1 hour, 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One South EastLatest broadcast: on BBC One Northern Ireland HD

Award-winning true story starring Geoffrey Rush. David Helfgott, a gifted pianist, suffers a mental breakdown that threatens to derail his career. Show more


David Helfgott as an Adult:
Geoffrey Rush
David Helfgott as an Adolescent:
Noah Taylor
Cecil Parkes:
John Gielgud
Sonia Todd
David Helfgott as a Child:
Alex Rafalowicz
Eisteddfod Presenter:
Gordon Poole
Ben Rosen:
Nicholas Bell
Isaac Stern:
Randall Berger
Katharine Susannah Prichard:
Googie Withers
Scott Hicks
Jan Sardi
Jane Scott
Director of photography:
Geoffrey Simpson

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: 2 hours, 45 minutes

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

Star-studded adventure yarn following the travels of Victorian gentleman Phileas Fogg as he attempts to circumnavigate the globe in only 80 days. Show more


Phileas Fogg:
David Niven
Princess Aouda:
Shirley MacLaine
Inspector Fix:
Robert Newton
Denis Fallentin:
Trevor Howard
Andrew Stuart:
Finlay Currie
Mr Foster:
John Gielgud
Hesketh-Baggott, Employment Agent:
Noel Coward
Michael Todd
James Poe

Duration: 2 hours, 22 minutes

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

When Henry II appoints Thomas Becket as Archbishop of Canterbury, he hopes to lessen Church interference, but soon the friends come into conflict. Show more


Thomas Becket:
Richard Burton
King Henry II:
Peter O'Toole
King Louis VII of France:
John Gielgud
Gilbert Folliot, Bishop of London:
Donald Wolfit
Empress Matilda:
Martita Hunt
Queen Eleanor:
Pamela Brown
Siân Phillips
Archbishop of Canterbury:
Felix Aylmer
Cardinal Zambelli:
Gino Cervi
Pope Alexander III:
Paolo Stoppa
Brother John:
David Weston

Duration: 1 hour, 58 minutes

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

Moving drama film. In 1884, an ambitious young surgeon is intrigued by a disfigured sideshow freak billed as the Elephant Man and takes him under his wing. Show more


John Merrick:
John Hurt
Frederick Treves:
Anthony Hopkins
Mrs Madge Kendal:
Anne Bancroft
Francis Carr-Gomm:
John Gielgud
Mrs Mothershead:
Wendy Hiller
Mr Bytes:
Freddie Jones
Bytes's Boy:
Dexter Fletcher
Mrs Treves:
Hannah Gordon
The Night Porter:
Michael Elphick
David Lynch

Duration: 2 hours, 5 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two EnglandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two England

Retelling of the legend of Camelot, starring Sean Connery. Dissatisfied with King Arthur's rule, an erstwhile ally turns against the Round Table and kidnaps Guinevere. Show more


Richard Gere
Julia Ormond
Ben Cross
Sir Agravaine:
Liam Cunningham
Sir Patrise:
Valentine Pelka
Sir Mador:
Colin McCormack
The Marauder:
Angus Wright
Sir Gaheris:
Alexis Denisof
Jerry Zucker

Duration: 2 hours, 2 minutes

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

Returning to England from Istanbul on the Orient Express, Hercule Poirot is asked to investigate a murder.


Hercule Poirot:
Albert Finney
Mrs Hubbard:
Lauren Bacall
Princess Dragomiroff:
Wendy Hiller
Countess Andrenyi:
Jacqueline Bisset
Col. Arbuthnot:
Sean Connery
John Gielgud
Paul Dehn
Sidney Lumet