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Series 2

Episode 5: Shirley Valentine

Duration: 40 minutes

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

Documentary series about Britain's biggest movies. Pauline Collins, Tom Conti, Alison Steadman and others remember the making of 1980s classic Shirley Valentine. Show more

Duration: 1 hour, 50 minutes

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

Available for 2 months

Moving comedy drama about a young hairdresser (Julie Walters) who decides to better herself by enrolling at college. Based on Willy Russell's award-winning stage play. Show more


Dr Frank Bryant:
Michael Caine
Rita Susan White:
Julie Walters
Lewis Gilbert
Rita's Father:
Godfrey Quigley
Pat Daly
Kim Fortune
Executive Producer:
Herbert L Oakes
Lewis Gilbert
Director of photography:
Frank Watts


Duration: 1 hour, 27 minutes

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

When a young girl with a rare blood type falls critically ill, a doctor and a police inspector begin a race against time to track down a suitable donor for a blood transfusion. Show more


Inspector Lane:
Jack Warner
Dr Carter:
Anthony Steel
Laura Bishop:
Joy Shelton
Tim Mahoney:
Freddie Mills
Mrs Cornelius:
Thora Hird
Dr Braithwaite:
John Robinson
George Robinson:
Earl Cameron
Danny Marks:
Sidney James
Flash Harry:
Eric Pohlmann
Vida Hope
Lewis Gilbert
Ernest G Roy

Duration: 1 hour, 54 minutes

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

The true story of English war widow Violette Szabo, who was awarded the George Cross for her work as a secret agent in occupied France in the Second World War. Show more


Violette Szabo:
Virginia McKenna
Tony Fraser:
Paul Scofield
Mr Bushell:
Jack L Warner
Mrs Bushell:
Denise Grey
Etienne Szabo:
Alain Saury
Lillian Rolfe:
Anne Leon
Vera Atkins:
Avice Landon
Denise Bloch:
Nicole Stephane
Lewis Gilbert

Duration: 1 hour, 16 minutes

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

Crime drama. A petty thief joins forces with a suave gangster to steal some jewellery. However, the robbery goes wrong and an innocent man is shot.


Duration: 2 hours, 11 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two Northern IrelandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two Wales HD

Available for 5 months

Classic biopic about the heroic life of Douglas Bader, who became a World War II ace after losing both legs in an air crash. Show more


Douglas Bader:
Kenneth More
Thelma Bader:
Muriel Pavlow
Johnny Sanderson:
Lyndon Brook
Nurse Brace:
Dorothy Alison
Harry Day:
Michael Warre
Robert Desoutter:
Sydney Tafler
'Woody' Woodhall:
Howard Marion Crawford
Nigel Green
Warrant Officer West:
Michael Ripper
Adjutant of Prison Camp:
Eric Pohlmann
Flying Instructor Pearson:
Michael Gough
Wing Commander Beiseigel:
Ernest Clark
Lewis Gilbert