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Duration: 1 hour, 24 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two ScotlandLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Compelling and highly stylised tale of a sailor who accompanies a beautiful woman and her husband on a sea cruise, and becomes a pawn in a game of murder. Starring Orson Welles. Show more


Elsa Bannister:
Rita Hayworth
Orson Welles
Michael O'Hara:
Orson Welles
Arthur Bannister:
Everett Sloane
Sidney Broome:
Ted de Corsia
Cab Driver:
Harry Shannon

Drama on 3

Song of Myself

Duration: 1 hour, 39 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3Latest broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

A new reading of Walt Whitman's Song of Myself, with excerpts from Orson Welles's 1953 version alongside the voices of actors Michael Sheen, Clarke Peters and Eleanor Bron. Show more



Duration: 2 hours, 30 minutes

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

Drama based on the true story of a ship carrying German-Jewish refugees which was denied permission to land anywhere and was obliged to return to Germany and the horrors of Nazism. Show more


Denise Kreisler:
Faye Dunaway
Captain Schroeder:
Max von Sydow
Professor Egon Kreisler:
Oskar Werner
Max Gunter:
Malcolm McDowell
José Estedes:
Orson Welles
Dr Juan Remos:
James Mason
Lili Rosen:
Lee Grant
Mira Hauser:
Katharine Ross
Carl Rosen:
Sam Wanamaker
Anna Rosen:
Lynne Frederick
Professor Weiler:
Luther Adler
Rebecca Weiler:
Wendy Hiller
Alice Fienchild:
Julie Harris
Mrs Hauser:
Maria Schell
Aaron Pozner:
Paul Koslo
Otto Schiendick:
Helmut Griem
Dr Erich Strauss:
Victor Spinetti
Luis Clasing:
Michael Constantine
Manuel Benitez:
Jose Ferrer
Morris Troper:
Ben Gazzara
President Bru:
Fernando Rey
Leni Strauss:
Janet Suzman
Admiral Canaris:
Denholm Elliott
Commander Von Bonin:
Leonard Rossiter
Joseph Joseph:
David de Keyser
Purser Mueller:
Keith Barron
Engineering Officer:
Don Henderson
Werner Mannheim:
Frederick Jaeger

Duration: 1 hour, 45 minutes

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

Classic film noir set in postwar Vienna. A visiting American investigates the apparent death of a friend and uncovers some unpleasant truths. Show more


Holly Martins:
Joseph Cotten
Anna Schmidt:
Major Calloway:
Trevor Howard
Harry Lime:
Orson Welles
Sergeant Paine:
Bernard Lee
Harry's porter:
Paul Hoerbiger
'Baron' Kurtz:
Ernst Deutsch
Dr Winkel:
Erich Ponto
Anna's old landlady:
Hedwig Bleibtreu
Carol Reed
Carol Reed
Carol Reed
Director of photography:
Robert Krasker


Duration: 1 hour, 35 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two Wales (Analogue)Latest broadcast: on BBC Four

Drama in which a federal agent is assigned to track down an escaped Nazi war criminal, and eventually finds him in a small Connecticut village.


Mary Longstreet:
Loretta Young
Professor Charles Rankin:
Orson Welles
Noah Longstreet:
Richard Long
Mr Potter:
Billy House
Orson Welles
Konrad Meinike:
Konstantin Shayne
Dr Jeffrey Lawrence:
Byron Keith


Duration: 1 hour, 32 minutes

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

Based on Charlotte Bronte's classic novel about an orphan girl who grows up to become a governess in a gloomy manor in Yorkshire, where she falls in love with Mr Rochester. Show more


Edward Rochester:
Orson Welles
Jane Eyre:
Joan Fontaine
Adele Varens:
Margaret O'Brien
Henry Daniell
Jane Eyre as a Child:
Peggy Ann Garner
Dr Rivers:
John Sutton
Colonel Dent:
Aubrey Mather
Helen Burns:
Elizabeth Taylor

Duration: 1 hour, 42 minutes

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

Orson Welles's classic film version of Shakespeare's play about a Scottish nobleman heavily influenced by his wife's lust for power. Show more


Orson Welles
Lady Macbeth:
Jeanette Nolan
A Holy Father:
Alan Napier
Lady Macduff:
Peggy Webber
Young Siward:
Archie Heugly
Orson Welles
Orson Welles

Duration: 1 hour, 55 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC HDLatest broadcast: on BBC Two England

Multi-award winning historical drama about Sir Thomas More's refusal to acknowledge Henry VIII's break with the Roman Catholic Church. Starring Paul Scofield. Show more


Sir Thomas More:
Paul Scofield
Lady Alice:
Wendy Hiller
Thomas Cromwell:
Leo McKern
King Henry VIII:
Robert Shaw
Susannah York
Richard Rich:
John Hurt
Duke of Norfolk:
Nigel Davenport
Will Roper:
Corin Redgrave
Cardinal Wolsey:
Orson Welles

Duration: 2 hours, 9 minutes

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

Epic historical drama recreating Napoleon's final defeat at the hands of the Duke of Wellington and his allied forces in Belgium. Starring Rod Steiger and Christopher Plummer. Show more


Napoleon Bonaparte:
Rod Steiger
Arthur Wellesley, Duke of Wellington:
Christopher Plummer
King Louis XVIII:
Orson Welles
General Sir Thomas Picton:
Jack Hawkins
Duchess of Richmond:
Virginia McKenna
Marshal Michel Ney:
Dan O'Herlihy
Lord Gordon:
Rupert Davies
Le Bedoyere:
Philippe Forquet
General Drouot:
Gianni Garko
Marshal Soult:
Ivo Garrani
William De Lancey:
Ian Ogilvy
Sir William Ponsonby:
Michael Wilding
Lord Uxbridge:
Terence Alexander
John Savident
HAL Craig

Parkinson: The Interviews

Series 1

Episode 4: Orson Welles

Duration: 38 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One WestLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Available for 5 months

Michael Parkinson recalls a rare interview with the brilliant film-maker and actor Orson Welles.


Unmade Movies

Orson Welles' Heart of Darkness

Duration: 1 hour, 22 minutes

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

Orson Welles’ unproduced screenplay of Conrad's celebrated novel tells the story of a skipper who is hired to take a steam ship up the Congo River and encounters a terrifying evil. Show more

Duration: 1 hour, 8 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Two HD

A nightmarish tale of espionage and treachery in Istanbul, as an American munitions expert, played by Joseph Cotten, goes on the run from the Gestapo during World War II. Show more


Norman Foster
Howard Graham:
Joseph Cotten
Josette Martel:
Dolores del Rio
Colonel Haki:
Orson Welles
Stephanie Graham:
Ruth Warrick
Mrs Mathews:
Agnes Moorehead
Oo Lang Sang:
Hans Conried
Gogo Martel:
Jack Durant
Prof Haller:
Eustace Wyatt
Frank Readick
Peter Banat:
Jack Moss
Orson Welles


Duration: 1 hour, 25 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Available for years

Orson Welles's period drama telling the story of a wilful son of the proud Amberson family, who destroys his mother's hopes of marrying her first love - a recent widower. Show more


Eugene Morgan:
Joseph Cotten
Isabel Amberson Minfaer:
Dolores Costello
George Amberson:
Tim Holt
Fanny Amberson:
Agnes Moorehead
Roger Bronson:
Erskine Sanford
Major Amberson:
Richard Bennett
Orson Welles
Orson Welles

Duration: 1 hour, 59 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Available for years

A landmark in the history of cinema, telling the story of newspaper magnate Charles Foster Kane in a series of flashbacks. Starring Orson Welles. Show more


Orson Welles
Charles Foster Kane:
Orson Welles
Kane (aged 8):
Buddy Swan
Kane III:
Sonny Bupp
Kane's father:
Harry Shannon
Jedediah Leland:
Joseph Cotten
Mr. Bernstein:
Everett Sloane
Mary Kane:
Agnes Moorehead
James W Gettys:
Ray Collins
Susan Alexander Kane:
Dorothy Comingore
Walter Parks Thatcher:
George Coulouris
Paul Stewart
Emily Norton:
Ruth Warrick
The Headwaiter:
Gus Schilling
Herbert Carter:
Erskine Sanford
Mr. Rawlston:
Philip Van Zandt
Jerry Thompson:
William Alland
Director of photography:
Gregg Toland




Night and Day

Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes

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

To celebrate Arena's 40th anniversary, a new film made entirely from its own archive, evoking the one experience common to all - the 24-hour cycle from dawn to dusk to dawn again. Show more


Alex Jones
Anthony Wall
Alex Jones
The Beatles
The Rolling Stones
Jack Nicholson
Jeffrey Bernard
Anita Ekberg
Luciano Pavarotti
Ray Galton
Alan Simpson
Wendy Beckett
Roy Plomley
Gerald Scarfe
Eric Sykes
Orson Welles