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Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Four

TV adaptation of John Mortimer's autobiographical play in honour of his barrister father, who continued to practise even after going blind as a result of a gardening accident.

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Duration: 2 hours, 40 minutes

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

Stylish adaptation of the Thomas Hardy novel. A beautiful, headstrong heiress has a profound effect on three men - a dashing sergeant, a wealthy landowner and a loyal shepherd. Show more

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Bathsheba:
Julie Christie
Sergeant Troy:
Terence Stamp
William Boldwood:
Peter Finch
Gabriel Oak:
Alan Bates
Mrs Hurst:
Alison Leggatt
Henery Fray:
Paul Dawkins
Jan Coggan:
Julian Somers
Cainy Ball:
Freddie Jones
Soberness:
Denise Coffey
Corporal:
Derek Ware

Duration: 2 hours, 10 minutes

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

Powerful adaptation of the classic DH Lawrence novel, set in the West Midlands in the 1920s, about the intertwined lives of two strong-willed sisters. Show more

Duration: 1 hour, 39 minutes

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

Touching drama. A murderer on the run takes refuge at a farm and inadvertently leads the farmer's children to believe that he is Jesus Christ. Starring Hayley Mills and Alan Bates. Show more

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Kathy Bostock:
Hayley Mills
The Man:
Alan Bates
Mr Bostock:
Bernard Lee
Charles Bostock:
Alan Barnes
Jackie:
Roy Holder
Raymond:
Barry Dean
Director:
Bryan Forbes
Director:
Bryan Forbes

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Duration: 1 hour, 55 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One North WestLatest broadcast: on BBC One Scotland

Thriller about a French Nazi collaborator who was involved in the Holocaust and is now living a quiet life in southern France when a new investigation is launched. Show more

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Pierre Brossard:
Michael Caine
Annemarie Livi:
Tilda Swinton
Colonel Roux:
Jeremy Northam
Armand Bertier:
Alan Bates
Old Man:
John Neville
Commissaire Vionnet:
Frank Finlay
David Manenbaum:
Matt Craven
Inspector Cholet:
Peter Wight
Cardinal of Lyon:
Malcolm Sinclair
Father Patrice:
Colin Salmon
Dom Andre:
David de Keyser
Dom Olivier:
James Greene

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Duration: 1 hour, 51 minutes

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

A boy is drawn into being messenger between an aristocratic woman who persuades him to act as a go-between in her affair with a farmer. Starring Julie Christie and Alan Bates. Show more

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Marian Maudsley:
Julie Christie
Ted Burgess:
Alan Bates
Young Leo Colston:
Dominic Guard
Mrs Maudsley:
Margaret Leighton
Mr Maudsley:
Michael Gough
Leo as an old man:
Michael Redgrave
Hugh Trimingham:
Edward Fox
Director:
Joseph Losey

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Duration: 1 hour, 42 minutes

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

Drama starring Laurence Olivier as an egotistical vaudeville entertainer who considers himself a star but whose life is an untold failure. Show more

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Archie Rice:
Laurence Olivier
Phoebe Rice:
Brenda De Banzie
Jean Rice:
Joan Plowright
Billy Rice:
Roger Livesey
Frank Rice:
Alan Bates
Mick Rice:
Albert Finney
Tina Lapford:
Shirley Anne Field
Mrs. Ada Lapford:
Thora Hird
Soubrette:
Miriam Karlin

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Unnatural Pursuits

Episode 2: I Don't Do Cuddles

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC Four

A musical comic fantasy by Simon Gray. Despite his play's success, America starts to drive Hamish Partt crazy, and his personal demons threaten to take over. Show more

Duration: 1 hour, 14 minutes

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

In Paris in 1916, writer Marcel Proust becomes fascinated by a string quartet's viola player, who is a wounded serviceman home from the front. Show more

Unnatural Pursuits

Episode 1: I'm the Author

Duration: 1 hour, 25 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Four

Simon Gray's intriguing drama about the tribulations of a playwright. Hamish Partt, played by Alan Bates, pursues perfections in his work as his life becomes chaotic. Show more

Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes

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

Drama. An unemployed father (Pierce Brosnan) fights a custody battle in the high courts of Ireland when his children are put into orphanages after his wife walks out on him. Show more

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Desmond Doyle:
Pierce Brosnan
Michael Beattie:
Stephen Rea
Nick Barron:
Aidan Quinn
Tom Connolly:
Alan Bates
District Judge:
Garrett Keogh
Sister Brigid:
Andrea Irvine

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Duration: 1 hour, 2 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two WalesLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Alan Bennett's drama based on a meeting between actress Coral Browne and spy Guy Burgess. A mystery man appears in Coral's dressing room. What does he want with her face powder? Show more

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Guy Burgess:
Alan Bates
Herself:
Coral Browne
Claudius:
Charles Gray
Rosencrantz:
Harold Innocent
Guildenstern:
Vernon Dobtcheff
Hotel Receptionist:
Faina Zinova
Scarf Man:
Bibs Ekkel
Mrs Burgess:
Molly Veness
Shoe Shop Assistant:
Roger Hammond
Pyjama Shop Manager:
Trevor Baxter
Producer:
Innes Lloyd

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Duration: 2 hours, 17 minutes

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

Period piece set in the early 1930s with an all-star cast. A weekend shooting party at a country mansion turns into a murder mystery when the host is found dead. Show more

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Constance Trentham:
Maggie Smith
William McCordle:
Michael Gambon
Sylvia McCordle:
Kristin Scott Thomas
Lord Raymond Stockbridge:
Charles Dance
Ivor Novello:
Jeremy Northam
Morris Weissman:
Bob Balaban
Henry Denton:
Ryan Phillippe
Inspector Thompson:
Stephen Fry
Mary Maceachran:
Kelly Macdonald
Robert Parks:
Clive Owen
Mrs Wilson:
Helen Mirren
Mrs Croft:
Eileen Atkins
Jennings:
Alan Bates
Probert:
Derek Jacobi
Director:
Robert Altman
Isobel McCordle:
Camilla Rutherford
Louisa Stockbridge:
Geraldine Somerville
Anthony Meredith:
Tom Hollander
Lavinia Meredith:
Natasha Wightman
Freddie Nesbitt:
James Wilby
Mabel Nesbitt:
Claudie Blakley
Rupert Standish:
Laurence Fox
Producer:
Robert Altman
Producer:
Bob Balaban
Producer:
David Levy

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