Anita and Me, Meera Syal 's autobiographical novel set in a Midlands mining village in the early 1970s, comes to the big screen this week. The main theme is the childhood experiences of a young Asian girl as she comes to terms with living in two cultures -the temptation to rebel against her parents, the need to be accepted by her friends and the discovery of her own rich heritage. Tom Sutcliffe and guests review the film and discuss an exhibition about the cult of Lord Byron at the National Portrait Gallery in London. Producer Mohini Patel
Andrew Collins talks to director Robin Hardy , whose film The Wicker Man became a cult classic. Producer Stephen Hughes
3/4. The Exorcist. William Friedkin 's cult shocker outraged and disgusted in equal measure yet cinemagoers queued up enthusiastically to see if they could last the course. In his series on how
Hollywood reflects real life, Gerry Northam asks what the film had to do with the reality of exorcisms and how its success affected those authorised to cast
OUt demons. Producer John Byrne
Actor/director Peter Mullan talks about his latest film, Kiss of Life, directed by Emily Young , in which he plays an aid worker in a remote corner of Bosnia who senses his wife is calling him home and begins a difficult journey across Europe. Also, the story of comic book cult writer Harvey Pecker is brought to life in American Splendor, a mix of documentary and fiction. Producer MohiniPatel
With the remake of The Stepford Wives just on release, Matthew Sweet looks at the original version, now nearly 25 years old, to determine why it has become a cult movie. And controversial French director Patrice Leconte talks about his latest film, Intimate Strangers. Producer Anne-Marie Cole
Disco fever is the music explosion of the 70s - the record charts are full of disco music, two disco films are being shot in Britain, disco magazines are on the market, and the cult has its own language with such expressions as ' boogie ', ' hustle ' and ' funky .
Paul Gambaccini investigates the British scene, ranging from sophisticated, plush clubs to the high street dance floors; talks to disc jockeys, record promoters and dancers.
Producer JOHN BOUNDY
(Postponed from 28 March)
Disco fever is the music explosion of the 70s - the record charts are full of disco music, two disco films are being shot in Britain, disco magazines are on the market, and the cult has its own language with sucJi expressions as * boogie '. ' hustle ' and ' funky '.
Paul Gambaccini investigates the British scene, ranging from sophisticated, plush clubs to the High Street dance floors, talks to disc jockeys, record promoters and dancers.
Producer JOHN BOUNDY
Mark Steyn discusses the week's films, including the new release by cult Spanish director
Pedro Almodovar ; and there are reviews of new albums by the Pet Shop Boys, U2 and Bruce Springsteen. Producer Tim Dee. Stereo
(Revised repeat at 9.30pm)
Paul Bowles is the author of The
Sheltering Sky, the cult novel of life and death in the Sahara, filmed recently by Bernardo Bertolucci. Now 83, Bowles has been living in Tangiers since the 1940s. His sometimes unflattering views of the city - once described as "a sink-hole of iniquity" - kick off the new series of Grand Tour. Producer Martin Buckley
Quentin Cooper sees the latest films starring Dustin Hoffman and Gerard Depardieu , plus the latest from cult director Richard Linklater.
Producer Julian May. Revised rpt 9.30pm
In a tall, thin house by the sea, a tall, not-so-thin man makes an important discovery. Oliver Postgate, creator of The Clangers and Bagpuss, has found the "Lost Noggins" seven scripts of the cult animated series Noggin the Nog that were missing for 40 years and have never been filmed. What are their chances now? His attempts to find an outlet for these scripts in the harsh world of children's programming provide a sensitive portrait of a national treasure. Producer Jane Ray
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In a tall, thin house by the sea, a tall, not-so-thin man makes an important discovery: seven scripts of the animated cult children's series Noggin the Nog that have never been filmed. What are their chances now? A sensitive portrait of Oliver Postgate, creator of such children's TV classics as Noggin the Nog, The Clangers and Bagpuss, with contributions from his son, Daniel, co-creator Peter Firmin and Aardman Animations' Nick Park. Producer Jane Ray