Reel Britannia

By Scott, Steven and Tony

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A very British podcast about very British movies...with the occasional hint of professionalism

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Episode 124 - Life Is Sweet (1990)
58:45

Reel Britannia - a very British podcast about very British movies...with just a hint of professionalism.

This week, join Scott and Steven as they review Mike Leigh's tale of twins, pineapples, burger vans and and chocolate coated sex.

Life Is Sweet (1990)

The working-class malaise of suburban London is captured in this comedic drama, which focuses on twin sisters Natalie (Claire Skinner) and Nicola (Jane Horrocks) and their parents: easygoing Andy (Jim Broadbent) and his optimistic wife, Wendy (Alison Steadman). While Natalie has a plumbing job, and tends to take after her mom with her bright outlook, Nicola is on the dole and perpetually dwells on the negative. Will the cloud over Nicola's head ever lift?

"Take my word for it - that is an evil spoon."

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Scott and Steven

Aug 01, 2022
Episode 123 - Peeping Tom (1960)
56:55

Reel Britannia - a very British podcast about very British movies...with just a hint of professionalism.

Murder and voyeurism are the order of the day this week as Scott is joined by his Stinking Pause Podcast co hosts, Paul and Charlie to chat about Michael Powell's classic movie:

Peeping Tom (1960)

Loner Mark Lewis (Carl Boehm) works at a film studio during the day and, at night, takes racy photographs of women. Also he's making a documentary on fear, which involves recording the reactions of victims as he murders them. He befriends Helen (Anna Massey), the daughter of the family living in the apartment below his, and he tells her vaguely about the movie he is making. She sneaks into Mark's apartment to watch it and is horrified by what she sees -- especially when Mark catches her.

"Do you know what the most frightening thing in the world is? It's fear."

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Scott, Paul and Charlie

Jul 24, 2022
Episode 122 - If (1968)
59:07

Reel Britannia - a very British podcast about very British movies...with just a hint of professionalism.

Surreal schoolboy shenanigans this week as Scott, Steven and Anthony uncover the very dark side of public school in the sixties.

If (1968)

Lindsay Anderson’s If.... is a daringly anarchic vision of British society, set in a boarding school in late-sixties England. Before Kubrick made his mischief iconic in A Clockwork Orange, Malcolm McDowell made a hell of an impression as the insouciant Mick Travis, who, along with his school chums, trumps authority at every turn, finally emerging as a violent savior in the vicious games of one-upmanship played by both students and masters. Mixing color and black and white as audaciously as it mixes fantasy and reality, If…. remains one of cinema’s most unforgettable rebel yells.

"Education in Britain is a nubile Cinderella: sparsely clad and much interfered with."

 

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Scott, Steven and Anthony

Jul 04, 2022
Episode 121 - Hammer Britannia 005 - The Abominable Snowman (1957)
54:04

Reel Britannia - a very British podcast about very British movies...with just a hint of professionalism.

The latest episode in our Hammer horror retrospective - and a  brief diversion from the gothic goings on...

The Abominable Snowman (1957)

British scientist John Rollason (Peter Cushing) is studying plants in the Himalayas with his wife (Maureen Connell) while he waits for his American associate, Tom Friend (Forrest Tucker). When Friend arrives, Rollason accompanies him on a trip to find the mysterious creature Yeti, along with Friend's partner (Robert Brown) and a guide (Michael Brill) who claims he can find the beast. The group proceeds despite warnings. However, the trip quickly becomes more dangerous than they had anticipated.

"This creature may have an affinity for man, something in common with ourselves. Let's remember that before we start shooting."

 

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Scott, Steven and Mark

Jun 23, 2022
Episode 120 - Robbery (1967)
59:36

Welcome to Reel Britannia-a very British podcast about very British movies ...with just a hint of professionalism.

 

Robbery (1967)

 

 

This week, Scott and Steven are joined by Tyler from the wonderful Goon Pod - a podcast celebrating the legendary Goon Show and the Goons themselves - Peter Sellers, Harry Secombe, Spike Milligan (and Michael Bentine). Each episode host Tyler welcomes a guest to examine an actual Goon Show, a solo Goon project (films, TV, radio, books, albums etc) or practically anything within the Goon universe. Scott was a guest recently on Goon Pod and asked Tyler to join us to chat about one of his favourite movies, Robbery starring Stanley Baker

Based on the infamous "Great Train Robbery," this film follows Paul Clifton (Stanley Baker) as he forms a team to carry out an ambitious heist of cash from a government mail train traveling from Scotland to London. Clifton feels it necessary to add incarcerated money expert Robinson (Frank Finlay) to the group, so he organizes a jailbreak to free him as well. Although the theft succeeds, the criminals are still hounded by Scotland Yard detective Langdon (James Booth).

 

“We're talking about millions of pounds now. We're talking about road blocks, car searches, house raids, shakedowns. They'll know who pulled the job. Without the money, they can't prove anything.”

 

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Scott and Steven

Jun 12, 2022
Episode 119 - A Fish Called Wanda (1988)
01:12:50

Welcome to Reel Britannia-a very British podcast about very British movies ...with just a hint of professionalism.

A Fish Called Wanda (1988)

To lend a hand in a bold diamond heist, British criminal mastermind Georges Thomason and his animal-loving right-hand man Ken Pile enlist the help of two siblings: the statuesque Wanda Gershwitz and her loose-cannon Friedrich Nietzsche-quoting brother Otto West. However, after they pull off the robbery in broad daylight, greed takes over, and an anonymous call to the police sends behind bars Georges, the only man who knows the location of the hidden loot. Now Wanda must put her stunning looks to good use and seduce Thomason's unsuspecting barrister Archie Leach in high hopes of finding the jewels. But the seemingly-foolproof plan is already falling to pieces. Is there no honour among thieves anymore?

 

“I love robbing the English, they're so polite.”

 

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Scott, Steven and Tony

May 29, 2022
Episode 118 - Went The Day Well? (1942)
47:39

Welcome to Reel Britannia-a very British podcast about very British movies ...with just a hint of professionalism.

Went The Day Well? (1942)

May 1942. The small English village of Bramley End is visited by a detachment of about 60 Royal Engineers. They are ostensibly there on an exercise but are in actual fact a detachment of German paratroopers, the advance guard of Hitler's invasion of England. Some of the villagers figure out their true identities but before they can do anything all the villagers are held prisoner by the Germans. Will the villagers be able to get word out of the threat? The fate of England depends on them.

“Oh, you great beast! You great bullying brute you, knocking a child about! You're a disgrace to your uniform! Why, you're no better than a German, - that's what you are!”

 

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Scott, Steven and Tony

May 22, 2022
Episode 117 - The Guns of Navarone (1961)
55:28

Welcome to Reel Britannia-a very British podcast about very British movies ...with just a hint of professionalism.

The Guns of Navarone (1961)

A team of Allied saboteurs are assigned an impossible mission: infiltrate an impregnable Nazi-held Greek island and destroy the two enormous long-range field guns that prevent the rescue of 2,000 trapped British soldiers.

In 1943, the British Navy is not able to rescue 2,000 soldiers trapped in the Island of Kheros since two powerful German cannons on the top of the Navarone Island are sinking the Allied vessels. After a failed aerial attack, the Allied command decide to send a six-man team disguised as fishermen to Navarone to blow-up the guns. The squad is commanded by Maj. Roy Franklin and composed by Capt. Keith Mallory, who is an experienced mountain climber, and his former partner Col. Andrea Stavros; the explosive expert Cpl. John Anthony Miller; the engineer CPO 'Butcher' Brown; and the Greek assassin Spyros Pappadimos, who was born in Navarone. They sail during the night and after an encounter with a German patrol boat and a storm in the sea, they arrive to Navarone and Capt. Mallory needs to climb a cliff face during a heavy rainy night to proceed their mission. Will they succeed?

 

“Sir, I've inspected this boat, and I think you ought to know that I can't swim.”

 

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Scott, Steven and Tony

May 10, 2022
Episode 116 - Hammer Britannia 004 - The Curse Of Frankenstein (1957)
01:23:57
Reel Britannia - a very British podcast about very British movies...with just a hint of professionalism.

The latest episode in our Hammer horror retrospective - and it's time for some genuine gothic shocks with Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee

The Curse of Frankenstein (1957)

In prison and awaiting execution, Dr. Victor Frankenstein recounts to a priest what led him to his current circumstance. He inherited his family's wealth after the death of his mother when he was still only a young man. He hired Paul Krempe as his tutor and he immediately developed an interest in medical science. After several years, he and Krempe became equals and he developed an interest in the origins and nature of life. After successfully re-animating a dead dog, Victor sets about constructing a man using body parts he acquires for the purpose including the hands of a pianist and the brain of a renowned scholar. As Frankenstein's excesses continue to grow, Krempe is not only repulsed by what his friend has done but is concerned for the safety of the beautiful Elizabeth, Victor's cousin and fiancée who has come to live with them. His experiments lead to tragedy and his eventual demise.

"I've harmed nobody, just robbed a few graves!"

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Scott Steven and Mark

May 03, 2022
Episode 115 - Last Holiday (1950)
52:23

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Last Holiday (1950)

When ordinary middle-class salesman George Bird (Alec Guinness) is diagnosed with a rare and fatal illness, he decides to spend his few remaining days in luxury. Cashing in his savings, he buys a fancy new wardrobe and poses as a wealthy businessman at a posh seaside resort. Unexpectedly, the dying man's luck begins to change during his holiday, from winning at gambling to establishing friendships with his fellow guests, most notably Sheila Rockingham (Beatrice Campbell).
 

"I want some more information from you Mr Bird - tomorrow perhaps. Don't run away or drop dead, will you?"

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Apr 22, 2022
Episode 114 - The Cruel Sea (1953)
55:11
Welcome to Reel Britannia-a very British podcast about very British movies ...with just a hint of professionalism. The Cruel Sea (1953)
Despite his guilt over a recent harrowing sea battle in which many of his men were lost, Lt. Cmdr. George Ericson (Jack Hawkins) is assigned to helm the new H.M.S. Compass Rose with the help of steadfast seaman Lt. Lockhart (Donald Sinden). When the small vessel is sent to escort convoys of ships fighting German U-boats in the North Atlantic, the mettle of the novice crew is tested by the weather, the turbulent sea and enemy attacks -- one of which nearly destroys the Compass Rose.
 

This is a story of the Battle of the Atlantic, the story of the ocean, two ships, and a handful of men. The men are the heroes; the heroines the ships. The only villain is the sea, the cruel sea that man has made more cruel.

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Apr 13, 2022
Episode 113 - Carry On Regardless
57:36

Welcome to Reel Britannia-a very British podcast about very British movies ...with just a hint of professionalism.

Carry On Regardless (1961)

 

Bert Handy, proprietor of the Helping Hands agency - promising to provide assistance for any task, big or small - is in a quandry. Accompanied only by his elderly secretary Miss Cooling, he's in desperate need of employees to provide said assistance, but to date even an advert in The Times hasn't proven successful!

Meanwhile at the labour exchange, there's a dire shortage of jobs (never mind interesting ones), so when a motley crew get wind of Helping Hands' need for staff, they can't get there quick enough - and Bert hires all seven of them on the spot.

Work quickly builds up at the agency: from pet walking to translation services; modelling to cleaning; hosting and queue-place-saving, even Handy himself has to get to work.

However, with the increasing workload come an increasingly odd set of assignments; and when Miss Cooling's careful organisational system is thrown awry by a careless cleaner, disaster could be on the cards!

 

Sir Theodore, Testy Old Man: Do you provide substitutes?

Miss Cooling: [shocked] No! This is a respectable firm!

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Apr 03, 2022
Episode 112 _ Sightseers (2012)
41:00

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Sightseers (2012)

A tale of gruesome murders, growling dogs…and giant pencils

Ben Wheatley’s dark and violent comedy-drama stars Alice Lowe and Steve Oram whose initially innocent tour of the British countryside turns into a disturbing odyssey.

 

“He's not a person, he's a Daily Mail reader!”

 

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Mar 06, 2022
Episode 111 - HammerBritannia 003 - Quatermass 2 (1957)
01:27:04
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The third in our series of Hammer horror movies this week and the return of Brian Donlevy in Quatermass 2 (1957)

Quatermass 2

“Professor Bernard Quatermass (Brian Donlevy), in his attempts to convince the British government to colonize the moon, learns that thousands of meteorites are landing in the same location on Earth. When his colleague Marsh (Bryan Forbes) joins him in a quest to uncover the truth, they discover a government complex built around the landing spot. When Marsh goes missing, Quatermass attempts to rescue him -- and discovers the truth behind an alien invasion conspiracy and cover-up.

 “Marsh, your face! There was something on your face! Are you alright? Let me take a look. You know, for a moment, I could have sworn I saw something that looked like a big black bubble.”

 

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Feb 18, 2022
Episode 110 - Cash On Demand (1961)
48:40

Welcome to Reel Britannia-a very British podcast about very British movies ...with just a hint of professionalism.

It’s our ‘COVID delayed Christmas episode’….but is it a Christmas movie? Steven says yes, Tony says no, Scott doesn’t care either way as it is cracking movie from 1961 starring Peter Cushing and Andre Morell from the legendary Hammer studios:

Cash On Demand (1961)

“This tense and hugely entertaining heist thriller is a Hammer take on A Christmas Carol, which pits miserly and fastidious bank manager (Peter Cushing in sparkling form) against debonair robber André Morell, as a plot to rob a bank on Christmas Eve unfolds in almost real time.
Reuniting Cushing and Morell, who had just played Holmes and Watson for Hammer in The Hound of the Baskervilles (and co-starred in the BBC's controversial 1954 adaptation of George Orwell's 1984), this ingenious suspenser is now regarded by many as one of Hammer’s best films.”

“I detest brutality. I want bank robberies to be smoother and more sociable.”

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Scott, Steven and Tony

Jan 17, 2022
Episode 109 - Sexy Beast (2000)
51:15

Welcome to Reel Britannia-a very British podcast about very British movies ...with just a hint of professionalism.

A special episode this week where Scott is joined by his fellow co hosts of the Stinking Pause podcast, Paul and Charlie to chat about mobsters, Marbella, and monkeys with Beatles haircuts.

Sexy Beast (2000)

“Ex-villain Dove (Ray Winstone) has served his time behind bars, and is blissfully retired to a Spanish villa paradise with a wife he adores. But the idyll is shattered by the arrival of his nemesis Don Logan (Ben Kingsley), who is intent on persuading Gal to return to London for one last big job. Desperate not to sacrifice his enchanted existence, Dove is drawn into a shocking and explosive battle of wills with Logan, risking everything to protect the woman he loves.”

“But quite frankly your attitude appalls me. It's not what you're saying. It's all this stuff you're not saying. Insinnuendos.”
(Incidentally….try finding a decent quote from this film that hasn’t got swearing in it!)

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Nov 28, 2021
Episode 108 - Restless Natives (1985)
01:03:58

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Eighties Caledonian comedy this week with a tale of modern day highland highwaymen

Join Scott and Steven as they chat about Restless Natives (1985)

“A humorous tale of 'underemployed' Scots Ronnie and Will, who live in the majestic city of Edinburgh.
Tired of having no money and tempted by the untapped wealth of the international tourists who swarm through their city, Ronnie and Will hatch a plot to achieve fame and fortune.”

“Guns are for LASSIES! Nobody seems to put the BOOT in any more!”

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Nov 07, 2021
Episode 107 - Dead Of Night (1945)
01:41:14

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The second feature in our British horror movie double bill this weekend – the classic ‘Dead Of Night’ (1945)

Architect Walter Craig, seeking the possibility of some work at a country farmhouse, soon finds himself once again stuck in his recurring nightmare. Dreading the end of the dream that he knows is coming, he must first listen to all the assembled guests’ own bizarre tales.

“Just room for one inside, sir.”

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Scott, Steven and Anthony

Oct 31, 2021
Episode 106 - Hammer Britannia 002 - X The Unknown (1956)
01:07:21

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The first of two classic British horror movies for you this Halloween weekend and the second in our Hammer Horror retrospective

Join Scott, Steven and Mark as they chat about ‘X The Unknown’ from 1956. With a script by Jimmy Sangster, a score by James Bernard and a cast featuring Dean Jagger, Edward Chapman, Leo McKern and Anthony Newley, it is a genuine classic from the early days of Hammer horror.

British commandos on manoeuvres become ill with mysterious symptoms and horrific burns. Dr. Adam Royston (Dean Jagger), an atomic scientist from a nearby research station, suspects lethal radiation ... but is mystified by the cause. At a nearby hospital, the phenomenon reappears and engulfs more innocent people, including a hospital orderly whose skin melts away from his body! Dr. Royston speculates that the unknown is on a quest to absorb radiation and expand in size and range as it claims more and more victims. As time runs short, he becomes desperate to trap the entity before its power overcomes mankind!

“It's on its way for the biggest meal of its life!”

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Scott, Steven and Mark

Oct 30, 2021
Episode 105 - Goldfinger (1964)
01:10:46

Welcome to Reel Britannia-a very British podcast about very British movies ...with just a hint of professionalism.

This week, Scott and Steven and Tony continue their tribute to the legendary Sean Connery with, of course, a Bond film.
Join us we chat about painted ladies, pernicious headwear and Pussy Galore in Goldfinger (1964)

James Bond (Sir Sean Connery) is back and his next mission takes him to Fort Knox, where Auric Goldfinger (Gert Fröbe) and his henchman are planning to raid Fort Knox and obliterate the world economy. To save the world once again, Bond will need to become friends with Goldfinger, dodge killer hats, and avoid Goldfinger's personal pilot, the sexy Pussy Galore (Honor Blackman). She might not have feelings for Bond, but will 007 help her change her mind?

“My dear girl, there are some things that just aren't done, such as drinking Dom Perignon '53 above the temperature of 38 degrees Fahrenheit. That's just as bad as listening to the Beatles without earmuffs!”

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Scott and Steven

Oct 13, 2021
Episode 104 - Robin and Marian (1976)
01:03:16

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This week, Scott, and Steven pay tribute to one of this country’s finest actors .

Join us for the first of two special episodes featuring Sean Connery – this week, we take a look at Robin and Marian (1976) also starring Audrey Hepburn, Robert Shaw and Richard Harris.

It is twenty years after Robin Hood's heroics against Prince John and the Sheriff of Nottingham. Since then, Robin (Sir Sean Connery) has spent all his time outside of England, fighting as Richard the Lionheart's right-hand man in the Crusades and in France. His only connection to his past life in Sherwood Forest is his faithful companion, Little John (Nicol Williamson). However, Richard the Lionheart is now dead and a war-weary, middle-aged Robin decides to return to England. His first priority: rekindle his relationship with Maid Marian (Audrey Hepburn). However, if he figured on a peaceful life, he didn't bargain on the machinations of the Sheriff of Nottingham (Robert Shaw) and King John (Sir Ian Holm).

“No more scars, Robin. It's too much to lose you twice.”

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Scott and Steven

Oct 07, 2021
Episode 104 - Robin and Marian (1976)

Welcome to Reel Britannia-a very British podcast about very British movies ...with just a hint of professionalism.

This week, Scott, and Steven pay tribute to one of this country’s finest actors .

Join us for the first of two special episodes featuring Sean Connery – this week, we take a look at Robin and Marian (1976) also starring Audrey Hepburn, Robert Shaw and Richard Harris.

It is twenty years after Robin Hood's heroics against Prince John and the Sheriff of Nottingham. Since then, Robin (Sir Sean Connery) has spent all his time outside of England, fighting as Richard the Lionheart's right-hand man in the Crusades and in France. His only connection to his past life in Sherwood Forest is his faithful companion, Little John (Nicol Williamson). However, Richard the Lionheart is now dead and a war-weary, middle-aged Robin decides to return to England. His first priority: rekindle his relationship with Maid Marian (Audrey Hepburn). However, if he figured on a peaceful life, he didn't bargain on the machinations of the Sheriff of Nottingham (Robert Shaw) and King John (Sir Ian Holm).

“No more scars, Robin. It's too much to lose you twice.”

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Scott and Steven

Oct 07, 2021
Episode 103 - North West Frontier (1959)

Welcome to Reel Britannia-a very British podcast about very British movies ...with just a hint of professionalism.

This week, Scott and Steven take a look at an all action fifties adventure starring Kenneth More, Lauren Bacall, Herbert Lom and Wilfred Hyde-White

Join us we chat about North West Frontier (1959) directed by J Lee Thompson

In British-controlled India just after the turn of the 20th century, an English captain (Kenneth More) is asked to escort a maharajah's son out of town after an uprising by Muslim factions threatens the boy's life. As the captain sneaks the boy away with his governess (Lauren Bacall), danger seems to be all around. After another attack by rebels, the trio and a group of others -- including a journalist and an arms dealer -- secretly board an old train to try to escape to safety.

“The British never seem to do anything until they've had a cup of tea, By which time it's too late”

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Scott and Steven

 

Sep 15, 2021
Episode 103 - North West Frontier (1959)
01:08:08

Welcome to Reel Britannia-a very British podcast about very British movies ...with just a hint of professionalism.

This week, Scott and Steven take a look at an all action fifties adventure starring Kenneth More, Lauren Bacall, Herbert Lom and Wilfred Hyde-White

Join us we chat about North West Frontier (1959) directed by J Lee Thompson

In British-controlled India just after the turn of the 20th century, an English captain (Kenneth More) is asked to escort a maharajah's son out of town after an uprising by Muslim factions threatens the boy's life. As the captain sneaks the boy away with his governess (Lauren Bacall), danger seems to be all around. After another attack by rebels, the trio and a group of others -- including a journalist and an arms dealer -- secretly board an old train to try to escape to safety.

“The British never seem to do anything until they've had a cup of tea, By which time it's too late”

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Sep 15, 2021
Episode 102 - Dad's Army The Movie (1971)
45:16

Welcome to Reel Britannia-a very British podcast about very British movies ...with just a hint of professionalism.

This week, Scott, Steven and Tony take a look at the big screen adventures of this country’s finest troop of wartime warriors
Join us we chat about Dad’s Army, The Movie from 1971 starring Arthur Lowe, John le Mesurier and the cast one of the greatest ever UK TV sitcoms in their finest hour.

When World War Two breaks out, the small seaside town of Walmington-on-Sea finds itself less than ably defended by the elderly and inept members of Captain Mainwaring's home guard unit. Put on manoeuvres by a visiting Major-General, Mainwaring's men manage to bungle one task after another. However, when a group of Germans from a scout plane take the Mayor hostage at the church hall, the clueless soldiers might still have a chance of saving the day!

“We're the Local Defence Volunteers, and I'm their appointed commander, Captain Mainwaring, and I must ask you to keep your hands off my privates!”

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Scott, Steven and Tony

Sep 08, 2021
Episode 101 - Hammer Britannia 001 - The Quatermass Xperiment (1955)
01:14:56

Welcome to Reel Britannia-a very British podcast about very British movies ...with just a hint of professionalism.

At last, with our 100th episode celebrations out the way, Scott and Steven are joined once again by Mark from The Good The Bad and the Odd podcast, and author of ‘Quatermass In Television And Movies’, for the first movie in our long awaited Hammer horror retrospective.

Join us we take a look at The Quatermass Xperiment (1955) starring Brian Donlevy, and featuring Lionel Jeffries, Jack Warner, Thora Hird and Sam Kydd.

In the countryside of London, a rocket crashes on a farm and Professor Bernard Quatermass and Scotland Yard Inspector Lomax arrive in the spot. The rocket was launched by Prof. Quatermass with the astronauts Victor Carroon, Greene and Reichebheim; however only Carroon is found very sick in the cabin. He is transported to a private clinic to stay under observation despite the protests of his wife Mrs. Judith Carroon. She bribes a nurse to bring Carroon to her and she finds that he is transforming into a monster. Carroon escapes, killing people and animals during his metamorphosis while the Scotland Yard is hunting him down and Dr. Quatermass discovers that his process is an alien invasion.

“There's no room for personal feelings in science, Judith!”

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#hammer #hammerhorror #quatermass #britmovie #reelbritannia

 

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Scott, Steven and Mark

Aug 11, 2021
Episode 100 - The Third Man (1949)
01:37:51

Welcome to Reel Britannia-a very British podcast about very British movies ...with just a hint of professionalism.

A very special episode this week as we celebrate our 4th birthday as well as our 100th episode. Joining us is our good friend Anthony from the Glass Onion: On John Lennon podcast to chat about one of the greatest British movies of all time
Join us we take a look at The Third Man (1949) starring Joseph Cotton, Trevor Howard and Orson Welles

Pulp novelist Holly Martins travels to shadowy, postwar Vienna, only to find himself investigating the mysterious death of an old friend, black-market opportunist Harry Lime—and thus begins this legendary tale of love, deception, and murder. Thanks to brilliant performances by Joseph Cotten, Alida Valli, and Orson Welles; Anton Karas's evocative zither score; Graham Greene’s razor-sharp dialogue; and Robert Krasker’s dramatic use of light and shadow, The Third Man, directed by the inimitable Carol Reed, only grows in stature as the years pass.

“Don't be so gloomy. After all, it's not that awful. Like the fella says, in Italy for 30 years under the Borgias they had warfare, terror, murder, and bloodshed, but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, and the Renaissance. In Switzerland they had brotherly love - they had 500 years of democracy and peace, and what did that produce? The cuckoo clock. So long, Holly.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5VvXKm2deh0

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#thethirdman #orsonwelles

 

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Scott and Steven

 

Jun 23, 2021
Episode 099 - Man of the Moment (1955)
57:54

Welcome to Reel Britannia-a very British podcast about very British movies ...with just a hint of professionalism.

In the latest episode, Scott and Steven review the third in our season of movies starring one of nation’s favourite and best loved entertainers.

Join us we take a look at Man of the Moment from 1955 starring Norman Wisdom

A lowly filing clerk in a Whitehall ministry, Norman, finds himself propelled to head of the office when both of his superiors are away, one ill and one on leave.
Meanwhile, developments around the Pacific have put Tawaki - a small, independent island nation - at the centre of world affairs: its unique geology makes one of its outlying islands the perfect location for a world power to establish a new strategic outpost. Many have been making representations to the island's Queen, but so far she has yet to make a decision.
Hoping to impress the British case upon her, the ministry dispatches a delegation to an international conference in Geneva - and they are in need of a filing clerk to assist. Roping the initially reluctant Norman along for the trip, the party make quick progress to the Swiss city.
Once ensconced in their luxury hotel, Norman finds that his room is little more than servants' quarters, bare and unpleasant in the building's attic space. Attempting to tip some dirty shaving water out of the ceiling-level window, he instead drops the whole bowl, which smashes on the head of one of the British delegates, who happens to be standing on a balcony below.
With one of their number incapacitated, the other officials from the department are forced to call Norman in to take his place at the following day's meetings - but when his idol, a beautiful film star named Sonia, arrives in the VIP gallery Norman becomes rather distracted and unintentionally uses a veto power against British interests!
The vote, however, pleases the delegation from Tawaki and Norman soon finds himself - personally - in great favour with their Queen. As the world's major players seek his influence for their own interest over the Pacific nation, Norman finds himself repeatedly on the run and even under threat of assassination...

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Scott and Steven

Jun 10, 2021
Episode 098 - Hunger (2008)
01:03:09

Welcome to Reel Britannia-a very British podcast about very British movies ...with just a hint of professionalism.

In the latest episode, Scott and Steven review the debut feature from British director, Steve McQueen – a compelling and unforgettable portrayal of life within The Maze prison at the time of the 1981 hunger strike.

Join us we take a look at Michael Fassbender as Bobby Sands in Hunger (2008)

“Focusing on the 1981 hunger strikes by Republican prisoners in Northern Ireland. Bobby Sands is one of a group of prisoners who first “took to the blanket” with a “dirty protest” in pursuit of their claims for recognition as political prisoners. Sands then became the first one of the group to embark on a hunger strike that was to end in his death.”

“I'm clear of the reasons Dom. I'm clear of all the repercussions. I will act and I will not stand by and do nothing.”

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Scott and Steven

May 30, 2021
Episode 097 - Performance (1970)
44:08

Welcome to Reel Britannia-a very British podcast about very British movies ...with just a hint of professionalism.

In the latest episode, Scott and Steven are joined by Booze from the Sweet Feathery Jesus podcast to chat about bald heads, bathtubs, and beans.

Join us we take a look at Mick Jagger and James Fox in Performance (1970)

“After killing a rival in self-defence, hoodlum Chas (James Fox) must flee both from the law and from his boss, Harry Flowers. He eventually moves into a house owned by Turner (Mick Jagger), a former rock star who lives with female companions Pherber (Anita Pallenberg) and Lucy (Michele Breton). Chas and Turner initially clash, but Turner becomes fascinated with Chas' life as a criminal. Through drugs and a series of psychological battles with Turner, Chas emerges a different man.”

“You're a comical little geezer. You'll look funny when you're fifty.”

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Scott and Steven

May 24, 2021
Episode 096 - Doctor Who and the Daleks (1965)
56:22

Welcome to Reel Britannia-a very British podcast about very British movies ...with just a hint of professionalism.

In the latest episode, Scott and Steven are joined once again by Mark from The Good The Bad and the Odd podcast for a tale featuring interplanetary peril, petrified forests and Peter Cushing

Join us we take a look at Doctor Who and the Daleks (1965)

“When Dr. Who shows his time machine TARDIS to the clumsy Ian, who is boyfriend of his granddaughter Barbara, he accidentally transport them and Dr. Who's granddaughter Susan to somewhere in space and time. They explore the spot and see a city; Dr. Who fakes a leak in the fluid and they go to the city to seek mercury to refill the component. They are captured by the Daleks and soon they learn that a war between Daleks and Thals has destroyed the planet. Further they are exposed to radiation and only the Thals have the antidote. The Daleks send Susan to find the cure and she meets the Thal Alydon that has the antidote and wants to negotiate with the Daleks to exchange for food. But the cruel Daleks want to destroy the Thals to rule the world."

“You are different from them and they are afraid of anything different. And what people are afraid of, they try to destroy."

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Scott and Steven

#drwho #daleks #petercushing #amicus

May 14, 2021
Episode 095 - Brassed Off (1996)
47:32

Welcome to Reel Britannia-a very British podcast about very British movies ...with just a hint of professionalism.

In the latest episode, Scott is joined by Steven to chat about a movie featuring fading communities, Thatcher and flugelhorns.

Join us we take a look at Brassed Off (1996)

“In existence for a hundred years, Grimley Colliery Brass band is as old as the mine. But the miners are now deciding whether to fight to keep the pit open, and the future for town and band looks bleak. Although the arrival of flugelhorn player Gloria injects some life into the players, and bandleader Danny continues to exhort them to continue in the national competition, frictions and pressures are all too evident. And whose side is Gloria actually on?”

“The truth is, I thought it mattered - I thought that music mattered. But does it bollocks? Not compared to how people matter.”

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Scott and Steven

May 07, 2021
Episode 094 - Room At The Top (1959)
01:01:57

Welcome to Reel Britannia-a very British podcast about very British movies ...with just a hint of professionalism.

In the latest episode, Scott is joined by Steven for the next in the series of kitchen sink dramas. A tale of smoky factories, sultry French mistresses and suicide…

Join us we take a look at Room At The Top (1959)

“The English factory town is dreary but Joe Lampton has landed a job with a future. To have something to do at night he joins a theatrical group. His boss's daughter Susan is playing ingenue roles on stage and in real life. She is attracted to Joe and Joe thinks about how much faster he will get ahead if he is the boss's son-in-law. This plan is complicated by his strong desire to be with an older woman who also belongs to the theatrical group. She is French and unhappily married. Joe believes he can get away with seeing both women.”

“Don't worry about the way the world's run, lad. Enjoy it while you're young.”

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Scott and Steven

Apr 30, 2021
Episode 093 - Young and Innocent (1937)
01:37:33

Welcome to Reel Britannia-a very British podcast about very British movies ...with just a hint of professionalism.

In the latest episode, Scott is joined by his co hosts from the official Talking Pictures TV Podcast, Mel and Daniel

Join us we take a look at an early Hitchcock classic, Young and Innocent (1937)

An actress is murdered by her estranged husband, who is jealous of all of her young boyfriends. The next day, writer Robert Tisdall (who happens to be one such boyfriend) discovers her body on the beach. He runs to call the police, however, two witnesses think that he is the escaping murderer. Robert is arrested, but owing to a mix-up at the courthouse, he escapes and goes on the run with a Police Constable's daughter Erica, determined to prove his innocence.

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Scott, Mel and Daniel

Apr 23, 2021
Episode 092 - 24 Hour Party People (2002)
48:34

Welcome to Reel Britannia-a very British podcast about very British movies ...with just a hint of professionalism.

In the latest episode (recorded back in November!) Scott welcomes back the original co host of the podcast, Tony, to chat about New Order, The Sex Pistols and Des O’Connor!

Join us as we take a look at 24 Hour Party People (2002), starring Steve Coogan in a tale featuring The Happy Mondays, the Hacienda and hang gliding.

Manchester, 1976. Tony Wilson (Steve Coogan) is an ambitious but frustrated local TV news reporter looking for a way to make his mark. After witnessing a life-changing concert by a band known as the Sex Pistols, he persuades his station to televise one of their performances, and soon Manchester's punk groups are clamouring for him to manage them. Riding the wave of a musical revolution, Wilson and his friends create the legendary Factory Records label and The Hacienda club.

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Scott and Tony

Apr 20, 2021
Episode 091 - Whistle Down the Wind (1961)
01:10:35

Welcome to Reel Britannia-a very British podcast about very British movies ...with just a hint of professionalism.

Rapidly running out of British Easter themed movies, Scott is joined by Steven for the tenuously linked Whistle Down The Wind (1961).

After a confusing exchange with a strange man (Alan Bates) they find hiding in their family barn, Kathy Bostock (Hayley Mills) and her young siblings jump to the conclusion that the man -- in reality an escaped killer -- is none other than Jesus Christ. Excitement erupts as word spreads among the children in their small farming community in northwest England. Adult scepticism abounds, until their father (Bernard Lee) catches wind of the tale and begins to investigate.

“He’s not Jesus…he’s just a fella”

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Scott and Steven

Apr 04, 2021
Episode 090 - Private's Progress (1956)
01:00:23

Welcome to Reel Britannia - a very British podcast about very British movies ...with just a hint of professionalism.

This week, Scott is joined by Steven to review the Boulting Brothers classic Private’s Progress (1956)

As World War II settles over England, university student Stanley Windrush (Ian Carmichael) receives his call-up. During training, Windrush is plunged into a thoroughly unfamiliar world, with his leading officer, Maj. Hitchcock, more apt to be found in a pub than on the base. There's also Pvt. Percy Fox (Richard Attenborough), a cunning working-class type always on the make, and the cold and crafty Bertram Tracepurcel (Dennis Price). All are being trained for an unusual mission inside Germany.

#absoluteshower

#britmovie

#podpals

“Good Lord - Windrush! What on earth are you doing dressed up as a Jerry? You're an absolute bounder.”

 

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Scott and Steven

Mar 17, 2021
Episode 089 - The Man Who Never Was (1956)
50:28

Welcome to Reel Britannia-a very British podcast about very British movies ...with just a hint of professionalism.

In the latest episode, Scott is joined by Tony to discuss the movie that recalls one of the most incredible incidents that occurred in World War Two. The story of Operation Mincemeat and The Man Who Never Was from 1956.

As the British military prepares to invade Sicily during World War II, intelligence agent Ewen Montagu (Clifton Webb) hatches a cunning plan to fool Germany into believing the Allies' true target is Greece. Concocting a fictitious British officer named Maj. William Martin, Montagu gathers false top-secret documents and personal letters to plant upon a corpse that will wash ashore in Spain. But the investigations of a German undercover agent (Stephen Boyd) could potentially expose the fraud.

 

 

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Scott and Tony

Mar 09, 2021
Episode 088 - The Children's Film Foundation
51:38

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In the latest episode, Scott is joined by Steven and Mark for a trip down memory lane…back to the glorious days of Saturday Morning Pictures

Join us we take a look at two classics from the Children’s Film Foundation: Mr Horatio Knibbles and Battle Of Billy’s Pond

 

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Scott, Steven and Mark

Jan 31, 2021
Episode 087 - Peter's Friends (1992)
01:00:01

Welcome to Reel Britannia-a very British podcast about very British movies ...with just a hint of professionalism.

In the latest episode, Scott is joined by Steven and Tony for our slightly delayed New Year episode, recorded way back at the beginning of December last year.

Join us we take a look at the nineties comedy/drama, Peter’s Friends, starring Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie, Kenneth Branagh, Emma Thompson, Imelda Staunton, Tony Slattery, Alphonsia Emmanuel, Rita Rudner and Phyllida Law

Seven friends in an acting troupe graduate from Cambridge University in 1982 and go their separate ways. Ten years later, Peter Morton (Stephen Fry) inherits a large estate from his father, and invites the rest of the gang to spend New Year's holiday with him. Many changes have taken place in the lives of all the friends assembled, but Peter has a secret that will shock them all.

“Oh, how can I put this delicately? It's just that I'm not really in the vagina business.”

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Scott, Steven and Tony

Jan 25, 2021
Episode 086 - The Amazing Mr Blunden (1972)
50:28

Welcome to Reel Britannia-a very British podcast about very British movies ...with just a hint of professionalism.

For our Christmas episode, Scott is joined by Steven and Tony to chat about the children’s classic ‘The Amazing Mr Blunden’, specially requested by listener Chris Ferguson

Join us we take a look at this charming ghost story, directed by Lionel Jeffries and featuring an all star cast

A mysterious, old solicitor Mr. Blunden visits Mrs. Allen and her young children in her squalid, tiny Camden Town flat and makes her an offer she cannot refuse. The family become the housekeepers to a derelict country mansion in the charge of the solicitors. One day the children meet the spirits of two other children who died in the mansion nearly a hundred years previously. The children prepare a magic potion that allows them to travel backwards in time to the era of the ghost children. Will the children be able to help their new friends and what will happen to them if they do?

“As they grow older they lose their power to believe in the unlikely.”

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Scott, Steven and Tony

Dec 23, 2020
Episode 085 - The Butcher Boy (1997)
48:40

Welcome to Reel Britannia-a very British podcast about very British movies ...with just a hint of professionalism.

In the latest episode, Scott is joined by Steven to chat about slaughterhouses, suicides and Sinead O’Connor.

Join us we take a look at the darkest of dark comedies, The Butcher Boy from 1997, directed by Neil Jordan and starring Stephen Rea, Fiona Shaw, Brendan Gleason and Ian Hart.

Francie and Joe live the usual playful, fantasy filled childhoods of normal boys. However, with a violent, alcoholic father and a manic depressive, suicidal mother the pressure on Francie to grow up are immense. When Francie's world turns to madness, he tries to counter it with further insanity, with dire consequences.

“And that was the end of the goldfish, because from now on I was gonna be good. And if anyone was looking for Francie the Bad Bastard, they wouldn't find him because he was busy getting the Francie-Not-a-Bad-Bastard-Anymore diploma.”

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Dec 06, 2020
Episode 084 - Look Back In Anger (1959)
01:04:36

Welcome to Reel Britannia-a very British podcast about very British movies ...with just a hint of professionalism.

Episode 084 – Look Back In Anger (1959)

Scott and Steven are back in the Balaban Sound Studio for this week’s review…continuing our look at the kitchen sink dramas. It’s 1959 and the movie that proclaimed the era of the angry young man. Richard Burton stars alongside Clare Bloom and Mary Ure in the Tony Richardson picture, Look Back In Anger

Richard Burton smoulders as the ever-complaining Jimmy Porter in Tony Richardson's version of John Osborne's ground-breaking play, which at the time was the epitome of the kitchen-sink drama and heralded the liberated Swinging Sixties. As the downtrodden, middle-class wife taking the brunt of his tirades, Mary Ure poignantly deserves better from life than a husband who believes the world owes him a living, while Burton makes his portrayal remarkably unsympathetic. An emblem of its time that's not to be missed.

SUMMARY
A disillusioned cynic takes out his anger at the world by having an affair with his wife's best friend, causing untold misery for everyone he knows. Tony Richardson's adaptation of John Osborne's play, starring Richard Burton, Mary Ure and Claire Bloom.

CAST
Jimmy Porter Richard Burton
Helena Charles Claire Bloom
Alison Porter Mary Ure
Mrs Tanner Edith Evans
Cliff Lewis Gary Raymond

“Ladies and gentlemen, a little recitation entitled 'she was only a gravediggers daughter but she loved lying under the sod'.”

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Scott and Steven

Nov 09, 2020
Episode 083 - The Innocents (1961)
49:42

Welcome to Reel Britannia-a very British podcast about very British movies ...with just a hint of professionalism.

In the latest episode, Scott is joined by Steven to chat about governesses, ghosts and all manner of ghastly goings-on

Join us we take a look at the classic horror movie from 1961, The Innocents, starring Deborah Kerr

In Victorian England, the uncle (Sir Michael Redgrave) of orphaned niece Flora (Pamela Franklin) and nephew Miles (Martin Stephens) hires Miss Giddens (Deborah Kerr) as governess to raise the children at his estate with total independence and authority. Soon after her arrival, Miss Giddens comes to believe that the spirits of the former governess Miss Jessel (Clytie Jessop) and valet Peter Quint (Peter Wyngarde) are possessing the children. Miss Giddens decides to help the children to face and exorcise the spirits.

“Truth is very seldom understood by any but imaginative persons... and I want to be quite truthful.”

 

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Oct 30, 2020
Episode 082 - Gideon's Day (1958)
01:06:01

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Episode 082 – Gideon’s Day (1958)

Scott and Steven are back in the Balaban Sound Studio for this week’s review…24 hours in the life of Detective Chief Inspector George Gideon of the Metropolitan Police. A story of armed robbers, crooked cops, family strife…and salmon.

Directed by John Ford and starring Jack Hawkins.

Scotland Yard Inspector George Gideon starts his day off on the wrong foot when he gets a traffic-violation ticket from a young police officer. From there, his 'typical day" consists in learning that one of his most-trusted detectives has accepted bribes; hunts an escaped maniac who has murdered a girl; tracks a young girl suspected of a payroll robbery and, then, helps break up a bank robbery. His long day ends when he arrives at home and finds that his daughter has a date with the policeman who gave him a ticket that morning.

“I could tell you a few things about executions - they're not very dramatic - you know, they're rather an anti-climax after the trial. Three weeks in jail and then one morning the long walk. And it won't be a bit like you imagine - the heroine with her head held high. They'll drag you there half doped and vomiting with terror... that's the worst thing about hanging - it's so undignified...”

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Episode 082 – Gideon’s Day (1958)

Scott and Steven are back in the Balaban Sound Studio for this week’s review…24 hours in the life of Detective Chief Inspector George Gideon of the Metropolitan Police. A story of armed robbers, crooked cops, family strife…and salmon. Directed by John Ford and starring Jack Hawkins.

 

Scotland Yard Inspector George Gideon starts his day off on the wrong foot when he gets a traffic-violation ticket from a young police officer. From there, his 'typical day" consists in learning that one of his most-trusted detectives has accepted bribes; hunts an escaped maniac who has murdered a girl; tracks a young girl suspected of a payroll robbery and, then, helps break up a bank robbery. His long day ends when he arrives at home and finds that his daughter has a date with the policeman who gave him a ticket that morning.

“I could tell you a few things about executions - they're not very dramatic - you know, they're rather an anti-climax after the trial. Three weeks in jail and then one morning the long walk. And it won't be a bit like you imagine - the heroine with her head held high. They'll drag you there half doped and vomiting with terror... that's the worst thing about hanging - it's so undignified...”

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Oct 23, 2020
Episode 081 - Chariots Of Fire (1981)
01:29:34

Welcome to Reel Britannia-a very British podcast about very British movies ...with just a hint of professionalism.

This week, Scott is joined by Steven to review the Oscar winning Chariots Of Fire (1981) – a tribute to Ian Holm and Ben Cross

Based on a true story, Chariots of Fire is the internationally acclaimed Oscar-winning drama of two very different men who compete as runners in the 1924 Paris Olympics. Eric Liddell (Ian Charleson), a serious Christian Scotsman, believes that he has to succeed as a testament to his undying religious faith. Harold Abrahams (Ben Cross), is a Jewish Englishman who wants desperately to be accepted and prove to the world that Jews are not inferior. The film crosscuts between each man's life as he trains for the competition, fueled by these very different desires. As compelling as the racing scenes are, it's really the depth of the two main characters that touches the viewer, as they forcefully drive home the theme that victory attained through devotion, commitment, integrity, and sacrifice is the most admirable feat that one can achieve. (Ian Holm was nominated for an Oscar as Best Supporting Actor in his role as Abrahams' coach), and this powerful film ended up with four Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay, Best Costume Design, and Best Original Score.

“I've known the fear of losing but now I am almost too frightened to win.”

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Sep 10, 2020
Episode 080 - Withnail and I (1987)
01:46:49

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Episode 080 – Withnail and I (1987)

Scott and Steven are joined this week in the Balaban Sound Studio by Anthony (Glass Onion – On John Lennon podcast) for this week’s review…the finest comedy known to humanity featuring mistaken holidays, Camberwell carrots and youths weeping in butchers shops.

Two out-of-work actors -- the anxious, luckless Marwood (Paul McGann) and his acerbic, alcoholic friend, Withnail (Richard E. Grant) -- spend their days drifting between their squalid flat, the unemployment office and the pub. When they take a holiday "by mistake" at the country house of Withnail's flamboyantly gay uncle, Monty (Richard Griffiths), they encounter the unpleasant side of the English countryside: tedium, terrifying locals and torrential rain.

“Look at my tongue, it's wearing a yellow sock.”

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Aug 19, 2020
Episode 079 - Whisky Galore (1949)
49:23

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In the latest episode, Scott is joined by Steven to chat about unskilled soldiery, Scottish accents and shipwrecked spirits.

Join us we take a look at the Ealing Comedy classic, Whisky Galore – featuring John Gregson, James Robertson Justice and Gordon Jackson

During World War II, the tiny Scottish island of Todday runs out of whisky. When the freighter S.S. Cabinet Minister runs aground nearby during a heavy fog, the islanders are delighted to learn that its cargo consists of 50,000 cases of whisky. When officious English commanding officer Captain Waggett (Basil Radford) demands return of the liquor, shopkeeper Joseph Macroon (Wylie Watson) and his daughters Peggy (Joan Greenwood) and Catriona (Gabrielle Blunt) spearhead an island rebellion.

“It's a well known fact that some men were born two drinks below par.”

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Jul 12, 2020
Episode 078 - Sapphire (1959)
01:49:11

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In the latest episode, Scott is joined by Steven for a look at the last in their season on the movies that led up to the kitchen sink dramas of the late 50s and early 60s

Join us we take a look at Basil Dearden’s superb Sapphire from 1959 featuring the legendary Earl Cameron alongside Nigel Patrick and Michael Craig. A tense murder mystery set in the aftermath of the Notting Hill race riots, the movie also features support from Bernard Miles, Yvonne Mitchell and Paul Massie.

A pregnant college student named Sapphire Robbins (Yvonne Buckingham) is murdered in London's Hampstead Heath. When police superintendent Robert Hazard (Nigel Patrick) discovers that the victim was a light-skinned black woman passing as white, it upends his initial assumptions. Hazard and his openly racist assistant (Michael Craig) explore the city's racially tense underground jazz scene as they interview suspects, including Sapphire's white fiancé (Paul Massie).

“We didn't solve anything, Phil. We just picked up the pieces.”

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Jun 26, 2020
Episode 077 - Carry On Constable (1960)
45:59

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In the latest episode, Scott is joined by Tony to chat about coppers, crime and Carry Ons

Join us as we go back to 1960 and take a look at the fourth Carry On movie, Carry On Constable. Featuring the usual faces and first appearance in the franchise for Sid James.

“Would you care to have a look at my shubunkin?”

A local police force is left short-staffed by a flu epidemic. Enter four bungling trainee policemen to fill the gap! Sergeant Wilkins has to try to turn them into real police overnight, but in the meantime criminals can breathe a sigh of relief while the innocent had better watch out...

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Jun 18, 2020
Episode 076 - Lolita (1962)
01:40:54

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In the latest episode, Scott is joined by Steven and Antony from the Glass Onion: On John Lennon  podcast to chat about Kubrick, Mason and Sellers and a movie based on a very controversial novel

Join us we take a look at Stanley Kubrick’s ‘ Lolita’ starring Sue Lyon, James Mason, Shelley Winters and Peter Sellers. Is it a British movie?...You decide.

 

With a screenplay penned by the author himself, Stanley Kubrick brings Vladimir Nabokov's controversial tale of forbidden love to the screen. Humbert Humbert (James Mason) is a European professor who relocates to an American suburb, renting a room from lonely widow Charlotte Haze (Shelley Winters). Humbert marries Charlotte, but only to nurture his obsession with her comely teenage daughter, Lolita (Sue Lyon). After Charlotte's sudden death, Humbert has Lolita all to himself -- or does he?

“I want you to live with me and die with me and everything with me!”

 

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Jun 11, 2020
Episode 075 - Darkest Hour (2017)
37:18

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In the latest episode, Scott is joined by Tony to chat about Prime Ministers, political upheaval and poetic license in film making.

Join us for the most recent movie release we have reviewed so far on the show as we take a look at Darkest Hour (2017) featuring an Oscar winning performance from Gary Oldman.

During World War II, as Adolf Hitler's powerful Wehrmacht rampages across Europe, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Neville Chamberlain (Ronald Pickup), is forced to resign, recommending Sir Winston Churchill (Gary Oldman) as his replacement. But even in his early days as the country's leader, Churchill is under pressure to commence peace negotiations with Hitler or to fight head-on the seemingly invincible Nazi regime, whatever the cost. However difficult and dangerous his decision may be, Churchill has no choice but to shine in the country's darkest hour.

“Will you stop interrupting me while I am interrupting you!”

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Jun 04, 2020
Episode 074 - One Good Turn (1955)
56:53

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Our latest episode with Scott and Steven features our thoughts on Norman Wisdom’s second movie, One Good Turn from 1955

Orphanage handyman Norman is, as a former resident himself, very much one of the family at the home.

Enjoying a particularly strong bond with the children, he accompanies them to Brighton to see the sea, but manages to lose his trousers on the train journey south. Trying to find somewhere to be less conspicuous only half-dressed, he stumbles across a London-to-Brighton walking race - and manages to win first prize!

The trophy he's awarded looks likely to come in handy when one particular boy, Jimmy, is let down by an aunt. To cheer him up Norman promises to buy him any toy he wants - but the electric ride-in model car he's got his eye on would normally be well out of Norman's price range, even at £12.

As Norman sets about trying to find the money, news comes through that the home is to be sold and demolished to make way for a large new factory. The children will be sent into private foster care under the plans, but neither they nor the staff are going to accept their fate without a fight!

 

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May 28, 2020
Episode 073 - Carry On Teacher (1959)
53:31

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Episode 072 – Carry On Teacher (1959)

Our latest episode with Scott and Tony features our thoughts on the third Carry On movie, carry On Teacher featuring the only appearance in the series of Ted Ray.

The pupils of Maudlin School lace the staff tea with alcohol, saw through the legs of the grand piano, dowse the headmaster's study with itching powder and stage an elaborate bomb scare - all in the cause of sabotaging their headmaster's application for a new post, so that they can keep him for themselves.

Felicity Wheeler: Are you satisfied with your equipment, Miss Allcock?

Sarah Allcock: Well, I've had no complaints so far!”

 

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May 21, 2020
Episode 072 - Oh Mr Porter! (1937)
55:54

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Episode 072 – Oh Mr Porter (1937)

Our latest episode with Scott and Steven plus special guest, Mark from The Good The Bad And The Odd Podcast features our first Will Hay movie, Oh Mr Porter (1937)

 

In this classic British comedy, William Porter (Will Hay) is an accident-prone railroad employee whose sister and brother-in-law arrange for him to be made stationmaster at a run-down rail stop in rural Ireland. She wants to give William a chance to make good, hoping this will keep him far, far away. William arrives at Buggleskelly Station to discover that the last five stationmasters all went mad -- and that the ghost of One-Eyed Joe Miller supposedly haunts the building. Will meets his new co-workers, aging Jeremiah (Moore Marriott) and teenaged Albert (Graham Moffatt), and discovers that they supplement their meagre income by boosting baggage from passing trains. William hopes to increase business by fixing up the station, and he arranges for an excursion by a local football team. Unbeknownst to him, the footballers are actually criminals, and he's just made British Rail accomplices in a gun-running ring. Oh, Mr. Porter! was an early credit for co-screenwriter Val Guest, who went on to a long and distinguished career as a writer, director, and producer.

“Everything on this station is either too old or doesn't work. And you're both!”

 

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May 14, 2020
Episode 071 - A Prize Of Arms (1962)
01:09:29

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Episode 071 – A Prize Of Arms (1962)

Our latest episode with Scott, Steven and special guest, Antony Rotunno of the Glass Onion: On John Lennon podcast, features a criminally underseen crime heist drama starring Stanley Baker – A Prize Of Arms (1962)

 

Never in the history of crime was so much taken from so many by so few... A gang of criminals acquire an old army truck and try to pass themselves off as military policemen. Their plan is to steal a £250,000 payroll intended for soldiers in the Middle East. Turpin (Stanley Baker) recruits Fenner (Tom Bell) and Swavek (Helmut Schmid) to make up a crack assault team. As the duty guard at the camp raises the barrier, Turpin knows there can be no turning back. His desperate gamble for riches will now be played out to its shattering climax...

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May 07, 2020
Episode 070 - From Russia With Love (1963)
01:18:17

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Episode 070 – From Russia With Love (1963)

It’s back to the James Bond series of movies as Scott and Steven slowly review their way through the Sean Connery era. In this episode we take a look at the second movie From Russia With Love.

Agent 007 is back in the second instalment of the James Bond series, this time battling a secret crime organisation known as SPECTRE. Russians Rosa Klebb and Kronsteen are out to snatch a decoding device known as the Lektor, using the ravishing Tatiana to lure Bond into helping them. Bond willingly travels to meet Tatiana in Istanbul where he must rely on his wits to escape with his life in a series of deadly encounters with the enemy.

 “You may know the right wines, but you're the one on your knees. How does it feel old man?”

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Apr 30, 2020
Episode 069 - The Rebel (1961)
01:07:37

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Episode 069 – The Rebel (1961)

Scott and Steven are joined once again by Mark Cain of The Good The Bad And The Odd podcast. Together we venture back to 1961 for one of Tony Hancock’s rare cinematic outings, The Rebel, also featuring Irene Handl, John Le Mesurier and George Sanders.

Anthony Hancock gives up his office job to become an abstract artist. He has lots of enthusiasm, but little talent, and critics scorn his work. Nevertheless, he impresses an emerging very talented artist. Hancock proceeds to con the art world into thinking he is a genius.

 “Your colours are all the wrong shape”

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Apr 22, 2020
Episode 068 - The Long Good Friday (1980)
01:03:59

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Episode 068– The Long Good Friday (1980)

It’s Easter Weekend so forget Easter Parade and Ben Hur…join Scott and Steven as they chat about the ultimate Easter movie…Bob Hoskins and Helen Mirren on top form in The Long Good Friday (1980)

In the late 1970s, Cockney crime boss Harold Shand, a gangster trying to become a legitimate property mogul, has big plans to get the American Mafia to bankroll his transformation of a derelict area of London into the possible venue for a future Olympic Games. However, a series of bombings targets his empire on the very weekend the Americans are in town. Shand is convinced there is a traitor in his organisation, and sets out to eliminate the rat in typically ruthless fashion.

 “You don't crucify people! Not on Good Friday!

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Apr 10, 2020
Episode 067 - How I Won The War (1967)
01:20:09

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Episode 067 – How I Won The War (1967)

A warm welcome this week to our special guest, Antony Rotunno from the splendid Glass Onion – On John Lennon podcast. Antony joins Scott and Steven to chat about Richard Lester’s movie,  How I Won The War, starring Michael Crawford and featuring a certain member of The Fab Four.

Captured by German soldiers, British officer Ernest Goodbody (Michael Crawford) details his history as a commanding officer. While he describes himself as a noble and heroic officer, the truth is that he is a bumbling idiot whose own ineptitude and idiocy ends up costing the lives of most of his company. As his own men continue to drop like flies, their ghosts remain on the battlefield, marching along with their commanding officer even after death.

 “And I'm not a thief, really. I've never found anything worth keeping.”

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Apr 04, 2020
Episode 066 - The Ipcress File (1965)
45:12

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Episode 066 – The Ipcress File (1965)

The perfect antidote to Bondmania as Scott and Steven review The Ipcress File. With Michael Caine as the laconic secret agent Harry Palmer set in a world of spies that features more paperwork and freshly ground coffee than fist fights and shoot outs. A classic piece of British cinema from the swinging sixties.

Several leading Western scientists have been kidnapped only to reappear a fews days later. Unfortunately, each scientist has been brainwashed and is now completely useless. The British send Agent Harry Palmer to investigate. Palmer is surprised to be selected for such a mission (considering his past) and believes he has been chosen because he is expendable.

“You didn’t come here to talk about button mushrooms and birds.”

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Mar 27, 2020
Episode 065 - Dunkirk (1958)
52:32

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Episode 065 – Dunkirk (1958)

 

Scott, Steven and Tony have managed to get together once again for a chat about a great British war film - Dunkirk from 1958 directed by Leslie Norman and starring John Mills, Richard Attenborough and Bernard Lee. Better than the Christopher Nolan movie…? Take a listen and see what we think.

A British Corporal in France finds himself responsible for the lives of his men when their officer is killed. He has to get them back to Britain somehow. Meanwhile, British civilians are being dragged into the war with Operation Dynamo, the scheme to get the French and British forces back from the Dunkirk beaches. Some come forward to help, others were less willing.

“It may be a phoney war to you, but it's not to all the blokes at sea. Never has been.”

 

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Mar 22, 2020
Episode 064 - Violent Playground (1958)
01:13:23

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Episode 064 – Violent Playground (1958)

Another in our series of movies that influenced the British New Wave Cinema movement. Another fine example of the ‘social problem’ movie directed by the master himself, Basil Dearden. Highlighting the dangerous world of the newly-born ‘teenagers’, we present Violent Playground from 1958 starring Stanley Baker, David McCallum and Peter Cushing.

Sgt. Truman (Stanley Baker), a policeman who deals with juvenile delinquents, visits the Murphy household after a theft by the young twins, Mary and Patrick. There he meets their older sister, Cathie (Anne Heywood), and soon begins a romantic involvement with her. However, Cathie's brother, Johnnie (David McCallum), is the leader of an infamous local gang, and doesn't like to see his sister with a cop. Gradually, Truman starts to see a link between Johnnie and a string of local arsons.

“Every city has its dangerous youth. Stark, explosive drama – as the camera lays bare the heart of a big city and probe the secrets of its violent youth”

 

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Mar 13, 2020
Episode 063- Four Lions (2010)
54:54

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Episode 063 – Four Lions (2010)

Our latest episode with Scott and Steven features our thoughts on the hilarious Four Lions from 2010 directed by Chris Morris.

 

A group of young Muslim men living in Sheffield decide to wage jihad, and they hatch an inept plan to become suicide bombers. Omar (Riz Ahmed) and Waj (Kayvan Novak) have a brief, disastrous run at a Pakistan training camp, while Faisal (Adeel Akhtar) works on an unlikely scheme to train birds to carry bombs. Their ill-conceived plan culminates at the London Marathon with their bumbling attempts to disrupt the event while dressed in outlandish costumes.

“The report makes crystal clear that the police shot the right man, but as far as I'm aware, the wrong man exploded. Is that clear?.”

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Mar 06, 2020
Episode 062 - Bunny Lake Is Missing (1965)
55:35

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Episode 062 – Bunny Lake Is Missing (1965)

Scott and Steven are back in the Balaban Sound Studio for this week’s review…a mystery / thriller starring Laurence Olivier, Carol Lynley and Keir Dullea. Also featuring Noel Coward, Martita Hunt and Anna Massey…Bunny Lake is missing…or is she?

Ann Lake has recently settled in England with her daughter, Bunny. When she goes to retrieve her daughter after the girl's first day at school, no one has any record of Bunny having been registered. When even the police can find no trace that the girl ever existed, they wonder if the child was only a fantasy of Ann's. When Ann's brother backs up the police's suspicions, she appears to be a mentally-disturbed individual. Are they right?

“I have some more African heads in my apartment. Small, pickled ones. Do drop in anytime you care to meet some unsuccessful politicians.”

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Feb 29, 2020
Episode 061 - The Reckoning (1969)
41:13

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Episode 061 – The Reckoning (1969)

Join Scott and Steven as they bring you an underseen British drama from the sixties starring Nicol Williamson and Rachel Roberts.

Michael Marler (Nicol Williamson), determined to leave his criminal father and his Irish past behind him, abandoned Liverpool to pursue a more respectable career path. Now he's a wealthy businessman living in London, but his father's death draws a reluctant Michael back to his hometown. When he learns his father was killed in a fight with a young delinquent, Michael teams up with an old flame (Rachel Roberts) and a friend of his father's (Paul Rogers) to avenge the death.

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Feb 23, 2020
Episode 060 - The Lavender Hill Mob (1951)
50:58

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Episode 060 – The Lavender Hill Mob (1951)

Join Scott and Steven as they chat about one of the best of the Ealing Comedies starring Alec Guinness and Stanley Holloway.

After two decades of service to his employers, gold bullion carrier Henry Holland (Alec Guinness) decides to run off with more than a million pounds worth of the stuff. After convincing his sculptor friend Alfred (Stanley Holloway) to help him melt down the gold and mould it into a small Eiffel Tower, Henry sends the statuette ahead of him to Paris, only to discover it was one of six miniature towers bought by a group of schoolgirls.

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Feb 08, 2020
Episode 059 - Waking Ned (2008)
37:09

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Episode 059 – Waking Ned (1998)

Join Scott and Steven as they chat about a tale of death, deceit and dentures…

When best friends Jackie O'Shea (Ian Bannen) and Michael O'Sullivan (David Kelly) discover someone in their small Irish village has won the lottery, they immediately set off to see if the winner is in a sharing mood. Deducing that Ned Devine is the lucky man, O'Shea and O'Sullivan pay him a visit, only to find him dead from shock. Since Devine is the only one who can claim the prize, the townsfolk band together to convince the claim inspector that O'Sullivan is really Devine, and split the cash.

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Feb 03, 2020
Episode 058 - Pool Of London (1951)
01:06:25

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Episode 058 – Pool Of London (1951)

Join Scott and Steven as they take a look at the second in their series of movies that influenced the British New Wave Cinema movement

“When you're at the wheel of a ship at night, far at sea and nothing else to do, you think about a lot of things you don't understand. You wonder why one man is born white and another isn't.”

Merchant sailor Dan MacDonald (Bonar Colleano) has a lucrative sideline in smuggling black market goods ashore. While docked in London, MacDonald and his best friend, Johnny Lambert (Earl Cameron), get mixed up with a gang of ruthless jewel thieves, who hire MacDonald to smuggle their loot out of the country. Complications arise when Earl falls for a charming but pernicious young woman named Pat (Susan Shaw), and is charged with a murder he did not commit.

Release date20 February 1951 (United Kingdom)

DirectorBasil Dearden

CinematographyGordon Dines

ProducerMichael Balcon

ScreenplayJack WhittinghamJohn Eldridge

 

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Jan 17, 2020
Episode 057 - Gregory's Girl (1981)
43:33

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Episode 057 – Gregory’s Girl (1981)

Join Scott and Steven as they head north of the border to review Bill Forsyth’s movie from 1981 , Gregory’s Girl.

“Twelve tons of cornflakes pass under here every day. It's a well-known fact”

In his warm, Scottish coming-of-age film, gangly teen Gregory and his school-mates are starting to find out about girls. He fancies Dorothy, not least because she has got on to the football team (and is a better player than he). He finally asks her out, but it is obviously the females in control of matters here, and that very much includes Gregory's younger sister.

Release date23 April 1981 (United Kingdom)

DirectorBill Forsyth

ScreenplayBill Forsyth

Budget500 GBP

 

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Jan 10, 2020
Episode 056 - Please Sir (1971)
51:06

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Episode 056 – Please Sir (1971)

This week Scott is joined by Steven and guest host Mark from The Good The Bad and The Odd podcast to take a look at the big screen version of British sitcom Please Sir from 1971

Movie spin-off from the popular TV sitcom in which teacher Bernard Hedges takes troublesome class 5C to a holiday camp with inevitably comic and disastrous results.

 

Release date1971 (United Kingdom)

DirectorMark Stuart

ProducerAndrew Mitchell

Music composed byMike Vickers

ScreenplayJohn EsmondeBob Larbey

 

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Jan 05, 2020
Episode 055 - Scott of the Antarctic (1948)
01:02:51

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Episode 055 Scott of the Antarctic (1948)

“Had we lived, I should have had a tale to tell of the hardihood, endurance, and courage of my companions which would have stirred the heart of every Englishman. It seems a pity but I don't think I can write more. These rough notes and our dead bodies must tell the tale. For God's sake look after our people.”

This week Scott is joined by Steven for their review of the true story of the British explorer Robert Falcon Scott and his ill-fated expedition to try to be the first man to discover the South Pole – only to find that the murderously cold weather and a rival team of Norwegian explorers conspire against him

Robert Falcon Scott (John Mills) is a determined explorer whose ambition is to be the first man to reach the South Pole. He starts off well, with three modes of transportation -- dogs, ponies and snow tractors -- but the extremely cold weather, as well as the conspiracy against him by a rival team of Norwegian explorers, proves to be too much for the man and his expedition. The film is based on the true story and inspired by footage shot on the actual journey.

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Dec 30, 2019
Episode 054 - The Holly and the Ivy (1952)
45:57

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Episode 054 – The Holly and the Ivy (1952)

“Cheer up, Mick old boy. In a hundred years we'll all be dead.”

This week Scott is joined by Steven for this year’s Christmas movie review, The Holly and the Ivy starring Ralph Richardson, Celia Johnson, Margaret Leighton, John Gregson and Denholm Elliot.

An English clergyman’s neglect of his grown children, in his zeal to tend to his parishioners, comes to the surface at a Christmas family gathering.

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Dec 21, 2019
Episode 053 - The Man Who Would Be King (1975)
42:57

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Episode 053 – The Man Who Would Be King (1975)

“Danny's only a man. But he breaks wind at both ends simultaneous - which is more, I reckon, than any god can do.”

This week Scott is joined by both Steven and Tony for their review of the John Huston movie The Man Who Would Be King.

RUDYARD KIPLING’S EPIC OF SPLENDOUR, SPECTACLE AND HIGH ADVENTURE AT THE TOP OF A LEGENDARY WORLD.

A robust adventure about two British adventurers who take over primitive Kafiristan as “godlike” rulers, meeting a tragic end through their desire for a native girl. Based on a short story by Rudyard Kipling.

Dec 02, 2019
Episode 052 - The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)
55:40

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Episode 052 – The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1976)

‘Why don’t you come on up to the lab….and see what’s on the slab?’

This week, Mark from The Good, The Bad, And The Odd Podcast joins Scott and Steven for their Halloween review of the cult classic, The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1976)

Sweethearts Brad and Janet, stuck with a flat tire during a storm, discover the eerie mansion of Dr. Frank-N-Furter, a transvestite scientist. As their innocence is lost, Brad and Janet meet a houseful of wild characters, including a rocking biker and a creepy butler. Through elaborate dances and rock songs, Frank-N-Furter unveils his latest creation: a muscular man named ‘Rocky’.

Oct 30, 2019
Episode 051 - The Prime Of Miss Jean Brodie (1969)
53:51

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Episode 051 – The Prime Of Miss Jean Brodie (1969)

“Six inches is perfectly adequate. More is vulgar!’’

Join Scott and Steven for their 50th movie review…..

Jean Brodie (Maggie Smith) is a free-spirited teacher at a Scottish girls' school during the 1930s. She encourages her young pupils to embrace romantic ideals, educating them about love and art rather than hard facts. However, her controversial teaching philosophy draws the ire of the school's headmistress, Miss Mackey (Celia Johnson), and, as Miss Brodie becomes entangled in a love triangle, her behaviour towards her favourite students becomes increasingly manipulative.

Oct 27, 2019
Episode 050 - Time Bandits (1981)
01:00:08

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Episode 050 - Time Bandits (1981)

‘Honestly, Trevor, if you were half a man you would've gone in there after the blender.’

Join Scott and Steven for their review of the Terry Gilliam directed Time Bandits from 1981.

Young history buff Kevin (Craig Warnock) can scarcely believe it when six dwarfs emerge from his closet one night. Former employees of the Supreme Being (Ralph Richardson), they've purloined a map charting all of the holes in the fabric of time and are using it to steal treasures from different historical eras. Taking Kevin with them, they variously drop in on Napoleon (Ian Holm), Robin Hood (John Cleese) and King Agamemnon (Sean Connery) before the Supreme Being catches up with them.

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Oct 04, 2019
Episode 049 - A Matter Of Life And Death (1946)
57:30

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Episode 049 - A Matter Of Life And Death (1946)

‘You've got a good voice. You've got guts too. It's funny - I've known dozens of girls: I've been in love with some of them, but an American girl whom I've never seen and who I never shall see will hear my last words. That's funny. It's rather sweet.’

 

Join Scott and Steven for their review of  A Matter Of Life And Death, the Powell and Pressburger classic starring David Niven, Kim Hunter, Roger Livesey, Marius Goring and Raymond Massey

Returning to England from a bombing run in May 1945, pilot Peter Carter's plane is damaged and his parachute ripped to shreds. He has his crew bail out safely, but figures it is curtains for himself. He gets on the radio, and talks to June, a young American woman working for the U.S. Army Air Forces, and they are quite moved by each other's voices. Then he jumps, preferring this to burning up with his plane. He wakes up in the surf. It was his time to die, but there was a mix-up in heaven. They couldn't find him in all that fog. By the time his "Conductor" catches up with him twenty hours later, Peter and June have met and fallen in love. This changes everything, and since it happened through no fault of his own, Peter figures that heaven owes him a second chance. Heaven agrees to a trial to decide his fate.

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Sep 16, 2019
Episode 048 - A Man For All Seasons (1966)
44:18

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Join Scott and Steven for their review of a Man For All Seasons from 1966, featuring an Oscar winning performance from Paul Scofield with support from Robert Shaw, Orson Welles, Wendy Hiller, John Hurt and many more.

When the highly respected British statesman Sir Thomas More (Paul Scofield) refuses to pressure the Pope into annulling the marriage of King Henry VIII (Robert Shaw) and his Spanish-born wife, More's clashes with the monarch increase in intensity. A devout Catholic, More stands by his religious principles and moves to leave the royal court. Unfortunately, the King and his loyalists aren't appeased by this, and press forward with grave charges of treason, further testing More's resolve.

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Aug 28, 2019
Episode 047 - Dance With A Stranger (1985)
47:18

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Join Scott and Steven for their review of Dance With A Stranger from 1985 starring Miranda Richardson, Rupert Everett, and Ian Holm.

This tale of murderous revenge focuses on Ruth Ellis, the last woman to be executed by the state in England. Ellis (Miranda Richardson), a former prostitute and single mom, falls for David Blakely (Rupert Everett) when she meets him in a club. Although Blakely comes from an aristocratic background, compared with Ellis's hardscrabble upbringing, the two start a torrid affair. But when David starts to pull away, Ruth is overwhelmed by jealousy and turns to extreme measure to get him back.

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Aug 22, 2019
Episode 046 - Little Voice (1998)
41:25

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Join Scott and Steven for their review of Little Voice from 1997, featuring stand out performances from Jane Horrocks, Michael Caine, Brenda Blethyn and Ewan Macgregor.

The pathetically shy LV lives the life of a recluse listening to her late father's old records in her room and in the process driving her abusive, loud-mouthed mother, Mari Hoff, to distraction. At night, however, when her father's ghost visits, LV sings the songs of the great divas such as Judy Garland, Marilyn Monroe, and Dame Shirley Bassey.

One evening, LV is overheard by one of her mother's loathsome boyfriends, the disastrous dead-end talent scout Ray Say, who recognizes her innate talent and realizes this is his last big chance for the glittering prizes. Gambling everything, Ray Say forces LV to appear at a local run-down, seedy nightclub run by Mr. Boo. As preparations for the big event proceed apace LV meets the equally shy Billy, a pigeon-racing telephone engineer and they form a tentative, gentle friendship.

The big night finally arrives and everything is in readiness, the band, the club, and even a big agent from London, but what about LV? 

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Aug 08, 2019
Episode 045 - It Always Rains On Sunday (1947)
01:33:50

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Join Scott and Steven for their review of It Always Rains On Sunday from 1947, seen by many as the precursor to the kitchen sink movies of the late 50s and early 60s

In a working class neighbourhood in London, a housewife named Rose (Googie Withers) finds herself in a serious bind when her old lover, Tommy Swann (John McCallum), escapes from prison and winds up in her backyard. Rose wants to escape the drudgery of her daily life and remembers the charming man Swann was before prison. But when Swann suspects that Rose is about to turn him in, he snaps, and threatens to destroy not only her fantasies about him but her family's security as well.

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Jul 29, 2019
Episode 044 - Doctor In The House (1954)
58:51

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Join Scott and Tony for their review of Doctor In The House, the first in the classic series of British Comedies from 1954 starring Dirk Bogarde.

Simon Sparrow (Dirk Bogarde) begins medical school in London at St. Swithin's Hospital, and moves into an apartment with roommates Richard Grimsdyke (Kenneth More), Tony Benskin (Donald Sinden) and Taffy Evans (Donald Houston), a huge fan of rugby. A series of challenges and shenanigans takes place during their next five years at medical school, including unsuccessful dates with women and run-ins with a tough-as-nails chief surgeon, Sir Lancelot Spratt (James Robertson Justice).

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Jul 20, 2019
Episode 043 - Hope and Glory (1987)
58:42

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Join Scott and Steven for their review of Hope and Glory, John Boorman’s semi-autobiographical account of wartime Britain through the eyes of a young boy.

Director John Boorman drew from his own childhood experiences for this touching coming-of-age tale about a boy growing up in and around London during World War II. For young Billy Rowan (Sebastian Rice Edwards), the nightly bombings provide a frightening show, but they include opportunities to rummage through the rubble with friends in the mornings. As Billy plays, his family struggles to remain intact as they suffer through the anguish and losses of wartime.

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Jul 07, 2019
Episode 042 - The Wicked Lady (1945)
01:02:38

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Join Scott and Steven as they review what turns out to be perhaps the most enjoyable movie reviewed so far on the podcast. The Wicked Lady (1945) starring Margaret Lockwood and James Mason.

In 17th-century England, Barbara Worth (Margaret Lockwood) lives a privileged yet humdrum life as the wife of well-heeled landowner Sir Ralph Skelton (Griffith Jones). To stave off boredom, Barbara begins impersonating famed highway robber Capt. Jerry Jackson, stealing precious jewels and valuables from coach passengers. A chance encounter with the actual Jackson (James Mason) propels Barbara into a dangerous double life with potentially lethal consequences.

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Jun 23, 2019
Episode 041 - Party Party (1983)
59:09

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This week, Mark returns to join Scott as they reminisce about the 1980s and their memories of Party Party from 1983.

Party Party is a 1983 British comedy film about three friends and their North West London crowd. This crowd includes workers, spivs and young police constables. A British entry into the teenage/youth house party genre typified by John Hughes' films and the late 1980s movies of Kid and Play. The movie was directed by Terry Winsor and written by Daniel Peacock and Winsor. It is notable for its soundtrack and as the early work of several of the cast members.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

 

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Jun 07, 2019
Episode 040 - Ten Rillington Place (1971)
46:09

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This week, Scott and Steven review the true life crime movie ‘Ten Rillington Place’ from 1971. With John Hurt, Judy Geeson, and a chilling performance from Richard Attenborough as notorious serial killer John Christie.

A seemingly model citizen living in mid-century London, John Christie (Richard Attenborough) is actually a killer. Masquerading as a doctor, he convinces guileless women that he can cure whatever might ail them, and when they follow him to his home, he chokes them to death and buries them in a makeshift graveyard. Based on a series of real-life killings, the story follows John as he cons a pregnant bride (Judy Geeson) and wonders if he might have found a scapegoat in her husband (John Hurt).

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May 31, 2019
Episode 039 - Georgy Girl (1966)
44:42

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Join Scott and Steven as they head back to swinging London for their review of Georgy Girl from 1966 starring Lynn Redgrave, James Mason, Alan Bates and Charlotte Rampling.

Georgina (Lynn Redgrave) is a carefree and childlike 22-year-old who finds more joy in her relationships with children than with the adults in her life. Her parents' employer, James Leamington (James Mason), proposes marriage, but Georgy avoids giving him an answer, as the idea of romance confuses her. When Georgy finds herself the caretaker of a baby girl, she seeks to find a way to shoulder the new responsibility while maintaining her childlike innocence.

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May 27, 2019
Episode 038 - Passport to Pimlico (1949)
39:58

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In this timely episode, we invite you to take a break from all the chaos of Brexit and the upcoming EU elections, and join us as we travel back to 1949 and laugh along with the classic Ealing comedy, Passport to Pimlico.

The accidental explosion of an undetonated German bomb left over from World War II unearths a long-buried cellar containing both fabulous riches and a previously unknown royal charter from King Edward IV that cedes the surrounding land to the last Duke of Burgundy. Since the charter has never been rescinded, the London district of Pimlico is now legally the long-lost Duchy of Burgundy, and therefore no longer subject to British law, including postwar rationing and pub closure hours.

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May 20, 2019
Episode 037 - High Hopes (1988)
01:10:54

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In this episode, we take a look at an early movie from acclaimed British director, Mike Leigh – High Hopes from 1988

‘’Slice-of-life look at a sweet working-class couple in London, Shirley and Cyril, his mother, who's aging quickly and becoming forgetful, mum's ghastly upper-middle-class neighbours, and Cyril's pretentious sister and philandering husband. Shirley wants a baby, but Cyril, who reads Marx and wants the world to be perfect, is reluctant. Cyril's mum locks herself out and must ask her snooty neighbours for help. Then Cyril's sister Valerie stages a surprise party for mum's 70th birthday, a disaster from start to finish. Shirley holds things together, and she and Cyril may put aside her Dutch cap after all.’’

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May 12, 2019
Episode 036 - The Wicker Man (1973)
01:10:49

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In this episode, we take a trip to Summerisle to meet Christopher Lee, Edward Woodward and Britt Eckland in one of the most celebrated British horrors of all time, The Wicker Man (1973)

Sergeant Howie (Edward Woodward) arrives on the small Scottish island of Summerisle to investigate the report of a missing child. A conservative Christian, the policeman observes the residents' frivolous sexual displays and strange pagan rituals, particularly the temptations of Willow (Britt Ekland), daughter of the island magistrate, Lord Summerisle (Christopher Lee). The more Sergeant Howie learns about the islanders' strange practices, the closer he gets to tracking down the missing child.

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May 04, 2019
Episode 036 - The Wicker Man (1973)

Welcome to Reel Britannia-a very British podcast about very British films....with the occasional hint of professionalism.

In this episode, we take a trip to Summerisle to meet Christopher Lee, Edward Woodward and Britt Eckland in one of the most celebrated British horrors of all time, The Wicker Man (1973)

Sergeant Howie (Edward Woodward) arrives on the small Scottish island of Summerisle to investigate the report of a missing child. A conservative Christian, the policeman observes the residents' frivolous sexual displays and strange pagan rituals, particularly the temptations of Willow (Britt Ekland), daughter of the island magistrate, Lord Summerisle (Christopher Lee). The more Sergeant Howie learns about the islanders' strange practices, the closer he gets to tracking down the missing child.

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May 04, 2019
Episode 035 - That'll Be The Day (1973)
01:05:29

Welcome to Reel Britannia-a very British podcast about very British films....with the occasional hint of professionalism.

In this episode, we welcome back guest host, Mark from The Good, The Bad and The Odd podcast to review That’ll Be The Day from 1973, starring David Essex and Ringo Starr.

Abandoned by his father at an early age, Jim MacLaine seems to have inherited the old man's restlessness. Despite his apparent intelligence, Jim decides not to take the exams that would pave his way to university. He lives, for a time, a life consisting of dead-end jobs and meaningless sex, before returning home to work in his mother's shop. But still he can't settle down; he begins to think that the life of a pop musician might be the thing for him.

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Apr 28, 2019
Episode 034 - Life of Brian (1979)
01:06:09

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In this episode, we celebrate Easter with that traditional biblical epic, Monty Python’s Life of Brian from 1979.

Brian Cohen (Graham Chapman) is an average young Jewish man, but through a series of ridiculous events, he gains a reputation as the Messiah. When he's not dodging his followers or being scolded by his shrill mother (Terry Jones), the hapless Brian has to contend with the pompous Pontius Pilate (Michael Palin) and acronym-obsessed members of a separatist movement. Rife with Monty Python's signature absurdity, the tale finds Brian's life paralleling Biblical lore, albeit with many more laughs.

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Apr 20, 2019
Episode 033 - Legend (2015)
01:11:04

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It’s episode 033 – two Tom Hardy’s for the price of one as we review Legend from 2015

Suave, charming and volatile, Reggie Kray (Tom Hardy) and his unstable twin brother Ronnie start to leave their mark on the London underworld in the 1960s. Using violence to get what they want, the siblings orchestrate robberies and murders while running nightclubs and protection rackets. With police Detective Leonard "Nipper" Read hot on their heels, the brothers continue their rapid rise to power and achieve tabloid notoriety.

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Apr 13, 2019
Episode 032 - Heaven's Above (1963)
51:50

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It’s episode 032 – time for some Peter Sellers in the Boulting Brothers’ classic ‘Heaven’s Above’ from 1963.

In a case of mistaken identity, John Smallwood (Peter Sellers), an idealistic vicar with socialist beliefs, is appointed to a village parish populated by elitist landed gentry. There his conscience and acts of charity quickly become unpopular with the parishioners, who reveal a selfish and un-Christian disdain for those less fortunate who the reverend welcomes to the parish. Things really go awry, however, when Smallwood's actions endanger the village's primary source of income.

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Apr 05, 2019
Episode 031 - Carry On Nurse (1959)
01:01:05

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In this episode, we continue our love for the Carry On movies with the second in the series, Carry On Nurse which is celebrating its 60th anniversary this month.

Set in Haven Hospital where a certain men's ward is causing more havoc than the whole hospital put together. The formidable Matron's debut gives the patients a chill every time she walks past, with only Reckitt standing up to her. There's a major who is a constant nuisance, a bumbling nurse, a romance between Ted York and Nurse Denton and Bell who wants his bunion removed straight away.

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Mar 28, 2019
Episode 030 - Howard's End (1992)
01:06:07

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In this episode, we take a look at the Merchant Ivory production, Howard’s End from 1992, starring Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson.

England, early-1900s. Margaret Schlegel befriends Ruth Wilcox, the sickly wife of Henry Wilcox, a man of significant wealth. On her deathbed Ruth bequests her house, Howards End, to Margaret but this is deemed non-binding by her family and Margaret doesn't hear of the inheritance. Meanwhile, Margaret's sister Helen has taken a philanthropic interest in Leonard Bast, a poor, working class man. When Henry Wilcox and Margaret get engaged, Helen sees her chance to help out Leonard.

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Mar 23, 2019
Episode 029 - The Admirable Crichton (1957)
56:01

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In this episode, we go back to 1957 for our review of The Admirable Crichton, starring Kenneth More.

In 1905, Lord Henry Loam, his family and his servants are shipwrecked on a deserted island where the survival of the fittest renders the rigid class system irrelevant.

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Mar 17, 2019
Episode 028 - The 39 Steps (1935)
55:07

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In this episode, we have selected The 39 Steps from 1935, directed by Alfred Hitchcock and starring Robert Donat

While on vacation in London, Canadian Richard Hannay (Robert Donat) becomes embroiled in an international spy ring related to the mysterious "39 steps." Then he meets agent Annabella Smith (Lucie Mannheim), who is soon killed in his apartment. He must elude the police, who are hunting him for murder, while he tries to stop Professor Jordan (Godfrey Tearle) from sending secrets out of the country. Hannay is assisted by Pamela (Madeleine Carroll), an unwilling accomplice who discovers the truth.

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Mar 11, 2019
Episode 027 - Educating Rita (1983)
43:29

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In this episode, Steven has selected Educating Rita from 1983 starring Michael Caine and Julie Walters.

Rita (Julie Walters), a married hair stylist in her 20s, wants to go back to school. She begins studying with Dr. Bryant (Michael Caine), a professor using alcohol to cope with his divorce. Despite his personal problems, Dr. Bryant helps Rita realize her academic potential. In turn, her passion for learning revitalizes his love of teaching. However, when Rita's blue-collar spouse learns that his wife is more interested in education than homemaking, he becomes frustrated by her independence.

 

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Mar 01, 2019
Episode 026 - Melody (1971)
01:43:49

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In this episode, we have selected Melody from 1971 starring Jack Wild, Mark Lester and Tracy Hyde.

And joining Scott today to help review the movie is Mark from The Good The Bad and The Odd podcast (amongst others!)

Grade schoolers Melody (Tracy Hyde) and Daniel (Mark Lester) are completely earnest in their desire to wed one another. Unfortunately, no one seems to understand the ardor of their loving bond. Their parents and teachers find the marriage proposition ridiculous, and Daniel's closest pal, Ornshaw (Jack Wild), doesn't want to lose his buddy to a girl. However, the mischievous Ornshaw eventually warms to the idea, and helps Daniel and Melody escape the cruel clutches of the adults.

 

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Feb 23, 2019
Episode 025 - The Dam Busters (1955)
01:02:28

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In this episode, the first to feature all three hosts together, Scott, Tony and Steven have selected one of the most British of British movies, The Dam Busters from 1955 starring Richard Todd and Michael Redgrave.

After inventing the "bouncing bomb," which can skip across water until it encounters a dam to explode, Dr. Barnes Wallis (Michael Redgrave) struggles for years to develop his new device for use in World War II. Once the bombs are ready to be tested, Wing Commander Guy Gibson's (Richard Todd) squadron must be specially trained to drop the sensitive weapons on Germany's Ruhr Dams. Based on true events, this British film features a legendary grand finale of special effects.

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Feb 11, 2019
Episode 024 - Quadrophenia (1979)
01:10:54

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In this episode, Steven has selected Quadrophenia from 1979

An angst-ridden London youth, Jimmy Cooper (Phil Daniels) escapes the drudgery of his postal job as a member of the Mods, a sharply dressed gang constantly at odds with their rivals, the Rockers. When the Mods and Rockers clash in the coastal town of Brighton, England, it leads to both trouble and an encounter with the lovely Steph (Leslie Ash). Returning to London, Jimmy, who aspires to be like Mod leader Ace Face (Sting), becomes even more disillusioned and longs to return to Brighton.

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Jan 16, 2019
Episode 023 - Yield To The Night (1956)
51:21

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In this episode, Scott has selected Yield to the Night from 1956 starring the wonderful Ms. Diana Dors

Mary Price Hilton (Diana Dors) has been convicted of murder and sentenced to hang, and she spends her last weeks in the condemned cell in a British women's prison. While there she remembers the events in her life leading up to the murder.

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Jan 03, 2019
Episode 023 - Yield To The Night (1956)

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In this episode, Scott has selected Yield to the Night from 1956 starring the wonderful Ms. Diana Dors

Mary Price Hilton (Diana Dors) has been convicted of murder and sentenced to hang, and she spends her last weeks in the condemned cell in a British women's prison. While there she remembers the events in her life leading up to the murder.

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Jan 03, 2019
Episode 022 - Scrooge (1951)
35:48

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In this episode, we have selected Scrooge from 1951 starring Alastair Sim.

Crotchety Victorian businessman Ebenezer Scrooge (Alastair Sim) has no use for festivity, even at Christmas. After resentfully allowing timid clerk Bob Cratchit (Mervyn Johns) to have the holiday to spend with his loving wife (Hermione Baddeley) and family, Scrooge is swept into a nightmare. The ghost of his late partner, Jacob Marley (Michael Hordern), appears, warning that Ebenezer will be visited by three more spirits who will show the coldhearted man the error of his parsimonious behavior.

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Dec 23, 2018
Episode 021 - Seven Days To Noon (1950)
35:22

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In this episode, Scott has selected Seven Days To Noon from 1950

When Professor Willingdon (Barry Jones) becomes wary of the nuclear weapons he is helping build, he steals a warhead and threatens to detonate it in London in seven days unless the government begins nuclear disarmament. As Willingdon goes into hiding, Detective Folland (Andre Morell) of Scotland Yard sets out to find him. Willingdon's daughter Ann (Sheila Manahan) also joins the cause, hoping she can talk sense into her father before he causes a catastrophe.

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Dec 14, 2018
Episode 020 - East Is East (1999)
42:53

Welcome to Reel Britannia-a very British podcast about very British films....with the occasional hint of professionalism.

In this episode episode, Steven has selected East is East from 1999 – starring Om Puri, Linda Bassett and Jimi Mistry

George Khan, proud Pakistani and chip shop owner -- Ghengis to his kids -- rules his family with a rod of iron. He thinks he's raising his seven children to be respectable Pakistanis. But this is Salford in the North of England, in 1971. Much as George's English wife, Ella, loves and tries to honor her husband, she also wants her kids to be happy. The children, caught between bell-bottoms and arranged marriages, simply want to be citizens of the modern world.

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Nov 22, 2018
Episode 019 - Three Hats For Lisa (1965)
41:54

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In this episode episode, Tony has selected Three Hats For Lisa from 1965 – starring Joe Brown, Sid James and Una Stubbs

Three young Cockneys take a day off work to meet an Italian movie star at Heathrow airport. She travels with them and their taxi driver in search of some typically British hats. The rule of the game is to steal a hat from its wearer. Lisa wants a bobby's helmet, a businessman's bowler, and the bearskin cap off a palace guard. A musical chase ensues around Swinging Sixties London, evading press and police.

 

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Nov 15, 2018
Episode 018 - Theatre Of Blood (1973)
01:26:08

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For our Halloween episode, Scott has selected Theatre of Blood from 1973 starring Vincent Price.

Edward Lionheart (Vincent Price) is incensed that his last season of performances in Shakespearean plays did not win him a prestigious acting award from critics. After an unsuccessful attempt at suicide, Lionheart is rescued by a group of drug-addicted bums. He then sets out to murder all of his critics, each with a different style of death taken from a Shakespeare play. When Lionheart faces head critic Peregrine Devlin (Ian Hendry), he offers Devlin a second chance to bestow the award.

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Oct 30, 2018
Episode 017 - Bedazzled (1967)
01:15:51

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Steven joins Scott this week with his choice of movie, Stanley Donen’s ‘Bedazzled’ from 1967 starring Peter Cook and Dudley Moore.

Stanley Moon (Dudley Moore) is a bumbling short-order cook, infatuated with Margaret (Eleanor Bron), the statuesque waitress he works with at Wimpy Burger in London. On the verge of suicide, he meets George Spiggott (Peter Cook), the devil, who, in return for his soul, grants him seven wishes to woo the challenging Margaret. Despite the wishes and the advice of the Seven Deadly Sins, including Lilian Lust (Raquel Welch), Stanley can't seem to win his love and shake the meddling Spiggott.

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Oct 18, 2018
Episode 016 - In Which We Serve (1942)
36:34

Welcome to Reel Britannia-a very British podcast about very British films....with the occasional hint of professionalism.

At last, we welcome the return of Tony who joins Scott for a listener request episode. Huge thanks to Su who has selected In Which We Serve from 1942 for us to review this time around.

Co-directors David Lean and Noel Coward (in his sole filmmaking effort) created this patriotic World War II drama under the auspices of Great Britain's Ministry of Information. After the sinking of the HMS Torrin during the Battle of Crete in 1941, the ship's survivors -- including Captain Kinross (Noel Coward), Chief Petty Officer Hardy (Bernard Miles) and Seaman Blake (John Mills) -- recall their tour of duty in flashback while awaiting rescue in lifeboats being strafed by German airplanes.

 

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Oct 12, 2018
Episode 015 - Kes (1969)
01:07:46

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In this episode, Scott is joined by Steven, and we review Ken Loach’s movie from 1969, Kes.

Ken Loach's acclaimed British drama focuses on Billy Casper (David Bradley), a tormented working-class boy who is subjected to abuse both at school and at home. The son of a single mother (Lynne Perrie), Billy's existence is mostly bleak until he takes up an interest in falconry and begins training a kestrel that he finds on a nearby farm. While Billy forms a close bond with the falcon, his hardscrabble life and harsh environment prove to be a challenge to the boy and his bird..

 

Also featuring this week, a look at some of the groundbreaking work from Ken Loach on tv and film from the sixties.

 

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Sep 30, 2018
Episode 014 - Excalibur (1981)
01:11:32

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In this episode, Scott is joined by Stephen, who has selected the John Boorman directed ‘Excalibur’ from 1981…overblown mess or British movie classic? Listen to hear what we think.

The magical sword of Excalibur starts off in the hands of British lord Uther Pendragon (Gabriel Byrne) and then, years later, finds its way to his bastard son, Arthur (Nigel Terry), the knave destined to become king. Aided by the sorcerer Merlin (Nicol Williamson), Arthur fulfills his fate by bringing together the Knights of the Round Table at Camelot and unifying the country. However, this flawed monarch faces greater tests ahead in pursuit of love, the Holy Grail and his nation's survival.

 

Also featuring this week, a brief history of some of the other cinematic retellings of the Arthur legend throughout the years.

 

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Sep 15, 2018
Episode 013 - Hell Drivers (1957)
39:08

Episode 013 of the new podcast from the Stinking Pause stable of podcasts featuring Scott and Tony. Welcome to Reel Britannia-a very British podcast about very British films....with the occasional hint of professionalism.


 

In this episode, Scott has selected Hell Drivers from 1957 – directed by Cy Enfield and starring Stanley Baker.

Joe 'Tom' Yateley is an ex-convict. Trying to leave his past behind, he decides to start working for the Hawlett Trucking company, which transports gravel. It's an aggressive company, where speed is everything. Doing too few runs in a day? You're out. Red is the most experienced trucker; he can do 18 runs in a day. Tom soon makes friends with Lucy, the secretary, and Gino, a driver. But the record of Red intrigues him and he wants to break it. Gino advises against it, but he helps Tom when he wants to go through with it. Soon trouble begins when Red and the other drivers form a united front against Tom. Just when Tom has enough and decides to pack his bags, Lucy tells him Gino had a terrible accident. She also tells about the corruption of Hawlett Trucking.

 

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Jun 25, 2018
Episode 012 - Carry On Sergeant (1958)
46:24

Episode 012 of the new podcast from the Stinking Pause stable of podcasts featuring Scott and Tony. Welcome to Reel Britannia-a very British podcast about very British films....with the occasional hint of professionalism.

In this episode, Tony's choice is from 1958 and it kick starts our chronological reviews of all the Carry On films – Carry On Sergeant.

Sergeant Grimshaw wants to retire in the flush of success by winning the Star Squad prize with his very last platoon of newly called-up National Servicemen. But what a motley bunch they turn out to be, and it's up to Grimshaw to put the no-hopers through their paces.

 

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Jun 10, 2018
Episode 011 - Sleuth (1972)
39:45

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In this episode, listener Gavin has selected Sleuth from 1972.

Based on the renowned play by Anthony Shaffer, this mystery finds Andrew Wyke (Laurence Olivier), a wealthy author of detective novels and game aficionado, facing off against his wife's lover, Milo Tindle (Michael Caine), a middle-class hair salon-owner. When Wyke, who is seemingly content to split from his wife strikes an unusual deal with Tindle, it sets into motion a fierce game of one-upmanship between the two, with the stakes growing increasingly higher.

 

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Apr 22, 2018
Episode 010 - The League of Gentlemen (1960)
56:30

Episode 010 of the new podcast from the Stinking Pause stable of podcasts featuring Scott and Tony. Welcome to Reel Britannia-a very British podcast about very British films....with the occasional hint of professionalism.

 

In this episode, Scott has selected The League of Gentlemen, the comic thriller from 1960- starring Jack Hawkins, Nigel Patrick, Roger Livesey, Richard Attenborough and a host of other familiar faces.

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Mar 16, 2018
Episode 009 - Brief Encounter (1945)
38:20

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In this episode, Tony has selected Brief Encounter from 1945. The David Lean classic that is possibly the most British of British romantic movies.

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Mar 01, 2018
Episode 008 - Bonus Episode - Rainbow Valley: The Birth of James Bond On The Big Screen
01:48:11

Episode 008 of the new podcast from the Stinking Pause stable of podcasts featuring Scott and Tony. Welcome to Reel Britannia-a very British podcast about very British films....with the occasional hint of professionalism.

 

A special bonus episode of the podcast where we bring you an episode from our sister podcast, Rainbow Valley.

This particular episode ties in nicely with our previous show where we discussed Dr No. This episode of Rainbow Valley takes a look at the three men that brought James Bond to life on the big screen, Ian Fleming, Cubby Broccoli and Harry Saltzman.

It also highlights the making of the movie, the casting, behind the scenes, and worldwide reaction.

 

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Feb 24, 2018
Episode 007 - Dr No
34:45

Episode 007 of the new podcast from the Stinking Pause stable of podcasts featuring Scott and Tony. Welcome to Reel Britannia-a very British podcast about very British films....with the occasional hint of professionalism.

 

In this episode, Tony has selected Dr No as we dip our toe into the world of cinematic James Bond.

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Feb 10, 2018
Episode 006 - A Night To Remember (1958)
45:24

Episode 006 of the new podcast from the Stinking Pause stable of podcasts featuring Scott and Tony. Welcome to Reel Britannia-a very British podcast about very British films....with the occasional hint of professionalism.

 

In this episode, Scott's choice is from 1958 and is widely regarded as the definitive cinematic account of the sinking of the Titanic – A Night To Remember directed by Roy Ward Baker and starring Kenneth More.

The sinking of the Titanic is presented in a highly realistic fashion in this tense British drama. The disaster is portrayed largely from the perspective of the ocean liner's second officer, Charles Lightoller (Kenneth More). Despite numerous warnings about ice, the ship sails on, with Capt. Edward John Smith (Laurence Naismith) keeping it going at a steady clip. When the doomed vessel finally hits an iceberg, the crew and passengers discover that they lack enough lifeboats, and tragedy follows. 

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Jan 14, 2018
Episode 005 - Trouble In Store (1953)
41:47

Episode 005 of the new podcast from the Stinking Pause stable of podcasts featuring Scott and Tony. Welcome to Reel Britannia-a very British podcast about very British films....with the occasional hint of professionalism.

 

Tony’s choice this week and it’s back to Norman’s Wisdom’s big screen debut, ‘Trouble In Store’.

 

 

 

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Dec 03, 2017
Episode 004 - The Man Who Haunted Himself (1970)
37:15

Episode 004 of the new podcast from the Stinking Pause stable of podcasts featuring Scott and Tony. Welcome to Reel Britannia-a very British podcast about very British films....with the occasional hint of professionalism.

In this episode, Scott's choice is from 1970, starring a pre-Bond Roger Moore.

The Man Who Haunted Himself….A conservative businessman believes he has unleashed his exact double and alter ego when he is involved in a car wreck. Pelham (Roger Moore) recovers from the accident to find he is seen two places at once and is having an affair with a girl he only met once. Eve (Hildegard Neil) is his wife who hears of Pelham's infidelity as the marriage heads for the rocks. He also is credited for some uncharacteristic and daring business deals that net big profits. Pelham soon wonders if he is losing his mind or if has an exact double causing his trouble in this psychological drama.

 

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Scott and Tony

 

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Oct 01, 2017
Episode 003 - The Plank (1967)
32:28

Episode 003 of the new podcast from the Stinking Pause stable of podcasts featuring Scott and Tony. Welcome to Reel Britannia-a very British podcast about very British films....with the occasional hint of professionalism.

In this episode, Tony's choice is the 1967 short movie, The Plank,  starring a whole host of British comedy talent. Starring Eric Sykes, who also wrote and directed it, and featuring Tommy Cooper, Hattie Jacques, Jimmy Edwards and many more.

 

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Sep 20, 2017
Episode 002 - Sweeney! (1977)
31:55

Episode 002 of the new podcast from the Stinking Pause stable of podcasts featuring Scott and Tony. Welcome to Reel Britannia-a very British podcast about very British films....with the occasional hint of professionalism.

 

Scott's choice for the second episode in the first big screen outing for Regan and Carter of the Flying Squad. Sweeney! from 1977 is just a little different from the tv series featuring political scandal and hitmen. Starring John Thaw and Dennis Waterman with special guest appearances from Barry Foster and Ian Bannen.

 

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Scott and Tony

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Aug 15, 2017
Episode 001 - The Eagle Has Landed (1976)
38:46

Episode 001 of a new podcast from the Stinking Pause stable of podcasts featuring Scott and Tony. Welcome to Reel Britannia-a very British podcast about very British films....with the occasional hint of professionalism.

 

Our very first episode features a movie selected by Tony. A movie that even he might admit he has watched an unhealthy number of times....The Eagle Has Landed starring Michael Caine, Robert Duvall, Donald Sutherland and many many more.

 

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Scott and Tony

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Jun 21, 2017