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The Pickwick Papers- (1952)
13:10 - 15:15 - Tue 24/4/18 - Talking Pictures
8.5/10 Stars

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Four staid Victorian gentlemen embark on a grand tour of England in an effort to study life in all its glorious and strange varieties in an impartial and scientific manner. Comedy drama based on Charles Dickens' novel, starring James Hayter, James Donald, Nigel Patrick, Alexander Gauge, Donald Wolfit, Joyce Grenfell, Hattie Jacques, Kathleen Harrison and Hermione Baddeley.


X-Men: Days of Future Past- (2014)
21:00 - 23:35 - Tue 24/4/18 - Film 4
7.6/10 Stars

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In a future ravaged by war, the superhero team makes a desperate last stand against a force of deadly robots. Their last hope is to send Wolverine back in time to the 1970s, to join forces with an earlier version of the X-Men and change the events that started the conflict. Superhero adventure sequel, starring Hugh Jackman, Jennifer Lawrence, James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender.


Waste Land- (2009)
01:50 - 03:55 - Wed 25/4/18 - Film 4
7.8/10 Stars

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Documentary following artist Vik Muniz, whose work is created from waste material, as he visits the world's largest rubbish dump in his native Brazil. As he works on his latest project, the film-makers reveal the stories of the people who live and work around the dump, sorting recyclable material, and who become collaborators in the artwork. In Portuguese and English.


Ferry to Hong Kong- (1959)
07:30 - 09:50 - Wed 25/4/18 - Talking Pictures
8.3/10 Stars

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1958. Adventure. Directed by and starring Orson Welles. An adventure at sea ensues when Captain Hart has to accept a Hong Kong deportee. Also stars Curt Jurgens, Sylvia Syms and Jemery Spencer


The Gunfight at Dodge City- (1959)
11:00 - 12:40 - Wed 25/4/18 - Film 4
7.5/10 Stars

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A gambler becomes the sheriff of a frontier town, planning to use his position to avenge his brother's murderers - but the arrival of a face from the past muddies the water, and leaves him doubting the identity of the killer. Western, starring Joel McCrea, Julie Adams, John McIntire, Nancy Gates and Richard Anderson.


Mr Peabody and the Mermaid- (1948)
15:00 - 16:30 - Wed 25/4/18 - Talking Pictures
9.9/10 Stars

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1948. Comedy. Arthur Peabody (William Powell) undergoes a mid-life crisis. Peabody goes on vacation with his wife Polly (Irene Hervey), but he is seduced by a beautiful mermaid played by Ann Blyth.


The Cariboo Trail- (1950)
14:50 - 16:30 - Thu 26/4/18 - Talking Pictures
7.5/10 Stars

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Conflict arises between cattle ranchers and an influx of settlers threatening their grazing lands. Western drama, starring Randolph Scott, Gabby Hayes, Bill Williams and Karin Booth.


Winchester '73- (1950)
17:05 - 18:55 - Thu 26/4/18 - Film 4
7.7/10 Stars

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The first of a marvellous series of movies pairing star James Stewart and director Anthony Mann, this western doesn't really tell the tale of "the gun that won the West". Instead, it focuses on the legendary "one in a thousand" perfect Winchester, seen here as a prize in a Dodge City shooting contest where Will Geer, as Wyatt Earp, presides over sharpshooters Stewart and a brilliantly sneering Stephen McNally. This is a fine, mature work: adult, intelligent and moral, creating a laconic new persona for the admirable Stewart. The brilliant black-and-white camerawork is by Garbo's favourite, William Daniels, and Mann's use of transition (dissolves, fades to black) is exemplary. Also, watch out for a pre-stardom Rock Hudson as Young Bull, and an even younger Tony Curtis as a cavalry trooper.


Prisoners- (2013)
21:00 - 00:00 - Thu 26/4/18 - Film 4
7.9/10 Stars

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Police question a man in relation to the disappearance of two children, but can find no evidence of wrongdoing. However, the distraught father of one of the missing youngsters is not convinced of his innocence, and kidnaps the suspect to force him into a confession. Thriller, starring Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal and Paul Dano.


Not Tonight Darling- (1971)
02:40 - 04:25 - Fri 27/4/18 - Talking Pictures
8.0/10 Stars

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1971. Drama. Karen is a beautiful and intelligent housewife, but she is tired of her solicitor spouse and her empty, suburban lifestyle. She is lonely and wants something more.


The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring- (2001)
17:45 - 18:45 - Sat 28/4/18 - ITV 2
7.8/10 Stars

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An unassuming hobbit is plunged into a battle against the forces of darkness when his uncle bequeaths him a magical ring of immense power - and gathers a special fellowship to embark on a perilous quest to destroy the ring before it falls into evil hands. The first part of Peter Jackson's epic fantasy trilogy based on JRR Tolkien's novel, starring Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Viggo Mortensen, Sean Astin and Christopher Lee.


Woman in a Dressing Gown- (1957)
18:00 - 19:50 - Sun 29/4/18 - Talking Pictures
7.8/10 Stars

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1957. Anthony Quayle & Sylvia Syms star in this British drama about marital strife. Fed up with his wife Amy (Yvonne Mitchell)'s frumpy appearance, long-married Jim begins an affair.

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers- (2002)
18:25 - 19:25 - Sun 29/4/18 - ITV 2
7.8/10 Stars

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Frodo and Sam continue their quest to destroy the all-powerful ring, bringing them face to face with the magical artefact's twisted former owner Gollum. Meanwhile, their allies prepare to make a desperate last stand against the vast armies of the corrupted wizard Saruman. Part two of Peter Jackson's fantasy adventure trilogy, starring Elijah Wood, Sean Astin, Viggo Mortensen, Ian McKellen, Billy Boyd, Dominic Monaghan, Andy Serkis and Christopher Lee.