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Series cast summary:
Jessica Hynes ...  Self - Narrator 7 episodes, 2007
Timothy Spall ...  Self 5 episodes, 2007
Nick Moran ...  Self 5 episodes, 2007
Ronald Neame ...  Self 5 episodes, 2007
Matthew Sweet Matthew Sweet ...  Self 5 episodes, 2007
Kate Winslet ...  Self 4 episodes, 2007
Christopher Frayling Christopher Frayling ...  Self 4 episodes, 2007
Phill Jupitus ...  Self 4 episodes, 2007
Ewan McGregor ...  Self 4 episodes, 2007
Michael Caine ...  Self 4 episodes, 2007
Richard Curtis ...  Self 4 episodes, 2007
Jenny Agutter ...  Self 4 episodes, 2007
Lewis Gilbert ...  Self 4 episodes, 2007
Sarah Miles ...  Self 4 episodes, 2007
Roy Ward Baker Roy Ward Baker ...  Self 4 episodes, 2007
Richard E. Grant ...  Self 4 episodes, 2007
Paul O'Grady ...  Self 4 episodes, 2007
Richard Attenborough ...  Self 4 episodes, 2007
Sylvia Syms ...  Self 4 episodes, 2007
Martin Freeman ...  Self 4 episodes, 2007
Sanjeev Bhaskar ...  Self 4 episodes, 2007
Willy Russell ...  Self 4 episodes, 2007
Jeremy Vine ...  Self 4 episodes, 2007
Adrian Lester ...  Self 4 episodes, 2007
Karen Krizanovich ...  Self 3 episodes, 2007
Daisy Goodwin ...  Self 3 episodes, 2007
Simon Callow ...  Self 3 episodes, 2007
Mark Eccleston Mark Eccleston ...  Self 3 episodes, 2007
John Landis ...  Self 3 episodes, 2007
David Puttnam ...  Self 3 episodes, 2007
Joan Bakewell Joan Bakewell ...  Self 3 episodes, 2007
John Sessions ...  Self 3 episodes, 2007
Danny Boyle ...  Self 3 episodes, 2007
Amanda Donohoe ...  Self 3 episodes, 2007
Rufus Sewell ...  Self 3 episodes, 2007
Steve Coogan ...  Self 3 episodes, 2007
Kevin Macdonald ...  Self 3 episodes, 2007
John Sergeant John Sergeant ...  Self 3 episodes, 2007
Al Murray ...  Self 3 episodes, 2007
Julian Fellowes ...  Self 3 episodes, 2007
Mischa Barton ...  Self 3 episodes, 2007
Muriel Pavlow ...  Self 3 episodes, 2007
Anna Massey ...  Self 3 episodes, 2007
Danny Baker Danny Baker ...  Self 3 episodes, 2007
Shauna Macdonald ...  Self 3 episodes, 2007
Paul Kaye ...  Self 3 episodes, 2007
Sumit Bose Sumit Bose ...  Self 3 episodes, 2007
Anthony Hopkins ...  Self 3 episodes, 2007
David Oyelowo ...  Self 3 episodes, 2007
Richard Lester ...  Self 3 episodes, 2007
Clare Grogan ...  Self 3 episodes, 2007


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A huge missed opportunity
29 August 2007 | by lewisherschellSee all my reviews

This series is a huge disappointment, and it seems to suffer from a lack of identity: the show seems unable to decide whether it is targeted at an audience that is seriously interested in British film, or whether it is targeted at the audience for the BBC's other 'talking heads'/clip show programmes, who may have only a marginal interest in British cinema.

The series has many problems: the episodes are poorly-structured, and would really benefit from the application of a more chronological structure. Although there are some good interviews with the likes of Michael Caine and Richard Attenborough, each show seems padded out with irrelevant comments from television 'personalities' and comedians such as Richard Bacon and Al Murray. Mostly, these seem to have been presented in a similar way to the aforementioned clip shows, in which it seems the producers sit these 'celebrities' in front of a few clips and then ask them to comment on what they have seen on screen. Mostly, this results in comments which are, at best, trite; and generally, the comments simply describe what is already apparent to the viewers who have just watched the same clip/s. This level of discussion is also brought out in the poorly-scripted 'jokey' narration by Jessica Hynes.

The show could really benefit from dispensing with the interviews with these 'celebrities', and it would also benefit strongly from an on screen narrator who has some authority within the subject--somebody like Chris Frayling, for example. Whilst there are some academic commentators, their comments are few and far between.

I can imagine that the show has pleased neither those who have a serious interest in British cinema, nor those whose interest in the topic is only passing: it's too jokey and not critical enough for those who have a serious interest in the topic, and I would imagine that the show loses most of its casual viewers whenever it tries to get a little more serious, dealing with, say, the films of Powell and Pressburger.

All in all, this series was a great opportunity to celebrate the diversity and development of British film culture, but thanks to the decisions made by the production team the series seems like a 'dumbed down' guide to British film (a 'Dummy's Guide to British Cinema'). It's a huge disappointment.

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28 July 2007 (UK) See more »


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GBP1,500,000 (estimated)
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(7 episodes)


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