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There’s a bumper week of films coming up on the small screen next week with a whole raft of film adaptations of literary classics, and some more recent favourites as well.


On Saturday 19 August, BBC2 serves up a double helping of Alan Bennett, starting with The Lady in the Van at 9pm, followed by The History Boys at 11.40pm. In between is a repeat of Being Alan Bennett, which took at the life and work of the writer on his 75th birthday. The  BBC Being Alan Bennett webpage will provide more information about this programme shortly after broadcast.

Kenneth Branagh’s gritty and mud-drenched Henry V is aired at 1.30 am (BBC2), immediately after The History Boys. Then on Sunday 20th August BBC 1 is showing Danish director Thomas Vinterberg’s take on Hardy’s first novel, Far From the Madding Crowd (8.05-10 pm).  It’s an interesting contrast to the definitive version by John Schlesinger, and much shorter due to a more succinct script adaptation.

There’s another outing for that timeless film classic Casablanca on Sunday night (ITV3 12.05 -2.05 am) and on Monday at 9 pm Film4 is screening Avatar, which was featured in one of our ERA case studies from Newcastle School of Law

Another treat for film buffs and film studies students is Film 4’s Thursday offering Chinatown (1-3.45 am), justifiably acclaimed as one of Roman Polanski’s masterpieces.