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TV Film of The Week – 11th November


Welcome to the TV Film of The Week.  The name says it all, The Snooty Ushers have trawled the listings and recommend a couple of films that you can watch on TV this week.

James will be tied up with Christmas films for the next few weeks, so I will once again be making the recommendation.  So let’s get started.

PS: As we are all still Ushers at heart, our week begins on a Friday…

So, our TV Film of The Week is:

The Last King of Scotland
(BBFC Rating 15, Kevin MacDonald, 2007)

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Film 4
Sunday 13th November 23:00

Based on the novel of the same name this powerful thriller follows an idealistic young doctor who goes to work in Uganda and ends up becoming a personal physician to the despotic dictator Idi Amin.  Based on Amin’s rule and featuring a towering performance by Forrest Whitaker which resulted in one of the most well deserved Academy Award wins in recent memory.  James McAvoy more than holds his own in what is a brilliantly written and thrilling film.

An alternative choice, our other TV Film of the Week is….

The Hound of The Baskervilles
(BBFC Rating PG, Terence Fisher, 1959)

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Film 4
Monday 14th November 17:10

A classic adaptation of a classic story.  This story has been filmed many times but this was the first in colour by Hammer studios is probably the most well known.  Peter Cushing as Holmes and Christopher Lee as Sir Henry Baskerville.  There a re few changes to the text, but this is one of the finest adaptations of a Holmes story.  Have I mentioned that this is a classic?

For your consideration

And since I’m here, these are my thoughts on the best of the rest:

The King’s Speech (BBFC Rating 12a, Tom Hooper, 201o) – This award ladened film about King George’s famous radio broadcast is well made and full of top notch performances. Makes you proud to be British.  More 4, Friday 11th November, 21:00

Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner  (BBFC Rating PG, Stanley Kramer, 1967) – Classic in which Spencer Tracey in his final role as a father who has to come to terms with his daughter planning to marry a black man.  Co-starring Katheryn Hepburn and Sidney Poitier. Ground breaking when it was released in 1967.  BBC 2, Saturday 12th November, 14:15

Home Alone (BBFC Rating PG, John Hughes, 1990) – It is that time of year.  A bit early for me, but any excuse to watch this film, right?. 26 years later and it is still hilarious.  Film 4, Saturday 12th November, 13:00

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (BBFC Rating 15, John Hughes, 1986) – The ultimate story of the ultimate slacker.  Bueller…Bueller…Bueller… Twist and Shout and that car.  Could watch this over and over, also, I hear Deadpool is a fan.  Film 4, Sunday 13th November, 13:00

Goldeneye (BBFC Rating 12, Martin Campbell, 1995) – Pierce Brosnan takes over the tux and Bond returned with a bang.  Sean Bean was a great villain, the song was great and the film was, well, great.  My favourite Bond film. ITV 4, Monday 14th November, 21:00

Braveheart (BBFC Rating 15, Mel Gibson, 1995) – Well, this is on, I have to recommend it dont I?  Freeeeeeedom!!!!!  Film 4, Monday 14th November, 21:00

The Man Who Knew Too Much (BBFC Rating PG, Alfred Hitchcock, 1956) – Hitchcock remade his 1934 thriller with James Stewart and Doris Day.  A doctor and his family’s life is changed when they are place in danger following a meeting with a stranger. Film 4, Wednesday 16h November, 15:55

There we go. we hope there’s  something you like in there! See you next week when The Snooty Ushers choose their TV Film Of The Week!


Thanks for reading.  Hope you folks enjoyed yourselves, catch ya later on down the trail.

Sam Elliot

 

About Snooty Usher Dave

Favourite Film : Ghostbusters (1984) Worst Film: Left Behind (2014) Guilty Pleasure: Pitch Perfect (2012) 40 year old family man from Hamilton, Scotland. I have settled in Gateshead with my wife and 2 beautiful daughters. Worked as a Cinema Manager (or glorified usher) for 14 years, now I run a chicken shop. Love Sport especially Football and Tennis. Love comic books, especially DC and particularly Superman. I own 58 Nicolas Cage films.

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