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      British Film Forever 

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

      Language:

      English

      Release Date:

      28 July 2007 (UK) See more »

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

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      Color
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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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