ABC: bad movies spread to ABC2

With the lifting of genre restrictions, ABC2 can run those old British films that it used to run on ABC1.
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,em>With the lifting of genre restrictions, ABC2 can run those old British films that it used to run on ABC1.

Take the phone off the hook and grab the most comfortable seat in your house on Friday nights from 16 February at 8.30pm when ABC2 brings some of British cinemas best thrillers to the small screen.

Whether you remember the films from their first release or you can’t
remember a time without colour television, these classic movies are
guaranteed entertainers!

The recent removal of genre restrictions has opened up exciting
possibilities for ABC2, including screening film classics previously
relegated to late night timeslots.

Featuring directors, cinematographers and actors whose influence still
impacts on many contemporary filmmakers, the Classic Film: Thrillers
series provides a great, advertisement-free, night in at the movies.

Over ten weeks, audiences will be thrilled by:

16 February: Seance on a Wet Afternoon (1964)

23 February: The Rocking Horse Winner (1949)

2 March: I See a Dark Stranger (1946)

9 March: Lost (1956)

16 March: Green For Danger (1946)

23 March: The Spider and The Fly (1949)

30 March: Jassy (1947)

6 April: The League of Gentlemen (1959)

13 April: The Clairvoyant (1934)

20 April: Madeleine (1950)

(Further details of films attached)

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Seance on a Wet Afternoon (dir. Bryan Forbes, 1964), stars Kim Stanley
and Richard Attenborough. Myra and Billy Savage plan to ‘borrow’ a child
using the perceived kidnapping to highlight Myra’s power as a medium.
Kim Stanley – who famously left a career on stage – was nominated for an
Academy Award for her portrayal of Myra, a fragile woman slipsliding
between sanity and insanity. Seance on a Wet Afternoon is a tense
psychological thriller, brilliantly acted and directed.


The Rocking Horse Winner (dir. Anthony Pelissier, 1950) is the first
recorded film adaptation of a D.H. Lawrence story in which a teenage boy
finds he is able to pick winning race horses – with dire results. The
musical score by William Alwyn sets the scene for this dark thriller
featuring John Howard Davies, Valerie Hobson, Hugh Sinclair and John
Mills. The Rocking Horse Winner is not just a nail-biting thriller but a
film with resonances for the perils of rampant consumerism.


Deborah Kerr stars in I See A Dark Stranger (dir. Frank Launder, 1946)
playing a young woman whose hatred of the British government leads to an
alliance with a German agent during World War II and her unwitting
entanglement in the Nazis’ spy network. This is the film that brought
Deborah Kerr to Hollywood’s attention.


In Lost (Guy Green, 1956) a baby is kidnapped and the police – and the
baby’s parents – pursue scant leads in an attempt to find the child and
its kidnapper.


Green For Danger (Sidney Gilliat, 1946) is every patients’ worst
nightmare as unwitting victims die mysteriously on an emergency
hospital’s operating table. Sally Gray, Trevor Howard, Rosamund John and
Alistair Sim’s performances put the very British talent for macabre
humour in the spotlight.


The Spider and The Fly (Robert Hamer, 1949) transports us to Paris,
World War I where the relationships that develop between a police chief,
a gentlemen safecracker and his pretty young accomplice lead to
disillusionment. Watch carefully for a young George Cole (later Arthur


Jassy (dir. Bernard Knowles 1947) is one of only two Gainsborough films
made in Technicolor. Starring Margaret Lockwood as Jassy, an independent
and daring young woman whose gift of second sight enables her to climb
the social ladder. A marvellous melodrama and the only colour film in
the Classic Films: Thrillers season!


With a cast led by Jack Hawkins, Nigel Patrick, Roger Livesey and
Richard Attenborough, The League of Gentlemen (dir. Basil Dearden 1959)
is a ripping yarn described in the original Rank press sheet as “a grand
edge-of-your-seat film that will delight for its impudent effrontery and
sheer, joyous vitality.” A disgruntled veteran (Jack Hawkins) recruits a
group of former army colleagues to perform a bank robbery with military


The Clairvoyant (dir. Maurice Elvey 1934) stars Claude Rains as Maximus,
a man making a (dis)honest living as a music hall clairvoyant. His wife
Rene (Fay Wray), who ‘assists’ his second sight, is unable to fulfil her
role one night and, in panic, Maximus’ true gift is revealed – with
dramatic consequences.


Madeleine (dir. David Lean 1950) is based on the true story of a Glasgow
woman, Madeleine Smith (Ann Todd) who, in 1857, was accused of murdering
her French lover.

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