BBC features – Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th January 2015

Friday 2nd January 2015

20:00 StreetDance 2 (Jane English)

Drama sequel. A streetdancer travels the world to assemble a crew of the world’s best dancers following a humiliating defeat, hoping to win at a competition in Paris.


00:05 Rope (Arthur Laurents)

Two young men kill a weak school friend merely for the intellectual thrill of it and then invite the dead boy’s father and fiancee for a party in the room where the corpse is hidden. Based on the true story of the Leopold-Loeb murder case, the film is famous for the fact that it appears as one continuous shot of 80 minutes.


01:20 Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (Simon Beaufoy)

When Dr Alfred Jones, an advisor at the Department of Fisheries, receives an unsolicited e-mail from Harriet Chetwode-Talbot regarding the aspirations of her very wealthy Yemeni client to create a salmon fishing paradise in his home country, he replies immediately, pointing out the obvious improbability of success. However, when the unlikely project is given the green light from Government, the pair have to find a way of making the impossible possible.


Saturday 3rd January 2015

06:30 Hue and Cry (TEB Clarke)

His imagination fired by adventure stories, young Joe believes he has stumbled on a criminal conspiracy in post-war London – but the police will not listen, and even his gang of friends wonder whether to take him seriously. Classic Ealing comedy.


07:50 The Titfield Thunderbolt (TEB Clarke)

Ealing comedy about a group of villagers and their battle to preserve the local railway line by running it themselves, an enterprise that goes well until they are sabotaged in a midnight raid by the rival bus company. Undaunted, they wheel out the Thunderbolt, an ancient exhibit in the village museum. Now all that remains is to put on a satisfactory run for the stickler of a government inspector.


13:35 Viva Las Vegas (Sally Benson)

Hip-swivelling high-speed fun as Elvis rolls into Las Vegas looking to compete in the Grand Prix. Racing driver Lucky Jackson needs a new engine in his car before he can challenge his arch-rival at the track in the West Coast gaming paradise. So he takes a job as a waiter at a casino to fuel his race fund and spends his spare time trying to win the heart of swimming instructor Rusty.


21:00 Albert Nobbs (John Banville/Glenn Close/Gabriella Pekop)

To be able to lead an independent and free life, industrious but introverted Albert hides a secret from the world, especially his fellow staff at a Dublin hotel.


21:00 Puss in Boots (Tom Wheeler/Will Davies/Brian Lynch)

Puss in Boots gets his own animated adventure film in this Shrek spin-off. Puss teams up with a fellow thieving feline and his old friend Humpty Dumpty to embark on an exciting quest. The trio plan to find magic beans in order to steal the goose that lays the golden eggs, but all does not go according to plan. Featuring the voices of Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek and Zach Galifianakis.


Sunday 4th January 2015

00:00 Lesbian Vampire Killers (Stewart Williams/Paul Hupfield)

Gory Hammer Horror spoof. No-hopers Fletch and Jimmy stumble across a village while out hiking in the English countryside. What they don’t find out until too late is that all the women in the village turn into lesbian vampires on their 18th birthday. Lured to an old cottage by the villagers, they have to become ‘lesbian vampire killers’ if they are to survive the night.


22:00 A Royal Affair (Bodil Steensen-Leth/Rasmus Heisterberg)

At the tender age of 15, Caroline Matilda, the youngest sister of George III, is betrothed to her cousin Christian VII, King of Denmark. Almost immediately aware of her young husband’s mental illness, she falls under the charismatic spell of Christian’s new doctor, Johann Struensee, a German with dangerously liberal views which soon make him enemies at a court unused to having its authority challenged. In Danish with English subtitles.