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  • Reel Britannia - a very British podcast about very British movies...with just a hint of professionalism.

    This week, join Scott and Steven as they review Mike Leigh's tale of twins, pineapples, burger vans and and chocolate coated sex.

    Life Is Sweet (1990)

    The working-class malaise of suburban London is captured in this comedic drama, which focuses on twin sisters Natalie (Claire Skinner) and Nicola (Jane Horrocks) and their parents: easygoing Andy (Jim Broadbent) and his optimistic wife, Wendy (Alison Steadman). While Natalie has a plumbing job, and tends to take after her mom with her bright outlook, Nicola is on the dole and perpetually dwells on the negative. Will the cloud over Nicola's head ever lift?

    "Take my word for it - that is an evil spoon."

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    Scott and Steven

  • Reel Britannia - a very British podcast about very British movies...with just a hint of professionalism.

    Murder and voyeurism are the order of the day this week as Scott is joined by his Stinking Pause Podcast co hosts, Paul and Charlie to chat about Michael Powell's classic movie:

    Peeping Tom (1960)

    Loner Mark Lewis (Carl Boehm) works at a film studio during the day and, at night, takes racy photographs of women. Also he's making a documentary on fear, which involves recording the reactions of victims as he murders them. He befriends Helen (Anna Massey), the daughter of the family living in the apartment below his, and he tells her vaguely about the movie he is making. She sneaks into Mark's apartment to watch it and is horrified by what she sees -- especially when Mark catches her.

    "Do you know what the most frightening thing in the world is? It's fear."

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  • Reel Britannia - a very British podcast about very British movies...with just a hint of professionalism.

    Surreal schoolboy shenanigans this week as Scott, Steven and Anthony uncover the very dark side of public school in the sixties.

    If (1968)

    Lindsay Anderson’s If.... is a daringly anarchic vision of British society, set in a boarding school in late-sixties England. Before Kubrick made his mischief iconic in A Clockwork Orange, Malcolm McDowell made a hell of an impression as the insouciant Mick Travis, who, along with his school chums, trumps authority at every turn, finally emerging as a violent savior in the vicious games of one-upmanship played by both students and masters. Mixing color and black and white as audaciously as it mixes fantasy and reality, If…. remains one of cinema’s most unforgettable rebel yells.

    "Education in Britain is a nubile Cinderella: sparsely clad and much interfered with."

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  • Reel Britannia - a very British podcast about very British movies...with just a hint of professionalism.

    The latest episode in our Hammer horror retrospective - and a brief diversion from the gothic goings on...

    The Abominable Snowman (1957)

    British scientist John Rollason (Peter Cushing) is studying plants in the Himalayas with his wife (Maureen Connell) while he waits for his American associate, Tom Friend (Forrest Tucker). When Friend arrives, Rollason accompanies him on a trip to find the mysterious creature Yeti, along with Friend's partner (Robert Brown) and a guide (Michael Brill) who claims he can find the beast. The group proceeds despite warnings. However, the trip quickly becomes more dangerous than they had anticipated.

    "This creature may have an affinity for man, something in common with ourselves. Let's remember that before we start shooting."

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  • Welcome to Reel Britannia-a very British podcast about very British movies ...with just a hint of professionalism.

    Robbery (1967)

    This week, Scott and Steven are joined by Tyler from the wonderful Goon Pod - a podcast celebrating the legendary Goon Show and the Goons themselves - Peter Sellers, Harry Secombe, Spike Milligan (and Michael Bentine). Each episode host Tyler welcomes a guest to examine an actual Goon Show, a solo Goon project (films, TV, radio, books, albums etc) or practically anything within the Goon universe. Scott was a guest recently on Goon Pod and asked Tyler to join us to chat about one of his favourite movies, Robbery starring Stanley Baker

    Based on the infamous "Great Train Robbery," this film follows Paul Clifton (Stanley Baker) as he forms a team to carry out an ambitious heist of cash from a government mail train traveling from Scotland to London. Clifton feels it necessary to add incarcerated money expert Robinson (Frank Finlay) to the group, so he organizes a jailbreak to free him as well. Although the theft succeeds, the criminals are still hounded by Scotland Yard detective Langdon (James Booth).

    “We're talking about millions of pounds now. We're talking about road blocks, car searches, house raids, shakedowns. They'll know who pulled the job. Without the money, they can't prove anything.”

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    A Fish Called Wanda (1988)

    To lend a hand in a bold diamond heist, British criminal mastermind Georges Thomason and his animal-loving right-hand man Ken Pile enlist the help of two siblings: the statuesque Wanda Gershwitz and her loose-cannon Friedrich Nietzsche-quoting brother Otto West. However, after they pull off the robbery in broad daylight, greed takes over, and an anonymous call to the police sends behind bars Georges, the only man who knows the location of the hidden loot. Now Wanda must put her stunning looks to good use and seduce Thomason's unsuspecting barrister Archie Leach in high hopes of finding the jewels. But the seemingly-foolproof plan is already falling to pieces. Is there no honour among thieves anymore?

    “I love robbing the English, they're so polite.”

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    Went The Day Well? (1942)

    May 1942. The small English village of Bramley End is visited by a detachment of about 60 Royal Engineers. They are ostensibly there on an exercise but are in actual fact a detachment of German paratroopers, the advance guard of Hitler's invasion of England. Some of the villagers figure out their true identities but before they can do anything all the villagers are held prisoner by the Germans. Will the villagers be able to get word out of the threat? The fate of England depends on them.

    “Oh, you great beast! You great bullying brute you, knocking a child about! You're a disgrace to your uniform! Why, you're no better than a German, - that's what you are!”

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    The Guns of Navarone (1961)

    A team of Allied saboteurs are assigned an impossible mission: infiltrate an impregnable Nazi-held Greek island and destroy the two enormous long-range field guns that prevent the rescue of 2,000 trapped British soldiers.

    In 1943, the British Navy is not able to rescue 2,000 soldiers trapped in the Island of Kheros since two powerful German cannons on the top of the Navarone Island are sinking the Allied vessels. After a failed aerial attack, the Allied command decide to send a six-man team disguised as fishermen to Navarone to blow-up the guns. The squad is commanded by Maj. Roy Franklin and composed by Capt. Keith Mallory, who is an experienced mountain climber, and his former partner Col. Andrea Stavros; the explosive expert Cpl. John Anthony Miller; the engineer CPO 'Butcher' Brown; and the Greek assassin Spyros Pappadimos, who was born in Navarone. They sail during the night and after an encounter with a German patrol boat and a storm in the sea, they arrive to Navarone and Capt. Mallory needs to climb a cliff face during a heavy rainy night to proceed their mission. Will they succeed?

    “Sir, I've inspected this boat, and I think you ought to know that I can't swim.”

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  • Reel Britannia - a very British podcast about very British movies...with just a hint of professionalism.

    The latest episode in our Hammer horror retrospective - and it's time for some genuine gothic shocks with Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee

    The Curse of Frankenstein (1957)

    In prison and awaiting execution, Dr. Victor Frankenstein recounts to a priest what led him to his current circumstance. He inherited his family's wealth after the death of his mother when he was still only a young man. He hired Paul Krempe as his tutor and he immediately developed an interest in medical science. After several years, he and Krempe became equals and he developed an interest in the origins and nature of life. After successfully re-animating a dead dog, Victor sets about constructing a man using body parts he acquires for the purpose including the hands of a pianist and the brain of a renowned scholar. As Frankenstein's excesses continue to grow, Krempe is not only repulsed by what his friend has done but is concerned for the safety of the beautiful Elizabeth, Victor's cousin and fiancée who has come to live with them. His experiments lead to tragedy and his eventual demise.

    "I've harmed nobody, just robbed a few graves!"

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    Last Holiday (1950)

    When ordinary middle-class salesman George Bird (Alec Guinness) is diagnosed with a rare and fatal illness, he decides to spend his few remaining days in luxury. Cashing in his savings, he buys a fancy new wardrobe and poses as a wealthy businessman at a posh seaside resort. Unexpectedly, the dying man's luck begins to change during his holiday, from winning at gambling to establishing friendships with his fellow guests, most notably Sheila Rockingham (Beatrice Campbell).

    "I want some more information from you Mr Bird - tomorrow perhaps. Don't run away or drop dead, will you?"

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  • Welcome to Reel Britannia-a very British podcast about very British movies ...with just a hint of professionalism. The Cruel Sea (1953) Despite his guilt over a recent harrowing sea battle in which many of his men were lost, Lt. Cmdr. George Ericson (Jack Hawkins) is assigned to helm the new H.M.S. Compass Rose with the help of steadfast seaman Lt. Lockhart (Donald Sinden). When the small vessel is sent to escort convoys of ships fighting German U-boats in the North Atlantic, the mettle of the novice crew is tested by the weather, the turbulent sea and enemy attacks -- one of which nearly destroys the Compass Rose.

    This is a story of the Battle of the Atlantic, the story of the ocean, two ships, and a handful of men. The men are the heroes; the heroines the ships. The only villain is the sea, the cruel sea that man has made more cruel.

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    Carry On Regardless (1961)

    Bert Handy, proprietor of the Helping Hands agency - promising to provide assistance for any task, big or small - is in a quandry. Accompanied only by his elderly secretary Miss Cooling, he's in desperate need of employees to provide said assistance, but to date even an advert in The Times hasn't proven successful!

    Meanwhile at the labour exchange, there's a dire shortage of jobs (never mind interesting ones), so when a motley crew get wind of Helping Hands' need for staff, they can't get there quick enough - and Bert hires all seven of them on the spot.

    Work quickly builds up at the agency: from pet walking to translation services; modelling to cleaning; hosting and queue-place-saving, even Handy himself has to get to work.

    However, with the increasing workload come an increasingly odd set of assignments; and when Miss Cooling's careful organisational system is thrown awry by a careless cleaner, disaster could be on the cards!

    Sir Theodore, Testy Old Man: Do you provide substitutes?

    Miss Cooling: [shocked] No! This is a respectable firm!

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    Sightseers (2012)

    A tale of gruesome murders, growling dogs…and giant pencils

    Ben Wheatley’s dark and violent comedy-drama stars Alice Lowe and Steve Oram whose initially innocent tour of the British countryside turns into a disturbing odyssey.

    “He's not a person, he's a Daily Mail reader!”

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    The third in our series of Hammer horror movies this week and the return of Brian Donlevy in Quatermass 2 (1957)

    Quatermass 2

    “Professor Bernard Quatermass (Brian Donlevy), in his attempts to convince the British government to colonize the moon, learns that thousands of meteorites are landing in the same location on Earth. When his colleague Marsh (Bryan Forbes) joins him in a quest to uncover the truth, they discover a government complex built around the landing spot. When Marsh goes missing, Quatermass attempts to rescue him -- and discovers the truth behind an alien invasion conspiracy and cover-up.

    “Marsh, your face! There was something on your face! Are you alright? Let me take a look. You know, for a moment, I could have sworn I saw something that looked like a big black bubble.”

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  • Welcome to Reel Britannia-a very British podcast about very British movies ...with just a hint of professionalism.

    It’s our ‘COVID delayed Christmas episode’….but is it a Christmas movie? Steven says yes, Tony says no, Scott doesn’t care either way as it is cracking movie from 1961 starring Peter Cushing and Andre Morell from the legendary Hammer studios:

    Cash On Demand (1961)

    “This tense and hugely entertaining heist thriller is a Hammer take on A Christmas Carol, which pits miserly and fastidious bank manager (Peter Cushing in sparkling form) against debonair robber André Morell, as a plot to rob a bank on Christmas Eve unfolds in almost real time.
    Reuniting Cushing and Morell, who had just played Holmes and Watson for Hammer in The Hound of the Baskervilles (and co-starred in the BBC's controversial 1954 adaptation of George Orwell's 1984), this ingenious suspenser is now regarded by many as one of Hammer’s best films.”

    “I detest brutality. I want bank robberies to be smoother and more sociable.”

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  • Welcome to Reel Britannia-a very British podcast about very British movies ...with just a hint of professionalism.

    A special episode this week where Scott is joined by his fellow co hosts of the Stinking Pause podcast, Paul and Charlie to chat about mobsters, Marbella, and monkeys with Beatles haircuts.

    Sexy Beast (2000)

    “Ex-villain Dove (Ray Winstone) has served his time behind bars, and is blissfully retired to a Spanish villa paradise with a wife he adores. But the idyll is shattered by the arrival of his nemesis Don Logan (Ben Kingsley), who is intent on persuading Gal to return to London for one last big job. Desperate not to sacrifice his enchanted existence, Dove is drawn into a shocking and explosive battle of wills with Logan, risking everything to protect the woman he loves.”

    “But quite frankly your attitude appalls me. It's not what you're saying. It's all this stuff you're not saying. Insinnuendos.”
    (Incidentally….try finding a decent quote from this film that hasn’t got swearing in it!)

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    Eighties Caledonian comedy this week with a tale of modern day highland highwaymen

    Join Scott and Steven as they chat about Restless Natives (1985)

    “A humorous tale of 'underemployed' Scots Ronnie and Will, who live in the majestic city of Edinburgh.
    Tired of having no money and tempted by the untapped wealth of the international tourists who swarm through their city, Ronnie and Will hatch a plot to achieve fame and fortune.”

    “Guns are for LASSIES! Nobody seems to put the BOOT in any more!”

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    The second feature in our British horror movie double bill this weekend – the classic ‘Dead Of Night’ (1945)

    Architect Walter Craig, seeking the possibility of some work at a country farmhouse, soon finds himself once again stuck in his recurring nightmare. Dreading the end of the dream that he knows is coming, he must first listen to all the assembled guests’ own bizarre tales.

    “Just room for one inside, sir.”

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  • Welcome to Reel Britannia-a very British podcast about very British movies ...with just a hint of professionalism.

    The first of two classic British horror movies for you this Halloween weekend and the second in our Hammer Horror retrospective

    Join Scott, Steven and Mark as they chat about ‘X The Unknown’ from 1956. With a script by Jimmy Sangster, a score by James Bernard and a cast featuring Dean Jagger, Edward Chapman, Leo McKern and Anthony Newley, it is a genuine classic from the early days of Hammer horror.

    British commandos on manoeuvres become ill with mysterious symptoms and horrific burns. Dr. Adam Royston (Dean Jagger), an atomic scientist from a nearby research station, suspects lethal radiation ... but is mystified by the cause. At a nearby hospital, the phenomenon reappears and engulfs more innocent people, including a hospital orderly whose skin melts away from his body! Dr. Royston speculates that the unknown is on a quest to absorb radiation and expand in size and range as it claims more and more victims. As time runs short, he becomes desperate to trap the entity before its power overcomes mankind!

    “It's on its way for the biggest meal of its life!”

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  • Welcome to Reel Britannia-a very British podcast about very British movies ...with just a hint of professionalism.

    This week, Scott and Steven and Tony continue their tribute to the legendary Sean Connery with, of course, a Bond film.
    Join us we chat about painted ladies, pernicious headwear and Pussy Galore in Goldfinger (1964)

    James Bond (Sir Sean Connery) is back and his next mission takes him to Fort Knox, where Auric Goldfinger (Gert Fröbe) and his henchman are planning to raid Fort Knox and obliterate the world economy. To save the world once again, Bond will need to become friends with Goldfinger, dodge killer hats, and avoid Goldfinger's personal pilot, the sexy Pussy Galore (Honor Blackman). She might not have feelings for Bond, but will 007 help her change her mind?

    “My dear girl, there are some things that just aren't done, such as drinking Dom Perignon '53 above the temperature of 38 degrees Fahrenheit. That's just as bad as listening to the Beatles without earmuffs!”

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