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As you maaaay or may not (perhaps!) or spotted, Father’s Day 2017 edition is fast approaching and things here at Truffle Towers are starting to get pretty dad-tastic!

With loads of us franticly searching the shops and the cyberweb for the newest, coolest and most perfectest Father’s Day Gifts in all the land to really spoil our old man this year, it’s safe to say we’ve had the dad word spinning in our brains. Inspired by all the dad talk and goings on, we thought we would take some time to look back at some of our favourite dads (we’ve said dad to much already huh) from the big and small screens, see what they’ve been up to and perhaps find out where they are now.

Let’s jump in!

Henry Jones Sr. (Sean Connery) – Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

Professor of medieval literature, expert on Grail lore, the father of archaeologist Indiana Jones, we’re pretty sure most people will know and love Jones Sr. Somewhat of a …..difficult so and so, it’s hard to imagine anyone other than professional Scotsman Sean Connery donning his trusty hat and snatching his faithful umbrella. Now, we’re not saying him and Indie had the best father and son relationship to start with, but it’s safe to say their adventures together sure bring them closer and all with a touch of whit and good old fashioned competition.

So, what’s he be up to? Turns out…. A LOT! Starring in such films as (deep breath); The Hunt for Red October, Just Cause, The Rock, Entrapment, and Finding Forrester. Not bed eh! It’s safe to say Sean has had a very fruitful career and is certainly more than a household name. Retired from the big screen, he is currently living in Kranidi, Greece where he can spend time with family and friends including fellow movie star Michael Caine.

What Father’s Day Gift would we by him?

Star Wars Original Stormtrooper Glass Tumbler

This former 007 would be able to enjoy a drink from his homeland in style with this nifty little tumbler.

George McFly (Crispin Glover) – Back to the Future

Oh George! Cautious, nerdy, insecure and a total dude with it! Played by Crispin Glover who tooootally nailed the role as the nerdy sci-fi loving guy who is used to being pushed around. Cripsin has gone on to feature a whole host of films from Wild at Heart, Charlie’s Angels, Beowulf, Alice in Wonderland, to hit show American Gods. Not only starring, he has also produced films through his company including ‘What Is It?’ and ‘It Is Fine! Everything Is Fine.’ Did we mention he also released an album? Oh yeah – check out this album called The Big Problem ≠ The Solution. The Solution = Let It Be. Not enough? He has also written between 15 and 20 books which are classic titles, rearranged and with passages removed to create new stories.

Currently living in Silverlake, California, Crispin continues to pour his time into his creative outlets including music and film production. Busy boy!

What Father’s Day Gift would we by him?

Boxed Star Wars I Am Your Father Darth Vader Mug

He came to him one night (from the planet Vulcan??) offering words of… advice. With this nifty mug, he’ll be sure to never forget that night.

Noah Levenstein/Jim’s Dad (Eugene Levy) – American Pie

It’s Jim’s dad! Always there to offer friendly advice… even when it wasn’t asked for. Full of work experience and never afraid to get involved, Jim’s dad has an undying love for Jim which is put to the test a number of times but never wavers. A real solid character who will always do his best for Jim. Solid dad material! But where is he now?
Turns out Jim’s dad has gone pretty damn far. 60+ films? Yep! Levy has been nominated for and won countless awards for his films including a New York Film Critics Circle Award and a Grammy Award. Not to shabby!

So what’s he been up so since American Pie? Turns out a lot. You might have seen him in… Best in Show, Serendipity, Bringing Down the House, Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd, Cheaper by the Dozen 2, Night at the Museum 2, and heard him in Finding Dory as Charlie. Levy is a Member of the Order of Canada and a recipient of The Governor General’s Performing Arts Award – the foremost honour presented for excellence in the performing arts.


Still working hard, you’ll certainly be seeing more from Jim’s… sorry Eugene be it on TV or the big screen.

What Father’s Day Gift would we by him?

Retro Silver Classic Digital Watch from Casio

A real classic dad needs a real classic Casio timepiece right? This silver digital watch come with a black dial for a casual yet classic look. With this beauty, you’ll always be on time to offer quality advice.

Hal (Bryan Cranston) – Malcolm in the Middle

Hal…. you total legend! Nothing better than a comedy dad right? We’ll if ‘lord of the dads’ was an official title (which it totally should be!), then Hal would be getting our vote for the position.Father to father to Francis, Reese, Malcolm, Dewey, and Jamie, Hal is put to the ultimate test as a dad almost daily with any number of odd goings on. Like a lot of households, he pretty much becomes one of the kids with his much more relaxed approach to life then wife Lois. Proper fun!

Bryan is by no means a one trick pony though…. far from it! He has transformed himself multiple times over the years going from a goof to a disciplined and protecting figure and given award worthy performances (4x Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series & Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series twice) in block buster films and binge-worthy TV shows.

So, what’s he been up to since Malcolm in the Middle left our screen back in 2006? Voicing characters in both Family Guy and American Dad!, Bryan became the face of TV sensation Breaking Bad. We’re not even sure TV sensation even covers what Breaking Bad became. Maybe phenomenon? Masterpiece? Whatever you wish, it was huge and he was truly outstanding throughout.  Since this performance as Walter White, Bryan has starred in cinema hit Godzilla, Drive, Argo, The Infiltrator, Trumbo, and Wakefield to name a few. You won’t be struggling to see Bryan in more screen gold that’s for sure.

What Father’s Day Gift would we by him?

Men’s Pokemon Pikachu And Friends Boxer Shorts

What do you get the man who seems to spend a lot of time in his tighty whities? Funky Pokémon pants of course! Sure to add some pizzazz to his casual look.

Steve Stevens (Tom Virtue) – Even Stevens

Everyone loves a quirky Dad right? They think they’re super serious but really, nothing silly they do will ever be a total surprise. Not imagine that Dad’s also a lawyer… we present “Stiffie” Stevens. Running for just a few years from 2000 to 2003 (we know! Total classic gone so soon), Even Stevens remains firmly lodged in our memories as having a super cool intro, weird plot lines and one of the best TV Dads going.

So where has Tom been and where is he now? Well… turns out he’s done some cool stuff! Starring in a whole heap of TV shows including; Nip/Tuck, Entourage, ER, CSI, Sons of Anarchy, The Office (US) and more. Film work you ask? Sure! He has starred in some big titles including Transformers: Dark of the Moon and Iron Man 3. His upcoming work includes TV roles in Conan and I’m Dying Up Here so stay tuned for more peeps!

What Father’s Day Gift would we by him?

Men’s Blue Mr Men Mr Silly T-Shirt

He’s funny, sill and he would look ace in this Mr Men TShirt! Right? Sure to raise a few smiles.

Al Bundy (Ed O’Neill) – Married with Children

Now it’s hard…. nay impossible to talk about classic on screen dads without mentioning the mighty Al Bundy. Husband of Peggy Bundy, father of Kelly and Bud Bundy, Al was your classic grumpy dad. Sure he was mean at times, didn’t always get what he wanted and loved to make fun of people but hey, somehow we forgave him because it was just so damn funny!

So, who was behind Al? Ed O’Neill landed the role back in 1987 and he never looked back. Playing the role for ten years until 1997, Ed later went on to perform in The Bone Collector with Denzel Washington, and a number of TV roles including Big Apple, Dragnet, 8 Simple Rules, The West Wing, and famously Modern Family. Modern Family has grown to become a jewel in ABC’s crown and is still going strong from its launch back in 2009. If you’ve never seen it…. seriously you need it in your life.

What Father’s Day Gift would we by him?

Men’s White Mr Happy Mr Men T-Shirt

…because seeing the king of grumpy rocking a Mr Happy TShirt would be the best things ever right? Yup!

Red Forman (Kurtwood Smith) – That ’70s Show

As TV dads go, sometimes you just need a no-nonsense, good old American one right? Well, look no further then good old Red. Battle hardened and with a classic dry humour, Red truly completed the line-up of That ’70s Show which aired from 1998 to 2006.

But where is old man Red now? Currently living in Glendale, California, Kurtwood is still busier than ever with numerous film roles over the years, and regular TV work including Rick and Morty, Agent Carter and currently Patriot, an American comedy-drama series. If you watch enough TV, you’ll be sure to catch him in something cool.

What Father’s Day Gift would we by him?

Vintage Canvas Captain America Army Wash Bag

He’s a stern military man acting in both World War II veteran Korean War veteran, making our Amy inspired Captain America wash bag a great tribute to his time served…and it’s pretty darn practical too!

Jim Robinson (Alan Dale) – Neighbours

Now this is a classic TV dad! As one of the twelve original Neighbours characters (pretty cool tittle to have right!), where he made his small screen debut on the very first episode of the show ever back in 1985. Father of Paul, Scott, Lucy and Glen, and the husband of Anne Robinson and later Beverly Robinson, it’s safe to say he had a lot on his plate. Never afraid to give an honest answer, Jim loved cars and always tried to put his family first.

Appearing in over 1000 episodes before being dramatically killed off in 1993, Jim was a loud and very memorable character who became a real anchor for the show and the stories within. So, what’s he been up to since he left Ramsay street and where is he now?

Well…. chances are you’ve also probably seen him in something good in recent years too! Working on some hit shows including; The O.C, Lost, 24, NCIS, The West Wing, The X-Files, The Killing, and Homeland, he has also hit the big screen with roles in; The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Star Trek: Nemesis, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, aaaand Entourage. Phew!

Currently living in Los Angeles, California, Dale is working on TV show Once Upon a Time.

What Father’s Day Gift would we by him?

Awesome 80′s Trivia Cards

As one of the pivotal characters from 80s TV, what better gift than the ultimate 80s challenge with our 80′s Trivia Cards.

Mel Horowitz (Dan Hedaya) – Clueless

If you grew up even around the 90s, the chances are you’ve seen classic movie Clueless a few times over…. each year! Well undoubtedly one of the biggest characters in this modern classic, Mel nails the overprotective, grumpy, stressed out workaholic dad. Protective, hard-working and not afraid to say what he really thought, we know Mel always had his kids interests at heart and worked hard to provide for them. Traditional and grumpy. Classic movie dad!

So what else has he been in and where is he now?? Well, he’s still busy! Working in a number of movies and TV shows, Dan has also worked in theatre with some Broadway performances to his name. Oh yeah. Films you can find in include; Commando, The Addams Family, The Usual Suspects and even Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. You might have just heard of that one. He has also worked on TV classic ER.

What Father’s Day Gift would we by him?

Superman USB 8GB Memory Stick

What do you get a workaholic dad who’s thinks he’s Superman? Well…. this! Ever useful for work and play, and will add a touch of character to any meeting.

So there you have them folks! Hopefully you’ve discovered a little something about some of the classic dads we great up with who are still doing some AMAZING things in the biz.

Don’t let this Father’s Day slip you by! We’ve got a huge range of amazing Father’s Day Present Ideas for you to browse and snap up. Let’s make this year one of their best yet!

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Holy smokes Batman! Another retro movie weekend is here and boy are we excited!

Kicking down the door of our local Blockbusters (metaphorically), we find ourselves faced with a entire plethora of awesome retro movies just waiting to be released and enjoyed. Walking the isles, we gaze across the start-studded covers with all their promise or action, romance and of course some cracking one liners. After carefully selecting our weekend fill, we’ll slam our membership card on the desk before smoothly walking away in what felt like slow motion and through the fog. We will be back…

Have a happy retro weekend!

SATURDAY 20th May

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The Parent Trap (1998) 5STAR 1:30pm-4:05pm
Identical twin sisters who are unaware of each other’s existence meet by accident. They decide to join forces in a bid to reunite their estranged parents, and switch places to get the warring couple to kiss and make up. Remake of the 1961 Disney comedy, starring Dennis Quaid, Natasha Richardson, Elaine Hendrix and Lindsay Lohan in a dual role.

Last Action Hero (1993) Sony channel 6:20pm-9:00pm (2 hours 40 minutes)
A boy watching an action movie is transported into the film by a magic ticket and meets its hero figure, who refuses to believe he is a fictional character. Matters take a turn for the worse when the screen villain gets hold of the ticket and crosses over into the real world – where bad guys can win. Comedy adventure, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Austin O’Brien, Charles Dance, F Murray Abraham and Anthony Quinn.

Navy Seals (1990) ITV4 9:00pm-11:20pm
The US Navy’s elite commando force embarks on a dangerous covert mission to rescue hostages from an Arab terrorist in Beirut. However, the assignment proves far more serious than expected when they realise their enemies have acquired powerful stolen missiles. Action adventure, starring Charlie Sheen, Michael Biehn, Joanne Whalley, Bill Paxton and Rick Rossovich.

Total Recall (1990) ITV 9:50pm-12:20am
A construction worker pays to have fake memories of a dream holiday implanted into his brain, but discovers his mind has already been tampered with – apparently to erase his true identity as a secret agent from a colony on Mars. He journeys to the planet in search of the truth, but is drawn into a conflict between the tyrannical ruler and a rebel faction. Paul Verhoeven’s sci-fi thriller, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Rachel Ticotin and Michael Ironside.

The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976) Dave 10:00pm-12:40am (2 hours 40 minutes)
A Confederate soldier refuses to surrender at the end of the Civil War, and is branded a dangerous outlaw. Crossing America in search of sanctuary from the army and bounty hunters, he only wants solitude – but ends up with a strange assortment of travelling companions. Western, directed by and starring Clint Eastwood. With Chief Dan George and Sondra Locke

From Dusk Till Dawn (1996) ITV4 4 11:20pm-1:15am
A crook and his unhinged brother take a preacher’s family hostage and cross the border into Mexico. They head to a rough strip club to make a planned rendezvous with a third party – but they soon have to live on their wits when they realise that the establishment’s staff are vampires. Horror, starring George Clooney, Harvey Keitel, Quentin Tarantino, Juliette Lewis and Salma Hayek.

SUNDAY 21st May

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Hook (1991) Sony Movie Channel 11:30am-2:35pm (3 hours 5 minutes)
Peter Pan, who has finally grown up and is now a married lawyer with a family of his own, is whisked away by Tinkerbell to Neverland, where he must learn to fly again if he is to save his children from the clutches of Captain Hook. Steven Spielberg’s fantasy adventure, with Robin Williams, Dustin Hoffman, Julia Roberts, Bob Hoskins and Maggie Smith.

Willow (1988) Channel 5 2:45pm-5:10pm (2 hours 25 minutes)
A farmer with dreams of becoming a wizard finds an abandoned baby, who is destined to bring about the downfall of an evil queen. The wicked tyrant’s minions have been sent to kill the child before she can fulfil the prophecy, and it falls to the would-be sorcerer to protect her, with the aid of a rogue warrior. Fantasy adventure, starring Warwick Davis and Val Kilmer.

Time Bandits (1981) Film4 2:50pm-5:05pm (2 hours 15 minutes)
A bemused schoolboy is escorted on a bizarre journey through time by a group of larcenous dwarfs. His adventures lead him to encounters with various characters from history – but none of them are quite what he had imagined. Terry Gilliam’s fantasy comedy, starring Craig Warnock, David Rappaport, John Cleese, Michael Palin, Sean Connery, Ian Holm, Ralph Richardson and David Warner.

Robin Hood (1973) Chennel 4 3:50pm-5:30pm (1 hour 40 minutes)
The adventures of the legendary outlaw and Sherwood Forest’s band of heroes as they rob the rich to feed the poor, while evil Prince John hatches a cunning plan to exact revenge and finish off the brigands. Disney animation, with the voices of Terry-Thomas, Peter Ustinov, Phil Harris, Brian Bedford and Monica Evans.

The Man with the Golden Gun (1974) ITV 4:20pm-6:40pm (2 hours 20 minutes)
James Bond’s investigation into the death of a world-renowned scientist working on solar technology draws him into a battle of wits with a stealthy assassin, who dispatches his victims with a golden bullet and has the British secret agent next in his sights. Spy adventure, starring Roger Moore, Christopher Lee, Britt Ekland and Maud Adams.

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Labyrinth (1986) Channel 5 5:10pm-7:05pm (1 hour 55 minutes)
A teenager wishes her baby brother would be taken away, only to have her request granted by a band of goblins and their sinister king. She regrets her decision and sets out to rescue him, but to reach the castle where he is being held, she must find her way through a magical maze full of strange creatures. Jim Henson’s fantasy adventure, starring Jennifer Connelly and David Bowie.

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The Cable Guy (1996) Sony Movie Channel 7:05pm-9:00pm (1 hour 55 minutes)
A man makes the mistake of engaging a cable TV installer in conversation in a ploy to get all the channels for free. However, the manic repairman shows an invincible determination to be his new best friend – and does not take kindly to rejection. Comedy directed by Ben Stiller, starring Jim Carrey, Matthew Broderick and George Segal.

The Terminator (1984) Spike 9:00pm-11:00pm (2 hours)
A cyborg assassin is sent on a murderous mission back in time to the 20th century, where he wreaks havoc while searching for his intended victim – a woman whose unborn son is destined to lead the human race in a war against machines. However, a soldier has also been sent from the future to protect her. James Cameron’s sci-fi thriller, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton and Michael Biehn.

Highlander (1986) Channel 5 11:55pm-2:00am (2 hours 5 minutes)
A 16th-century Scottish clansman discovers he is one of a race of immortal warriors who can only be killed by beheading, and who are destined to fight to the death until just one survives. Centuries later in modern-day New York, he prepares for a final showdown with his deadliest enemy. Fantasy action adventure, starring Christopher Lambert, Sean Connery, Clancy Brown and Roxanne Hart.

Whatever you’re up to this weekend, stay cool, stay humble and stay out all night!



Bluebells and sunny spells! Another retro movie weekend is here which means…. time for some retro movie goodness!

Setting sail into the vast infinity of the deep blue sea, we find ourselves at the simple beginnings of what could quite be the journey of a lifetime. With ration sacks bulging and water receptacles sealed and tight, we slowly begin to drift away from the certainty of the land as we aim our craft into the unknown to take on all that may lay before us. Will we find old and forgotten lands? Will we just end up going in a circle and end up where we began? Let’s find out!

Have a happy retro weekend!

SATURDAY 13th May

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IQ
(1994) Sony Channel 12:00pm-2:00pm (2 hours)
A woman is determined to find a husband as brainy as her famous uncle – who happens to be Albert Einstein. However, the famous scientist is convinced she would be better off with a humble car mechanic. Romantic comedy, starring Meg Ryan, Walter Matthau, Tim Robbins and Stephen Fry.

The Man in the Iron Mask (1998) ITV 1:30pm-4:00pm (2 hours 30 minutes)
The Three Musketeers set out to depose the villainous King of France and reinstate his long-imprisoned twin brother. However, they face an unexpected threat in the form of old friend D’Artagnan, who has remained loyal to the evil monarch. Swashbuckling adventure, starring Leonardo DiCaprio in a dual role, alongside John Malkovich, Jeremy Irons, Gerard Depardieu, Gabriel Byrne, Anne Parillaud and Hugh Laurie.

The Return of the Musketeers (1989) Sony Movie Channel 4:00pm-6:10pm (2 hours 10 minutes)
D’Artagnan reunites his former companions to save the queen of France from the scheming Cardinal Mazarin, and embark on a mission to England to prevent the beheading of Charles I. Meanwhile, the daughter of a former vanquished enemy is seeking revenge on the four heroes. Swashbuckling adventure sequel, with Oliver Reed, Michael York, Frank Finlay, Richard Chamberlain, Kim Cattrall and Roy Kinnear, who died during filming.

The Three Musketeers (1973) Film4 4:40pm-6:50pm (2 hours 10 minutes)
A naive country boy arrives in Paris, keen to seek adventure and prove himself a swordsman. He falls in with a trio of roguish soldiers, and together they set out to save the queen from the schemes of a treacherous cardinal. Swashbuckling adventure, starring Oliver Reed, Michael York, Richard Chamberlain, Frank Finlay, Charlton Heston and Faye Dunaway.

Mr Bean’s Holiday (2007) ITV2 6:35pm-8:20pm
The bumbling fool wins first prize in the church raffle – a trip to France and a video camera. His travels cause chaos as he disrupts a film shoot in Cannes, to the fury of its megalomaniac director, and is then accused of kidnapping a youngster. Comedy, starring Rowan Atkinson, Willem Dafoe, Emma de Caunes and Max Baldry.

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Training Day (2001) Dave 9:00pm-11:20pm (2 hours 20 minutes)
A cop embarks on his first day in narcotics, partnering a seasoned officer whose willingness to flout the rules forces him to question everything he has learnt. As they resort to extreme measures to crack a case, the rookie is left battling his conscience in a dangerous situation. Thriller, starring Denzel Washington, Ethan Hawke, Scott Glenn and Tom Berenger.

Conan the Destroyer (1984) ITV4 9:00pm-11:10pm
The mighty sword-wielding warrior returns and is hired by a duplicitous queen to retrieve a mystical artefact from an evil sorcerer. Unfortunately, he fails to see that the malevolent monarch has a sinister plan in mind, and intends to kill him once his task is complete. Fantasy adventure sequel, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Grace Jones, Wilt Chamberlain and Sarah Douglas.

The Mask (1994) ITV 9:50pm-12:00am
A timid bank clerk stumbles on an ancient mask, which endows whoever wears it with untold superhuman powers, unbridled self-confidence and an irresistible charm for the ladies. Unfortunately, he earns the enmity of a local gangster for daring to flirt with his girlfriend – and when the crook gets wind of the artefact’s existence, he covets the power for himself. Comic-book comedy, with Jim Carrey, Cameron Diaz, Peter Riegert and Peter Greene.

Fallen (1998) BBC1 11:45pm-1:45am (2 hours)
A detective investigates a series of grisly murders that mimic the handiwork of an executed serial killer. The case takes a stranger twist when he realises a bloodthirsty disembodied demon is responsible – and that it can leap from one unsuspecting host to another. Supernatural thriller, starring Denzel Washington, John Goodman, Donald Sutherland and Embeth Davidtz.

SUNDAY 14th May

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Fright Night
(1985) Film4 1:10am-3:25am (2 hours 15 minutes)
A teenager becomes convinced his new next door neighbour is a vampire responsible for a series of recent disappearances. Finding nobody is willing to believe his unlikely story, he seeks the aid of a washed-up movie star famous for playing a vampire hunter in destroying the monster. Comedy horror, starring Chris Sarandon, Roddy McDowall, William Ragsdale, Amanda Bearse and Stephen Geoffreys.

Dr Dolittle (1998) Channel 4 1:30pm-3:10pm (1 hour 40 minutes)
A doctor is stunned to discover he can talk to animals, and it is not long before his home and surgery are taken over by an assortment of ailing creatures in need of help. However, when the medic’s odd behaviour attracts his colleagues’ attention, he is forced to rely on his new-found furry friends to save him from the asylum. Comedy, starring Eddie Murphy, Ossie Davis and Oliver Platt..

See No Evil, Hear No Evil (1989) Sony Movie Channel 4:10pm-6:20pm (2 hours 10 minutes)
A blind man and his deaf friend go on the run to clear themselves of a trumped-up murder charge. However, all kinds of oddball characters are on their trail, determined to get hold of a top-secret microchip that the duo do not realise they have. Comedy, starring Richard Pryor, Gene Wilder, Kevin Spacey, Joan Severance, Alan North and Anthony Zerbe.

Live and Let Die (1973) ITV 4:20pm-6:35pm (2 hours 15 minutes)
James Bond’s investigation into the murder of three British agents leads him to a connection between the dictator of a Caribbean island and a notorious Harlem drug kingpin – along with a plot to flood America with limitless supplies of free heroin. Spy adventure, with Roger Moore in his first appearance as 007, alongside Yaphet Kotto and Jane Seymour.

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Star Trek (2009) Film4 6:35pm-9:00pm (2 hours 25 minutes) *Not retro but not to be missed*
The trainee crew members of the starship Enterprise embark on their maiden flight, which pits them against a Romulan commander from the future who is planning a horrific revenge on those he blames for a tragedy in his own time. Sci-fi adventure based on the original TV series, starring Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Eric Bana, Zoe Saldana and Leonard Nimoy.

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In the Line of Fire (1993) Sony Movie Channel 9:00pm-11:45pm (2 hours 45 minutes)
An ageing secret service agent, tormented by his failure to save the life of John F Kennedy in 1963, is drawn into a battle of wits with a sinister CIA-trained assassin out to kill the current president. As the day of reckoning draws closer, the agent’s nerves are tested to the limit – and nothing seems to be going his way. Wolfgang Petersen’s thriller, starring Clint Eastwood, John Malkovich, Rene Russo and Dylan McDermott.

Whatever you’re up to this weekend, always dress the part and remember to prepare for the worst, but hope for the best.

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Crashing waves and soaky wet seaweed! Another retro movie rundown is here to guide you though another weekend!

Slowly bobbing up and down in a vast, cold lake, we find ourselves moments from being pulled along by the magical ropes and bars which are the only thing attaching us to the safety of the boat. Steadying our position with the board stuck firmly to our feet, the rope will begin to tighten in our grip as the boat starts to roar away from us. Feeling the force (not that one!) pull through the arms and legs, mysteriously we will begin to rise our of the depths and with one twist and turn, we will face side on and begin to ride the surface of the water like something from a superhero movie.

Have a happy retro weekend!

SATURDAY 6th May

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The Rugrats Movie (1998) Film4 11:00am-1:00pm
Animation featuring the popular TV cartoon family. Chaos breaks out when Tommy’s kid brother Dil Pickles is born and the toddlers decide that he makes so much noise that they must return him to the hospital for fixing. Then, of course, they manage to get lost on the way.

Superman (1978) ITV4 1:10pm-4:05pm
Oscar-winning fantasy based on the classic comic strip, portraying the early years of the Man of Steel. After his birth on the planet Krypton, Superman (Christopher Reeve) grows up on Earth. He becomes a journalist, but must juggle his job with his secret identity as a powerful superhero and his battles with arch-nemesis Lex Luthor (Gene Hackman). Luthor plans to lay waste to the west coast of America and Superman is the only one who can stop him.

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The Net (1995) E4 2:15pm-4:30pm
Hi-tech thriller about a reclusive computer genius whose life is endangered after she stumbles across some secret material online. When she tries to go back to the documents, access is denied, but her shadowy enemies realise she has copied the restricted information on to disk and set about silencing her permanently.

Short Circuit (1986) Film4 2:40pm-4:40pm
Lighthearted comedy in which an $11 million military robot becomes energised by a freak power overload. When ‘Number Five’ is discovered to be missing, the government immediately launches an all-out search with instructions to destroy the missing contraption. But, having discovered the world around him, the robot decides that he does not want to return to the weapons company from which he escaped.

The Fifth Element (1997) 5STAR 6:25pm-9:00pm
Gripping 23rd-century sci-fi adventure in which a jaded New York cab driver finds himself in the middle of a battle between good and evil when a beautiful young woman falls into his life from another dimension. She is the `fifth element’ – a being who represents all that is good in the universe – and he must protect her from the evil Zorg and his henchmen.

Mrs Doubtfire (1993) Film4 6:35pm-9:00pm
Comedy about a divorced voice-over actor who will try anything to get his family back – even disguising himself as their new housekeeper Mrs Doubtfire. Daniel Hillard is devastated when his ex-wife Miranda is awarded custody of the children, allowing him to see them only on Saturdays. Miranda takes him on as a housekeeper, thinking he is an eccentric Scottish matron, and everyone is happy – until Miranda’s new beau Stu appears.

Aliens (1986) Film4 9:00pm-12:05am
Classic sci-fi thriller sequel directed by James Cameron and starring Sigourney Weaver and Bill Paxton. The tense, Oscar-winning sequel to ‘Alien’ takes Ripley and a team of marines back to the planet where she first encountered the deadly creature which destroyed her crew. Rescued after 57 years adrift in space in suspended animation, Ripley is horrified to learn that the planet has since been colonised and sets out to confirm her worst fears as to why all contact with the planet has been lost.

Demolition Man (1993) Dave 9:00pm-11:15pm
Futuristic adventure about a cryogenically frozen cop who is thawed out when a psychopathic criminal escapes. Violence has been outlawed in the politically correct regime of the 21st century, and the only weapons in existence are consigned to a museum. When the escaped psychopath heads straight for the museum, the authorities decide that only John Spartan – an undesirable but effectively violent cop – can stop the criminal.

SUNDAY 7th May

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Flatliners (1990) BBC1 12:10am-2:00am
Spine-tingling drama about a group of medical students who explore what it is like to die by using drugs to stop their heart and brain activity temporarily. They vie to see who can stay under the longest, but the experiment has serious repercussions.

Ghostbusters II (1989) Channel 4 2:30pm-4:40pm
Fantasy comedy sequel starring Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver, Harold Ramis and Rick Moranis. The phantom-fighters return to the streets of New York when they come to the aid of a woman who fears that her baby is the target of ghostly forces. Four years after Dr Peter Venkman broke up with Dana Barrett, she appeals for help to save her son when an arch-demon trapped in an oil painting wants to take over his body. The old team reunites and traces the source of the trouble to a sinister underground river of slime.

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Diamonds Are Forever (1971) ITV 4:05pm – 6:35pm
Action thriller in which James Bond, equipped with an armoury of hi-tech gadgets, infiltrates a Las Vegas diamond-smuggling ring in a bid to foil a plot to target Washington with a laser in space. But as 007 prepares to tackle the evil Blofeld, the mastermind who threatens to destabilise the world, his attention is drawn to the beautiful Tiffany Case.

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The Terminal (2004) BBC Two 5:55pm-8:00pm
Tom Hanks and Catherine Zeta-Jones star in this touching drama based on real events. Viktor Navorski is visiting New York when there is a coup in his eastern European home country. By the time he arrives in America, Navorski is stranded with a passport from nowhere and finds that he is forced to live in the terminal building until peace returns. Flight attendant Amelia is the one redeeming aspect of the situation, but can he win her heart?

Last Action Hero (1993) Sony Movie Channel 6:20pm-9:00pm
Fantasy meets reality in this big-budget action adventure. Eleven-year-old Danny is given a magic ticket by a strange cinema projectionist and is transported into the film he is watching. Thanks to his advance knowledge of the plot, he is able to help his silver-screen hero out of an awkward situation and becomes his partner. But there is trouble in store for the unlikely duo when a villain tries to seize the magic ticket.

Godzilla (1998) Sony Movie Channel 9:00pm-11:50pm
Roland Emmerich’s version of the cult Japanese monster movies. On a research trip to Chernobyl, a young scientist discovers a startling link between genetic mutation and radioactivity. Elsewhere, a huge fishing trawler is attacked by an unseen creature from beneath the waves. The scientist soon realises that the creature is heading towards New York City with a lot more than sightseeing in mind. From the makers of ‘Independence Day’.

Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) Channel 4 8:00pm-10:25pm
Chris Evans, Tommy Lee Jones and Stanley Tucci star in Joe Johnston’s Marvel Comics superhero action adventure, set during the Second World War. Young Steve Rogers is desperate to fight the Nazis, but is continually rejected for military service after failing the tests. His luck changes, however, when he is recruited for a secret programme run by the scientist Erskine. Rogers emerges with superhuman strength, a trademark costume, an indestructible shield and redoubled resolve to fight the good fight. When Erskine is assassinated by a secret Nazi splinter group, led by Red Skull, it is time to put his newly acquired abilities to the test.

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Grey and drizzle! Another weekend is here which can only mean… it’s time for… another retro movie rundown!

Sugar and spice! Mixing together the perfect blend of aromatic spices and flavours, we find ourselves in the throws of a chilli cook-off. Mixing the finest and freshest ingredients with a spoon of this and a splash of that to create a balanced and spicy delight, we’ll eagerly taste at each stage to ensure a correct course of culinary travel. Finishing off with a helping of soft fluffy rice, we’ll serve up our creation to be savoured, enjoyed and ultimately judged like a director revealing their latest creation.

Have a happy retro weekend!

SATURDAY 22nd April

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Free Willy 3: The Rescue (1997) ITV 9:25am-11:10am (1 hour 45 minutes)
The amiable killer whale is reunited with his human friend Jesse, now a teenager working on a research ship. Jesse meets a boy whose father is secretly involved in poaching whales for their meat, and persuades the youngster to help him protect Willy and his pod from harm. Family adventure, starring Jason James Richter, August Schellenberg and Annie Corley.

The Wizard of Oz (1939) 5STAR 1:05pm-3:10pm
Youngster Dorothy Gale is whisked over the rainbow by a tornado into the magical land of Oz, where she inadvertently kills a wicked witch – incurring the wrath of another. Setting out to find the wizard who can show her a way home, she is joined on her journey by a scarecrow, a tin man and a cowardly lion, who all hope their own wishes will be granted. Musical fantasy, with Judy Garland, Ray Bolger, Jack Haley, Bert Lahr and Frank Morgan.

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Jumanji (1995) Sony Movie Channel 2:25pm-4:35pm (2 hours 10 minutes)
A man who has been trapped inside a mysterious jungle board game for 26 years is eventually freed when two children start to play it. Unfortunately, he arrives with a rampaging horde of animals on his heels, leaving only one solution – to finish the game he started all those years ago. Fantasy adventure, starring Robin Williams, Kirsten Dunst and Bonnie Hunt.

Airplane! (1980) Film4 7:10pm-9:00pm (1 hour 50 minutes)
The passengers on board an ill-fated airliner become increasingly jittery when the flight crew flounder during a food-poisoning crisis. As ground control personnel struggle heroically to ensure the plane lands safely, a traumatised war veteran must face his fear to take the controls. Spoof disaster movie, starring Robert Hays, Leslie Nielsen, Robert Stack and Lloyd Bridges.

Midnight Run (1988) Sony Movie Channel 9:00pm-11:40pm (2 hours 40 minutes)
When accountant Jonathan Mardukas skips bail after having been arrested for embezzlement, bounty hunter Jack Walsh is hired to catch the fraudster and return him from New York to Los Angeles. Unfortunately, his task is hindered by the ingenuity of Mardukas and the attentions of pursuing FBI agents and Mafia hitmen. Comedy thriller, starring Robert De Niro, Charles Grodin, Yaphet Kotto, Dennis Farina, John Ashton and Joe Pantoliano.

Patriot Games (1992) ITV4 9:05pm-11:25pm (2 hours 15 minutes)
Former CIA agent Jack Ryan foils an assassination attempt by an IRA splinter group, killing one of the terrorists in the process. However, he becomes caught in a lethal game of cat-and-mouse with the dead man’s revenge-seeking brother. Thriller based on Tom Clancy’s novel, starring Harrison Ford, Sean Bean, Samuel L Jackson, Richard Harris and James Earl Jones, reprising his role from earlier Clancy adaptation The Hunt for Red October.

SUNDAY 23rd April

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Flight of the Navigator (1986) Film4 11:00am-1:00pm (2 hours)
A boy mysteriously disappears in 1978, and is found eight years later, having not aged a day. He escapes being experimented on by government scientists by taking off in a crashed alien spaceship. With the help of the robot pilot, he tries to find out what has happened to him and if he can get back home. Sci-fi adventure, starring Joey Cramer and Veronica Cartwright, with the voice of Paul Reubens

Sleepless in Seattle (1993) Sony Movie Channel 12:00pm-2:20pm (2 hours 20 minutes)
A widowed father is coping badly with his wife’s death, but his son is convinced that what he really needs is some new romance in his life. He arranges for his dad to go on a radio phone-in show, and his touching story moves a reporter to respond, even though she is already engaged. She returns to her fiance, but the boy, certain she is the woman for his father, plots to bring them together. Romantic comedy, with Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan.

You Only Live Twice (1967) ITV 3:15pm-5:30pm (2 hours 15 minutes)
James Bond is sent on a mission to uncover the truth behind the disappearances of Soviet and American space capsules before the mutually suspicious superpowers go to war. The trail leads to Japan, where Bond finally comes face to face with his arch-enemy Blofeld. Spy thriller, starring Sean Connery, Donald Pleasence, Akiko Wakabayashi and Bernard Lee.

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The Borrowers (1997) Film4 3:15pm-5:00pm (1 hour 45 minutes)
A family of four-inch-high people living beneath the floorboards of an ordinary human home help the owner’s son fight back when a dastardly lawyer plans to demolish the house and make way for a luxury apartment block. Children’s fantasy, starring John Goodman, Jim Broadbent, Celia Imrie, Flora Newbigin and Tom Felton.

Mission: Impossible (1996) Channel 4 3:20pm-5:25pm (2 hours 5 minutes)
Secret agents suspect there is a traitor in their organisation when their latest assignment ends in disaster. The sole survivor is accused of being the mole, forcing him to go on the run to clear his name. However, in the process, he discovers a former Russian spy is selling information about the world’s leading undercover operatives. Action thriller based on the 1960s TV series, starring Tom Cruise, Jon Voight and Ving Rhames.

My Best Friend’s Wedding (1997) Sony Movie Channel 4:30pm-6:45pm (2 hours 15 minutes)
A food critic realises she is in love with her best friend just as he announces he is going to marry another woman. Determined to have him to herself, she heads for the wedding with the intention of sabotaging the ceremony – but persuading the groom to give up on his bride-to-be proves harder than expected. Romantic comedy, starring Julia Roberts, Dermot Mulroney, Cameron Diaz and Rupert Everett

Airplane II: The Sequel (1982) Film4 7:10pm-9:00pm (1 hour 50 minutes)
Hapless hero Ted Striker tries to prevent the launch of a passenger space shuttle, certain it will end in disaster. Sadly, his prediction comes true when a computer malfunction sends the spacecraft hurtling toward the sun, while a man driven mad by sexual inadequacy smuggles a bomb on board. Disaster movie spoof sequel, starring Robert Hays, Julie Hagerty, Lloyd Bridges, William Shatner, Sonny Bono and Chad Everett.

Enemy at the Gates (2001) Spike 9:00pm-11:30pm (2 hours 30 minutes)
A Soviet sniper becomes a national hero during the Second World War Battle of Stalingrad, so the Germans enlist a crack marksman of their own to deal with him. A lethal contest of wits follows as the two sharpshooters stalk each other, while the Russian also finds himself caught up in a love triangle with one of his friends. Drama, starring Jude Law, Ed Harris, Rachel Weisz, Joseph Fiennes, Bob Hoskins and Ron Perlman.

A Few Good Men (1992) Sony Movie Channel 9:00pm-11:55pm (2 hours 55 minutes)
Two marines based in Cuba stand accused of murdering a comrade-in-arms. Three Navy lawyers working on their defence unearth evidence that the soldiers may have been acting under orders, which points to a trail of corruption leading all the way to a top-ranking officer. Drama based on Aaron Sorkin’s stage play, starring Tom Cruise, Demi Moore, Kevin Pollack, Jack Nicholson, Kiefer Sutherland and Kevin Bacon.

The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! (1988) ITV4 10:05pm-11:50pm
While investigating the shooting of a colleague, disaster-prone police lieutenant Frank Drebin uncovers a plot to assassinate Queen Elizabeth II during her visit to Los Angeles. However, after he is sacked from the force by the mayor, the cop has to operate beneath the radar to get to the bottom of the conspiracy. Comedy, with Leslie Nielsen, Priscilla Presley and Ricardo Montalban.

Whatever you’re up to this weekend, always remember to take more bags than you think you’ll need, and to fill up on washer fluid before it runs out. You’re future self will thank you.

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Run rabbit, run rabbit, run, run, run!It’s time for another super special Retro Movie Rundown Easter Special!

Hopping and leaping our way around the TV schedule, we’ve sniffed out a whole hear of hidden retro movie eggs for you all to feast on this long weekend. Unwrapping each film like our Easter chocolatey goodness, we’ll take stock of our collection, before selecting only the biggest and best choices and devouring them in true ’tis but once a year style’.

Happy retro movie Easter weekend everyone!

FRIDAY 14th April

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The Phantom
(1996) Channel 4 10:00am-11:55am (1 hour 55 minutes)
A jungle-dwelling masked adventurer leaves his African home for New York in a bid to stop the power-crazed schemes of an evil industrialist. The tycoon is on the hunt for three legendary magical skulls, which can be combined to form the ultimate weapon. Superhero adventure, starring Billy Zane, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Treat Williams and Patrick McGoohan.

The Muppet Movie (1979) Film4 11:00am-12:55pm (1 hour 55 minutes)
Kermit the frog is persuaded by his agent that he has a future in movies. He sets off on a journey across America to realise his dream, gathering a crowd of like-minded friends along the way – but the owner of a French restaurant plans to make him the dish of the day. Comedy, starring Dom DeLuise and Charles Durning alongside the puppet characters, with cameos from Mel Brooks, Orson Welles and Steve Martin.

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Labyrinth (1986) 5STAR 11:05am-1:10pm
A teenager wishes her baby brother would be taken away, only to have her request granted by a band of goblins and their sinister king. She regrets her decision and sets out to rescue him, but to reach the castle where he is being held, she must find her way through a magical maze full of strange creatures. Jim Henson’s fantasy adventure, starring Jennifer Connelly and David Bowie.

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On the Buses (1971) ITV3 11:25am-1:15pm
Wily bus driver Stan Butler thinks a new company policy that allows women behind the wheel will rob him of his precious overtime money. Enlisting the aid of conductor Jack, he does everything he can to sabotage the plan. Comedy, based on the TV series, starring Reg Varney, Bob Grant, Stephen Lewis, Doris Hare, Peter Madden and Anna Karen.

The Great Muppet Caper (1981) Film4 12:55pm-3:00pm (2 hours 5 minutes)
Reporters Kermit the Frog and Fozzie Bear are sacked for missing out on a massive scoop about the theft of jewellery from famous British fashion designer Lady Holiday. To try to re-establish their reputations, the duo and Gonzo fly to London to see if they can track down the culprit. Comedy, with the voices of Jim Henson and Frank Oz, with cameo appearances by John Cleese, Diana Rigg, Charles Grodin and Peter Ustinov.

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Jumanji (1995) Sony Channel 2:20pm-4:30pm (2 hours 10 minutes)
A man who has been trapped inside a mysterious jungle board game for 26 years is eventually freed when two children start to play it. Unfortunately, he arrives with a rampaging horde of animals on his heels, leaving only one solution – to finish the game he started all those years ago. Fantasy adventure, starring Robin Williams, Kirsten Dunst and Bonnie Hunt.

You’ve Got Mail (1998) 5STAR 4:05pm-6:30pm
Two rivals in the bookshop business fall in love over the internet, unaware they know and dislike each other in the real world. While things remain frosty in person, the pair’s anonymous online relationship continues to blossom. Romantic comedy, starring Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan, Greg Kinnear, Parker Posey and Dabney Coleman.

Muppet Treasure Island (1996) Film4 4:40pm-6:50pm (2 hours 10 minutes)
A youngster finds a treasure map and joins an expedition searching for a famous buccaneer’s lost treasure on an unexplored island. However, their mission falls foul of a band of pirates hiding out among the crew. Musical comedy based on Robert Louis Stevenson’s novel, starring Tim Curry, Billy Connolly, Jennifer Saunders and Kevin Bishop alongside the puppet characters.

Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994) GOLD 7:35pm-9:10pm (1 hour 35 minutes)
An eccentric but brilliant former cop sets himself up to champion the underdog – as a private eye specialising in locating missing animals. The zany detective is called in to find a kidnapped dolphin – the mascot of an American football team – and uncovers a plot involving high-level police corruption. Comedy, starring Jim Carrey, Courteney Cox, Sean Young, Tone Loc and Noble Willingham.

Lethal Weapon 3 (1992) Dave 9:00pm-11:20pm (2 hours 20 minutes)
Detectives Riggs and Murtaugh team up with a reformed small-time crook and a tough, female internal-affairs investigator to track down a former policeman trafficking impounded weaponry to the bosses of organised crime. Action thriller sequel, starring Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Joe Pesci and Rene Russo.

Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls (1995) GOLD 9:10pm-11:00pm (1 hour 50 minutes)
The eccentric pet detective is coaxed out of self-imposed exile in a Buddhist monastery to visit Africa and help search for a sacred white bat. However, his unique investigative talents are tested to the limits as he faces a race against time to find the missing creature and prevent a tribal war. Comedy sequel, starring Jim Carrey, Simon Callow and Bob Gunton.

The Deer Hunter (1978) ITV4 11:20pm-1:30am
The lives of three American steelworkers and their families are torn apart in the wake of the Vietnam War. After enduring horrific treatment in a prison camp during the conflict, the three friends return to their homes but struggle to readjust to normal life. Oscar-winning drama, starring Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken, Meryl Streep, John Savage and John Cazale in his last film role.

Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004) BBC1 11:45pm-1:20am (1 hour 35 minutes)
The chauvinistic host of a top-rated American news programme in 1970s San Diego fights for his status and job security when both are threatened by the arrival of an ambitious female reporter, whose determination to become a newsreader leads to a bitter battle of the sexes. Comedy, starring Will Ferrell, Christina Applegate, Fred Willard and Steve Carell.

SATURDAY 15th April

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The Flintstones
(1994) ITV 11:35am-1:20pm (1 hour 45 minutes)
Blue-collar caveman Fred Flintstone is promoted to an executive position at work and unwittingly becomes embroiled in an embezzlement scheme – thanks in no small part to his seductive new assistant. Live-action version of the cartoon comedy, starring John Goodman, Rick Moranis, Rosie O’Donnell, Halle Berry and Elizabeth Taylor.

Matilda (1996) Sony Channel 12:00pm-2:05pm (2 hours 5 minutes)
A gifted youngster is packed off by her selfish parents to the prison-like Crunchem Hall School. Once there, she befriends a sweet-natured teacher who convinces her that not all grown-ups are bad – and urges her to use her special powers to turn the tables on the nasty headmistress. Fantasy comedy, adapted from the children’s book by Roald Dahl, with Mara Wilson, Pam Ferris, Embeth Davidtz, Rhea Perlman and Danny DeVito, who also directed.

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Home Alone (1990) Film4 1:00pm-3:10pm (2 hours 10 minutes)
A boy has to fend for himself when he is accidentally left behind after his family jets off to Paris for Christmas. The youngster initially enjoys his freedom, but is soon forced to resort to ingenious booby traps to defend the family home from two dim-witted burglars. Comedy, starring Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern, John Heard, Catherine O’Hara and John Candy.

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The Secret of My Success (1987) ITV 1:20pm-3:30pm (2 hours 10 minutes)
A naive country boy travels to New York to make his fortune, only to end up working in a corporation’s mail room. He chances on a vacant office and hatches a plan to pass himself off as a top-ranking executive, but leading a double life proves harder than expected. Comedy, starring Michael J Fox, Helen Slater, Richard Jordan and Fred Gwynne.

Bean (1997) ITV2 6:45pm-8:30pm
The hapless fool is employed as a security guard for a British art gallery and is sent to Los Angeles to bring back a famous painting. Unfortunately, he finds himself mistaken for a renowned art professor and invited to make an important presentation. Mel Smith’s British comedy, starring Rowan Atkinson, Burt Reynolds, Peter MacNicol, John Mills, Peter Capaldi and June Brown.

Clear and Present Danger (1994) ITV4 9:00pm-11:50pm
A CIA analyst gets caught up in the Colombian drug trade while trying to track down terrorists responsible for the murder of a close friend of the US president – but his investigations point to illegal activity and corruption at the very top of government. Action thriller, based on Tom Clancy’s novel, with Harrison Ford reprising his role from Patriot Games alongside Willem Dafoe, Anne Archer and James Earl Jones.

SUNDAY 16th April

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Thunderball
(1965) ITV 12:00pm-2:35pm (2 hours 35 minutes)
James Bond travels to the Bahamas on the trail of two nuclear warheads stolen from a British aircraft. The lethal weapons have fallen into the hands of international crime syndicate Spectre, which plans to fire them at the US coast unless an exorbitant ransom is paid. Spy adventure, starring Sean Connery, Claudine Auger, Adolfo Celi and Lois Maxwell.

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Cool Runnings (1993) BBC1 2:15pm-3:50pm (1 hour 35 minutes)
A sprinter fails to qualify for the Jamaican Olympic squad, but refuses to give up his dream. Learning that a former US bobsleigh coach is living nearby, he seizes the chance to shine in an entirely different sport, and cajoles three of his friends to join him in training for the 1988 Winter Olympics in the far less tropical environment of Canada. Fact-based comedy, with John Candy, Leon, Doug E Doug and Malik Yoba.

Oliver! (1968) Channel 5 5:20pm-8:00pm (2 hours 40 minutes)
Oscar-winning musical version of the stage play based on Charles Dickens’ classic tale about a lonely workhouse orphan who ends up on the cold streets of London, where he falls under the wing of petty crook Fagin and his gang of young backstreet thieves. Featuring the iconic songs Food, Glorious Food, Consider Yourself, As Long as He Needs Me and You’ve Got to Pick a Pocket or Two. Starring Ron Moody, Mark Lester, Oliver Reed, Jack Wild, Harry Secombe, Shani Wallis and Leonard Rossiter.

Mission: Impossible 2 (2000) Film4 6:35pm-9:00pm (2 hours 25 minutes)
Secret agent Ethan Hunt sent to find and destroy the only sample of a deadly man-made virus. However, he faces tough opposition in a former spy-turned-criminal mastermind who has already acquired the cure and now wants the pathogen itself. Director John Woo’s action thriller sequel, starring Tom Cruise, Dougray Scott, Thandie Newton and Anthony Hopkins.

Apocalypse Now (1979) Spike 9:00pm-12:00am (3 hours)
An army captain is sent on a top-secret mission into Cambodia, where his goal is to find and assassinate a renegade colonel who has gone insane and is worshipped by his followers as a god. However, as his patrol boat journeys further upriver, the conflict and disarray surrounding him becomes increasingly disturbing and nightmarish. Francis Ford Coppola’s Vietnam War drama, starring Martin Sheen, Marlon Brando and Robert Duvall.

The Dirty Dozen (1967) ITV4 9:05pm-12:10am
An uncompromising major is placed in charge of a seemingly suicidal mission to destroy a French chateau being used as a base by Nazi officers. Needing tough but expendable soldiers for the task, he recruits 12 hardened criminals from a military prison. Second World War action adventure, starring Lee Marvin, Telly Savalas, Ernest Borgnine, Charles Bronson and Donald Sutherland.

MONDAY 17th April

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Kingpin
(1996) Channel 4 1:00am-3:00am (2 hours)
A former 10-pin bowling champion prodigy turns conman and hits the bottle when an accident leads to the loss of his hand. To revive his flagging fortunes, he goes all out to persuade a gifted Amish man to take up the sport professionally so he can cash in on his prize-winnings. Comedy from the Farrelly brothers, starring Woody Harrelson, Randy Quaid, Vanessa Angel and Bill Murray.

Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989) Film4 11:00am-12:50pm (1 hour 50 minutes)
A professor invents a ray with the power to reduce objects in size. Unfortunately, his kids and their meddling friends activate it and are shrunk to microscopic proportions. When they are accidentally thrown out with the rubbish, the children have to contend with all kinds of animals and insects on their journey home across the backyard. Disney comedy, with Rick Moranis, Marcia Strassman and Amy O’Neill.

Patch Adams (1998) Sony Channel 1:15pm-3:45pm (2 hours 30 minutes)
A talented student doctor turns the medical community upside down with his offbeat views about the healing power of laughter. His methods provoke outrage and intense debate among his professors – but his extrovert nature brightens the lives of all kinds of patients. Comedy drama, starring Robin Williams, Monica Potter, Daniel London, Bob Gunton and Philip Seymour Hoffman.

Coming to America (1988) GOLD 9:00pm-11:20pm (2 hours 20 minutes)
A bored African prince defies his father’s plans for an arranged marriage and escapes to the USA to find a bride on his own terms. Comedy, starring Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall in several roles, with James Earl Jones, Allison Dean, Eriq La Salle and Madge Sinclair.

Whatever you’re up to this loooong weekend, happy hunting and have a barrel full of fun!

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