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Watch Mark Kermode find 1950s political attitudes in 1950s films

16 January 2021

9:00 AM

16 January 2021

9:00 AM

Mark Kermode’s Secrets of Cinema

BBC Four

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BBC1

The new series of Mark Kermode’s Secrets of Cinema began with an episode on British comedy films. As ever, Kermode was terrific at demonstrating how persistent certain characters and ideas in his chosen genre have proved to be. He traced the theme of ‘the little man’ from George Formby and Norman Wisdom to Paddington Bear, paying due attention to its origins in Britain’s most successful early film export, Charlie Chaplin.

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