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Next, the delightfully entertaining and erudite Professor Sir Christopher Frayling returns to the show to talk about the 50th anniversary of the release of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey. Frayling’s BBC radio 4 documentary, produced by Nick Jones who projects all the clips on our show, and broadcast shortly after the show, contains some eye-popping new revelations about Kubrick’s script, which throw astonishing new light on the film.
Christopher stayed on to discuss his Guilty Pleasure, Deathline, known in the US as Raw Meat – Gary Sherman’s little-seen 1973 British horror film set largely in London’s Tube tunnels, starring a particularly nasty Donald Pleasance.
Mark talks about the BFI’s Ingmar Bergman season, part of the global celebrations of the illustrious director’s centenary. We celebrate the master by showing a clip from one of Mark’s favourite pastiches: the scene in Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey (1991) in which our titular teenagers encounter the Grim Reaper – and challenge him to a game of Twister.
You Were Never Really Here (2017) was released the Friday before our show and director Lynne Ramsay came on to talk about it. One of Mark’s favourite films is Ramsay’s early work Morvern Callar (2002). Mark welcomes its star Samantha Morton onto the stage and they talk about Samantha’s extensive back catalogue of films. Samantha promises to come back to introduce a Guilty Pleasure in a future show.
Released soon is Journeyman (2017), a passion
We close the show to the haunting strains of Also Sprach Zarathustra over the famous clip in 2001: A Space Odyssey.