Turner Prize and Specials' Terry Hall head for Coventry

Nativity! sheds some light in the gathering gloom

Coventry-born director Debbie Isitt's Nativity! is one of the first Christmas films out of the traps this festive season. Our own cineaste John Gore had a small part to play in getting it on to the screen, but that's not why he picks it as one of his TV films of the week. It's just fun. Also on the list are such greats as High Society (left), Bridge of Spies, and Monsoon.

This extraordinarily inventive production spans a country churchyard, an expansive
country estate, and even the battlefields of the Western Front. And you can take it all in from the comfort of your home, via YouTube. It's a very welcome return for the stalwarts of the Criterion in Earlsdon.

It's a week to wallow in the classic movies

John Gore dips into this week's bag of films on TV and comes up with some classics - Brief Encounter, for example, The Apartment (the great Billy Wilder comedy) and The Good The Bad and the Ugly (left). Add Matt Damon on Mars and a couple of highly unusual foreign offerings, and...enjoy

Late legend takes centre stage

The late Sean Connery dominates the films coming to TV (from Nov 15): Robin and Marian (left), The Man Who Would Be King, etc. But there's a lot more besides in JOHN GORE'S pick of the week, including the excellent Shoplifters from the Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda.

TV schedules on the war path

There are plenty of war-themed films in the schedule, unsurprisingly, given the time of year, but there's much else besides, says JOHN GORE - the stunning Inception, for example, The Talented Mr Ripley, and some evergreens including The Bodyguard (left).

Best known for the TV quiz The Chaser, Paul Sinha lifted the gloom with his one-man comedy stand-up which charts his extraordinary career ...." funny and poignant, heart-warming as well as witty,"

Silliness, drama,'s all on the TV menu.

John Gore's latest pick of the films on TV covers just about every genre you could think of. Want some horror? There's the scary US remake of The Ring (left). For fun try the classic Blithe Spirit; for something compelling and throught-provoking there's The Children Act. And there's much more besides.

It...may be a good reason for staying in with your TV

We've got a clutch of horror films coming to our TVs, appropriately for the week of Halloween, including It (left), based on a Stephen King story. Our cineaste JOHN GORE picks out the best of the bunch for us.

Timely movies to mark Black History Month

Our cineaste John Gore plots a way through the films and documentaries on the way to TV to mark Black History Month, from the highly acclaimed Hidden Figures, and the James Brown biopic Get On Up starring the late Chadwick Boseman (left), to the great documentary on James Baldwin, I Am Not Your Negro.

Panto missing from Belgrade line-up

Coventry's Belgrade has postponed Beauty and the Beast for a year but there is a line-up of shows coming up in the next few months. All with socially-distanced rules attached, of course.

Grants are huge relief to struggling theatres

Coventry's Belgrade celebrates a whopping windfall thanks to the government's Cultural Recovery Fund. The Albany Theatre has also landed a grant, of £250,000. The money will be a massive relief to theatres forced to close their doors by the pandemic. 

Staying in with some great movies

An iconic Western, Rio Bravo (pictured left), and the delightful Fabulous Baker Boys, head John Gore's line-up of films coming to TV in the week ahead. Throw in The Book Thief, Raging Bull, and many others, and...who needs to go out?

Spanning the years: Our latest guide to films coming to TV

Wartime classics, terrific comedy, Tom Hanks as a spy handler (left), Marilyn Monroe and Jayne Mansfield singing Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes...who could ask for more in a line-up of films coming to TV? Don't miss John Gore's latest tips. 

John Gore's latest pick of the films coming on TV

On John Gore's pick of the coming week's TV movies are classics like Nicholas Nickelby (left) and From Here to Eternity. There is also the innovative and puzzling Inception, Clint Eastwood's Sully: Miracle on the Hudson, and much more. 

Albion, BBC iPlayer until Sept 15

Filmed at London's Almeida Theatre, this garden is fertile ground for exploring the thorny issues surrounding Brexit, and much else. And with director, performers (including Daisy Edgar-Jones (left), designers and writer Mike Bartlett all at the top of their games, it's unmissable. Thanks, BBC!

John Gore reaches for the sky for his latest TV film picks

The ethics of drone strikes are explored in one of JOHN GORE'S picks of the films coming on TV: Eye in the Sky (left) with Helen Mirren and Alan Rickman will get you thinking. Don't miss Gravity for nail-biting thrills, and the disturbing but riveting Una.

The great films coming to a box near you

Saoirse Ronan (left) as a troubled teen in Lady Bird is one of the highlights of the coming week's TV movies. Add in some social comment, a helping of gritty violence and a few classic comedies, and you've got John Gore's latest essential list of films worth catching.

Theatres up and down the country are fighting for their lives in the wake of the corona pandemic.

Some have already gone to the wall. Leaders of the Belgrade Theatre have joined in a nationwide "red light'' campaign to convince the government that more help is needed.

Bizarre, funny,'s all on the TV film menu

A parade of eccentrics, the marginalised, feisty females and grumpy old men...and that's just the TV film menu for the weekend. There's much more to come in the next seven days. Don't miss John Gore's essential preview.

Your essential guide to the films coming to a TV near you

Babel starring Brad Pitt (left ) is one of the week's stand-out TV movies, says our resident cineaste John Gore. Other highlights include The Post, Cold Mountain, and Cold War, and to warm you up, the Chaplin classic Shoulder Arms. There's much more in John's unmissable list.

Rich pickings on next week's TV film menu

Some great films coming to TV next week. There's horror - The Shining, Ginger Snaps, and Peeping Tom. There are also a number of classics to watch for: Master and Commander, Hell or High Water, and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri. And of course, says John Gore, there's much more.

Classics on John Gore's film menu for the week ahead

Our cineaste picks out some great old movies coming to TV in the week ahead including The Ipcress File and the last film of both Clark Gable and Marilyn Monroe, The Misfits (pictured left). But there are plenty of other great items you won't want to miss on his menu for the next seven days.

TV movies to help widen your social circle

There are some much talked-about films coming to TV which you'll need to see to get in on the conversation. Films like The Truman Show (left), Thelma and Louise, and Erin Brokovitch. And there plenty of other goodies coming too, says John Gore.

Our latest round-up of the best movies coming on TV

A great Steve McQueen double bill, 12 Years a Slave (pictured left) and Shame, features in John Gore's pick of the films coming on TV in the week ahead. The classic 1948 Oliver Twist, and the touching Love is Strange are also on the list, along with many more.

John Gore's pick of the best movies coming on TV

On Chesil Beach, starring Saoirse Ronan, is one of the highlights of the coming week, says our resident cineaste. Also on his list are a couple of classic comedies, a timely documentary from the US, a couple of highly acclaimed pieces of European cinema, and more. Something for everyone, in other words.

National Theatre's latest YouTube line-up of free shows

Small Island and A Midsummer Night's Dream are two of the top shows the National Theatre is making available for free on its YouTube channel (although donations are requested). These will be the last in the series.

John Gore's tips for the best films coming to a TV near you

From the unsettling Room (pictured left), to the highly acclaimed The Social Network , the timely Selma, and the timeless Bullitt, the week's TV schedules have some great films coming up. Set your timer, and relax.

Watch two great Belgrade productions on YouTube for free

The Belgrade is making two highly acclaimed productions available online for free. Reasons to be Cheerful is based on the great Ian Dury. It's part play, part gig, and all great fun. The other is the equally well-received and equally unmissable, Made in India. Details on the News pages.

John Gore's latest unmissable picks of films coming on TV

A great documentary shines a light on the tragic life and death of Amy Winehouse, Eric Clapton's life and times get a similar treatment, and there are classics like the timeless African Queen - they and more are on John Gore's latest list of the best films coming up on TV.

This House, Nat Theatre Live (YouTube) until June 4

"A thrilling play that relives history and transcends it" - that's how one newspaper reviewer described This House when it was first staged. Now we can see it for free on YouTube. Is it as good as it's cracked up to be? Yes! Don't miss it!

Great comedies head this week's list of TV movies

There's a (nominally) kids' movie that adults will love, Chicken Run, and Some Like it Hot, a classic that you can never see too often, heading John Gore's tips for the best movies on TV in the coming week. There are plenty of other gems in there as well. It's a list you can't miss!   

Set your timer for some great films coming on TV...and stay in!

A terrific line-up for the coming week includes the classic Citizen Kane, the very funny East is East, super-cool Ryan O'Neal in The Driver, Bryan Cranston in Trumbo, and Tilda Swinton in A Bigger Splash. Don't go out! 

A Streetcar Named Desire, Nat Theatre Live (YouTube), to May 28

Gillian Anderson (Scully in TV's The X Files), is Blanche Dubois in this filmed performance of Tennessee Williams' steamy play. How does she do? Magnificently says our reviewer, making this one to catch.

Dave shows that home is where the art is

Coventry's very own West End star Dave Willetts tried something different - a live but relaxed concert from his own home, and it showcased his musical creativity and vocal charm perfectly.

Our very own cinesaste John Gore returns with his pick of the best movies on TV in the week ahead. From classics to biopix and much in between, there's something for everyone in his list.

TV films to make staying in fun

Our guest cineaste John Gore, founder of Coventry's StokeScreen Film Club, with his latest round-up of the best movies on TV in the coming week.

Coriolanus free - thanks to National Theatre

Tom Hiddleston as Coriolanus, Gillian Anderson in Streetcar, the brilliant political comedy This House, and more - they are all coming on YouTube free, thanks to the National Theatre. Check out the details...

Is theatrical hit a miss on the small screen?

It was a rip-roaring success in a live theatre, but now a recorded version of Wise Children can be seen on the BBC iPlayer. Our reviewer has seen both. How well has, what she calls the "cornucopia of silliness",  transferred to the small screen? Let's find out...

Do big names always mean great theatre?

Having seen the Belgrade production of Frankenstein, our reviewer was keen to catch the glittering National Theatre version with the big names on display and money-no-object visuals. Find out how the two compared...

I met my hero Cliff - and I've regretted it ever since

Elementarywhatson writer Margaret Mather admits to throwing a teenage tantrum when she met the Peter Pan of Pop after an exclusive concert. Find out what happened.

He nose, you know...

Roxanne, an adaptation of Cyrano de Bergerac, has Steve Martin as a local fire chief whose whopping conk puts a damper on his amorous ambitions. It's very funny - and it's one of the movies on TV in the coming week that our cineaste JOHN GORE recommends. Check out his list, and set your timer.

The tracks of my years caught on film

From the Beatles opening chord on the soundtrack of  Hard Day's Night to John Barry's testosterone-fuelled Bond themes and Ennio Morricone's iconic score for The Good The Bad and The Ugly,  movie music has shaken and stirred film critic John Gore. Take a hum down memory lane with him as he recalls his favourites.

One-man show was just the ticket for Coventry couple

You should never meet your heroes, so they say...except perhaps when your hero is Sir Ian McKellen. Coventry couple Terry and Sarah Little, fans of the great actor, met him and told him what they thought of his one-man show. Find out what happened next...

City is just the (Italian) job for movie makers

It may not be the Hollywood of the Midlands, but Coventry has had a surprising role in many top movies over the years. And it's not all about Lady Godiva.

The top 10 film adaptations of Shakespeare? See what our expert thinks

Orson Welles as Othello, Branagh as Hamlet. Oh Ralph Fiennes as Coriolanus. Then there's West Side Story and even Lion King. Shakespeare and cinema could have been made for each other. But which great films get into JOHN GORE'S top 10?

Shakespeare on TV - thanks to BBC

Thanks to a "Culture in Quarantine" programme launched by the BBC, we will soon be able enjoy six recent RSC Shakespeare plays on BBC4, including Macbeth starring Christopher Eccleston, Othello and Romeo and Juliet.

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