Film and TV
Whether you choose to watch TV, dig out your old DVD collection or sign up for any of the streaming media services, such as Netflix and Amazon Prime, the choice of films and TV shows to watch seems almost limitless. Take a look at our resources and decide what’s best for you.
TV channels and providers
The old days of having just five TV channels in the UK are long gone. There are now hundreds of channels for you to choose from on the three main TV platforms—Sky, Virgin Media and Freeview.
Check out the Freeview website to discover the many and varied free channels for you to enjoy.
Click www.freeview.co.uk/corporate/platform-management/channel-listings to access.
Sky and Virgin Media are paid for subscription services, and also provide the same free channels as Freeview. Have a look at the Sky and Virgin Media websites to see the different channels they have on offer.
For Sky, click www.sky.com/tv-guide to access.
For Virgin Media, click www.virginmedia.com/virgin-tv-edit/tips-and-tricks/virgin-tv-channel-guide to access.
The main UK terrestrial TV channels offer a “catch up” option, so that you can view programmes that were previously broadcasted whenever you wish, either on your TV or online. Explore the Television Catch Up website to find out more.
Click www.televisioncatchup.co.uk to access.
If you feel as if you’ve watched every film on TV already, it’s time to check out the British Film Institute’s eclectic selection of free, short fiction and non-fiction films.
TV streaming services
TV streaming services, such as Netflix and Amazon Prime, are hugely popular; you can watch a whole range of films and TV shows whenever you like—just download to your Smart TV, computer, iPad, Android tablet, or even your mobile phone. Services are based on a monthly or annual subscription, with a range of pricing options, and no limits on the amount you can watch.
Netflix is the grandaddy of streaming services, as it was the 1st to market. They’ve got a wide variety of award-winning TV shows and films for you to enjoy.
Click www.netflix.com/gb to access.
Amazon Prime Video has a back catalogue of films and TV shows, along with an ever growing range of original content.
Click www.amazon.co.uk/primevideo to access.
Discover Disney +, Disney’s catalogue of films and TV shows—ranging from Disney to Pixar, and from Star Wars to Marvel.
Click www.disneyplus.com to access.
If you use any Apple device, Apple TV + is available for you. There is a range of original films and TV shows on offer, so have a look and see what interests you.
Click www.apple.com/uk/apple-tv-plus to access.
We’ve brought together some classic TV interviews for you to enjoy and reminisce.
Watch Michael Parkinson’s favourite interviews with Muhamad Ali, showing interview clips of Parkinson’s 4 meetings with Ali—in 1971, 1974, 1975 and 1981.
Delight in the best moments from Sir Terry Wogan's chat show, featuring Oscar-winning guests, such as Audrey Hepburn, Mel Brooks, James Stewart, Cher, Henri Mancini, Gregory Peck, Gene Hackman and Anne Bancroft.
Be captivated by this fascinating interview with Dame Maggie Smith.
For Bond fans out there, check out this interview with Sean Connery on the Late Show with David Letterman.
This isn’t exactly an interview, rather the outrageous Liberace talking to the audience at The Las Vegas Hilton in 1978.
Famous comedy sketches
For those of you who like a good chuckle, we’ve got some famous comedy sketches for you to roll on the floor laughing with.
The 'Four Candles' sketch, from The Two Ronnies
The 'Del at the Bar' scene from Only Fools and Horses
The 'Del and Rodney moving a chandelier' scene from Only Fools and Horses
The 'Breakfast' scene from Morecombe and Wise
The 'Basil Attacks His Car' scene from Fawlty Towers
The 'Betty tells Frank she is pregnant' scene from Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em
The 'I shall say this only once' scene from ‘Allo ‘Allo
The 'Don’t tell him Pike!' scene from Dad’s Army
If you are looking to enjoy the classic movies of Hollywood, don’t miss BBC’s iplayer collection! You’ll find movies from Hollywood’s Golden Age including King Kong and Citizen Kane.
Let’s take a walk down memory lane with some classic film clips.
Yul Brynner and Deborah Kerr perform "Shall We Dance" from The King and I
Watch the jawdropping "Rhett Buys Scarlett" scene from Gone with the Wind
Marvel at Fred and Ginger dancing the night away in Top Hat
Doesn’t everybody love Gene Kelly in Singing in the Rain?
Sing along with Doris Day to Que Sera Sera
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