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BRUCE ROBINSON'S deliciously decadent, semi-autobiographical directorial debut Withnail and I (10.30pm FilmFour) has a strong cult following. It's an unrivalled portrait of two resting actors (Richard E Grant, right, and Paul McGann) on a bender in a run-down Lake District cottage owned by Withnail's odd uncle Monty (Richard Griffiths) during the fag end of the 1960s.

How often have you been trapped at parties by Withnail bores reciting great screeds of the dialogue at you? Students still indulge in the Withnail drinking game, where they have to match the characters in the film drink for drink; they rarely last for more than half an hour. In the preceding Withnail and Us (10pm FilmFour), the film's enduring appeal is examined by Robinson, Grant, McGann, Ralph Brown and long-standing fans, Adam and Joe.

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