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Tomorrow’s DVD release of Alpha Papa is a reminder that films based on television shows needn’t be On-the-Buses bad. Other honourable examples of the genre are The Inbetweeners Movie (2011), In the Loop (2009) and South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut (1999).

Film: The bewitching Ms Bisset

Jacqueline Bisset might be best remembered for that scene in The Deep, but over the past three decades she has worked with some of the greatest names in film, from Chabrol to Houston. And now she's busier than ever. By John Walsh

Welcome to the house of the spirits

What made Stanley Kubrick great? David Thomson analyses a celebrated scene from `The Shining', while, below, British actor Philip Stone, who was in it, recalls working with one of cinema's most enigmatic figures

`We got on because I wasn't frightened of him'

The Shining was my third film with Stanley Kubrick. Back in the 1960s he'd seen me on the London stage, in a David Storey play called The Contractor. He told me I acted like an American actor, in that I didn't really do much acting as such. He liked the way I listened. So I turned up at Brunel University in Uxbridge, west London, where he was on location, and was given a part in A Clockwork Orange, not knowing it would turn into this cult movie. He told me, "We could do some great work together." He worked you incredibly hard. I'd be on the set from 6 in the morning until 6 in the evening, and then it was back into London to go on stage.

Stanley Kubrick: A director who didn’t care how many takes it took

The key to working with Stanley Kubrick, who died this week, was not to be frightened of him, says actor Philip Stone

Film: The Critical Condition - Bite. Chew. Swallow. Gulp!

Film critics see themselves as... well, how do they see themselves? As harbingers of the truth? As Freudian analysts? As directors in waiting? In the fifth part of our week-long series on criticism, we explore their dark and lonely worldes

`Easy Rider' rides again

Dennis Hopper is recreating his famous role as a wild biker in an ad for the Ford Cougar. Jason Barlow was the only reporter allowed on set to meet him

Obituaries: Dick Higgins

DICK HIGGINS'S first book was entitled What Are Legends: a clarification. Higgins was himself a bona fide legend, for the books he published rather than wrote.

A pulp fiction era comes to an end as the creator of Batman dies

HIS IMAGINATION created a benign multi-millionaire who spends his spare time fighting evil criminals with his bare hands and always wins.

Interview: Julie Walters: Julie is a real character

Julie Walters is taking over our screens with a range of roles which fully demonstrate her versatility

The face is familiar...

Will Patton. The blond hood in Desperately Seeking Susan; leather- clad sadist in After Hours; his talents were wasted as bearded bad guy in The Postman.

Film: Daddy dearest

Once dismissed by Time magazine as the little brother with the big mouth, Peter Fonda was born into America's most famous screen dynasty and despite shooting himself in the stomach, dropping acid and tearing across America on a counter- cultural crusade, he's never quite escaped.

Film: It hasn't been an easy ride

Peter Fonda's success as Captain America has been even more of a handicap than his famous father, writes James Mottram

Choice: Film, As Good As It Gets

As Good As It Gets, on general release

Today's pick: Real Women

Real Women (9.30pm BBC1) Real women, alright, but whether this is real life or not is wide open to question. The casting director starts the rot by sacrificing social verisimilitude for big name action - and it's hard to swallow the supposition that Pauline Quirke, Frances Barber, Michelle Collins, Gwyneth Strong and Lesley Manville could ever have been at the same school together, let alone friends. Adapted by Susan Oudot from her own novel, her three-part drama begins with the quintet catching up with each other at Collins's hen night. Quirke is having some extra- marital how's-your-father, Strong is trying hard for children, Barber has sacrificed relationships for a media career, Manville is a closet lesbian, Collins is being blackmailed by a pornographer - and there's another whole foam bath of issues still waiting in the wings.

Preview: experience inventing america

THE BARBICAN'S year-long "Inventing America" season, which claims to be the world's largest ever celebration of US culture, gets off to a flying start this weekend with a season of classic biker movies, "Rebels on Wheels" which complements the The Art of the Harley exhibition (Tim Remus's photograph of a Shovelhead Chopper from the Arlen Ness collection, right), running until the end of April.
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