Flickers (3 stars)


(12) 300min

Made for British television in 1980 and starring the then bankable pairing of Bob Hoskins (between Pennies from Heaven and The Long Good Friday) and Frances De La Tour (fresh from the set of hit comedy Rising Damp) this six-part series is something of a charmer.

An oddball romantic comedy, set in the early days of cinema, Flickers follows the japer-ish adventures De La Tour’s Maud as she looks for a father for her unborn child. Meanwhile Hoskins’ Arnie is on the money-raising lam in the rough and tumble world of the silent cinema business. Together they make quite a team.

Directed with old-fashioned sturdiness by workaholic gun for hire Cyril Coke (Upstairs, Downstairs, The Onedin Line) and written by future Last of the Summer Wine scribe Roy Clarke, Flickers is an innocent pleasure. Two discs, minimal extras.

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