Film and TV appearances

Film appearances : Clockwise

Film appearances : Clockwise

It may have been one of Britain’s best-selling cars of the 1960s and ’70s, but John Cleese’s characters of Basil Fawlty and Brian Stimpson in Clockwise were far from fans of the BMC 1100/1300 range. ANDREW ROBERTS looks at Cleese’s 1986 attempted murder of a Morris. FOR a vehicle which has a fair claim to being […]

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Video of the Week : Templar meets Turbo – MG Montego (1985)

Video of the Week : Templar meets Turbo – MG Montego (1985)

Austin Rover’s sports saloon celebrates its 30th birthday this year. TV’s Ian Ogilvy and top-class racer Steve Soper star in Mike Humble’s factoid stat-packed look at the MG Montego Turbo as it gets a good hiding at the Thruxton circuit. I was in two minds over this video as there are two versions of it. One was strictly for […]

Film and TV appearances : Linda Green

Film and TV appearances : Linda Green

A comedy-drama set in a Rover dealership? That’ll be Linda Green. Ben Adams remembers it well… In this section AROnline has covered many shows where a firm motor has had pride of place somewhere in the show, well with the BBC show, Linda Green, the show’s star works in a Rover dealership! Played by the […]

Film and TV : Alan Partridge

Film and TV : Alan Partridge

Played superbly by Steve Coogan, this larger-than-life portrayal of sports presenter, turned chat show host, turned Radio Norwich presenter is one that is now firmly entrenched in the British comedy mainstream. The character of Partridge is a grotesque parody, and yet we cannot help but find him outrageously funny, even if it is at the […]

The Fourth Protocol

Perhaps one of the only times you’ll see Pierce Brosnan playing the baddie – Major Petrofsky – out to plant a nuclear bomb near an American air base in East Anglia, that could destroy NATO. Secret Service agent John Preston (Michael Caine) is given the responsibility of stopping him. Cue the cars, a few stunts […]

Get Carter

London-based gangster Jack Carter (played by Michael Caine) travels to Newcastle to try and unravel the circumstances surrounding the recent death of his brother, Frank, in an apparent drink-driving accident. In doing so, he becomes embroiled in the shady goings-on of the Tyneside underworld. Sublime direction, superb acting, excellent script, a finely-crafted score… and more […]

Goodbye Pork Pie

Mini Coopers? Who needs ‘em? For a real Mini adventure, all you need is a yellow British Leyland 1000 model, a few thousand miles of New Zealand countryside and Amy Archibald’s dog. RICHARD GUNN, a Seventies Mini owner himself, looks at Goodbye Pork Pie, one of the world’s lesser-known road movies. MINI Cooper owners have […]

Fawlty Towers

Almost 15 years before The Simpsons tapped the rich seam of dysfunctionality for comedic effect, Fawlty Towers was pioneering the concept. Basil Fawlty personfied that peculiarly British brand of lower middle-class repression, trapped by his surroundings, his prejudices and his barely-more-than-perfunctory relationship with his wife Sybil, who always seemed to have the upper hand. Seeing […]

Film and TV appearances : The Sweeney

Film and TV appearances : The Sweeney

Made between 1975 and 1978, The Sweeney was the definitive British TV cop show of its era. When officers Regan (John Thaw) and Carter (Dennis Waterman) of the Scotland Yard’s Flying Squad weren’t chasing villains, they could be found subsidsing their local brewery or bedding a variety of dolly birds. Who said a policeman’s lot […]

The New Avengers

In making The New Avengers, co-producer Brian Clemens desperately wanted to showcase the products of British Leyland. Thus, the three protagonists – Steed, Gambit and Purdey – were seen driving various Jaguars, a brace of Range Rovers, Rover SD1s, a couple of TR7s and an MGB. Even when the action moved abroad (firstly to France, […]

The Professionals

CI5 was the fictional criminal intelligence department set up chiefly to counter the emerging threat of international terrorism in the early 1970s. Described as being “the toughest crime-fighting organisation in the world… like the FBI, CIA and Interpol all rolled into one”, its officers were drawn from the elite of the country’s police forces and […]

Quadrophenia

The Who’s iconic homage to 1960s Mod culture offers numerous opportunities to catch a glimpse of some of BMC and Leyland’s fine vehicles. While the film’s period detailing is generally spot-on, the fact that it was shot at the end of the Seventies is betrayed in some of the street scenes, where the odd Austin […]

The Long Good Friday

The Long Good Friday is generally acknowledged as being one of the all-time classic British gangster films. At its heart lies a central contradiction, as anti-hero Harry Shand (played by Bob Hoskins) mourns the loss of the close-knit communities of his childhood, while at the same time is planning to profit from the redevelopment of […]