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Alan Clarke

Described as 'the best of us' by Stephen Frears, Alan Clarke was the most radical and uncompromising of the generation of directors who forged their careers on British TV.

In 2016 Clarke is championed by the BFI with a season at BFI Southbank cinema, a DVD/Blu-ray box set and this collection on BFI Player.

To complement the box set, which focuses on Clarke's BBC films, BFI Player presents the director's few forays into feature-films and his work for ITV and Associated-Rediffusion.

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Alan Clarke
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Made in Britain 1982 18

Tim Roth burst onto British screens with his coruscating performance as a teenage skinhead in this TV play from Alan Clarke and David Leland.

United Kingdom Director. Alan Clarke

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Achilles' Heel

Achilles' Heel 1973

Alan Clarke’s film of a day in the life of a professional footballer as he deals with the newfound pressures of money, glamour and celebrity in the 1970s game.

70 mins United Kingdom Director. Alan Clarke

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The Fifty-seventh Saturday 1968 PG

Veteran character actor Ronald Fraser plays a middle-aged man trapped in the dull routine of his Saturday-afternoon love affair.

28 mins United Kingdom Director. Alan Clarke

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Rita, Sue and Bob Too 1986

A married man seduces two teenage babysitters in Alan Clarke’s mix of bawdy comedy and social comment, based on Andrea Dunbar’s Bradford plays.

93 mins United Kingdom Director. Alan Clarke

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Billy the Kid and the Green Baize Vampire

Billy the Kid and the Green Baize Vampire 1985 PG

Alan Clarke’s once derided feature is surely the only vampire snooker musical in cinema history and a genuine cult artefact ripe for rediscovery.

93 mins United Kingdom Director. Alan Clarke

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The Gold Robbers: The Arrangement

The Gold Robbers: The Arrangement 1969 12

Alan Clarke directs this episode of a 13-part serial inspired by The Great Train Robbery of 1963, starring Peter Vaughan as the dogged detective on the case.

United Kingdom Director. Alan Clarke

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Stella 1968 15

Alun Owen and director Alan Clarke's extraordinary power-play charts the explosive sexual dynamic between the titular heroine and her obsessive lover.

26 mins United Kingdom Director. Alan Clarke

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Shelter 1967 12

Two strangers (Wendy Craig and Colin Blakely) come together in a park shelter and engage in a frank, confessional and confrontational conversation.

28 mins United Kingdom Director. Alan Clarke

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Goodnight Albert
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Goodnight Albert 1968 PG

Alan Clarke directs Roy Minton’s intimate play detailing the frank yet touching relationship between a brash young miner and his gran.

28 mins United Kingdom Director. Alan Clarke

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