"Based on a True Story": Theatre, Screen, Radio, Sport and Martial Arts

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1.
Miss Marie Lloyd (2007 TV Movie)
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In the first decade of the twentieth century Miss Marie Lloyd is the biggest female entertainer in England... (80 mins.)
Director: James Hawes
 
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The Great Caruso (1951)
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Loosely traces the life of tenor Enrico Caruso (1873-1921). He loves Musetta, in his home town of Naples... (109 mins.)
Director: Richard Thorpe
 
3.
Chaplin (1992)
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A film about the troubled and controversial life of the master comedy filmmaker Charles Chaplin. (143 mins.)
 
4.
The Cat's Meow (2001)
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Semi-true story of the Hollywood murder that occurred at a star-studded gathering aboard William Randolph Hearst's yacht in 1924. (114 mins.)
 
5.
Cradle Will Rock (1999)
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A true story of politics and art in the 1930s U.S., focusing on a leftist musical drama and attempts to stop its production. (132 mins.)
Director: Tim Robbins
 
6.
Chariots of Fire (1981)
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Two British track athletes, one a determined Jew and the other a devout Christian, compete in the 1924 Olympics. (125 mins.)
Director: Hugh Hudson
 
7.
Bert & Dickie (2012)
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Thrown together just five weeks before the final of the 1948 London Olympics, Bert Bushnell and Dickie Burnell row together in the the double sculls. (89 mins.)
Director: David Blair
 
8.
The Best of Men (2012 TV Movie)
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Towards the end of the second world war Dr Ludwig Guttmann, a brisk refugee from Nazi Germany, arrives... (90 mins.)
Director: Tim Whitby
 
9.
Quiz Show (1994)
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A young lawyer, Richard Goodwin, investigates a potentially fixed game show. Charles Van Doren, a big time show winner, is under Goodwin's investigation. (133 mins.)
Director: Robert Redford
 
10.
Ed Wood (1994)
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An ambitious but troubled movie director tries his best to fulfill his dream, despite his lack of support. (127 mins.)
Director: Tim Burton
 
11.
Stan (2006 TV Movie)
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Based on the Neil Brand's critically acclaimed radio play of the same name, the drama follows Stan Laurel's... (59 mins.)
Director: Jon Sen
 
12.
My Week with Marilyn (2011)
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Colin Clark, an employee of Sir Laurence Olivier's, documents the tense interaction between Olivier and Marilyn Monroe during the production of The Prince and the Showgirl. (99 mins.)
Director: Simon Curtis
 
13.
The Girl (2012 TV Movie)
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The turbulent relationship between filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock and actress Tippi Hedren. (91 mins.)
Director: Julian Jarrold
 
14.
The Road to Coronation Street (2010 TV Movie)
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The story of how the 22-year-old Tony Warren conceived, wrote and fought for the record breaking UK TV series Coronation Street. (75 mins.)
 
15.
The Eichmann Show (2015 TV Movie)
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Dramatisation of the team hoping to televise the trial of Adolf Eichmann, an infamous nazi responsible for the deaths of millions of Jews. It focuses on Leo Hurwitz, a documentary film-maker and Milton Fruchtman, a producer. (90 mins.)
 
16.
The Life and Death of Peter Sellers (2004)
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The feature adaptation of Roger Lewis' book about the actor best remembered as Inspector Clouseau in the Pink Panther movies. (122 mins.)
Director: Stephen Hopkins
 
17.
Eric & Ernie (2011 TV Movie)
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A telling of the fledging careers and early days of the comedy duo that was Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise, from their dance-hall performances of northern England to cult status. (90 mins.)
Director: Jonny Campbell
 
18.
Frankie Howerd: Rather You Than Me (2008 TV Movie)
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In the 1950s Frankie Howerd, the famous radio and film comedian, meets a young waiter Dennis Heymer... (60 mins.)
Director: John Alexander
 
19.
The Curse of Steptoe (2008 TV Movie)
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In the early 1960s aspiring stage actor Harry H. Corbett jumps at the chance to play junk-dealer Harold... (67 mins.)
Director: Michael Samuels
 
20.
An Adventure in Space and Time (2013 TV Movie)
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A dramatisation of the early years of Doctor Who, with the story revolving around BBC executive Sydney Newman, novice producer Verity Lambert and actor William Hartnell. (90 mins.)
Director: Terry McDonough
 
21.
Hattie (2011 TV Movie)
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Married comic actors Hattie Jacques and John LeMesurier seem the perfect couple,with their two young... (85 mins.)
Director: Dan Zeff
 
22.
Hancock & Joan (2008 TV Movie)
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In the mid-1960s, Joan, not long married to comic actor John Le Mesurier, meets and is mutually attracted to comedian Tony Hancock... (86 mins.)
Director: Richard Laxton
 
23.
We're Doomed! The Dad's Army Story (2015 TV Movie)
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In 1967 actor Jimmy Perry shows his friend David Croft the script of a sitcom he has written based on his time in the Home Guard... (60 mins.)
 
24.
Kenneth Williams: Fantabulosa! (2006 TV Movie)
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Martyn Hesford's comedy-drama about the life and times of tortured comic Kenneth Williams based on his diaries. (79 mins.)
Director: Andy de Emmony
 
25.
Cor, Blimey! (2000 TV Movie)
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Dramatisation of the love affair between Sidney James and Barbara Windsor, played out against the backdrop of the 'Carry On' films during the 1960s and 1970s. (108 mins.)
Director: Terry Johnson
 
26.
Hughie Green, Most Sincerely (2008 TV Movie)
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In 1934 Hughie Green, a nervous 14-year old performer, is pushed onto a stage in his native Canada.... (80 mins.)
Director: Daniel Percival
 
27.
Filth: The Mary Whitehouse Story (2008 TV Movie)
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Documents the rise of Mary Whitehouse during the 1960's, and the relationship between her and Sir Hugh Carleton Greene, the Director General of the BBC. (90 mins.)
Director: Andy de Emmony
 
28.
Kenneth Tynan: In Praise of Hardcore (2005 TV Movie)
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In 1963, flamboyant, eccentric English theatre critic Kenneth Tynan is made 'literary manager' of London's National Theatre... (73 mins.)
Director: Chris Durlacher
 
29.
The Look of Love (2013)
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The life of Paul Raymond, the controversial entrepreneur who became Britain's richest man. (101 mins.)
 
30.
Prick Up Your Ears (1987)
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This film is the story of the spectacular life and violent death of British playwright Joe Orton. In his teens... (105 mins.)
Director: Stephen Frears
 
31.
Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story (1993)
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A fictionalized account of the life of the martial arts superstar. (120 mins.)
Director: Rob Cohen
 
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Private Parts (1997)
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The autobiographical story of Howard Stern, the radio rebel who is now also a TV personality, an author and a movie star. (109 mins.)
Director: Betty Thomas
 
33.
Best Possible Taste: The Kenny Everett Story (2012 TV Movie)
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Schoolboy Maurice Cole,growing up in 1960s Liverpool,is picked on for being effeminate but is already... (90 mins.)
Director: James Strong
 
34.
Holy Flying Circus (2011 TV Movie)
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Tells the story of the outraged, and sometimes violent, response to 'The Life of Brian' the Monty Python movie that satirized the life of Jesus. (89 mins.)
Director: Owen Harris
 
35.
Tommy Cooper: Not Like That, Like This (2014 TV Movie)
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With his trade-mark fez and bumbling stage persona involving clever conjuring tricks which appear to... (100 mins.)
Director: Benjamin Caron
 
36.
Fear of Fanny (2006 TV Movie)
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The bizarre tale of Fanny Cradock, Britain's famous and maligned TV chef from 50s to the 70s. (80 mins.)
Director: Coky Giedroyc
 
37.
Toast (2010 TV Movie)
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The ultimate nostalgia trip through everything edible in 1960's Britain. (96 mins.)
Director: S J Clarkson
 
38.
Raging Bull (1980)
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An emotionally self-destructive boxer's journey through life, as the violence and temper that leads him to the top in the ring destroys his life outside it. (129 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
 
39.
Don King: Only in America (1997 TV Movie)
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A cinematic portrait of the famous fight promoter and boxing manager. (121 mins.)
Director: John Herzfeld
 
40.
United (2011)
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United is based on the true story of Manchester United's legendary "Busby Babes", the youngest side... (94 mins.)
Director: James Strong
 
41.
The Damned United (2009)
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The story of the controversial Brian Clough's 44-day reign as the coach of the English football club Leeds United. (98 mins.)
Director: Tom Hooper
 
42.
Howzat! Kerry Packer's War (2012 Mini-Series)
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The Ashes is the pinnacle of world cricket with two old enemies, Australia and England, going head to head... (180 mins.)