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Top 10 Greatest British Films of all Time!

4 August 2011 2:40 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Ok, so we’ve had another – albeit much lower key – royal wedding this weekend, as the Queens granddaughter Zara Phillips wed her Rugby captain boyfriend Mike Tindall…so I’m feeling all patriotic again and want to let you know what I believe are the 10 Greatest British films of all time!

Us Brits produce a diverse range of films these days, covering anything from psychological horror to mushy romantic comedies via gripping wartime thrillers and tense emotional dramas. And by George, we do it blooming well at times! So in honour of celebrating all that is spiffing about this glorious nation of ours, here’s what I consider to be the 10 greatest British films of all time…


10. The Lavender Hill Mob (1951)

Combining hilarious madcap comedy with thrills and suspense aplenty, this Ealing film is exactly what comedy is about. One of the films that helped give the studio a name for itself, »

- Stuart Cummins

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Helene Palmer

1 February 2011 10:17 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Actor known for her role as Ida Clough in Coronation Street

The actor Helene Palmer, who has died aged 82, donned a black wig and frumpy overalls in the television soap opera Coronation Street to play Ida Clough, one of a triumvirate of stroppy machinists who tested Mike Baldwin's patience at his denim garment factory in Weatherfield in the 1970s. With Ivy Tilsley and Vera Duckworth, Ida featured from 1978 until 1988 as a militant unionist at Baldwin's Casuals – in a decade when strikes and lockouts were the order of the day in the real world.

The loudmouthed Ida challenged Ivy for the role of shop steward in 1980 but lost the election. She lost her job when, eight years later, she shopped Mike for drink-driving and he received a ban. At various times, Ida's children – the even louder Muriel (Angela Catherall) and the dopey van driver Bernard (Jeffrey Longmore) – worked at the factory. »

- Anthony Hayward

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