Classic movie returns: What to watch this autumn

Image copyright NBC Image caption Walt Disney and Paramount Pictures released new broadcast programmes Who can forget Charlie Brown’s Finding Nemo with the wonders of the ocean? But you will rarely be able to…

Classic movie returns: What to watch this autumn

Image copyright NBC Image caption Walt Disney and Paramount Pictures released new broadcast programmes

Who can forget Charlie Brown’s Finding Nemo with the wonders of the ocean? But you will rarely be able to watch these classics as they were originally broadcast.

In a bid to attract new fans, many broadcasters have announced an array of new, unique versions of popular movies as well as special, once-in-a-lifetime programmes.

“Life’s a beach, but this year we found incredible weather and we got into the theme” said Rebecca Al-Ostrander, a BBC production executive.

The World Food Championships special (Channel 4, Saturday 25 September, 24.30pm) will show the 2018 competition live as Dali the reigning champion fights for the title for a second year.

Once-in-a-lifetime

It starts with a performance of special celebrity guest James Corden. Among the 40,000 guests will be model Winnie Harlow and TV adventurer Bear Grylls.

Next up is a red carpet comedy about rebuilding the Titanic. Instead of dodging icebergs and icebergs, it goes to London to the reborn Monte Carlo Palace hotel, this time for the Great Britain vs Denmark final.

In the summer, the gripping McQueen: Fashion and Murder special (Channel 4, Monday 26 September, 30.30pm) focuses on the discovery of a contract killing of the designer whose name adorns every garment in his archive.

Anna Williamson’s choice of flicks

The Let It Shine, The Graham Norton Show, Bang On! and The Sunday Night Project will be joined by a raft of new programmes:

Children of the 30s (BBC One, Tuesday 19 September, 10.30pm) – part of a series for BBC Three. A new cast is brought together to celebrate a key time in history.

The Welsh Rocks TV show (BBC Two, Monday 25 September, 10.15pm) – a radio series meets musicians from the north Wales region whose story is told through music.

The Christmas with Kaye Adams and Piers Morgan BBC One special (BBC One, Sunday 26 December, 12.20pm) – a Christmas one-off with some much-anticipated guests.

Mandy Moore: The Unauthorised Story (BBC Two, Monday 25 September, 10.30pm) – a documentary following the actress as she talks about growing up in Utah as the child of a Mormon minister.

Simon Wheeler’s choice of flicks

What’s getting the best reviews?

Charlie Brown Christmas (Nat Geo, 15)

Charlie Brown finds himself in a holiday dilemma when he discovers his beloved Christmas tree has become sick and then his neighbour Lucy gets a rose stolen from her purse by an under-age tree elf. He decides to replace it with the one he has always wanted. It’s a love story for the ages.

The Good Cop (Sky One, Sunday 11 December, 10pm)

The first series of this hard-hitting cop show features Tony Danza and Boris Kodjoe as NYPD detectives, Jack Donaghy and Julio Villegas, sharing custody of their teenage daughter Karen. In each episode, Donaghy is doing his very best to stop a crime in progress while vllegas deals with the social issues that have been brought about by his family situation.

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (Universal, Friday 13 June, 7.45pm)

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom will see Jurassic World’s director JW Johnson and producer Steven Spielberg unite again for what they claim will be “the second installment of the ‘Jurassic Park’ trilogy” – Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom sees the return of old favourites Dr Grant, Coop and Claire. But new blood is also introduced into the cast, with the star studded cast including Bryce Dallas Howard, Toby Jones, Rafe Spall, Daniella Pineda, James Cromwell and Justice Smith.

Lights Out (Trilogy in One Day)

Lights Out – which includes a devastating incident called a Nasty Surprise or Terror Plunge – is available as part of this year’s Trilogy in One Day event at cinemas around the UK and Ireland.

This compilation of shorts is hosted by Channel 4, SBS, Netflix and all four major theatrical film studios: DreamWorks, Illumination, StudioCanal and Focus Features.

Philip Felix Jones’ top picks

Ben Hur (DISNEY, 2&2 & 3 September, 7.50pm)

A chilling drama about the origins of

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