further decades of enlightened exhibition, under the management of George H OELLERING (1939–80).
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
Acheson, James (aka Jim)
( b Leicester, 1946). Costume designer. Worked on a range of high-profile films since 1980, including the surrealities of Time Bandits (1981), MontyPython’s The Meaning of Life (1983) and Brazil (1985) and international period pieces such as The Last Emperor (1987, Ch/ It) and Dangerous Liaisons (1988, US), winning Oscars for both (and for Restoration , 1995, UK
programmes, along with
the highly popular MontyPython’s Flying Circus (1969–74), became a sign of
Greene’s intent to increase audiences and reach out to the public.
Another in this series of more populist programmes, Z Cars (1962–78),
had originally been produced by the documentary department, and the
realism the programme brought to television screens gave it even more
credence, illustrated in the immigrant vs. landlord misunderstanding of the
‘A Place of Safety’ (24 June 1964) episode featuring Johnny Sekka and
Alaknanda Samarth. A problem with late rent and a gruff
Last complained that Gangsters was like a
compound of leavings from The Avengers, MontyPython, early Laurel and
Hardy, late Ken Russell, Who Do You Do? and Batman . . . with a touch of
The Prisoner thrown in . . . You can’t get too many laughs from a W.C.
Fields impersonation when it is liable to be followed by painful death
and wild realistic grief, or relax with jokes like a tombstone inscribed
Sacred To The Memory of Bryan Cowgill when a few frames further on
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an elderly Asian will be