OU/BBC
19 Jul 2007

The Money Programme says "Once More with Ealing"

Colin Firth with The Money Programme's Libby Potter

Colin Firth with The Money Programme's Libby Potter

Tx: BBC Two, 7.00pm, Friday July 27

The Money Programme, co-produced by the BBC and The Open University, follows Ealing Studios efforts to break into the international market with their new St Trinian’s film starring Rupert Everett and Colin Firth.

Ealing Studios produced many iconic British films of the 1940s and 1950s including Kind Hearts and Coronets; Whisky Galore; and The Lavender Hill Mob. The studio was relaunched in 2000 and has most recently made Valiant and Alien Autopsy.

St Trinian’s is the first picture for Ealing Studios International and the revival of a popular piece of British Pop-Culture.

The Cannes Film Festival is the glamorous location for the launch of Ealing Studios International and the film to a curious international market. Can they sell this modern retelling of the wild schoolgirls in a wider, ultra-competitive market?

The Money Programme was on hand and had exclusive behind-the-scenes access to find out.

St Trinian’s stars Rupert Everett, Colin Firth and rising star Talulah Riley.

It is directed by Oliver Parker and Barnaby Thompson and will be released in the UK at Christmas 2007.

The Money Programme is part of the Summer of British Film season on BBC TWO. A season dedicated to home grown cinema, encompassing all genres from thriller and comedy to kitchen sink drama. This unique television event celebrates the rich heritage of British Film.

Editor’s Notes

The Open University has co-produced eight programmes as part of this Money Programme series each examining various themes and current affairs issues.

The Editor for the BBC is Clive Edwards and Series Producer is Michael Tuft. Executive Producer for The Open University is Emma De’Ath.

The Open University and BBC have been in partnership for more than 30 years, providing educational programming to a mass audience. In recent times this partnership has evolved from late night programming for delivering courses to peak time programmes with a broad appeal to encourage wider participation in learning.

All broadcast information is correct at time of issue.

For interview requests, Preview DVDs or other information please contact Guy Bailey or Kirsty Campbell

Resources

Related Courses and programmes from the OU Business School and The Open University:-

- Masters in Public Administration (MPA)
- Masters in Business Administration (MBA)
- MBA (Technology Management)
- MBA (Life Sciences)
- MSc in Human Resource Management
- MSc in International Finance and Management
- B615 Professional Certificate in Management
- DB123 You and Your Money

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