Mark Kermode’s Secrets Of Cinema: full details of the new series

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Mark Kermode’s Secrets Of Cinema returns in March, and we have full details here.

The excellent BBC Four series Mark Kermode’s Secrets Of Cinema is returning for its new series in March, and we’ve got our hands on the full details for the new series run. Yep, this is one of those ‘everything we know about’ posts you get on the internet, only with some actual information in it. It’ll never catch on.

First things first: the new series features three episodes. They’re going out on Thursday March 19th, Thursday March 26th and Thursday 2nd April. Each will on BBC Four, and then on the iPlayer service.

Kim Newman joins Kermode as lead writer again, Jon Das is executive producer, and the series producer is Nick Freand Jones. The team is back together.

As for the makeup of the individual episodes? Well, glad you asked. Here’s what’s coming, and the official synopsis for each of them…

EPISODE ONE: Superheroes

It’s the biggest genre of the moment, spawning record-breaking global hits. But as Mark explains, superheroes have a relationship with cinema that stretches back more than eight decades, and the genre taps deeply into timeless themes and storytelling traditions.

EPISODE TWO: British History

Sit back and enjoy a history lesson with a difference as Mark traces our national story as portrayed on the big screen. He’ll show why film-makers are repeatedly drawn to particular periods, themes and characters, whether it’s the frontier narrative of the Roman occupation, or the Mafia-like machinations of the Tudor court.


We’ll venture into a deadly world of jet-setting espionage, Cold War double agents and sinister conspiracies. Mark is the only person you can trust to share the secrets of surviving a spy movie, and to reveal the hidden forces that make this among the most thrilling of all cinema genres.

It’s expected that the episodes will again get a longer than 30 day life on the iPlayer service, but we’ll confirm that when we know it for certain.

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