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BBC to air 400th episode of 'Talking Movies'

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MUMBAI: BBC World has announced that its film based show Talking Movies looks back over more than seven years of news, views and interviews this week to celebrate its 400th episode.

The distinguished cinema correspondent Tom Brook hosts the show which began in 1999 and has been praised for its fresh approach to film by actors including Michael Caine and Russell Crowe and directors such as Baz Luhrmann. With reviews, in-depth interviews, and behind-the-scenes reports, Talking Movies is regularly filmed from New York with specials from Hollywood and the Cannes, Sundance and Toronto international film festivals. Tom is currently celebrating his 22 year of reporting on the US film industry for the BBC, and has attended every Academy Awards ceremony during this time.

The BBC says tha Talking Movies has interviewed most of the big names in modern cinema. In this special anniversary episode, the Talking Movies team trawls its archives for some classic interviews featuring Michael Caine; Woody Allen; Julia Roberts; Terry Gilliam; Woody Harrelson; Lauren Bacall; Holly Hunter; Dame Judi Dench; Mike Figgis; Robert Redford; George Clooney; and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Brook says, "We try to be different from mainstream movies shows. We take a serious, independently-minded journalistic approach in our coverage that sets us apart from our competitors. Our reports have ranged from examining the role of the movie publicist to taking an in-depth look at the Indian film industry. I'm very proud of our programme. I am blessed with a dedicated team of talented picture editors, shooters and reporters who have enabled me to present each episode of Talking Movies since we began in January 1999."

BBC says that the show has earned respect from key industry players and has a growing number of fans around the globe. As well as endorsements from celebrities such as Martin Scorsese, Hugh Jackman and top Indian filmmaker Mira Nair, the team regularly receives emails from viewers in countries as far apart as Ghana, India, Israel, New Zealand and Singapore. It also has its own webpage at bbcworld.com/talkingmovies where viewers can watch the programme online.

This special anniversary edition will transmit on BBC World from 8 November at 4 pm, 9 November at 9 pm and 10 November at 2 pm.

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