RTE to screen loads of classic films during Covid-19 lockdown

Justin Kelly

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RTE to screen loads of classic films during Covid-19 lockdown

Julie Christie and Omar Sharif in the 1965 classic Dr Zhivago

RTÉ has announced additional matinee movie slots to the weekend TV schedule starting on Saturday, April 4. Following an increased demand for nostalgic content, RTÉ will broadcast a range of classic films to offer viewers some sense of escapism each weekend. 
 
From ‘Casablanca’ to Jane Austen’s ‘Sense and Sensibility’, RTÉ has selected some of the industry's best creations spanning several decades. Kicking off the new film slot tomorrow on RTÉ One is the World War II classic ‘Battle of Britain’ starring Michael Caine, followed by an adventurous sixties drama ‘Mutiny On The Bounty’ on Sunday, April 5. 
 
Viewers are set for an Easter treat with several classic films running on RTÉ One across the weekend. Starting with a drama-comedy ‘War of the Buttons’ on Saturday, April 11, the story about two rival boys' gangs in Ireland the Ballys and the Carricks. 

Scheduled for Easter Sunday is the Oscar Award-winning war classic ‘Casablanca’, which explores the romantic journey of Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman. Followed by ‘Easter Parade’ starring Judy Garland, one of Hollywood's greatest golden film actors. Easter Monday will show another Oscar Award-winning film ‘Calamity Jane’ starring Doris Day, the Western musical about Calamity Jane's saloon and her romance with Wild Bill Hickok. 

Other fond favourites like the heart-warming classic ‘Mrs. Doubtfire’ will be shown to bring back sentimental memories of the legendary Robin Williams. In addition to 'Zookeeper's Wife’, there will be a selection of romantic comedies to choose from including Jane Austen’s ‘Sense and Sensibility’ starring Kate Winslet, Emma Thompson and Hugh Grant, ‘Only You’ with Robert Downey, Jr. and Marisa Tomei, as well as the Michael Douglas classic ‘The Jewel of the Nile’. Viewers can watch the other remarkable Douglas starring in both award-winning classics ‘Spartacus’ and ‘The Vikings’.  

Over the coming weeks, RTÉ will bring a wealth of other classics to Irish screens including Doctor Zhivago, Oliver!, Earthquake, North by Northwest, Grumpier Old Men, 633 Squadron, Force 10 From Navarone, The Man Who Would be King, Towering Inferno and Magnificent Seven starring "The King of Cool" Steve McQueen.