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TCM IN APRIL (article first published : 2006-04-9)

This month TCM joins forces with one of the world’s leading charities, UNICEF, for a totally unique season. The aim is to raise awareness of the plight of children around the world, focusing in particular on UNICEFS’ Unite Against AIDS’ campaign.

Speaking exclusively to TCM about his role as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, is Lord David Puttnam. He will present two films that he has specifically selected to highlight the struggle for civil rights.

The season takes place on April 22 and 23 with the films Goodbye Mr Chips and Singin’ in The Rain.

Lord David Puttnam will introduce the season on April 22 at 17h00. this will be followed by Goodbye Mr Chips at 17h05. Directed by Sam Woods, the film is in black and white and made in 1939 starring Robert Donat and Greer Garson. It is a classic drama chronicling the life and times of a much-loved schoolteacher in an English public school. Mr Chips is a strict, middle-aged disciplinarian, but the love of a good woman turns him into a kind and gentle tutor adored by all. An interview with Lord David Puttnam will close the programme at 19h00.

On April 23, Lord David Puttnam will again introduce the film at 17h00 and close the programme at 18h45. The film Singin’ in The Rain at 17h05 is in colour and was made in 1952, directed by Stanley Donen and starring Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds. This classic Hollywood musical charted the difficult transition from silent movies to talkies. The onscreen star partnership of Lina Lamont and Don Lockwood look set to fizzle out when Lina's voice is revealed to be an annoying screech.




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