Three more episodes of Mark Kermode’s Secrets Of Cinema begin their run today – here are the details.

After strong ratings for the last run of episodes, the BBC swiftly commissioned a further run of the excellent Mark Kermode’s Secrets Of Cinema, and the new series of episodes begins tonight.

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There are three episodes in the new series, and the first will be all about British comedy movies. The official synopsis for the episode has now been released, and this is what’s in store…

Mark Kermode returns with a third series of his Secrets of Cinema in which he explores the conventions that underpin our favourite movies and examines the techniques film-makers use to keep us coming back for more.

In a revealing look at one of the defining genres of British cinema, Mark argues that comedy films win laughs by tapping into our abiding national preoccupations. We love to root for the underdog or ‘little man’, a key figure who appears in countless guises. We delight in seeing class and manners satirised and subverted. We’re fascinated by films that mix comedy and crime. We enjoy home-grown pastiches and parodies that take the big beasts of Hollywood down a peg. And then there’s the infamous phenomenon of the British sex comedy…

From side-splitting classics to overlooked gems, Mark shows how making fools of ourselves can make for seriously good cinema.

The show screens on BBC Four from 9pm tonight, and then it’ll be heading to the BBC’s iPlayer service immediately afterwards. It’s expected to remain on iPlayer for several months at the very least.

The remaining episodes in the new series will cover pop music, and cult movies.

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