Here’s the trailer for Mark Kermode’s Secrets Of Cinema, and more details of the next episode of the show.

We reported the news yesterday that Mark Kermode’s Secrets Of Cinema, the excellent BBC Four series, is returning for a new run in 2021. That three more episodes of the show have been made, and they’ll start transmitting on 11th January 2021.

Each will land on BBC Four as well as BBC iPlayer, and a trailer has been released for the new run of the show. It looks like this…

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Furthermore, details have been released of the first of the three new episodes, that’s going to be about British comedy. The full synopsis reads:

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 has been scheduled for 9pm on 11th January.

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