Timetable for Spring 2020 Melodrama Screenings

All are welcome to attend our screening and discussion sessions in the Spring term. These will take place on ‘odd’ Wednesdays from 5-7pm in Jarman 6, starting on the 15th of January.

This term we will be turning our attention to film adaptations of detective novels written by women from the UK. This gives us the chance to compare melodrama on the page (from the 1930s to the 1950s) and the screen (with films dating from 1937 to 1963).

15th January 2020  Young and Innocent (1937, Alfred Hitchcock, UK, 83 mins) based on the 1936 novel A Shilling for Candles by Josephine Tey.

29th January 2020 Haunted Honeymoon (1940, Arthur B Woods, Richard Thorpe, UK 99 mins), an adaptation of the final entry in Dorothy L Sayers’ Lord Peter Wimsey series, Busman’s Honeymoon, published in 1937.

12th February 2020 Green For Danger (1946, Sidney Gilliat, UK, 91 mins), from Christianna Brand’s 1944 Inspector Cockerill novel of the same name.

26th February 2020 The Franchise Affair (1951, Lawrence Huntingdon, UK, 95 mins), adapted from Josephine Tey’s 1948 novel of the same name, which in turn was based on a real-life case. This is the 3rd of Tey’s Inspector Alan Grant series, immediately preceded by A Shilling for Candles (see 15th January 2020 entry above).

11th March 2020 Tiger in the Smoke (1956, Roy Ward Baker, UK, 94 mins) based on  Margery Alingham’s ‘Campion’ novel of the same name, the 17th of the series, from 1952.

25th March 2020 Murder at the Gallop (1963, George Pollock, UK, 81 mins), a very free adaptation of Agatha Christie’s 1953 Hercule Poirot novel, After the Funeral, which was altered to star Margaret Rutherford as Christie’s other best-known detective – Miss Jane Marple.

Additional details will be posted in due course.

NEW Timetable for Spring Term 2019

To maximise the number of possible attendees, we have changed the day on which we meet for melodrama. Meetings will now take place on the Wednesday of even weeks, from 5-7pm, in Jarman 6.

Screening dates:

6th of February

20th of February

6th of March

20th of March

3rd of April

My sincere apologies to anyone who is inconvenienced by this change.

Timetable for Autumn Term 2018

We are very pleased to announce that melodrama screening and discussion sessions will resume in the Autumn Term.

All are welcome to join us when we meet from 5-7pm, on alternate Mondays, in Jarman 6.


The dates:

1st of October

15th of October

29th of October

12th of November

26th of November

10th of December


Details of films and other events will be posted here in due course.

Screening Timetable for Autumn Term 2016

We now have dates for our Melodrama Screening and Discussion Sessions next Term. Meetings will take place on even Mondays, from 5-7pm, in Jarman 7.


All are welcome to join us on: the 3rd, 17th and 31st of October, the 14th and 28th of November and the 12th of December 2016.

Following the success of the Gothic Feminism conference we will be screening films and reading novels relating to the Gothic.  We start with Bluebeard (Edgar G. Ulmer, 1944, 72 mins) in the first session, also taking this opportunity to discuss the remainder of the term as well as other plans.

Screening Timetable for Spring Term 2016

We now have dates for our Melodrama Screening and Discussion Sessions next Term. Meetings will take place on even Mondays, from 5-7pm, in Jarman 7.


All are welcome to join us on: the 25th of January, the 8th and 22nd of February, the 7th and 21st of March and the 4th of April 2016.

Some possibilities for Gothic-related films have been discussed, and these will be confirmed in due course.

Updated Autumn Term Screening and Discussion Timetable

Hi again all,

Apologies for any further inconvenience caused, but we have moved our screening and discussion sessions. These will now take place on mostly ‘even’ Mondays of term. They are still set to run from 4.30-7pm and take place in Jarman 7. All are still very welcome to attend!


The amended timetable:

Week 5, 26th of October: Rebecca (1940, Alfred Hitchcock, 130 mins)

Week 6, 2nd of November: Uncle Silas (1947, Charles Frank, 98 mins)

Week 10, 30th of November: The Spiral Staircase (1945, Robert Siodmak, 83 mins)

Week 12, 14th of December: A Christmas film yet to be decided upon.

More information on each of these films will be posted in advance of the screenings.