Mark Kermode has made the ultimate tv series for film lovers!

In a major new five-part series on BBC Four, film critic Mark Kermode presents an entertaining personal guide to cinema, told through some of the most popular film genres, including rom-coms, heist movies, science fiction and more. Mark Kermode's Secrets Of The Cinema sounds like must-see tv to us!

With his trademark blend of wit, passion and strong opinion, Mark explores the film-making techniques and storytelling secrets of an eclectic selection of movies - from Hollywood classics to the best of global cinema and from big budget blockbusters to art-house gems.

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Mark will focus on a single well loved genre in each episode. He’ll examine a wide range of films and uncover the key elements they all share, while showing how film-makers have put on their own spin to keep these genres thriving - and to keep audiences coming back for more.

In this first episode Mark looks at one of the most popular genres of all. Sometimes sneered at by critics, but from the 1930s to the present day, some of our most beloved movies are Rom-coms.

From Bringing Up Baby and The Lady Eve, by way of Annie Hall, When Harry Met Sally and Pretty Woman to Love, Actually (a particular Kermode favourite) - and recent hits such as The Big Sick and La La Land - Mark will explore the cinematic tricks and techniques involved in creating a classic Rom-com.

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And from Hollywood to Bollywood via other gems of world cinema, this episode will remind us how, much like love itself, the art of the romantic comedy is international.

Exact broadcast times are tbc but Mark Kermode's Secrets Of The Cinema will air w/c 14 July 2018.