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Wednesday 14 February: 21.00–00.00

Giles Coren presents a celebration of 40 of the finest love stories ever committed to celluloid, as voted for in an exclusive poll of Five’s viewers and readers of The Times newspaper. He is joined by an array of famous faces who have been exclusively interviewed for the programme, including Omar Sharif, Olympia Dukakis, Molly Ringwald, Miriam Margolyes and Martine McCutcheon.

Who could forget the pairing of Gere and Roberts in ‘Pretty Woman’, the forbidden love of 1945’s ‘Brief Encounter’, or ‘Lady and the Tramp’’s kiss over a bowl of spaghetti? These are just a few of the films featured in this entertaining rundown.

At number 37 is the 1970 classic ‘Love Story’, the poignant tale of a love that overcomes class differences but is ultimately thwarted by the spectre of terminal illness. “You’ve got these two people beautifully in love and one of them’s a goner,” summarises director Michael Winner. “If that doesn’t make you cry I don’t know what does.” It also contains a line that became a classic as soon as Ali McGraw uttered it: “Love means never having to say you’re sorry.”

‘Gregory’s Girl’ at number 27 is an entirely different proposition. Made in 1981, Bill Forsyth’s gentle tale of unrequited love has a satisfyingly happy ending. Barry Norman calls the film “the best rites-of-passage movie of them all, made not only with affection for teenagers but also with understanding of teenagers.” Actress Clare Grogan remembers how she and her co-star John Gordon Sinclair got drunk in order to prepare for their sweet kissing scene.

Higher up the list, at number 19, is 1994’s ABBAladen tour de force ‘Muriel’s Wedding’. It’s a far from conventional romance, with the wedding in question being one of convenience, but then, as director PJ Hogan puts it: “Muriel’s romance is ultimately with herself.”

The glossy epic ‘Gone with the Wind’ is at number 12. In this tale set during one of the most tumultuous periods in US history, the American Civil War, Vivien Leigh plays Scarlett O’Hara, a headstrong woman who refuses to admit her feelings for the man she loves, then finally loses him. The chemistry between Leigh and her leading man, Clark Gable, is just one of the reasons that this has become an all-time classic.

At number 6 is a 1961 favourite – ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’, starring Audrey Hepburn as the freespirited Holly Golightly. Romantic novelist Melissa Nathan believes it’s a worthy addition to the list of great romantic movies. “It understands the fundamental essence of true love, which is that it’s all about feeling at home; feeling safe,” she says. It also features a memorable score by Henry Mancini that includes the Oscar-winning ‘Moon River’.

Other movies featured in tonight’s programme include:

‘Amélie’, ‘Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind’, ‘Love Actually’ and ‘Casablanca’ – possibly the most quotable and iconic film ever. But what order do they feature in, and, most importantly, which other film was voted the single greatest romantic movie?

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