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Secrets of cinema, BBC4 starts 17th July

In a major new five-part series on BBC Four, written by Kim Newman and Mark Kermode, Mark Kermode presents a richly entertaining personal guide to cinema, told through some of the most popular film genres, including rom-coms, heist movies, science fiction and more.

The series 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. Each episode will focus on a single well loved.

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.