Clockwise. Image shows from L to R: Brian Stimpson (John Cleese), Laura Wisely (Sharon Maiden).

Clockwise

1986 British comedy film about a punctual headmaster. Stars John Cleese, Penelope Wilton, Alison Steadman, Stephen Moore, Joan Hickson and others.

On TV on Tuesday 18th February at 7pm on TPTV

Clockwise. Brian Stimpson (John Cleese).

Clockwise

Manic comedy about the misadventures of an obsessively punctual comprehensive school headmaster, starring John Cleese

Genre
Film
Released
1986
Starring
John Cleese, Penelope Wilton, Alison Steadman, Stephen Moore, Joan Hickson, Benjamin Whitrow, Geoffrey Palmer, Michael Aldridge and others
Writer
Michael Frayn
Director
Christopher Morahan
Producer
Michael Codron

If you've ever been late you'll know what this film is all about...

Clockwise tells the farcical tale of headmaster Brian Stimpson and his efforts to get across the country from Gloucestershire to Norwich for a Headmasters' Conference, where he is to be the institution's first ever chairman from a state school.

Normally used to running his life with clockwork precision, Stimpson quickly finds that his perfectly-planned schedule can all-too-easily come crashing down around him, resulting in a series of escalating disasters.

Suddenly, Brian finds he is wanted by the police for car theft, kidnapping, trespassing, vandalism, car-jacking and robbery; all because of one wrong turn and his insistence to always be on time.

Production Details

UK certificate
PG
Duration
96 minutes
Release date
1986
Distributor

Thorn-EMI

Production company
Laugh track
None

Broadcast details

Upcoming repeats
  1. Tuesday 18th February at 7pm on TPTV

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