In days gone by, every blockbuster or ‘A’ picture showing in British cinemas would be accompanied by a supporting programme. This could include cartoons, newsreels or shorts but would almost always include another feature film. In December 2009 the BFI pays tribute to these often forgotten features in a comprehensive season curated by Vic Pratt, and underlining their cultural importance. Highlights include fascinating early performances by Christopher Lee and Diana Dors in Penny and the Pownhall Case and early work from the creators of the Doctor Who series. Produced on the fringes of film culture, these ‘B’ pictures provide a rarely seen insight into aspects of British life often overlooked by the dominant blockbusters of the period.