The Full Monty – BBC1

This box-office smash hit stars Robert Carlyle as an ex-steelworker who forms a men's strip group

This box-office smash hit stars Robert Carlyle as an ex-steelworker who forms a men’s strip group.

Working really well as a feisty feelgood movie, this comedy also has a grittier side with plenty of meaningful things to say about the effects of redundancy.

Carlyle sees male strippers coining in money and, roping in his desperate, out-of-work Sheffield pals, decides to do a show of in which they’ll go ‘the full monty’.

Mark Addy is a scene-stealer as his pal, Tom Wilkinson adds some marvellously bittersweet depth to his role as Carlyle’s one-time foreman and Paul Barber, Hugo Speer and Steve Huison also make the most of the film’s cheery, cheeky and daring moments.

It’s easy to see why this film became one of the most successful British movies in history – and it’s an inspired touch to start the film with a real documentary about the booming Sheffield of the early 1970s.