TV star Martin Clunes and Oscar-nominated film actress Sarah Miles will be among a host of famous names at a weekend of nostalgia organised by the TV channel Talking Pictures.

Former Radio 1 DJ Mike Read, horror and science fiction star Caroline Munro and the actors Melvyn Hayes and Derren Nesbitt will also feature in the line-up at the Regent Centre, Christchurch, over the weekend of July 16-17.

The event will include film screenings, vintage shorts and adverts, and interviews with some of the actors whose work has been given new life by the popular satellite and cable channel.

Sarah Miles received an Academy Award nomination for Ryan’s Daughter in 1970 and her other film credits include The Servant, Blowup and hope and Glory.

Martin Clunes will talk about his father Alec Clunes, a film and stage actor who died when the future star of Doc Martin and Men Behaving Badly was only eight. Alec Clunes's string of stage and film roles included parts in the wartime drama One of Our Aircraft is Missing and Laurence Olivier’s Henry V.

Melvyn Hayes appeared in a string of British films including The Curse of Frankenstein and three Cliff Richard vehicles before his roles in TV’s Here Come the Double Deckers and as Gunner Beaumont in the hugely popular BBC sitcom It Ain’t Half Hot Mum.

Derren Nesbitt’s most famous films include Where Eagles Dare, Room at the Top and Victim, and he appeared in a host of British TV series.

Mike Read and Caroline Munro will host the weekend’s proceedings, which will also celebrate 90 years of the Art Deco venue.

The event will be the first in Dorset for family-run Talking Pictures TV, which has previously held gatherings in St Albans and Stockport.

The channel's managing director, Sarah Cronin-Stanley, said the Regent was the perfect venue for the event, which will include films run on the Regent’s own 35mm projector.

“The guys that run it there, there’s so much love for that building,” she said.

She said the channel’s events had been popular with people with a common love of older films and television.

“Over half come alone and make friends on the day, or they’ve met people on social media but not in person,” she said.

“I couldn’t think of as better venue than the Regent. It’s just beautiful. It’s a place that’s got so much local history and people coming to Christchurch will get a warm welcome.”

  • A Weekend By the Sea with Talking Pictures takes place on Saturday, July 16 and Sunday, July 17, 10.30am-7pm, at the Regent Centre, with tickets at £30 for a day and £50 for the weekend. Details are at