The BEST episodes of Mark Kermode's Secrets of Cinema

Every episode of Mark Kermode's Secrets of Cinema ever, ranked from best to worst by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The best episodes of Mark Kermode's Secrets of Cinema!

British film critic Mark Kermode presents his guide to cinema.

Last Updated: 4/21/2024Network: BBC FourStatus: Ended
25 votes

#1 - Science Fiction

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired 8/7/2018

Mark Kermode reveals the cinematic tricks and techniques behind science fiction films.

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23 votes

#2 - The Heist

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired 7/24/2018

Mark reveals the cinematic tricks and techniques behind classic heist movies.

27 votes

#3 - The Rom-Com

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired 7/17/2018

Mark Kermode examines the cinematic tricks involved in creating a classic romantic comedy.

Writer: Mark Kermode
21 votes

#4 - Coming of Age

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired 7/31/2018

Mark reveals the cinematic tricks and techniques behind coming of age films.

25 votes

#5 - Horror

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired 8/14/2018

Mark Kermode reveals the cinematic tricks and techniques behind horror films.

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9 votes

#6 - Pop Music Movies

Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired 1/18/2021

Rebellion, romance, anarchy, excitement. Mark shows how the fusion of pop music and movies are a double act like no other.

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14 votes

#7 - Cult Movies

Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired 1/25/2021

Mark Kermode invites you on an entertaining journey into the weird and wonderful world of cult movies, filled with some of the strangest, most truly original and unexpected moments in cinema.

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11 votes

#8 - British Comedy

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired 1/11/2021

From side-splitting classics to overlooked gems, Mark Kermode shows how making fools of ourselves can make for seriously good cinema.

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20 votes

#9 - Superheroes

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired 3/19/2020

It’s the biggest genre of the moment, spawning record-breaking global hits. But as Mark explains, superheroes have a relationship with cinema that stretches back more than eight decades, and the genre taps deeply into timeless themes and storytelling traditions.

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16 votes

#10 - British History Movies

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired 3/26/2020

Sit back and enjoy a history lesson with a difference as Mark traces our national story as portrayed on the big screen. He’ll show why film-makers are repeatedly drawn to particular periods, themes and characters, whether it’s the frontier narrative of the Roman occupation, or the Mafia-like machinations of the Tudor court.

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13 votes

#11 - Spies

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired 4/2/2020

We’ll venture into a deadly world of jet-setting espionage, Cold War double agents and sinister conspiracies. Mark is the only person you can trust to share the secrets of surviving a spy movie, and to reveal the hidden forces that make this among the most thrilling of all cinema genres.

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