I watched four films in the course of a sickie yesterday, so I’m not about to hand in my cinephile badge and gun, but the six-bleedin’-hour-long ‘Best of Youth’ has defeated my scheduling. I just can’t find two evenings in one week to do it in. And comparisons with Bertolucci’s disastrous ‘1900’ aren’t going to persuade me to consider another ‘duvet day’.

The ‘film’ was made as a mini-series in Italy, so here’s the rub: why, if they can show ‘Das Boot’ every year without fail, can this not be slipped out on BBC2 over a few weeks?