The Final Programme


Out on:Blu-Ray 20th Feb. 2023
DVD 20th Feb. 2023
Download 20th Feb. 2023

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Jon Finch (Frenzy) heads an impressive cast as the flamboyant anti-hero of this dystopian, darkly humorous and very adult sci-fi thriller from writer/director Robert Fuest - best-known for the Dr Phibes horror films starring Vincent Price and the original The Avengers TV series, and the acclaimed STUDIOCANAL release And Soon The Darkness. Based on cult novelist Michael Moorcock's acclaimed 1968 novel, and produced by David Puttnam (Stardust, Chariots of Fire) THE FINAL PROGRAMME is presented here in a new restoration making it’s Blu-ray premiere, which brilliantly showcases Fuest’s flamboyant and stylish visuals and production design.

In a far-off future, mankind is in a state of decay. But a group of scientists believe they have found the means to move humanity on to its next level in the creation of an ideal, self-replicating - and thus immortal - human being. Jerry Cornelius, Nobel Prize-winning physicist and playboy adventurer, is vital to the project's success: his recently deceased father devised the formula of this 'final programme'. However, the formula is captured on a microfilm hidden in the vaults of the family's mansion, and jealously guarded by Jerry's drug-addicted, psychopathic brother, Frank...

Jon Finch is outstanding as the black-clad Cornelius, who is like a rock ‘n’ roll James Bond with a PhD, dropped into a psychedelic, action packed sci-fi - and going a little ape in the process (in a sequence that predates the cosmic mayhem of Ken Russell's Altered States). The amazing cast makes the film a must-watch in itself - legendary American actor Sterling Hayden (in what seems like a carry on of his wild role in Dr. Strangelove), Jenny Runacre (Antonioni’s The Passenger), Graham Crowden (Britannia Hospital), Patrick Magee (A Clockwork Orange, The Avengers), Ronald Lacey (Raiders of the Lost Ark), Harry Andrews (Hawk the Slayer), and genre favourites Julie Ege (The Mutations) and Sarah Douglas (Superman).

THE FINAL PROGRAMME is a weird, wild, totally unique and very British 1970s mind-bender that The Guardian says “gloriously captures the satirical humour and pop-art stylings of the time”.


Brand new interview with Jenny Runacre
Brand new Kim Newman on Fuest & The Final Programme featurette
Italian title sequence
The Blu-ray edition comes with four collector’s art cards

About STUDIOCANAL (a CANAL+ Company)
STUDIOCANAL, a 100% affiliate of CANAL+ Group held by Vivendi, is Europe’s leader in production, distribution and international sales of feature films and TV series, operating in all four major European markets - France, United Kingdom, Germany, and Spain - as well as in Australia and New Zealand.

STUDIOCANAL finances and produces around 30 films per year, partnering with talent to make films in several languages, including English, French, German, Spanish and Danish to name a few. STUDIOCANAL distributes around 50 films per year and owns one of the largest film libraries in the world, boasting nearly 6,500 titles from 60 countries. Spanning 100 years of film history, this vast and unique catalogue includes among others the iconic Terminator 2, Rambo, Breathless, Mulholland Drive, The Graduate, The Third Man, and Belle de Jour. Among STUDIOCANAL’s biggest successes are Paddington 1 and 2, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Non-Stop, The Stronghold, Black Box, or A Boy called Christmas.

STUDIOCANAL also produces more than 200 hours of TV series each year and operates at an international level, by globally distributing its scripted productions and CANAL+ Création Originale (1,000 hours of current and library content in distribution).

STUDIOCANAL produces its series either directly (such as Paddington which won two Emmy Awards) or through its network of award-winning European production companies, including TANDEM Productions (Shadowplay) and LAILAPS FILMS (Wild Republic) in Germany, the UK’s RED Production Company (Stay Close, It’s a Sin, Years and Years) and URBAN MYTH FILMS (War of the Worlds, Extinction), Spain’s BAMBÚ PRODUCCIONES (Two Lives, Jaguar, Cable Girls) and France’s STUDIOCANAL ORIGINAL (Nine Women, Narvalo, Mouche). STUDIOCANAL is also an associate of Benedict Cumberbatch’s production company SUNNYMARCH TV (Patrick Melrose) and Danish-based SAM Productions founded by Søren Sveistrup and Adam Price (The Chestnut Man, Ride Upon The Storm).

STUDIOCANAL and the CANAL+ Group, being aware of their responsibility as a media company, producer and distributor of content, share Vivendi’s eagerness to promote ambitious and inclusive creations, which also address the urgency of climate change.



Release date
20th February, 2023
Digital release
20th February, 2023


Robert Fuest