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FILM: YOUR TOP FIVE... MOVIES FROM TV; Miami Vice joins the long list of old TV programmes that have been turned into movies. To mark its release, Ticket reader ALAN WALES picks his Top Five TV films which started out on television.

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1. THE FUGITIVE (1993)

Harrison Ford (above) is the fugitive Dr Richard Kimble, on the run and trying to track down the real, one-armed, murderer of his wife while hotly pursued by relentless Texas Ranger Tommy Lee Jones. A stylish, Hitchcockian chase thriller, as exciting and tense as the original TV series, it even incorporates plotlines from one or two episodes.

2. THE ADDAMS FAMILY (1991)

Raul Julia and the delectable Anjelica Huston (Morticia) rule the macabre roost in this witty blackly-comic expansion of the '60s series, with all the ghoulish ingredients intact, including an hilarious Christopher Lloyd as Uncle Fester.

3. THE UNTOUCHABLES (1987)

Brian De Palma's operatically violent take on the '50s favourite, with Kevin Costner's Eliot Ness up against the vicious Al Capone (Robert De Niro). It's all guided by Oscar-winning Sean Connery.

4. THE BRADY BUNCH MOVIE (1995)

Putting the wholesome, clean-living, wisdom-spouting '70s Brady family into the cynical money-grabbing '90s was a bold masterstoke that paid off brilliantly. A winning homage to the old sitcom, it delighted audiences everywhere.

5. THE LIKELY LADS (1976)

Unlike most dire British TV sitcom spin-offs, this captured the dry, melancholic spirit of the series, with both Rodney Bewes and James Bolam on fine form as the lads. Favourite line: "I'd offer you a drink, but I've only got six cans!"

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TOP TRANSFERS: Addams Family (top), The Untouchables and The Brady Bunch Movie' FINE FORM: Bolam and Bewes
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