Discovering: Steve McQueen

Discovering: Steve McQueen

Series 4



A basic biography of one of America’s strongest leading men, taking you from McQueen’s early days on television and his first starring role in hokey drive-in sci-fi The Blob, through his upstaging of Yul Brynner in The Magnificent Seven and on to The Great Escape, Bullitt, The Getaway, Papillon, The Towering Inferno and the rest.

It’s a pleasure to cycle through McQueen’s career again, but this isn’t exactly a deluxe tribute. All the right clips have been bought in; the feeling of cheapness comes from the repeated use of the same four film experts. They comment on every film, whether or not they have penetrative insight to offer.


Film critics discuss the life and career of the American actor, who starred in films including The Magnificent Seven, The Great Escape, Bullit and The Getaway.