The celebrated wine bibber and talky-singer is now inextricably linked, thanks to wet bank holidays innumerable, with his gruff attempts at carrying a tune in My Fair lady and Dr Dolittle. But there’s an acre more. The only decent thing in Cleopatra. The only sane thing in Blithe Spirit. The Ghost, of Mrs Muir fame! Getting Charlton Heston in to do his ceiling in the Agony and the Ecstasy. The presenter of Rex Harrison Presents Stories of Love (no, us neither). And, of course, Saladin! Er, you get the point.
FINEST HOUR: If you want complexity, how about his role as a cod-Nazi undercover Brit rescuing Margaret Lockwood by pretending to get her to join the Nazi party while Charters and Caldicott size up a copy of Mein Kampf in Night Train to Munich?