Time for our regular look at what TV’s on at the South Bank in London in June. As well as a preview of David Hare’s first film as writer and director for 20 years and a showing of the Helen Baxendale drama The Investigator, there’s a season of British TV recovered from the Library of Congress, including Nigel Kneale’s updating of his original BBC adaptation of 1984, and two dramas featuring the music of Kinks frontman Ray Davies.
- 6th: Twentieth Century Theatre: Colombe + panel discussion
Françoise Rosay and Sean Connery star. Followed by a panel discussion about last year’s discoveries in the Library of Congress and the TV climate in the 1950s and 1960s that allowed the productions to be made.
- 7th & 15th: The Investigator
Helen Baxendale in the true story of a military policewoman who has to purge the army of lesbians and discovers she’s not as straight as she thought.
- 8th: Theatre 625: The World of George Orwell: 1984
Nigel Kneale updated his classic 1954 adaptation for this 1965 production starring David Buck and Jane Merrow.
- 13th: Twentieth Century Theatre: The Insect Play
An episode of the BBC anthology series that adapted plays from the previous 60 years.
- 18th: Play for Today: The Long-Distance Piano Player + Late Night Drama: Starmaker
Two musical dramas showcasing the work of Ray Davies, who stars in the latter drama and will introduce it as well.
- 20th: Theatre 625: Dr Knock
A well-known French satirical play starring Leonard Rossiter and John Le Mesurier.
- 28th: Preview: Page Eight + Q&A with David Hare
David Hare’s first film as writer and director for over 20 years stars Bill Nighy and Michael Gambon as MI5 agents.
- 29th: Play of the Week: The Typewriter
Jeremy Brett and Margaret Johnston star in Jean Cocteau’s ‘most difficult’ play.
Champions’ priority booking: 11.30am May 2
Members’ priority booking opens: 11.30am May 3
Public booking opens: May 10
£5.25 (member concs)
£6.75 (non-members concs)
Under 16s £5.
All shows are £5 on Tuesdays. Conc prices are available to senior citizens, students, unwaged and disability visitors. Proof of eligibility may be required.
As always, visit the BFI web site for more details.