Stonkingly late as usual, it's TMINE's usual coverage of all the BFI events coming your way in the unusual BFI-created month of October/November (not to be confused with September/October). This month, most of the TV output comes as part of the BFI's BlackStar season, looking at the contributions by black talent to movies and television around the world as well as in the UK. It includes a preview of the forthcoming NW, Black is the New Black and A Black History of Britain, a tribute afternoon to Cy Grant, a 10th anniversary screening of Shoot The Messenger, as well as numerous plays.
But also lined up is a preview of Television’s Opening Night: How the Box was Born, a recreation of the first ever night of BBC TV, as well as another recreation - an animated version of missing Doctor Who story The Power of the Daleks.
In June, my current home town of Bromley decided it was going to start celebrating HG Wells again, after getting rid of the mural to him that used to be here the best part of a decade ago. Well, I say Bromley but it's actually huge corporate giant Intu, which took over the Glades shopping centre a few years ago and renamed it Intu Bromley.
Since then, things have progressed. The Lego Time Machine has now been given a permanent home in a glass case at the foot of the ground floor escalators.
And this weekend, in a probably temporary display, we got this:
So well done to the greedy giant corporate for doing what the council arguably should be doing. At least this weekend. I imagine it'll be Santa's Grotto next week.
A bit later than usual (for obvious reasons), a bit thinner than usual (for obvious reasons), and combining events for September and a bit of October (for not obvious reasons), here's TMINE's usual rundown of the upcoming TV showings at the BFI. Not much for TV aficionados, beyond an 'Andrew Davies at 80' event consisting of a chat and a showing of Inappropriate Behaviour, and a chat and documentary about Granada TV, but there is the excitement of two previews, one of series 3 of Inside No. 9, the other of series 3 of The Fall, complete with Gillian Anderson and Jamie Dornan…
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I'm Rob Buckley, a freelance journalist who writes for UK media magazines that most people have never heard of, although you might have heard me on Radio 5 Live's Saturday Edition or Afternoon Edition. I've edited Dreamwatch, Sprocket and Cambridge Film Festival Daily; been technical editor for trade magazine Televisual; reviewed films for the short-lived newspaper Cambridge Insider and the equally short-lived Death Ray and Filmstar magazines; written features for the even shorter-lived newspaper Soho Independent; and was regularly sarcastic about television on the blink-and-you-missed-it "web site for urban hedonists" The Tribe. I'm freelance now and have contributed to the likes of Broadcast, Total Content + Media, Action TV, Off The Telly, Action Network and TV Scoop.