Given it's August and everyone's going on their holidays, don't be surprised that there's not a whole lot of TV on at the BFI. However, it's by no means a desolate wasteland. There are TV previews of the forthcoming BBC Sitcom Season, including Young Hyacinth, as well as the first episode of the new series of Poldark. There's also a season of TV and film directed by Jack Gold, including Film4's impressive Stalin satire Red Monarch. And for Cult TV lovers, there are three episodes of Thunderbirds 65. Full run-down after the jump.
It has to be said there's not a lot to come and look at in my (current) home of Bromley, SE London. There's the Churchill Theatre, if you happen to like a lot of musicals and murder-mysteries. But that's about it. Tourists - do not come here.
Yes, it's HG Wells' Time Machine fashioned out of Lego! Or at least a version of the version of HG Wells' Time Machine featured in the 1960 movie The Time Machine.
Why? Well, HG Wells was born here. There's even a blue plaque on the TK Maxx (formerly Allders) in the high street.
Of course, we used to have a mural to HG Wells in the High Street, featuring the three-legged Martian war machines from War of the Worlds.
That's now been replaced by a mural of Charles Darwin, who used to live here. I'm not sure why. Perhaps it's because that's not actually a three-leggged HG Wells Martian war machine, but a Tripod from the BBC adaptation of John Christopher's The Tripods.
Do you love director Jack Gold, who was responsible for - among many other things - The Naked Civil Servant? Then I have got the season for you at the BFI in July, with everything from documentaries to plays.
Do you want to watch something other than Jack Gold's directorial work? Then sorry, nothing for you here. Move along. Although you might want to try this week's Wednesday Play (on Thursday) first - Stocker's Copper, a neo-realist dramatisation of the Cornish China Clay workers strike of 1913, starring Gareth Thomas (Blake's 7), written by Tom Clarke (Muck and Brass) and directed by Gold. Or you might not.
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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.