It's the final month of the BFI's 2015 calendar and rather than looking behind, most of the highlights of December are previews of forthcoming TV shows, complete with Q&As with cast and crew. Well, I say look ahead, but they're almost all all period dramas - ITV's Peter Pan reimagining Peter & Wendy, BBC's massive 20-part (Ed: surely shome mishtake?) Dickens crossover Dickensian and ITV's dying Churchill biopic Churchill's Secret. But there's also a preview of a new David Walliams kids book adaptation, a season of plays and TV films about love and a Missing Believed Wipe mini-season dedicated to continuity footage - yes, an evening dedicated to things like this:
Around August, things get a bit weird with the BFI's scheduling and it starts putting out brochures for a month and a half at a time. As I was away on holiday in August, I missed out on September/October, but now we have October/November, which gives us a fair few events from the tail end of October together with a copious number from November.
The highlight of the list is an afternoon with Dame Diana Rigg to celebrate 50 years of Emma Peel and air a couple of episodes of The Avengers, including the superb The House That Jack Built. However, there's also a preview of ITV's Jekyll and Hyde, talks on romance and race and disability on TV, Celia Johnson and Trevor Howard's reunion in Staying On, showings of all seven episodes of Bouquet of Barbed Wire, and a season on the evolution of the TV documentary.
All that and more after the jump. But first, do yourself a favour and if you haven't watched it already, watch The House That Jack Built. It's aces.
Last week saw the first ever Radio Times Festival take place on the Green opposite Hampton Court Palace. I have to say it was a slightly odd affair, overall. Between Thursday 24th and Sunday 27th, there were plenty of events to go to, but you had to buy tickets individually for each one. Given that each hour-long event typically cost £12-£18, you could quickly bankrupt yourself going to all of them.
However, I didn't, thanks to a bit of odd scheduling. I'd have been a shoo-in for the:
You, Me and The Apocalypse preview
The BFI: Missing Believed Wiped Special with Tim Brooker-Taylor celebrating the return of two episodes of At Last The 1948 Show to the archives
The Russell T Davies session
The Doctor Who session with Peter Capaldi, Steven Moffat and Brian Minchin
The Silent Witness session or
The Omid Djalili session
Except that was on Friday. When everyone is at work. The most I could have done is try to scramble down in the evening (1h-2h by train) and then scramble back again.
So instead, we were on the Saturday there purely to see Philippa Gregory discuss her new book The Taming of the Queen and slag off Wolf Hall (not Wolf Hall). That clashed with the Endeavour chat, unfortunately, and lovely wife didn't fancy hanging around for the Lynda La Plante/Tennison session, which meant that we ended up only going to one thing. That saved some cash at least.
However, despite that weird scheduling, it was actually pretty decent. The weather was great, it wasn't too packed, everyone was well behaved, it had possibly the most middle-class mobile restaurants imaginable (admittedly full of very tasty food) and Dick Fiddy from the BFI was around, too.
I took a few photos while I was there and you can look at them after the jump. I have to admit my photo of Boycie from Only Fools And Horses wasn't the best, though. And if you want to see sophisticated, wait till you see how Philippa Gregory herself overcame the lack of live streaming at the event.
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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.