February at the BFI

Time for our regular round-up of tele events at the BFI. February has a big TV season as well as a Q&A, so get your desk planner out now:

  • 5th: Law & Order: UK preview + Q&A with Chris Chibnall, Ben Daniels and Freema Agyeman
  • 23rd: Is Art Necessary? + Five Revolutionary Painters: Goya: Part of the Celebration of Kenneth Clark season
  • 26th: Picasso at the Tate + An Edwardian Childhood: Part of the Celebration of Kenneth Clark season

The season, TX in Ten: An Examination of Live TV Drama, is pretty long so I’m sticking it in its own section:

  • 2nd: Timeshift: Live on the Night + Monitor: Making The Bedmakers: Two documentaries about live television. Includes a Q&A with Timeshift director Bob Bayly following the screening
  • 2nd: It Is Midnight, Dr Schweitzer: The oldest surviving single TV drama. Stars Andre Morell and directed by Rudolph Cartier
  • 6th: Dixon of Dock Green: Roaring Boy + Z Cars: A Man Like Yourself
  • 6th: The Bill + debate: The live 20th anniversary episode of The Bill. The debate, chaired by Kwame Kwei Armah, will include Brian Blessed, Lisa Maxwell, David Rose and Sue Mather
  • 10th: The Quatermass Experiment (1953) + Timeshift: The Nigel Kneale Interviews: The two surviving episodes of the original version of The Quatermass Experiment, and a documentary about Quatermass writer Nigel Kneale. Followed by…
  • 10th: The Quatermass Experiment (2005) + Q&A: The BBC4 remake featuring Mark Gatiss and David Tennant. Followed by a Q&A with director Sam Miller
  • 12th: Live from Pebble Mill: The Battle of Waterloo and Redundant! Or the Wife’s Revenge: The second play, by Fay Weldon, sees the lights fail during the performance, yet the actors carry on anyway.
  • 12th: Armchair Theatre: A Night Out: Stars Tom Bell. Followed by a panel discussion including Susannah York and Billie Whitelaw
  • 16th: Armchair Theatre: Lena, O My Lena + Live from Pebble Mill: Cargo Kings
  • 16th: Armchair Theatre: The Emperor Jones + A Liverpool Nativity
  • 18th: Television Playhouse: Promenade + Live from Pebble Mill: Night Kids
  • 24th: Two episodes of Coronation Street, including the live 40th anniversary special. Also includes a clip from the only surviving episode of The Grove Family
  • 25th: Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps + panel discussion: The live episode of the show followed by a discussion including Will Mellor, Graham Duff and Stephen McCrum (exec producer, BBC Comedy)

Members’ priority postal booking opens 2 January
Members’ online and phone booking opens 8 January
Public booking opens 12 January

As always, visit the BFI web site for more details