April 2010 at the BFI

Time for our regular look at what TV’s on at the South Bank in London in April. Another month of not much, basically, but that’s because we don’t yet know what’s going to be on during what looks like an awesome HBO weekend – previews of Treme and The Pacific, at least, by the looks of it – as well as a The Prisoner viewing and Q&A, and Alan Bennett in conversation.

  • 14th: The Prisoner + Q&A

    The first episode of the deathly dull, somewhat stupid but gorgeous-looking ITV/AMC remake of The Prisoner
    , followed by a cast and crew Q&A.
  • 24th & 25th: HBO weekend
    A panel discussion with HBO co-president Richard Plepler and HBO programming president Mike Lombardo, exclusive previews of new HBO programmes and ‘a number of very special guest writers, directors and acting talent’ who will be taking part in onstage interviews and Q&As. There are pics in the brochure of The Pacific, Treme and True Blood, so fingers crossed for the likes of David Simon at the very least. More details will be emerging through updates.
  • 26th: Alan Bennett in Conversation + Afternoon Off
    Alan Bennett discusses his new stage production, The Habit of Art, and his contribution to television drama. Afternoon Off sees waiter Pete Postlethwaite looking at the odd range of characters who come to his hotel, including Thora Hird.

Champions’ priority booking by phone: 11.30am March 1
Members’ priority booking opens: 11.30am March 2
Public booking opens: 11.30am March 9

£7.60 (members)
£5.25 (member concs)
£9.00 (non-members)
£6.65 (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


  • Rob Buckley

    I’m Rob Buckley, a journalist who writes for UK media magazines that most people have never heard of although you might have heard me on the podcast Lockdown Land or Radio 5 Live’s Saturday Edition or Afternoon Edition. I’ve edited Dreamwatch, Sprocket and Cambridge Film Festival Daily; been technical editor for TV producers magazine Televisual; reviewed films for the short-lived newspaper Cambridge Insider; 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. Since going freelance, I've contributed to the likes of Broadcast, Total Content + Media, Action TV, Off The Telly, Action Network, TV Scoop and The Custard TV.