February 2011 at the BFI

Time for our regular look at what TV’s on at the South Bank in London in February. The big highlights this month are Julie Walters, ships and Black History USA seasons.

  • 3rd/25th: Say Something Happened, Talking Heads: Her Big Chance + Talking Heads: The Outside Dog
    Three programmes by Alan Bennett featuring Julie Walters.
  • 5th: Death of a Revolutionary
    A documentary about the Black Panthers, directed by Dick Fontaine. Shown in a double-bill with The Murder of Fred Hampton as part of Black History Month USA.
  • 5th: Screen One: Wide Eyed and Legless + Omnibus: Our Julie
    Jack Rosenthal’s play starring Julie Walters as an ME sufferer, followed by an edition of Omnibus about Walters.
  • 8th/19th: The Ship
    TV version of Bill Bryden’s theatre production set in the Clyde shipyards. Both screenings will be introduced by Bryden.
  • 9th: Mo
    Julie Walters’s BAFTA-winning performance as Mo Mowlam.
  • 9th: Julie Walters in Conversation
    Q&A with Julie Walters about her TV career. Joint tickets available for Mo.
  • 11th/20th: My Beautiful Son
    Paul Reiser stars with Julie Walters, Olympia Dukakis and George Wendt in a story about a successful New York psychiatrist who goes looking for his birth mother in Liverpool.
  • 12th: Unfair Exchanges + Canterbury Tales: The Wife of Bath
    Written by Ken Campbell and co-starring David Rappaport, this sees Julie Walters the victim of an intelligent phone network. Then Walters stars in a modern version of Chaucer’s classic story.
  • 15th: Julie Walters & Friends, Victoria Wood: As Seen on TV Special and Twisted Tales: Bathtime
    Three comedies featuring Julie Walters.
  • 18th: The Bowler and the Bunnet
    Sean Connery directs and presents a documentary on the shipyards of Govan. Showing with the Oscar-winning Seawards the Great Ships, and Queen Mary Leaving the Clyde and Men of Iron.
  • 18th/26th: Ahead of the Class
    Julie Walters stars in the true story of how Lady Marie Stubbs turned around the failing school Philip Lawrence was murderd at.
  • 22nd: Sunderland Oak
    Combines songs, workers’ voices and evocative imagery. Showing with Tyneside, Forward to Service and Launch as part of a ‘Tyneside Tales’ evening.

Champions’ priority booking: 11.30am January 3
Members’ priority booking opens: 11.30am January 4
Public booking opens: 11.30am January 11

£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.