June 2011 at the BFI

Leonard Rossiter in Dr Knock

Sean Connery in the recently recovered Colombe

Time for our regular look at what TV’s on at the South Bank in London in June. As well as a preview of David Hare’s first film as writer and director for 20 years and a showing of the Helen Baxendale drama The Investigator, there’s a season of British TV recovered from the Library of Congress, including Nigel Kneale’s updating of his original BBC adaptation of 1984, and two dramas featuring the music of Kinks frontman Ray Davies.

  • 6th: Twentieth Century Theatre: Colombe + panel discussion
    Françoise Rosay and Sean Connery star. Followed by a panel discussion about last year’s discoveries in the Library of Congress and the TV climate in the 1950s and 1960s that allowed the productions to be made.
  • 7th & 15th: The Investigator
    Helen Baxendale in the true story of a military policewoman who has to purge the army of lesbians and discovers she’s not as straight as she thought.
  • 8th: Theatre 625: The World of George Orwell: 1984
    Nigel Kneale updated his classic 1954 adaptation for this 1965 production starring David Buck and Jane Merrow.
  • 13th: Twentieth Century Theatre: The Insect Play
    An episode of the BBC anthology series that adapted plays from the previous 60 years.
  • 18th: Play for Today: The Long-Distance Piano Player + Late Night Drama: Starmaker
    Two musical dramas showcasing the work of Ray Davies, who stars in the latter drama and will introduce it as well.
  • 20th: Theatre 625: Dr Knock
    A well-known French satirical play starring Leonard Rossiter and John Le Mesurier.
  • 28th: Preview: Page Eight + Q&A with David Hare
    David Hare’s first film as writer and director for over 20 years stars Bill Nighy and Michael Gambon as MI5 agents.
  • 29th: Play of the Week: The Typewriter
    Jeremy Brett and Margaret Johnston star in Jean Cocteau’s ‘most difficult’ play.

Champions’ priority booking: 11.30am May 2
Members’ priority booking opens: 11.30am May 3
Public booking opens: May 10

£8.00 (members)
£5.25 (member concs)
£9.50 (non-members)
£6.75 (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.