September/October 2011 at the BFI

Two months at once, so twice as many goodies this time round, including a Ken Loach season and a look back at the very beginnings of TV itself, as well as a preview of the next series of Misfits and a night of programmes featuring the ‘Seventh Python’ Neil Innes.


  • 2nd/4th: Up the Junction + Auditions. Introduced by film editor Jonathan Morris
    Ken Loach’s adaptation of Neil Dunn’s novel of working-class life, followed by a rarely seen documentary about dancers looking for work.
  • 3rd: Cathy Come Home
    Arguably the most famous drama ever made for British TV, this looks at a family breaking up in the wake of homelessness.
  • 3rd/8th: The Golden Vision + After a Lifetime. Introduced by Neville Smith
    Ken Loach directs this story about dedicated Everton fans that includes documentary footage. Followed by Neville Smith’s semi-autobiographical story about the loss of the revolutionary spirit.
  • 5th: Diary of a Young Man: Survival, or They Came to a City + Life, or A Girl Called Fred + introduction and discussion with writer and producer John Wyver
    Two of the three episodes surviving of this experimental drama with contributions from Troy Kennedy Martin and Ken Loach.
  • 6th: Thirteen Against Fate: The Lodger + The Survivors
    Two episodes from the BBC adaptations of Georges Simenon’s stories.
  • 7th/16th: The Gamekeeper + Which Side Are You On?
    An adaption by Ken Loach of Barry Hines’s novel about a gamekeeper in South Yorkshire, followed by a Loach documentary about life during the 1984-5 coal dispute.
  • 8th: Neil Innes Night
    Clips and more from ‘the Seventh Python’, including Rutland Weekend Television, The Innes Book of Records, The Adventures of the Son of Exploding Sausage and even 3-2-1. Followed by a Q&A with Innes.
  • 8th: The Fools on the Hill + Television Comes To London
    Jack Rosenthal’s play set behind-the-scenes at Alexandra Palace in the lead up to the opening of the BBC TV service in 1936. Followed by a 1936 demonstration film highlighting the programmes on offer.
  • 10th: Days of Hope
    Ken Loach’s ambition series of four television films dealing with the Great War through to the 1926 General Strike.
  • 14th: Georgian Television
    A specially compiled selection of most of the surviving (non-news) footage from the early days of TV.
  • 17th: The Price of Coal
    Two Ken Loach films set in a Yorkshire coal mine preparing for a royal visit and dealing with a pit accident.
  • 28th: Live From Alexandra Palace
    A rare selection of early film footage and stills from pre- and post-war television.


  • 4th: Cathy Come Home
    Arguably the most famous drama ever made for British TV, this looks at a family breaking up in the wake of homelessness.
  • 11th: Misfits: Series 3 – Episode 1 + Q&A
    A preview of the first episode of the new series as well as a panel discussion and Q&A with members of the cast and crew.

Champions’ priority booking: 11.30am August 1
Members’ priority booking opens: 11.30am August 2
Public booking opens: August 9

£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.