Time for our regular look at the TV that the BFI is showing, this time in the month of January 2012. As well as the start of its three-month long Dickens on Screen season and a preview of BBC2’s ‘definitely not Between The Lines, honest’ police drama about corruption investigations Line of Duty (coincidentally made by World Productions, too), there is the truly awesome news that Robert Popper and Peter Serafinowicz are going to be at the 10th anniversary screening of series one of Look Around You, for which they’ve made a short film especially.
Now how’s that for a happy new year?
- 5th: Line of Duty: Episode 1 + Q&A
Stars Lennie James and Gina McKee. Preview of the BBC2 drama, written by Jed Mercurio, about a fictional police anti-corruption unit. Followed by a panel discussion with Jed Mercurio and cast members.
- 12th: Look Around You: 10th anniversary screening + Q&A
All eight episodes of the first series, followed by a Q&A with Robert Popper, Peter Serafinowicz and director Tim Kirkby, who will be premiering their new short film made specially for the event. The audience will be invited to comed dressed ‘Look Around You‘ style.
- 14th: Our Mutual Friend
1976 BBC adaptation, starring Jane Seymour, Leo McKern, Poly James and Alfie Bass. Directed by Peter Hammond. 7x50m episodes with two intervals. Tickets: £13.75, concs £10.25 (members: £1.50 less)
- 24th: Theatre 625: The Queen and the Welshman + intro
First performed on stage in 1957, this play tells the story of the romance between Queen Katherine and Owen Tudor. Introduced by the play’s author, Rosemary Anne Sisson.
- 26th: 24 Hours: Highgate Vampire
A television news item about the Highgate Vampire. Shown in a double bill with The Body Beneath.
- 28th: A history of Dickens on television
A lecture on the chronology of Dickens on television that will include some unusual and rare examples.
- 28th: The Late Show: Who Framed Charles Dickens? + panel discussion + Q&A
A documentary on how Dickens has been served over the decades. Followed by panel discussion and Q&a with Kate Harwood (controller, BBC drama series and serials), Sara Phelps (adaptor of Great Expectations and director Susanna White (tbc).
- 28th: Tea-Time Dickens
A trip through the family-oriented Sunday ‘tea-time’ Dickens productions of the 60s, 70s and 80s. Includes a panel discussion involving writer-producer Terrance Dicks, actor Martin Jarvis and script editor-producer Betty Wellingale.
Champions’ priority booking: 11.30am December 5
Members’ priority booking opens: 11.30am December 6
Public booking opens: December 13
£5.25 (member concs)
£6.75 (non-members concs)
Under 16s £5.00.
All shows are £5 on Tuesdays. Conc prices are available to senior citizens, students, unwaged and disability visitors. Proof of eligibility may be required.
Tickets for the Dickens sessions are £10, concs £6.75, with members paying £1.50 less. A joint ticket for all three Dickens sessions is £20.75, concs £13.75, with members paying £1.50 less.
As always, visit the BFI web site for more details.