Now that the BFI has finally sorted out my membership, I can once again say that it’s time for our regular look at the TV that the BFI is showing, this time in the month of March 2013. This month, as well as the continuing celebration of Doctor Who, which reaches the Pertwee years and a colour-restored version of The Mind of Evil, there’s a short season of TV programmes featuring monologues by the likes of Bernard Cribbins, Tom Baker and Alan Bennett, who’ll be there in person, a documentary on The Wizard of Oz, and a Flipside looking back at how the underground scene of the 1960s was depicted on TV.
Fri 1 March 18:10 NFT3: Personally Speaking
BBC. Total runtime: 90min
A BBC series that run throughout the 1950s that featured various luminaries who were invited to hold forth on any subject of their choosing. It will feature 30 minutes of mixed extracts plus Ustinov on the Ustinovs, in which Peter Ustinov talks about his family. Plus further examples to be confirmed.
Sat 2 March 14:30 NFT1: Doctor Who at 50 – The Mind of Evil + Discussion
BBC 1971. Dir Timothy Combe. With Jon Pertwee, Katy Manning, John Levene, Roger Delgado, Nicholas Courtney, Richard Franklin. 150min + interval (Ep 1 colorised, Eps2-6 colour restored)
Don Houghton’s script combines a machine that (allegedly) sucks the evil from criminal minds, a world peace conference, a mind parasite, a nerve-gas missile and the Doctor’s nemesis The Master in a complex but enjoyable story from the Dr Who/UNIT period. Following the screening the BFI will mount an on-stage event looking at the Pertwee period and in particular at the colour recovery process that means it can screen the story in its original format.
Please check BFI website for updates on special guests
Sun 3 March 15:50 NFT3: Monologues
Total runtime 90min
Monologue (BBC 1973) – A Harold Pinter monologue delivered by Henry Woolf + Screenplay: A Woman Alone (BBC 1988, extract) A Dario Fo monologue delivered by Lynn Redgrave + Nice (ITV 1984, extract) in which Norman Beaton delivers a monologue about the West Indian experience in the UK + Joyce Grenfell – a masterclass on the art of the comic monologue with a twist in the tail + further examples to be confirmed.
Mon 4 March 18:20 NFT3: Arena: In Search of Oz
BBC 1994. Dir Brian Skeet. 60min
A BBC documentary examining the enduring interest in the Land of Oz, with contributions from noted admirers like Salman Rushdie and Gore Vidal.
Wed 6 March 18:10 NFT3 Storytellers
Total runtime c105min
Jackanory: The Hobbit (BBC 1979) – the only surviving segment from the Jackanory version of The Hobbit, read by Bernard Cribbins.
Welcome to Wodehouse: Jeeves and the Impending Doom (BBC 1981) John Alderton reads a PG Wodehouse short story.
Shop of Ghosts (ITV 1977) Richard Todd reads GK Chesterton’s fanciful Christmas tale.
Late Night Story: The Photograph (BBC 1978) Tom Baker reads a story from Nigel Kneale.
Classic Ghost Stories:The Rose Garden (BBC 1986) Robert Powell reads a chilling yarn from master ghost story writer MR James.
Late Night Story: The Emissary (BBC 1978) Tom Baker reads a spine-tinged from Ray Bradbury.
Further examples to be confirmed.
Thu 7 March 18:15 NFT1: Alan Bennett on the Art of the Monologue
Total runtime 100min
Alan Bennett returns to the BFI to talk about the art of the monologue. It will include his first TV monologue, A Woman of No Importance with Patricia Routledge from 1982.
Wed 13 March 20:45 NFT2: The Flipside – Was the Revolution Televised?
British TV couldn’t ignore the Underground scene of 60s London, but how did they explain hip lingo like ‘freak-out’ and ‘lay it on me’ to the general viewer? It wasn’t long before intrepid reporters were covering events such as the 14-Hour Technicolor Dream, performance art at Better Books and violent protests outside the American Embassy. Rare footage of all this plus the Yippies on The Frost Programme, intense performances from The Who and Pink Floyd, and Paul McCartney talking direct to camera – trying to reassure the world that ‘psychedelic’ was just a word, and it was all business as usual.
Champions’ priority booking: 11.30am February 4
Members’ priority booking opens: 11.30am February 5
Public booking opens: February 12
£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.
As always, visit the BFI web site for more details.