It’s time for our regular look at the TV that the BFI is showing, this time in the month of June 2013. This month, as well as the continuing celebration of Doctor Who, which reaches the Colin Baker years with The Two Doctors…
…there’s the second half of a season of Tony Garnett’s work, and previews of Top of the Lake and Quirke.
Sun 2 June 16:00 NFT2: Law & Order: A Detective’s Tale
BBC 1978. Dir Les Blair. With Derek Martin, Alan Ford, Roy Stone. 80min
+ Between The Lines: Some Must Watch
BBC 1993. Dir Roy Battersby. With Neil Pearson, Francesca Annis, Michael Pennington. 50min
One of four films examining the legal system from different perspectives. Followed by an episode of the drama following a fictional police complaints investigation team.
Thu 6 June 16:00 NFT3: Play for Today: Blooming Youth
BBC 1973. Dir Les Blair. With Philip Jackson, Colin Higgins, Peter Kinley
+ This Life: Coming Together
BBC 1996. Dir Sam Miller. With Jack Davenport, Amita Dhiri, Daniela Nardini, Andrew Lincoln. 40min
Everyday life in a student flat, followed by the opening episode of the drama following a group of young professionals.
Mon 10 June 18:30 NFT1: Robert Vas: Filmmaker 1931-1978
BBC 1978. Dir Barrie Gavin & Peter West. With Karel Reisz, Judi Dench. 35min
A refugee from the 1956 Hungarian uprising, Robert Vas captured a unique perspective on London with his early, BFI-produced ‘Free Cinema’ shorts Refuge England (1959; 27min) and The Vanishing Street (1962; 20min) – two poetic documentaries on the human spirit. Both films screen alongside a BBC documentary obituary and give a sense of the scale and magnitude of the later work of this extraordinary director. With special guests and discussion.
Sat 15 June 14:00 NFT1: Doctor Who: The Two Doctors + Q&A
BBC 1985. Dir Peter Moffat. With Colin Baker, Patrick Troughton, Nicola Bryant, Frazer Hines.135min
The past catches up with the sixth Doctor in the shape of his earlier incarnation – the second Doctor – and his travelling companion Jamie McCrimmon. When the second Doctor’s mission to investigate unauthorised time-travel experiments takes a lethal turn, the current incarnation (Colin Baker) rushes to the rescue. Troughton’s last-ever appearance as the Doctor is a swashbuckling adventure written by Robert Holmes and featuring Sontarans, Androgums and the very key to time travel itself: the Rassilon Imprimature.
Wed 19 June 18:20 NFT2: Cardiac Arrest: The Killing Season
BBC 1994. Dir David Hayman. With Helen Baxendale, Andrew Lancel, Ahsen Bahatti. 28min
+ The Cops: Series 1, Episode 8. Dir Harry Bradbeer. With Katy Canagh, Rob Dixon, John Henshaw. 50min
Written from first-hand experience by Dr Jed Mercurio, this game-changing medical drama painted a picture of young doctors battling against bureaucracy and a culture of survival against the odds. Followed by an episode of the police procedural that looked at the links between crime and social conditions.
Thu 20 June 18:15 NFT1: Quirke + Q&A
BBC-Element Pictures-Tyrone Productions 2013. Dir John Alexander. With Gabriel Byrne, Nick Dunning, Michael Gambon, Aisling Franciosi. 90min
Quirke is the chief pathologist in the 1950s Dublin city morgue. In the first film of the new series, Quirke performs an autopsy on a woman who has died in childbirth, but believes something is wrong.
Followed by a Q&A with writer Andrew Davies, director John Alexander, author John Banville and cast members.
Sun 23 June 13:45 NFT1: Top of the Lake
See-Saw Films-Screen Australia-Screen NSW-Fulcrum Media Finance BBC-UKTV-The Sundance Channel 2013. Dir Jane Campion & Garth Davis. With Elisabeth Moss, David Wenham, Peter Mullan, Holly Hunter. 353min + 2 intervals
A preview of Jane Campion’s first ever long-format television work. While visiting her dying mother, Detective Robin Griffin begins investigating the disappearance of Tui Mitcham, the 12-year-old pregnant daughter of the local drug patriach.
Tickets £22.50, concs £15. Members pay £1.50 less
Champions’ priority booking: 11.30am May 6
Members’ priority booking opens: 11.30am May 7
Public booking opens: May 10
£7.00 (member concs)
£7.50 (non-members concs)
Under 16s £6.00.
All shows are £6 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.