A bit later than usual (for obvious reasons), a bit thinner than usual (for obvious reasons), and combining events for September and a bit of October (for not obvious reasons), here’s TMINE’s usual rundown of the upcoming TV showings at the BFI. Not much for TV aficionados, beyond an ‘Andrew Davies at 80’ event consisting of a chat and a showing of Inappropriate Behaviour, and a chat and documentary about Granada TV, but there is the excitement of two previews, one of series 3 of Inside No. 9, the other of series 3 of The Fall, complete with Gillian Anderson and Jamie Dornan…
Monday 5 September
TV Preview: Inside No. 9 (series 3) + Q&A with actors Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith and producer Adam Tandy
BBC 2016. Dirs Guillem Morales, Graeme Harper. With Steve Pemberton, Reece Shearsmith, Keeley Hawes, Jessica Raine. 2 Eps, TRT c.60min
As season three of Pemberton and Shearsmith’s anthology of comedy dramas returns we offer you a sneak peek at new episodes. In The Bill a night out at the local tapas restaurant after badminton sounds like fun, but ultimately someone has to pay for it. In The Devil of Christmas it’s Austria, Krampusnacht, 1977. All the good children are given gifts by St Nicholas and the bad ones are punished by the demonic Krampus. Julian and Kathy arrive for a holiday with their family – but who’s been good and who’s been bad?
Wednesday 7 September
TV Preview: The Fall (series 3) + Q&A with creator, writer and director Allan Cubitt, and actors Gillian Anderson and Jamie Dornan
Fables-Artists Studio-BBC 2016. Dir Allan Cubitt. With Gillian Anderson, Jamie Dornan, Bronagh Waugh, Aisling Bea. TRT c.60min
Series three of Cubitt’s acclaimed psychological thriller, produced by Gub Neal and Carol Moorhead, picks up where the heart-stopping series two finale left off; in the emotionally charged aftermath of a shooting. Gillian Anderson and Jamie Dornan reprise their (now iconic) roles as Detective Superintendent Gibson and serial killer Paul Spector, as we continue to follow DS Gibson’s personal journey to exact justice for the victims’ families. As The Fall reaches its inexorable conclusion, it’s clear that the rules of this deadly game of cat-and-mouse are set to shift once again…
Tickets limited to two per booker
Wednesday 21 September
Inappropriate Behaviour + intro by Andrew Davies
Screen Two, BBC 1987. Dir Paul Seed. With Charlotte Coleman, Jenifer Landor, Douglas Livingstone, Brian Deacon. 77min
This film, from an original screenplay by Davies, has been chosen by the writer to represent his work. When a US behavioural psychologist is drafted in to a rural school in the UK she becomes fascinated with one particularly charismatic problem pupil. As dark secrets of the girl’s home life emerge, behaviour on both sides begins to change. Davies creates a complex, nuanced psychological web that mystifies and intrigues as it progresses to a cataclysmic climax.
Joint ticket available with Andrew Davies in conversation £16, concs
Andrew Davies in Conversation with Broadcaster Kirsty Lang
Andrew Davies discusses his glittering career, assisted by a fine selection of clips. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to hear from a great master of television drama.
For joint ticket offer see above
Sunday 2 October
The Granada Difference: From the North + discussion with David Liddiment, former Director of Programmes at Granada, and others TBA
BBC 1992. Dir David Thompson. 60min
Granada made – and continues to make – a huge impact on the British TV landscape, offering powerhouse productions such as Coronation Street and Brideshead Revisited alongside influential current affairs (World in Action) and groundbreaking series (Seven-Up). The network had always self-styled themselves as ‘the BBC of ITV’ – and nearly 40 years later the BBC returned the compliment with Granadaland, an evening of programming in tribute. From that evening we screen From the North, a documentary looking at Granada’s incredible story.
Prices (excluding gift aid)
£6.85 (member concs)
£8.35 (non-members concs)
Under 16s £6.00
Prices (including gift aid and voluntary contribution)
£7.55 (member concs)
£9.20 (non-members concs)
Reduced prices for weekday matinees. 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.