What TV’s on at BAFTA in September 2017 (again)? Including Gunpowder, National Treasure and The Commuter

Gunpowder

Every month (more or less), TMINE flags up what TV events BAFTA is holding around the UK

I really wish BAFTA would just send one big email at the start of the month – or even a month before that – letting me know what’s in their list of upcoming TV events. However, they don’t, so here’s some more to add to the previous list of September events:

The Commuter
Timothy Spall in The Commuter

TV Preview: Philip K Dick’s Electric Dreams & Q+A

Thursday, 21 September 2017 – 6:45pm
Princess Anne Theatre, BAFTA, 195 Piccadilly, London

A preview of The Commuter, an episode of Channel 4’s sci-fi anthology series, inspired by Philip K. Dick’s renowned shorts stories. Followed by a Q+A with BAFTA-winning writer Jack Thorne (National Treasure), director Tom Harper (War and Peace) and actors Tuppence Middleton (The Imitation Game) and Anthony Boyle (The Lost City of Z).

The Commuter follows Ed Jacobson (Timothy Spall), an unassuming train station employee alarmed to discover that daily commuters are taking the train to a town that shouldn’t exist.

Each of Electric Dreams’ standalone episodes are set in their own unique world; some lie in the far reaches of the universe, whilst others lie closer to home. Philip K. Dick’s short stories have been adapted by an exciting list of leading British and American writers and directors, featuring an all-star cast.

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Gunpowder
Kit Harrington in Gunpowder

TV Preview: Gunpowder + Q&A

Tuesday, 26 September 2017 – 6:45pm
Princess Anne Theatre, BAFTA, 195 Piccadilly, London

A three-part BBC drama following Robert Catesby, the Warwickshire gentleman behind the Gunpowder plot of 1605. Followed by a Q+A with director J Blakeson, writer Ronan Bennett and actors Kit Harington and Liv Tyler.

Robert Catesby (Harrington) is a committed Catholic in Protestant England, where Catholics are persecuted relentlessly. The authorities, directed by King James’ spymaster in Chief Robert Cecil (Mark Gatiss), execute priests and target lay Catholics. Despite the peaceful protestations of head Jesuit Father Garnet (Peter Mullan), Catesby, unable to stand by, recruits friends and family to his audacious – and now infamous – plan.

This series is produced by Kudos in association with Thriker Films. Produced by Laurie Borg with executive producers Ollie Madden for Kudos and Steven Wright for the BBC. Kit Harrington and Daniel West are Co-Executive Producers for Thriker Films.

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National Treasure
Andrea Riseborough, Robbie Coltrane and Julie Walters in National Treasure

Masterclass: The Making of National Treasure

Thursday, 28 September 2017 – 6:30pm
Princess Anne Theatre, BAFTA, 195 Piccadilly, London

The team behind the BAFTA-winning mini-series National Treasure discuss the creative collaborations that brought the show together.

Based on Operation Yewtree, National Treasure examines the public and private impact of historical sexual offence accusations against a fictional, much-loved public figure. Channel 4’s four-part drama is written by BAFTA-winner Jack Thorne and stars Dame Julie Walters, Robbie Coltrane, Andrea Riseborough and Tim McInnery. The hit show garnered seven BAFTA nominations, winning for Best Mini-Series, Best Director and Best Original Music

The panel will include:

  • BAFTA-winning director, Marc Munden
  • BAFTA-nominated editor, Luke Dunkley
  • BAFTA-nominated cinematographer, Ole Bratt Birkeland
  • Actor, Tim McInnery

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