What TV’s on at the BFI in March 2018? Including The City and the City and High & Dry

The City and The City
David Morrissey in BBC Two's The City and The City

Every month, TMINE lets you know what TV the BFI will be presenting at the South Bank in London

Slightly slimmer pickings than in February, but there’s still a decent selection of showings at the BFI in March. There’s a slightly feminist theme to events, with a Women in TV season kicking off with Nicola Shindler, as well as an exploration of TV girlfriends. Ingmar Bergman’s TV work gets a look in, too, and there’s a showing of Mark of Cain.

On top of that, there are two TV previews: E4’s new castaway sitcom High & Dry and BBC Two’s adaptation of China Miéville The City and the City.

Details after the jump and The Mark of Cain.


Saturday 3 March

11:00-16:00 NFT3
Squad Goals: An Exploration of TV Girlfriends

It’s been 20 years since the first episode of Sex and the City aired, and since then we’ve seen shows that have complex, honest and hilarious portrayals of female friendships at their core, from Girls, Broad City and Insecure, to Brit-hits Chewing Gum and Fleabag. We couldn’t help but wonder is it time to take these shows more seriously? During this day of talks we’ll interrogate these shows, their characters and cultural legacy, alongside a load of other fun activity. Bring a friend, make a new one, and celebrate the biggest, bestest friendships of the small screen.
Joint ticket with The Girlfriend Revolution on TV (subject to capacity) £15, concs £12 (Members pay £2 less)

18:30 NFT1
Squad Goals: The Girlfriend Revolution on TV
TRT c.90min

Following the in-depth talks and fan appreciation, we will sit down with some of the creators of today’s breakthrough TV shows to talk about the wave of female-made and female-focused content, homegrown and international, traditional and groundbreaking.
Joint ticket with An Exploration of TV Girlfriends (subject to capacity) £15, concs £12 (Members pay £2 less)

16:30 NFT3
Bergman: Beyond the Silver Screen
TRT 75min

One of the major European filmmakers, Bergman was also a prolific theatre and radio director as well as a writer. What is the relationship between his work across the different mediums of stage, film, TV and radio? How does his cinematic vision translate into and influence his theatre work and fiction writing, and vice versa? Join special guests to explore the expansive artistic world of Ingmar Bergman.
Tickets £6.50 

Monday 5 March

18:15 NFT1
TV Preview: High & Dry + Q&A with writer-actor Marc Wootton and actors Vicki Pepperdine, Asim Chaudhry and Harry Peacock
Baby Cow Productions-Fooling Nobody 2018. Dir Dave Lambert. With Marc Wootton, Asim Chaudhry, Harry Peacock, Vicki Pepperdine, Grace Rex. Eps 1 & 2 TRT 48min

From writer-actor Marc Wootton (La La Land, My New Best Friend) comes High & Dry, a new six-part sitcom for E4. Having crash landed in a tropical paradise, narcissistic flight attendant Brett Sullivan puts himself in charge of the island. Which is bad news for the rest of the castaways – straight- talking Harriet, zombie-obsessed Arnab, cautious family man Douglas and sheltered Susan – as they soon realise they’re stranded with the world’s worst human and forced to do whatever it takes to survive.

Monday 12 March

18:15 NFT1
TV Preview: The City and the City + Q&A with writer Tony Grisoni and actors David Morrissey and Mandeep Dhillon
BBC Two-Mammoth Screen 2018. Dir Tom Shankland. With David Morrissey, Lara Pulver, Mandeep Dhillon, Maria Schrader. Ep1 60min

When the body of a foreign student is discovered in the streets of the down-at-heel city of Beszel, it’s just another day’s work for Inspector Tyador Borlú (Morrissey) of the Extreme Crime Squad. But he uncovers evidence that the murdered girl came from Ul Qoma, a city that shares a dangerous and volatile relationship with Beszel, and this case will challenge everything Borlú holds dear. Tony Grisoni’s new four-part adaptation of China Miéville’s mind-bending novel is directed by Tom Shankland (Les Misérables, The Missing) and boasts a fine ensemble cast.

Tuesday 13 March

18:15 NFT3
The Mark of Cain
Channel 4 2007. Dir Marc Munden. With Gerard Kearns, Matthew McNulty, Naomi Bentley. 90min

Winning the BAFTA for best single drama in 2008, this is a fine choice to represent Nicola Shindler’s work. Tony Marchant’s hard-hitting and controversial film is based on the testimony of real soldiers, and so sensitive was the subject matter that Channel 4 delayed its transmission twice. Both Kearns and McNulty received great critical acclaim for their portrayal of young soldiers forced to choose between loyalty to their regiment and their own morals.
Joint ticket available with Nicola Shindler in Conversation £15, concs £12 (Members pay £2 less)

20:30 NFT3
Nicola Shindler in Conversation + special guest Sarah Lancashire
TRT 90min

Journalist and broadcaster Boyd Hilton talks to Shindler about her remarkable career, from the creation of Red Production Company as a Manchester-based powerhouse of cutting-edge drama, to her approach when working with writers. We’ll discover what excites her most about TV drama, her methods and priorities as a producer and the challenges of working on the international stage.
Joint ticket available with The Mark of Cain £15, concs £12 (Members pay £2 less)

Booking times

Patrons and champions’ priority booking: February 5 from 11.30am
Members’ priority booking opens: February 6 from 11.30am
Public booking opens: February 13 from 11.30am


Members: £9
Member concs: £7.20
Non-members: £11
Non-member concs: £8.80
Under 16s: £6

Reduced prices for weekday matinees. Concessionary 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.