What TV’s on at the BFI in June 2018? Including Westworld, Shoulder to Shoulder, Small Island, On Call To A Nation and Women’s Monologues


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

No huge TV seasons for the BFI in June, but there are a few choice pickings if you look through the programme. The biggest of these is the world premiere of the second season finale of Westworld, complete with Q&A with showrunners/creators Lisa Joy and Jonathan Nolan. Get booking quickly on that one, I would. On top of that, there’s a preview of BBC Four’s forthcoming Women’s Monologues, a complete showing of the little-repeated history of the Suffragette movement, Shoulder to Shoulder, a free showing of Windrush-generation drama Small Island, and an early documentary about the NHS, On Call to a Nation. All that after the jump.


Monday 4 June

14:00 NFT1
Seniors’ Free Matinee: Small Island + intro by writer Stephen Bourne BBC 2009. Dir John Alexander.
With David Oyelowo, Ruth Wilson, Naomie Harris, Benedict Cumberbatch. 180min + interval. Video. 15

Based on the acclaimed novel by Andrea Levy, Small Island is a two-part TV drama that gave a voice to the Windrush generation. Naomie Harris won the Royal Television Society award for her outstanding portrayal of a young Jamaican woman who struggles to fulfil her personal ambitions and dreams in a bleak, post-war London.
Free for over-60s (booking by phone or in person only), otherwise normal matinee price

Sunday 10 June

12:00 – 21:25 NFT3
Shoulder to Shoulder + Q&A with actors Dame Siân Phillips and Patricia Quinn and directors Moira Armstrong and Waris Hussein
BBC 1974. Dirs Waris Hussein, Moira Armstrong. With Siân Phillips, Patricia Quinn, Angela Down, Georgia Brown, Patience Collier. TRT 448min + 3 intervals + 30min Q&A. Digital

Devised by actress Georgia Brown, script editor Midge Mackenzie and producer Verity Lambert, Shoulder to Shoulder dramatises women’s struggle to gain the right to vote, fought between 1895 and 1918. Each episode covers a different chapter in the Suffragettes’ story, and as the series unfolds we meet the Pankhursts, Annie Kenney and Lady Constance Lytton. The scripts, by major writers such as Alan Plater and Hugh Whitmore, don’t shy away from controversies within the women’s movement or the darker punishments they received. Considered a remarkable achievement at the time, the series is rarely seen, with only one repeat since its original transmission in 1974 – so this is a unique opportunity to witness the most comprehensive and powerful examination of women’s suffrage
in its entirety.
Please visit bfi.org.uk for full schedule and guest updates

Monday 11 June

18:15 NFT3
TV Preview: Women’s Monologues (working title) + Q&A with Vicky Featherstone, Artistic Director of the Royal Court, and cast TBA
BBC Four 2018. Dirs Vanessa Caswill, Rachna Suri. 4 x 15min. Digital

Curated by Vicky Featherstone, Artistic Director of the Royal Court Theatre, and performed by a variety of well-known female stars, this film marks the 100th anniversary of the Representation of the People Act, when certain women gained the right to vote. Written by some of Britain’s most celebrated female playwrights (Abi Morgan and Nicole Clarke) alongside up-and-coming talent, these monologues are inspired by women across the 100 years since those in 1918 spoke out, challenged the status quo and made a stand. Each writer captures a moment that will inform and intrigue
a 2018 audience.
Please visit bfi.org.uk for updates on guests

Tuesday 19 June

18:15 NFT1
World Premiere: Westworld (season two finale) + Q&A with co-creators and writers Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy
HBO-Kilter Films-Bad Robot Productions-Warner Bros. Television 2018. Dir Frederick EO Toye. With Thandie Newton, Evan Rachel Wood, James Marsden, Jeffrey Wright, Ed Harris. Ep10 60min

From executive producers Jonathan Nolan, Lisa Joy and JJ Abrams, the hit series Westworld explores the idea of living without limits. But what happens when chaos takes control? Join us for a special evening discussing just that with the co-creators, alongside a world premiere of the season two finale, written by Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy.

Saturday 30 June

13:30 NFT2
Life in Their Hands: the NHS of the 1950s, including On Call to a Nation
BBC 1958. Dir Richard Cawston. 75min. Digital

One of the most striking and eye-opening TV documentaries of the 1950s explores the role of GPs through scripted scenarios and interviews, casting real doctors instead of actors.

Booking times

Patrons and champions’ priority booking: Monday 7 from 11.30am
Members’ priority booking opens: Tuesday 8 from 11.30am
Public booking opens: May 15 from 11.30am


Members: £9.50
Member concs: £7.20
Non-members: £11.50
Non-member concs: £9.20
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.