What TV’s on at the BFI in March 2020? Including Doctor Who and Yes Minister

Yes Minister

And it’s a very quiet March for TV at the BFI. While there’s a plethora of movies to watch, there’s a mere two TV events lined up. But they are pretty decent at least:

  • Yes Minister at 40, with a showing of Party Games and co-creator Jonathan Lynn in conversation
  • A showing of the Doctor Who story The Talons of Weng-Chiang, complete with Q&A with Louise Jameson (aka Leela)

All the info after the jump.


Tuesday 10 March

18:10 NFT1

Yes Minister at 40: Party Games + Jonathan Lynn in Conversation
BBC 1984. Dir Peter Whitmore. With Paul Eddington, Nigel Hawthorne, Derek Fowlds, Diana Hoddinott. 61min

Yes Minister is 40 years old and to celebrate we’ll be joined by writer and director Jonathan Lynn, who co-wrote the popular TV series with Antony Jay. Lynn has selected a favourite episode, Party Games, in which Jim Hacker decides to run for leader of the party and makes a European issue part of his campaign.

The episode acts as a bridge between Yes Minister and Yes, Prime Minister and is a reminder that while time may move on, in politics very little changes.

Saturday 14 March

12:00 NFT1

Doctor Who: The Talons of Weng-Chiang + Q&A with actor Louise Jameson
BBC 1977. Dir David Maloney. With Tom Baker, Louise Jameson, Christopher Benjamin. 6x25min + bonus content. PG. Courtesy of BBC Studios

The Doctor and Leela travel to Victorian London where they uncover a secret organisation who follow an ancient Chinese deity, and soon find themselves being hunted by a criminal from the 51st century who’s searching for his lost time machine.

This compelling classic story is often voted by Doctor Who fans as one of the best, and features Baker and Jameson on sparkling form. The storyline includes elements that may offend the sensibilities of a modern audience, something we’ll discuss at today’s event.

Tickets £15, concs £12 (Members pay £2 less)
Doctor Who: The Collection – Season 14 is released on Blu-ray later this year

Booking times

Patrons and champions’ priority booking: Monday 3 February from 11.30am
Members’ priority booking opens: Tuesday 4 February from 11.30am
Public booking opens: Tuesday 11 February from 11.30am


Members: £10.50
Member concs: £8.20
Non-members: £12.50
Non-member concs: £10.20
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.