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What TV’s on at BAFTA in August and September 2018? Including Female Firsts and Guru Live

Every so often, TMINE flags up what new TV events BAFTA is holding around the UK

Following on from last time, August’s BAFTA events continue with a Female Firsts exhibition. Meanwhile, September’s Guru Live events is so big and powerful, I can’t even begin to list it all, so you’ll have to have a précis.

Female Firsts: Women Making BAFTA History

Saturday 4 & Sunday 5 August, Various Times. Last entry 6pm.
BAFTA, 195 Piccadilly, London

The last chance to see our current exhibition in its entirety. Book now to explore the work and achievements of over 90 women from the history of BAFTA and that of film, games and television in Britain.

As the British Academy of Film and Television Arts counts down to its 75th anniversary in 2022, we are delving into our archive to uncover some of the stories it contains. These stories not only illuminate the history of BAFTA, but explore the nature of our relationship with film, games and television.

Since the establishment of the Academy in 1947, many ground-breaking, talented women have steered the course of BAFTA as an organisation and many more have shaped the art forms it celebrates and supports. This exhibition, featuring over 100 images and ephemera from the BAFTA archives, plus a host of external libraries and collections, highlights a selection of these women and the work they have created.

All of them represent a ‘BAFTA first’ of some kind – from the first women to be recognised in various awards categories and the first female Fellows to the first woman President of the Academy and the creator of the iconic BAFTA mask – each of these women have not only contributed to excellence in the screen arts, they have defined it.

Entry to the exhibition is £3 – No booking required for members to view the exhibition.

First entry 13.00 – Last entry 18.00.

Tickets for this event will also be available to purchase on the door.

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What’s on at the Barbican in September? Including Channel 4 and the 1982 Workshop Declaration

As a rule, TMINE doesn’t normally cover events at the Barbican because they’re almost never TV-related. However, in September, they’ve organised themselves a little TV event, so I thought I’d give you some details.

The Television Will Be Revolutionised: Channel 4 and the 1982 Workshop Declaration

A season of oppositional documentaries from Channel 4’s first decade: a radical, game-changing era that opened doors for diverse voices in cinemas and on British television.

Channel 4 began life in 1981 with a remit to provide innovative broadcasting, and to challenge the mainstream BBC/ITV duopoly. Under the 1982 Workshop Declaration, the Channel agreed to fund and screen films from the ‘alternative’ film and video collectives – known as workshops.

Working closely with trade unions, Labour local authorities, political groups, women’s organisations and ethnic minority communities, by 1988, some 44 workshops had had films funded and screened by Channel 4.

So began a decade of experiment with politically progressive and aesthetically avant-garde documentaries and dramas screened on British television, which continued until 1990. The gateways had been opened to film-makers from diverse and regional backgrounds, and new voices found greater opportunities to share their stories.

Programme and booking details after the jump and these clips…

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Black Earth Rising
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What TV’s on at BAFTA in August 2018? Including Black Earth Rising

Every so often, TMINE flags up what new TV events BAFTA is holding around the UK

It’s early days for BAFTA in its usual incremental release of its timetable, so the most I can do is tell you that there’ll be one TV event on the first day of August hosted by BAFTA. There may be more to come or BAFTA might decide that there’s no point since everyone’s on holiday. No one will probably know until two days before, but I’ll let you know as soon as I know.

Preview: Black Earth Rising

Wednesday, 1 August 2018 – 6:45pm
Princess Anne Theatre, 195 Piccadilly, London

A preview of the new BBC thriller followed by a Q&A with writer, director and producer Hugo Blick and actress Michaela Coel.

Playing out across the UK, Europe, Africa and the USA, Black Earth Rising explores the prosecution of international war crimes and the West’s relationship with contemporary Africa. The story follows Kate Ashby (Coel); rescued as a young child during the Rwandan genocide, she is adopted by Eve Ashby (Harriet Walter), a world class British prosecutor in international criminal law. Kate was raised in Britain and, now in her late twenties, works as a legal investigator in the law chambers of Michael Ennis (John Goodman). When Eve takes on a case at the International Criminal Court, prosecuting an African militia leader, the story detonates, pulling Michael and Kate into a journey that will upend their lives forever.

The eight-part series is made by Forgiving Earth Limited, a co-production company of Eight Rooks Limited and Drama Republic Limited. The series is co-produced by Abi Bach and executive produced by Greg Brenman for Drama Republic and Piers Wenger for the BBC.

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What TV’s on at the BFI in August? Including the rest of the Harold Pinter season, Langrishe Go Down, Bodyguard and Bollywood: The World’s Biggest Film Industry

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

Not as jam-packed as July thanks to the summer holidays, August at the BFI still has a lot to offer. The Harold Pinter season continues on from last month, but there’s also two ‘Missing Believed Wiped’ sessions, celebrations of puppeteers Ivor Wood and Ray Harryhausen and previews of the forthcoming Bodyguard and Bollywood: The World’s Biggest Film Industry, complete with Q&As with cast and crew.

That’s after this week’s weekly play, Langrishe Go Down. Originally conceived for the cinema, and based on a novel by Aidan Higgins, this is a classic Harold Pinter work about passion, politics and class: in particular it shows his preoccupation with time and memory. Set on a run-down Irish estate, and cutting between the late and early 1930s, it charts a summer-long affair between a gentrified country girl and an exploitative Bavarian student. The cast is superb and the atmosphere distinctly Chekhovian.

No, I’ve not watched it. Yes, I have just copied and pasted that from the BFI guide. But I’m sure it’s great.

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Vanity Fair
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What (extra) TV’s on at BAFTA in June and July 2018? Including To Provide All People, Vanity Fair and Meet the Daytime Commissioners

Every so often, TMINE flags up what new TV events BAFTA is holding around the UK

BAFTA ain’t half cramming them in now. Not only has it added a couple of TV events to its July schedule, there’s another one just been slotted in the June calendar as well.

To Provide All People

Preview screening: To Provide all People + Q&A

A preview screening of BBC Wales’ latest landmark television drama commission as it celebrates the 70th anniversary of the NHS. The film poem written by BAFTA Cymru winner Owen Sheers in the voice of the NHS is directed by Pip Broughton and produced by Vox Pictures, the same creative team behind the award-winning drama Aberfan: The Green Hollow.

The drama tells the story of a single day in the NHS, from dusk to dawn, with a single hospital at its heart. To Provide All People will be broadcast across the UK at the end of June. The stellar cast includes: Michael Sheen, Eve Myles, Jonathan Pryce, Martin Freeman, Michelle Fairley, Amiee-Ffion Edwards, Meera Syal, Celia Imrie, Suzanne Packer, George Mackay, Sian Phillips and Lesley Manville.

The screening will be followed by a Q&A with writer Owen Sheers, director Pip Broughton and actress Eve Myles.

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Meet the Commissioners: Daytime

Monday, 16 July 2018 – 9:00am
David Lean Room, BAFTA, 195 Piccadilly, London

A panel of daytime commissioners from a range of broadcasters will talk through the opportunities for producers and share their commissioning slate for the future. The panel will discuss the importance of strong repeatable formats and whether daytime is still a place to try out new shows and talent. The commissioners will reveal what they are looking for to create distinctive channel content that rates.

The panel includes:

  • Jane Beacon, Joint Head of Daytime at ITV. Programmes include Good Morning Britain and The Chase
  • Dan McGolpin, Controller of Daytime at the BBC. Credits include Matron, Medicine and Me and Richard Osman’s House of Games
  • David Sayer, Head of Daytime at Channel 4. Credits include Couples Come Dine With Me and My Floating Home.

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Vanity Fair

TV Preview: Vanity Fair

Monday, 16 July 2018 – 6:45pm
Princess Anne Theatre, 195 Piccadilly, London

Adapted by BAFTA-nominated screenwriter Gwyneth Hughes (The Girl, Five Days, Dark Angel), this seven-part drama follows the story of Becky Sharpe (Olivia Cooke) as she attempts to claw her way out of poverty and scale the ranks of English Society during the Napoleonic Wars. The series is produced by Julia Stannard (War & Peace, The Great Train Robbery, United) with James Strong (Liar, Broadchurch, United) directing. Mammoth Screen’s Managing Director Damien Timmer executive produces the series with Gwyneth Hughes, James Strong and Tom Mullens (Endeavour, Fearless, Poldark).

The series has been commissioned for ITV by Head of Drama Polly Hill and premieres on the channel internationally before premiering as an Amazon Prime Exclusive in the US.

We will be screening the first episode in the series, with a total run time of 50 minutes, followed by a Q&A with cast and crew.

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