Emma Thompson in Years and Years
BAFTA events

What (more) TV’s on at BAFTA in April and May? Including Gentleman Jack, Sliced, and Years and Years

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

With WHYBW having completed its slow migration to Tuesdays, TMINE’s BAFTA rundown is now ready to slowly migrate its way over to Thursdays, but as TMINE is on a mini city-break from tomorrow, it’s going to be a day early this week.

As we’re now halfway through April, we’re finally getting some details of events in May. But BAFTA seems to have one last trick up its sleeve for April – provided you happen to be in New York City.

Suranne Jones in BBC/HBO's Gentleman Jack
Suranne Jones in BBC/HBO’s Gentleman Jack

Gentleman Jack

Wednesday, 17 April 2019 – 7:00pm
New York City

From Sally Wainwright, this series tells a remarkable and unlikely love story, set in the complex, changing world of 1832 Halifax, the cradle of the industrial revolution, just as it begins.

Starring Suranne Jones, it focuses on landowner Anne Lister and her determination to change the fate of Shibden Hall, her faded ancestral home, by re-opening the coal mines and marrying well. The charismatic, single-minded, swashbuckling Lister – who dresses head-to-toe in black and charms her way into high society – has no intention of marrying a man. True to her nature, she plans to marry a seriously wealthy woman, heiress Ann Walker.

Every part of the story is based in historical fact, recorded in the four million words of the real-life Anne Lister’s diaries, which contain the most intimate details of her life, once hidden in a secret code that is now broken.

KEY CAST: Suranne Jones, Gemma Whelan, Timothy West, Gemma Jones, Sophie Rundle, Jodhi May, Albane Courtois

WRITER AND DIRECTOR: Sally Wainwright

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Samson Kayo and Theo Barklem-Biggs in Dave's Sliced
Samson Kayo and Theo Barklem-Biggs in Dave’s Sliced

TV preview: Sliced

Wednesday, 1 May 2019 – 6:45pm
Princess Anne Theatre, 195 Piccadilly, London, W1J 9LN

A preview of the new UKTV comedy followed by a Q+A with Samson Kayo, Theo Barklem-Biggs, Phil Bowker and Al Campbell

Sliced is a crisp, urban comedy for Dave set amongst the hustle and bustle of a low rent, back street pizza parlour. We follow delivery riders Joshua (BAFTA-nominee Samson Kayo) and Ricky (Theo Barklem-Biggs) through their shifts and see their world at first hand. A world where counterfeit money, vindictive call centre staff, hopeless security guards, hedonistic pensioners and aggressive teens reign supreme.

Fast food delivery’s never been so much fun.

Written by Samson Kayo (Famalam) and Phil Bowker (Pulling, Phone Shop), directed by Al Campbell (Man Down, Drifters) and produced by Lovely Electricity.

We will be screening two episodes.

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Emma Thompson in BBC One's Years and Years
Emma Thompson in BBC One’s Years and Years

Preview screening: Years and Years + Q&A with Russell T Davies

Thursday, 2 May 2019 – 6:45pm
Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff

As Britain is rocked by unstable political, economic and technological advances, we follow the Lyons family as their complex lives converge on one crucial night in 2019. Then, over the next 15 years, the twists and turns of everyday life are explored as we find out if this ordinary family could ever change the world.

Russell T Davies’ new drama series for BBC One produced by RED Production Company for BBC One and HBO, starring Emma Thompson, Rory Kinnear, Jessica Hynes, Ruth Madeley, T’Nia Miller, Anne Reid and Russell Tovey.

Following the screening there will be a Q&A with Russell T Davies.

We have an allocation of complimentary tickets available for members. Email Vicki to reserve your place.

Non-members can purchase a ticket via the Chapter box office.

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Bagpuss
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What TV’s on at the BFI in May? Including Victorian Sensations and Afternoon of a Nymph

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

As is traditional in the month following a BFI/Radio Times TV festival, there are pretty slim pickings for TV viewing at the BFI this May.

But there are a few things at least. There’s a preview of BBC Four’s forthcoming Victorian Sensations, which looks at the ‘thrilling era of the 1890s’. There’s a tribute to the rather talented Philip Saville that will include a showing of Armchair Theatre‘s Afternoon of a Nymph. And best of all, there’s a talk about Smallfilms and how it created Clangers, Ivor the Engine, Noggin the Nog, and Bagpuss.

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Mum
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What (more) TV’s on at BAFTA in April? Including Mum

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

And another new one for April, following on from last week’s addition to the timetable.

TV Preview: Mum

Wednesday, 24 April 2019 – 6:45pm
Princess Anne Theatre, 195 Piccadilly, London, W1J 9LN

A preview of the third series of the BAFTA-winning BBC comedy followed by a Q+A with the creative team.

In the final series of Mum, Cathy and her family decamp to the English countryside to celebrate Derek’s birthday. Each episode observes a different day of the week, from their arrival on the Monday to the party on Saturday, as Cathy takes a final step towards her future.

Written and directed by Stefan Golaszewski and starring Lesley Manville and Peter Mullan.

We will be screening the first two episodes.

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The Virtues
BAFTA events

What (more) TV’s on at BAFTA in April? Including The Virtues

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

One more new one for April, following on from last week’s addition to the timetable.

TV Preview: The Virtues

Tuesday, 9 April 2019 – 6:45pm
Princess Anne Theatre, 195 Piccadilly, London

A preview of the new Channel 4 drama followed by a Q+A with writer and director Shane Meadows, co-writer Jack Thorne, actors Stephen Graham, Niamh Algar and Helen Behan plus producer and Warp Films joint CEO, Mark Herbert. Hosted by Terri White, Editor-in-Chief, Empire Magazine.

From BAFTA winner Shane Meadows (This is England, Dead Man’s Shoes), The Virtues follows Joseph (Stephen Graham), a barely on-the-wagon alcoholic whose precarious reality is knocked for six when his ex-partner moves abroad with their young son to Australia, for a better life.

With no immediate family to live for, Joseph is haunted by a past he has tried, for decades, to forget – if not actively obscure with drink and drugs. Suffering the hangover from hell – the dry spell over – he walks away from his present life and boards a boat bound for Ireland to confront hazy, fear-inducing memories from a childhood spent in the care system that he’s had to forget.

The four part series is directed by Shane Meadows and co-written by Meadows and Jack Thorne (This is England, ’86, ’88, ’90, National Treasure). With Stephen Graham in the lead role, the cast also includes Helen Behan (This is England ‘88 & ’90), Niamh Algar (Pure, The Bisexual), Frank Laverty (Michael Collins) and Mark O’Halloran (RTÉ’s Prosperity).

The series was produced by Mark Herbert and Nickie Sault and is overseen by C4’s Head of C4 Drama, Caroline Hollick. It is a Warp Films and Big Arty production.

BAFTA will show the first two episodes of the series. With thanks to Channel 4.

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What (yet more) TV’s on at the BFI and Radio Times TV festival in April

The BFI/Radio Times festival

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

Still following in BAFTA’s footsteps, the BFI and Radio Times have unveiled even more additions to their forthcoming TV festival. Rather than me type it all out again, though, here’s the press release with the new events:

The BFI’s Missing Believed Wiped annual programme, which seeks to screen TV material long thought lost, will mount a special event during the Festival featuring the latest exciting recovery from Philip Morris, CEO of Television International Enterprises Archives (TIEA). An archive television archaeologist who has traveled the world to track down missing episodes, Philip’s never say die attitude has helped him over the years recover a wealth of ‘lost’ British Television.

Fresh from rediscovering lost episodes of Morecambe and Wise in Sierra Leone, the Festival welcomes Phillip Morris back to BFI Southbank to give news of, and clips from, his latest finds, plus present his most recent return, The Scaffold Live at the Talk of the Town (1969, BBC). Unseen for 50 years since its original transmission, this prime-time BBC TV special, filmed at the popular ‘Talk of the Town’ nightclub at London’s Hippodrome, features the 60s Liverpool group whose unique mixture of pop, poetry and comedy made them regulars in the pop charts with hits including, Thank U Very Much and Do You Remember.

Filmed just weeks after the band celebrated their world-wide number one success with Lily the Pink, the original 16mm film of The Scaffold Live at the Talk of the Town was discovered by Philip Morris in Nigeria. What makes this remarkable find even more significant is the presence of colour subcarrier chromadots on the black and white print, which like the recently recovered early Morecambe and Wise episodes, offers an opportunity for colour recovery to experience the programme as it was originally filmed and broadcast. We are thrilled that The Scaffold (Mike McGear McCartney, John Gorman and Roger McGough) will join Philip Morris to introduce this special screening on Saturday 13 April, 7:30pm, NFT3.

The festival will also present a unique programme of Britain’s Earliest TV Ads drawn from the extensive television holdings of the BFI National Archive. When commercial television arrived in Britain in 1955 it resulted in the birth of an exciting new industry. Screening on Saturday 13 April at 1:00pm in NFT3, this specially curated event, hosted by John Lloyd (Spitting Image, QI), features some of the earliest television adverts in the BFI’s national collection, showcasing fledgling offerings from a nascent industry with an esoteric array of sometimes amusing, unintentionally hilarious but often informative mini-masterpieces.

The screening will include TV Talk, an informative film made by creative ad agency Lintas, exploring the possibilities and problems facing advertisers on the eve of commercial television in the UK. The event also brings together the six surviving adverts that were transmitted as part of ITV’s launch night schedule on 22 September, 1955. The programme will also explore the culturally unique British phenomenon of the admag, with extracts from these advertising magazine shows which were an early alternative to commercial breaks. Formatted as shoppers guides and fronted by celebrity presenters, such as Anne Shelton, admags extoled the virtues of various products and were extremely popular with viewers until the infamous Pilkington Report of 1962, which led to changes in legislation in television advertising which marked the death knell for the admag.

Undeniably a true giant of modern British culture, the Festival celebrates David Bowie on the box with, From the BFI Archive: David Bowie on Saturday 13 April, 2:30pm, NFT1, an enthralling programme of forgotten footage of the iconic star on British television across the decades, featuring clips from revealing interviews, unexpected acting appearances and dazzling music performances. The line-up includes a legendary duet with fellow glam star Marc Bolan on Marc, Bolan’s 1977 television show, an unguarded 1979 interview for Thames TV with Good Afternoon’s Mavis Nicholson and electrifying performances at Pleasure at the Palace and Channel 4’s 90’s Friday night schedule stalwart TFI Friday.