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What TV’s on at the BFI in December 2017? Including Shada, The League of Gentlemen and the Sydney Newman season

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

It’s the end of the year but it seems the BFI has saved the best for last. Following on from October-November’s bounty, we’ve got a whole host of TV events lined up for us in December. We do, of course, have the annual ‘Missing Believed Wiped’ event, which will be airing formerly missing episodes of Till Death Us Do Part and Late Night Horror.

However, the main season is dedicated to the marvellous Canadian TV producer Sydney Newman who so revolutionised British TV in the 50s and 60s. As part of that, we’ll be getting episodes of Doctor Who, Adam Adamant Lives!, The Avengers and Pathfinders, as well as two plays from the series he helped to create for ITV and the BBC: Armchair Theatre and The Wednesday Play.

Talking of Doctor Who, there’ll be a preview of the recently reconstructed (yet again) Douglas Adams story Shada, complete with animation replacement scenes for the bits that never got filmed. That’s among previews that include one of the new League of Gentlemen episodes, ITV’s forthcoming Hatton Garden, the Beeb’s new Agatha Christie adaptation Ordeal By Innocence and the latest David Walliams, Grandpa’s Great Escape.

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People Just Do Nothing
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What TV’s on at BAFTA in November 2017? Including a People Just Do Nothing masterclass

Every month (more or less), TMINE flags up what TV events BAFTA is holding around the UK

Seeing as I’ve spent most of today on the phone to various customer service representatives – one of whom, who worked for a major mobile phone provider whose number is definitely not magic, decided to actual change my phone number while I was on the phone to him – WHYBW will have to wait until tomorrow. Sorry about that.

Instead, let’s catch up with BAFTA. October’s been a bit quiet for them, but in the next couple of weeks there are a couple of TV events coming up.

Masterclass: People Just Do Nothing

Wednesday, 8 November 2017 – 6:45pm
Princess Anne Theatre, BAFTA, 195 Piccadilly, London

The team behind the hit BBC Three mockumentary will discuss their creative process and the evolution of the show from YouTube to BAFTA-winning comedy.

Panel:

Allan ‘Seapa’ Mustafa, writer and actor (MC Grindah)
Steve Stamp, writer and actor (DJ Steves)
Asim Chaudhry, actor (Chabuddy G)
Hugo Chegwin, actor (DJ Beats)
Jon Petrie (Producer)
Ash Atalla (Producer)
Jack Clough (Director)

Chaired by comedian Holly Walsh

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Meet the Controllers: UKTV

Thursday, 9 November 2017 – 9:00am
195 Piccadilly, St. James’s, London W1J 9EU

Richard Watsham, Director of Commissioning and Hilary Rosen, Deputy Director of Commissioning share their vision for Britain’s biggest multichannel broadcaster. Chaired by Benji Wilson.

UKTV is investing heavily in original productions, with more original hours scheduled for 2018 than at any point in its 25 year history. With its eleven brands, it covers a wide range of genres and has broadened out into sports and gameshows, alongside original scripted comedies and lifestyle. Watsham has recently identified factual as a potential growth area for entertainment channel Dave in a bid to reach younger audiences. Watsham and Rosen will discuss current opportunities for producers across the channels and provide insight into UKTV’s plans for the future.

Richard Watsham joined UKTV in 2011 as Senior Commissioning Editor and was promoted to Director of Commissioning in 2014. Hilary Rosen joined UKTV in 2013 as a Commissioning Editor and is now Deputy Director of Commissioning. Commissioning credits include BAFTA-nominated Taskmaster, International Emmy award winner Hoff the Record, Dynamo: Magician Impossible, John Bishop: In Conversation With…,Unspun with Matt Forde, The Davina Hour, Zapped, Monty Python Live and Crackanory.

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Callan - Suddenly At Home
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What TV’s on at the BFI in October-November 2017? Including Hard Sun, Inside No.9, Callan at 50 and The Prisoner at 50

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

Oh, I do love October-November. All the leaves, colours. And, of course, all the lovely TV events that the BFI will be hosting. This ‘month’, in fact, there are a few doozies that I will shortly be booking, I suspect.

For most people, the appeal will be two previews with Q&As: the first of the fourth season of Inside No.9, at which Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith will be in attendance; the second of the forthcoming Hard Sun, written by Luther‘s Neil Cross and starring Jim Sturgess and Agyness Deyn.

For me, though, the big draw is Saturday 25th November’s ‘thrilling television’ day, which will include:

  • A ‘Callan at 50′ panel discussion
  • A ‘Sixties Spies and Beyond’ discussion that will include clips of The Avengers, The Man From UNCLE et al
  • ‘The Prisoner at 50′, which will include a bespoke BFI cut of Network’s documentary.

That’s me sorted for the day. How do you reckon I break it to my wife?

Or that there’s a talk on the Wednesday evening about the state of conspiracy thrillers on UK TV, comparing them to classic shows like Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and Edge of Darkness? Ah, waddya gonna do?

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Gunpowder
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What TV’s on at BAFTA in September 2017 (again)? Including Gunpowder, National Treasure and The Commuter

Every month (more or less), TMINE flags up what TV events BAFTA is holding around the UK

I really wish BAFTA would just send one big email at the start of the month – or even a month before that – letting me know what’s in their list of upcoming TV events. However, they don’t, so here’s some more to add to the previous list of September events:

The Commuter
Timothy Spall in The Commuter

TV Preview: Philip K Dick’s Electric Dreams & Q+A

Thursday, 21 September 2017 – 6:45pm
Princess Anne Theatre, BAFTA, 195 Piccadilly, London

A preview of The Commuter, an episode of Channel 4’s sci-fi anthology series, inspired by Philip K. Dick’s renowned shorts stories. Followed by a Q+A with BAFTA-winning writer Jack Thorne (National Treasure), director Tom Harper (War and Peace) and actors Tuppence Middleton (The Imitation Game) and Anthony Boyle (The Lost City of Z).

The Commuter follows Ed Jacobson (Timothy Spall), an unassuming train station employee alarmed to discover that daily commuters are taking the train to a town that shouldn’t exist.

Each of Electric Dreams’ standalone episodes are set in their own unique world; some lie in the far reaches of the universe, whilst others lie closer to home. Philip K. Dick’s short stories have been adapted by an exciting list of leading British and American writers and directors, featuring an all-star cast.

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Gunpowder
Kit Harrington in Gunpowder

TV Preview: Gunpowder + Q&A

Tuesday, 26 September 2017 – 6:45pm
Princess Anne Theatre, BAFTA, 195 Piccadilly, London

A three-part BBC drama following Robert Catesby, the Warwickshire gentleman behind the Gunpowder plot of 1605. Followed by a Q+A with director J Blakeson, writer Ronan Bennett and actors Kit Harington and Liv Tyler.

Robert Catesby (Harrington) is a committed Catholic in Protestant England, where Catholics are persecuted relentlessly. The authorities, directed by King James’ spymaster in Chief Robert Cecil (Mark Gatiss), execute priests and target lay Catholics. Despite the peaceful protestations of head Jesuit Father Garnet (Peter Mullan), Catesby, unable to stand by, recruits friends and family to his audacious – and now infamous – plan.

This series is produced by Kudos in association with Thriker Films. Produced by Laurie Borg with executive producers Ollie Madden for Kudos and Steven Wright for the BBC. Kit Harrington and Daniel West are Co-Executive Producers for Thriker Films.

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National Treasure
Andrea Riseborough, Robbie Coltrane and Julie Walters in National Treasure

Masterclass: The Making of National Treasure

Thursday, 28 September 2017 – 6:30pm
Princess Anne Theatre, BAFTA, 195 Piccadilly, London

The team behind the BAFTA-winning mini-series National Treasure discuss the creative collaborations that brought the show together.

Based on Operation Yewtree, National Treasure examines the public and private impact of historical sexual offence accusations against a fictional, much-loved public figure. Channel 4’s four-part drama is written by BAFTA-winner Jack Thorne and stars Dame Julie Walters, Robbie Coltrane, Andrea Riseborough and Tim McInnery. The hit show garnered seven BAFTA nominations, winning for Best Mini-Series, Best Director and Best Original Music

The panel will include:

  • BAFTA-winning director, Marc Munden
  • BAFTA-nominated editor, Luke Dunkley
  • BAFTA-nominated cinematographer, Ole Bratt Birkeland
  • Actor, Tim McInnery

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Watch some lost Crossroads and Hancock if you’re in Birmingham tomorrow

Like Classic TV? Within easy reach of Birmingham tomorrow? Then there’s a treat in store for you:

Lost episodes of iconic TV soap ‘Crossroads’ will be shown for the first time in more than 50 years in Birmingham this weekend.

It was presumed that the original recordings were wiped immediately following broadcast, however, Kaleidoscope – a Birmingham-based organisation specialising in locating missing television footage – found the uncatalogued cans in an ITV vault in Leeds after searching for several days earlier this year.

Set in the fictitious King’s Oak Crossroads Motel near Birmingham, and focusing on the relationships between the staff, the programme ran for 24 years from 1964, finally closing its doors in 1988 after 4,510 episodes. The series was revived in 2001, but the new ‘Crossroads’ only lasted two years.

On Saturday 2 September, the found footage will be screened at Birmingham City University as part of Kaleidoscope’s K-2.9.17 event. Along with scenes staged in and around the Crossroads Motel, the recovered material shown also sees waitress Marilyn Gates chase a drug smuggler to France by plane and, further afield, the staff travel to Tunisia for a holiday while the motel is rebuilt after a bomb explosion.

Crossroads fans will also get to enjoy a specially arranged version of the soap opera’s theme by Paul McCartney and Wings, which was used on the show from the late 1970s, usually when an episode ended with a dramatic event.

Birmingham City University alumnus and Kaleidoscope CEO, Chris Perry, commented:

“2017 has been a great year for Crossroads fans. First of all, Kaleidoscope located 32 cans of classic scenes from the 1960s including a plane crash, and footage of the motel being blown up by an old World War Two bomb. Other footage includes Crossroads filming abroad in Paris and Tunisia. It changes the way people view Crossroads today to see the series staging ambitious aerial chases and trips to Africa.

“We also found six minutes from an old 1975 edition on a Phillips videotape featuring all the classic characters we know so well. None of this footage has been seen since its original broadcast.”

Despite becoming a byword for cheap production values, Crossroads attracted 15 million viewers at its peak – more than Coronation Street – and making household names out of its stars, including actor Paul Henry. Portraying the role of handyman Benny Hawkins, Paul originally trained at Birmingham School of Acting, now Birmingham Conservatoire, and part of Birmingham City University.

The footage shown at K-2.9.17 features stars such as Noele Gordon as Meg Mortimer, Susan Hanson as Diane Lawton, and Sue Nicholls, who today plays Audrey Roberts in Coronation Street. Born in Walsall, Sue Nicholls first became known as Marilyn Gates in Crossroads, a role which also saw her perform the song ‘Where Will You Be?’ which reached number 17 in the UK Singles Chart in July 1968.

The screening on Saturday will be attended by Tim Woolgar, the son of actor Jack Woolgar, who played Sam Carne in Crossroads, and also appears in the material shown.

Crossroads expert John Drury, from Telford, said that the newly discovered footage counteracts lasting perceptions that the show had low production values with shaky sets and hammy acting:

“The scenes involving a wartime bomb that destroyed part of the motel are particularly important as it led to an updated set and the characters going on a busman’s holiday to Tunisia. This footage alone shows the ambition of the producers to produce an entertaining and engaging programme that still stands up well against the soaps of today.”

“Unlike fans of Coronation Street,Crossroads fans are unable to enjoy episodes from the earliest years of the show, as the tapes were sadly wiped and reused. These recovered scenes now provide us a rare and tantalising glimpse of Crossroads during the 1960s and a chance to relive some of the most important events once again.

The K-2.9.17 event takes place in The Curzon Building at Birmingham City University between 10am and 6pm, with all proceeds raised from the free charity event donated to the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI).

Alongside ‘Crossroads’, K-2.9.17 will also showcase other archived and lost material from Birmingham and Midlands-orientated shows and stars, including rare and lost material from Tony Hancock, marking almost 50 years since his death.

Presented by Tristan Brittain-Dissont, Archivist for the Tony Hancock Appreciation Society, visitors will be able to see the only known footage of the Birmingham actor and comedian’s last-ever UK television series in 1967 – titled Hancock’s where he played the manager of a nightclub – as well as his final television performance, which originally aired in Australia in 1968.

Tickets are free, but you’ll need to register. Incidentally, those lost episodes aren’t the only thing that are going to be shown tomorrow. Full details after the jump.

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