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What TV’s on at BAFTA in July 2017? Including Man Down

New feature, guys. I’ve just noticed that BAFTA TV showings are open to the public now – you can buy tickets to them and everything. Not only that, but they happen all over the UK, so even you non-London types can go.

So every month, I’ll be flagging up what TV BAFTA will be showing, just like I do with the BFI. Not much this month, mind, and it’s in London, too, but at least it’s something.

Monday, 31 July 2017

6:45pm Princess Anne Theatre, BAFTA, 195 Piccadilly, London

Preview: Man Down + Q&A with writer and star Greg Davies
An Avalon production: Producer, Jane Wallbank; Director, Al Campbell; Executive Producers, Richard Allen-Turner, James Taylor and Jon Thoday. Commissioned by Fiona McDermott, Head of Comedy at Channel 4. Man Down will be aired on C4 in August

A preview of the fourth series of critically acclaimed Channel 4 sitcom, written by and starring Greg Davies (Cuckoo, The Inbetweeners).
Dan (Davies) is a childish idiot trapped in an adult’s life and locked in a soft-focus dream of his impending fatherhood. He’s quit his much-hated job as a teacher and is applying his unique work ethic to another, more earthy profession. With Aunt Nesta (Stephanie Cole) and his Mum (Gwyneth Powell) now in a retirement village burning through his inheritance, Dan is on an increasingly desperate hunt to find a new home for his soon-to-be family. Helped by his oldest friends – uptight financial advisor Brian (Mike Wozniak) and serial ‘entrepreneur’ Jo (Roisin Conaty) – can Dan finally grow up into the man he hopes to be?

Buy tickets

Members’ booking: June 28 from 9.30am
Public booking: June 30 from 12.00pm

Prices

BAFTA Members/Guests: Free
Public: £7.50

Tickets will be available to collect from reception

TV reviews

Preview: Y Gwyll (Hinterland) (UK: S4C/BBC Wales/BBC Four)

Hinterland/Y Gwyll

In the UK (in Welsh): S4C. Starts 29 October.
In the UK (English/Welsh): BBC Wales in early 2014. Then BBC4

TV is getting more and more international. Not only are different countries remaking other countries’ shows, more and more are willing to show the originals, even if they were shot in a different language.

Here in the UK, we have BBC4 and its foreign TV slot of Wallander, Spiral, The Killing, The Bridge, Inspector Montalbano et al; meanwhile, Sky Arts has given us Prisoners of War, Isabel, In Treatment, Grand Hotel, Maison Close, Hard and their like, while Channel 4 has made its first foray into French in years with Canal+’s The Returned.

But it’s easy to forget (well, if you live in England it is) that English isn’t the only native language still spoken in the UK. Although the likes of Manx and Cornish are confined to relatively few speakers, both Scots Gaelic and Welsh not only have thousands of speakers who regard them as their first languages, there are entire TV channels dedicated to programming in these languages: BBC Alba and S4C respectively.

While BBC Alba is a relatively new phenomenon, the output of which is largely confined to dubbed English-language programming, sport and factual programmes, S4C is over 30 years old and has produced everything from soap operas (Pobol Y Cwm) to comedy (Dim Byd) and drama (Caerdydd).

And yet, despite this new keenness for multi-lingual, global programming, you’d be hard-pressed to find any of this home-grown, Welsh language programming on the BBC or Sky Arts, not even in the foreign language slots.

Until now.

Because for the first time since A Mind To Kill 20 years ago, S4C has made a cop show. Not only that, it’s made it simultaneously in both English and Welsh. Airing first on S4C this month and then in the rest of Britain next year on BBC Wales and BBC4, Hinterland/Y Gwyll* follows the investigations of DCI Tom Mathias (Richard Harrington from Lark Rise to Candleford), who’s newly arrived in Aberystwyth from London. Partnered with DI Mared Rhys (Mali Harris from Caerdydd), Mathias has to investigate four dark and disturbing, 120m cases against the backdrop of the Welsh landscape in a way that should appeal to the rest of the world. In fact, Denmark’s already bought it.

Here’s the trailer. A preview with minor spoilers of the first episode after the jump, together with some more information from a Q&A that I attended at BAFTA last week.

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Caitlin Moran interviews Julie Gardner and Russell T Davies for BAFTA

The YouTube one is unembeddable, but BAFTA itself has a nice vid of the recent event where Caitlin Moran of The Times interviewed Russell T Davies and Julie Gardner about Doctor Who. It’s 25 minutes so go make yourself a nice cup of tea first. BAFTA also has some other vids as well, if you’re interested, so click through to them if you have any more time after that.

UPDATE: BAFTA tell me they’re going to take down the embedded version soon, so watch it here before it disappears, or watch it on their web site when it does.

UPDATE 2: BAFTA now tells me their one’s going to stop working, but the YouTube one is now embeddable, so I’ve embedded that instead.

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