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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Sacha Dhawan in The Boy With The Topknot
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What TV’s on at the BFI in September-October 2017? Including The Last Post, Liar and The Boy With The Topknot

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

We’re back to that curious time of year in the BFI calendar known as ‘September-October’, which is when we get a big rundown on both September and to a lesser extent October’s schedule, the latter of which will get a top-up in a month or so once the BFI catches up with itself.

There are two strands to the programming in this bi-month. The first is a jazz season, featuring archives appearances on British TV of greats including Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie and Thelonious Monk.

The second, somewhat less surprisingly given the autumn TV season is nearly upon is, is previews of three upcoming UK TV programmes:

  • Peter Moffat’s The Last Post (with Jessica Raine and Ben Miles among others)
  • ITV’s suspiciously The Affair-like Liar (with that Ioan Gruffudd)
  • The Boy With The Topknot (featuring Marvel’s Iron Fist‘s Sacha Dhawan – yes, I will always be referring to him as that from now).

Q&As with cast and crew are scheduled for all three of those, so I’d book my tickets quickly, if I were you.

 

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Playwright Joe Orton
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What TV’s on at the BFI in August 2017? Including What the Butler Saw and Strike: The Cuckoo’s Calling

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August is normally a quiet time for the BFI, as it gambles that everyone’s probably on holiday. Maybe this year it’s gambling that Brexit means we’ll not be able to afford to go on holiday, because there’s actually a surprisingly full schedule. Most of this comes from a season of works by playwright Joe Orton, but there’s also a preview of BBC One’s adaptation of Robert Galbraith (JK Rowling)’s first Cormoran Strike novel, The Cuckoo’s Calling, and a showing of ITV’s seminal The Naked Civil Servant.

Purely by coincidence, The Weekly Play this week is an adaptation of Orton’s final play, What the Butler Saw, which was broadcast as part of BBC Two’s Theatre Night in 1987. The play is a farce in two acts and revolves around Dr Prentice (Dinsdale Landen), a psychiatrist attempting to seduce his attractive prospective secretary, Geraldine Barclay (Tessa Peake-Jones). Also along for the ride are Mrs Prentice (Prunella Scales), her lover/blackmailer Tyler Butterworth, government inspector Timothy West and cross-dressing police officer Bryan Pringle.

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What TV’s on at the BFI in July 2017? Including Gross Indecency and Missing Believed Wiped: Pop TV

Two main strands of programming at the BFI in July: a season of programming about representations of gay representations on TV before and after the 1967 Sexual Offences Act and this year’s Missing Believed Wiped, featuring a whole bunch of programmes about pop music!

But there are a few other things, including a session dedicated to the fabulous Delia Derbyshire. All the details after the jump.

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What TV’s on at the BFI in June 2017? Including Penda’s Fen and Architecture on TV

The BFI has something of a rum concoction for its June 2017 programme. The main season is dedicated to architecture on TV, with a whole host of documentaries from the archives, as well as a Q&A with the rather marvellous Jonathan Meades.

But the other entry in the calendar is an entire Saturday dedicated to former TMINE Wednesday Play, Penda’s Fen. There’s a showing of the play in the evening, but the rest of the day is dedicated to a Penda’s Fen symposium, ‘Child Be Strange’, that will include a Q&A with the writer David Rudkin. Slightly odd order that, so you might want to watch the DVD a couple of times first.

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