Bodyguard
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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

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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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John Simm in ITV's Strangers
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What TV’s on at the BFI in July? Including a Harold Pinter season, Brownlow on Hollywood and a Strangers preview

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It’s Harold Pinter season in July, with wall-to-wall Pinter plays, including some which he acted in or directed as well. However, there’s also an episode of Brownlow on Hollywood from 1980, looking at silent movies, as well as a preview of ITV’s forthcoming thriller Strangers (formerly known as White Dragon), starring John Simm and Emilia Fox, who will also be attending a Q&A afterwards.

Details after the whole of Brownlow on Hollywood, if you’re intrigued by the history of US movie-making and have 13 hours to spare…

…or if you prefer it, Pinter’s The Birthday Party, in which he also appears, which is this week’s Weekly Play.

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Westworld
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What TV’s on at the BFI in June 2018? Including Westworld, Shoulder to Shoulder, Small Island, On Call To A Nation and Women’s Monologues

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No huge TV seasons for the BFI in June, but there are a few choice pickings if you look through the programme. The biggest of these is the world premiere of the second season finale of Westworld, complete with Q&A with showrunners/creators Lisa Joy and Jonathan Nolan. Get booking quickly on that one, I would. On top of that, there’s a preview of BBC Four’s forthcoming Women’s Monologues, a complete showing of the little-repeated history of the Suffragette movement, Shoulder to Shoulder, a free showing of Windrush-generation drama Small Island, and an early documentary about the NHS, On Call to a Nation. All that after the jump.

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The Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy
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What TV’s on at the BFI in May 2018? Including a Spike Milligan day, The Hitch-Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Clangers, Poldark and Joan Bakewell

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It’s slightly slim pickings in May for TV at the BFI, but I’ve combed through the programme and found a few delights. There’s a whole day dedicated to Spike Milligan, with three different sessions featuring both his films (short and long) and TV shows. The Hitch-Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy has been up-rezzed for Blu-Ray and the first three enhanced episodes will be getting an airing, together with a Q&A with various people ‘associated with the show’. There’s also a couple of previews of the new series of Clangers and Poldark (yes, Aidan Turner will be there), and Joan Bakewell will also be talking about the May 1968 uprising in France. As you do.

Full details, including the new ticket prices, after the jump.

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Sofia Helin in season 4 of Bron/Broen (The Bridge)
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What TV’s on at the BFI in April 2018? Including Bron/Broen (The Bridge) and Rod the Mod

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My God, it’s full of films. Yep, the BFI’s April schedule is basically a stream of films. Fortunately, fellow TV lovers, there are two TV events. The first is the rescheduled ‘Missing Believed Wiped’ special from January, which will feature a documentary about Rod Stewart made before he was famous. Guess what – Rod Stewart’ll be there to watch it with you.

The second is a preview of the first episode of the fourth (and final) season of no less a show than Bron/Broen (The Bridge), which is making the move from BBC Four to BBC Two later this year. Guess what – Sofia Helin’ll be there to watch it with you.

Details after the jump…

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