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What TV’s on at the BFI in April 2020? Including Quiz

April is super busy TV-wise for the BFI, thanks to this year’s BFI & Radio Times TV Festival 2020. I’ve already covered the highlights of that elsewhere, which are copious, so you’d think that would be it for April.

Not quite. Because there’s one extra TV event – a preview of ITV’s forthcoming Quiz, based on the play of the same name.

All the info after the jump.

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The BFI & Radio Times TV festival is back for 2020 and here are some of the highlights

It’s been every two years since 2015 until now, but this year, it seems to have gone annual since the BFI & Radio Times Television Festival is taking place on the Southbank in London between 17 and 19 April. And here are the highlights, according to the press release:

This year’s Festival will see Russell T Davies, Mary Berry and Gillian Anderson inducted into the Radio Times Hall of Fame, alongside events with comedy legend Ricky Gervais, breakout star of Derry Girls Nicola Coughlan, Sir Lenny Henry in conversation with Alan Yentob, star magician Dynamo, comedian Mo Gilligan, and the team behind The Mash Report including Nish Kumar.

There’s also events celebrating some of the UK’s most popular programmes, including: Last Tango in Halifax, Strictly Come Dancing, Hollyoaks (marking its 25th anniversary), Giri/Haji, Dracula, Grantchester, Killing Eve, Who Do You Think You Are? and World on Fire.

Exclusive previews of some of 2020’s most anticipated new dramas, including: series two of the critically acclaimed comedy-drama After Life created and starring Ricky Gervais who will attend the Festival; the team behind The Inbetweeners turn their hilarious gaze on the world of football in The First Team about the misadventures of three young football players; BBC Two’s adaption of Eleanor Catton’s Man Booker Prize-winning novel The Luminaries with stars Eve Hewson and Himesh Patel; new Sky Atlantic crime drama Gangs of London, from writer Gareth Evans (The Raid) and starring Peaky Blinders’ Joe Cole; a sneak peek at the finale of Julian Fellowes’ prestigious new ITV drama Belgravia; and the new adaptation of Anthony Horowitz’s hugely popular Alex Rider series.

The Festival also offers first looks at the much anticipate series three of Killing Eve; the international crime drama The Serpent starring Jenna Coleman; BBC One’s forthcoming adaption of David Nicholls’ bestselling novel Us, starring Tom Hollander, who will appear on stage alongside Nicholls.

The Festival will also reunite Tim Brooke-Taylor, Graeme Garden and Bill Oddie for The Goodies at 50! with material from the BFI National Archiveas well as a session featuring a bespoke compilation of dazzling footage of the one and only Prince, also drawn from the BFI National Archive. The Festival will remember the legacy of Dave Allen, the doyen of 70s comedy, with a compilation event featuring clips from all the varied parts of his small-screen career.

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What TV’s on at the BFI in March 2020? Including Doctor Who and Yes Minister

And it’s a very quiet March for TV at the BFI. While there’s a plethora of movies to watch, there’s a mere two TV events lined up. But they are pretty decent at least:

  • Yes Minister at 40, with a showing of Party Games and co-creator Jonathan Lynn in conversation
  • A showing of the Doctor Who story The Talons of Weng-Chiang, complete with Q&A with Louise Jameson (aka Leela)

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What TV’s on at the BFI in February 2020? Including The Faceless Ones and Flesh and Blood

2020’s here, TMINE has just returned but the BFI is already thinking about February. Maybe it wants Valentine’s Day to come round quickly?

There’s not a huge amount on, mind, but there are some good talks at least:

  • A talk about Fellow Traveller
  • A talk about Of Mud & Flame: The Penda’s Fen Source Book
  • A talk about Playing Gay in the Golden Age of British TV
  • A preview of ITV’s Flesh and Blood + Q&A
  • Two discussions of Ready Steady Go!
  • A showing of the animated version of Doctor Who: The Faceless Ones + Q&A with Anneke Wills

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What TV’s on at the BFI in January 2020? Including Spaced 21st anniversary reunion

It’s 2020 in BFI calendar-land, and normally we have the usual January Christmas hangover in its TV schedules. However, 2020 starts with a bang – and a lot of previews.

  • A Spaced reunion to celebrate its 21st anniversary, with Edgar Wright, Jessica Hynes, Julia Deakin, Katy Carmichael, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost (work permitting)
  • A preview of two episodes of Inside No.9, with Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith
  • A preview of series three of This Country, with Daisy May Cooper, Charlie Cooper and Paul Chahidi
  • A preview of Baghdad Central, with Waleed Zuaiter, Bertie Carvel (schedule permitting) and July Namir
  • A season of Fay Weldon TV series, including Q&As with Weldon, Patricia Hodge (schedule permitting)
  • The one with the discussion of the only book-length analysis of Friends

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