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What TV’s on at the BFI in October and November 2020? Including Play for Today at 50

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

Hooray! Not only has the BFI finally been able to reopen its doors, it’s also started putting on TV events. And in October and November, it’s got a whole season of events dedicated to the magnificent long-running BBC anthology show, Play for Today, which first aired 50 years ago.

Full details of the season, as well as which plays are being show and when are after the jump, as well as links to previous TMINE ‘The Weekly Play’ articles that have featured the plays.

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Save Me Too
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What TV’s on at the BFI in June 2020? Including Save Me Too

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

It’s not as big as the programmes of even a few months ago, but the BFI still has an events programme for June. And here it is. I wonder if they’ll talk about Civvies?


Tuesday 16 June

Save Me Too – Lennie James in Conversation

19:00 BFI YouTube Channel

The BFI today announces a special digital in conversation event with Lennie James. The online event, which is part of the ongoing BFI at Home programme, presented in partnership with the Radio Times will feature Lennie James, the creator, writer and star of the universally acclaimed Save Me Too in conversation with BBC 6 Music film critic and broadcaster Rhianna Dhillon on Monday 22 June, 19:00 BST, via BFI YouTube.

The event, which coincides with the home entertainment release of Save Me Too, will look back at the success of the show, how Lennie is spending lockdown and his varied and esteemed career, including starring in television phenomena Line of Duty, The Walking Dead and Fear The Walking Dead, as well as roles in blockbuster films including Snatch and Blade Runner 2049.

Save Me Too, which stars Suranne Jones, Stephen Graham and Jason Flemyng, has James delivering a powerhouse performance as Nelly, on a desperate search for his missing daughter Jody with potentially terrible consequences for him and those around him. All episodes of Save Me Too are available on Sky Atlantic on demand and NOW TV, and available on DVD from the 22 June.

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What TV’s on at the BFI in May 2020? Including Isolation Stories

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

So, for obvious reasons, the BFI hasn’t been putting on too many events of late. Everything’s been cancelled, in fact. That means there’s not been much cause for me to report its schedule of late.

However, next month, the BFI will be putting on one programme, at least – and maybe more as time moves on. And this is it:


Tuesday 5 May

20:00 BFI YouTube Channel

Free online panel discussion with the team behind ITV’s Isolation Stories
ITV 2020. Dir Paul Whittington. Eddie Marsan, Sheridan Smith, Angela Griffin, Robert Glenister, David Threlfall and more

BFI will host an online panel discussion with the award-winning team behind ITV’s new drama, Isolation Stories, the first lockdown TV drama which responds to and reflects on what families are going through during weeks of isolation. The panel discussion will stream before the broadcast of the second episode, and will give audience a chance to hear from exec producer Jeff Pope (Philomena), cast Eddie Marsan (Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell), Angela Griffin (Coronation Street), director Paul Whittington (White House Farm), writer Gaby Chiappe (The Level) and producer Tom Dunbar (A Confession).

Isolation Stories will air on ITV at 9pm over four consecutive nights from Monday 4 May. Each 15 minute episode was filmed observing the strict rules of lockdown with actors and their families filming the scenes themselves watched remotely by the directors. Assembled in conditions the production company has never faced before and written and directed by an award-winning team, the series features moments that are funny, sad, heart-warming and poignant.

Starring Sheridan Smith, Darren Boyd, Angela Griffin, Robert Glenister alongside his son Tom Glenister, David Threlfall, Eddie Marsan and Marsan’s two sons as well as Philip Jackson, Leanne Best and Michael Jibson.

The first episode entitled Mel, follows heavily pregnant, and fed up with life, Mel (Sheridan Smith) as she faces having to go through birth without the married father of her child – who has chosen to stay with his wife and family. Other episode explore father-son dynamics, a self-absorbed hypochondriac’s virtual sessions with his psychiatrist and a grandfather who tries to mend his broken family whilst observing social distancing.

The panel will be hosted by writer and broadcaster Mark Lawson giving audiences a chance to hear the unique challenges in producing this fascinating series and the highly topical issues it raises for us all. The public can submit their questions for the panel to @BFI on Twitter and by using the hashtag #IsolationStories. All questions must be submitted by 2pm on Monday 4 May.

Tickets £18, concs £15 (Members pay £2 less)

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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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