January at the BFI

Time for our regular round-up of tele events at the BFI. January has a bumper collection to pick from – prepare to bankrupt yourself:

  • 11th/15th: Peckinpah on TV: episodes of Route 66 and Noon Wine directed by Sam Peckinpah
  • 16th: Being Human episode one preview + Q&A with Russell Tovey, Toby Whitehouse and Matt Bouch. Woo hoo!
  • 21st: The League of Gentlemen: Ten Years After – features three episodes of the series and the League themselves in conversation
  • 25th: A CITV workshop, followed by screenings of episodes, including a new episode of Horrid Henry

There’s also a David Hare season dedicated to the playwright:

  • 1st/23rd: Play for Today: Brassneck. The first surviving Hare TV play. Also includes a Late Show Face to Face with Hare
  • 6th/25th: Knuckle. Adaptation for British TV of his stage play
  • 11th/29th: The Absence of War: the third of Hare’s theatre trilogy looking at British institutions
  • 13th: The Guardian interview with David Hare. Preceded by two Play for Today episodes: Licking Hitler and Dreams of Living
  • 17th/21st: Heading Home
  • 25th/27th: The Designated Mourner. A Wallace Shawn play directed by Hare for the BBC Films

Members’ priority postal booking opens 24 November
Members’ online and phone booking opens 1 December
Public booking opens 5 December

Although I don’t normally mention the film side of things, it’s worth noting there’s also a David Fincher season showing Alien3, Se7en, The Game, Fight Club, Panic Room and Zodiac. And February is going to feature a Live TV drama season – although it won’t be live now, of course.

As always, visit the BFI web site for more details

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December at the BFI

Time for our regular round-up of tele events at the BFI.

  • 14th: The return of the yearly "Missing Believed Wiped" season. This features some of the first exhibits from Bob Monkhouse’s vast TV and film collection, and some BBC recoveries. Bob’s lot includes The Flip Side, an episode of My Pal Bob, some Top of the Pops and John Osborne in Chelsea at Eight. The Beeb’s efforts includes trailers for some 60s shows, a programme that’s gone through the Beeb’s new colourisation process designed to recover colour programmes from B&W-only recordings (Doctor Who or Year of the Sex Olympics, maybe?), and an episode from a 1950s classics-adaptation. 
  • 17th: Episodes of The Goon Show: The Whistling Spy, Tales of Men’s Shirts and The Last Goon Show of All. Part of the "Enduring Talents" season.
  • 22nd: To commemorate the 40th anniversary of the show, a collection of clips, rare footage, etc from Dad’s Army. Part of the "Enduring Talents" season.

Members’ priority postal booking opens 27 October
Members’ online and phone booking opens 3 November
Public booking opens 7 November

Despite promises in last month’s catalogue, it looks like An Englishman in New York isn’t in the programme this month; it’s probably a last minute removal, since it’s listed in the index under both "John Hurt in conversation" and "An Englishman in New York" and the front page talks about an "In focus" dedicated to TV literary adaptations. Fingers crossed for next month, then.

As always, visit the BFI web site for more details

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November at the BFI

Time for our regular round-up of tele events at the BFI. No TV season in November but there are isolated pockets of TV-ness to be enjoyed

  • 3rd: Sir David Attenborough in conversation. Preceded by episodes of Life on Earth and Life in the Undergrowth
  • 30th: The Naked Civil Servant. Next month will feature a preview of An Englishman in New York

Members’ priority postal booking opens 29 September
Members’ online and phone booking opens 6 October
Public booking opens 10 October

There’s also a bit of a Play for Today theme this month. Every Saturday and Sunday, the Studio will be holding free, 47 minute performances of some of the best bits from plays such as Mike Leigh’s Nuts in May and Jack Rosenthal’s Bar Mitzvah Boy. And the Mediatheque has a few additions to its existing library of plays, including David Hare’s Dreams of Leaving, starring a young Bill Nighy.

As always, visit the BFI web site for more details

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October at the BFI

Time for our regular round-up of tele events at the BFI. Despite the presence of part two of the "Time Machine" season in October, there’s still nothing timey-wimey. But there is this:

1st: Michael Parkinson in conversation. He’s going to be interviewed by Melvyn Bragg and sign his autobiography, too.

13th: Roger Moore in conversation. No celebrity interviewer as far as I can see, but he’s going to be chatting about just about everything exciting in his TV career. There’ll be screenings beforehand of The Saint episode The Miracle Tea Party, which Moore also directed, and The Persuaders!‘s The Time and The Place.

Members’ priority postal booking opens 26 August
Members’ online and phone booking opens 1 September
Public booking opens 5 September

There’ll also be free drop-in screenings in the Studio on 4, 5, 11 and 12 of the 1963 documentary West Indians, which looks at a working-class Caribbean migrant’s search for accommodation in London.

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September at the BFI

Time for our regular round-up of tele events at the BFI. Despite the presence of a “Time Machine” season in September, there’s not really anything timey-wimey. However, we do have the following:

13th/14th: Classic children’s TV, including Noggin the Nog, The Clangers, Bagpuss and Mr Benn

25th: Nigel Kneale and Rudolph Cartier’s BBC adaptation of 1984