BFI events

Being Human: prequels, pilot, trailers and interviews

Being Human – the vampire/werewolf/ghost flatshare drama that was piloted on BBC3 last year – is coming back as a six-part series soon. Hooray! It was absolutely brilliant. I’ll be off to the BFI’s preview screening of the first episode (together with a Q&A with the writer and star(s)) next Friday, so I’ll let you know what that was like afterwards – I hear it might just be the pilot episode with a new cast and made ‘less dark’, which would be a shame.

In the meantime, and to thrill you all, here are some videos: the first is a trailer for the series proper; the second is the entire pilot episode that someone has uploaded to YouTube; and the rest are prequels to the series, showing what each of the characters was like before they met each other – they’re shot in a Blair Witch/Ghostwatch vein and at least one might be too gruesome to be transmitted on TV (even BBC3), although you never know, so watch them while you can. The Annie one is very good, BTW.

It’s worth noting that the cast has changed, which is a bit disappointing, since Guy Flanagan was brilliant as Mitchell the vampire; Mitchell’s now played by Aidan Turner (The Clinic), while Annie, the comedy Northern ghost formerly played by Andrea Riseborough, is now played by Lenora Crichlow (Sugar Rush). The exception is Russell Tovey, who plays George the werewolf: he’ll be back for the series proper. There’s also a production blog containing interviews with the cast that you can check out.


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February at the BFI

Time for our regular round-up of tele events at the BFI. February has a big TV season as well as a Q&A, so get your desk planner out now:

  • 5th: Law & Order: UK preview + Q&A with Chris Chibnall, Ben Daniels and Freema Agyeman
  • 23rd: Is Art Necessary? + Five Revolutionary Painters: Goya: Part of the Celebration of Kenneth Clark season
  • 26th: Picasso at the Tate + An Edwardian Childhood: Part of the Celebration of Kenneth Clark season

The season, TX in Ten: An Examination of Live TV Drama, is pretty long so I’m sticking it in its own section:

  • 2nd: Timeshift: Live on the Night + Monitor: Making The Bedmakers: Two documentaries about live television. Includes a Q&A with Timeshift director Bob Bayly following the screening
  • 2nd: It Is Midnight, Dr Schweitzer: The oldest surviving single TV drama. Stars Andre Morell and directed by Rudolph Cartier
  • 6th: Dixon of Dock Green: Roaring Boy + Z Cars: A Man Like Yourself
  • 6th: The Bill + debate: The live 20th anniversary episode of The Bill. The debate, chaired by Kwame Kwei Armah, will include Brian Blessed, Lisa Maxwell, David Rose and Sue Mather
  • 10th: The Quatermass Experiment (1953) + Timeshift: The Nigel Kneale Interviews: The two surviving episodes of the original version of The Quatermass Experiment, and a documentary about Quatermass writer Nigel Kneale. Followed by…
  • 10th: The Quatermass Experiment (2005) + Q&A: The BBC4 remake featuring Mark Gatiss and David Tennant. Followed by a Q&A with director Sam Miller
  • 12th: Live from Pebble Mill: The Battle of Waterloo and Redundant! Or the Wife’s Revenge: The second play, by Fay Weldon, sees the lights fail during the performance, yet the actors carry on anyway.
  • 12th: Armchair Theatre: A Night Out: Stars Tom Bell. Followed by a panel discussion including Susannah York and Billie Whitelaw
  • 16th: Armchair Theatre: Lena, O My Lena + Live from Pebble Mill: Cargo Kings
  • 16th: Armchair Theatre: The Emperor Jones + A Liverpool Nativity
  • 18th: Television Playhouse: Promenade + Live from Pebble Mill: Night Kids
  • 24th: Two episodes of Coronation Street, including the live 40th anniversary special. Also includes a clip from the only surviving episode of The Grove Family
  • 25th: Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps + panel discussion: The live episode of the show followed by a discussion including Will Mellor, Graham Duff and Stephen McCrum (exec producer, BBC Comedy)

Members’ priority postal booking opens 2 January
Members’ online and phone booking opens 8 January
Public booking opens 12 January

As always, visit the BFI web site for more details

Quentin Crisp tribute evening

As you may have noticed from my December/January BFI highlights, the preview originally promised in November of An Englishman in New York – the sequel to The Naked Civil Servant – doesn’t seem to be happening. However, I just got a note that there will be at least a mini-preview in December:

Hello there!

Just saw your blog post about what’s happening at the BFI this December, and being sad that An Englishman in NY won’t be shown. Just thought I would let you know there will clips of this ITV drama shown at a Quentin Crisp Tribute evening here at Southbank Centre on the 13th of December! We’re only a couple of big brutalist buidlings down from the BFI!

More info here:



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