WHERE?: BFI at Home on YouTube
RUNTIME: 46 minutes
WHEN?: available to watch from 18/1/21
Years & Years frontman Olly Alexander remembers watching Russell T. Davies’ groundbreaking Channel 4 series
Queer As Folk in secret when he was just 14 years old.
Read on for reasons including how Alexander wants to play a ‘sexy gay witch’
Tales Of The City author Armistead Maupin has moved from San Francisco to London and has joined actress Laura Linney on a stage familiar to her to explain why.
Read on for reasons including how Maupin’s English grandmother was inspiration for Anna Madrigal
WHERE? BFI IMAX RUNTIME: 60 minutes (episode 1 to air on BBC1 3/11 and HBO 4/11/19)
Piers Wenger is BBC’s controller of drama and describes this eight-part first season of Sir Philip Pullman’s renowned literature trilogy as ‘the most ambitious drama the BBC has ever made’.
Read on for reasons including what to expect from episode 1 which airs on BBC1 Sunday 3 November 2019
WHERE? BFI, BFI & Radio Times Television Festival, London
We’re at the BFI & Radio Times Television Festival which is an appropriate location because hit ITV cold case series
Unforgotten was born here when writer Chris Lang pitched it to producer Laura Mackie (2nd from left and far right below) over coffee.
Read on for reasons including the unlikely inspiration for the central conceit of the series
WHERE? BFI IMAX, BFI & Radio Times Television Festival, London
Derry Girls writer and creator Lisa McGee had never really seen anything on television that represented her growing up in the 90s in Northern Ireland and so set about writing it.
Read on for reasons including the similarities between Derry Girls and Channel 4’s Father Ted
WHERE? BFI & Radio Times Television Festival
WHEN? 13/4/19 The Durrells airs on ITV at 8pm on Sundays, finishing 12/5/19
Josh O’Connor plays Prince Charles in the next series of Netflix’s
The Crown and if he met the royal he would want to compare ear stories.
Read on for reasons including what happened when O’Connor auditioned for the film version of Les Miserables
WHERE? Emmanuel Centre, London
A mother sitting next to her bullied son thanks Marina on his behalf for replying to his letter to the pop star with words of courage, kindness and inspiration.
Read on for reasons including how a couple fell in love thanks to their shared admiration of Marina’s music
WHERE? Dorfman Theatre, National
RUN TIME: 75 minutes (without interval)
Author Bryna Turner explains the conflict at the heart of her play is between a revolutionary, the old guard and someone seeking to make progress, and its star Fiona Shaw adds 1 word – ‘Brexit’.
Read on for reasons including how this play forms part of the Courage Everywhere season at the National
One of our favourite stars of the year embarks on a 24-date European tour this Autumn, reflects on Eurovision and what happens next for her in our interview below.
Read on for reasons including what Saara Aalto’s message for the readers of monstagigz is
WORTH A LOOK?: ****
WHERE?: BAFTA, London
WHEN?: 10/9, 1st episode airs 13/9/18
‘He’s either a spook, from Special Branch or the work experience,’ observes Joanna Scanlan’s Detective Inspector Viv Deering of the young man in a suit impeding her progress in the investigation which dominates the 1st episode in this 3rd series of
No Offence. ‘I’ve got more 5 O’Clock shadow than he has.’
Read on for reasons including why Scanlan thinks her character is ‘Paul Abbott in a dress’