Michael Palin, Steven Moffat, Mark Gatiss, Keeley Hawes and a special tribute to Victoria Wood will lead a star-studded line-up for the BFI & Radio Times Television Festival – set to be the largest and most prestigious public television festival in the UK.
The event will take place at BFI Southbank and run from Friday 7th April to Sunday 9th April and feature some of the biggest stars of British television.
The festival will kick off with Palin, who is to be inducted into the Radio Times Hall of Fame, joining last year’s honouree, Sir David Attenborough. There will also be a screening of East of Ipswich, which Palin wrote in 1987.
Steven Moffat will also be inducted during a session on 9th April, in which he will discuss his career with comedian Frank Skinner. His Sherlock co-creator Mark Gatiss is scheduled to appear on the same day, taking the audience on a tour of his favourite television moments.
Victoria Wood: A Tribute will see friends and colleagues – including Julie Walters (work permitting) and BBC Drama controller Piers Wenger – come together to share their memories of the late actress, writer and comedian. The festival will also host screenings of 1981’s Two Creatures Great and Small and Victoria Wood at the Albert Hall (2002).
Meanwhile, a Call the Midwife panel will celebrate one of Britain’s biggest dramas, with creator Heidi Thomas, executive producer Pippa Harris and members of the main cast on hand to share secrets of the show.
The Radio Times Festival will also host a series of exclusive screenings, including the first episode of The Durrells series two starring Keeley Hawes, who will be joined by other members of the cast and crew (all subject to filming) to discuss the show.
Freida Pinto and Babou Ceesay will also be on hand for a screening of Guerrilla – the Sky original thriller created by 12 Years a Slave Oscar winner John Ridley and executive produced by and starring Idris Elba.
A screening of new Brazilian drama Merciless will be followed by a discussion with Walter Presents curator Walter Iuzzolino, who will also host a first look at season two of Spanish prison drama Locked Up.
The Archers fans can delve into the the trial of Helen Titchener as Louiza Patikas and Tim Watson, who play Helen and Rob, and former Archers editor Sean O’Connor reveal the inside track on the storyline which gripped millions and sparked a national debate about domestic abuse.
And for families with young children, acclaimed author Jacqueline Wilson will appear with the cast and crew of CBBC drama Hetty Feather, while Judith Kerr (The Tiger Who Came to Tea) and Michael Morpurgo (War Horse) will be in conversation during the weekend.
Shaun the Sheep and Wallace and Gromit creators Aardman will host a series of ‘ewe-nique’ modelling workshops so youngsters can take home their very own clay models of Gromit and Shaun.
With many more events yet to be announced, tickets are on sale now!
Tickets can be purchased online via bfi.org.uk/radiotimestvfest, by telephone on 020 7928 3232 (lines open 11:30am-8:30pm) or in person at BFI Southbank, Belvedere Road, South Bank, London, SE1 8XT.
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