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Gosta Johansson

Gosta joined the BFI in 2001 as assistant keeper of television, having worked in a variety of moving image archives since 1993, from Swedish Television (SVT) to BP’s Video Library. For a few years he was the Administrator for the International Federation of TV Archives, as well as editor of their newsletter.

A major part of his responsibility is acquisition, whether through the ongoing selection of current television output or donations from individuals and companies. He has programmed a season on Marty Feldman and has contributed to the BFI Mediatheques, Screenonline and to the BFI DVD release Ghost Stories for Christmas.

Articles by Gosta Johansson

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  • The best British TV of 2016 so far

    The BFI’s TV curators round up their personal favourites from what’s already been a bumper year on the small screen.

    Tuesday, July 26, 2016


  • Why we’re watching... The Night Manager

    It’s halfway in and we’re hooked on the BBC’s lavish new adaptation of John le Carré’s spy novel The Night Manager, featuring Tom Hiddleston as a hotelier drawn into a dangerous world of international arms dealing.

    Tuesday, March 8, 2016


  • BBC Three switchover: 10 great programmes

    It’s the end of an era for BBC Three, as the channel switches to being online-only. These are 10 highlights from the output of the often controversial but underappreciated platform, which launched in 2003.

    Monday, February 15, 2016


  • The best British TV of 2015

    Our TV curators have been glued to their sets all year, making calls on which programmes to select for preservation in the BFI National Archive. This top 10 represents the cream of 2015’s crop.

    Friday, December 18, 2015


  • ITV at 60: five key programmes that launched Britain’s second TV channel

    It’s six decades since the launch of Britain’s first independent TV channel, with its first programmes being broadcast by the London contractor Associated-Rediffusion. Here we remember five gems from the early days of ITV.

    Tuesday, September 22, 2015


  • The 10 best British TV aliens

    Our TV curators count down their top 10 aliens on British television, from the Time Lord himself to Monty Python’s tennis-playing blancmanges.

    Tuesday, December 2, 2014


  • BBC2 at 50: how the Beeb’s second channel survived its disastrous opening night

    After a first night – in April 1964 – plagued by a power cut, BBC2 took a few years to find its feet before going on to golden years of innovative programming.

    Wednesday, April 16, 2014


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