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Pam Rostron

Pam worked in the BFI from 1988 to 2016, first as a member of the Archive’s TV section, later moving to the curatorial unit, where she remained until she left the BFI in 2016. One of her first big projects was working on 1988’s One Day in the Life of Television. She curated many one-off TV events at BFI Southbank, including Basil Brush, Bud Flanagan and French singers on TV. She is the author of Jack Hylton Presents (1995) and curated a related season at BFI Southbank.

She has lectured on the history of variety on TV, was project champion for the BFI TV100 poll in 2000, has written for the BFI Mediatheque and Screenonline and also contributed to the International Encyclopedia of Television. Pam also runs a primary school film club for KS2 children.

Articles by Pam Rostron

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  • The best British TV of 2016

    BFI curators select their favourite homegrown television of the year.

    Friday, December 16, 2016


  • 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


  • 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


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