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BFI & Radio Times Television Festival

Meet the stars and watch tomorrow’s hits today.

Friday 7 – Sunday 9 April 2017

The BFI and Radio Times partner to present the UK’s largest and most prestigious television festival.

We are living in a new golden age of television drama. Hollywood stars and the finest creative talents are turning to the small screen. Acclaimed shows such as The Crown, The Night Manager and Sherlock are transfixing viewers not just in Britain but across the globe. Technology is transforming this broadcasting landscape – allowing audiences to choose when they want to watch, stream or download shows. Television’s scale and ambition is now able to match that of film. In this glittering new festival, we’ll bring you the inside story on all your favourite programmes. Join us for exclusive premieres, hidden gems from the BFI archive and a host of talent, including Dame Maggie Smith, Mark Gatiss, Sir Ridley Scott and Rowan Atkinson. Be there!

Booking information

Some events are already on sale, but new tickets are available on the following dates and will be released for online sales, phone (020 7928 3232, lines open 11.30am to 8.30pm) and in person bookings at BFI Southbank simultaneously at the time stated.

New events tickets released:

  • BFI Patrons and Champions — Thu 9 Feb 11:30am
  • BFI Members — Fri 10 Feb 11:30am
  • Radio Times subscribers — Sat 11 Feb 11:30am
  • Public sale — Mon 13 Feb 11:30am

Ticket prices: £50, £30, £18, £16, £11.75 and children’s tickets £8
Concessions available for over-60s, the disabled and the unemployed


Credit: Richard Grassie

Doctor Who

As writer Steven Moffat’s time at the helm of BBC’s Doctor Who draws to a close, we take this opportunity to celebrate its huge global success. Join executive producer Brian Minchin and cast (tba), to talk about the joys and challenges of making the world’s longest-running sci-fi series. This special event will also include a sneak preview of clips from the upcoming series.

Dame Maggie Smith in Conversation

Jenny Lewis

Dame Maggie Smith’s show-stealing performance as the irascible Dowager Countess (famous for her withering put-downs) in ITV’s global smash Downton Abbey has introduced her talents to a new generation. Smith looks back at a life in the limelight as a major star of stage and screen.


The Crown

Join executive producer Stephen Daldry, one of the creative minds behind the series, and star Claire Foy to hear about the making of this Golden Globe-winning, majestic drama.

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