Simon McCallum

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The best British TV of 2023, as picked by BFI curators

From The Reckoning to The Enfield Poltergeist: BFI curators select their TV-watching highlights of the year.

By Xavier Alexandre Pillai, Josephine Botting and others

The best British TV of 2023, as picked by BFI curators
Features

Blue at 30: remembering Derek Jarman’s final film

By Simon McCallum

Blue at 30: remembering Derek Jarman’s final film
Lists

40 years of Channel 4: 10 C4 gems currently streaming

By Josephine Botting, William Fowler and others

40 years of Channel 4: 10 C4 gems currently streaming
Lists

100 BBC TV gamechangers

By Lisa Kerrigan, Nadia Attia and others

100 BBC TV gamechangers
Lists

Poles apart: 5 lesser-known polar exploration films

By Simon McCallum

Poles apart: 5 lesser-known polar exploration films
Features

Bogarde on the box: the rare small-screen roles for the star who disliked TV

By Simon McCallum

Bogarde on the box: the rare small-screen roles for the star who disliked TV
Features

Beyond the tombstone: how British TV responded to the AIDS crisis

By Simon McCallum

Beyond the tombstone: how British TV responded to the AIDS crisis
From the Sight and Sound archive

How to dramatise a plague: a brief history of Aids on screen

By Simon McCallum

How to dramatise a plague: a brief history of Aids on screen
Lists

The best British TV of 2020, picked by BFI curators

By Robin Baker, Josephine Botting and others

The best British TV of 2020, picked by BFI curators
Play for Today at 50

Queer stories: Play for Today and LGBTQ+ drama

By Simon McCallum

Queer stories: Play for Today and LGBTQ+ drama
BFI Recommends

BFI Recommends: The Ornithologist

By Simon McCallum

BFI Recommends: The Ornithologist
Lists

The best British TV of 2018

By Elinor Groom, Storm Patterson and others

The best British TV of 2018
Lists

The best British TV of 2017

By Bryony Dixon, William Fowler and others

The best British TV of 2017
Lists

5 free films about Jewish Britain to watch online

By Simon McCallum

5 free films about Jewish Britain to watch online
10 great

10 great lesser-known British LGBT films

By Simon McCallum

10 great lesser-known British LGBT films
Lists

The best British TV of 2016

By Steve Bryant, Ros Cranston and others

The best British TV of 2016
10 great

10 great but forgotten TV documentaries of the 1950s and 60s

By Lisa Kerrigan, Steve Bryant and others

10 great but forgotten TV documentaries of the 1950s and 60s
Features

Living on the edge: Hull on film

By Simon McCallum

Living on the edge: Hull on film
Lists

Late Liz: 10 forgotten Elizabeth Taylor films

By Simon McCallum

Late Liz: 10 forgotten Elizabeth Taylor films
Lists

WTF?! 10 of the best from BFI Player’s Box of Odd

By Simon McCallum

WTF?! 10 of the best from BFI Player’s Box of Odd
10 great

Top 10 of 2013: BFI archive on YouTube

By Simon McCallum

Top 10 of 2013: BFI archive on YouTube
Features

Why I love... Ghostwatch

By Simon McCallum

Why I love... Ghostwatch
Features

God’s Own County: Yorkshire on screen

By Simon McCallum

God’s Own County: Yorkshire on screen
Features

What were the roaring 20s really like?

By Simon McCallum, Robin Baker and others

What were the roaring 20s really like?
News

The Mediatheque comes to Scotland

By Simon McCallum

The Mediatheque comes to Scotland
Features

Festival gem: South

By Simon McCallum

Festival gem: South
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