The BFI and Radio Times have teamed up to create the BFI & Radio Times Television Festival, set to be the largest and most prestigious public television festival in the UK, taking place at BFI Southbank from Friday 7 April – Sunday 9 April 2017.

The festival will be an unmissable occasion for lovers of the small screen with more than 30 events, including talks with some of the biggest names in broadcasting; exclusive UK and international previews; rare archive screenings; book signings; family programming; a fiendishly tricky TV quiz, and much more.

There will be exclusive premieres including an exclusive look at new Sky Atlantic series Guerilla starring Freida Pinto, Babou Ceesay and Idris Elba, who is also executive producer. Pinto and Ceesay will attend the premiere of the series which has been created by John Ridley, the Oscar®-winning adaptor of 12 Years a Slave.

The festival will also delve into other storytelling methods such as radio and literature. Family sessions with children’s authors who have had their work adapted for the small screen will also feature at the festival. Other family focused sessions include Shaun the Sheep and Wallace and Gromit creators Aardman hosting a series of ewe-nique modelling workshops, where participants will be able to create their very own clay model of Gromit and Shaun to take home.

The BFI is responsible for maintaining the BFI National Archive, home to one of the most significant archives of film and television in the world. This includes the largest accessible archive of British TV programmes in the world, an estimated 750,000 titles collected since the late 1950s. In addition the BFI curates television seasons and events at BFI Southbank, providing public access to that TV heritage. The Radio Times is UK’s leading authority on television and radio and was the world’s first broadcast listings magazine when it was founded in 1923 and is the UK’s best-selling quality magazine.


Guerilla is a 1970s set thriller about a group of black power activists in London, starring Freida Pinto, Babou Ceesay and Idris Elba. The premiere takes place Sunday April 9th 2017 at BFI Southbank and will include a preview screening and cast & crew Q&A session. To book your tickets for Guerilla go to the BFI website.

The full BFI & Radio Times Festival programme will be announced in February.