Sunday, 22 May 2016

Tonight's Tele Tip: BBC4's Antonia Bird Night

Following on from the BFI retrospective held earlier this month in tribute to the much missed director Antonia Bird, who passed away in 2013, BBC4 tonight will screen from 8:30pm onwards a series of programmes and films dedicated to her.

The night starts with a classic 1986 episode of EastEnders, a two-hander with Leslie Grantham and Anita Dobson as the warring couple of the Queen Vic, Den and Angie, on the brink of divorce until Angie delivers a devastating blow, followed by a new documentary, From EastEnders to Hollywood; Susan Kemp explores the life and work of Bird, from her trailblazing start at the radical hotbed that was the Royal Court in the 70s, through to the early groundbreaking days of EastEnders and Casualty in the 80s, and all the way to Hollywood in the 90s and back again. Then at 10pm there's an all too rare screening of her 2000 TV film Care starring Steven Mackintosh as a man struggling to piece together his life after a childhood of abuse in a children's care home.

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