The BFI and Radio Times Television Festival returns to BFI Southbank this May as we invite some of the biggest stars to our stage for TV previews, panel discussion and Q&As from some of last year’s best shows, plus a look back at some of the forgotten gems from the archive. Taking place over three days at BFI Southbank and the BFI IMAX (Britain’s largest cinema screen), the TV fest lets you meet today’s stars and see tomorrow’s hits.

18:00 Friday 20 May

TV Premiere: Prehistoric Planet + pre-recorded intro from Sir David Attenborough and on-stage Q&A with Darren Naish, Mike Gunton and Tim Walker

First look at a documentary bringing to life the dinosaurs of 66 million years ago, presented by Sir David Attenborough.

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18:30 Friday 20 May

Radio Times Hall of Fame: Mary Berry in conversation with Claudia Winkleman

A salute to Mary Berry, queen of the kitchen.

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20:15 Friday 20 May

BBC 100 Live Aid: Sir Bob Geldof in conversation with Alan Yentob

How Live Aid changed music and TV for ever.

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20:30 Friday 20 May

The Responder panel + Q&A with Martin Freeman, Tony Schumacher and Laurence Bowen

Cast and creatives discuss this uncompromising and challenging series.

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11:45 Saturday 21 May

BBC 100: Queen Elizabeth: the Coronation

Relive a television landmark on the big screen.

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12:00 Saturday 21 May

BBC 100 TV Preview: Horrible Histories + panel and Q&A with cast members Jessica Ransom and Richard David Caine, and creatives

Join us a for a special preview of a new show celebrating the BBC centenary.

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14:00 Saturday 21 May

All Creatures Great and Small panel + Q&A with Anna Madeley, Nicholas Ralph, Callum Woodhouse, Rachel Shenton and exec producer Melissa Gallant

The perils of reviving a much-loved classic.

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14:30 Saturday 21 May

The Essex Serpent + panel and Q&A with author Sarah Perry, director Clio Barnard and cast members Lily-Rose Aslandogdu and Hayley Squires

Claire Danes and Tom Hiddleston star in a lavish adaptation of Sarah Perry’s bestselling 2016 novel.

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16:15 Saturday 21 May

BBC 100 Missing Believed Wiped: Impossible Comedies

Incredible, rare, rediscovered, and resurrected footage.

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18:00 Saturday 21 May

Prince: Purple Passion and Pomp

A bespoke compilation of Prince on the small screen.

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16:00 Saturday 21 May

TV Preview: The Outlaws + Q&A with Stephen Merchant, Eleanor Tomlinson, Gamba Cole, Clare Perkins, Darren Boyd, Jessica Gunning and director John Butler

An early look at series two of the hit comedy-thriller.

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18:30 Saturday 21 May

It’s a Sin panel + Q&A with cast Omari Douglas, Callum Scott Howells, David Carlyle and writer and executive producer Russell T Davies, and Jill Nalder (the inspiration for Jill Baxter)

We celebrate this extraordinary series with cast and creatives.

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20:30 Saturday 21 May

A Toast to Toast panel + Q&A with Matt Berry, Arthur Mathews, Michael Cumming, Doon Mackichan and Harry Peacock

We pay tribute to Britain’s most eccentric thespian.

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12:00 Sunday 22 May

TV Preview: Malory Towers + Q&A with actors Ella Bright, Danya Griver, Sienna Arif-Knights and Beth Bradfield

A welcome return for Malory Towers as we preview new episodes of this popular family show.

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14:00 Sunday 22 May

Call the Midwife panel + Q&A with cast Helen George, Laura Main and Stephen McGann, creator Heidi Thomas and executive producer Pippa Harris

The secrets of an enduring Sunday night success.

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15:15 Sunday 22 May

The Radio Times Podcast Live!

Jane Garvey and Rhianna Dhillon live on stage, with special guest Kit Connor.

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16:15 Sunday 22 May

His Dark Materials: Creating Mrs Coulter with Ruth Wilson + Q&A with creative team

We reveal the secrets of bringing this remarkable show to television.

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18:00 Sunday 22 May

Conversations with Friends panel + Q&A with Alison Oliver, Joe Alwyn, Lenny Abrahamson and Emma Norton

Insights into making another beguiling Sally Rooney adaptation.

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18:15 Sunday 22 May

Brian Cox in conversation

Join Professor Cox in conversation where he’ll discuss his career at the BBC and beyond.

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20:00 Sunday 22 May

Starstruck panel + Q&A with creator-actor Rose Matafeo and actor Nic Sampson

Rose Matafeo and cast discuss the breakout hit romcom.

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20:15 Sunday 22 May

Radio Times Hall of Fame: Stephen Fry in conversation with Alan Yentob

TV’s wittiest polymath talks us through his brilliant career.

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