Whither Europe (on TV)?

4th March 2019

John Wyver writes:Tomorrow night (less than four weeks from the scheduled B-Day), at 18.15 on Tuesday 7, I’m chairing a panel at BFI Southbank (tickets here, although there are not many left) with actor Cherie Lunghi (who is to be seen in the 1985 Sartre adaptation, Vicious Circle, screening at BFI Southbank on 16 March); the man behind Channel 4/All4’s hugely successful initaitive Walter Presents, Walter Iuzzolino; writer, producer and show-runner Stewart Harcourt, responsible for ITV’s Maigret and more; and Beatriz Campos, Head of International Sales Studiocanal TV. Expect provocative chat and a clutch of interesting clips, in a framework of what, according to the BFI’s blurb, we’ll be speaking about:

What does the representation of Europe on our TV screens today tell us about how we view Europe, and will this change with Brexit? Our panel of experts address this and explore the subject of European TV drama. Illustrated with clips of influential series such as Heimat and Das Boot (above), as well as the current crop of contemporary European favourites such as Deutschland ‘83, Spiral, Versailles, The Last Panthers and the many fascinating series brought to us by Channel 4’s Walter Presents strand, the discussion examines the current taste for European drama and where this might lead in the future.

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