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BBC Film

BBC Film.

BBC Films is the feature film-making arm of the BBC.

It is firmly established at the forefront of British independent film-making and co-produces approximately eight films a year. Working in partnership with major international and UK distributors, BBC Films aims to make strong British films with range and ambition. We are committed to finding and developing new talent, as well as collaborating with some of the foremost writers and directors in the industry.

BBC Films works on original projects as well as developing films based on BBC formats. BBC Film is part of British Broadcasting Corporation.

Current productions

Status Medium Production Broadcaster Genre Summary
New Film Ralph Fiennes. Hallelujah! Film The story of composer Handel's canonical piece of music Messiah and its chaotic, spectacular first performance.
New Film Reggie Yates. Pirates Film Comedy about three friends travelling to a party for the turn of the Millennium.
New Film Julia Louis-Dreyfus. Tuesday Film Julia Louis-Dreyfus plays a single mother fighting for the life of her daughter with Death.
New Film Vivian Oparah. Vibes & Stuff Film An uplifting rom-com set in Brixton and Peckham, about meeting the right person at the worst possible time.

Notable archive productions

Medium Production Broadcaster Genre Summary
Film A Cock And Bull Story. Image shows from L to R: Steve Coogan - Tristram Shandy & Walter Shandy (Steve Coogan), Rob Brydon - Toby Shandy (Rob Brydon). Copyright: Revolution Films / BBC Films. A Cock And Bull Story Film Film starring Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon as themselves, filming a movie adaptation of the novel The Life And Opinions Of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman.
Film Bill. Bill Shakespeare (Mathew Baynton). Copyright: BBC Films / Cowboy Films. Bill Film Comedy film charting the young life of William Shakespeare and his finding fame in London, starring the cast of Horrible Histories.
Film Mrs. Brown's Boys D'Movie. Agnes Brown (Brendan O'Carroll). Mrs. Brown's Boys D'Movie Film Big-screen spin-off adventure for Brendan O'Carroll and Mrs. Brown's Boys.
Film Stan & Ollie. Image shows from L to R: Stan Laurel (Steve Coogan), Oliver Hardy (John C. Reilly). Stan & Ollie Film Biopic film following Laurel & Hardy on their 1953 UK tour.
Film The History Boys. The History Boys Film Film adaptation of Alan Bennett's acclaimed stage play about eight history students.
Film Their Finest. Image shows from L to R: Catrin Cole (Gemma Arterton), Ambrose Hilliard/Uncle Frank (Bill Nighy). Copyright: Lions Gate. Their Finest Film 1940s-set film starring Gemma Arterton, Sam Claflin and Bill Nighy as a trio making a morale-boosting film.
Film What We Did On Our Holiday. Image shows from L to R: Gordie McLeod (Billy Connolly), Mickey McLeod (Bobby Smalldridge), Lottie McLeod (Emilia Jones). Copyright: Origin Pictures / BBC Films. What We Did On Our Holiday Film Comedy about holding together a family unit amidst the pressures of parenthood and a large extended family.
Film Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie. Image shows from L to R: Patsy (Joanna Lumley), Edina (Jennifer Saunders). Copyright: BBC Films. Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie Film Big screen spin-off featuring Jennifer Saunders's riotous PR girl, Edina Monsoon, and best friend Patsy Stone.
Film In Fabric. Sheila (Marianne Jean-Baptiste). In Fabric Film Comic horror in which an enchanted dress wreaks havoc on the lives of those who wear it..
Film Mindhorn. Richard 'Mindhorn' Thorncroft (Julian Barratt). Copyright: BBC Films. Mindhorn Film Actor Richard Thorncroft returns to his 1980s detective role to thwart a villain, revive his career, and get the girl.
Film One Way To Denmark. Herb (Rafe Spall). One Way To Denmark Film Comedy about a man seeking a better life - in a Danish prison.
Film The Lady In The Van. Image shows from L to R: Miss Shepherd (Maggie Smith), Alan Bennett (Alex Jennings). Copyright: BBC Films. The Lady In The Van Film The Lady In The Van is a drama based on real events, about a vagrant who the playwright Alan Bennett allowed to park her van in his driveway, where she lived for fifteen years.
Film Twelfth Night Or What You Will. Twelfth Night Or What You Will Film William Shakespeare's seasonal comedy.

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Comedy title launches

Year Medium Genre Production
2021 TV Comedy Drama Together

Distributed films

Year Title
2018 Happy New Year, Colin Burstead
2015 Man Up
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