Behind the scenes at the BBFC : film classification from the silver screen to the digital age

Established by the film industry in 1912 as the nation’s only official and independent classifier of the moving image, the British Board of Film Classification (originally the British Board of Film Censors) has long been a source of fascination – and sometimes a bone of contention – for filmgoers, film-makers and industry figures.

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The book of tea

(Photo credit: The book of tea: Growing it, making it, drinking it, the history, recipes and lots more by Nick Kilby and Louise Cheadle is published by Jacqui Small LLP) (Image above shows the title of the book and the author names against an orange background with a white teacup and saucer)   Louise Cheadle […]

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Ferguson’s gang : the remarkable story of the National Trust gangsters

(Photo credit: Pavilion Books. Image above shows an old-fashioned car against a dark background alongside the title of the book: Ferguson’s Gang: the remarkable story of the National Trust gangsters and the names of the authors: Polly Bagnall and Sally Beck) 1927. Britain’s heritage is vanishing. Beautiful landscapes are being bulldozed. Historic buildings are being blown […]

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Half life: the divided life of Bruno Pontecorvo, physicist or spy

(Photo credit: publisher – Oneworld) (Image above shows a man’s face shown in two halves, with the title of the book ‘Half-life: the divided life of Bruno Pontecorvo, physicist or spy, and the author’s name: Frank Close) The memo landed on Kim Philby’s desk in Washington, DC, in July 1950. Three months later, Bruno Pontecorvo, […]

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Soviet Space Dogs

(Photo credit: http://fuel-design.com/publishing/soviet-space-dogs) (Image shows two dogs sitting on top of a planet alongside the title of the book: Soviet space dogs) On 3 November 1957, Laika was the first living being in outer space, giving her instant global fame. Her death a few hours after launching was used to transform her into a symbol […]

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