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Welcome to the BBFC podcast.

We publish regular themed podcasts offering an insider’s view of our work. Each podcast features guest interviews, discussion of BBFC age rating decisions, challenging titles and classification issues. Tune in to our latest podcast or browse our podcast archive to listen again.

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BBFC Podcast Episode 21 – BBFC Directors Part I – John Trevelyan

It would be John Trevelyan’s 111th birthday on 11 July 2014, so with that milestone in mind, we kick off the series with a look at the 60s and 70s when John Trevelyan took the helm as Director of the BBFC.

Tags: bbfc, director, education, history, podcast, trevelyan

BBFC Podcast Episode 22 – Tone

We also catch up with Cinemagic during their series of events in London this summer, to hear more about their fetivals and programmes for young people. 

Tags: bbfc, cinemagic, classification, education, podcast, tone

BBFC Podcast Episode 23 – International Film Classification

David Austin, Assistant Director, explains how the BBFC works with international classifiers to share research and expertise. We also discuss the BBFC's role in a pilot to age rate music videos online. 

Tags: bbfc, classification, international, podcast

BBFC Podcast Episode 24 - BBFC Directors Part II – Stephen Murphy

Episode 24 of the podcast takes a look at the short but turbulent period of BBFC Secretary Stephen Murphy, from July 1971 until he resigned in 1975.We also hear about a new pilot to age rate music videos online. 

Tags: 1970s, bbfc, classification, education, history, murphy, podcast, stephen

BBFC Podcast Episode 25 - Education and the Into Film Festival

We also hear more about the BBFC's education work and resources.Read more about our work with Into Film, including the Into Film and BBFC 12A resource, on our Education News page.

Tags: bbfc, education, events, festival, film, intofilm

BBFC Podcast Episode 26 - BBFC Directors III – James Ferman part 1 (1975 - 1984)

This episode also takes a look at upcoming and recent BBFC news and events, including Safer Internet Day.

Tags: director, education, ferman, history, james, podcast

BBFC Podcast Episode 27 - Genre - Classifying Comedy

In this episode we also hear from BBFC Assistant Director David Austin, about new research into public demand for putting glamour imagery behind adult filters on mobile devices. You can find out more about the BBFC's work with mobile phone...

Tags: classification, comedy, education, podcast, research

BBFC Podcast Episode 28 - BBFC Directors III – James Ferman part 2 (1984 - 1999)

We also highlight the launch of a new Classification Framework to filter video and website content available to customers under the age of 12 via EE's mobile network, plus the latest phase of the online music video age rating pilot, which sees...

Tags: bbfc, classification, ferman, history, podcast, VRA

BBFC Podcast Episode 29 - Classifying Superhero Films

 We also speak to Liz Bales, Chief Executive of the British Video Association (BVA) about its role in the Home Entertainment industry.

Tags: bbfc, bva, classification, podcast, superhero

BBFC Podcast Episode 30 - Django (1967)

Directed by Sergio Corbucci, Django (1967) is an Italian (dubbed into English) spaghetti western. The film was refused a classification until 1993, when it was rated 18. Today Django (1967) is rated 15 for moderate, bloody violence. Listen...

Tags: archive, bbfc, classification, django, education, history, podcast