British Programming

Directors: Mark Heffernan, Robert Lloyd
Room: Grand Salon G
If it’s British but not Doctor Who, you’ll find it here! The British Pub Portal covers British television and film, both classic and new, with panels and events on topics such as Bond, Top Gear, the costume dramas, music (we’ve done panels on Bowie, the Beatles, the Spice Girls, etc), classic SF like The Thunderbirds, Blake’s 7, Space:1999, and more) and we even find time to cover British History (our 2016 panels on the two World Wars were a big hit). But our most popular continuing panel, which began in 2015, has to be Ask A British Person! Any question you’ve always wanted to ask about British life and culture can be answered!

FRIDAY:

8:00 p.m. – The Crimes of Grindewald
Our look at the second film in the Fantastic Beasts film series

9:00 p.m. – Mary Poppins Returns
Mary Poppins returns in a long-awaited sequel to the beloved original film

10:00 p.m. – Neil Gaiman’s American Gods
We discuss the second season of the Starz television series, based on the Neil Gaiman novel

11:00 p.m. – Black Mirror: Bandersnatch
A look at the first full-length Black Mirror film, as well as the rest of the Netflix series

 

SATURDAY:

10:00 a.m. – British History: The Rise and Fall of the British Empire
Come discuss the history of the British Empire, the largest empire the world has ever seen

11:00 a.m. – Bohemian Rhapsody
Our review of the recent Academy Award-winning Queen biopic

12:00 p.m. – Quatermass and Early British Science Fiction
We look back on Quatermass and other early British science fiction programs from the 1950’s and 1960’s

1:00 p.m. – Spice Up Your Life
In the 1990s, the Spice Girls were the biggest band in the world. Come discuss their music, and their impact.

2:00 p.m. – Outlander in America
In the fourth season of hit series, Claire and Jamie are now in America prior to the Revolution.

3:00 p.m. – Downton Abbey: The Past, Present, and Future
We look back at our days at the Abbey, as well as what we might hope to see in the upcoming film

4:00 p.m. – The State of Fandom in 2019
We take a look at genre fans and the issues facing fandom in 2019.

6:00 p.m. – Red Dwarf: Smegheads Unite!
Let’s discuss the continuing saga of the mining spaceship Red Dwarf

7:00 p.m. – On Her Majesty’s Secret Service at 50
Celebrate 50 years of the only film with George Lazenby as James Bond

8:00 p.m. – Don’t Panic! Hitchhiking the Galaxy
Let’s hitch a ride to the restaurant at the end of the universe, and to say thanks for all the fish

9:00 p.m. – Monty Python’s The Life of Brian at 40
It’s the fortieth anniversary of The Life of Brian, the most controversial film the Python’s ever made.

10:00 p.m. – The Unholy Trinity of Hard Rock
Let’s discuss the music of Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath and Deep Purple, pioneers of hard rock and heavy metal.

11:00 p.m. – Is Paul Dead?
A look at the conspiracy theory that Paul McCartney died way back in the 1960’s

 

SUNDAY:

9:00 a.m. – Church Service
A non-denominational Christian service

10:00 a.m. – Victoria Regina 
Our look at the third season of the hit ITV-PBS drama series, featuring Jenna Coleman

11:00 a.m. – Bowie: 50th Anniversary of “Space Oddity”
An examination of the very long life of “Space Oddity”, the song that jump-started David Bowie’s music career, highlighting the song’s impact, longevity and influence.

12:00 p.m. – Ask a Brit
A fan favorite – ask our panel of Brits questions about British life

2:00 p.m. – Christopher Robin Grows Up
A discussion of the film that asks the question – what happened to Christopher Robin?

3:00 p.m. – What’s On Britbox and Acorn TV?
Come discover what is available on Britbox, Acorn and other streaming TV services

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