The following is a list of the collections of film and TV titles currently available to view FREE in the Mediatheque.
60 Minute Guided Tour
Pushed for time? The 60 Minute Guided Tour is the perfect place to start browsing the Mediatheque's collections.
Amy Johnson: Queen of the Skies
Marking 80 years since her record-breaking solo flight to Australia, we salute Britain’s legendary aviatrix.
Anarchy in the UK
From Johnny Rotten to Gizzard Puke - a 30th anniversary celebration of punk: the players, the fans and the satirists.
The Ballot Box
With election fever seizing the nation this spring, take a trip to polling stations past and get those pencils at the ready as we join the campaign trail.
Beautiful South: Lambeth & Southwark on screen
As part of the Mayor’s Story of London project we explore two vibrant boroughs on BFI Southbank's own doorstep.
Queer lives in Britain. Join the Mediatheque on its odyssey to a time and place before Graham Norton...
Before Midnight - a Portrait of India on Film, 1899-1947
Home movies, documentaries, dramas and comedies exploring how life was (and sometimes wasn't) lived in British India.
The Birth of Channel Four
Back to the day it all started - Tuesday 2nd November 1982.
100 years of black British stories, histories and representation on film and TV.
Bombs at Teatime
Tea drinking, rationing and the Blitz... Welcome to the 1940s.
The Book Group: The Buddha of Suburbia
Hanif Kureishi's semi-autobiographical exploration of race and sexuality on the fringes of 70s London.
The Book Group: A Christmas Carol
Bah humbug! Weird and wonderful adaptations of Dickens' festive favourite.
The Book Group: Cranford
To mark the 150th anniversary of the publication of Elizabeth Gaskell’s final Cranford-set work, we focus on one of her most beloved novels.
The Book Group: Dracula
Big-screen myths and Victorian paranoia: dig deeper into Bram Stoker's 1897 chiller.
The Book Group: The Magic Toyshop
Discover the 80s TV adaptation of Angela Carter's enchanting novel - 40 years since it was first published.
The Book Group: Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984)
Big Brother is watching you...
The Book Group: Rebecca
"Last night I dreamed I went to Manderley again..." Daphne du Maurier's masterpiece on the small screen.
The Book Group: Sword of Honour
Coinciding with the release of a major new film adaptation of Evelyn Waugh's Brideshead Revisited, this edition of The Book Group looks at Waugh’s Sword of Honour trilogy.
The Book Group: Wuthering Heights
The essential guide to British literary favourites as seen on screen. This first edition features Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights.
The Box of Delights
Take a look at our special collection of goodies for younger audiences.
Celebrate 60 years of cutting-edge couture with a trip down the catwalks of post-war British fashion.
Voyage through decades of artists' film with the Mediatheque's meditation on who we are and where we live.
Building the South Bank
Explore the architectural legacy of the 1951 Festival of Britain.
Cape to Cairo: Moving Images of Colonial Africa
This collection examines the relationship between Britain and its African colonies and the complex, often troubling, representation of this on film and television.
Cinema of Tomorrow: BFI Production 1952-2000
Celebrating the BFI at 75, a collection charting the organisation’s remarkable legacy of innovation in British cinema.
Double the Trouble, Twice the Fun
Sex and disability: a reminder that Valentine's Day is not just for the able-bodied.
Eastward Ho! A portrait of Cambridge and the East of England on screen
Explore England's eastern counties in this major new collection marking the launch of the BFI Mediatheque at Central Library, Cambridge..
What is being British all about? Stiff upper lips? Saucy seaside postcard humour? Morris dancing? Find out in this collection of over 100 films and TV programmes that take us from Glasgow to Stonehenge, hockey sticks to the hijab.
Exodus: Remembering Slavery
Marking the 200th anniversary of the Anti Slave Trade Act, this collection explores one of the most shameful episodes in Britain's past - its role in the Atlantic slave trade.
Archive highlights from the TV career of David Frost, specially selected to mark the release of 'Frost/Nixon'.
Pay tribute to Britain's favourite female comedians and comic actresses.
The Gentle Sex
Watch out! It's Britain's answer to the femme fatale...
Heartlands: A Portrait of Derby and the East Midlands
Explore the landscapes, meet the locals and discover the rich heritage of the East Midlands in this landmark 100-title collection.
Hope and Glory
A 150th anniversary celebration of the life and work of the great English composer, Sir Edward Elgar.
British women on the 'home' front.
The Joy of Sex Education
Sex ed through the ages.
The Kids Are Alright
Recapture those long-lost teatimes with the best of British childrens' TV from the 50s to the 90s.
From Alf Garnett to London Zoo, this is an unrivalled guide to the capital for Londoners and visitors alike. Here are the icons, the hidden corners, the familiar neighbourhoods, enabling you to explore the city past and present.
March Hares & Easter Bunnies
With the release of Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland and Easter on the way, we pay homage to Lewis Carroll’s fantastical creations the March Hare and the White Rabbit and their more benign bunny brethren.
North by North East: A Portrait of Newcastle and the North East of England
Revisiting over a century of history and culture, industry and politics, the collection takes an extraordinary journey from the Victorian era to the 21st Century.
On Your Bike!
As London welcomes the Tour de France, the Mediatheque celebrates Britain's love affair with the bicycle.
A guide to everyone's favourite fun-loving, fish-eating fur-ball - the otter!
Out of the Archive - 'Heart of an Empire'
Technical archivist Catherine Pyle describes the challenges she faced in piecing together the multiple versions of this 1930s documentary, re-edited no less than four times in a turbulent era.
Out of the Archive - Making Sense of a Spectacle
Archivists examine the edited original film negative of Mitchell and Kenyon 484: Crewe Hospital Procession and Pageant (1907).
In association with the UK Jewish Film Festival, this new collection uncovers insights, injustices and hidden histories across a century of Jewish representation on British screens.
The Mediatheque’s regular dip into the world of the odd, the esoteric, the delightful and the downright dangerous.
Play for Today
The Mediatheque’s growing retrospective of the landmark BBC drama slot - the true National Theatre of the 1970s.
The Promised Land
A survey of domestic architecture in Britain since the 1930s, shaped by turbulent times and interpreted by our filmmakers.
Raphael - Changing Lives in the Himalayan Foothills
The work of the charity dedicated to improving the lives of some of India's most disadvantaged people. Includes a rarely seen documentary made by David Lean.
100 years of the British documentary.
Roll Out the Barrel
Raise a glass to our national tipple with this fun and frothy look at beer on film..
The joys - and miseries - of the festive season.
The Search for Shangri La
Life in Tibet prior to the Chinese occupation.
Shop 'til You Drop
With guilt-free shopping a distant memory, why not live vicariously through us?
To celebrate 50 years of Coronation Street and 25 years of Eastenders, the Mediatheque presents a brand new collection of the best and most popular editions of Britain’s soaps.
Journey back to a time before 'talkies'.
The Summer of Love
Forty years on it's time to kick off your Birkenstocks, wear flowers in your hair and remember how Britain marked the Summer of Love.
Toyland Tales and Happy Endings: The Legacy of Enid Blyton
Loved by millions of children worldwide yet still a controversial figure, the Mediatheque delves into the life and work of the bestselling author.
The Truth About Love
The Mediatheque gets amorous.
This Working Life: King Coal
The Mediatheque goes underground as part of the BFI National Archive's major project exploring a century of coal mining on screen, looking at Britain's long and illustrious mining history from multiple perspectives.
We Can Work It Out
The British Post-War Documentary
Through the Dragon's Eye: Wales on Screen
A Landmark new collection of 100 titles marking the launch of the BFI Mediatheque at Wrexham Library.
Welcome to the Dream Palace: British Cinema of the 1930s
Head back to a decade of escapism with our crash course in 30s British features. This Dream Palace houses everything from musicals to comedies, science fiction to horror - and even a Western.