BFI Mediatheque

Level 6 | Open 10:00–17:00 every day

Discover the best, the rarest and the most extraordinary films and TV programmes from the BFI National Archive with BFI Mediatheque.

Simply log on at your personal viewing station, choose from over 2,500 titles and watch for free.

Many titles are not available to watch anywhere else, and we have two very special collections - The TV Heaven Collection and God's Own County: Yorkshire on Screen.

The TV Heaven Collection

You can enjoy specially selected highlights from our TV Heaven programme archive at BFI Mediatheque, including the first episodes of Doctor Who (1963), The Prisoner (1967), The Wrong Trousers (1993) and Sherlock (2010).

God's Own County: Yorkshire on Screen

Brought to you in association with the Yorkshire Film Archive, this new collection is devoted to Yorkshire on the big and small screen. It includes:

  • Bradford Town Hall Square (1896)
  • Helen of Four Gates (1920)
  • Sheffield Spartan Swimmers (1934-35)
  • Yorkshire Curiosities (1959)
  • The Bradford Godfather (1976)
  • All Creatures Great and Small (1978)
  • Yorkshire Disco Dancing Championships (1980)
  • Rita, Sue and Bob Too (1986)
  • Brassed Off (1996)
  • Tyrannosaur (2011)

More BFI Mediatheque highlights

Feature Films

Celebrate the best of British feature films from the silent era to today with titles including Alfred Hitchcock's Blackmail (1929), David Lean's Brief Encounter (1945), John Schlesinger's Billy Liar (1963) and Andrea Arnold's Wuthering Heights (2011).

The Book Group

Delve into our guide to British literary favourites on screen, with rarely seen adaptations of classic novels alongside documentaries about the authors and their work. Collections include Dracula, Nineteen Eighty-Four and Wuthering Heights.

The Kids are Alright

Family-friendly films and retro kids' TV classics, from Muffin the Mule (1952) and Lizzie Dripping (1973) to Grange Hill (1981) and Byker Grove (1992).

Sport

Sport and exercise around the UK, from Edwardian football matches and surviving footage of the 1908 Olympic Games to obscure regional sporting customs and 1980s 'keep fit'.

Music

Rare footage and documentaries for music lovers of all persuasions from punk to pop, including Johnny Cash in San Quentin (1969), Shellshock Rock (1979) and Finisterre (2003).

Victorian and Edwardian Life

Journey back to the earliest years of cinema with our extensive selection of Victorian and Edwardian films, including Queen Victoria Visits Sheffield (1897), A Kiss in the Tunnel (1899) and Alice in Wonderland (1903).

See the full list of titles available to watch in Mediatheque, and find out more about BFI Mediatheques around the UK on the BFI website.

Useful information for families and access users

Viewing stations can accommodate up to 3 or 4 people. There will be a receptionist in BFI Mediatheque at all times if you need help with the viewing stations.

We have 1 viewing station equipped with 2 viewing spaces fully accessible to wheelchair users.

BFI Mediatheque is on level 6, accessible via the lift or the stairs, and the nearest accessible toilets are on levels 5 and 7 (also accessible via the lift or stairs).

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