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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.

You can send us your feedback and ideas for the podcast here.


BBFC Podcast Episode 34 - Sci-Fi - Part 1

In this episode we discuss classifying The War Of The Worlds (1953) and the Steven Spielberg adaptation, War Of The Worlds (2005).

Tags: classification, education, podcast, sci-fi

BBFC Podcast Episode 33 - Bedazzled (1967)

The film was classified A for cinema release in 1967, which although not a restrictive rating (like the X, suitable for those over 16 only), the A certificate suggested the film was more suitable for adult audiences. When Bedazzled was submitted for...

Tags: 1960s, archive, bedazzled, history, podcast

BBFC Podcast Episode 32 - Classifying Discrimination - Part 2

Part 2 looks at examples of discrimination classified at the 15 and 18 age categories.Listen to Part 1 to hear about how discrimination is classified at U, PG and 12A/12.

Tags: 15, 18, discrimination, podcast

BBFC Podcast Episode 32 - Classifying Discrimination - Part 1

Hear about how discrimination of different kinds is classified at the lower age ratings of U, PG and 12A/12.

Tags: 12, 12A, classification, discrimination, guidelines, PG, podcast, U

BBFC Podcast Episode 31 - BBFC Annual Reports

The BBFC Annual Report provides a review of the activities and classification decisions of the Board over the calendar year, as well as information about the BBFC's financial position as required by law. BBFC Annual Reports are available to...

Tags: annual reports, archive, bbfc, podcast

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

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 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 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 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