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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 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 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 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 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 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 20 - Classifying self-harm and suicide

In this episode of the BBFC podcast we discuss how the BBFC approaches classifying self-harm and suicide. We speak to the Samaritans about their work to equip the media and the BBFC, with guidance about handling these issues on film and on TV and...

Tags: age, bbfc, classification, harm, podcast, rating

BBFC Podcast Episode 19 - Classifying content on mobile phones

On 2 September 2013 the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) took over from the Independent Mobile Classification Board (IMCB) in providing the independent classification framework that underpins the Mobile Operators' code of practice,...

Tags: bbfc, classification, mobile, podcast

BBFC Podcast Episode 18 - The Guidelines 2014

In this episode of the BBFC podcast, we interview BBFC Assistant Director, David Austin, about the new BBFC Classification Guidelines that come into force on 24 February and find out what the public told us during the Guidelines consultation carried...

Tags: bbfc, classification, consultation, guidelines, public, review

BBFC Podcast Episode 17 - Classifying Anime

In our final podcast of 2013, we discuss classifying anime and interview BBFC Director David Cooke about key film classification decisions from 2013.

Tags: 15, anime, bbfc, classification

BBFC Podcast Episode 16 - Behind The Scenes

James Blatch and BBFC Chief Operating Officer, Dave Barrett, discuss how the BBFC works with the film industry and James interviews Chief Executive of the Cinema Exhibitors' Association (CEA), Phil Clapp.

Tags: bbfc, cea, cinema, film, industry