|Also known as||The Film Show|
|Directed by||Stephen Neal|
|Presented by||Rotating hosts:|
Barry Norman (1972-1998)
Iain Johnstone (1982)
Jonathan Ross (1999-2010)
Claudia Winkleman (2010-2016)
Danny Leigh (2010-2017)
Ellen E Jones (2017-2018)
|Theme music composer||Billy Taylor and Richard Lamb|
|Opening theme||"I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free"|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|Executive producer||Janet Lee|
|Production locations||Studio V, Broadcasting House|
|Running time||30 minutes|
|Production company||BBC Studios|
|Original network||BBC One|
|Original release||16 November 1971 -|
28 March 2018
|Related shows||The Film Review|
The show was first broadcast on 16 November 1971 but it was only shown in the South East area of the UK under the title Film '71. It was then shown in all areas of the UK in 1972. The show was first hosted by several presenters, including Joan Bakewell, Frederic Raphael, Iain Johnstone, and Barry Norman.
Barry Norman became permanent host of the series in 1972. For his first episode on Film 72, his first film review was of The Last Picture Show, while his first studio interviewees were Charlton Heston and James Stewart. For much of his time on the show, "with Barry Norman" was appended to the show's title.
Norman remained as host until 1998, except for a few months in 1982, when he was busy with other projects and Iain Johnstone returned as temporary host. Norman eventually left the show after signing a contract with BSkyB, with his last appearance being at the end of June 1998 hosting Film '98.
With the series now described as the BBC's flagship cinema review, Norman's departure to Sky was said by The Guardian in 2002 to have been "seismic", and due to its nature and timing, his exit was described as being acrimonious. Norman said of the departure, "I honestly believe that if they had said to me, 'We would like you to work out your contract but then we don't want you any more,' they would have given me quite a big send off - at least they would have had a drinks party. But because I left at a time that was not convenient for them I became a non-person. Even on the last day, nobody called up to say, 'Good luck in your future life,' or even 'drop dead'." Of his reviewing style Norman said: "I always knew that nobody's right and nobody's wrong in criticism. The only thing I could do was to make sure that whatever I said was what I really believed."
Jonathan Ross was chosen as the next host, and presented the show from 1999 until March 2010. Reflecting the change in host, the phrase "with Jonathan Ross" was appended to the show's title.
Ross began presenting the show as Film '99 in March 1999, on a contract reportedly worth £500,000 a year. Ross, described by the BBC as a long-time film buff and fan of cult movies, stated that he had dreamt of doing the job since childhood.
To mark the turn of the millennium, the viewers of Film 99 voted in a poll to name their favourite film of the century, with the top 100 published by the BBC and with Star Wars coming top overall. After the millennium, the show switched from the two-digit format to using the full year in the title, i.e. Film 2000, Film 2001...
Ross presented the programme for the last time on 17 March 2010. This came after he announced in January 2010 that he would not be renewing his BBC contract, with his BBC One chat show and BBC Radio 2 show both also finishing in July 2010.
In October 2010, Claudia Winkleman took over as host of Film 2010 in a revamped format. This saw the adoption of a live studio format and the introduction of a co-presenter, film journalist Danny Leigh. The first episode of Film 2010 with Claudia Winkleman aired on Wednesday 13 October at 10:45 pm.
BBC Radio 5 Live's Mark Kermode had been tipped as a likely successor to Ross for the show. However, in March 2010, Kermode said that he han't been contacted about hosting the show which he said "requires a mainstream sensibility", and instead Winkleman was announced as a surprise choice for the presenter's role.
Damon Wise of Empire feared that Winkleman's appointment represented a rejection of film knowledge as a requirement of a host for the show, and that it might foretell the demise of the series in the same manner as Top of the Pops, "another flagship BBC show that was allowed to slide out of existence."
The Guardian stated, through her recent hosting of Sky Television's coverage of the Oscars, Winkleman had "proved both a passionate and engaging advocate of cinema," while her husband Kris Thykier is a film producer with credits on several mainstream releases. She also presents a weekly arts show on BBC Radio 2 on Friday nights, which covers film.
When the programme returned for a new series in November 2012, it began being referred to in the titles as Film 2012 with Claudia Winkleman and Danny Leigh with Leigh now co-host alongside Winkleman.
In September 2016, Winkleman announced that she would be leaving the show.
Each show, the presenter and resident critic were joined by another established screenwriter or critic. These included: Peter Bradshaw, Rhianna Dhillon, Chris Hewitt, Larushka Ivan-Zadeh, Tim Robey, and Jason Solomons.
In December 2018 the BBC dropped the show and, despite a spokesperson promising "an enhanced offer for lovers of film", fans were still dismayed by the change.
During short sequences of films being shown, incidental music would be played, often from a light jazz music style, known as hard bop.
Jonathan Ross nestles into the presenter's chair for the final time, reviewing new releases including The Bounty Hunter, and providing behind-the-scenes access to major upcoming films including Clash of the Titans. BROADCASTS Wed 17 March 2010 23:25 BBC One (except Northern Ireland, Wales)