From TV soaps Albion Market and Family Pride to children’s TV programmes Metal Mickey and Animal Kwackers, vintage interviews with Salman Rushdie, Margaret Atwood, Robin Williams and Benjamin Zephaniah to ground-breaking multicultural factual television shows Eastern Eye and Here and Now, today BFI Replay launches across the UK offering free access to the public to 60 years of their screen history, newly available for the first time in decades, in Lewisham libraries.


BFI Replay is a unique free-to-access, digital archive resource from the BFI, the result of one of the UK’s largest mass digitisation programmes. Designed to preserve UK moving image archives video tape collections most at risk from technical obsolescence, 100,000 items that would otherwise be lost forever have been digitised across a range of tape formats spanning video’s 60 year history.


Thanks to National Lottery funding and the support of Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, thousands of these newly digitised moving image stories are now exclusively available to view on BFI Replay in UK-wide public lending libraries. technology to create a new national portrait in 2022.

PLEASE NOTE: BFI Replay can only be accessed from library computers at the following sites

Lewisham Library, Catford Library, Downham Library, The Library at Deptford Lounge

BFI Replay


Screenshot from BFI Replay Site