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Chapter 13: Film on UK television – 141 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 As Table 13.4 shows, 47 foreign language films were screened on the main terrestrial channels in 2013 (2% of all films shown) down from 71 in 2012. Only two terrestrial channels broadcast foreign language titles: BBC Two showed eight films and Channel 4 showed 39 films. Table 13.4 Foreign language films broadcast on terrestrial television, 2013 Channel Number of foreign language films broadcast % of channel’s film output Average audience (million) Top foreign language film Total audience for top rated foreign language film1 (million) BBC One – – – – – BBC Two 8 2.0 0.20 The Baader Meinhof Complex 0.19 ITV – – – – – Channel 4 39 6.7 0.07 Rec2 0.22 Channel 5 – – – – – Total 47 2.36 0.08     Source: Attentional, BARB, BFI RSU analysis 1 Total audience for all transmissions for the foreign language film, on the terrestrial channel listed. Audience figures for foreign language films on terrestrial television were a lot lower in 2013 than in 2012. As Table 13.5 shows, with nearly 220,000 viewers, the top foreign language film shown on terrestrial television was Rec2, followed by Pan’s Labyrinth with just over 200,000 viewers. (The top two films in 2012, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and The Girl Who Played with Fire, had 1.2 million and 700,000 viewers respectively.) European films were the most popular with eight titles in the top 10. Table 13.5 Top 10 foreign language films1 on terrestrial television, 2013   Title Channel Country of origin Year of theatrical release Audience 1 Rec2 Channel 4 Spain 2010 219,700 2 Pan’s Labyrinth Channel 4 USA/Spa/Mex 2006 200,700 3 The Baader Meinhof Complex BBC Two Germany 2008 189,600 4 I’ve Loved You So Long BBC Two France 2008 171,800 5 Funny Games Channel 4 Austria 1998 154,700 6 Hero Channel 4 China/Hong Kong 2004 150,100 7 The Diving Bell and the Butterfly BBC Two USA/Fra 2008 148,100 8 The Last Mitterand Channel 4 France 2005 120,000 9 Charulata Channel 4 India 1964 113,600 10 2 Days in Paris BBC Two Fra/Ger 2007 105,400 Source: Attentional, BFI RSU analysis 1 Foreign language films with the highest audience figure for an individual transmission. Figure 13.2 illustrates the number of foreign language films broadcast on terrestrial television between 2004 and 2013. The number of titles has remained consistently low in comparison to the number of English language titles broadcast; after 2006 (41 films), 2013 had the second lowest number of films (47) since our records began. Channel 4 has shown the most foreign language films throughout this period.


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