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Film and television eResources

Box of Broadcasts

We provide access to Box of Broadcasts – an ‘on demand’ TV and radio service for education, provided by the British Universities Film and Video Council’s ‘Learning on Screen’ services. It allows staff and students at Durham University (through our ERA licence) to stream and record programmes from over 65 free-to-air channels and to search an archive of over 2 million broadcasts.

To find out more, you can read our blog post or visit their website and see what you can find!

DULib curated playlists

Looking to unwind, learn something new or watch something entertaining? Why not take a look at our curated playlists available on Box of Broadcasts for a variety of films and television programmes available at your fingertips (Durham University login is required).

Sit down with an old favourite

Head off on a journey

Discover books, poets and authors

Relax to soothing TV

Explore arts and culture

Learn about something new

BFI Player

BFI Player is a video on demand service from the British Film Institute streaming acclaimed, landmark and archive films. The focus is on British and European independent films, as well as international releases. It reflects the BFI’s wider cultural mission, complementing its seasonal programming of its UK venues, film distribution and DVD/Blu-ray publishing strands.

BFI player is available via our library catalogue, Discover, but please note that users are required to create an individual account either via Discover or by going to

Sight and Sound: Greatest films of all time 2022

BFI's Sight and Sound Magazine have just released their highly anticipated poll of the greatest films of all time.

Once every ten years, Sight and Sound magazine asks the most respected names in the business for a census of cinema’s best. Now a major bellwether of critical opinion on cinema, this year’s edition (its eighth) is the largest ever, with 1,639 participating critics, programmers, curators, archivists and academics each submitting their top ten ballot.

A number of the films included in the 100 greatest films of all time list are available to watch with your BFI Player subscription, including the #1 film.

You can access the collection through their website.