BBC Four have announced a brand-new weekly slot dedicated to classic dramas.

Our Friends in the North, which starred Daniel Craig, will air in BBC Four's new classic shows time slot

Our Friends in the North, which starred Daniel Craig, will air in BBC Four's new classic shows time slot

Commencing on May 25th, the broadcaster will be taking its viewers on a trip down memory lane, by showcasing programmes handpicked from the BFI’s 100 BBC Television Gamechangers list.

Among the list of shows that “changed the face of television”, which will play every Wednesday at 10pm on BBC Four, are classics such as 1996 drama 'Our Friends in the North', which starred Daniel Craig, Christopher Eccleston, Gina McKee and Mark Strong.

Other programmes set to be shown in the timeslot include 1993’s ‘Buddha of Suburbia’, 1996’s ‘Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit’, and 1982 series 'Boys From The Blackstuff', which was penned by playwright Alan Bleasdale.

The BFI’s 100 BBC Television Gamechangers was complied by the Institute’s expert team of television curators, archivists, and programmers.

Th new slot will uphold BBC’s commitment to remain as a place for specialist arts, performance, history, science, factual and music content, as well as international drama.

James Stirling, BBC 100 Executive Editor, said: “The BFI’s expert team of curators have produced a fascinating list of BBC TV programmes that have transformed broadcasting over the last 100 years, both across the UK and around the world. BBC Four will delve into the BBC’s library of rich content to share a selection of the boundary-pushing and era-defining dramas from the BFI’s list with audiences throughout the centenary year with a new Wednesday night slot.”

Lisa Kerrigan, BFI Senior Curator of Television, added: “The programmes on our list had gamechanging impacts on television itself, while also highlighting the ways in which BBC TV has changed us as a nation and beyond. The list was developed by contributors from across the BFI, and shaped by a core group of BFI TV curators and programmers, and it reflects the astounding history, variety and achievement of BBC television.”