Netflix has become the first streaming service in the world to have 26 of its TV series and films preserved in the BFI National Archive collection.
Shows such as Bridgerton, Heartstopper and Top Boy will be digitally preserved for generations to come, said the BFI.
Over the next five years hundreds of Netflix UK productions deemed to be culturally significant and selected by BFI curators will be preserved in the BFI National Archive’s digital preservation infrastructure as part of the UK’s national collection of film, television and the moving image, added the organisation.
“This is a historic moment for us as Netflix becomes the first streamer to have its productions included in a national collection,” said Anna Mallett, Netflix vice president, production – EMEA, UK and APAC. “Our mission has always been to bring joy to our members, and I’m delighted that our productions are representative of British culture and will live alongside iconic British productions dating from the silent era to the present day.”
“The BFI National Archive began collecting television in the 1950s and currently works in partnership with public service broadcasters to preserve programmes in its role as the National Television Archive,” added Arike Oke, BFI director of knowledge and collections. “We are so excited to bring a selection of Netflix’s fantastic UK productions into the national collection, they are a testament to Netflix’s investment in telling UK stories and bringing UK talent to a worldwide audience, capturing our contemporary times. This is a real milestone for the BFI National Archive and gives us a historical record for audiences in decades to come.”