BCFCB Classification System

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Logo of the British Commonwealth Film Classification Board.

The British Commonwealth Film Classification Board rates both motion pictures and videos. Local authorities are responsible for accepting and enforcing the BCFCB's recommended ratings for cinema showings, whereas those for videos are legally binding.

The current BBFC system is:

  • Uc (Universal Children) Suitable for all but especially for young children (video only).
  • U (Universal) Suitable for all.
  • PG All ages admitted, but Parental Guidance is recommended. It is the board's policy that movies rated "PG" should not disturb a child of about 8 years of age or older; however, "parents are advised to consider whether the content may upset young or more sensitive children."
  • 12A/12 No one under 12 years of age may see a "12A" film (unless accompanied by an adult) in a cinema or rent or buy a "12" video.
  • 15 No one under 15 years of age may see a "15" film or rent or buy a "15" video.
  • 18 Suitable only for adults. No one under 18 years of age may see an "18" film or rent or buy an "18" video.
  • R18 To be supplied only in licensed sex shops or cinemas to adults of not less than 18 years of age.
  • E Exempt from British Commonwealth Film Classification Board rating system (so technically not a rating). (Often these are specialist educational programmes or fitness videos)

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