The British Board of Film Classification is responsible for making sure that films have proper age-ratings.
Films at the cinema, on DVD and video are all given an age-rating:
The BBFC was set up by the film industry in 1912 and has been responsible for video since 1985.
- U - Universal, suitable for all
- PG - Parental Guidance, some scenes may be unsuitable for some children
- 12 - No-one younger than 12 may rent or buy a '12' rated video.
- 12A (cinemas only) - No-one younger than 12 may see a '12A' film in a cinema unless with an adult
- 15 - No-one younger than 15 may see a '15' film in a cinema. No-one younger than 15 may rent or buy a '15' rated video.
- 18 - No-one younger than 18 may see an '18' film in a cinema. No-one younger than 18 may rent or buy an '18' rated video.
The Board's decisions can be over-ruled by local councils, but this doesn't happen very often.