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:
- 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 BBFC was set up by the film industry in 1912 and has been responsible for video since 1985.
The Board's decisions can be over-ruled by local councils, but this doesn't happen very often.