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About Bernadette Angell

After cutting her journalistic teeth in Boston USA, Bernadette met and married an Englishman, whom she followed back to London. Two decades and three children later, they divorced. She now occupies herself as a freelance writer (credits include television soaps and radio plays) and occasional amateur gardener. More Posts

The World on Fire

We are now into the third episode. Thank goodness the weakest element of the narrative, Paris has been dropped. The plot is heading forward on all fronts. The brother of Lois the singer has joined the navy and is chasing down on HMS Exeter the pocket battleship the Graf Spee into the River Plate. [...]

October 14, 2019 // 0 Comments

World on Fire/ Episode 2

With one major reservation I am hooked on this series, morphing from shall-I-watch-it to what-will-happen next? There are four plot lines in Warsaw, Berlin England and Paris and my major reservation is that Warsaw’s is much the most gripping and the Paris one rather pedestrian. The Warsaw section [...]

October 9, 2019 // 0 Comments

World on Fire/BBC1

This new drama did achieve its principal aim of making me watch the second episode and possibly the series but I had reservations. It begins in Manchester in 1939 at a fascist rally in which anti fascists Harry Chase (Jonah Hauer-King ) and his working class girlfriend (Julie Brown) are attacked by [...]

October 1, 2019 // 0 Comments

Another fading branch of the Establishment

The vexed issue of the future of public service broadcasting in the UK seems to be back on the agenda. Hard on the heels of, firstly, the findings of the BBC’s own internal complaints executive that Newsnight presenter Emily Maitlis had been too ‘persistent and personal’ to the point of [...]

September 25, 2019 // 0 Comments

The Reunion/ Radio 4

It’s good to see The Reunion back on the Radio 4 airwaves. Superbly presented by Sue McGregor it revisits an incident or event of the not too distant past with the key characters recollecting and in some cases still arguing. This week was Death On the Rock, when the SAS killed some IRA men in [...]

August 30, 2019 // 0 Comments

The Blitz: Britain on Fire

When this three part series on the Luftwaffe’s devastating May 1941 raids on Liverpool began with veteran BBC presenter Michael Buerk flanked by a much younger Angellica Bell and unshaven Rob Bell my heart dropped. Was this going to be yet another war time story put though the blender of youth [...]

May 31, 2019 // 0 Comments

Riviera/Deutschland 86

Riviera with 2.3m viewers in the first series was Sky Atlantic’s most successful output and the second one much hyped and promoted. I was so disappointed by last night’s that after 40 minutes I gave up on it. It’s a Harold Robbins novel with a Gallic portion of Dynasty. It’s a peek at the [...]

May 24, 2019 // 0 Comments

Great Lives/Radio 4

One of my favourite radio programmes is Great Lives, well presented by ex-Tory politician Mathew Parris. The format is one person advocates a great life and an expert supplies further detail. Like most of programmes on the BBC these days it has been railroaded and become a feminist platform. [...]

May 8, 2019 // 0 Comments

Deutschland 86

After Das Boot comes the sequel to Deutschland 83. This centres on the need of East Germany for foreign currency. A shady arms deal is set up and carried out by Lenora Rauch (Maria Schrader) and her nephew Martin (Jonas Ray). This takes place in South Africa in 1986 and Angola with filming there. [...]

March 24, 2019 // 0 Comments

The ABC murders

Agatha Christie and Hercule Poirot purists might well have been offended by this edgy, dark representation and John Malkovich’s portrayal of the Belgian detective but thank goodness writer Sarah Phelps stayed faithful to the plot line as it’s an intriguing mystery. The normal Christie [...]

December 29, 2018 // 0 Comments

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