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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

Reviewing the reviews of the Pale Horse

I  am going “off piste” by, instead of starting with my own review of Sunday night dramatisation of Agatha Christie’s The Pale Horse, I am examining the reviews thereof. There is a reason for this: I did not get the final scene in which Mark Easterbrook, the suave amoral antique [...]

February 17, 2020 // 0 Comments

In Our Time

Although the BBC has come in for a fair bit of stick on The Rust and elsewhere, I’m here to praise another radio programme – In Our Time on Radio 4. This is presented by Melvyn Bragg and each week a subject is examined by him and three academics. Yesterday’s subject was the French [...]

February 7, 2020 // 0 Comments

BBC & the Arts

Andrew Marr’s reputation is for the Sunday programme in which he engages the big issues of the day with an important political figure. Personally I find the show too Marr-driven. Often the sound bites are repeated in the subsequent news bulletins. However, there is more to Andrew Marr than the [...]

February 4, 2020 // 0 Comments

The Trial of Christine Keeler

I’m 3 episodes into the The Trial of Christine Keeler and am underwhelmed. Superficially it has all the elements of a powerful drama: sex, power, scandal , interesting personalities and no need to create any characters. The problem is that the story line is actually quite complex. The shooting [...]

January 8, 2020 // 0 Comments

University Challenge

We Rusters seem to have our own way of getting through the festive period and mine was University Challenge whose celebrity version of alumni appeared as contestants around 8.30 pm every evening. Following the excellent article on sit-coms I recollect and review that other staple of telly – [...]

January 7, 2020 // 0 Comments

Elizabeth is Missing /BBC1

A discussion we  often have amongst us Arts Rusters is whether a great book has ever been turned into a greater film. Neil Rosen came up with the Godfather Part One  but its hard to add to that list.  I offered up The English Patient. So the producer of Emma Healey’s fine first novel [...]

December 10, 2019 // 0 Comments

World On Fire/ Winds of War

The last episode of World on Fire was a dreadful piece of TV drama. The series lost all credibility as on one hand it was painstaking in its period detail – but on the other, because of BBC diversity policy, a significant number of parts were unrealistically created and cast to provide ethnic [...]

November 12, 2019 // 0 Comments

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

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