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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

The PC advance continues …

Just as the human condition defines our view of the world, so does our stage of life. It’s not so much a case of “Stop the world I want to get off!” but the fact that – as we reach the cusp of adulthood – our backgrounds and circumstances determine our [...]

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

The state of the world

Following the political developments upon both sides of the Pond in the media over the past week it has occurred to me that the world has progressed well beyond the dismissive clichéd truism “You couldn’t make it up”. A combination of ‘Fake News’, the hysterical and embarrassing [...]

September 28, 2019 // 0 Comments


I saw and read both sides of the argument yesterday in the Rust. The BBC has lost direction and as often happens where there is an impasse a dominating but not necessarily representative group appears, in this case the sisterhood. Virtually every arts programme has a feminist contributor who does [...]

September 26, 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

Inside Aldi/ Channel 5

Last night I watched a fascinating documentary on the German – but now international – supermarket chain Aldi. In 1946 Frau Albrecht opened a food store in Essen and her two sons Karl and Theo took the basic model of making the food sold as cheap as possible and turned this into a [...]

August 27, 2019 // 0 Comments

Fake or Fortune

It’s good to see Fake or Fortune back on our screens – not on Sundays at 8.00pm but Thursday evening at 9.00 pm. Its formula of the investigation into whether a painting is genuine or not clearly attracts the viewing public. It’s a bit contrived with the informal chats between presenter [...]

August 3, 2019 // 0 Comments

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