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Thoughts upon the word of news – and vaginas

One aspect of the universality of social media and the internet is that it has not just broken the mould of what used to be the traditional (and for ages presumed unchangeable) means of news dissemination but actually blow the whole world of news information and human interaction wide-open. For [...]

February 20, 2019 // 0 Comments

Das Boot and Sky Arts “Discovering”

I watched the next two episodes of Das Boot on catch up. Both engrossed me sufficiently to intend to watch the rest of the series. One of the attractions of modern television is the importing of the European production. These begun with The Killing and followed with other Scanda Noir like The [...]

February 15, 2019 // 0 Comments

Fings don’t always seem what they are, or used ter be …

Having briefly worked in television I’m broadly aware of the ‘tricks of the trade’ – real or imagined – because, of course, in broadcasting (as in every aspect of life) very little is actually what it seems. Or perhaps that should read ‘necessarily what it seems’. Whether it’s a [...]

February 11, 2019 // 0 Comments

Das (re)Boot

War films are a particular favourite of mine. They normally combine a fine director with a strong cast and action sequences. Although necessarily dealing with past events they also reflect the times in which they are made. Zulu, for example, made in 1964 reflects the anti-war sentiment of the times [...]

February 8, 2019 // 0 Comments

The subjectivity and sincerity of different views

For my sins, yesterday I happened to watch a segment of Good Morning Britain, ITV’s early morning show anchored by Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid in which some advance relish Morgan took on an elected member of the Scottish Parliament – and the Scottish Greens spokesman on Europe – named Ross [...]

January 30, 2019 // 0 Comments

Sporting broadcasting standards

A discussion we often have amongst our sporting Rusters is whether we grew up in a golden age of sporting commentators with the likes of Peter O’Sullivan, Bill MacLaren, David Coleman, Brian Johnston and Jonn Arlott, wordsmiths with mellifluous voices who knew their sport. It’s a difficult one [...]

January 26, 2019 // 0 Comments

A storm in a tea cup? Possibly yes and no …

Today, with an admitted smidgeon of nervousness, I step into the recent row that has blown up in the media and elsewhere over the BBC’s alleged biased and unfair treatment of Diane Abbott, Labour’s shadow home secretary, upon the BBC’s staple Question Time programme, which was recently hosted [...]

January 22, 2019 // 0 Comments

History as bunk (or maybe not)

It inevitably comes with the territory that dramatic depictions of historical figures and events have a tenuous relationship with the actualité. On several levels there is nothing particularly bizarre in that statement if you think about it. Let’s begin with the fact that virtually all dramatic [...]

January 4, 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

Sunday Supplement/ Sky

Like many I am a keen fan of the Andrew Marr Show on Sunday. He examines the crucial issues with the big political players. So I was disappointed yesterday to see no programme. My telly was set on SKY Main Event which was broadcasting the programme Sunday Supplement. It must have been a good 15 [...]

December 24, 2018 // 0 Comments

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