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Agatha Christie’s Marple

Few programmes better illustrate the class divide between critic and viewer than Poirot or Marple. These are rarely reviewed in the high brow arts programmes but their popularity remains undimmed. Agatha Christie is not rated as a writer though her works are read by more people than any literary [...]

December 30, 2013 // 0 Comments

So much for the ‘good old days’ …

I’m spending a few days with my ancient father, which necessarily means, as regards the television schedules, that old favourites are more of a priority than what might be termed ‘the shock of the new’. I see today that Mrs Brown’s Boys, which I find hilarious, has come out top of the [...]

December 27, 2013 // 0 Comments

Gary Barlow: Journey to Afghanistan (ITV 23rd December)

You haven’t asked me, but if you did, I would probably classify myself as coming from the traditional, reserved, stiff upper lip-style school of Englishman. Not quite incapable of emotion or sentiment but, being possessed of huge stocks of control, the sort of chap who would not easily share his [...]

December 25, 2013 // 0 Comments

It happens, sometimes …

Just occasionally, and not often – when tuned to the television or radio broadcasting media – the viewer or listener gains the sense that he or she is being exposed to something ‘live’ on air which might possible later make a news story of its own. I’ve had two such examples in [...]

December 24, 2013 // 0 Comments

The Great Train Robbery- the Coppers Tale

The second part was only marginally better than the first, largely because of the fine acting of Jim Broadbent. This episode took the drama over to the police investigation, headed up DST Tommy Butler of the Flying Squad. It adopted the irritating, narrational style of the first episode, which [...]

December 20, 2013 // 0 Comments

The Great Train Robbery – A Robber’s Tale

The Great Train Robbery which has passed into lore was flawed and botched. Billy Hill, the leading figure in the post war underworld associated with the more successful Eastcastle St post office raid in which  no one was ever charged, would not touch it. He considered there were too many on the [...]

December 19, 2013 // 0 Comments

Test Match Special

For those who find 8 hours of continuous sleep elusive Test Match Special (TMS) is a boon with the Ashes continuing all through the night. Neither its format nor type of characters have changed much over the years. Brian Johnston ” Johnners “,  full of public school japery, is now [...]

December 14, 2013 // 0 Comments

TV Review: Robbie Williams – One Night At The Palladium

With our days of gallivanting about as the weekend begins long disappeared in the rear-view mirror, our normal Friday practice these days is to devour a ready-made TV dinner at 7.00pm and settle in for an indulgent evening of viewing in front of the fire with the children. Here there is no doubt [...]

December 7, 2013 // 0 Comments

Obituary – Stan Stennett

Stan Stennett – actor, comedian and pantomime star – died last week, aged eighty-eight. Every career path, every vocation, known to man is full of people trying to make a living and, in one sense, show business is no different to any other. It attracts the full range of human character: [...]

December 2, 2013 // 0 Comments

Fox v BBC

Listening to the excellent radio 4 arts programme Saturday Review, I was rather shocked at Deborah Moggach’s side swipe at FOX as hideous. My American broadcasting friends are appalled by the BBC Jimmy Savile cover up. If it was a a shareholding company like Fox it would be sued to pieces. I [...]

December 1, 2013 // 0 Comments

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