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Worthy recollections of WW1

In the early 1960s, the BBC made a documentary series called The Great War. Last week, on BBC2, as part of its WW1 centenary commemorations, the corporation put out a programme called I Was There: The Great War Interviews, featuring WW1 veterans talking about their experiences, many of them coming [...]

March 19, 2014 // 0 Comments

A lady who lived life to the full

It was announced yesterday that Clarissa Dickson Wright had died, aged 66. Although I shall leave full appreciations of her life to the media obituary writers, I noted that in the piece by Quentin Letts in the Daily Mail today that – according to Who’s Who – her recreations were listed as [...]

March 18, 2014 // 0 Comments

A glitch a day keeps the listener awake

As a habitual night-owl, I tend to spend the wee hours drinking black coffee whilst sitting at my computer and listening to the radio on my stereo earphones. Just occasionally, on Radio Five Live’s Up All Night [0100 to 0500 hours] show an historic news item breaks … or some unexpectedly [...]

March 12, 2014 // 0 Comments

It wouldn’t have happened in my day …

The technical quality of BBC television programme production has been plummeting this week and you don’t have to be a telly insider to notice it. On Thursday evening, the distinctly average The One Show on (BBC1, weekdays at 7.00pm) – a programme whose audience consists mostly of people [...]

March 8, 2014 // 0 Comments

The pitfalls of cause and effect

As an unhealthily-devoted television watcher, my sphere of interest does not normally extend to police procedural drama series – still less those of the currently-fashionable, high-class, Danish and Scandinavian origin. In that sense, I happily bow to my superiors who contribute to the National [...]

March 3, 2014 // 0 Comments

An underwhelming BAFTAs evening

I’m scarcely one to talk, as these days I rarely watch films – the last two I have seen in the cinema have been Formula One-related (the outstanding 2010 documentary Senna and 2013’s drama-documentary Rush) and this despite the fact I don’t even like motor racing – but, having [...]

February 18, 2014 // 0 Comments

Give me strength!

The newspapers today are full of the news that the BBC has received over 300 complaints about their commentators’ performance at the Women’s Slopestyle Final at the Sochi Olympic Games, during which Jenny Jones became Great Britain’s first-ever medallist on snow at a Winter Olympics. [...]

February 11, 2014 // 0 Comments

Waiting for the tide of political correctness to go out

This week we learn that the BBC Trust has ordered its programme commissioners and makers to increase female representation on comedy show panels and the like – see today here, on the website of THE GUARDIAN Please pardon me for being male, old and set in my ways, but this sort of [...]

February 9, 2014 // 0 Comments

You won’t catch me doing that!

Yesterday I made a personal breakthrough of a kind. Being a television sports addict – and faced with a Saturday schedule including Liverpool v Arsenal at lunchtime, followed by two Six Nations matches fascinating in prospect – I had made a deliberate strategic decision to avoid all coverage of [...]

February 9, 2014 // 0 Comments


Yesterday I went  to the Truman Brewery in Shoreditch for a symposium on Nordic drama. It was extremely well-attended, which reflects the popularity of The Killing, Borgen and The Bridge. Unfortunately the organisation bordered on the shambolic, which prompted me to say to one rude event hostess [...]

February 3, 2014 // 0 Comments

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