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Everything has structure or it has nothing

Anyone who has ever worked in the creative industries, most specifically theatre, film or television, gains some understanding of the importance of ‘structure’ in presenting the fruits of their labours to the public audience in an entertaining fashion. Novels, plays and television pieces [...]

January 31, 2014 // 0 Comments

Britain’s Great War

I trust our regular National Rust readers – 57,000 per day, according to the latest figures – will forgive me beginning this review of the first episode of BBC’s first World War One centenary offerings, Jeremy Paxman’s Britain’s Great War series [BBC1, 9.00pm Monday 27th January], with a [...]

January 28, 2014 // 0 Comments

Just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse

Back in the days when – unravaged by the cumulative effects of time, drink, drugs, sloth and dementia – I still had the brain power to surprise even myself with my intelligence and improvised perspicacity, I once travelled to Canada to attend a family wedding. One evening, drinking beers with [...]

January 27, 2014 // 0 Comments

Watching the Detective

The second series of The Bridge is as compelling as the first, largely because of the performance of Sofia Helin as Saga Loren of the Malmo County Police, as she unfailingly answers her mobile. Her autism was well discussed in the Daily Telegraph here – FROM SHERLOCK TO THE BRIDGE I cannot [...]

January 22, 2014 // 0 Comments


To commemorate the 10th anniversary of the passing of Brian Johnston, Johnners to one and all,  Radio 4 Extra had a three hour programme presented by Rory Bremner. It’s doubtful in today’s diverse BBC that Etonian Johnners, with his stink bombs in the tuck box mentality, would have [...]

January 19, 2014 // 0 Comments

Sherlock revisited

Last night was my first opportunity to sit down and watch my recording of the final episode (His Last Vow) of the BBC1 series Sherlock, which – as regular visitors to the National Rust website will know – I failed to review on Monday as intended. This was because, during its original [...]

January 15, 2014 // 0 Comments

Mea culpa, Sherlock fans

My schedule yesterday, planned well in advance, always included me settling down with my partner in front of the television at 8.30pm – if not before – to watch the final episode of three in the latest Sherlock television series broadcast on BBC1. Having gone for a jog shortly after [...]

January 13, 2014 // 0 Comments

Keeping it all to yourself is not necessarily best

Just over a decade ago, I worked for a media company that had been built from nothing by a single-minded, not to say singular, lady. I was hired specifically to improve its profitability – indeed revive it from just having lost a significant amount in its most recent set of accounts – and [...]

January 6, 2014 // 0 Comments

Another log on the WW1 fire

In my personal view the Blackadder project, which began to be funny with the Elizabethan series 2, really hit its stride with series 3 – set in the Regency period, with Hugh Laurie outstanding as the Prince Regent himself. Before that I had watched it more for the aristocracy of its [...]

January 6, 2014 // 0 Comments

Sherlock (2) – gotcha!

Last night (Sunday 5th January) after dinner I sat down with the family to watch the second episode of the new Sherlock series, The Sign of Three, at 8.30pm. On this occasion my intention was not to review it, but simply enjoy it for whatever it was. Whether that had a bearing on my reaction,  I [...]

January 6, 2014 // 0 Comments

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