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Nordic noir

It’s extraordinary how much Scandinavia has contributed to the crime canon, whether the written book or televised drama. No one has really given a proper explanation and perhaps there is not one. I am just working through the first series of The Bridge, a new one starts tonight. One of the [...]

January 4, 2014 // 0 Comments

Sherlock – the return

Last night (Wednesday 1st January 2014), one of the biggest television ‘events’ of the entire festive season occurred when the first episode of the new series of Sherlock, the ‘brought up to date’ version of the Conan Doyle detective created by Stephen Moffat and Mark Gatiss – starring [...]

January 2, 2014 // 0 Comments

John Fortune – a talented and amusing satirist

Sad news this week that satirist John Fortune – frequent collaborator with John Bird – died over the festive period at the age of 74. For me, obituaries are a bitter-sweet opportunity to review the life and influence of a person even though – in far too many cases – by the [...]

January 2, 2014 // 0 Comments

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

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