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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

Borgen still reaches the heights of drama

The new series of Borgen continues to reach and maintain a high level of drama. One of its qualities is the way it treats an issue both in discussion in the round and on the macro level of the characters. This was brilliantly achieved in episode 5 last night when the subject of prostituion w was [...]

December 1, 2013 // 0 Comments

Listening to the news as it happens

In the wee hours, as usual, I have been awake and listening to the BBC’s round-the-clock Radio Five Live. Live radio and television – or, more accurately ‘live’ broadcasting mixed with recorded items – tends to proceed as planned, and as its viewers/listeners expect, unless and until some [...]

November 30, 2013 // 0 Comments

Is Monty Python reuniting such a good idea?

We learned yesterday that the surviving members of the Monty Python team, all now in their eighth decade, are to announce this week that they are re-forming in order to produce a brand new stage show. I wonder whether I am alone in feeling rather under-whelmed by the prospect. This is to take [...]

November 20, 2013 // 0 Comments

Borgen

One of the most significant elements of the third series of  Borgen is the failure of Brtish television to produce any thing as good . After all we have the actors , scriptwriters and directors but remained locked in a time warp between soaps and costume dramas with the odd psychotic crime series [...]

November 17, 2013 // 0 Comments

Revisiting The Past

Last night I stayed up way past my bedtime, specifically to watch a heavyweight version of the Sky Sports Prizefighter format, in which eight fighters take part in a mini-tournament of three-round bouts to claim a £32,000 bounty. An added attraction was the opportunity to witness a cameo [...]

November 15, 2013 // 1 Comment

McCririck and the knacker’s yard

John McCririck, the former Channel Four racing pundit – and now losing employment tribunal ‘age discrimination’ litigant – is an acquired taste for most of us.  A deliberate eccentric in fashion sense, attitude and the social niceties, over the past three decades he had carved a [...]

November 14, 2013 // 0 Comments

POIROT

  At first sight the colossal success of Poirot is difficult to explain. The Agatha Chrisitie world of detection is long gone , the new kids on the block are the edgy Sarah Lund in The Killing and Captain Berthault in The Spiral. Softie Grabol has defined a whole new genre with her trademark [...]

November 14, 2013 // 0 Comments

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