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About Bernadette Angell

After cutting her journalistic teeth in Boston USA, Bernadette met and married an Englishman, whom she followed back to London. Two decades and three children later, they divorced. She now occupies herself as a freelance writer (credits include television soaps and radio plays) and occasional amateur gardener. More Posts

World on Fire/BBC 1

In best Rust traditions we review a series after – not before – the final episode. The drama is set in 1941 and there are several independent plot lines. (1) Robina (Lesley Manville) is a snobbish, bossy Englishwoman of a certain type who has billeted with her Kasia, the Polish lover [...]

August 24, 2023 // 0 Comments

Combating the Lockdown/Poirot

I am no admirer of Boris Johnson but I will concede that – in having to deal with three seemingly contradictory Covid issues, namely the risk to physical health, its economic consequences and the mental consequences of locking the population up – he was on new ground for a Prime [...]

August 7, 2023 // 0 Comments

A spy among friends/An Englishman Abroad

The title A Spy Among Friends gives it away. The theme of this ITV drama is that the escape of Kim Philby, the MI5 counter operation chief working for the KGB, was facilitated by his chum Nick Elliott and all part of a public school fellowship. The gritty Anna Maxwell Martin, a Northeasterner not [...]

July 16, 2023 // 0 Comments

Ten pound Poms

I saw the last episode of this drama last Sunday and enjoyed it. To a certain extent it rounded things off to another it left matters open as the director and producer James  Brockenhurst and cast must surely hope for a second series. It deserves it but there may not be enough for the [...]

June 24, 2023 // 0 Comments

Ten Pound Poms

My late parents knew an eccentric travel agent who was involved in the £10 scheme to attract white British people to Australia. I can recall a visit to the docks to see sad faced immigrants rejecting one life for another. This was the force behind BBC One’s latest drama. It featured one family [...]

May 16, 2023 // 0 Comments

Grace and The Gold

One detective series ended and another began last Sunday with ostensibly little in common. Both reflected how police investigations have changed, illustrating the ways the police go about their business. In Grace the detective invented by crime writer Peter James has to investigate assaults on lone [...]

March 21, 2023 // 0 Comments

Fauda/4th series

My partner Joanna aptly calls is “Foul Up” as the Elite Israeli defence unit headed up by Dorian – once the bodyguard of Arnold Schwarzenegger – goes into its fourth series. They always seem to mess up. Audacity meets chaos (the actual translation of Fauda) which makes for good [...]

January 24, 2023 // 0 Comments


Whilst I enjoyed this three-part series broadcast over 3 nights on ITV, there are two problems with this genre. Firstly, they require not much writing creativity as you already have a story with characters and secondly, how can you differentiate between what is fact and what is faction? Apparently [...]

January 5, 2023 // 0 Comments

The White Lotus

The White Lotus is now finished and the identity of body in the sea which opened episode one revealed. You could discern who it was in the last gripping 30 minutes but there were enough red herrings to keep you on the edge of the seat. That said, by general consent, the first series set in Hawaii [...]

December 15, 2022 // 0 Comments

White Lotus

White Lotus is a bit like peaches and cream, at first delectable but less tasty after a while. It’s probably meant to be watched in a binge stream. My old-fashioned approach is to watch it weekly at 9-00pm on Mondays after Mastermind and University Challenge.   I am now into episode 7 and Tom [...]

November 30, 2022 // 0 Comments

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