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My not-so sporting weekend (so far)

Come the weekend and no doubt like many sport (but not betting) obsessed Brits yesterday I set my cable television controls for the Sky and BT channels – and, to be fair, also for the BBC1’s Football Focus with  Dan Walker – in search of something entertaining and/or diverting to watch. [...]

September 27, 2020 // 0 Comments

Sue McGregor

Sue MacGregor  is a hero of mine so I listened avidly to the Archive on Four on Radio 4 last Saturday for her celebration of five decades as a broadcaster. It sums up her qualities that she treated the programme as a news broadcast. She was neither bitter nor boastful. She merely recounted how she [...]

September 25, 2020 // 0 Comments

Coming to terms with Tempus Fugit

There can scarcely be a Ruster alive who missed the big event of the weekend – the seismic, life-changing news that the BBC has axed chairperson of its iconic but safe and cuddly peak-time evening sports quiz programme A Question Of Sport (Sue Barker) and its two captains (Matt Dawson and Phil [...]

September 14, 2020 // 0 Comments

A farewell to two notables

At our stage of life – it comes with the territory – brushes with mortality in one form or another attend Rusters all too often but it is fitting that today we salute two Brits whose deaths were announced on Thursday. DAME DIANA RIGG Diana Rigg will remain an iconic figure in British [...]

September 11, 2020 // 0 Comments

Cezanne/Sky Arts

Last night  the Sky Arts series featured Cezanne and his portrait exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery. Cezanne is renowned for his landscapes and still life and in art history – the bridge between nineteenth century Paysage together with Impressionism and the modernists. He is less [...]

September 8, 2020 // 0 Comments

The art of being paid your true worth

As preachers might say “My text for today is …” a report by Bhvishya Patel upon remarks chippy made by Sarah Sands, the departing editor of Radio 4’s Today programme, about the disparity in salaries between BBC presenters and other staff who contribute to programmes – see here, as appears [...]

September 7, 2020 // 0 Comments

The Truth about Franco/PBS

This PBS documentary on General Franco was thorough enough but you could see it was not made by Ken Burns as it was not nearly as even-handed as his work. The two experts most used were Franco’s biographer Paul Preston, who is resolutely anti-Franco, and the distinguished writer historian Anthony [...]

September 6, 2020 // 0 Comments

The demise of ITV and the rise of Talking Pictures

ITV has dropped out of the FTSE 500 which reflects a broadcasting company in trouble if not in crisis. Covid has ravaged advertising revenue and new productions. Britbox has not taken hold. It’s sad as ITV in its time though its local franchises like Thames produced much popular successful [...]

September 3, 2020 // 0 Comments

The Modern Garden: from Monet to Matisse

SKY ARTS continued their excellent series on exhibitions last night with this one at the Royal Academy. Gardens, like pictures of them, are intensely visual. So they work well in translation to television. The programme highlighted Monet and his garden at Giverny. A few years ago in Paris I made [...]

August 25, 2020 // 0 Comments

Bayern 1 PSG 0

You can pretty much know in advance that when the pundits talk in advance of a goal fest in a Champions League final it will be a cagey affaire. And so it proved. Only one goal divided the teams. In a game of few opportunities Bayern’s keeper Manuel Neuer – mainly with his right leg – [...]

August 24, 2020 // 0 Comments

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