Category Archives: Television

Magical Mystery Tour – why the Beatles’ first failure is an enduring success

Critics don’t always get things right, even when they broadly agree with each other. The history of the arts in the twentieth century is littered with works which were panned, dismissed or subject to lukewarm contemporary reviews which have gone … Continue reading

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Spirit of ’58 – my first book available, 12th May

My first book is published on the 12th May 2016 by Blackstaff Press. In this age of sudden wonder where Leicester City can be crowned champions of English football it’s a timely reminder that underdogs rising to greatness is nothing … Continue reading

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Goodbye to Ceefax and Analogue TV

Technology never stands still and things nearly always move forward in the consumer world of communications for the better. Nevertheless, the final switch off of analogue television in the United Kingdom has left me a little saddened. Not only has … Continue reading

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Mr Pye DVD Review

This was actually an an unwanted DVD review for something or other and I can see why it wasn’t wanted. I disliked the series so much that I found it hard to summon up the energy to either savage it … Continue reading

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Holy Flying Circus – where BBC4 show there’s still life in Brian

In one fell swoop BBC4 has given a clear indication of its importance in the modern TV landscape by not only broadcasting an entertainingly innovative piece of drama such as Holy Flying Circus, based on the furore surrounding the release … Continue reading

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Xmas Viewing Part Two

Welcome back to Part 2 of the Xmas Viewing List and if you were largely uninspired by what is being served up this year in the days leading up to Christmas you can expect to find more disappointment as we … Continue reading

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Xmas Viewing Part One

It’s Christmas time and that brings with it various certainties: wine, shameful work parties, indigestionĀ and, most certainly of all, that sinking feeling you get after scampering home with the double issue of the Christmas Radio Times only to discover thatĀ the … Continue reading

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