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Time Team and the TV Shake-Up

The archaeology program Time Team, which is a bit of an institution on British TV, is going through some serious reshuffle problems as its producers and director attempt to reinvent it. What began as a way of opening up the show’s remit and explaining the sometimes confusing processes to less enlightened viewers (such as myself) … Continue reading

The Hour: Twelve Questions to Ask

It’s just ten minutes until the final episode of this drama series, and I’m acutely aware of the amount of loose ends that need to be tied up in just 60 minutes of television. I’ll bring you my report on Episodes 5 and 6 as soon as possible but, in the mean time, who do … Continue reading

The Hour: Episodes 3-4

Episode 3 A clever piece of plotting trickery leaves the audience in suspense within minutes as we open on a murder scene; it is soon revealed that we’re just part of the audience watching Adam Le Ray (Ruth Elms’ fiancee) acting in a play. Bel is keen to point out that Le Ray doesn’t appear … Continue reading

The Hour, Episodes 1-2

[Images taken from Digital Spy, BBC on Youtube and ComicsBulletin.com]. I was really impressed by the first two episodes of this six-part series, which had been given the unfortunate label of the ‘British version of Mad Men’ to live up to. I don’t think that this is an entirely fair comparison, as The Hour can … Continue reading

Stop the casual sexism, please

Apologies for the lack of blogging – I’ve been preparing for a trip to Bristol this weekend. Rest assured, I will be back to normal soon. In the mean time, I wanted to leave you with this thought, from Jeff Stelling on Countdown (Channel 4, 21st July). Whilst discussing university and degrees with Rachael Riley, … Continue reading

The Hour – the trailer alone is worth watching

Exploring the heady world of current affairs in 1956 England, The Hour is a new BBC drama about, well, the BBC. We follow reporters Bel (Romola Garai, last seen in The Crimson Petal and the White) and Freddie (Ben Whishaw, Bright Star) as they try to forge a career in the newsroom that makes the … Continue reading

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