So this is television – in 1948

2nd May 2016

Among the books that I collect and cherish are early publications about television. Anything from before about 1960 qualifies as 'early', but volumes from the 1930s and 1940s are especially interesting. So I was particularly pleased on a visit to Whitstable on Sunday more

Alicia for President

30th April 2016

Whisper it softly but the best drama on American television - or should that be television tout court? - is about to come to an end. Depending on quite how far along you are on More4 this side of the Atlantic, more

Stage to screen workshop in Nottingham

27th April 2016

I'm very much looking forward to this workshop on Saturday in Nottingham. The event is free but do please register online if you would like to attend - there are just a few places left. I hope there will be plenty of more

Baird experiments with an eye

9th April 2016

I am fascinated by the history of early experiments towards television, including those made by one of the key pioneers John Logie Baird. One of the strangest tales that I have just been reminded of in my reading today concerns more

The West Wing for real

8th April 2016

Given the dismal state of television criticism in this country, I guess I should not be surprised that BBC Two's Inside Obama's White House has not attracted more thoughtful attention than it appears to have done to date. For the Guardian Mark more

Russell redux

29th March 2016

Just released on DVD and Blu-ray by BFI Publishing are two sets of dramatised biographies made by Ken Russell at the BBC in the 1960s. The Great Composers contains Elgar (1962), The Debussy Film (1965) and Delius: Song of more