Sound and vision

8th October 2014

Collective self-portraits from the BBC are always compelling. And that's exactly what the new video for BBC Music is, even as it features an all-star cast singing the 1966 Beach Boys hit 'God Only Knows'. There's already some good analysis more

Reprise: Art and artists on pre-war television

22nd January 2013

In another post from the blog's archive (previously published on 17 July 2010) I take a look at the visual arts on BBC Television between 1936 and 1939. I was reminded of this because I am teaching again at the more

A pantomime of errors (in 1947)

21st December 2012

This seasonal post is an edited version of one that I wrote last year for the blog of the research project about theatre plays on British television, Screen Plays. I hope it is sufficiently entertaining to bear repeating here. What more

‘How many ages hence…’ [day 9]

2nd May 2012

'... Shall this our lofty scene be acted over In states unborn and accents yet unknown?' There is a slate-grey sky over the Edgware Road this morning. But at least it's not raining. Inside the location the sparks have hung out to more