‘The Birth of Television’

5th November 2016

To round off a few days devoted to the 80th anniversary of the start of the BBC television service from Alexandra Palace, here's how the BBC marked the 40th anniversary. This lavish programme, produced by Bruce Norman, includes archive material, more

Television’s first King Lear

12th October 2016

Tonight RSC Live from Stratford-upon-Avon broadcasts Gregory Doran's production of King Lear with Antony Sher in the title role. If we can achieve something of what we got in the second camera rehearsal yesterday, then I think it will more

Pure television

4th September 2016

Among many other excellent activities, my friend and colleague Luke McKernan, who is Lead Curator, News and Moving Image at the British Library, curates the invaluable Picturegoing website. As the site succinctly explains, 'Picturegoing is an ongoing survey reproducing eyewitness more

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