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

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