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Tuesday 19 October 2010

‘Television has become the enemy of creativity’

Ken Loach made the keynote speech at the 54th BFI London Film Festival. He said television has become the ‘enemy of creativity’.


Filed under: The media,TV & film — GS @ 11:28 pm
Saturday 5 December 2009

Mork and Mindy’s offensive landlord

In 1978 I was a teenager and one afternoon switched on the local ITV channel — Tyne Tees — at about 5.15pm to watch the US sitcom Mork and Mindy. However I nearly fell off my chair when it turned out that the episode was all about their evil landlord who was called ‘Arnold Wanker’.

Although a Wikipedia page about the word claims that the show was severely edited by ITV when it was shown (and wrongly calls him ‘Oliver’), the word certainly wasn’t cut in the north-east. I can only imagine no one at Tyne Tees had viewed the episode before screening it!

Now like many dimly-remembered shows from years gone by it has turned up on YouTube.


Filed under: Fun,TV & film — GS @ 6:05 am
Thursday 2 April 2009

More4 News presenter attacked live on air following G20 protests

Last night as Alex Thomson presented More4 News live from the City, a man pushed his way in front of the camera. (more…)


Filed under: Photography,Politics,The media,TV & film,Video-making — GS @ 10:24 am
Sunday 1 March 2009

‘Cash-strapped BBC’ has probably never been better off

The experience of uncovering the widely misreported crowd figures at the Manchester Pride parade has given me a healthy scepticism towards anything I read in the press.

A popular theme in the news these days is that the BBC is short of cash. But this is never put into a historical context. It seems that journalists are either too lazy or over-worked to look into it in any depth. So I decided to find out for myself… (more…)


Filed under: consumer,Politics,TV & film — GS @ 2:00 am
Saturday 7 February 2009

LGBT History Month: the 1960s BBC TV series Robinson Crusoe, Lee Payant and Gordon Heath

It’s Lesbian Gay Bisexual Trans History Month.

If you grew up in Britain in the 1960s or 1970s then you probably remember the 13-part series Robinson Crusoe on BBC Television. This French production was shown many times between 1965 and the early 1980s, often during school holidays.

Featuring handsome Robert Hoffman, people remember the programme for the music, which was composed by Robert Mellin and Gian-Pero Reverberi, and for the distinctive dubbed English language narration. However most would be hard-pressed to name the actor who spoke those words and even fewer know of the love story behind the screen credit.

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Filed under: History,LGBT,TV & film — GS @ 6:14 am
Saturday 27 December 2008

Classic Colgate toothpaste ad

A marvellous Colgate toothpaste ad from the early 1980’s based on ‘Baggy Trousers’ by Madness.

And here’s a version for the US market with some of the same kids. But with every trace of Britishness and most of the Madness imagery removed it doesn’t quite ‘get it’ and ends up looking like a dog’s dinner.


Filed under: TV & film — GS @ 7:10 pm
Thursday 10 April 2008

TV drama filming, Stevenson Square, Manchester

As I passed Stevenson Square on my way home, at 5.30pm, a film crew was shooting a drama for Granada TV in the Koffee Pot cafe.

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Filed under: Manchester,TV & film — GS @ 5:21 pm
 
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