In the midst of the hysteria surrounding the TV series “It’s A Sin”, many articles have been published about what gay life was like in the 1980s. Supposedly… In those days many of us gay men were out and proud and we didn’t seem to face much homophobia personally. If we did, we tended to […]
It’s 20 years since the broadcast of the first episode of Queer As Folk on Channel 4. I shot these photographs later that year as the crew filmed the final episode of the second series on Canal Street in Manchester. As they did,the weather changed and there was a tremendous rain shower. On location on […]
An example of how the BBC is fiddling with the archive episodes of Top of the Pops that are being shown on BBC4 currently and effectively rewriting history in a way. Maybe to save itself from perceived “embarrassment” more than anyone else? This one is from 25 July 1985. Originally it starts with Gary Davies […]
Miss Marple lives in the fictional village of St. Mary Mead. The house used as a location in the 1980s BBC series is on Five Bells Lane in Nether Wallop, Hampshire. Was the building next to Miss Marple’s house a shop at the time of filming or ever a shop? Perhaps it was all a […]
Ken Loach made the keynote speech at the 54th BFI London Film Festival. He said television has become the ‘enemy of creativity’. Update (Sep 2018): the video is no longer available on the BFI’s YouTube page.
The BBC Archive has put together a terrific page with 30 audio and video recordings about the ‘gay rights’ movement. They span more than 40 years — from 1957 to 2009. Quite a number are complete programmes that are more than 25 minutes long. What a great resource.
Bea Arthur, who starred in the US television sitcom The Golden Girls has died of cancer at the age of 86. As well as winning an Emmy for The Golden Girls and an earlier sitcom Maude, Bea Arthur won a Tony for the musical Mame. In Britain The Golden Girls was something of a gay […]