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  • HOLIDAYS ARE COMING, HOLIDAYS ARE COMING, AT LEAST...

    With Christmas being my favourite time of year, I look forward to the supplanting of my post-Halloween blues with the slow build up of festive red, green and gold iconography, images of snowy mountains, shop displays of Christmas cards and faux-wrapped pr
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  • POPPIES AND THE PASSING BELLS: REMEMBERING WWI ON...

    One thing is for sure: World War 1 is not going to disappear from our screens any time soon. It’s there on all channels from CBBBs and BBC3 to ITV and the more specialist Discovery and History channels. The BBC has entered into full public service mode wi
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  • KEEPING IT REAL: SOME GIRLS, RECEPTION AND AUTHENTICITY IN...

    I want to talk about Some Girls. Some Girls is a teen comedy on BBC Three about four 16 year old girls (as they begin the first series) who attend the Greenshoots Academy in South London, all play for the school football team and live on local estates. It
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  • WHY WE SHOULD CARE ABOUT WHO MAKES THE BBC's PROMOTIONAL...

    In July 2014 the BBC announced that it would be ending its exclusive promo production deal with Red Bee Media when the contract runs in December 2015. Since 2005 Red Bee Media have been producing the majority of the BBC’s promotion and marketing content,
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  • SPACE AND PERFORMANCE: GERRY AND SYLVIA ANDERSON'S 1960s...

    Gerry and Sylvia Anderson began making puppet series for British television in the 1950s, and by the end of the 1960s, their company had made Supercar, Fireball XL5, Stingray, Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons and Joe 90. Anderson’s last pup
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  • PAST TELEVISION MATTERS: HYPERLOCAL MEMORIES OF DENNIS...

    This year has marked the 20th anniversary since the death of an important British television screenwriter, Dennis Potter. The BFI has commemorated Potter and his work through scheduling a complete back catalogue re-screening of his oeuvre with talks and p
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  • IS THIS THE END FOR BBC PRODUCTION? by John Ellis

    Tony Hall has proposed a momentous change as part of his plan to take the BBC through charter renewal after next May’s general election. He has proposed that BBC production should be completely separated from BBC Broadcasting, and should lose its current
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  • HMMMM HANNIBAL ... by Stacey Abbott

    In deciding what to blog about this week, I was met by a confluence of events. I have recently visited Florence for the first time and in addition to the city’s beautiful architecture and wondrous history of Renaissance art, I was confronted by a series
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  • THE NEW BLACK: TATIANA MASLANY AND TV ACTING by Lorna Jowett

    Canadian TV series Orphan Black (2013-) recently reached the end of its second season. The series airs on Space in Canada, BBC America in the US and BBC Three in the UK, as well as in other countries, and has been a flagship show for all three named netwo
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  • WHEN SUPERNATURAL GOES TO HELL by Simon Brown

    The UK broadcast of Supernatural has gone all to hell. I, like many others, was deeply disappointed by the news that Sky Living will not be showing season nine, which has just completed its broadcast in the US on the CW. At the time of writing there are r
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