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  • DEAR SAJID JAVID by Toby Miller

    Please accept this column as my application to become the next Chair of the British Broadcasting Corporation’s Trust. I know the monarch ultimately makes such decisions, but between you and me, I believe you have a part to play.
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  • FOR THE LOVE OF 'FOR THE LOVE OF CARS' by Simon Brown

    I first became interested in cars when I was four. That year my father got his first company car, an Austin Maxi. I can’t remember too much about it but it was brown inside and out (it was the 1970s after all), had leather seats which I stuck to in hot we
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  • MAKING TELEVISION STRANGE by Christine Geraghty

    I thought this time I would take a moment to reflect on some of the ideas generated by three recent CST blogs: TEACHING TELEVISION: WHERE DO I START? by Elke Weissmann, THE PLACE OF THE PROGRAMME IN TELEVISION TEACHING by Catherine Johnson TRUE DETECTIVE
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  • MAD MEN FATIGUE AND THE OBSTINACY OF ART TV by Gary Edgerton

    Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner had little idea of what exactly he wanted to do after graduation as he began his senior year at Wesleyan University in August 1986. He wrote poetry in college and thought he might get into publishing or work for a magazine.
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  • CHALLENGED ALLOTMENTS by John Ellis

    BBC2’s Big Allotment Challenge pushes the TV challenge format to breaking point. This six-part series pits nine contestant pairs against each other each week in three contests: growing a prize specimen; arranging a bouquet; preparing or preserving their
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  • ANGEL REMEMBERED 10 YEARS ON by Stacey Abbott

    Ten years is not very long in the immortal life of a vampire – with or without a soul – but in the life, or afterlife, of a television series, it feels like an eternity. It is therefore with heavy heart that I note that it has been ten years since the en
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  • WHEN TELEVISION ARRIVES by Toby Miller

    Fifty years ago this weekend, BBC2 began, with a technological fiasco. Everything that could go wrong, did, from power supply to headline reading. These were the days when signals were routinely interrupted, aerials regularly required agile tweaking, and
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  • TRUE DETECTIVE AND PRACTICAL CRITICISM by Jason Jacobs

    I was pleased to see Anthony Smith and CST finally engage last week with what I’ve described elsewhere as the televisual equivalent of Manet’s Le déjeuner sur l'herbe: True Detective. I agree with much of what Smith says about the pleasures of what he cal
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  • DOT COTTON, DEATH AND COMMUNITY IN EASTENDERS by Christine...

    For those not familiar with EastEnders, the last few months may nevertheless have yielded glimpses of Dot Cotton via the actress, June Brown, who has played since July 1985 and who has been publicising her autobiography. Most memorable of her publicity in
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  • THE CARRIE DIARIES: FROM TEENAGE VIRGIN IN THE SUBURBS TO...

    It is ten years since the final episode of HBO’s hugely popular series, Sex and the City (1998 – 2004) aired.
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