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  • ANTHONY HOROWITZ ON THE HOMEFRONT by Martha P. Nochimson

    To write his television serial Foyle's War (2002--2015), Anthony Horowitz armed himself with history. Spinning tales based on actual events in England during and a couple of years after World War II, he reminds us that life is the best friend fiction
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  • THE ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE IS IRRELEVANT by Toby Miller

    Sixty years ago, television’s first great theorist, Dallas Smythe, described sport as ‘a representation of the human condition,’ an ‘image of skillful use of trained bodies … or gross sex aggression … competing for survival without the benefit of accepted
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  • GOODBYE TO ALL THAT by Richard Hewett

    It is perhaps a little cheeky to borrow a blog title from Robert Graves’ autobiography, but after all the complimentary things I’ve said about I, Claudius over the years, I’m sure he wouldn’t mind. This will be a relatively short piece, as I am currently
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  • ONE YEAR INTO JIMMY FALLON'S TONIGHT SHOW by Liz Giuffre

    Originally kicked off by Steve Allen half a century ago, The Tonight Show remains iconic television. NBC’s show and format was made most famous by Johnny Carson during his run in the 60s, 70s and 80s, and subsequently infamous by Jay Leno and Conan O’Brie
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  • US SITCOMS AND THE ORIGINS OF ADULT FEMALE FRIENDSHIP by...

    A few weeks ago, Amy Poehler and Tina Fey hosted their third Golden Globes Awards, with much being made of their long-standing, real-life friendship in the lead up to the event. This made me think back to an article that I co-wrote with Karen Boyle in 201
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  • WHAT ACTORS DO: ROBERT LINDSAY IN G.B.H. by Gary Cassidy...

    As Robert Lindsay notes in his autobiography Letting Go, by the late 1980s, things weren’t looking so well for his career: following an difficult stint in the USA, where he had worked on the film Bert Rigby, You’re a Fool (1989), the actor who was known f
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  • THE VCR AND THE TIVO BOX – RECLAIMING TECHNOLOGY by...

    Video Playtime, Ann Gray’s account of the domestic use of the VCR in the 1980s, was one of the great cultural studies accounts to come out of early television studies
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  • WIDER STILL AND WIDER: THE NEW VERSION OF THE WIRE by...

    At the beginning of December, HBO announced that they had completed the remastering of their highly-acclaimed police drama The Wire from standard to high definition, and that (as many fans of the series had feared) this had also involved transferring the
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  • IS TELEVISION DYING? by Ben Lamb

    Christmas would not be complete without a festive edition of the Radio Times to hand would it? What with its pages brimming with a fortnight’s worth of listings, illustrations and short stories for all the family. In spite of The Guardian’s and Mirror’s
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  • FOREIGN MEDIA by Geoff Lealand

    I recall reading some advice, back in the 1990s, from an esteemed cultural commentator who suggested that the quickest route to comprehending a foreign culture was to visit a local supermarket and watch local television. This possibly no longer holds tru
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