Telegenic

  • 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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  • REGARDING RUMPOLE: PRESENTING THE CASE FOR 'OLD' TV by...

    In the most recent episode of Matt Berry’s sitcom Toast of London, the titular thespian demonstrated a lamentable (though characteristic) disengagement from his profession by several times announcing: ‘I never watch the television. Though I have heard tha
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  • COME WITH US TO THE GREATEST MUSIC FESTIVAL IN THE WORLD:...

    Like many music fans, I spent the last weekend of June glued to the box, watching the BBC’s extensive coverage of Glastonbury. Actually, to call their coverage ‘extensive’ is something of an understatement. Over four days, the Beeb broadcast more than 250
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  • FROM GRIMES TO GORDON: THE SEARCH FOR HEROES IN THE NEW...

    About a year ago, I posted a column about the current state of television and wondered if we were at a crossroads with anti-heroes and the television drama. I feel inclined to revisit those questions, particularly after a recent episode of The Walking De
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  • GREEK NATIONAL BROADCASTER: JUGGLING BETWEEN "PUBLIC" AND...

    It’s been almost one year and a half since the abrupt closure of the Greek Public Broadcaster (ERT) and five months since the launch of the new official Public Broadcaster of Greece (NERIT), and the audience in Greece is still on a perpetual quest to find
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  • FROM NICHE GAMING FANS TO THE MINECRAFT GENERATION:...

    Which children’s programme, made on no budget in a single room, attracts over 2 million viewers per daily episode? The YouTube videos of ‘Stampylongnose’ (or ‘Stampylonghead’ or just plain ‘Stampy’), devoted to the hugely popular computer game ‘Minecraft’
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