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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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  • NORMAL FOR NORFOLK? FEELING AN AFFINITY WITH A LONG-LOST...

    Normal for Norfolk or NFN – a pejorative shorthand allegedly used by local GPs to explain medical peculiarities that were deigned unexceptional for the county – has since, for some at least, become a term of endearment used to encapsulate the eccentriciti
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  • CHLDREN, TELEVISION, NOSTALGIA AND AUDIENCES by Lorna Jowett

    Since the announcement that Danger Mouse (1982-1992) is to return to TV screens, this time on the BBC, I have had several conversations with people about whether this ‘remake’ will be any good. Most of these conversations have been with people from my own
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  • AUSTRALIAN PIRATES vs INDUSTRY AND GOVERNMENT: AN UPDATE...

    Earlier this year Louie CK told us that “The Whole Country of Australia Rips TV”, and it’s a problem that our Government is trying to do something about. Last month our current Minister for Communications, Malcolm Turnbull, hosted an “Online copyright in
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  • AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY HILARIOUS: MONTY PYTHON'S...

    It’s fitting, in a way, that the Monty Python troupe decided to stage its latest, most elaborate live theater show only in England, because Monty Python’s Flying Circus, the TV show that launched them, was a British phenomenon long before it caught on in
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