Telegenic

  • SAVED BY THE SCHEDULE by Richard Hewett

    Unlike an increasing number of colleagues, my television viewing is still largely tied to the broadcast schedule. This is entirely due to my being a creature of habit; while I am willing and able to adapt to the new, it’s usually a matter of necessity rat
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  • OH STAR TREK, STAR TREK, WHEREFORE ART THOU STAR TREK? by...

    May 13th 2015 marks the ten year anniversary of the cancellation of Star Trek: Enterprise, a series that failed to live up to its own mandate, ‘to boldly go where no one has gone before.’ Barring The Original Series (TOS), which was cancelled after three
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  • WAR FILMS FOR THE FACEBOOK GENERATION by Debra Ramsay

    In a recent discussion about war on film and television (I probably steer discussions in this direction more often than my friends and family would like), a friend made the point that ‘war is war’. I have been thinking about this phrase a lot recently.
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  • TELEVISION: WHERE PATRIARCHY AND GROWN-UP CINEMA GO TO DIE...

    Last September, an interesting debate played out in the landscape of American media criticism. It was catalysed by film critic A.O. Scott’s article in the New York Times entitled ‘The Death of Adulthood in American Culture’. The piece is a meandering cont
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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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