The Victorian Age

March 21, 2019 Produced at the London Film Studios in Denham and released in 1937 and 1938 respectively, ‘Victoria The Great’ and ‘Sixty Glorious Years’ represent British pre-war film making at it’s most […]   Read More


On the Buses at 501 Comment

February 28, 2019 Fifty years ago today, the gates of the Luxton and District Motor Traction Company were rolled back for the first time to admit, onto an unsuspecting world, the Number 11, a green and cream double decker bus crewed by driver Stan […]   Read More


Orson Welles’ Great Mysteries

February 14, 2019 ‘This is Orson Welles speaking’ – but when Great Mysteries first aired in 1973 very few viewers could have confused that cigar-smoking figure with anyone else. The DVD box-set is […]   Read More


Top 10 Network Comedies of 2018: 5-1

December 17, 2018 As 2018 draws ever nearer its denouement, Network asked me if I’d look back over their comedy DVD and Blu-ray releases from the past 12 months and select the ten […]   Read More


Top 10 Network Comedies of 2018: 6-10

December 14, 2018 As 2018 draws ever nearer its denouement, Network asked me if I’d look back over their comedy DVD and Blu-ray releases from the past 12 months and select the ten […]   Read More


David Nixon: Magic Man2 Comments

November 9, 2018 From the mid 1950s until his untimely death in 1978 at the age of just 58, David Nixon was one of the most familiar faces on British television. Known as […]   Read More


Kim Newman on Death Line1 Comment

October 29, 2018 A few thoughts on Death Line (1972), a great British film directed by an American, Gary Sherman.  The Establishment, handily represented by six foot five Christopher Lee in a bowler hat, has […]   Read More




Kim Newman on Miss Leslie’s Dolls

October 19, 2018 ‘I don’t know about you, but I’m not spending one more minute in this cemetery.’ This obscure, fringe effort from the early 1970s is a picture few saw it on […]   Read More


Kim Newman on Assault

October 15, 2018 Posh schoolgirl Tessa Hurst (Lesley-Anne Down), whose pink miniskirt seems inches shorter than her classmates’, takes a short cut home through a ravine called Devil’s End, where a thrumming electricity […]   Read More