Men of Character – Colin Gordon

July 12, 2019 British cinema of the 1950s and 1960s was suffused with managerial types, each with their unique set of reactions to the trials caused by their lower orders. Ice would regularly […]   Read More

Women of Character – Hattie Jacques

June 14, 2019 Christopher Fowler’s memoir Paperboy is essential reading for any fan of British cinema – not least for his guide to the character of a typical 1950s and 1960s British film. […]   Read More

Gonks Go Beat – once seen, never forgotten

May 31, 2019 On the 26th January 1965, the Thanet Times reported on how production was completing at Shepperton Studio on ‘the biggest explosion of reverberating beat ever to be unleashed on the teenage […]   Read More

Gonk revival anyone?1 Comment

May 17, 2019 So-bad-it’s-brilliant pop musical Gonks Go Beat gets the blu-ray treatment in this brand new edition from Network. But what exactly is… or was… a Gonk? The truth has become muddled […]   Read More

ITC – Men of Mystery8 Comments

May 3, 2019 ITC – Home of Low-Budget International Men of Mystery Three days after ITV commenced broadcasts on the 22nd September 1955, ATV – the franchise holder for London at the weekends […]   Read More

Queen Victoria on Film & TV

March 26, 2019 In the 1890s, when cinematography was in its infancy, Queen Victoria was one of the first monarchs to appear on film in what effectively marked the first royal newsreel. This […]   Read More

The Victorian Age1 Comment

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