Women of Character: Joan Sims

February 3, 2020

The writer Deborah Ross once referred to Joan Sims’s ‘brilliantly cheering, seaside-postcard, iconic face’. It was an image that the actress did not entirely welcome; in 1955 she complained that […]

The Many Genres of Basil Dearden

January 24, 2020

Initially known for his Ealing dramas such as They Came to a City (1944) and The Captive Heart (1946), director Basil Dearden would go on to achieve something all filmmakers […]

23 Things You Never Knew About Rupert Bear

January 20, 2020

23 essential facts about one of the UK’s favourite children’s characters… 1. Rupert Bear was dreamt up in 1920 by Mary Tourtel (1874-1948), wife of the then-News Editor of The […]

45 Years of The Sweeney – Vehicles and Villains

January 2, 2020

There is a select group of motor vehicles that became as much associated with a television programme, as the human stars; from the mighty Wolseleys of Justice in Gideon’s Way, […]

The Art of the Christmas TV Special

December 16, 2019

Many years ago, early December was marked by a minor but enjoyable ritual – the scanning of the Christmas TV Times and the Radio Times. The programme listings would be […]

Top 10 Network Horror Releases of the 2010s

December 13, 2019

10. Dream Home This extremely gruesome horror comedy is an extended shaggy dog story about the soaring price of a sea-front flat in Hong Kong. Over one night, bank employee […]

Top 10 Network Comedy Releases of the 2010s

December 6, 2019

10. Birds Of A Feather: The Complete BBC Series Bursting onto screens way back in 1989 and soon becoming a huge hit – much to the dismay of some at […]

Agatha Christie on the Small Screen

November 29, 2019

There’s nothing quite like a good old Agatha Christie murder mystery to bring the family together at Christmas. Despite not liking television very much, Agatha Christie’s novels and short stories […]

Revisiting The House in Nightmare Park

November 22, 2019

There have been a few attempts at blending horror with comedy in a spooky mansion setting. The two that spring immediately to mind to the cognoscenti, are the evergreens The […]