The Story of ITV: The People’s Channel

Sunday, June 26, 2005 by · Comments Off 

The first part of The Story of ITV: The People’s Channel left me with an aggravating nostalgic glow severely tempered by a kind of emptiness at what the programme missed out or glossed over. Read more

People Like Us

Sunday, May 20, 2001 by · Comments Off 

How many new ways are there to satirise the suppressed longings and ritualised comforts of suburban or provincial lives? It’s a perennially popular target of television comedy but the profile of a vicar which opened John Morton’s People Like Us gained ample fresh mileage from well trodden territory. Read more

Arena: Wisconsin Death Trip

Sunday, July 2, 2000 by · Comments Off 

Drug addiction, sexual dysfunction, spiraling violence, the corruption of childhood innocence , suicide, adultery… the very stuff of Millennial angst and the staple diet of sensationalist tabloids, but are these phenomena unique to our own times? This was one of the questions which anyone viewing James Marsh’s extraordinary film for Arena must have asked themselves. Read more