OTT’s chart of the decade

Thursday, January 14, 2010 by · 4 Comments 

Time for the final update to our list of the most-watched telly of the 2000s. Read more

That was the decade we watched

Thursday, December 31, 2009 by · 2 Comments 

Scenes from a decade

OTT doesn’t have much truck with the idea of a “golden age of television”. Every era has programmes that are exceptionally good and desperately poor. If there has to be a “golden age”, then it began when TV was invented. It hasn’t stopped. Not even in the face of some of the telly from the last decade.

The ratio of small screen triumphs to travesties is the same as it ever was; there are just more of them. The past 10 years weren’t characterised by new lows or highs; just different ones. What we watched didn’t really change; how and when we watched did.

Here’s a commemoration of sorts in the shape of an A-Z of the decade’s television┬╗

Who goes there

Wednesday, November 4, 2009 by · 2 Comments 

The BBC has done a deal with MSN to make various archive Dr Who stories available to watch online.

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The Beatles: on Record

Saturday, September 5, 2009 by · 2 Comments 

BBC2Prefab Sprout have just released an album written and recorded 17 years ago.
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Richard and Judy

Wednesday, July 1, 2009 by · 4 Comments 

watchRichard Madeley is a student of history. He knows this because he says he is. Read more

Your Torchwood ratings-ometer

Tuesday, June 30, 2009 by · 26 Comments 

Lenny, Tracey and David - back together and back on BBC1!

Just how will daily doses of adult telefantasy fare on BBC1 next week? Read more

Patrick Dowling, 1919-2009

Thursday, June 18, 2009 by · Comments Off 

The Adventure Game

The Adventure Game

Patrick Dowling, co-creator of The Adventure Game and producer of Vision On and Take Hart, has died. He was 89.

Dowling was a pioneer. He conceived new ways of using television to delight and inspire generations of children, and had the imagination and tenacity to see his ideas come to full fruition.

In doing so he exploited the power of the small screen to both entrance and intrigue.

Dowling’s work was never didactic, in the way of so many of the BBC’s early children’s series. Instead he demonstrated how it was possible to make the educational seem entertaining, and vice versa.

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Doctor Who

Saturday, April 11, 2009 by · 10 Comments 

The following is a transcript from a media studies conference in April 2019. Read more

Comic Relief Night

Friday, March 13, 2009 by · 3 Comments 

Fry and Laurie contended every good play needed “a Paul Eddington in it”.

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Thursday, February 26, 2009 by · Comments Off 

“Prime Minister, how are you?” “Fighting on, John. And your mouth?” Read more

Way down in the hole

Sunday, February 22, 2009 by · 10 Comments 

One of the greatest shows in the history of television is about to be repeated.

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“I know I’m right”

Friday, February 13, 2009 by · 14 Comments 

Someone needs to do some serious cosmic reordering on Noel Edmonds.

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Most-watched shows of the 80s

Monday, January 26, 2009 by · 14 Comments 

A slight return to OTT’s chart of the decade.
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President Obama: The Inauguration

Tuesday, January 20, 2009 by · 6 Comments 

This was not the star-spangled clamour it ought to have been.

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OTT’s chart of the decade

Sunday, January 18, 2009 by · 11 Comments 

It’s time to update our list of the most-watched telly since 2000.
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Monday, January 12, 2009 by · 7 Comments 

Letters, prey?

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US Election Night

Tuesday, November 4, 2008 by · 1 Comment 

“It belongs to you,” proclaimed President-Elect Obama, live in Chicago.
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Monday, November 3, 2008 by · 3 Comments 

Do not go gentle into that good night…
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Getting the Sachs

Wednesday, October 29, 2008 by · 25 Comments 

The Ross/Brand affair has led the BBC, yet again, into hysterical over-reaction. Read more

Blue Peter at 50

Saturday, October 11, 2008 by · 12 Comments 

The forward march of Blue Peter feels like it has, for the time being, halted. Read more

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