Category Archives: TV

Didn’t we do well? Gameshows & the Iron Curtain

  The Generation Game 1974: The conveyor belt (start at 6.30″) You’ve won a crystal decanter and glasses! (Big ooh from the audience). Back in the 1970s and 80s when the Independent Broadcasting Authority capped the value of commercial tv … Continue reading

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Nigel Farage & BBC’s UKIP election coverage: Nick Robinson on the “marmite” politician

This is the full transcript of my interview with the BBC’s Political Editor Nick Robinson for this week’s edition of Newswatch, about BBC News coverage of the Local and European Parliamentary elections. A slightly shorter version was used in transmission. The BBC … Continue reading

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Mr Selfridge & the book bound in human skin

Selfridge’s window display 1920s (www.shopdisplays.net) Writer Arnold Bennett was a well known celebrity in London by the 1920s and often recorded his encounters with the rich and powerful in his journals. This one has stuck in my mind. Not sure … Continue reading

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BBC statement on the decision to pull BBC3’s Free Speech debate on gay Muslims.

The following statement was provided for Newswatch today about the decision to postpone a debate on homosexuality and Islam on BBC3’s Free Speech programme this week. You can watch Newswatch on Newschannel at 845pm tonight or BBC1 at 745am tomorrow. It’ll be on … Continue reading

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The Drag Queen Tombola and other tales of cross dressing glory

This column first appeared in The Big Issue magazine. I was once asked what was the best night out I ever had in London. My husband, thought I’d say it was that romantic night we went to the National Theatre … Continue reading

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The only thing I hate more than politicians is puppets: Spitting Image extras

  This post has the fun extras from my interviews with some of the core Spitting Image team and one of their targets, for a British Film Institute feature, Spitting Image: Still biting after all these years, about the 30th … Continue reading

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The art of interviewing: Class notes (Feb 11th)

These are the examples/clips I used in today’s class: The Q&A that goes with the flow: Tom Baker interview (Metro) A great questionnaire format: Big Issue Letter To My Younger Self Influential magazines/format: The “Who The Hell Does..” interview from … Continue reading

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The art of newswriting – KU Writing School Class notes

  These are links to some of the stories and ideas we discussed in Thursday’s class. RADIO: BBC R4 NEWS BRIEFING (play 2nd item from 1:18 to 1: 59) http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03sbkqq TV: ARIEL SHARON FUNERAL JAN 2014 (JEREMY BOWEN) http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-25709378 TABLOID … Continue reading

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Don’t be cynical about news, by a cynical news hack

  Last night I went on Newsnight to debate whether news is bad for us and what would make it better with Alain de Botton and ex hack turned spin doctor now writer, Alastair Campbell. You can watch the discussion … Continue reading

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How RBS bankers wiped The Life of Brian rushes: Stories from Missing Believed Wiped

  TV archiving is, it turns out, a lot like classic archaeology. “What archaeologists want to find most is the midden – [the dump] full of waste, and ephemera which tell you the most about a society.” Chris Perry ofKaleidoscope … Continue reading

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