Utopia (2013-2014)
Science Fiction / Television

Utopia (2013-2014)

Channel Four’s extraordinary, controversial conspiracy thriller, created by Kudos, the production team behind hit BBC shows like Spooks (2002-2011), Hustle (2004-2012), Life on Mars (2006-2007) and Ashes to Ashes (2008-2010) and written by Dennis Kelly, only lasted two very variable seasons but made quite the impact, rattling the cages of the British popular press and … Continue reading

Filmed in Supermarionation (2014)
Documentary / Film

Filmed in Supermarionation (2014)

Funny, poignant, steeped in nostalgia and endlessly entertaining, Stephen La Rivière’s Filmed in Supermarionation is an epic look at the puppet television shows created by Gerry and Sylvia Anderson in the 1960s, a wonderful and commendably thorough telling of the story of everything from The Adventures of Twizzle (1957-1959) to The Secret Service (1969) stopping … Continue reading

Play of the Week: Stargazy on Zummerdown (1978)
Science Fiction / Television

Play of the Week: Stargazy on Zummerdown (1978)

John Fletcher’s peculiarly titled television play is a singularly British piece of work, a meditation on the long-standing rift between town and country, between the agricultural and the industrial, the traditional and the new, all played out in a far distant future. Fletcher wasn’t a dramatist but a historian with a special interest in pre-industrial … Continue reading

Music Scene: Mr Humphreys and His Inheritance (1976)
Horror / Television / Uncategorized

Music Scene: Mr Humphreys and His Inheritance (1976)

One of the now lost features of the British television landscape is the schools programming strands. Starting in 1957, the BBC began broadcasting programmes made for use by teachers. The practice was picked up by ITV too and both continued to broadcast such programmes well into the new millennium, in various guises (the BBC took … Continue reading