Book beginnings

I have finally broken ground on the first draft of Broadcasting Biography. Those who write will know the horror of the blank page, so I am delighted and relieved to have made a start. I have decided to do as Maria suggests in The Sound of Music, and start at the very beginning. Well - with chapter … Continue reading Book beginnings


Ethics Part 2

Previously, I've briefly considered ethics in terms of the imperative to be accurate versus the question of dramatic truth.  This post will consider a different aspect of ethics, the question of privacy. I realised when I was going to look into questions of ethics that I should actually read up on some media ethics texts. … Continue reading Ethics Part 2

“Real” horror – Serial Killers in American Horror Story: Hotel: Devil’s Night

I'm a fan of American Horror Story, and so far forgiven both a lot of its excesses, particularly its repetitive use of archetypes and mise-en-scene with Baz Luhrmann levels of subtlety.  I've also been generally on board with its promiscuous use of pop culture referencing, even in places where it is simply meretricious (Elsa 'Life on' Mars, … Continue reading “Real” horror – Serial Killers in American Horror Story: Hotel: Devil’s Night

Iris (2001)

Synopsis:  Iris Murdoch (Judi Dench), internationally renowned author and philosopher, is eking out a quiet semi-retirement with her academic husband John Bayley (Jim Broadbent).  Prompted by atypical lapses in memory,  Iris reluctantly agrees to visit a doctor, who diagnoses Alzheimer's disease.  Iris must contend with a gradual erasure of her memory and personality, and John is … Continue reading Iris (2001)

Pandaemonium (2000)

Synopsis: Poets Samuel Taylor Coleridge (Linus Roache) and William Wordsworth (John Hannah) form a friendship and creative partnership after becoming involved in revolutionary activities inspired by events in France at the end of the 18th century.  Encouraged by Wordsworth's sister Dorothy (Emily Woof), they seek inspiration from nature, and each other, for a new kind of poetry. … Continue reading Pandaemonium (2000)

Women We Loved: Margot (BBC Four, 2009)

Synopsis: Approaching her retirement, prima ballerina Margot Fonteyn (Anne-Marie Duff) aspires to settle down with her diplomat husband Tito Arias (Con O'Neill) in his home country of Panama. Tito has used Margot's money to fund several unsuccessful coups, so she must keep dancing.  Luckily, the young Russian maverick, Rudolph Nureyev (Michiel Huisman) revives her enthusiasm … Continue reading Women We Loved: Margot (BBC Four, 2009)

Women We Loved: Gracie! (BBC Four, 2009)

Synopsis: After undergoing life-threatening surgery,  singer and actress Gracie Fields (Jane Horrocks) is preparing to leave Britain to convalesce in Capri with her family and film director Monty Banks (Tom Hollander).  Her plans are interrupted by the outbreak of World War II, and the request that she perform as part of the war effort.  When she marries Italian Monty, … Continue reading Women We Loved: Gracie! (BBC Four, 2009)