TV times

I don’t write that often about current tv, mainly because there’s a lot of it and it is mostly bad, or repeats of bad. I grew up in the 1960s, when the UK had just two channels (later three), BBC and ITV. It was a period of time when the UK produced some of the world’s greatest tv, regarded these days as classic cult tv. Many of the series are still shown on the cable channels. They were mostly, perhaps all, filmed on genuine film stock and have survived, and Continue Reading

Happy Xmas

You always know Xmas is here when Channel 4 in the UK broadcast The Snowman (which they have just done). So, Happy Xmas everyone, hope you got some nice presents. On tv is Mary Poppins, Singin’ in the Rain, It’s a Wonderful Life, Dad’s Army, Morecambe and Wise, the Carry On films…


It’s amazing how many tv shows, and movies, have a core cast of exactly seven people. I just was looking at something and saw just these American series. I am sure there are many more:

Graceless or graceful?

There was a truly dreadful ‘comedy’ series on BBC TV called Are You Being Served? It was hugely popular and rather typical British double innuendo stuff. The Australians loved it and even did their own version and there was a feature film too. When it finished, there was a spin off called Grace and Favour, or Are You Being Served Again? It had many of the main cast.