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By Mags L Halliday on 25 June 2010 Comments Off

BBC4’s fatherhood season includes one of the channel’s drama biopics, this time on John Lennon.

By Mark Clapham on 21 December 2006 Comments Off

A fondly remembered BBC tradition, it was always a mystery through the 1980s and 90s as to why exactly the BBC never revived the ‘Ghost Stories for Christmas’ series of literary chillers…

By Eddie Robson on 19 November 2006 Comments Off

The art of scheduling isn’t dead at BBC4, where they still know how to string together some programmes on a common theme and make a good season out of it…

By Mark Clapham on 12 January 2006 Comments Off

Even by BBC4 standards, Andrew Graham-Dixon’s ‘I, Samurai’ is self indulgent…

By Mags L Halliday on 31 December 2005 Comments Off

There’s late-night ghost tales and foggy fin-de-siecle crime on TV: it must be Christmas…

By Eddie Robson on 29 December 2005 Comments Off

Another in our series of end-of-year reports on the state of British TV at the end of 2005…

By Eddie Robson on 24 October 2005 Comments Off

The history of British pop is such a well-worn subject that new angles to assess it from are very welcome…

By Eddie Robson on 30 August 2005 Comments Off

I also considered calling this article ‘Don’t Fear the Repeater’, so consider yourselves lucky.

By Eddie Robson on 20 May 2005 Comments Off

What Armando Iannucci and Jesse Armstrong have done here is very simply asked themselves what ‘Yes, Minister’ would have been like had it been made today, and then made it…

By Eddie Robson on 19 April 2005 Comments Off

I don’t know anything about Patrick Hamilton or his novels. But then that’s the point of BBC4, isn’t it? It allows you to feel like you know something about something.

By Shiny Shelf on 29 December 2004 Comments Off

I hate this sort of thing. I should probably be disqualified from commenting on comics this year on account of only really reading ‘Astonishing X-Men’. Likewise my lit reading is woefully behind with only ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time’ and ‘The Da Vinci Code’ being published in 2004. I very nearly [...]

By Jim Smith on 20 April 2004 Comments Off

I haven’t read any Trollope – not even ‘The Pallisers’ – and ‘He Knew Was Right’ (serialised October 1868 – May 1869, published in book form May 1869) is apparently far from typical of the author’s work.

By Mags L Halliday on 24 February 2004 Comments Off

The notion that ‘history is the new rock and roll’ has always struck me as ignorant. What this series does is demonstrate that there have always been historical superstars and rock and roll is the real newcomer…

By Jim Smith on 27 January 2004 Comments Off

Entertaining though this doubtlessly is, one can’t help but feel dubious about laughing along with the likes of Clark however engagingly John Hurt plays him…

By Eddie Robson on 17 December 2003 Comments Off

Something of an odd decision to screen this one-off drama so soon after BBC1’s ‘Charles II: The Power and the Passion’, which covered a lot of the same historical period…

By Jim Smith on 05 March 2003 Comments Off

One of the most welcome new strands of programming on BBC 4 is a series of contemporary West End theatrical productions which have been taped for posterity.