The Value of Myth #2: Fall of Eagles: Absolute Beginners (1974), Screen Two: Hope in the Year Two (1994)

This is another in a series of posts where I look at a common theme over more than one TV play. I was working on one that looked at how past TV dealt with children in peril but in light of the events in Manchester, I've decided to shelve that for a little while. Here, … Continue reading The Value of Myth #2: Fall of Eagles: Absolute Beginners (1974), Screen Two: Hope in the Year Two (1994)

Foreign Countries #6: Music Scene: Mr Humphreys and His Inheritance (1976)

Many people with an interest in such matters will have no doubt purchased Stephen Brotherstone and Dave Lawrence's recently published Scarred For Life Volume One, examining just how dark and macabre pop culture could be in the 1970s. And that includes a hell of a lot of kid's stuff. If you ever saw Building Sites … Continue reading Foreign Countries #6: Music Scene: Mr Humphreys and His Inheritance (1976)

From the one to the many: Revisiting Twin Peaks #6 Episode 5

Previously on From the one to the many. This is the first episode to be written solely by co-creator Mark Frost and directed by the highly capable Lesli Linka Glatter (who directed one of the very best Man Men episodes). It's an episode that doesn't try to cram too much in and has little in … Continue reading From the one to the many: Revisiting Twin Peaks #6 Episode 5

Foreign Countries #5: Shades of Darkness: Afterward (1983)

Ghosts don't exist, Brian Cox said so. Well he said the Large Hadron Collider said so anyway. As ghosts aren't made of matter they must be made be made of energy and would therefore dissipate as they succumbed to the second law of thermodynamics. So you don't all stop reading at this point, here's a … Continue reading Foreign Countries #5: Shades of Darkness: Afterward (1983)

From the one to the many: Revisiting Twin Peaks #5 Episode 4

Previously on From the one to the many. The mid-point of Twin Peaks first series is when you start to question what sort of series is it trying to be. While genre bending weirdness is clearly a major part of its appeal, this episode shows its struggling somewhat under the weight of soap opera, crime … Continue reading From the one to the many: Revisiting Twin Peaks #5 Episode 4

Foreign Countries #4: Unnatural Causes: Ladies Night (1986)

Last week I considered in passing how Brexit engenders a sense of belonging for certain people. This community feeling is often portrayed in a negative light, defined as much by those whom it excludes as much as those who are within. Being British means that a lot of this feeling is underpinned by class, and … Continue reading Foreign Countries #4: Unnatural Causes: Ladies Night (1986)