The Value of Myth #1: Play For Today: Robin Redbreast (1970), Doctor Who: The Dæmons (1971), Thriller: A Place To Die (1973)

This is the first in an occasional series of posts where I'll cover common themes on television around a particular time, starting here with the ever popular Pagan Village Conspiracy. If the Brexit vote taught us anything, it was that the ignored and the dismissed do not go away, and they will take any opportunity … Continue reading The Value of Myth #1: Play For Today: Robin Redbreast (1970), Doctor Who: The Dæmons (1971), Thriller: A Place To Die (1973)

From the one to the many: Revisiting Twin Peaks #3 Episode 2

Previously on From the one to the many. This is one of the best remembered episodes in the whole series, and with good reason. This is the episode that first makes Twin Peaks feel like Twin Peaks. We're introduced to One Eyed Jacks, Albert Rosenfield (Miguel Ferrer), BOB, by name at least1, (Frank Silva), and … Continue reading From the one to the many: Revisiting Twin Peaks #3 Episode 2

Foreign Countries #3: Ghosts: Three Miles Up (1995)

The 20th anniversary of Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997-2003) seems as good a time as any to answer this question: Why has 90s TV drama aged so badly? This time I'm talking about the look of the piece, all centre partings and chinos. It looks dated rather than old. The past is indeed a foreign … Continue reading Foreign Countries #3: Ghosts: Three Miles Up (1995)

From the one to the many: Revisiting Twin Peaks #2 Episode 1

This episode is directed by Duwayne Dunham, better known for his editing work on some of Lynch other films as well as The Empire Strikes Back (Irvin Kershner, 1980) and Return of the Jedi (Richard Marquand, 1983) (and of course the Twin Peaks pilot), unsurprisingly he’s going for a house style here (but then Twin … Continue reading From the one to the many: Revisiting Twin Peaks #2 Episode 1

Foreign Countries #2: Hammer House of Horror: The House That Bled To Death/The Two Faces of Evil (1980)

  Most TV and film productions are products of their time, less in terms of their technological and budgetary limitations, more that they reflect the society in which they were created. This is particularly true in both science fiction and  historical drama. Setting a story in the the future or the past (or on another … Continue reading Foreign Countries #2: Hammer House of Horror: The House That Bled To Death/The Two Faces of Evil (1980)

From the one to the many: Revisiting Twin Peaks #1. The Pilot

  The impending arrival of a new series of David Lynch and Mark Frost's seminal Twin Peaks, with a confirmation that Lynch will helm all the episodes is up there with Russell T Davies’ 2005 revival of Doctor Who in the cult excitement stakes. For a series that only ran for 30 episodes across 1990-91 … Continue reading From the one to the many: Revisiting Twin Peaks #1. The Pilot

Foreign Countries #1 Tales of Unease (1970)

  Half hour dramas are a challenge, in that timeframe, decent characterisation and development become broad brush strokes to serve the idea, and subtlety is an anathema. The BBC’s ‘Thirty Minute’ became a training ground where writers such as Dennis Potter, David Rudkin and Jack Rosenthal honed their craft. It follows then that genre fiction … Continue reading Foreign Countries #1 Tales of Unease (1970)