Tag Archives: BBC

Next Witness: Call Captain Grimes

Alex Renton recently wrote a book about pederasty in British prep schools and public schools called Stiff Upper Lip: Secrets, Crimes and the Schooling of a Ruling Class. He has now made a documentary about the same subject which aired … Continue reading

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Waugh at 60: BBC 1964 Monitor Interview Available Online

A link has become available to the 1964 TV broadcast of the BBC’s Monitor interview of Evelyn Waugh by novelist Elizabeth Jane Howard. The link is to the BBC Archives via Facebook (don’t ask me how that works or how … Continue reading

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Decline & Fall: DVD Extra Features

The Acorn TV DVD of the BBC’s Decline and Fall adaptation has 15 minutes of extra features. This is for sale in North America. These include interviews with several of the cast and crew falling into 3 tightly edited 5-minute … Continue reading

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Andrew Marr and Ma Meyrick

BBC4 is rebroadcasting Andrew Marr’s 2009 documentary series The Making of Modern Britain. Yesterday, this reached Episode 4: “Having a Ball.” This covered the 1920s, and both opened and closed with a party. Marr began by mixing a drink he … Continue reading

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Muriel Spark Centenary to be Observed Next Year

Next year on 1st February will be the centenary of novelist Muriel Spark’s birth. The papers are beginning to build up publicity for the event. Last week The National (Scotland) and The Times both ran articles mentioning the centenary. Both articles … Continue reading

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Downside Abbey Features in New BBC Series

BBC 4 yesterday transmitted the first in a series called Retreat: Meditations from a Monastery. The subject of this first episode was Downside Abbey: The first film is set in Downside, a spectacular neo-gothic monastery set in the beautiful valleys … Continue reading

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Lost Children and Losing Margarine

The Guardian has published an article by Alex Clark about the theme of lost children in literature. The prime example is Ian McEwen’s Thatcher-era novel The Child in Time whch has been adapted for television by BBC/PBS in a 90-minute … Continue reading

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Decline & Fall DVD to be Released in USA

Acorn TV will begin USA sales of the DVD of Waugh’s novel Decline and Fall later this month. This is the BBC’s adaptation that was broadcast in the UK earlier this year. Amazon.com has announced availability of the DVD effective 12 … Continue reading

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The Loved One in Gay Hollywood; D&F in the Antipodes

The Intro and “Outro” discussions of the film version of The Loved One from the recent broadcast on the Turner Classic Movies cable channel have been posted on YouTube. Appearing are Dave Karger from TCM and writer William J Mann. … Continue reading

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In Search of Arcadia

In several recent posts we have considered the concept of “Arcadia” and its contribution to Waugh’s Brideshead Revisited, and vice versa. BBC Four earlier this week transmitted a documentary entitled “In Search of Arcadia” presented by Dr Janina Ramirez and … Continue reading

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