Category Archives: Television and radio

Ways of Seeing by John Berger

Berger’s recent death has made me do what I have been meaning to do for some time – sent me to youtube to find his 4-part “Ways of Seeing” TV series from 1972. It was an antidote to the idea … Continue reading

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US-China relations

This week Radio 4 has a short series of reports called The New World about current trends, and today’s looked, inter alia, at US-China relations. It introduced me to the concept of the Thucydides trap, where an established power (US, … Continue reading

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The Witness for the Prosecution

Without wishing to recreate the “festive TV vigil” that was Christmas at my parents’, I do like to watch something good on television over the break. Preferably on BBC; I appreciate that ad breaks are useful for refilling the wine … Continue reading

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Ben Building: Mussolini, Monuments and Modernism

It seems wrong to spend lovely long evenings watching the television, but in this case I’m glad I did. Jonathan Meades’s documentary was about Italian architecture under Mussolini (and, once again, I am surprised to relearn that he was in … Continue reading

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“Revolution and Romance: Musical Masters of the 19th Century”

Interesting enough programme on BBC4 last night by Suzy Klein about the rise of the “superstar” composer during the 19th century (rise of middle class, new theatres, composer no longer reliant on aristocratic patronage, cult of Romanticism, etc.). It started … Continue reading

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Marcel Duchamp interview

Whilst watching the youtube broadcast of The Shock of the New (yes, I’m still trying to make sense of it), I came across a clip from a 1968 interview by Joan Bakewell (looking like her own granddaughter) with Marcel Duchamp, so … Continue reading

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Deutschland 83

This is now rattling along at such a pace and so laden with 1980s fears that the chassis is in danger of falling apart. I can’t decide if the creators are keeping their foot on the accelerator for fear that … Continue reading

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