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Television

A new beginning for the World Rally Championship?

To say the least, it’s been a difficult few weeks for the World Rally Championship. The future of the WRC’s promoter, North One Sports, has hung in the balance. Its parent company, Convers Sports Initiatives, went into administration following the arrest of its backer Vladimir Antonov. Just days before the start of the 2012 season, it was […]

Bob Holness

I was sad to learn that Bob Holness died yesterday. It is no exaggeration to say that Blockbusters was probably my favourite programme when I was a child. As it happens, I have been watching a good few episodes of Blockbusters recently, as it is currently being shown on Challenge. It is striking just how […]

Why I want to watch more television

I have decided that my new year’s resolution is to watch more television. It may seems odd, since most people’s resolution necessitates getting off the sofa. There are a couple of drivers for my desire to become a couch potato. Views of the news One reason is that I have come to realise that I […]

Cash out

For over ten years now, I have been a big fan of the Radio 5 Live programme Up All Night. Broadcasting between 1am and 5am, Up All Night is a gift to nightowls, students, truck drivers, and anyone else who might find themselves awake at these unsociable hours. One of the real highlights has been […]

The worst gameshow in history?

I have come to discover that Challenge is easily the most dangerous TV channel in existence. I flick through the channels and end up being sucked in to watching gameshows of the past. Part of it is morbid curiosity about programmes that I can’t remember. The other day I saw that 321 was on. I’d […]

The scariest ident ever?

I think most people that are interested in television idents can think of a few that used to make them quite scared as a child. I can certainly name a few that freaked me out. But I reckon if I grew up in Boston it would have been a lot worse. I like early electronic […]

That’s entertainment

I like to have a look through the regular Ofcom Broadcast Bulletin. This fortnightly missive contains all the details about programme complaints. As such, it is the go-to publication for finding out which broadcasters have been doing rudes and naughties. The latest edition (PDF) is particularly well crafted. Ofcom may have many faults, but they […]

Rediffusion London continuity (1967)

What a gem of a video this is. Associated-Rediffusion began life in 1955 as one of the country’s very first Independent Television stations. Here it is in 1967, having been rebranded as Rediffusion London. Here, it is within a year of being forced to merge with ATV to become Thames Television. One of the things […]