Look Around You is ten years old

Look Around You is a hilarious pastiche of programmes for schools, public information films, and 1970s television in general. Made by Robert Popper and Peter Serafinowicz, it is beautifully made and packed with silly jokes. It’s one of my all-time favourite comedy programmes. This is the final episode, Brain. There is also this film, Birds […]

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 […]

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 […]