So farewell then

Nicholas Parsons has died, thirty years after he really ought to have retired. Perhaps the best we can hope for now is that the BBC will take Just a Minute out into the backyard and put it out of its misery. There should be a statute of limitations on shows and formats. And careers in … Continue reading So farewell then

It’s time to talk about Doctor Who

When the Britbox streaming service launched in the UK, the thing I was most looking forward to was watching the existing episodes of Doctor Who all the way from the start. While I'm old enough to have been alive from the very beginning, I have only the vaguest memories of William Hartnell, and my first … Continue reading It’s time to talk about Doctor Who

Rewatching The Good Life on the eve of the election

A right-aligned image, fnar Beloved British sitcom The Good Life is a snapshot of a better, kinder, Britain, the pre-Thatcher Britain of the 70s, with high tax rates for the rich and working infrastructure. House price inflation and property speculation hadn't quite taken hold. A three bedroom detached house in Surbiton would have cost twenty … Continue reading Rewatching The Good Life on the eve of the election