The Optimist returns…

17 May 2024

Finally available for everybody to view after years forgotten in a lock-up, a quirky Channel 4 sitcom comes to Rewind TV

In Parenthesis

1 April 2024

Where Music Echoes and Terror Resonates: BBC Radio 3 Unleashes the Unspeakable

All boxed in

30 March 2024

Endless form-filling and eye-watering charges for a few seconds of Westward Diary are burying a valuable national resource

A change of programmes

16 December 2023

The death of the backbone of ITV

Radio 1 listeners wake up to Dvorak and Mozart

10 December 2023

All change in 1978

Don’t stop this book

3 November 2023

An ‘on this day in history’ book about pop? Great. A meticulously researched and thus accurate for once ‘on this day in history’ book about pop? Yes please!

ABC Weekday TV

27 October 2023

Memory, all alone in the mmmm-mmmm, something something memories of the mmmm-mmmmm-mmmm

Irish Radio News

13 October 2023

Exploring a radio guide from Ireland during The Emergency

Clash bash crash

15 September 2023

A new taller mast at Emley Moor was too little too late.

Sentimental tech

18 August 2023

Geoff Nash takes out the trash

Michael Parkinson (1935-2023)

17 August 2023

Interviewer, presenter and journalist Michael Parkinson has died

Doing numbers

4 August 2023

It’s all relative when it comes to the value of an ITV contract

Talented television

30 July 2023

Thames: a talent for television we still miss

Thoughts on contemporary directing

23 June 2023

Flashback to a time when flashbacks made sense

What does the future hold for archive television?

9 June 2023

As demand for more and more content grows, archive TV is getting harder to find

Vale John Edmunds

17 May 2023

The much-loved announcer and newsreader has died aged 94

Crossing the line

23 April 2023

A lack of training is leading to a lack of production quality, says W. Stephen Gilbert

Whatever happened to the Channel 4 archive?

14 April 2023

A scandal at Channel 4: decades of programmes lost, forgotten, trapped in rights hell… and nobody cares

Christopher Gunning 1944–2023

26 March 2023

A brilliant composer, particularly of TV music, has died.

Vale Charles Foster

25 February 2023

Charles Foster of Granada has died

Dickie Davies 1933–2023

19 February 2023

An article from 1982 about World of Sport, as presented by the late Dickie Davies

240, 405, 625, 1080… GO!

31 December 2022

Geoff Nash tries to explain 2023’s TV technology to a 1936 viewer

3 + 1 = 2050

11 May 2022

You’re not forced to watch BBC Three. But its existence is vital

Do the lockdown mash

18 April 2022

Two years when everything changed: not least, the pictures got smaller

BBC Onen̷e̷s̷s̷

1 April 2022

So, farewell then, people stood about

5 at 25

31 March 2022

Happy birthday to the UK’s 5th channel

Remembering Jo Kendall

5 February 2022

Actor Jo Kendall has died

More for less

17 January 2022

The TV licence is back in the news

The Optimist

1 November 2021

A thought to be lost early Channel 4 comedy on DVD? Yes please!

Grampian at 60

30 September 2021

The diamond jubilee of the station from the very north

Auf Wiedersehen, Auf Wiedersehen, Pet

31 August 2021

Production values have changed… for the better?

I’d like to teach the world to sing

21 June 2021

The Cardiff Singer of the World competition is something only our BBC could do

Gerry Marsden 1942–2021

3 January 2021

Gerry Marsden has died at 78

Necrolog 2020

31 December 2020

A reminder of those we’ve loved and lost this past year

Martin Lambie-Nairn 1945–2020

28 December 2020

Vale to the designer’s designer

One of us

21 December 2020

Tom Scott on title sequences

Neville Wanless 1931–2020

6 December 2020

Tyne Tees announcer dies at 89

One for the Christmas list

13 November 2020

Across the Waves: From Radio Caroline to Classic FM, by Nick Bailey

Five Things You Can’t Do On British Television

9 November 2020

A fascinating video from Tom Scott

A noiseless flash

14 October 2020

On this day in 1946, BBC radio began serialising one of the most devastating essays ever written

Hello again, old friend

29 July 2020

Network Distributing launch their streaming service with three nights of ABC Weekend TV

A clarification

10 July 2020

It’s as easy as ABC

Lockdown 6-pack II

25 April 2020

Six more articles to read to keep your mind alert during the lockdown

Mad world

19 April 2020

Think you know all about the “swirly” BBC-1 globe? Wrong.

Lockdown 6-pack

18 April 2020

Six articles to read to keep your mind alert during the lockdown

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