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Month: September 2012

Further along the Emney trail

Further along the Emney trail

Shortly after the previous posting went up, I received an email from that nice Steve Arnold of The British Comedy and Drama Website, attached to which was a scan from the relevant issue of the Radio Times. Meanwhile, over on Twitter, Gary Rodger alerted me to the presence of the Glasgow Herald and Evening Times archives on Google’s news section. The Evening Times of 1 July 1960 carried a preview and a production still from Fred Emney Picks A Pop….

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Fred Emney’s enemy is not my friend – the enduring appeal of a long-lost TV programme

Fred Emney’s enemy is not my friend – the enduring appeal of a long-lost TV programme

On Friday 1 July 1960 at 7.30pm, BBC Television (no BBC1 or BBC2 then) broadcast a one-off comedy programme starring a big personality. Big in every sense.  I would like to say that it changed the world and influenced all comedy that followed, but I can’t. Fred Emney Picks A Pop was shown once, then forgotten completely. No recording survives. The show’s production file almost certainly resides at the BBC Written Archives Centre in Caversham, and possibly even contains a…

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When Internets go wrong – postscript

When Internets go wrong – postscript

So, how did all of the business over the Twitter account with all of the child abuse images end up, apart from that chap and his wife being arrested in East London? Did anyone get an answer? Well, yes. Not from Dick Costolo, but from Twitter’s UK general manager, Tony Wang, who told an enquiring tweeter that “we wouldn’t comment on individual accounts but as mentioned we take immediate action once receive notice and confirm its valid”. Quite apart from…

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Dramarama

Dramarama

I’ve always loathed the idea of the hatchetman critic, with stinking reviews being the default setting. It becomes an act, and one that the critic has to live up to, sometimes savaging blameless productions for the sake of maintaining a reputation. In my own on-off career as a radio reviewer (currently ‘on’ at The Lady magazine, and long may it continue), I’ve tried to celebrate good wireless, which is relatively easy because there’s a lot of good programming about. Of…

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