Tag: BBC

An Electric Storm

An Electric Storm: Daphne, Delia and the BBC Radiophonic Workshop by Ned Netherwood (Obverse Books, 2018, Second edition) This is one-third a history of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop and two-thirds reviews of all its associated recordings. Netherwood is clearly an expert on electronic music but his enthusiasm for the Workshop’s legacy flounders in a concerted absence of (second edition!) proofreading.…

42 Word Retrospective: The Goodies, Season 1

The Goodies, Season 1 by Graeme Garden & Bill Oddie (with Tim Brooke-Taylor) (BBC 1970) In 1970 comedy trio the Goodies arrived under their own names, riding a trandem bicycle and pioneering a freeform sitcom where they claimed to do anything, anytime. Exuberant, irreverent, chaotic: Tim, Bill and Graeme soon found themselves (to quote their song) needed.

42 Word Retrospective: ‘Allo ‘Allo! (Series 1 & 2)

‘Allo ‘Allo! (Series 1 & 2) by Jeremy Lloyd & David Croft (BBC 1984-1985) Repetitive, formulaic (think Get Smart) yet often uproarious, the convoluted tribulations of a café-owner in German-occupied France rose to long-running comedic heights thanks to the incomparable Gordon Kaye (as René Artois) and the premise of rendering all languages as badly accented English.

42 Word Review: The Man Who Invented the Daleks by Alwyn W. Turner

The Man Who Invented the Daleks: The Strange Worlds of Terry Nation by Alwyn W. Turner (Aurum, 2011) Turner exhaustively researches Terry Nation’s life, shows how the Daleks developed both along- and inside British culture of the 60s and 70s, and contextualises the infamous pepperpots within the broader scope of Nation’s work, from which scrutiny their creator emerges somewhat diminished.