Watching With Mother (and Father): Good Karma Hospital, Paddington 2, Ordeal By Innocence, The Play That Goes Wrong

One of the things about living in close contact with your parents is that you sometimes end up watching TV with them. Usually that’s not too bad, especially when there’s a really good act on Britain’s Got Talent, they’ve got that comedian you like on Would I Lie To You or it’s that episode of Midsomer Murders you enjoyed when you first saw it over a decade ago, but sometimes it’s a pain in the backside when for some reason they really want to watch something that doesn’t even have the good grace to be bad, like The Good Karma Hospital. Continue reading


Cartoons You Probably Don’t Remember: The World of Peter Rabbit & Friends

Having recently been on holiday in the Lake District (since you asked, a stone’s throw away from Windermere), I was of course inundated with quite a bit of Beatrix Potter paraphernalia – hardly surprising, given that she wrote her world-famous books whilst living in the area. As such, I was reminded of the first time I came into contact with her work; a short but very sweet series of nine animated specials from the BBC, spread out from 1992 to 1995.

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Twang!: Robin Hood in modern-day media

Recently, I came across Robin Hood by Jim Bradbury; a surprisingly informative read detailing the historical facts from the Robin Hood legend, mostly by looking at the ballads, poems and plays starring (or at least mentioning) Robin Hood. In that respect, it’s an excellent and concisely told book.

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Cartoons You Probably Don’t Remember: Stoppit & Tidyup

As you may or may not be aware, Sir Terry Wogan passed away today. I have fond memories of listening to him charm the nation on BBC Radio 2, and slowly lose the will to live while enduring The Eurovision Song Contest. However, I was fortunate enough to be introduced to The Togmeister’s dulcet tones at a very early age, thanks to my parents buying me and my brothers a VHS cassette containing every episode of Stoppit & Tidyup.


The beauty of this screencap is that I don’t even need to tell you anything about the title characters – this sums them both up quite elegantly.

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Cartoons You Probably Don’t Remember: Noah’s Island

Two days ago, it would’ve been Ron Moody’s 92nd birthday. Sadly, he passed away last June. I’ve discussed Ron Moody’s previous work in an earlier blog post, and I thought I might as well discuss another of his other efforts in the world of voice acting, which came after Farthing Wood.


Okay, stop me if you’ve heard this one before: there’s this group of animals, and they want to reach a far-off place that they reckon will be a paradise for them, far away from mankind’s depredations, but to get there they have to promise to get along with each other and follow the directions of a lovable old animal voiced by Ron Moody… Continue reading

Christmas has been and gone…

… so I might as well have a quick rundown of some nice little seasonal things I’ve come across over the past week or so. No time like the present…


It’s always a little tradition of mine to listen to more radio in one fortnight then I normally do in six months, thanks to my going through the much-beloved Christmas Radio Times issue with a fine-tooth comb and highlighting any programmes of interest. Aside from a couple of documentaries highlighting how Christmases are spent in other cultures which were amusing and enlightening, there was one particular programme that I absolutely loved: Crisp And Even Brightly. Continue reading