Category Archives: Television series

Definitely A New Century (Steven Soderbergh’s ‘The Knick’)

The deepest incision made in The Knick, Steven Soderbergh’s debut expedition into television drama, is into the social. The world in which the Knickerbocker hospital exists is consumed by fin-de-siècle desperation; a simultaneous brushing-under-the-carpet of the barbarism of the near-past … Continue reading

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An Even Leafier Land Not On The Map (Dennis Potter, ‘Hide and Seek’)

When people are reminded of Dennis Potter, certain things will always bubble to the surface, archipelagic images insistent on being associated with the man: Michael Gambon’s hospitalised skin. Mary Whitehouse. The Devil raping a disabled girl. Gina Bellman’s eyes. Michael … Continue reading

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The Night Intervened (John Bowen’s ‘Robin Redbreast’)

This singular, occult-themed 1971 Play For Today has experienced a long-overdue reassessment in recent years due in no small part to the BFI’s DVD release and also to growing interest in Folk Horror as a genre. Comments about the play’s … Continue reading

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