Making a Brilliant Political Documentary is Possible – just not in the UK

Now I live in the UK, and I’m working on a dissertation about UK Labour. While we have seen insipid dramas about New Labour leadership problems and the bromance gone bad of Brown and Blair, all soaked in the aggrandisement or faux mea culpas of their acolytes and enablers, we’ve yet to see anything of the gravitas, production elegance, political rawness or basic bloody insight and entertainment of The Killing Season. Even if you know nothing about Australian politics, you should watch this and appreciate the importance of a decent public service broadcaster to its audience.

Passionate People: Ian Nairn

Heroes of TV: Ian Nairn

Ian Nairn – a new hero
Ian Nairn was a man who cared deeply about something I enjoy but don’t, unlike him, obsess about: architecture and its relationship to human beings. He was also, like me, a spiritual Northerner. He’d died at the age of 52.
During his life he married twice. He […]