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Clare O’Farrell’s blog on books, TV, films, Michel Foucault, universities etc. etc.

Cult TV: The Essential Critical Guide by Jon E. Lewis My rating: **** Jon E. Lewis, Cult TV: The Essential Critical Guide, Pavilion Books, 1994. I noticed a few months ago that Google appears to have acquired Goodreads, a social networking and book cataloguing site to which I subscribe. At least that is my explanation …

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I have been trying very hard to like the new millennium Doctor Who, but I think the time has come to admit defeat. I have now reached the tipping point where I have given up hope that the series will  turn into something that I actually enjoy watching. Something that I can watch without constant …

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Thibaut de Saint-Maurice. Philosophie en séries, Paris: Ellipses, 2009. My rating: ** Philosophie en séries by Thibaut de Saint-Maurice This book is quite a good introduction for senior school students doing philosophy and is intended as such. It systematically addresses concepts set for the final year program in philosophy in France using illustrations from a …

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My rating: ***** Spoiler alert imdb link One of the users on amazon.com reviewing the 2007 TV series The Dresden Files bemoans the fact that her shelves are littered with DVD sets of prematurely cancelled series and suggests that cancelling some of the endlessly tedious reality shows might free up some funds for the continuation …

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Glen Creeber, The Singing Detective, London: BFI TV Classics, 2007. My rating: *** The Singing Detective by Glen Creeber Television doesn’t always age well, but Dennis Potter’s The Singing Detective more than twenty years later is still just as riveting and confronting. I saw the series when it originally aired in 1986 and was completely …

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Ina Rae Hark, Star Trek. London: BFI publishing, 2008. My rating: *** Star Trek by Ina Rae Hark The author of this book, Ina Rae Hark is a long-standing fan of the series, dating back to the original 1960s series. She is currently professor of English and Film Studies at the University of South Carolina. …

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