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

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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Kim Newman, Doctor Who. London: BFI publishing, 2005. My rating: *** Doctor Who by Kim Newman Kim Newman is a well-known and prolific author of genre novels, overviews on cult and horror film and TV and a reviewer for the film magazine Empire. This book, an entry in the excellent BFI TV classics series, is …

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This post was updated 24 April 2014 My rating: ***** Note: Simon Coward’s comprehensive, but now defunct, Ace of Wands website (available in the Wayback machine internet archive) and Andrew Pixley’s copious viewing notes which accompany the 2007 Network DVD release have been invaluable in providing background information and quotations for this review. This British …

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My rating: ***** See my other post reflecting at more length on Sapphire and Steel Sapphire and Steel is my favourite science fiction series and I have watched quite a few. Starring the blond duo Joanna Lumley and David McCallum, it was broadcast in Britain from 1979 to 1982 and then, like the characters at …

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