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...I'll write you a tragedy. (Image credit: HBO)

…I’ll write you a tragedy. (Image credit: HBO)

To remark that genius has become an overused and abused term has itself, of course, become a cliche. Small wonder when new – often self-proclaimed – geniuses pop up every day, most commonly from the industries of hip hop music and mass technology. These grasping technocrats may be geniuses, but it is a particularly debased form of genius that has only a talent for making money. The public, however, cannot be fooled: Continue Reading…

Arts and Class

July 30, 2015 — Leave a comment

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that the best documentaries have no onscreen presenter taking up valuable airtime; fortunately, a documentary about Melvyn Bragg needs no presenter because Bragg is the presenter of all things whenever he steps in front of a camera or behind a microphone. Melvyn Bragg: From Wigton to Westminster (BBC Two) was a tremendously enjoyable, sporadically moving, profile of the man who is perhaps the last example of what used to be called a cultural grandee; but it was depressing viewing for anyone who cares about arts programming. Continue Reading…

Forgive me, but when I first heard the premise – if we can call it that – of BBC One’s new Saturday-night filler Tumble, all I hoped was that Ashley Roberts might be found cavorting in leotard. Alas, she is not and no one’s doing anything as entertaining as cavorting in this utterly charmless programme. Continue Reading…

The 100 and Extant

July 27, 2014

The excitement, or at least the interest, of The 100 (E4) did indeed increase at an admirable rate over the second and third episodes. Luminous butterflies, deadly dust storms, some sort of panther on steroids – what more could one want? Alcohol and casual sex, you say? Well, you’re in luck there also; and how fortuitous that a bottle of whisky survived for all those many years. As for the (implied) sex, Octavia (played by the delightful, and delightfully named, Marie Avgeropoulos) is giving her brother Bellamy (Bobby Morley) more headaches than trying to run his own Lord of the Flies-esque dominion. Continue Reading…