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 Posted:   Oct 11, 2013 - 12:53 PM   
 By:   Morgan R   (Member)

Oh James Burke! That man and his shows/columns were one of the greatest influences on my academic interests (history of technology) as well as my interdisciplinary view on all of history. I look forward to reading his works to my children as bedtime stories...

I also have recently enjoyed David Starkey's "Monarchy" (Channel 4; on Netflix in the USA; though sadly only the first two series are up).

Others I have enjoyed are the various Adam Hart-Davis's "What the X did for us" series (BBC), and Terry Jones' "Medieval Lives" (BBC).

 
 Posted:   Jan 2, 2016 - 8:41 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Here's another episode of BBC Coast. This is from series one, "Northern Ireland":

http://youtu.be/4jg7CrNJP0I

The main presenting duties were initially done by Nicholas Crane, then Neil Oliver assumed that role, with Crane relagated to co-presenter but I see that Neil and Nick have once again switched off and Nick is once again the main presenter.

Can't wait to read the behind-the-scenes story of their "feud." Not to mention the infinite "fan fiction" possibilities. wink

 
 Posted:   Jan 2, 2016 - 9:17 AM   
 By:   Thomas   (Member)

The village of Cushendun which is featured in that documentary is where I own a holiday home and regularly visitsmile

 
 Posted:   Jan 2, 2016 - 9:33 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

The village of Cushendun which is featured in that documentary is where I own a holiday home and regularly visitsmile

Watching that part (it's the 30 minute mark) now. On an unrelated travel note, I will most likely be visiting the UK again in 2018; that should give you UK FSMers plenty of warning. wink

 
 Posted:   Jan 2, 2016 - 11:44 AM   
 By:   WILLIAMDMCCRUM   (Member)

Blimey, that NI docu covers Dunluce Castle and the Titanic Centre, both of which have narrations on their vid displays by little me. What a star.

What I really dislike about current NI docus from Auntie Beeb is the constant references to the 'Troubles', as though that makes it all journalistically heavyweight or something. This sort of stuff really isn't uppermost in folks' minds. What that all does for the tourist industry I shudder to think.

 
 Posted:   Jan 2, 2016 - 11:56 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

I was going to mention the unusually dour tone to some of the NI segments. It's as if the BBC were tiptoeing through the country.

 
 Posted:   Jan 2, 2016 - 6:01 PM   
 By:   CH-CD   (Member)


I think that the BBC’s own spoof documentary comedy series, “WIA” sums up perfectly all that is wrong with the BBC today.

It gives a whole new meaning to “PC World” and is hysterically funny.

Here is a full episode. It is framed in a larger background but you can scroll it up to fit your screen fully.

https://youtu.be/RHYzZTt4zPQ

 
 Posted:   Jan 4, 2016 - 4:56 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

CH-CD: Haven't seen you around the boards in ages(?), nice to have you back. smile

I watched a bit of the fauxcumentary and maybe it's just me but I found myself more irritated than amused by what I saw--which perhaps was the point? God, I would hate to have to work at the BBC!

 
 Posted:   Jan 4, 2016 - 11:15 AM   
 By:   CH-CD   (Member)

CH-CD: Haven't seen you around the boards in ages(?), nice to have you back. smile

I watched a bit of the fauxcumentary and maybe it's just me but I found myself more irritated than amused by what I saw--which perhaps was the point? God, I would hate to have to work at the BBC!



Thanks, Jim. I’ve been posting regularly? Must have been on posts that don’t attract you?

I think you have to watch several episodes to get the overall picture and the fun of the utter nonsense that is being spouted?

It’s over 15 tears since I was in TV and it was getting silly then!

As I said, although it’s a spoof, “WIA” is frighteningly close to the truth, and not just at the BBC !

 
 Posted:   Jul 5, 2016 - 4:12 PM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

BBC's "Arena" series often has interesting-to-me documentaries. "The Confessions of Robert Crumb" and "James Ellroy's Feast of Death" are two entries that come to mind.

 
 Posted:   Jul 5, 2016 - 6:42 PM   
 By:   Adm Naismith   (Member)

How about COMMONWEALTH documentaries?

Gwynne Dyer's WAR. An 8 episode doc from 1983 about, well, War as it was being fought and thought about in the early 80s. It also goes into the 'why' of war as a whole.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/War_(miniseries)
I saw some of it around '83/'84. I found it fascinating- I may have to hunt it up on YouTube to see how it holds up.

(And Dyer is British, working in Canada, so...)

 
 Posted:   Jul 5, 2016 - 6:54 PM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

How about COMMONWEALTH documentaries?

Gwynne Dyer's WAR. An 8 episode doc from 1983 about, well, War as it was being fought and thought about in the early 80s.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/War_(miniseries)
I saw some of it around '83/'84. I found it fascinating- I may have to hunt it up on YouTube to see how it holds up.

(And Dyer is British, working in Canada, so...)


I remember watchng that as it aired in the US on Public Television circa 1985-86. I also read the companion book which had a cover that looked like this:

http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1433256009l/1870216.jpg

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 5, 2016 - 11:46 PM   
 By:   BillCarson   (Member)

Its that bastard Coast thread again!!!! wink

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 6, 2016 - 4:42 AM   
 By:   Tall Guy   (Member)

Its that bastard Coast thread again!!!! wink

Let it go, Bill, let it go.

 
 Posted:   Jul 6, 2016 - 4:48 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Its that bastard Coast thread again!!!! wink

As the Coast crew drove unblinkingly past the charming English city of Chuntering-on-Anon, Bill Carson channeled Brandon De Wilde in SHANE (one of those classic films that "didn't do it for me") and has been embittered ever since.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 6, 2016 - 10:47 AM   
 By:   BillCarson   (Member)

Its that bastard Coast thread again!!!! wink

As the Coast crew drove unblinkingly past the charming English city of Chuntering-on-Anon, Bill Carson channeled Brandon De Wilde in SHANE (one of those classic films that "didn't do it for me") and has been embittered ever since.


thats funny.

Yeah, youre right, i am pissed off but the Earl of Poncey is fkn furious they skipped his castle. And our piece of d-day history.

Bastard bbc .

 
 Posted:   Jul 15, 2016 - 6:17 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Atheism: A Rough History of Disbelief

A three-part documentary from 2004, presented by Jonathan Miller.

https://youtu.be/S2J232lPZno?list=PLhOpthqJCGMGjLQIxW2TJT2fv4VCitE6v

I saw this on PBS in 2007 and was pleased though quite surprised that any station in the US would air this.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atheism:_A_Rough_History_of_Disbelief

 
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