In the wake of the impending shutdown of BBC3 this autumn, the BBC has so far been vague when it comes to discussing the fate of BBC4. Rebranding seems certain if the station does survive. But there are many reasons why the BBC shouldn’t close BBC4. Continue reading
Tonight comes the second episode of Free Speech, BBC3’s latest invention in its uphill struggle to make politically conscious television interesting for young people.
The show, which kicked off last month with a live broadcast from Queen Mary in east London, is effectively Question Time for young people. Its arrival was loud, its guests were louder, and, sadly, it proved how far we have to go before we see intelligent and critical debate shows for the young generation. Continue reading
The unending appeal of fashion magazines worldwide is primarily down to the fact they are sold on two essential features: pictures and people. Prompted by the likes of Life magazine, Vogue became a major driver in our consumption of pictorial periodicals. At the heart of this transition were David Bailey and Jean Shrimpton, a photographer and model paired together for what became a revolutionary shot in New York, 1962.
We’ll Take Manhattan, a BBC Four drama, is the story of that shoot and the intimacy between Bailey and his sweetheart on-camera and off. Continue reading
It was a time of innocence, of compassion, of playfulness. A time before the Nanny State, rampant gang culture and too many road accidents caused parents to forbid their children from “playing out.” Before the web became everyone’s favourite distraction, before video games conquered the home and before Toy Day was brushed aside by schools for being “too childish.” It was the golden age of children’s television, and I never imagined I would feel such an attachment to it. Continue reading
‘Ludicrous’ is how the startlingly good crime drama, Luther, has been described by Radio Time’s TV editor, Alison Graham. Last year I gushed over the first series and promptly ordered the DVD the night it ended. Some might label it as such, but I my view it’s still frighteningly real. Continue reading
Last October, Guardian Tech alerted me to a unique BBC project aimed to make positive change through digital innovation. BBC Backstage was formed in 2004 to encourage social innovation through the use of shared data and collaboration. Sadly, it was brought to my attention a little too late as it closed early this year. But fortunately its successes have been archived to help future inventors and digital producers. Continue reading
The fact the word ‘Zen’ precedes the name of my blog is no coincidence. For me, it’s as much about the symbolism of me striving to achieve spiritual oneness as it is about me leaving a useful record of my exploits behind to encourage others. Okay, so don’t actually follow Buddhist teachings and my blog hasn’t been loaded with salient moral teachings, but I do feel I’ve expressed some poignant messages that people feel in life, and readers hopefully feel enriched in some small way by relating to what I’ve written – all through my desire to communicate and chronicle using this weblog medium.