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Image Dissectors is a collection of interesting articles about everything in the media. It is run by Robert Weedon and Simon Pitt, who review and analyse the television, the internet, the radio and things that contain pictures, sounds, either, neither or both.


May 8 David Attenborough and the didactic documentary

David Attenborough and the didactic documentary

Robert Weedon | Sunday 8th May 2016

Sir David Attenborough celebrates his 90th birthday today as perhaps the most lauded television figure of our time, perhaps of all time. So why is it that his style of documentary is an endangered species?


Jun 20 How the News: Distorts the economy

How the News: Distorts the economy

Simon Pitt | Saturday 20th June 2015

The news has created a narrative around austerity and the national debt. But how true is any of this? And why has everyone bought into it?


May 3 Bond Pretitle Sequences: Casino Royale (1967)

Bond Pretitle Sequences: Casino Royale (1967)

Simon Pitt | Sunday 3rd May 2015

Forty years before Daniel Craig drowned a man in the toilets, there was another Casino Royale. Variously described as "a mess", "the most indulgent film ever made" or "a psychedelic, absurd masterpiece". This is the pre-title sequence of that film.


Feb 26 Website nostalgia

Website nostalgia

Robert Weedon | Wednesday 26th February 2014

Films, books, TV, toys, radio; they can all be catalysts for nostalgia. But what about a website?


Feb 23 Play for Yesterday

Play for Yesterday

Robert Weedon | Sunday 23rd February 2014

"The play’s the thing" said Hamlet in some play or other, and early media people would have agreed with him, but probably not now. The word 'play' appeared as a label for drama from the first broadcasts on radio through to the golden age of television. Now it's never heard except in theatre. But is it the end for the TV play?


Feb 23 Back to the Fifties

Back to the Fifties

Robert Weedon | Sunday 23rd February 2014

TV always has a pet period, and in this article Robert argues slightly unconvincingly that at the moment we appear to be living in the 1950s.


Feb 16 Bias and Impartiality

Bias and Impartiality

Simon Pitt | Sunday 16th February 2014

This is an article about my views, which are my views and not the views of the BBC. The views expressed in this article are mine, and wholly mine. And even though I work for the BBC, if I say I think something that does not mean the BBC as a whole thinks that same thing. So, if you're wondering to yourself: the views in this article, whose are they? Are they the BBC's? The answer is no; they're not the BBC's views, they are mine.


Jan 3 Sherlock and the Well-Made Play

Sherlock and the Well-Made Play

Simon Pitt | Friday 3rd January 2014

The first episode of the new series of Sherlock was about one thing. How did he survive the fall from the top of a building. Or, at least, that's what everyone thought it was about before it aired.


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