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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?


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.


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.


Jul 16 Count Arthur Strong's TV transition

Count Arthur Strong's TV transition

Robert Weedon | Tuesday 16th July 2013

Count Arthur Strong's Radio Show!, an affectionate and hilarious tribute to BBC Light Programme shows, has followed in the footsteps of Hancock in tranferring to television. But is it any good?


Jul 6 3D TV - the white elephant in the room

3D TV - the white elephant in the room

Robert Weedon | Saturday 6th July 2013

As the BBC end their two year trial of 3D television, Robert looks at why they never really took off.


Mar 2 Trite Team

Trite Team

Robert Weedon | Saturday 2nd March 2013

Robert compares two documentaries about Richard III based on the same footage and asks why Channel 4 found it so difficult to make a serious documentary.


May 13 TV Trends: Effort Gags

TV Trends: Effort Gags

Simon Pitt | Sunday 13th May 2012

Simon looks at the trend in television programmes for adding in detailed jokes that require you to pause the programme to read them. And also at some missed opportunities, where he paused the TV and found nothing to read.


Apr 21 TV Trends: Big White Text

TV Trends: Big White Text

Simon Pitt | Saturday 21st April 2012

Simon looks at the recent trend for using large white text for programme titles.


Mar 9 Modern Cliches: Helicopter journeys

Modern Cliches: Helicopter journeys

Robert Weedon | Friday 9th March 2012

A camera floats serenely over the British countryside. Turn on the TV every night to see it.


Dec 21 The Art of Tie-In Comics

The Art of Tie-In Comics

Simon Pitt | Wednesday 21st December 2011

Simon looks through his childhood bookcase and considers what works in tie-in comics, and what doesn't.


Aug 28 TV Trends: 2.35:1 matte strikes again

TV Trends: 2.35:1 matte strikes again

Robert Weedon | Sunday 28th August 2011

BBC Two is about to lose 20% of their drama output! Well, screen output anyway. Robert revisits the TV trend of using fake widescreen bars as they sneak their way onto BBC Two's "original British drama" strand.


Mar 23 Video: Why is Gerry Anderson so great?

Video: Why is Gerry Anderson so great?

Robert Weedon | Wednesday 23rd March 2011

In Image Dissectors' first visual article, Simon examines why Gerry Anderson's Supermarionation productions are perhaps the greatest children's programmes ever made.


Mar 3 Media Terms: Cobweb TV

Media Terms: Cobweb TV

Robert Weedon | Thursday 3rd March 2011

Sounding a bit like a horror show for children, Robert defines an obscure term used by fans of forgotten archive television programmes, before looking at why those cobwebs are unlikely to be swept away.


Dec 28 A Ghost Story for Christmas

A Ghost Story for Christmas

Robert Weedon | Tuesday 28th December 2010

As BBC Two premier their new version of Whistle and I'll Come to You, Robert looks at an M.R. James adaptation that is perhaps unfairly overlooked, before seeing what he makes of the newest adaptation.


Oct 3 Review: An Idiot Abroad

Review: An Idiot Abroad

Simon Pitt | Sunday 3rd October 2010

Simon reviews Sky's new heavily advertised Gervais/Merchant comedy: An Idiot Abroad.


Sep 26 Perceived Quality

Perceived Quality

Simon Pitt | Sunday 26th September 2010

The world of technology sales is a confusing place for poor consumers. So why do people buy technology these days? Is it because they want the higher quality, or because they feel they should buy it. Come to that, can they even tell the difference?


Sep 12 Sky is After You

Sky is After You

Simon Pitt | Sunday 12th September 2010

Having bought the rights to the entire back catalogue of HBO, Sky is going after a different segment of the market. Simon looks at what Sky is up to.


Aug 26 Review: Radio 4 Flashmob

Review: Radio 4 Flashmob

Robert Weedon | Thursday 26th August 2010

How do you show a radio programme on television? As Radio 4 make their first Red Button television programme, Robert has a look and wonders if they've missed the point slightly.


Jul 26 Review: Sherlock

Review: Sherlock

Robert Weedon | Monday 26th July 2010

From Doctor Who to Doctor Watson, Steven Moffat brings us yet another Sherlock Holmes adaptation, but is it any good?


Jun 29 Review: Rev

Review: Rev

Robert Weedon | Tuesday 29th June 2010

Tom Hollander's new ecclesiastical sitcom Rev. is the latest sitcom about a member of the clergy, although surprisingly, the first to feature an apparently realistic vicar. Robert discusses why.


Jun 13 A detective who is also a...

A detective who is also a...

Simon Pitt | Sunday 13th June 2010

As the latest BBC crime drama, Luther comes to an end, Simon looks at some of the options remaining for screenwriters.


Jun 8 TV Trends: Conspicuous cameras

TV Trends: Conspicuous cameras

Robert Weedon | Tuesday 8th June 2010

The invisible wall between 'on and off camera' has been broken down in recent years. Robert examines why.


Apr 1 A TV Eggstravaganza?

A TV Eggstravaganza?

Robert Weedon | Thursday 1st April 2010

Robert looks over a somewhat disappointing Easter television schedule, and wonders why TV over the Easter bank holiday doesn't hold quite the same appeal as it does at Christmas.


Feb 20 Spectrum is Green

Spectrum is Green

Robert Weedon | Saturday 20th February 2010

Barry Gray was very talented at melody, harmony, rhapsody, and, um, symphony. But what is it about his music to Captain Scarlet that makes it so spooky? Robert investigates.


Feb 19 TV Trends: Drama goes live

TV Trends: Drama goes live

Robert Weedon | Friday 19th February 2010

As Eastenders celebrates its 25th anniversary by going out live, Image Dissectors discusses how it has revived a once-common TV tradition.


Feb 16 Media Terms: BBC Hot Wash

Media Terms: BBC Hot Wash

Simon Pitt | Tuesday 16th February 2010

Definitions and explanations of new media phrases. The BBC Hot Wash is the way the BBC sanitises 'talent', in an attempt to make it suitable for everyone. However, like putting your woollen jumper in the hot wash, this leaves it not fitting anyone.


Feb 8 TV Trends: Darkening horizons

TV Trends: Darkening horizons

Robert Weedon | Monday 8th February 2010

So what's the secret of Top Gear's success? Apart from the cars, the presenters and everything else, it could be this effect.


Feb 7 Review: A Man Between Three Rivers

Review: A Man Between Three Rivers

Robert Weedon | Sunday 7th February 2010

Robert looks at Anglia Television and the importance of the lost genre of regional ITV documentaries, before examining a particularly fine example from 1975.


Feb 1 Goodbye Teletext

Goodbye Teletext

Robert Weedon | Monday 1st February 2010

In readiness of the 2012 digital switch over, Teletext and Ceefax are winding down their services. Robert has a brief flick through their history, or at least he will when the page selector goes round its cycle.


Jan 24 TV Trends: A spoonful of crime

TV Trends: A spoonful of crime

Robert Weedon | Sunday 24th January 2010

Robert looks on as crime and medicine series spin themselves into oblivion.


Jan 13 TV trends: Casual concessions

TV trends: Casual concessions

Robert Weedon | Wednesday 13th January 2010

With so-called 'channel surfing' becoming the ghost behind the wardrobe of programme makers, Robert looks into why they're concerned, and questions whether their fear is justified.


Nov 26 ITV buys Disney's stake in GMTV

ITV buys Disney's stake in GMTV

Robert Weedon | Thursday 26th November 2009

ITV is to buy Disney's 25% stake in GMTV for 22.25 million, therefore making the breakfast television channel a wholly-owned subsiduary of ITV. Image Dissectors discusses what this might mean.


Nov 25 Christmas is Coming

Christmas is Coming

Robert Weedon | Wednesday 25th November 2009

With Christmas only a month away, Robert speculates about what television we can look forward to in the forthcoming festive season, and wonders why we all look forward to it anyway.


Nov 23 The HD event

The HD event

Robert Weedon | Monday 23rd November 2009

HD is rolling out across the country, but only to a select few. Which future television event will persuade people to make the switch to High Definition?


Nov 14 Why Everyone Seems to Hate the BBC

Why Everyone Seems to Hate the BBC

Simon Pitt | Saturday 14th November 2009

You can't open a newspaper these day without reading a rant about the BBC. With the BBC releasing their expenses, and journalists struggling to find something to complain about, Simon examines why everyone seems to hate the BBC.


Nov 13 Review: Collision

Review: Collision

Robert Weedon | Friday 13th November 2009

Robert reviews ITV1's latest drama series, and surprisingly, he likes it.


Nov 11 Demanding Entertainment

Demanding Entertainment

Simon Pitt | Wednesday 11th November 2009

According to the media, getting video On Demand wherever and whenever you want it is pretty much the most exciting thing to ever happen. But is On Demand all it's cracked up to be? If it is, why isn't everyone doing it, and if it isn't, why not? As the BBC turn off their Real Player streams and move to iPlayer for all TV and Radio, Simon looks at just how popular iPlayer is and examines why it hasn't set the world alight as much as everyone wishes.


Sep 23 TV trends: Televisual letterboxes

TV trends: Televisual letterboxes

Robert Weedon | Wednesday 23rd September 2009

Robert highlights the recent rise in the fake 2.35:1 letterbox on television.


Sep 20 Product Placement wins

Product Placement wins

Robert Weedon | Sunday 20th September 2009

Robert discusses some of the implications of the government's decision to allow product placement on British commercial television.


Aug 23 What is Television For?

What is Television For?

Simon Pitt | Sunday 23rd August 2009

Simon considers what purposes television has, and ponders some of the reasons why it fails to achieve these purposes.


Aug 22 What Have You Been Watching?

What Have You Been Watching?

Simon Pitt | Saturday 22nd August 2009

Simon examines what programmes we've all been watching, what this says about our viewing habits, and considers whose fault lazy programming is.


Aug 3 TV trends: The Working Title Show

TV trends: The Working Title Show

Robert Weedon | Monday 3rd August 2009

Nothing to do with the film production company, in this article, Robert bemoans the lack of originality in new programme names, and the rise of the "Working Title title".


Jul 12 The rise and fall of ITV

The rise and fall of ITV

Robert Weedon | Sunday 12th July 2009

ITV, once an admired rival to the BBC, is now floundering in a swimming pool of its own effluence. With the recent cancellation of the South Bank Show, and several expensive drama series, Robert discusses why.


May 6 Land of Hope and Glory-hunters

Land of Hope and Glory-hunters

Robert Weedon | Wednesday 6th May 2009

Robert Weedon discusses the Last Night of the Proms, and in particular the increasing televisual tyranny that are the BBC Proms in the Parks.


May 5 The Perils of Live Broadcasting

The Perils of Live Broadcasting

Robert Weedon | Tuesday 5th May 2009

In this article, Robert Weedon praises the BBC's Music, Sport and Religious programming outside broadcast teams, while complaining about some less well filmed live events.


May 3 BBC Video Logo

BBC Video Logo

Robert Weedon | Sunday 3rd May 2009

It may seem an odd thing to be misty eyed about, but the BBC Video ident used between 1990-1997 is a logo which hasn't dated or been bettered by any of the subsequent logos used by the corporation. Robert Weedon dissects why.


Apr 26 In defence of modern television?

In defence of modern television?

Robert Weedon | Sunday 26th April 2009

In this article, Robert Weedon suggests why television was never quite as good as you remember, before completely contradicting himself by going off on a rant about how ITV used to be much better in the old days.


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