Blogs

I’ve been blogging for over seven years now. As you can see, most of my writing has been for CST online, though I’ve also contributed to The Conversation, plus a couple of other one-offs. I began writing for the former back in 2013 primarily as a way of getting my name seen by other television academics, and to be honest some of my early efforts make me wince a little due now to the overly earnest tone. I can see I was trying to ‘sound’ like an academic, which is fine for journal articles, but doesn’t really work for more immediate reflective pieces like these. However, there are traces of me developing my own, less formal voice by the end of 2013, beginning with the more anecdotal piece about how great TV was back in 1986 (and it really was). From this point on I adopted a more conversational tone (complete with contractions and second person address – neither of which I would use in my academic writing). Although conceived for an academic website, I think the blogs from 2014 onwards are accessible enough for anyone to appreciate (assuming they’re interested), and I get as much feedback on them from friends as I do colleagues. Anyone with the time and endurance to plough through the lot might note certain themes emerging, namely: a love of ‘old’ TV (I am a UK television historian, after all); a stubborn loyalty to the broadcast schedule that so many academics insist is dying on its feet (it isn’t); and a tendency towards self-promotion. I make no apologies for any of these. I do, however, apologise for the fact that images are missing from the older CST entries (due to some form of digital migration, I believe), that their server is currently somewhat erratic, and that certain blogs are less interesting than others. A few were quite hastily written, which sometimes shows, I’m afraid. Blogs are listed chronologically, in reverse order.

At Home in the House of Games, (CST online, 23 October 2020)

Locked Down in Muswell Hill (CST online, 26 June 2020)

Doctor Who? I’m not a Fan (CST online, 20 March 2020)

In Conversation with Tony Garnett: Part 2 (CST online, 21 February 2020)

In Conversation with Tony Garnett: Part 1 (CST online, 14 February 2020)

Goodbye to All That (Again) (CST online, 28 June 2019)

Saved by the Schedule (Again) (CST online, 24 May 2019)

Endeavouring to Investigate Narrative Developments in Morse (CST online, 8 March 2019)

How Alan Partridge’s Return to the BBC Reflects the Changing Media Landscape (The Conversation, 27 February 2019)

In Search of a ‘Real’ University (CST online, 1 February 2019)

Decanting Vintage Bergerac (CST online, 20 April 2018)

Say What? Putting the Accent on Bad Brits in US TV (A Special Relationship, 11 April 2018)

Gronda Gronda! “Playing’ The Adventure Game (CST online, 23 February 2018)

Adventures in Academic Publishing: If You Only Read One Book This Year… (CST online, 6 October 2017)

A Time Traveller’s Guide to Television Acting (The Conversation, 27 September 2017)

I was Jonathan Creek’s Double: My Secret Life as a Practitioner (CST online, 21 July 2017)

Shutting Up Shop: Bye Bye, BBC Store (CST online, 16 June 2017)

Ode to Adam and Joe (CST online, 8 May 2017)

When Two Becomes One (CST online, 25 April 2017)

An Animated Discussion of Canonicity (CST online, 24 February 2017)

Old Formats Die Hard (CST online, 17 June 2016)

With No Apologies for Cross Posting (CST online, 5 May 2016)

Media City of Dreams-UK (CST online, 24 March 2016)

Roads Not Taken (CST online, 12 February 2016)

What’s in Store? (CST online, 26 November 2015)

Make It Digital! Bringing ‘Old’ TV into the Multi-Platform Age (CST online, 24 July 2015)

Documenting Hitch (Antenna, 2 July 2015)

Keeping TV in Perspective (CST online, 8 May 2015)

Saved by the Schedule (CST online, 27 March 2015)

Goodbye to All That (CST online, 13 February 2015)

Regarding Rumpole: Presenting the Case for ‘Old’ TV (CST online, 27 November 2014)

Now a Major Television Series: Television Tie-Ins (CST online, 4 July 2014)

Putting the Accent on TV: Poor Projection, Dodgy Diction and RIP RP (CST online, 23 May 2014)

Critiquing the Celebrity Documentary (CST online, 11 April 2014)

At Home with the (TV) Stars in Muswell Hill (CST online, 28 February 2014)

Sit Down and Be Counted: Why TV Stand-Up was Better with a Stool (CST online, 17 January 2014)

Even the Repeats were Good… 1986: A Year of Hidden Treasures and Empires Lost (CST online, 5 December 2013)

Strictly Tea Time: The Welcome Return of the Saturday Evening Autumn Schedule (CST online, 25 October 2013)

New Tricks… And New Faces: How to Manage Character Transitions in Series TV (CST online, 13 September 2013)

Whither the Title Sequence? Exposition, Redundancy and Opening Credits (CST online, 28 June 2013)

TV Prequels (CST online, 16 May 2013)

The Undateables and Documentary Voice (CST online, 5 April 2013)