Category Archives: TV drama

Stop,Look,Listen…my weekly selection of favourite films, books and events to get you out of the house

Watch…Callan (DVD)…filmed in black and white and made in the the late 60s, to me this series confirms my views of the secret services in this country; unaccountable, undemocratic and dangerous. Edward Woodward is mesmerising as Callan, the government agent … Continue reading

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Stop,Look,Listen…my weekly selection of favourite films, books and events to get you out of the house

Watch.… Ethel MacDonald – An Anarchist’s Story. A fascinating film about a working class woman who became an anarchist and writer. Ethel was born in 1910 in a mining community in Lanarkshire in Scotland. Life offered few opportunities for working … Continue reading

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Book Review: Jim Larkin and the Great Dublin Lockout of 1913 by John Newsinger

Review of Jim Larkin and the Great Dublin Lockout of 1913 by John Newsinger. Bookmarks publications On 26 August 2013 it will be the centenary of the Dublin Lockout. John Newsinger, author of a new book Jim Larkin and the … Continue reading

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Northern white slaves and the campaign for the 10 hour day . My interview with John Fay writer of The Mill.

The Mill, a new historical drama on Channel 4, written by John Fay is set during one of the most turbulent periods of British history. Fay says; It is set in 1833 where a period of resistance is just beginning, … Continue reading

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Dr Who and the Communist: the politics and work of Malcolm Hulke

Dear readers,  here is the latest in a series of  occasional guest posts. This is  from radical historian Michael Herbert who started watching Dr.Who aged 8 years in 1963 , and perhaps it had a bigger influence than he (or … Continue reading

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Political Women (10) Alice Nutter

Alice Nutter … Formerly in Chumbawamba, now a regular scriptwriter for TV and radio, Alice is from a working class family in Burnley, Lancashire: It’s a myth that all working class people are leftwing. My parents were weavers, but were … Continue reading

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Stop,Look,Listen…my weekly selection of favourite films, books and events to get you out of the house

Watch….Community It’s a US series set in an adult education college with a collection of unconventional students and the script one long satire on sitcom tropes and popular culture from Star Wars to zombies. The leader of the gang is … Continue reading

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Stop,Look,Listen…my weekly selection of favourite films, books and events to get you out of the house

Watch..Big Flame by Jim Allen, Tony Garnett and Ken Loach. It was made in 1969 by the BBC when trade unions had some political as well as militant credibility. Jim was a Marxist and his politics reflect the subject matter … Continue reading

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Down with the crowned ruffians….

Of more worth is one honest man to society and in the sight of God, than all the crowned ruffians that ever lived. —Thomas Paine In 1978 Jim Allen’s play, The Spongers, was broadcast on the BBc in its Play … Continue reading

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Stop,Look,Listen! My weekly selection of favourite films, books and events to get you out of the house

Watch…Shoestring starring Trevor Eve as private “ear” Eddie Shoestring. He works on a Bristol based radio show and responds to the problems of his listeners. It was made in 1979 and has a very English style. Trevor Eve was fancied … Continue reading

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