BBC Select

In the early 1990s, the BBC ran a short-lived service called BBC Select. It was designed to deliver highly specialist programming to narrow audiences. The programmes were broadcast after BBC One or BBC Two had stopped broadcasting for the day. This example demonstrates the sort of thing BBC Select did. This is a programme about […]

Grandstand theme tune

Is this the greatest theme tune ever? And have you ever heard the full version of it? I bet many don’t know about the guitar break in the middle! I reckon you could probably tell how old someone is by what pictures they associate the boing with. For me, it is a snooker ball going […]

Who calls the shots at Williams?

Here is a list of names: Patrick Head Sam Michael Adam Parr Frank Williams Toto Wolff This has been a turbulent week for Williams. Sam Michael has resigned as the team’s technical director. Along with him, chief aerodynamicist Jon Tomlinson will also go. The team’s Chairman Adam Parr also offered his resignation. It is a […]

Channel 4 Schools (1995)

Here is another piece of television presentation that has brought the memories flooding back. An early morning (4am) Channel 4 Schools broadcast. I remember the blue slide with the Channel 4 logo on it. It actually looks very classy. Channel 4 had quite a slick presentational style at this point. They used Gill Sans a […]

What do Williams need to change?

Over the past week or so, rumours that big changes are afoot at Williams have been ramping up. Last week when I saw that a German website had written about this, I prepared a simple but telling graph looking at the form of Williams over the years. But I refrained from publishing it in case […]

4-Tel On View

Welcome to the first ever television presentation gem of the week. Each week, on a Friday afternoon, I plan to indulge in one of my geekiest and most shameful traits — an unhealthy interest in television presentation. If you read the post below, you will get the gist… This is a brilliant example of television […]

Pulp reforming

I was pretty excited when it was announced a few weeks ago that Pulp are getting back together to play some concerts next year. Pulp have been one of my favourite bands since I was nine years old. Yet I have never seen them live. Many times my friends and I have discussed going to […]

Fabulous Absolute

About ten years ago I shunned music radio. It no longer reflected my musical tastes, so I turned to speech radio stations instead — all on the BBC. After a while, I began to get into BBC 6 Music. I was still interested in the speech elements of the station more than the music. Adam […]

How I came to love a Sheryl Crow song

My dad is often to be found listening to Sounds of the 60s. As far as I can tell, the programme is often filled with complete drivel. But I can easily see the appeal. Even the biggest pile of crap can take on greater significance when viewed through those special rose-tinted nostalgia-spectacles. Anything that reminds […]

Coulthard’s comments are anti-racing

I suppose it is inevitable, but I dislike the blame game that has gone on since the horrendous crash between Mark Webber and Heikki Kovalainen during the European Grand Prix last week. The most important thing after an incident like that is to take stock. I was in awe of the extremely high safety standards […]