BBC Two closedown (1998)

This isn’t even from all that long ago — 1 January 1998 in fact. But you wouldn’t see a closedown like this on BBC Two nowadays. I love that classy clock. Clocks would disappear from BBC Two later that year. It is topped off with an appropriate sting, even if it is a little bit […]

The end of 405-line television

I cheated a bit last week, so this week I thought I’d better bring out a proper, genuine gem. This is the last ever broadcast on the 405-line system, on 3 January 1985. To mark the occasion, the BBC brought out a 1938 television set (that would be a Baird Model T18 for you anoraks […]

A confession

Despite my blog post on Saturday about why I was going to miss the Korean Grand Prix, I need to confess that I actually did end up watching it live! Not only did I sit through the pre-race coverage, into massively delayed start and then the entire race, but I also watched the BBC’s F1 […]

The Scottish press in freefall?

It’s no secret that the Scottish media is going through a particularly tough time at the moment. In a sense, the past decade or so can probably be described as one long tough time. Job cuts have been piled upon job cuts. With sales plummeting, advertising revenues shrinking and the uncertain world of new media, […]

BBC announces plans for 2009 F1 coverage

Today the BBC has announced further details of its F1 coverage, which will start in just a month’s time. We already knew who would be presenting the BBC’s F1 coverage, but today we have found out more about just what the BBC will be offering the viewers this season. Television coverage The BBC have released […]

Christmas vs. New Year

At work, we are given a choice between working on Boxing Day or working on the 2 January. I have always opted to take 2 January off, even though I tend not to drink much on Hogmanay — certainly not enough for me still to be hungover two days later. Sure enough, this year I […]

ABC1, Virgin 1 and BBC Two 2

I am quite a fan of Freeview. Even though I hardly ever watch any television these days, I think it is so wonderful to have that kind of choice fairly hassle-free for £20-odd. There have been quite a lot of changes to Freeview recently. First came the unexpected and abrupt death of ABC1. It wasn’t […]

I’ll miss our little 2 friend

Well yesterday BBC Two unveiled its new look, not too long after BBC One launched its new idents. Being a bit of a TV pres geek enthusiast like James O’Malley, I am of course interested (even though I seem to watch hardly any actual television these days). The reception seems to have been fairly mixed, […]

The last duel

Probably a bit late, but if anybody’s interested there is a programme on BBC Two at 2100 tonight about the last recorded fatal duel to be held in Scotland. It happened 200 years ago on a field just outside Kirkcaldy. Should be an interesting programme.

Squarepusher — Hello Everything

The reviews were pretty mixed, but Squarepusher’s tenth album, Hello Everything, has turned out to be a pleasant surprise. The bright and breezy ‘Look Around You‘-style cover and pink artwork somehow doesn’t suit Squarepusher’s image as a dark and angry fellow. But don’t let that deceive you. The most notable thing about this album is […]