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Posted by Mum About Town
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on Thursday, 01 May 2014
This week I have received more ‘I love you’ messages than ever before.

In case you are thinking the worst or wondering if He might have swallowed a romance manual whole, I can explain…

You see, after much pester-power (and even more resisting on our part), the Smalls are each proud owners of an email address. The excitement is no less than immense. Homework must be completed before they rush to the computer to check for any new messages and feverishly draft away their kooky news updates. PING! Off fly their amusing messages – either to me or to their quicker-to-respond grandparents.

Despite being quite sweet, I do find this new activity a little sobering. Let’s face it, we’re all slaves to our in-box. Obsessive checking for any new messages and feeling compelled to reply within minutes, life, as these little people know it, is well and truly over.

Of course, they see email correspondence as properly glamorous. They lust after this other world where an iPhone is simply an extension of your hand. Gone are the days when any of us even wonder what the postman might deliver in the way of handwritten correspondence. He’s simply Amazon’s carrier pigeon now.

As I search (online – of course) for this year’s summer holiday destination, I’m quite tempted to find somewhere completely disconnected. The idea of no Wi-Fi, TV and maybe even lacking in constant electricity is really appealing. By then it will be the digital detox my Smalls need.


You can read more musings from Emma at www.lifeofyablon.com

TV PREVIEW: The Bletchley Circle [ITV, Thursday 6th. 9pm]

Posted by Michael Moran
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on Monday, 03 September 2012

Costume dramas belong on a Sunday night. My only real concern about Parade’s End was the somewhat perverse decision to broadcast it on a Friday.

Conversely, a good detective yarn finds its natural home at about 9pm on a midweek evening.

The Bletchley Circle is both costume drama and good detective yarn. Combining those elements has conjured a mystical alchemy that makes the show watchable on any day of the week.

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TONIGHT'S TV: Tales Of Television Centre (BBC4, 9pm)

Posted by Michael Moran
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on Thursday, 17 May 2012

BBC Television Centre was a one-of-a-kind institution. It served not only as the technical model for media facilities the world over but also a clearing-house of ideas that still form the basis of the best TV drama and comedy today.

It was also a sort of university, training some of the most able broadcasters and production staff we’re ever likely to have in the UK. So, understandably, quite a few people are sorry to see it go.

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TONIGHT'S TV: Episodes (BBC2 10pm)

Posted by Michael Moran
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on Friday, 11 May 2012

Sean and Beverly Lincoln, the writers at the heart of Episodes, would barely give this show’s premise a second glance.

Bickering couple? Check.

Fish-out-of water scenario? Check.

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TONIGHT'S TV: The Killing (Channel 4 10pm)

Posted by Michael Moran
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on Wednesday, 02 May 2012

The original Danish series launched a thousand cosy jumpers and started a veritable gold-rush of TV executives hunting for the next for brainy Scandinavian thriller.

But the ugly truth about the show we hipsters call Forbrydelsen, is that it’s a bit hard to watch while you’re eating, reading a magazine or pottering around on the Internet. We may not like to admit that we do those things in front of the television, but there it is.

And a subtitled mystery where clues may be concealed in the most innocuous conversations does not ideal TV dinner fare make.

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Meet the Romans, meet the critics, meet the celebrities.

Posted by Michael Moran
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on Tuesday, 24 April 2012

By and large, I don’t tend to tell you about bad television here.

In a multichannel environment of sometimes bewildering choice, I try to use the privilege of seeing TV programmes earlier than most to pick the diamonds out of the dirt for you.

It seems unnecessary for me to point out where the rubbish is.

  

But I can’t tell you about everything that’s good. A case in point is Meet The Romans. A combination of a website redesign for The Lady and an inconveniently-scheduled half-term holiday meant that I didn’t find time to tell you about BBC2’s rather modern look at that already well-explored ancient civilisation.

Which is a shame, because it’s great.

It’s fronted by Professor Mary Beard. What she doesn’t know about The Romans isn’t worth putting in three one-hour television documentaries about the ordinary people of Rome.



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