For your viewing pleasure, from the Goldminers

Last week, momentarily overcome by the sheer choice of new drama on offer from the BBC, ITV, C4, Sky, Amazon, and Netflix, combined with the double blow from the way a large chunk of the last hundred year’s drama is available on a combination of YouTube, the BFI online libraries, all the retread/repeat Drama channels, and good old DVD I asked for help. I asked readers of the Goldmine newsletter what I should be watching. I’m SO glad I did. …

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Idris Elba - Luther

So What About Luther Then?

Series 3, Ep 2 screened last night, and it was a slightly calmer affair than last week’s opener, which was the first time a TV show has made me want to watch from behind the sofa since Doctor Who took on the Silurians in 1970. I actually, genuinely, love Luther. In fact I think it’s one of the best British TV dramas for years. There is a downside of course…

BFI Film Archive is a Wonderful Thing

If you’re a late night Youtuber, like I can be, you’ll appreciate that there are some wonderful things out there on the internet. And I don’t mean that ironically. The BFI Archive is one of them. It’s a massive depository of archive films from the last hundred years of Britain’s history. From a recent Q&A with Ken Loach, back to looking directly in Captain Scott’s eyes as he sets off to the South Pole in 1911, to ‘The Pleasure Garden’ (Alfred …

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Juno – Diablo Cody Gets A Screenplay Home Run First Time Out

A lot of people write and ask me what are the chances of them getting their first script made. My reply is always the same: “Negligible. It takes contacts, experience, years of banging your head on the door, a shed load of contacts, and and a hide thicker than a rhino.” But ‘Juno’ proves that, sometimes, just sometimes, you don’t need to take the long way round. Juno is a great, clever,  touching, sharp, witty, INTELLIGENT way to spend an …

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