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2010

A lot of people will be talking about the obvious film/book. The film and book versions of 2001 are different, in the book the monolith is on Iapetus, the moon of Saturn where liquid water may exist. Arthur C. Clarke changed his mind for the sequel, and decided that...

The Christmas Number One

The biggest number one single of the year will be decided this week. Since the advent of awful ‘reality’ TV, what has happened for the past few years is that the winner of Pop Idol or the X-factor has been hyped into the number one spot. This year...

Where is Britain’s favourite castle?

Britain’s favourite castle, but where is it? Photo (cc) Elvis Payne. UKTV drummed up publicity on the cheap this summer for its History channel by having a vote asking what is Britain’s Best Historic Site. Best for what is never clear. Anyway the results...

An uncomfortable truth?

But this antiquary’s direct descendants are those bearded men in Time Team digging trenches in soggy English fields or circling in helicopters to reveal the geometry of our ancestors’ labours. Not just archaeology, but all sorts of amateur passions –...

TV nostalgia isn’t what it used to be

Photo (cc) Vik Nanda Architectural history, landscape history, even coastal history all have their place, but when they so dominate the terrain that history on television is reduced to an endless helicopter shot of the Dover cliffs, then something has gone wrong....