arts documentary

Banned in the UK, Channel 4

What to say if you liked it An intelligent, even nostalgic, introduction to the censorship issues that came to prominence in the 1980s, with a welcome mix of expert and eye witness talking heads to help explain the story. What to say if you didn't like it Channel 4...

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Super Secret Movie Rules, VH1

Super Secret Movie Rules likes to think it is some definitive tenet on the art of film-making when in fact it's just I Love 1975 for the celluloid clique. The quality of commentator is pretty much equal to the bargain basement celebrities of the I Love… shows, the...

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Dickens In America, BBC4

What to say if you liked it Miriam Margoyles sets off for an intriguing voyage across America in the footsteps of the nation’s greatest novelist and discovers as many fascinating facts about contemporary politics and morals as she does about those cherished in 1842....

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The Turner Prize 2004, Channel 4

What to say if you liked it A reverential genuflection to the profound tidal forces who shape the art world and, through logical extension, the world around us. What to say if you didn’t like it An incoherent shambles that had equal value in modern culture to a pack...

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The Curse Of Radio 1, Five

What to say if you liked it An acute compendium of catastrophes in which the pompously premier radio station in Britain stumbled from one crisis to the next like a DJ overdosing on iniquitous insincerity and calculated conceit. What to say if you didn’t like it A...

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Sex, Secrets And Frankie Howerd, Channel 4

For a programme that purported to be about one of Britain’s most unique comedians, this profile did the best it could to dehumanise him. Stories of his uncontrollable sexuality were recounted by Rory McGrath and Paul Ross, who said that “Ninety per cent of people who...

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