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Genius of Britain; A Glimpse into the Past

Although, when asked, one wouldn’t describe oneself as especially patriotic, this series of interlinking documentaries was both interesting and inspiring. The quality of down the line programming is that which has seldom been seen outside of the BBC but with Genius of Britain Channel 4 definitely proved itself as a force to be reckoned with.

The cast of respected modern day Brits was balanced well, particularly with the use of Stephen Hawking as an anchor. Read the rest of this entry »

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Louis Theroux; Where to go?

The past few instalments from the franchise of Louis Theroux have been somewhat off the mark, his tact has become more judgemental and opinionated and the subjects seem a little obvious. I wonder if this is apersonal affliction I have with the programmes as I grew up loving his Weird Weekends series, even going to the lengths of reading the book. Now I am older and a little wiser perhaps the subjects I then found fascinating are actually a little too cliché.

With so much focus on America this judgemental angle results in the show becoming almost a fun poking at the USA and its society, pointing out how the British system is the correct and right way. Louis could be seen as doing the job of Morgan Spurlock and Michael Moore but from a questionable angle which doesn’t involve his own culture. Read the rest of this entry »

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