I love watching television, and when the time allows (or someone wants to pay me), I enjoy writing about it as well. This website draws together a selection of reviews and articles I have written over the years, and I hope to add new material to it in the near future.
The bulk of the content comes from that gestalt entity of beloved memory Tachyon TV. For those unfamiliar with Tachyon TV, it was less of a website and more a way of life. It came from the brain of the brilliant Neil Perryman, and started life as satirical sci-fi website before turning into an innovative Doctor Who communal blog and podcast before spinning off the legendary Wife in Space and finally ending up as a DVD and TV review hub. For this last incarnation I was editor and main writer, and a selection of my reviews have been rescued from oblivion and now feature on this site.
Doctor Who looms quite large, and it was largely thanks to writing regularly about the series online that I ended up being commissioned by Doctor Who Magazine to write several pieces. This was the fulfillment of one of my childhood ambitions, and I’m grateful to Doctor Who Magazine and Panini UK for allowing me to reproduce those articles here.
An abiding interest in Doctor Who led me to research the life and work of one of its key writers: Malcolm Hulke. The plan was to write his biography, but for a number of reasons this didn’t work out. On the positive side, the research did result in me writing an article for Doctor Who Magazine on Hulke’s political background through the use of then newly released primary sources from the National Archive. I hope to use some of my Hulke research as a source for further articles on this site.
In 2015, I co-edited The Art of Invective: The Selected Non-Fiction of Dennis Potter which was published to critical acclaim and few sales but is still available and I strongly recommend that you buy it immediately.
In 2017, Ian Greaves and I wrote an academic paper for the Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television – ‘Must We Wait ’til Doomsday?’: The Making and Mauling of Churchill’s People (BBC1 1974-75) – which has more detail about broadcasting unions, strikes, and critical humiliation than you could possibly imagine.