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'How can you live without goats?' Channel 4's The Tribe flips TV cliches

11 June 2015 7:34 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The fear with anthropological programmes is that the culture of the broadcasting nation will appear superior to the one under examination. So it’s refreshing, here, to find the Ethiopians mocking the values of the western documentarians

The mythology of broadcasting includes several stories about the alleged effect of television exposure on pre-electronic cultures, with anecdotes of distant tribes being wiped out by flu or sexually transmitted diseases introduced by visiting TV crews. A Clive James joke in a TV column about an indigenous community delaying its annual migration north in order to see the final episode of that season’s Dallas has been picked up and repeated as fact.

The fears expressed by these legends – that television is a destructive force, but also irresistibly addictive – reflect the debates that have surrounded anthropological programming in the five decades that separate tonight’s The Tribe (Channel 4, 9pm) from Disappearing World, »

- Mark Lawson

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Clive James honoured for his 'incredible talent' at Bafta TV awards

11 May 2015 12:08 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

TV critic and presenter, who has continued working after being diagnosed with terminal leukaemia five years ago, recognised for his ‘incredible talent’

The writer and broadcaster Clive James has been honoured at the Bafta TV awards with a special award in recognition of his “incredible talent”.

James, who was diagnosed with terminal leukaemia five years ago, has continued to work and published his most recent poetry collection this year. The 75-year-old joked in a recent interview that “the end is nigh, but not that nigh”.

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- John Plunkett

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Clive James to Bafta audience: I retired at the right time – video

10 May 2015 4:49 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The writer and broadcaster Clive James has been given a special award at Britain's Bafta awards in recognition of his 'incredible talent'. In his acceptance speech, broadcast on the BBC, James says he misses his time working in television but that he retired in 2001 at the 'right time'. 'Young people were getting very good, very quick,' he says Continue reading »

- Guardian Staff

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Sherlock, True Detective and Happy Valley among winners at BAFTA Television Awards 2015

10 May 2015 2:13 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

The winners of this year's British Academy Television Awards were announced tonight (May 10).

Sherlock, True Detective and Saturday Night Takeaway were among the lucky winners who went home with a BAFTA trophy at the end of the night.

Jason Watkins was awarded Leading Actor for The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies, which also picked up another award for Mini-Series.

Georgina Campbell won Leading Actress for her starring role in BBC Three's Murdered By My Boyfriend, which later lost out to Marvellous in its Single Drama category.

Stephen Rea picked up the Supporting Actor prize for his role in Hugo Blick's thriller The Honourable Woman, while Gemma Jones won best Supporting Actress for Marvellous.

The Graham Norton Show won the award for Comedy and Comedy Entertainment Programme, while Ant & Dec continued their BAFTAs success by winning both Entertainment Programme and Entertainment Performance for Saturday Night Takeaway.

Sherlock was awarded the public-voted Radio Times Audience Award, »

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Tonight: Clive James To Be Honoured By BAFTA With Special Award

10 May 2015 3:27 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

It’s come around very quickly but tonight is the The House of Fraser British Academy Television Awards that are held at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, London. It’s set to be hosted by Graham Norton and we’ve got the wonderful news that broadcasting legend Clive James will be given a special award tonight.

It’s all in recognition of his outstanding creative contribution to television, with BAFTA’s tribute to Clive James including a short film that features highlights from some of the broadcaster’s best-known work, showcasing his significant influence on television broadcasting around the world. The tribute will be led this evening by writer and broadcaster Charlie Brooker, with the film including footage of James receiving his BAFTA Special Award earlier this year.

Amanda Berry OBE, Chief Executive of BAFTA, had this to say:

Clive James is an incredible talent, and a great influence on many working in television today. »

- Dan Bullock

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Clive James will be honoured with BAFTA TV Special Award

10 May 2015 2:03 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Broadcaster and author Clive James will be honoured with the BAFTA TV Special Award tonight (May 10).

Charlie Brooker is leading tributes for the 75-year-old at the awards ceremony, which is taking place at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in London.

Line of Duty, Happy Valley, The Missing lead BAFTA TV Awards nominations

BAFTA will look back on James's outstanding contribution to television with a short film, presented by Brooker.

BAFTA chief executive Amanda Berry said: "Clive James is an incredible talent, and a great influence on many working in television today.

"A warm, witty and knowledgeable presenter whose programmes left a vivid impression on so many viewers, myself included. I'm delighted we will recognise his immense contribution to television at the BAFTA ceremony this evening."

The Australian-born Clive is known for his documentary TV series Fame in the 20th Century.

This year's BAFTAs will also see Jon Snow and Jeff Pope honoured. »

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John Howard to examine the Menzies era

18 March 2015 3:04 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

John Howard has long regarded Sir Robert Menzies, Australia.s longest-serving Prime Minister, as his political hero.

So when producers decided to make a two-part documentary on Australian politics and society during the Menzies era, Howard readily agreed to collaborate and serve as the presenter.

The ABC has commissioned Howard on Menzies, one of six projects which received more than $2.7 million in funding from the first round of Screen Australia.s Broadcast program.

.With my fellow exec producer Stuart Menzies (no relation) we approached Mr Howard and put a case that we believed that a film from him based largely on his recent book, The Menzies Era, would be a unique insight into history, leadership and political power,. writer-director Simon Nasht tells If. .We needed to convince him that we were a team that could be trusted with presenting his viewpoint, not inserting our own. Then the ABC needed to »

- Don Groves

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Clive James Chats To Doctor Who & Blake’s 7 Stars in This Delightfully Patronising Clip

25 February 2015 3:50 AM, PST | | See recent Kasterborous news »

Philip Bates is a writer at Kasterborous Doctor Who News and Reviews - All the latest Doctor Who news and reviews with our weekly podKast, features and interviews, and a long-running forum.

Asking why Clive James is famous is like asking the meaning of life. No one knows. Clive James has opinions, and that is why he’s notable amongst the 8 billion or so people on this planet. In this infuriating clip from Clive James On TV, the British-Australian presenter talks to Sophie Aldred (aka Ace), Nicola Bryant...

The post Clive James Chats To Doctor Who & Blake’s 7 Stars in This Delightfully Patronising Clip appeared first on Kasterborous Doctor Who News and Reviews. »

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Graham Linehan: Why Count Arthur Strong isn't Marmite

6 January 2015 1:00 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Count Arthur Strong is back, with Steve Delaney's comic creation having earned not just a second series but a promotion to BBC One.

The first series - broadcast back in 2013 - earned a BAFTA nomination but split the critics, with even Janice Hadlow - controller of BBC Two - describing the show as "Marmite".

Ahead of series two's launch, Digital Spy spoke to the sitcom's co-writer - BAFTA winner Graham Linehan - about the new episodes, the demise of TV criticism and why the studio sitcom is due a comeback.

Count Arthur Strong is back and now you're on BBC One - was that something you knew going in?

"We definitely didn't know about it beforehand. They showed the BBC a couple of episodes and they liked it, I guess. So yeah, that was kind of a nice surprise for us."

The general impression seems to be that BBC One »

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