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10 items from 2014


Brilliant Creatures: Germaine, Clive, Barry and Bob review

16 September 2014 5:15 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Germaine, Clive, Barry and Bob came from a blessed land at a blessed time squeezed into genius by the sheer weight of Australias suburban dullness

Brilliant Creatures: Germaine, Clive, Barry and Bob (ABC) is the writer Howard Jacobsons investigation of the most seismic of Australian invasions, long before all those container-loads of reasonable white wine transformed Britain into a nation of middle-class drunks. This was the 1960s, and the exportats were cultural, in the figures of Germaine Greer, Clive James, Barry Humphries and Robert Hughes.

It was also, of course, a flight. None of the four, it seems, could wait to leave their birthplace. There was almost a willed torpor about Australia, said the writer Thomas Keneally of those times, which these brilliant children wanted to escape.

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- Tim Dowling

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From the Observer archive, 11 August 1974: British TV bids farewell to President Nixon

9 August 2014 4:05 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Clive James flicks between the BBC and ITV coverage of President Nixon's White House departure, but fails to find much insight

With a measure of dignity but no more candour than usual, Nixon cashed in his dwindled pile of chips. An occasion of some stature, however twisted. It can't be said that television, on this side of the Atlantic at any rate, rose to it.

On the evening of the fateful Thursday, the BBC at 9 o'clock and ITN at 10 o'clock were equally confident that Nixon was about to take the long fall. Obviously each channel's Washington bureau had been doing sterling work: the compilations were pertinent, the pieces to camera cogent. Between the end of News at Ten (ITN) and the beginning of what promised to be an historic edition of Midweek (BBC1), there was sufficient time to ponder the gravity of the moment. An unprincipled man who had never »

- Clive James

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Rebels of Oz: Germaine, Clive, Barry and Bob; Commonwealth on Film TV review

1 July 2014 11:01 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Germaine, Clive, Barry and Bob came from a 'blessed land at a blessed time'

Rebels of Oz: Germaine, Clive, Barry and Bob (BBC4) is the writer Howard Jacobson's investigation of the most seismic of Australian invasions, long before all those container-loads of reasonable white wine transformed Britain into a nation of middle-class drunks. This was the 1960s, and the exportats were cultural, in the figures of Germaine Greer, Clive James, Barry Humphries and Robert Hughes.

It was also, of course, a flight. None of the four, it seems, could wait to leave their birthplace. "There was almost a willed torpor about Australia," said the writer Thomas Keneally of those times, "which these brilliant children wanted to escape."

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- Tim Dowling

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The Australians who set 60s Britain swinging

31 May 2014 2:14 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Documentary tells how Clive James, Germaine Greer, Barry Humphries and Robert Hughes, helped spawn Britain's counter-culture

The England of the 1960s was in the vanguard of cultural change. In music, fashion, art and satire, it seemed to set the pace and, even today, the "swinging" status of that era is seldom challenged. But according to a new documentary presented by the novelist Howard Jacobson, it was the Aussies what swung it.

Without four key arrivals from Australia: the writer and critic Clive James, the academic and feminist Germaine Greer, the satirist Barry Humphries and the cultural historian Robert Hughes, the 60s wouldn't have been the same.

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- Vanessa Thorpe

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Seriously ill Clive James puts in a bravura performance at London literary festival 'I'd love to go on like this'

31 May 2014 1:05 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Former Observer TV critic defies cancer to wow an audience with wit and erudition

Clive James blew into London on Saturday with a quiver full of highly polished barbs, of the kind he deployed when he was the Observer's celebrated TV critic. Billed as a high noon, it was mainly a shootout with imminent mortality. Not that you'd have known it. "Ah, well," he began, with the sardonic smile of the old trouper, "another farewell appearance."

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- Robert McCrum

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Clive James uses poem to reveal his longing to return to Sydney

26 May 2014 8:54 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

As the Australian critic, broadcaster and poet approaches the end of his life, he yearns to 'bask in the light I never left behind'

Approaching the end of his life, the Australian critic, broadcaster and poet Clive James has expressed in verse his intense longing to return to Sydney and bask in the light I never left behind.

Famously described by the New Yorker as a brilliant bunch of guys, Jamess output has remained varied and prolific even since he was diagnosed with leukaemia and emphysema in 2010.

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- Michael Safi

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'Game of Thrones' Renewed for Fifth and Sixth Seasons Updated

8 April 2014 11:19 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Update: "Game of Thrones" is a major ratings coup for HBO (see Season Four premiere numbers below). So it's a no-brainer that the premium cabler would renew the series for a fifth and sixth season, which it announced today. Fans of the fantasy series can rest assured they'll be seeing new Got episodes into at least 2016. Earlier: The Season Four premiere of "Game of Thrones" got off to a big start April 6, nabbing HBO's largest viewership since the "Sopranos" finale. Roughly 6.6 million tuned in for the inaugural episode to the new season. Meanwhile, 11.9 watched the "Sopranos" closer in 2007. The previous highmark for Got was 5.5 million for an episode midway through Season 3. Below, our review of the new season: "Game of Thrones" is more realistic history than genre fantasy.  In the run-up to the launch of HBO's "Game of Thrones" Season Four, the great British TV critic Clive James has been »

- David Chute

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'Game of Thrones' Renewed for Fifth and Sixth Seasons Updated

8 April 2014 11:19 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Update: "Game of Thrones" is a major ratings coup for HBO (see Season Four premiere numbers below). So it's a no-brainer that the premium cabler would renew the series for a fifth and sixth season, which it announced today. Fans of the fantasy series can rest assured they'll be seeing new Got episodes into at least 2016. Earlier: The Season Four premiere of "Game of Thrones" got off to a big start April 6, nabbing HBO's largest viewership since the "Sopranos" finale. Roughly 6.6 million tuned in for the inaugural episode to the new season. Meanwhile, 11.9 watched the "Sopranos" closer in 2007. The previous highmark for Got was 5.5 million for an episode midway through Season 3. Below, our review of the new season: "Game of Thrones" is more realistic history than genre fantasy.  In the run-up to the launch of HBO's "Game of Thrones" Season Four, the great British TV critic Clive James has been »

- David Chute

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Remembering Kurt Cobain's death 20 years later

4 April 2014 11:36 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

There are some moments you don’t forget. I remember exactly where I was when I heard Kurt Cobain had died. I was sitting in my cubicle at Billboard’s New York office at 1515 Astor Plaza. I was the magazine’s talent editor. It was Friday, April 8, 1994. Holding his script in front of him and showing little emotion, MTV’s Kurt Loder broke the news to the world around mid-day.  Cobain had died three days previous on April 5, but his body wasn’t discovered until the morning of April 8, alongside a shotgun. MTV practically turned into a 24-hour news station regarding Cobain’s death, showing clips and interviews with Nirvana over and over. It owned the story. This was a story for the MTV generation, not the main networks. Local radio stations served as outlets for fans to call in and express their sorrow, anguish, and shock. Though it’s only 20 years ago, »

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TV catch-up guide: from Line Of Duty to Check It Out!

22 March 2014 12:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Line Of Duty | Looking | Live From Space | Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle | Check It Out! With Dr Steve Brule

TV: Line Of Duty

Unbelievable as it might seem, there was a time when doubts were expressed over whether a second series of Line Of Duty could work without the brooding presence of Lennie James. Then Keeley Hawes (pictured, right) rocked up as conflicted Di Lindsay Denton. Clive James thinks Hawes will win "every award going" for her performance, while the Guide's Paul MacInnes reckons Denton "might be the best character to emerge from a British drama in years". Sure, sure, but is she guilty? Find out by catching the second series in full on the iPlayer, where it will remain until Wednesday.

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TV: Looking

As the first series of Andrew Haigh's critically lauded gay drama comes to an end you really should take the chance to get up to date with what Patrick, »

- Gwilym Mumford, Lanre Bakare

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