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2 items from 2012

Letter: Joe Melia, master of ceremonies

9 November 2012 7:52 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

In 1972, BBC2 launched a new series called Full House which showcased the performing arts in a long, live studio programme. There was music across the genres, new plays, poetry, comedy, arts events, happenings. Karlheinz Stockhausen rubbed shoulders with Jacques Tati, Roxy Music segued to Wh Auden. It was a bold venture that sometimes took off and sometimes didn't. To pull it together, as master of ceremonies, we cast Joe Melia. Some toffee-nosed commentators poured scorn on this decision, claiming that an actor would not have the right credentials to present an arts programme on TV. In the event, Joe took to the new role like a duck to water. Sans Autocue, he used his Brechtian skills to woo the camera and create an ambience for new ideas, experiment and adventure. He presented 21 live 90-minute programmes and then Melvyn Bragg took over with a more traditional (and definitely not live) arts programme, »

- Tony Staveacre

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Win London: The Modern Babylon signed by director Julien Temple

30 October 2012 4:05 AM, PDT | | See recent HeyUGuys news »

To mark the BFI’s release of London: The Modern Babylon, we’re giving you the chance to win a copy of the film signed by the director Julien Temple!

Narrated through a century of music and film archive treasures, this incredibly moving and compelling film tells the story of London’s epic journey through 100 years of cultural upheaval and reinvention.

From the director of The Great Rock ‘n’ Roll Swindle (1979) and Absolute Beginners (1986), London: The Modern Babylon is a kaleidoscope of TV and film clips, photos, graffiti and paintings, poetry extracts, advertising images and album covers.

Energised by an extraordinary soundtrack including iconic tracks from the Sex Pistols, The Clash, Small Faces, Lily Allen, Pink Floyd, Roxy Music, The Kinks, Madness, Bob Marley and many more, the collage of image and sound is glued together by interviews with contemporary London characters.

“It’s essentially a hopeful film about a vibrant city forever renewing itself… »

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