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Doon Mackichan has just moved to Hastings with her third child, the only one left young enough – at 12 – to make move places with you. She lives in dinky, seaside-Regency elegance, and I keep expecting something dark and unexpected, like a wolf, to lope in. Mackichan is a true original, subversive, very fast and witty, slightly surreal, with a straight-backed gangly mien, like a teenage clown.
Something as normal as a sofa just seems too normal, yet here we are on a sofa, discussing her recent documentary for Radio 4, Body Count Rising, a profound, textured, definitive consideration of violence against women on television – what it does to the viewer, the actor and the culture. “I was getting really quite angry about what I was watching, »
- Zoe Williams
When I was young, I rarely demonstrated any subtlety at all
Nothing makes me feel decrepit and obsolete quite as much as when friends of my children make television programmes. That used to be my business, but now it’s theirs. Simon Finch, a friend of our family since for ever, has just done a documentary called The Good Terrorist, which is one of the best summaries I have seen about what took so long to happen in South Africa. It deals with the trial and execution of the only white man who managed to convince himself that planting a bomb in a Johannesburg station would be a dramatic blow against the oppressive white government. Finch argues the rights and wrongs with great subtlety for someone I first met when he had only recently graduated. At the same age, I myself had rarely demonstrated any subtlety at all.
On a similar time scale, »
- Clive James
The Smack the Pony star has criticised use of ‘brutalised women’ as ‘entertainment fodder’ in series such as The Fall
The actor Doon Mackichan has criticised what she calls “crime porn” – the use of “brutalised women as entertainment fodder” in television dramas such as The Fall.
The Smack the Pony star calls on broadcasters to “bring the body count down” in a documentary for BBC Radio 4 in which she examines the prevalence of scenes of sexual violence involving women.
Related: Still, moody, still sexy, still flawed: The Fall returns for series three
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- Press Association
Andrew Blair Oct 17, 2016
If you haven’t heard of On The Hour, you’ll have seen or read the work of the people who made it: Brass Eye, The Thick Of It, Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle, Veep, Four Lions, that bit on the train at the end of Mission: Impossible, Closer, Jam, the Leicester Square Theatre Podcasts, the movie version of Notes On A Scandal; the NME, TV Burp, the videos for Little Baby Nothing by the Manics and Kung Fu by Ash, Smack The Pony, and Alan Partridge to name a few.
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London — ITV’s director of television Peter Fincham is to step down after almost eight years at the U.K. commercial broadcaster, and will be succeeded by Kevin Lygo, currently managing director of production unit ITV Studios, ITV said Monday. According to an unconfirmed report, ITV chairman Archie Norman is about to quit the broadcaster as well.
Julian Bellamy, managing director of ITV Studios in the U.K., will move up to replace Lygo. David McGraynor, ITV Studios finance director, will take on the new role of chief finance and operating officer of the Studios division.
Lygo was director of television at Channel 4 from 2003 to 2010 when he was brought in by ITV chief executive Adam Crozier to run ITV Studios. He also spent two years at Channel Five from 2001 to 2003, and prior to that was Channel 4’s head of entertainment.
Bellamy spent three years at Discovery Networks Intl. »
- Leo Barraclough
5 items from 2016
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