Gogglebox: A Man Barely Alive?

One Sunday evening in 1973, I managed to persuade my mum to let me watch a TV movie. I say persuaded because it was school the next morning and, I suspect like most households at that time, Sunday night in particular was a night for making sure you were ready for the...

Gogglebox: The Sweeney

In the early 1970s, I didn’t even know Cockney rhyming slang was a thing. By 1975, I was much more familiar with it, and that’s down to one TV series: The Sweeney. Then again, apart from learning that Sweeney Todd rhymed with Flying Squad, along with the rest of the...

Gogglebox: Robin Hood

Having lived in the historic county of Nottinghamshire for most of my life, and now living close to the edge of what remains of Sherwood Forest, it’s perhaps inevitable that I’m drawn to tales of Robin Hood. A few years ago, Russell Crowe took on the role in a film...