Grumpy of Mayfair here! We are 2! Yes, 2. Damn it.
Cathode Ray Tube celebrates its 2nd birthday today. Now don't get all unnecessary. Richard Curtis is writing an episode of Doctor Who and that's enough unnecessariness for now.
It's been two years since this blog stumbled into existence and I suppose I'll have to be all jolly about that. Mmm. Not sure about that. Anyway, I raise my mug of cold tea to another year of blogging. I might, just might I say, even celebrate with a cake. Plus I could mention this is post 501 and 115,000 visitors have popped in. Many of them just borrow a cup of sugar or look for Mad Men torrents I hasten to add. And then there's that Japanese porn spammer. But some of you actually read and comment. Here's to you.
I suppose you'll want me to tell you what's forthcoming? Oh, go on then. As long as you promise to read this bloody rubbish then I'll try and carry on. In the next few weeks you'll get more reviews of the superb Mad Men and I'll finish off the Derek Jarman reviews and try and do a bit more on archive television, attempt a Hammer Films/horror films 101, do more Blu Ray reviews. Classic Doctor Who, the new specials, The Waters Of Mars, Nightmares Reign and The End Of Time will all no doubt bother these pages. And I really will do an update on library music.
Unfortunately this will have to be done without the aid of cloning. It might take a while. You might want to make a cuppa, dig the allotment or visit that massage parlour.
But I should not be too surly. My thanks go to you, dearest reader, and to the many friends who have along the way supported this blog or just simply pointed and said 'You can't say that!' and I simply will not be able to provide a roll call of you all but special thanks to Him Indoors ('you're not on the bloody laptop again!'), Tony Jordan and DWAS, the Three Who Rule over at Behind The Sofa, Laurence at Television Heaven, the Seadevils, Lucy, Graymalkin, Doc Occupant, Patrick, Rich, Barnaby, the lovely Camino Real and all friends over at Outpost Wrinkly and Gallifrey Base. They are legion. And they are ming-mong.
Much thanks to all the folk on Twitter who share, especially @andrewtibbs @kasterborous @faceofboe @kazters @ahremsee @dougggie @iainmhepburn @Grindrod @robstickler @MichaelBarley @capricorn_one @loveandgarbage @Fazzinchi @jenidh and many, many others!!!
Thanks to my mother, my dead pet cat Fluffy and that rugby player with whom...well, we won't go there.
To quote Lazz Grayson, 'Thanks for looking in. And I love you all.'
- Freelance writer and film and television researcher (for hire).
He has contributed to a number of books and websites about British archive television and cinema as well as recent television series including work for Moviemail, Frame Rated and Arrow Video. Publications include I.B Tauris's 'Doctor Who: The Eleventh Hour - A Critical
Celebration of the Matt Smith and Steven Moffat Era' (2013) and 'Doctor
Who - The Pandorica Opens' (2010).
- Adventures in Prime Time
- Behind the Sofa
- Blogtor Who
- British Television Drama
- Cardigans & Tweed
- Dez Skinn
- Dirty Modern Scoundrel
- Doctor Who Appreciation Society
- Doctor Who Newspage
- Feeling Listless
- Frame Rated
- Gareth Bundy's Blog
- Green Carnation Prize
- Int. Jason Arnopp's Mind - Day/Night
- Island of Dreams
- Jonathan Melville
- Ka-os Theory
- Lady Don't Fall Backwards
- Life of Wylie
- Life on Magrs
- Narrative Drive
- Paul Mount's World of Stuff
- Pseudo Random Noise
- Radio Free Skaro
- TV Lover
- Tachyon TV
- Tardis Newsroom
- Television Heaven
- The Custard TV
- The Digital Bits
- The Fan Can
- The Medium is Not Enough
- The Railway Arms
- The Thumbcast
- Thierry Attard's Double Feature
- from the north...
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