Sunday, 7 January 2018

Why 'Round The Archives'?


Why 'Round The Archives'?

A good question. We (that is Lisa and Andrew) have been fans of archive television for longer than we can remember (about last Tuesday on a good day!) and feel there is a lot of good stuff out there that deserves a new audience.

Although some material makes the odd appearance in cultural documentaries or things like 'It Was Alright In The 70s', we are still stumbling across shows we knew nothing about ('Sergeant Cork', 'The Rivals Of Sherlock Holmes' , 'The Mind Of Mr J G Reeder'). Here we have to applaud the work of such people as Network who are passionate enough to release these shows on DVD.

But mainstream television does not seem to have the time to talk about its own history in the sort of detail we love. We would lap up a BBC Four series that treated archive telly in a thorough and entertaining fashion. So until we're offered such a series, we thought we might as well do it ourselves.

Thankfully, we have many friends who really know their stuff and have been willing to help out by either recording articles, being interviewed or supplying us with facts (or corrections when we get things wrong!) and trivia. And believe us, nothing is too trivial on 'Round The Archives'...

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