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Taste The Wild on Blue Peter – autumn foraging for sweets

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Chris Bax, creator of the Taste The Wild site, takes a Blue Peter presenter foraging and produces dandelion and burdock cordial (or beer if you prefer), hawthorn fruit leather and rosehip ‘mice’.

Chris Bax’s Recipes

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In The Red – BBC tv 1998

“You are the most useless idle old hack in the history of the BBC!”
“You’re far too young to know.”


Apart from the above YouTube post (which leads on to episodes 2 & 3), ‘In The Red’ seems to have all but disappeared. A gorgeously satirical and remarkably prescient comedy thriller starring Warren Clarke as an old school, pissed up journalist investigating the serial murders of bankers, this three parter is well crafted with an excellent pedigree – adapted from the Mark Tavener novel by Malcolm Bradbury – and an exceptional cast.

Many highlights include Siobhan Redmond as Ms. Sin (a very Jean Brodie dominatrix), Stephen Fry and John Bird dress-rehearsing their Prentiss and McCabe roles for ‘Absolute Power’ and Sally Phillips as the dopehead news reader Gemma White, who I would love to believe is based on Charlotte Green. In fact, I do believe it.

An interesting twist – ‘Absolute Power’ was a Radio 4 series which grew out of “In The Red” then moved to television, whereas “In The Red” made the journey from novel to tv series to audiobook, narrated by Bird and Fry, then to a BBC Radio 7 series.

Despite the YouTube vid being of average quality (but quite watchable), I would say it is essential viewing for any admirer of quality British television and observer of turn of the century British culture.

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1 – 2 FU Memoirs of a Middle Aged Punk. BBC 2004

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Queens of British Pop


Last night the BBC rescreened The Queens of British Pop, a pretty good documentary, available via iPlayer until 7:59PM Sun, 12 Feb 2012.

The programme featured Dusty Springfield, Sandie Shaw, Marianne Faithfull, Suzi Quatro, Siouxsie and the Banshees and Kate Bush.

The first ten minutes were devoted to Dusty Springfield, not enough in my opinion. Spurred on by the Dusty paucity, here’s my choice of videos for the BBC’s chosen Queens.

Alternative for Dusty

Alternative for Sandie

Alternative for Marianne

Alternative for Suzi

Alternative for Siouxsie

Alternative for Kate

And Annie Lennox, who wasn’t included as the programme seemed to end late ’70s.

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Absolutely Fabulous


The return of AbFab with 3 specials – on Christmas Day, New Years Day and just before the 2012 Olympics.

Watch all 5 series (but not “Mirrorball” or “Absolutely Fabulous – a Life”) on tvLinks

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