For the Rich family, their move to a new rental home in Wales – Heol Fanog, a lonely but lovely old stone house in the Brecon Beacons – was supposed to be an act of hope. It was a new start for artist Bill, his pregnant second wife Liz, and Bill’s teenage son … [Read more...] about The ‘true’ horror of Heol Fanog: what really happened at the Welsh Amityville?
Dale Winton may be easily dismissed in some quarters as a genial but trivial light entertainer and TV host. But to many of us aged between 35 and 50, he was nothing less than a hero evocative of an entire era. And it’s all thanks to one cheap 'n' cheerful gameshow. … [Read more...] about The cult of Supermarket Sweep: how Dale Winton became the lovable jester for a generation of students
Nobody made you smile like Dale Winton. It wasn’t that he was particularly funny – although his presenting style was certainly marked by a mischievous twinkle. It was more the sheer warmth of his personality that made you, for a brief moment, forget your troubles and … [Read more...] about Dale Winton made the mundane seem magical
3 When the first series of Norwegian thriller Occupied (Sky Atlantic) aired at the beginning of 2016, Britain was still firmly in the EU, Obama was in the White House and, other than a few distant provocations, Putin’s Russian bear seemed more or less … [Read more...] about Occupied, series 2: overthrow invaders by peaceful means? This Norwegian thriller is on topic
For many Brits who watch Eurovision every year, the late Sir Terry Wogan defined the competition. He commentated on the show’s broadcast for the BBC from 1971 to 2008, and when it was the UK’s turn to stage the event in 1998, Wogan hosted the extravaganza live to the … [Read more...] about How Terry Wogan fell in – and out – of love with Eurovision