January 6, 2017

Around the dial

Another week in the bag, the first one of 2017 – and let’s start with a final look back to 2016, in this year-in-review piece from Joanna at the always-excellent Christmas TV History.

What do you do with 5,600 episodes of Studs Turkel’s radio program? The Broadcasting Archives at the University of Maryland (via Radio World) asks the question and provides the answer.

“A Tangled Web” is the latest episode in bare-bones e-zine’s Hitchcock Project – an episode with some very familiar faces, including Robert Redford, Zohra Lampert, and the great Barry Morse.

A newer blog on our list is the wonderfully-named Fire-Breathing Dimetrodon Time, and this week’s entry looks at episode one of the previously-lost Doctor Who story “The Web of Fear.”

The ‘mid-80s detective series Agatha Christie’s Partners in Crime is the latest to undergo the spotlight of examination at British TV Detectives.

Television’s New Frontier: The 1960s introduces us to Cain’s Hundred, starring Peter Mark Richman – a series that didn’t quite pull off its intriguing storyline, but might still be worth a look.

When I was growing up, the two comics on the front page of the funnies were Peanuts and Blondie. I don’t know how many people pay attention to Blondie anymore, or know that there have been a couple of attempts to convert it to television – Television Obscurities tells of one such try in 1957.

Ken Levine writes about the importance of writers doing their research – something I’ve always tried to be cognizant of, especially in my own fiction writing.

Don’t forget to look ahead to tomorrow, and another TV Guide for your consideration. Oh, and by the way, that picture on the top? That's from one of television's first interactive programs, Winky Dink and You. Kids, do not try this at home.

1 comment:

Thanks for writing! Drive safely!