Monday, April 13, 2015

Televison as national personality

Two mostly contemporary television shows. I think they show national personalities. What do you think?


  1. An occasional reader11:11 PM

    I am not sure what a 1950s film series is going to tell you about modern Britain, but I well remember the Scotland Yard series, and actually have the whole lot on DVD from a rather dodgy source. They were three-reelers made by a tiny little studio, but when seen as a child were often more interesting than the main feature. And when TV took off, they were shown again and again. And obviously shown on TV in America.

    The presenter, Edgar Lustgarten (Edgar “Lastgasper” we used to call him) was a familiar voice on the radio – a lawyer who reconstructed famous trials (and did most of the voices too). I have several examples of his work in my radio collection. Throughout the second world war he did verbal battle over the airwaves with William Joyce (Lord Haw-Haw) and was in court when Joyce was tried and convicted of treason – a moot point in law for Joyce was American-Irish, not British. Had Joyce been caught a year or two after the war ended, rather than in the immediate aftermath it is doubtful he would have been executed.

    But I digress. As I tend to do.

  2. I remember watching Highway Patrol as a kid. Besides using a radio, Broderick Crawford would use a radio phone, a forerunner of the cell phone, which fascinated me.

  3. BTW - I lost my first comment. I had to reset my google password and it has messed up everything including my email.