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Barnardos Campaign starts 3rd November from 8pm UK time

UK TV Channel 4 has already screened a mini-teaser letting people know about the launch time for the promo, because the campaign revolves around “Michael’s Story”. Being November, the annual Children in Need campaign on BBC television and the Remembrance Day Poppy Appeal of the Royal British Legion will attract a lot more attention and…

Review: Cutting Edge – Jaycee: My 18 Years In Captivity (2010/11, UK)

During our previous review of the 2009 documentary “Captive For 18 Years: The Jaycee Lee Story,” we remarked on how unusual it was that there was no title-card update regarding the sentencing of the kidnappers of Jaycee Dugard when the show was re-run in 2010 at the end of the trial. Following the release of…

Review: Without A Trace: Stolen (US, 2006)

The danger with taking real-life cases and turning them into drama as cop shows often do, is that you end up with empty preaching and pandering to voyeurism. Thankfully that’s not what happened with the season five opener of the now-cancelled Bruckheimer drama Without A Trace. This 2006/07 series opener which was missed in the…

BBC TV Documentary: Neil Morrissey – Care Home Kid Pt1 Online, Pt 2 to follow

Neil Morrissey is a successful English TV and theatre actor firstly known for the sitcom Men Behaving Badly in the 1990s which transferred across two British network TV channels from Independent television (ITV) to the BBC, and more recently the BBC School drama series Waterloo Road and the voice of children’s character Bob The Builder….

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Review: CSI Vegas – Death and The Maiden (2009)

Spoiler Warning: This is a current-season episode, and half the plot is discussed below. The opening of the episode will show any C/SA victim that the episode is about male rape with the showing of a textbook reaction. The other indication is that unlike most CSI cases, this victim isn’t dead, and the textbook reactions…

Review: I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead (2003, Mike Hodges, UK)

I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead is a downbeat but straightforward British gangster revenge movie with none of the America-friendly cheeky-Cockney-chappie charm of any of Guy Ritchie’s films. Since it’s from the director of Get Carter, what appears straightforward soon becomes multilayered and complicated. Mike Hodges reunites to direct Clive Owen, who broke through in Hodges’…

Review: A Place For Paedophiles (2009, BBC)

Louis Theroux’s Documentary A Place For Paedophiles is a film made at Coalinga, a “halfway house” jail for Californian paedophiles who have served their primary sentences but who have been deemed unsafe for release back into society. Theroux wrote a companion article about the documentary on the BBC News website and you can read it…