If you’re a critic make sure you have your facts right

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2013/mar/08/noise-hendy-story-of-music-goodall-review A review by Adam Mars-Jones of Howard’s book that accompanies the series, The Story Of Music, where he’s rather sniffy about the programmes. He then cites an earlier series I made with Howard saying the thematic approach to music we used better suited television than the historical one taken by the current series. The […]

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Metro Review – The Joy Of Essex presented Jonathan Meades

http://metro.co.uk/2013/01/30/the-joy-of-essex-saw-jonathan-meades-eloquently-reclaim-the-county-3371864/   Metro review by Keith Watson. I unknowingly filmed his house as part of the doc but he seems cool about it.  

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Festival Screenings for Magical Mystery Tour Revisited

http://www.dinglefilmfestival.com/programme/saturday-16th/magical-mystery-tour-revisited/   http://accreditation.artfifa.com/en/component/k2/item/201-beatles_magical_mystery_tour_revisited_the   A couple of festival screenings for Magical Mystery Tour Revisited.  

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The Essex Coast

http://silvermud.wordpress.com/2013/02/04/jeremy-clarkson-on-heroin/ Great blog about The Joy of Essex. For those of you brought up near a bleak but beautiful estuary.

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The Gramophone Review

http://www.gramophone.co.uk/blog/the-gramophone-blog/howard-goodalls-the-story-of-music Not a magazine I’m that familiar with and someone who says they don’t watch tv doesn’t get my vote but a good analysis of Howard’s strengths.

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Escape From Orange County

http://www.newstatesman.com/culture/tv-and-radio/2013/01/escape-orange-county Brilliantly written review by Rachel Cooke in the New Statesman, and I’m not just saying that because she likes the programme. It’s just so well crafted. ‘Better five minutes of Meades than five hours of Waldemar Januszczak’.

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Old School Joy

http://www.spectator.co.uk/arts/television/8839611/old-school-joy/   Review of The Story of Music describing the approach as ‘old school’ – in a positive way even though the approach we took was deliberately against the grain and could be described as ‘new school’.

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Seemingly Random Images

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/tvandradio/9836598/Nigel-Farndale-on-TV-Jonathan-Meades-the-Joy-of-Essex-and-Derek.html I love this line from the review. Re-commissioning editors, Jonathan doesn’t just bite the hand that feeds him, he slow roasts it. ‘There were some quirky camera angles and croppings, as well as some seemingly random visual images and clips of music, and all of these reminded you of what it is that is […]

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Guardian Review The Story of Music 2

http://www.guardian.co.uk/tv-and-radio/2013/feb/04/howard-goodalls-story-of-music?CMP=twt_fd   Sam Woolaston of part 2 of Howard’s Story of Music.  

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Two for the Price of One

http://www.radiotimes.com/news/2013-02-02/that-week-on-tv-the-joy-of-essex-bbc4-the-story-of-music-bbc2 A first for me, two programmes reviewed in the same piece and both excellent. Waiting for the backlash.

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