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Did Friends predict The Matrix? [slyt]
posted on Oct-7-20 at 2:27 PM

A Box, A Tape, A Name: A George Harrison mystery. An archive recording from Voice of America has been found and aired on the BBC in the UK for the very first time.
posted on Jan-31-18 at 3:52 PM

A supercut of Donald Trump saying his own name. After that you might need some guided meditation.
posted on Oct-31-16 at 3:43 AM

Lonelygirl15: how one mysterious vlogger changed the internet. The Guardian interviews the creators and actors involved in one of YouTube's greatest virals. Mefi originally discussed the mystery at the end of August 2006. Within a week the truth was revealed.
posted on Jun-16-16 at 6:38 AM

"This caption is a blatant lie." On the 2nd April 2005, BBC Four broadcast the BBC’s first live drama for over 20 years which was a remake of The Quatermass Experiment, starring Jason Flemyng. A dvd was eagerly anticipated but as this exhaustive investigation demonstrates people did not end up buying the version which was originally broadcast.
posted on Dec-22-15 at 3:14 AM

Mona Shores Singing Christmas Tree. As explained by the AP: "It's not that an oversized tree adorned with ornaments is uncommon as a student choir sings carols in the days leading up to Christmas. It's more that the towering steel tree is decorated with garland, twinkling lights ... and hundreds of teenagers. [...] The Mona Shores Singing Christmas Tree combines the usual elements into an unusual show that will draw thousands of spectators this weekend. The 67-foot-tall tree features 25,000 lights, 5,000 linear feet of greenery, and 15 tiers on which about 220 choir members stand. About 50 other students sing from positions near the base of the tree."
posted on Dec-4-15 at 8:10 AM

In Conversation With Sarah Silverman.
posted on Oct-20-15 at 1:13 AM

Charleston to 'Cantina Band' Last night's episode of Strictly Come Dancing, the UK version of Dancing With Stars was a Hollywood special which included this two minutes of joy in which Kellie Bright & Kevin Clifton danced the charleston dressed at Luke and Leia. With lightsabers. Other films included Pulp Fiction, Pretty Woman and Ghost. [alt link for Star Wars dance]
posted on Oct-11-15 at 3:07 AM

Pertwee's People. [slyt]
posted on Aug-23-15 at 4:56 AM

Mark Kermode reviews Entourage.
posted on Jun-20-15 at 2:38 AM

Bitter Lake "is a new, adventurous and epic film by Adam Curtis that explains why the big stories that politicians tell us have become so simplified that we can’t really see the world any longer." [available on the UK BBC iplayer for a month] [trailer with Curtis's preview]
posted on Jan-26-15 at 12:52 AM

On 6 January 2015, MPs on the Communities and Local Government Committee took evidence on litter. David Sedaris gave evidence and the whole session is available here. The Guardian has highlights.
posted on Jan-10-15 at 2:06 AM

11 Struggles Only People Named Erin Understand is a Buzzfeed listicle written by an Erin which has become extraordinary thanks to the Facebook comments section which is almost exclusively filled with other Erins of various spellings sharing their experiences. Like watching Too Many Cooks develop in real time.
posted on Nov-8-14 at 8:33 AM

Ira Glass Exhausted From Doing Every Single Voice On ‘This American Life’. “Just to be clear, there’s nothing more rewarding than coming up with all these new characters every week. I delve in, play around with my voice, and experiment with a dialect or fine-tune a cadence until I capture exactly what, for example, a superior court judge or 12-year-old sleepaway camper should sound like.”
posted on Nov-6-14 at 2:40 PM

For the first time ever Sir Ken Robinson (of Do schools kill creativity? fame) attended a TEDx and it was in his home town of Liverpool. As well as presenting the second half, he was interviewed (part one, part two) and gave the epilogue.
posted on Sep-16-14 at 2:29 PM

BBC Arts is now hosting the entirety of a performance of Strauss's Der Rosenkavalier live from Glyndebourne. This version was recently presented streamed into cinemas. A podcast about the production is available here at Glyndebourne's own website.
posted on Jun-24-14 at 1:29 PM

Camouflage! In 1983, Chris Sievey, the man who would be Frank Sidebottom released a single whose b-side contained three programmes for the ZX81, one of which was a music video to be played whilst listening to the record. This was an incredibly difficult thing to do. Now we can all watch it.
posted on Jun-21-14 at 1:52 AM

Marina Abramović's Video Diary. The artist Marina Abramović's latest show is a 512 hour long performance piece at the Serpentine Galleries in London, where across the opening hours of seventy-two days, she's inviting a maximum of a hundred and sixty people into an almost completely empty gallery space (the whole gallery space is empty in fact) and asking them to share that space with her and now and then following her whispered orders to stand in various places including facing a wall. For the duration she's also posting a nightly video diary at and at the Serpentine's own website in which she describes the days events.
posted on Jun-19-14 at 3:57 AM

The News Where You Are (SLYT) [via].
posted on Jun-16-14 at 7:35 AM

Mass Bolero. "This short film, Mass Bolero, is a mass participation project made in the spring of 2014 by the people of Nottingham in tribute to Torvill and Dean." [via]
posted on May-30-14 at 1:26 AM

Second Breath. On Saturday night, the first breath of the BBC's new Arts initiative was a live stream on the evening of Museums at Night which included this short dance piece by Russell Maliphant and English National Ballet at the Imperial War Museum North in Manchester. All the BBC Arts clips also have their own page which includes other reports from Saturday including a visit with Spencer Tunick in Folkstone and artist Bill Fontana discussing his superb Vertical Echoes sound installation.
posted on May-21-14 at 9:18 AM

The New Yorker Jigsaw Puzzle. Unjumble the covers.
posted on May-5-14 at 1:06 PM

Actor Brian Cox meets Professor Brian Cox. After having been mistaken for one another for years, even to the point of apparently being invited to events when the other was expected, the two Brian Coxes hadn't previously met. Now here they are bumping into one another live on camera at the Empire Film Awards (on YouTube).
posted on Mar-30-14 at 1:30 PM

Bill Gates loses a chess match in 79 seconds to the new World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen.
posted on Jan-28-14 at 9:25 AM

Patrick Stewart On Mooing Like a British Cow. Also explains regional differences for NPR's How To Do Everything podcast.
posted on Jan-1-14 at 3:49 AM

An Evening with Private Eye. "Ian Hislop takes a satirical look back at the people and events of 2013 with special guests Craig Brown, Harry Enfield, Lewis Macleod, Jan Ravens and John Sessions. This is a recording of a live (National Theatre) Platform event from December 2013." [SLYT]
posted on Dec-14-13 at 3:45 PM

The 25 Twitter people you’ll regret meeting at a tweet-up. "Guy who shouts “GRUMPY CAT! HORSE eBOOKS!” at you, as though memes work as punctuation marks or greetings in real life"
posted on Nov-1-13 at 4:14 AM

Adam Curtis mini film on the modern hug on television. As originally featured on his blog.
posted on Oct-23-13 at 3:03 AM

This weekend, The Observer's Eva Wiseman decided to use her newspaper column to tell a love story.
posted on Oct-20-13 at 11:02 AM

London to Brighton, side by side. "In 1953 the BBC made a point-of-view film from a London to Brighton train. 30 years later it did the same again. And after another 30 years it did so once more."
posted on Aug-28-13 at 7:47 AM

The March (1963, restored) from the US National Archives.
posted on Aug-23-13 at 2:11 PM

John le Carré on The Spy Who Came in from the Cold. Interview recorded for the BBC Proms Literary Festival. Includes actor John Shrapnel reading extracts (SLYT). It's slightly longer than the version which appeared in that night's concert interval and includes audience Q&A as well as pictures.
posted on Jul-31-13 at 3:47 AM

Movies in movies: A montage (SLYT).
posted on Jul-16-13 at 2:30 PM

"A search that will save his love. A search that will save his life. A search that will save the world." Google Operating System uncovers an old Google/Airtel commercial from 2007 that references Indiana Jones (a bit) and is at least half as entertaining as Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. These were the tie-in billboards, here are the storyboards and this is a contemporary news article about the production.
posted on Jul-3-13 at 2:39 AM

Ed Balls Teaches Typing
posted on Jun-13-13 at 3:15 PM

Horrible Histories tells the story of Rosa Parks in song.
posted on May-31-13 at 2:22 AM

An Alternative History of 11 American Female Doctors: "A new producer, Glen A. Larsons, changed up almost everything fans knew about Doctor Who. Gone was the constant traveling, and in its place Jennifer Jones' Doctor was now a scientist working exclusively for the United States military in exile on Earth. The comedic style that had always been a tremendous part of the show was left behind in order to capitalize on the drama skills of the Academy Award-winning actress."
posted on May-29-13 at 11:28 AM

The Guardian's global page. Everything published on the newspaper's website each day in one long unfiltered list. Also useful, The New York Times Wire.
posted on Mar-29-13 at 8:49 AM

Memories of BBC Television Centre. The British Broadcasting Corporation's central production hub for the past fifty years closes this week (though parts of it will reopen soon as a post-production facility). There have been many hagiographies, but this is perhaps the most poignant. It's a building full of the memories of millions, good and bad (SLYT).
posted on Mar-25-13 at 3:01 AM

Christmas round-robin letters: The revenge Lynne Truss (of Eats, Shoot and Leaves) battles against round robin Christmas (and in this case fictional) newsletters from people she barely knows.
posted on Dec-22-12 at 5:23 AM

As the European Union receives its Nobel Peace Prize with an ensuing celebratory concert, let us revisit 2001, when Paul McCartney and an all star line-up offered their live cover version of Let It Be.
posted on Dec-10-12 at 10:09 AM

BBC's Letter From America archives replenished by Newquay man. Most not kept by the BBC. Amazing piece of radio in and of itself. [previously].
posted on Nov-19-12 at 9:20 AM

Shakespeare on Security. In 2007, AT&T produced this nest of corporate videos which posited what would happen if "The Bardster" took a job working in an IT Department. Episodes: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 & 8.
posted on Oct-26-12 at 2:52 AM

Letter from America was a long-running weekly 15-minute radio series in which journalist Alistair Cooke introduced topical issues from the US to British listeners. Now, the BBC have made 925 episodes from across the years available online, beginning with a fragment from 1947 reflecting on the dropping of the atomic bomb a year earlier.
posted on Oct-18-12 at 3:25 PM

Artist makes music with bird droppings. This BBC report includes probably the most excited reaction to guano in history.
posted on Oct-14-12 at 2:42 PM

Werner Herzog directs a mini-documentary about The Killers (SLYT).
posted on Sep-22-12 at 1:55 AM

Doctor Who Online podcast interviews Ian Levine. In parallel with his career as a DJ and record producer who worked with Bananarama and the Pet Shop Boys, Levine was also a consultant on Doctor Who in the 80s and was instrumental in finding many missing episodes of the series. His latest projects include private reconstructions of unproduced or incomplete stories like Douglas Adams's Shada. The interview is three entertaining, if controversial hours [direct download link to episode one and to episode two].
posted on Aug-22-12 at 11:08 AM

The Naked World of Spencer Tunick (probably NSFW).
posted on Jul-31-12 at 9:36 AM

I'm lonely. Is that so odd? "All these methods of communication and yet nobody's communicating with me."
posted on Jul-27-12 at 9:37 AM

First Class was a titanic "electronic" tea time BBC general knowledge quiz show in the late 1980s, presented by heartthrob Debbie Greenwood (now a regular on QVC UK) with the aid of a BBC Micro called Eugene. Two teams of teenagers represented their schools as they battled for supremacy playing a random selection of arcade games like skateboarder 720 degrees and Hypersports, the ultimate prize an Acorn Archimedes. Now, the nail-biting encounter between Armthorpe School in Sheffield and Montagu School of Kettering is on YouTube [parts 1, 2 & 3]
posted on Jul-11-12 at 3:35 AM

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