Posts Tagged ‘BBC’

The Return of “Silk” (Series 2)

Tuesday, May 15th, 2012 at 22:46

(BBC “Silk”) Horace Rumpole relied on the South London crime family, the Timsons, to keep him supplied with adequate draughts of Chateau Embankment, a claret designed to curl your toes. The return of “Silk” on BBC1 (series 2) introduces us to a new London criminal family, the Farrs, on which Billy, the senior clerk, hopes […]






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How Complex Can Spiral Be?

Sunday, May 1st, 2011 at 18:08

(thanks to Tate Gallery) Matisse’s L’escargot shows a spiral deconstructed into a medley of elements. In a way it looks simple but mathematically spirals are excruciatingly complicated. There are Fibonacci spirals; spirals that look like M.C. Escher designed them; and there are spherical helices called Loxodromes. Have a look at this page if you’re not […]






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Spiral….the Grittiness Returns

Sunday, April 3rd, 2011 at 18:28

After the smoothness of Silk (sorry if it sounds like a cigarette commercial), it’s good to see the return (saison trois) of the gritty Spiral (with BBC website link) or Engranages in French (with French website link) on BBC4. In the first episode we get Jack the Ripper style murderers, paedophiles, dangerous pit bulls, and […]






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British Legal Drama, Barristers and Those Stupid Wigs…

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011 at 00:09

  The BBC is running a new legal drama called Silk. I watched my first episode tonight and the verdict: dire. It is plodding, panders to prejudice and convention, and looks tired. Something goes wrong when the Brits do legal drama. OK, that’s a sweeping generalization, but it’s not too far wrong. And this show […]






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