Visiting ATVLand

On a recent trip to Birmingham, I paid a visit to a very important place. The place that was once known as “ATVLand”, the home of so much of the UK’s most-loved TV shows from the 1970s and 1980s, not to mention the most wonderful ident ever seen on a TV screen. ATVLand gave us […]

The Knitting

My grandma was a legend. She was never far away from a ball of yarn and a pair of needles. She always had something on the go, and our family were never short of jumpers, cardigans and tea cosies. The soundtrack to an afternoon at her bungalow was the Countdown theme and the gentle tak-tak […]


Twice recently, we’ve paused TV shows at good moments. Update: A couple more from recent viewings… Brian Cox in Wonders of Life: As we were watching Exploring China, Sam exclaimed “It’s the Chinese Hancock!”. I’d missed it, and had to rewind a bit to confirm that it was, indeed, a Chinese Tony Hancock: