Archive for Channel 4

Einstein and the Eclipse

Posted in Biographical, The Universe and Stuff with tags , , , , , , , on January 4, 2011 by telescoper

Following on from my previous post, I thought you might be interested in this. It’s the last programme in a series called Six Experiments that Changed the World which was presented by the late Ken Campbell. It was made for Channel 4 and first broadcast in 2000. It’s in two parts. If you watch the second one, you might see someone you recognize…


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The Complete Animated Shakespeare

Posted in Literature with tags , , on July 30, 2010 by telescoper

While I was blathering on about Shakespeare a couple of days ago, I suddenly remembered this marvellous animated film I saw when it was first released over 20 years ago. I couldn’t remember the name so it took me a bit of time to find it, but I got there in the end. It’s by Aardman Animations (best known for the later Wallace and Gromit films) and it was part of a splendid series of animated shorts called Lip-synch commissioned by Channel 4 and broadcast in 1990. It’s hard to imagine Channel 4 doing anything this good nowadays.  This film, called Next,  is only 5 minutes long yet it manages to refer to every single one of Shakespeare’s plays by having the immortal bard himself do them all as an audition. It’s not only clever and visually appealing but also a lot of fun…

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