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June 28, 2016

Come to Bromley and see the Lego time machine

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It has to be said there's not a lot to come and look at in my (current) home of Bromley, SE London. There's the Churchill Theatre, if you happen to like a lot of musicals and murder-mysteries. But that's about it. Tourists - do not come here.

However, look what's just showed up in the Intu (sic) shopping centre (formerly 'The Glades'):

Lego HG Wells' Time Machine

Yes, it's HG Wells' Time Machine fashioned out of Lego! Or at least a version of the version of HG Wells' Time Machine featured in the 1960 movie The Time Machine.

Why? Well, HG Wells was born here. There's even a blue plaque on the TK Maxx (formerly Allders) in the high street.

Of course, we used to have a mural to HG Wells in the High Street, featuring the three-legged Martian war machines from War of the Worlds.

Bromley's old HG Wells mural

That's now been replaced by a mural of Charles Darwin, who used to live here. I'm not sure why. Perhaps it's because that's not actually a three-leggged HG Wells Martian war machine, but a Tripod from the BBC adaptation of John Christopher's The Tripods.

Oh, Bromley…

June 9, 2016

What TV's on at the BFI in July? Including The Wednesday Play (on Thursday) - Stocker's Copper (1972)

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Do you love director Jack Gold, who was responsible for - among many other things - The Naked Civil Servant? Then I have got the season for you at the BFI in July, with everything from documentaries to plays.

Do you want to watch something other than Jack Gold's directorial work? Then sorry, nothing for you here. Move along. Although you might want to try this week's Wednesday Play (on Thursday) first - Stocker's Copper, a neo-realist dramatisation of the Cornish China Clay workers strike of 1913, starring Gareth Thomas (Blake's 7), written by Tom Clarke (Muck and Brass) and directed by Gold. Or you might not.

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May 3, 2016

What TV's on at the BFI in June? Including TV preview: The Living and the Dead, architecture on TV, and women and sound day

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Not a massive amount of TV on at the BFI in June, but there are a few nuggets of goodness. For starters, there's a preview of the first episode of Ashley Pharoah's spooky BBC One period drama, The Living and the Dead. There's an entire day dedicated to the advent of sound in television and film, and its effect on women both in front of and behind the camera. A new documentary about Ken Loach's life and work, including his TV dramas, is getting repeated showings. And there's a season about architecture on TV, too. That's pretty good, actually.

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