It seems that one of the most difficult genres to get right is televised history, which the major networks have tried to jazz up in recent years. Obviously we still get the interesting, but fairly dry, programmes such as those on the Romans presented by Mary Beard, however the ratings winners are usually the ‘interactive’ shows such as BBC’s current project Turn Back Time: The Family. ITV1’s latest contribution to the historical show is Britain’s Secret Treasures; here the emphasis is on the word Britain as we are told that all these artefacts were found by the ‘Great British Public’ as a camera sores across our country accompanied by the strains of Coldplay’s Vida La Vida and the authoritative voice of Michael Buerk. Read more & comment »
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