I was listening to an episode of the BBC's "History Extra" Podcast sometime in the last year or two and they interviewed a historian who'd recently written a book about utopias, specifically a failed New England farm in the 1800's started by people with good intentions but who weren't good at farming. Does anyone remember this episode or know the book it was talking about? [more inside]
In the 2016 BBC adaptation of "War and Peace", there's a scene during Napoleon's invasion where he's in a incredibly colorful, heavily decorated room with vaulted ceilings. Where was that scene shot?
Someone emailed my office trying to remember the names of two TV shows, possibly British, that aired on U.S. public TV in the 1980s. Can you and your wayback goggles help? [more inside]
I am currently finishing Season 2 of Downton Abbey with the war just ending. How would you grade Seasons 3 through 6? Is it worth the time commitment given my concerns? [more inside]
What limitations, if any, does the BBC put on employee speech? Are broadcasters, journalists and others limited in expressing their personal opinion outside BBC media? Also, do you know of examples of public broadcasters limiting their employees rights to voice opinions, in other media or on social media?
Does anyone publicly maintain an archive with edited, perhaps back-to-back versions of *just* the broadcasters reading the forecast? [more inside]
It features a Denmark or Swedish divorced woman living in a "commune" with about 5-8 people of varying ages from (probably) 13-50. [more inside]
I noticed this "news" article on the BBC, which isn't newsworthy, and reads like an advert. It's not even introducing a new category of product. Why is it on there? Is this a paid placement?
When I was a child, in the mid 80's our school had this game on the BBC micro. It was a mainly text based game about being a space explorer. [more inside]
A few years ago I watched a David Attenborough nature doc in which he narrated a scene that took place in an ancient, overgrown jungle temple. An alpha male monkey was surrounded by females, and a smaller, cheeky, male monkey waited nearby. A scene unfolds where a particular female waits for the right moment, calls the cheeky monkey over when the alpha isn't looking, and quickly mates with him, before he runs off into the jungle. What is this scene from? I would LOVE to find it again. Thanks.
A few weeks ago, may be a couple of months, I saw a trailer for a documentary on UK television that was mainly footage of a guy free diving / swimming in the sea. [more inside]
My boyfriend and I have watched the full run of The Jewel in the Crown (minus the last episode, which is next week) on our local PBS affiliate, and we are entranced. We tried to get the "flavor" of the show by watching other adventure films with similar themes-- Out of Africa was a bust, though The Constant Gardener was pretty good. Maybe what we're looking for is more period British drama, or miniseries with romance and gorgeous locations but also a sense of weight and seriousness? [more inside]
I once saw a film, made in the early 60s, that demonstrated the basics of what is now called "Computer Architecture" using players at a card table as a metaphor. The film is shot from above and each of the "players" serve roles like "instruction fetch", "memory", "arithmetic unit", etc. The dealer plays the role of the clock. Can anyone point me to an official credit/source for this film? [more inside]
Does anyone know where I might be able to see this footage or the whole program?
In BBC Sherlock's, series 3 episode 1 The Empty Hearse, the character Moran is uncredited. Even in the DVD commentary, Mark Gatiss refers to him only as "that guy." Tumblr pleading and screen grabbies here. Who is he?
How much more footage does a director tend to shoot for a 60 minute show than for a 45-minute show (i.e., 60 minutes with commercials?)
What's the episode of QI where they award retroactive points for being wrong in the past? They're having a discussion about how scientific knowledge advances so rapidly that up to 30?40?% of the facts in series 1 have been disproven, then give Alan Davies something like 850 points for it.
Watching BBC recently, I caught a bit of an advert with Frank Skinner and some others talking about a new bbc website (or maybe it was a series available on iPlayer) which features interesting questions. I've looked on bbc.co.uk and googled but have come up empty handed. Can anyone point me to the site?
Based on a few vague memories, can you guys help me find a British TV series from the 80's? It involved roses, a maze and pairs of flying eyes that were spies for an evil sorcerer/king. It might be the TV show "Into the Labryrinth" but I can't tell for sure. Does this jog any memories for anyone? [more inside]
I usually get suggestions from friends on things to watch, but they seem to have run out of things that appeal to me. I like crime drama, horror, SF, and intelligent comedy. Do you have any suggestions? Things that do/don't appeal to me beneath the fold. [more inside]
Plot question about the final episode of Sherlock (BBC), Season 3 [spoilers inside] [more inside]
Is there some predictable way to find out several weeks ahead of time when Radio 4's News Quiz is scheduled? [more inside]
We (the royal we) have been watching Wild China recently. It's a 6 part nature documentary that's also a bit of a travelogue. What we like about it--they go to a place not usually covered by Public TV nature docs and mix in explorations of the human culture there as well as geographic and biological subjects. What else is like this? What should we watch next? [more inside]
At 3:35 in the "Unlocking Sherlock" video on PBS.org, a scroll with Japanese characters is shown on the wall. [more inside]
I want a copy of "The Day of the Doctor" (50th Anniversary Special.) I have to choose between the DVD or the Amazon online "collection". [more inside]
My daughter loves the BBC Kids show The Lingo Show, in which bugs from different countries teach a little bit of their language. She's only seen bits and pieces on YouTube. Is there any legitimate way I can get her full episodes of the show?
Every year I look forward to BBC Radio's Christmas music specials (especially choral concerts), including the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols on Christmas Eve. In 2005 the Beeb broadcast a concert called 'Carols by Candlelight' by the Chapter House Choir that was delightful. And so every year, I scan the schedules of the various BBC Radio services to see what I can find, but I invariably miss something or other (I'm in the US, btw). For all you radioheads in the UK: is there an all-in-one place to go that has a complete list of that kind of thing?
I'm looking for tv optimised web pages for streaming and similar like the YouTube TV browser or the BBC iPlayer's Big Screen. [more inside]
I'm trying to identify a BBC Radio 4 documentary I heard within the last week or two. It was about a French woman who creates experiences to communicate science and technology ideas. Examples included building a chair that shook and moved as a simulation of a rocket launch, and trying to reproduce the sound of walking and driving on moon dust. It ended with a friend of hers at NASA reading a recommendation letter to support her application to become an astronaut. [more inside]
I'm trying to rebuild a mix tape made for me by a London friend around 1989-1990. One track I'm having trouble finding started out with "Are you sitting comfortably? [Good.] Then I'll begin," which is a sample from the BBC's "Listen with Mother" radio series (click on the second old time radio for a clip, starts at the :16sec mark). After that it had a very deep man's voice saying "Welcome," over and over again while the music ramped up behind it. I always thought the man sounded like Worf, from ST: TNG. Any leads?
I've heard this audio track on many BBC documentaries over the past few months, including multiple unconnected Panorama episodes and most recently on Britain's Favourite Supermarket Foods. It seems an audio engineer is crushing on this track quite heavily, and now my brain is demanding to hear the whole thing and will replay it for me ad nauseam until it does. I've tried running it through SoundHound and Shazam to no avail, so I figure it might be from a production audio library instead of an actual song. Does anyone know the title and composer of this piece, and more to the point, where I might obtain a copy?
I am trying to locate a MeFi link from perhaps a year ago to a cancelled or unaired ITV/BBC pilot from the 1980s, and none of my MeFi/google/youTube searches in the past hour has unearthed it. Please help! [more inside]
I am looking for a good replacement for a dearly-departed Spanish language news podcast, BBC Mundo Radio. [more inside]
I'm looking for a clip of a man claiming to channel aliens from a BBC-style talk show I am pretty sure I saw here on Metafilter. [more inside]
In Michael Palin's "Around the World in 80 Days", there's a shot of a building with an interesting sign. It says "EARTH SPACE SCIENCE ART FACT FICTION FANTASY". [more inside]
I'm looking for a reliable, easy to setup service to use iplayer and 4oD in the U.S. [more inside]
Hello, if you are familiar with the BBC - specifically, with its Work Experience programs - I'd love to hear your thoughts on a few questions. [more inside]
In Sherlock, and in Midsomer Murders, there's a night-time sound which I presume is either a recording of, or meant to be some kind of night bird. What is it? [more inside]
I'm an American who loves British television but am tired of discovering shows only after they have finished. Is there a UK-centric equivalent of The A.V. Club—i.e., a site that covers currently airing British television series?
Can anyone tell me which BBC program their recent segment on the Internet Archive is a part of?
Please help me figure out the best way to stream my online content. [more inside]
Where can I watch the 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremonies online? [more inside]
According to this story in the Guardian, a BBC documentary about the London riots has been banned by a judge in England. However, the judgement also forbids revealing the judge's name, place or sitting, or more importantly, reasons for the banning. Can you help me find a leak of the judgement or any additional information, as I would like to know why it has been banned.
What is the background music in the intro to the BBC's coverage of this year's British GP Qualifying? (Please, no spoilers!) [more inside]
Mad Men 5 is screening in the UK soon. How will us non SKY subscribers cope? [more inside]
I'm starting to learn Italian. Can you give me any tips and/or resources that helped you learn Italian? Preferably online/free; examples inside. Also, please give me fun Italian pop! [more inside]
So I've been watching 1970's Doctor Who on the BBC iPlayer. The Tom Baker section lists stories available on the iPlayer as 1,2,3,4,5,9,10,12,13,14 (this is nothing to do with any other story numbering). Is there a trick to getting the missing numbers (6,7,8,11), or did they just err? And does anyone know if there is more classic Who likely to be added in the future?
Can I use my iPod touch to display the BBC iPlayer app on my TV? [more inside]
What is the name of the piano piece towards the end of Sherlock's A Scandal in Belgravia? (spoilers inside, to describe the piece I'm talking about) [more inside]
What BBC christmas specials were there in 2011? [more inside]