Tag Archives: television

Covid 19 viewing

More screen time is ahead of me in the coming months. I’m normally don’t sit in front of the TV for too long but as I’m trying to do my civic duty and not leave the house, this will be difficult. Here’s a few (not all that recent) to start the next phase with:

Superheroes

From the recent movie Captain Marvel and the tv series of Watchmen (including a phone booth used to talk to a blue god) to an old iconic favourite – Buffy.

Recent viewing

French TV

In English the show is called ‘Black Spot’ but although my French is not so good even I know ‘Zone Blanche’ translates as ‘White’ zone. It refers to the lack of communication signals in the town and forest. I find it curious that languages can refer to the same occurrence with a phrase that uses opposite terms.

I’m glad I caught this text. Indicates the way phone booths are going. In this story the locals shot at the telecoms men who came to dismantle it.

Urban USA on TV

Black Monday

A lot more TV viewing

Abducted in plain site‘ (documentary)
Why do American sit coms like to stick classic UK phone boxes inside all the time? This from the ‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt‘.
The Canadians do it too – ‘Orphan Black‘ where Felix has a phone box inside his flat.
German sci-fi drama ‘Dark‘ sets this scene for the year 1986.
Not a box as such but I like this scene from ‘Sahara’

QI conversation

Phoneboxes featured on a QI episode a little while ago:

Christmas TV

A 70s blast

I recognise the two shots above. I walk past this building (the Institute of Education) on my way to the British Museum once a week. There is coffee shop on the ground floor. There is no phone box in that spot in the real world. The building is a great piece of Brutalist architecture. The outer staircase, used in the Little Drummer Girl’w final episode, is my favourite aspect.

Tin Star

I love this shot from Tin Star. There was no real need in the story line for this scene but the producers put it in anyway. Local art and phone boxes create powerful images.