Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Sir Charles Hood: "Star of Bethlehem"

I've been doing a lot of research, off and on, over the last few years (much of it paid for by the lovely Wellcome Trust).  I'm slowly putting together a proposal for a TV drama series based in Bethlem Hospital in the 1850's and 60's, so I've been digging around in the Hospital archives.  Need to find someone to buy it, of course, but that's a different battle.

Anyway, slightly to my surprise, I've been invited to give a little talk on the stuff I found out.  It's at the new Museum of the Mind at Bethlem Royal Hospital in Beckenham (which is well worth a visit even without the added attraction of a talk by yours truly).

I'll be talking about him, up there.   He's Sir Charles Hood - Resident Physician at Bethlem in the 1850s.  And he's a bit of a Star.

So, if you're in my part of the world on Saturday 25th April...

Details here...

Monday, 8 December 2014

Doctors - The Girl Upstairs

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Another episode of Doctors coming up (today, in fact).  In just a few hours.
I normally post the episode description off the BBC website, but I refuse to post this one on account of the spoilers! 
But I do happen to think this is one my better eps, and it's been nicely made.  Lots of fun with the Regulars, and a nice little Story of the Day for the wonderful Valerie and Barry - the Dream Team.
Enjoy.  Today (Monday 8 Dec) at 13:45 on BBC1, and for simply ages thereafter on iPlayer.

Wednesday, 5 November 2014


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Linda faces an extremely tough decision, but can she confide in Mick?
Kat starts to regain her confidence and goes for a drink with Stacey, but returns home to some shocking news.
Carol pays a visit to Dot's house and is horrified to discover the truth.
Another 'Enders for you.
Tuesday 11th November, 19:30. BBC1.  And now you have a whole month to catch up on iPlayer if you miss it.

Friday, 12 September 2014

A Perfect Evening

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Al, Kevin and Heston have all got perfect evenings planned.  What could possibly go wrong...?

Friday 19 September at 13:45 on BBC1, and on iPlayer for a week thereafter.

Friday, 1 August 2014

Doctors and EastEnders Double Bill

It's all happening...

First up... Doctors, and an episode called Eppur Si Muove.  As Heston will tell you, this is Italian for something.

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After he finds more evidence of intrusion, Heston's paranoia gets out of control. Is Mrs Tembe making a huge mistake by pushing Josh towards Claire?

That one's on BBC 1 at 13:45 on Thursday 7th August.  I'm telling you now because I'm about to shoot off on holiday and won't be around to remind you (yes, I know I could access remotely from wherever I happen to be - but I'll forget).

And then (I'm very excited about this), I have an episode of EastEnders on the following day.

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Cora comes face-to-face with a blast from the past but how will she react?  Linda is distraught when a former ally makes a damning revelation.  Financial concerns are cast aside as Kat and Alfie's lives are changed forever.

And that one's on BBC 1 at 20:00 on Friday 8th August, repeated on BBC 3 at 22:30, and shown again as part of the Omnibus on BBC 1 at 23:45.

Both shows available on iPlayer for about a week thereafter.