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A hard day at the Met Office: The BBC look for a change in the weather

A hard day at the Met Office: The BBC look for a change in the weather Copyrighted image Credit: BBC New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 26 Aug 2015
After nearly a century, the BBC has announced it's looking for a new weather partner. That's bad news for the Met Office.

Do tax breaks work well for promoting creative industries?

Do tax breaks work well for promoting creative industries? Creative commons image Credit: Vancouver Film School under CC-BY licence New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 21 Aug 2015
Today, the EU has announced approval for an extension of tax breaks for the British film industry. But is this form of indirect subsidy the best...

Why are people upset about the Stonewall Movie?

Why are people upset about the Stonewall Movie? Creative commons image Credit: New York Public Library under CC-BY-SA licence
Updated 14 Aug 2015
A film celebrating the Stonewall riots and the birth of LGBTQ pride would, you'd think, be welcomed by those it claims to champion. But the...

A moment of zen: Jon Stewart leaves The Daily Show Includes explicit content

A moment of zen: Jon Stewart leaves The Daily Show Copyright free image Credit: Pete Souza for The White House
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 07 Aug 2015
For sixteen years, Jon Stewart has provided a sardonic running commentary on US politics on The Daily Show. Julia Fox explains how a basic-cable...

Why Cilla Black was more than just a light entertainment star

Why Cilla Black was more than just a light entertainment star Creative commons image Credit: Netherlands National Archive under CC-BY-SA licence
Duration 5 mins Updated 04 Aug 2015
Cilla Black's hosting of Surprise Surprise and Blind Date shouldn't obscure what a significant figure in the cultural history of the 20th century...

Why does Bugs Bunny become more rural as he gets older?

Why does Bugs Bunny become more rural as he gets older? Creative commons image Credit: Paul Joseph under CC-BY licence
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 27 Jul 2015
Bugs Bunny normally has a New York accent - but, when he's depicted as an old rabbit, his accent changes completely. What's up with that, Doc?

Myth making at the movies - Musings on Mad Max: Fury Road

Myth making at the movies - Musings on Mad Max: Fury Road Creative commons image Credit: Clawsoncat via Deviantart under CC-BY-ND licence
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 27 May 2015
The film Mad Max: Fury Road is set in the dystopian future, but is the narrative a recycled story from Roman and Greek times? N.B. contains...

Collecting Shakespeare: Crowd funding and rediscovered plays

Collecting Shakespeare: Crowd funding and rediscovered plays Copyright free image Credit: Public domain
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 07 Apr 2015
A benefit gig, a rediscovered lost play and a beef with Alexander Pope: Lewis Theobald's 18th Century edition of Shakespeare plays could have...

Small Data: Star Wars release & broadcast dates

Small Data: Star Wars release & broadcast dates Creative commons image Credit: Thirteenth Nile under CC-BY-NC-ND licence
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 17 Feb 2015
Do the lengths between US, UK & UK TV debuts of the first six Star Wars film tell us anything about changes in the entertainment industry?

Thirty-five winters of discontent

Thirty-five winters of discontent Creative commons image Credit: Highways Agency under CC-BY licence
Updated 28 Jan 2015
Since the original 1978/79 Winter Of Discontent, any setback at any time between late summer and Easter has been garlanded with the same grim title.