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priscilla-of-padua

The Sky Arts Book Show

I don't think I have  seen reference to  this programme on the boards; may I recommend it since many have Sky, I assume? )

Today's (Sunday) morning show was very good.... and I really must read the book about the Secrets of the Natural History Museum. I ought to have noted names to quote - and will next time if there is anyone else willing to chat about this excellent book programme.

Sky Arts in general has been a real find for me to record their ecletic selection and later watch when all else is dullsville. Is the country really obsessed with cooks and cooking as Tv progs now seem to suggest?

P.
Caro

I don't know of a Sky Arts Book channel, Priscilla.  We have the Arts Channel in NZ but it is an extra subscription and we don't get it in our household.  Perhaps I should have thought of that for my husband for Xmas as it often is the only channel with anything watchable on it here.  

It is really quite amazing how many channels there can be and how little to watch.  The History and Documentary channels seem to have little but war on them.  We do spend a lot of time in front of the Living channel watching people move house or cook or whatever.  (Actually I don't spend much time watching but do hear it from my computer.)

Cheers, Caro.
Caro

Checked our Sky Arts channel this evening and am very sad to see I could be watching The Two Loves of Anthony Trollope followed by The Making of Twelfth Night and then Twelfth Night.  (I don't know what version - is there a new one around?)

Must not look to see what is on the Arts Channel - it is just depressing when I compare it with others.  

Cheers, Caro.
lunababymoonchild

I watch the Book Show Priscilla, it never occurred to me to start a thread on it.  The prorgramme is repeated throughout the week, too.

I also watch other things, I especially like The Actor's Studio when that's on and whatever else turns up.

My reminder service has programmes all about religion at the moment!

Luna
Evie

I have seen the programme a couple of times, but don't have Sky myself.  It seemed OK - I like Mariella Frostrup (is that the right programme...?), and I liked the format, though as I say, I have only seen it a couple of times.

Wish the Beeb would do something...
TheRejectAmidHair

I too have only seen it once or twice, and while it seems good for what it is, I'd personally like to see something a bit more in-depth, and a bit less celebrity-oriented - i.e. I'd like to see a programme on books that wouldn't even consider inviting the likes of Nigella Lawson, who, whatever her talents may be, is not a writer.

(Sorry to pick out Ms Lawson, but she just happened to be on the programme that I saw, and was as irritating as ever...)
Evie

Yes, I agree about the need for decent guests.

There was recently a series of events in Bristol exploring the relationship between art/literature and science.  One of these had Jonathan Miller and Richard Gregory in discussion; another had AS Byatt and a top neuroscientist from UCL; that's the sort of thing I would love to see on television!  In one of her novels, AS Byatt creates a television show, set in the late 60s, and in fact Richard Gregory and Jonathan Miller appear on it - it sounded wonderful in the novel (just a discussion programme, with a host and some intelligent guests), and this proved to me how fascinating it could be with the right people.  No one had a book to plug, nor did they go on about what they liked to read on the beach, they discussed literature in depth and detail - fabulous.

I don't trust the Beeb to do it, though - it doesn't involve a phone vote for a start.
Freyda

TheRejectAmidHair wrote:
I too have only seen it once or twice, and while it seems good for what it is, I'd personally like to see something a bit more in-depth, and a bit less celebrity-oriented - i.e. I'd like to see a programme on books that wouldn't even consider inviting the likes of Nigella Lawson, who, whatever her talents may be, is not a writer.

(Sorry to pick out Ms Lawson, but she just happened to be on the programme that I saw, and was as irritating as ever...)


But didn't she used to be on a regular TV arts prgramme years ago, long before she ever lifted a wooden spoon, when she was young and slender ? (as we all were). She wore a black leather jacket. I assumed she started out as an arts journalist or a reveiwer or something.
Freyda

Evie wrote:
Yes, I agree about the need for decent guests.

 No one had a book to plug, nor did they go on about what they liked to read on the beach, they discussed literature in depth and detail - fabulous.

I don't trust the Beeb to do it, though - it doesn't involve a phone vote for a start.


Yes, it would be lovely to see/listen to  something where the person wasn't plugging their book, film or TV show.

Sky has just come back on our TV selection - I don't know why, we never change the package, it just changes itself - but I haven't explored Sky Arts yet. I don't think it's there. Just lots of 'history' channels that I call the War Channel or even the Nazis Channel, as that is all it seems to be. Blokes-history. Sorry, chaps, if you feel this is stereotyping you.

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