Tag Archives: Film

Rewriting history: Russia’s invention of an alternative Chernobyl story

It was a real pleasure to see the TV drama Chernobyl pick up a number of BAFTA 2020 TV awards last Friday, including one for Jared Harris, one of the lead actors in the series. The drama was arguably one … Continue reading

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Spies and Lies: Another look at the Kim Philby story

The news that a major new television drama will be produced about the life of Kim Philby, the British Intelligence officer who engaged in treachery, will come as no surprise to historians of the secret state. The new production, A … Continue reading

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Subverting the Subversives: Did MI5 infiltrate the British entertainment industry?

In 2018 some revealing new claims were put forward that the British domestic Security Service, MI5, was not just involved with monitoring and collecting intelligence on political movements and individuals deemed as potential threats to the state in the post-war … Continue reading

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Ronald Ray Gun? ‘Star Wars’ and the U.S. Presidency in historical perspective

Did American Republican President Ronald Reagan allow his deep love of movies to shape his perceptions of domestic and world politics? During his time in the White House, Reagan often peppered his speeches with references to the ‘Rambo’ and ‘Dirty … Continue reading

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In Praise of Python: the impact of a comedy classic on the 1970s

And now for something completely different. I am a major fan of Monty Python’s Flying Circus – I always have been, and always will be. In fact, I tend to lose any objectivity as a historian when it comes to … Continue reading

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Rewriting history: Russia invents an alternative Chernobyl story

In 1986 public opinion around the world was shocked when the full extent of the nuclear disaster that had occurred from an explosion at Reactor No. 4 at the Chernobyl nuclear plant in the Ukraine slowly became clear. Approximately 350,000 … Continue reading

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1918: A New World? Upcoming series of British Library talks

The British Library (BL), located near Euston in central London, in order to commemorate the end of the First World War and the signing of the Armistice, has announced a series of talks and events based on the theme of … Continue reading

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New Light on York House, Twickenham

Sometimes the history of a house can throw up all sorts of intriguing information about the past, including how a home can have both a ‘national’ history and also an ‘international’ dimension, drawing together politics, art and culture at various … Continue reading

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Historian sets up TV company to counter misleading portrayals of great women

British historian Bettany Hughes, who is well-known for her writings about the ancient past and for her television documentary appearances, has helped set up a TV company in order to counter what she has called the ‘misleading’ portrayals of great … Continue reading

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The First ‘Multi-Media’ Show? Lawrence of Arabia in Surbiton

Many people with an interest in imperial history are familiar with the life and wartime career of T.E. Lawrence (1888-1935), mainly through the famous epic feature film Lawrence of Arabia (1962). The smash-hit and critically acclaimed movie starred the late Peter O’Toole … Continue reading

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