British writer and broadcaster Jamie Dyer writes about his week in consuming and discovering vintage related media.
Hello and welcome to another My Week In Vintage blog for Old Time Review. The dreary weather has not filled me with much motivation to write this blog, but I am determined to continue to keep things ticking along. This time of year often brings something of a drought for material, brought on because people become distracted at this time of year. I, however, am aiming to remain vigilant!
A New Record Brush
After writing about my passion for vinyl records last week, I took another step forward. This morning, I received an order of an anti-static record brush. Research on Amazon, powered by reviews, led me towards my desired brush. I always find it a challenge trying to gauge the response to a product, as the website’s reviews are often littered with contradictions and disagreements. If it is something the buyer is not sure about, it can lead to confusion. However, I am pleased with my purchase for the moment. My large collection of records will get something of a heavy dust off in the next day or so. I will report back with my findings!
Classic Doctor Who On Britbox
In the year that the Doctor Who first went off the air in 1989, I was just about to be born. Since the revival in 2005, I have always had a fascination for the vintage series, but very little inclination to make the effort. The price of physical releases has often put me off, along with the number of serials that exist. At present, I am watching through a second-hand Blu-Ray release of Jon Pertwee’s first serial ‘Spearhead From Space’, and enjoying his earthy take on the character. I own a few DVDs, but the cost of each one is off-putting. Thankfully, there is an alternative coming.
It delights me to see that all existing episodes will land on Britbox in the UK on the 26th of December 2019. This will give me, and others like me, the opportunity to view any serial we wish; at a convenient price.
The BBC’s War of the Worlds
A little off-topic: Although this series isn’t vintage, I must admit that I was sceptical about yet ANOTHER version of this well-known novel. The thing that made me want to watch was the fact they set it in England. There have been many adaptations of this H. G. Wells novel, but very few have had the written British setting. The story, although not entirely accurate, is a gripping retelling that fits the mood of the book perfectly. I am particularly enjoying Eleanor Tomlinson’s performance, whose star has been rising for several years; thanks to her role in Poldark. British viewers can catch up with the series via BBC IPlayer, and watch the last episode at 9pm on Sunday 1st December on BBC1
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