THe Normans: Wednesday BBC2 9pm

I read a review before watching the first episode of this new series: “Fascinating stuff, but very drily presented” was the concluding comment from the reviewer.

I would disagree. It was fascinating, informative and perfectly well presented by a knowledgable expert in the field, Professor Robert Bartlett. It came as a refreshing change to have a documentary that placed its focus on its subject rather than the whistles and bells so often a part of the contemporary genre: Things like “celebrity” presenter, CGI mock-ups, acted reinactments and incessant repeating of the same information, all of which seem to dominate much of documentary programming these days.

This programme served to remind us how documentaries used to be before the ten second sound bite of dumbed down television took hold.

Advertisements
This entry was posted in television and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s