Yes, another of my needlessly obscure titles - sorry! But I have discovered a little gem of a TV station called 'Yesterday' and I want to cover it in kisses. Just as I was resigning myself to non-stop, corrupt, drug-addled Olympics on absolutely every TV station, I came across 'Yesterday', and indeed, yesterday I watched an episode of that truly great TV classic 'The World at War'. From the opening music by Carl Davis, through the opening photographs and into Laurence Olivier's compelling narrative, the whole thing is riveting.
This was followed by David Starky's superb series of talks called 'Monarchy'. Oh boy, did I ever have my ignorance shown up so quickly! My guess is that some of Starky's very confident assertions and analyses would be disputed by other equally qualified historians but, hey, that's the nature of historical studies. Suffice to say that Starky's delivery is superb and the history is utterly fascinating. God, what a murderous lot our Kings of old were but, all the time, slowly, inexorably, the effects of Magna Carta seeped into the warp and woof of English history.
In addition, and despite the fact my cup over-runneth, 'Yesterday' also show some of the old classic comedy shows and, mirabile dictum, I found myself laughing - out loud!