Category: Video

The Saturday Movie Club: Thoroughly Sensible Soccer

Having been born in 1972, I was probably of the first generation to have computers at home from a young age. My first machine was a ZX81, bought in 1982 in the vain hope that I would ever get any useful from a computer. It was an angular chunk of cheese with a keyboard that literally couldn’t have had a worse designed keyboard, 16kb of RAM (if you plugged this mildly dangerous looking expansion back into the back of it), had a black and white only display and was silent. A year or so later, I graduated onto the...

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The Saturday Movie Club: Sport Billy

As anybody with a long enough memory will be able to tell you, watching children’s television throughout the 1970s and 1980s could be a peculiarly pick and mix affair. With limited budgets, programme planners had a tendency to show whatever they could pick up, and what came to be shown on our screens could be esoteric, to say the least. From the Eastern European animations that would occasionally pitch up in the middle of the afternoon on Channel Four to oddities such as Wattoo Wattoo, La Linea, or animated versions of the cartoons of Guillermo Mordillo, one could never...

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The Saturday Movie Club: Murphy’s Mob

Grange Hill has a lot to answer for. When the BBC launched its drama series set in a secondary school in inner London in 1978, children’s television drama in Britain tended to err towards period drama and, occasionally, the supernatural. The arrival of Grange Hill on our screens might be considered childrens’ television’s punk rock moment. True enough there was no swearing and very little spitting, but the comparatively vérité nature of the show was revolutionary for its time, and it would go to run for three full decades before finally ending in 2008. Perhaps one of its most...

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The Saturday Movie Club: 101 Great Goals From Match Of The Day

These days, of course, it’s all there at the touch of a button. Despite the best efforts of FIFA and other rights holders, Football YouTube is a genre unto itself, featuring documentaries, goal highlights, full matches and, of course, compilation videos of the greatest moments of some of the world’s players, lovingly created by fourteen year old boys and backed with soundtracks truly befitting the high emotion with which they consider their heroes. There is, to put it bluntly, no such thing as “no football” any more, and you don’t even have to search very much to find it....

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Video of the Day: Huddersfield Town vs West Ham United, February 1972

West Ham United seek to kick-start their faltering Premier League season with a home league match against Huddersfield Town this evening, but after just three matches of the season – for these two clubs, at least – this match is hardly a guaranteed three points for the home side. Huddersfield still sit in sixth place in the current table, and a win in London this evening would see them back at the top of the table, level on points with Manchester United and Manchester City. Quite a start to the season, and a long way removed from the more...

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