• Utopia – Season 2 – The multi award-winning satirical comedy about a group of people charged with building this nation – one white elephant at a time. Made by Working Dog Productions. The eight-part series follows the working lives of a team in the Nation Building Authority, a newly created government organisation. The Authority is responsible for overseeing major infrastructure projects, from announcement to unveiling. The series explores the collision between bureaucracy and grand ambitions. Both series out on dvd and script book.
Working Dog – It was formed in 1993 by Santo Cilauro, Rob Sitch, Jane Kennedy, Tom Gleisner and Michael Hirsh. Santo, Rob, Jane and Tom best known for such programmes as The D Generation, The Late Show, Frontline, The Hollowmen and Santo, Sam and Ed’s Total Football.
• Music for Misfits – The Story of Indie – 3 part documentary series.
The story of British indie over three musically diverse episodes. Much more than a genre of music, it is a spirit, an attitude and an ethos.
In the 1970s, the music industry was controlled by the major record labels, and the notion of releasing a record independently seemed like an impossible dream, the true act of rebellion was would be to do it yourself.
It took an independent release from Buzzcocks in 1976 with the Spiral Scratch EP to begin a change in the game.
Independent record labels began to pop up all over the UK, each one with its own subculture and sound – from Factory in Manchester to Zoo in Liverpool, Postcard in Glasgow and London labels such as Mute, Beggars Banquet and Rough Trade.
• Recommendation from Samuel Thorell – thanks Sam
The Ghost of White Hart Lane by Rob White and Julie Welch
A great book on the legendary Spurs player John White.