James Ruddick
James Ruddick is the author of several books including Death at the Priory, nominated for a Non-Fiction Edgar Award in the US. He has worked in radio and television as a broadcast journalist, most recently as presenter for
the BBC's Inside Out.

Entries by James Ruddick

This Re-Make Is Doomed - And Not Even Bill Nighy Can Save It

(7) Comments | Posted 28 April 2014 | (08:46)

This year's big news from the British film industry is now out. One of Britain's most popular TV comedies, Dad's Army, is to be revived on the big screen, in a home-grown production starring major box-office stars Bill Nighy and Toby Jones. It looks, at first glance, a fine idea...

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David Owen is Back - But Frankly We Don't Deserve Him

(0) Comments | Posted 2 March 2014 | (08:01)

This weekend's news that Lord Owen has returned to the Labour fold after more than thirty years brings full circle one of the saddest journeys in political history. His Social Democratic Party, founded after leaving Labour in 1981, almost succeeded in breaking the mould of the two-party system, hitting 50%...

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The Only Duo That Survived - 30 Years of the Pet Shop Boys

(3) Comments | Posted 20 July 2013 | (00:00)

One of Britain's oldest bands, the Pet Shop Boys, are poised to have their first number one album in almost 20 years. They will find out on Sunday if they have nudged Robin Thicke off the top spot (they're currently at number two, and only a 1,000 sales separate the...

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History? Culture? Send for the Bulldozers

(22) Comments | Posted 26 June 2013 | (00:00)

Only in England could this happen: in a few days' time a judicial review will decide whether the countryside immediately surrounding Anne Hathaway's Cottage in Stratford-upon-Avon can be torn up to make way for a new housing estate. No, seriously.

The local government minister, Eric Pickles, has already ruled...

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Dad's Army: Here Today, Here Tomorrow

(0) Comments | Posted 28 May 2013 | (08:05)

Bill Pertwee, who died recently, always cited Dad's Army as his best work. He knew it would endure, he said. And how it has. Always voted in the top two or three of the nation's favourite shows, endlessly repeated, a DVD best-seller.
At first glance, its appeal seems curious....

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Forty Years On - Why Noel Coward Is Still Making Us Laugh

(0) Comments | Posted 9 May 2013 | (18:51)

It is now forty years since Noel Coward died at his home in Jamaica. Some years ago I interviewed his lover, Graham Payn, then living in Switzerland. A kind and charming man, he was overseeing Coward's vast estate of plays, songs and poems - another new production was about to...

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What an Act - The Pretend World of Margaret Thatcher

(72) Comments | Posted 18 April 2013 | (00:00)

The tributes to Margaret Thatcher have her endlessly depicted her as a conviction politician - but history will find the reality less consistent, more complex. Those who bother to drill down into the myth soon realise that she was as mutable and movable as any other politician, too often an...

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