There’s a certain Margaret Mahy quality to the latest series of Dog Squad, TV One, Mondays: The Snake in the Panelbeaters and The Burglar Who Needed To Go Wee-Wees. These true and rather alarming cases are not really the stuff of children’s books, despite the starring role of brave and clever animals.
AT their classical best. Catholic colleges and universities are bountiful providers of sound lawyers, doctors, civil servants, teachers.
For padding payrolls in the Street Cleaning Department, to the extent of perhaps $5,000,000 per annum, three public servants of New York City were last week sentenced to Sing Sing prison.
Kathryn Stockett never intended to write a best-selling novel. In fact, when she started writing her debut novel, The Help, she didn’t think anyone would ever read it.
In the show’s heyday, a billion people worldwide watched Upstairs, Downstairs, the saga of a family of London aristocrats who shared a house at 165 Eaton Place with a fleet of salt-of-the-earth servants. The series, which aired in a reported 70 countries, won seven Emmy Awards and two BAFTAs and became such a fixture of the cultural landscape that when the Muppets spoofed it on Monsterpiece Theater, Alistair Cookie welcomed viewers to “Episode 793.” He was exaggerating: there were actually 68 episodes over five seasons, the first of which began airing in Britain 40 years ago