Author: Rob Irwin

From the Sky Down

I was inspired by Achtung Baby’s 29th anniversary the other day to pen a few words on the LP; something that I didn’t know was coming up on the calendar. It just happened and in the best way, whoosh, the words came out. Meanwhile, a good month or so back,...

Re-watch: It Couldn’t Happen Here

In late 1987 I was absolutely taken with the Pet Shop Boys’ cover of Always on My Mind. The band were already well established in pop, and the upbeat cover of the Elvis song sounded fantastic. To top it all off, it had an absolutely bizarre video clip with...

Achtung Baby

Facebook has just reminded me that U2s Acthung Baby LP is 29 years old. As of today. Or yesterday. It really depends where you are in the world. But enough silliness – colour me gobsmacked at how old this album is. I can scarcely believe it’s true. As I commented...

Re-watch: Campion

When I picked up the discs for both seasons of Campion, it was in the firm belief I’d never seen it. As each episode rolled by, however, I realised I’d actually seen quite a few of them. I was shocked by this as I normally have a great memory...

Space Battleship Yamato 2199

Growing up in Australia in the 1980s, I was exposed to a number of Japanese anime series that had been dubbed to English. I found these shows extraordinary – compared to the Western animation I was otherwise watching – as they tended to be highly episodic and tell and...

Eight Days a Week

I’ve been a Beatles fan for as long as I can remember and, as well as the actual music, I grew up with a lot of ‘supplemental material’ that informed my fandom for the group as well. Reference books were the big one, but my older brother also had...

Re-watch: The Red Baron

I recently re-watched The Red Baron, a German-British film from 2008, and with it being set during WW1 and today being Remembrance Day, what better time to talk about it and its themes? First up, the most striking thing about this film is that it exists at all. Movies...

The Last Detective

Between 2003 and 2007, my favourite Doctor Who, Peter Davison, starred in an ITV series called The Last Detective. I’d heard about this at the time, and for many years afterwards, particularly with regard to it being quite good. Knowing that it co-starred a comedian I enjoyed – the...

Re-watch: All Creatures Great and Small

In fandoms you sometimes hear of people making ‘the great journey’ with an old, usually long-running, TV series. It refers to watching all of its episodes, start to finish. I’ve most commonly heard of people doing it with Doctor Who or Star Trek (both mighty achievements to be sure,...