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Michael Noble
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Michael Noble is a freelance writer from the English Midlands. He has a BA in History and Politics and an MA in Victorian Studies. He writes about American TV for British people and about British TV for American people. In truth, he’s glad of readers wherever they come from. He Tweets, sporadically, at


Monday, November 25 2013

'Blackadder' and the Case for the Defense of Anachronism

Anachronism so cunning you could pin a tail on it and call it a weasel.

Sunday, August 11 2013

I Am the Danger: The Death of Walt and the Rise of Heisenberg

People ask Bryan Cranston where the "rise" of sinister alter-ego Heisenberg comes from. He says from the first episode, when he tried to be someone else. Yet the dark truths of his journey downhill reveal so much more.


Thursday, March 13 2014

'Ripper Street' Is a Smart, Witty and Humane Drama

Ripper Street's greatest strength is to avoid direct reference to the killings as an investigative project and to treat them as traumatic events from which its characters are trying to recover.

Sunday, February 2 2014

The 'Mad Dogs' Are Fast on a Road to Nowhere

The desperate foursome are running from themselves and don't notice the Afrikaans sign, ‘Oppad na nerens'. ‘On the road to nowhere’.

Monday, November 25 2013

'Peaky Blinders' Offers Violent Reminders of England's Forgotten Midland

Like Jimmy Darmody, his Boardwalk Empire counterpart, Tommy Shelby has grown up to find all Gods dead and all faiths in man shaken -- but not quite all wars fought.

Thursday, June 20 2013

Victims of the Machine Inhabit 'A Passage to India'

All the characters are in thrall to their institutions, whether they be the English legal system in the case of Heaslop, of English-led colleges for Fielding, or the larger institution of the British Raj itself.

Wednesday, June 12 2013

Try a Mid-Life Crisis for Fun and Profit! 'Top Gear: The Great African Adventure'

Top Gear is not really a show about cars. It's a show about masculinity.


Wednesday, March 27 2013

Can the Living and the Dead Coexist? 'In the Flesh', They Must

The State must do no harm to its citizens -- even its undead citizens. Thus, members of this society must integrate.

Thursday, March 21 2013

If Technology Is a Drug, What are the Side-Effects? 'Black Mirror: Series 2'

The future is already around us and that means facing up to its horrors as much as its delights.

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