Tag Archives: Television

Do Words give you the Creeps?

Rat!  Vomit!  Slippery!  Squab!  Moist!

Do certain words give you the creeps?  The One Show on Friday 16 January 2015, filmed in locations around Bradford, explored the strange phenomenon of “word aversion”.

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You can see the programme on BBC IPlayer until 15 February (feature runs from 02:21-06:27 minutes).


Watch out for Special Collections books (backgr0und of interview), our students and catering staff, and some great shots of Centenary Square.

Unique chance to see! Johnson over Jordan, 12 October 2014

The J.B. Priestley Society and National Media Museum present Johnson over Jordan. 12 October 2014, Bradford.

In the experimental play Johnson over Jordan (1939), J.B. Priestley explored the meaning of life – and death.  Everyman Robert Johnson leads an ordinary family life, until he dies and is thrown into bewildering, terrifying, and, ultimately, moving afterlife experiences.  This event offers the first opportunity to see the TV adaptation of the play since its original “Thursday Theatre” broadcast on BBC2 in 1965.  The adaptation features a stellar cast, including Ralph Richardson, who created the part onstage, as Johnson.

A must-see for all Priestley fans and anyone with an interest in theatre, television or philosophy.  You can book tickets via the National Media Museum website.



New! J.B. Priestley Archive Catalogue April 2013

We’ve just put the latest edition of the catalogue of the J.B. Priestley Archive online.

YMCA "On active service" letterhead from one of J.B. Priestley's letters home.

YMCA “On active service” letterhead from one of J.B. Priestley’s letters home.

Lots of new things and improvements in response to readers’ needs, including:

  • Enhanced section on Priestley’s unpublished scripts for books, plays, television and film.  These  include collaborations with Fred Hoyle and Iris Murdoch.  Lots of detail on the physical nature of the scripts e.g. amendments by Priestley.
  • More letters, notably Priestley’s incredible Great War letters from the trenches.
  • Detailed cataloguing of files on Priestley’s art collection, indexing the artists he collected.
  • Programmes, press cuttings and other responses to Priestley 2008-2012.   Definite revival of interest, encompassing several less well known plays, and from scholarly, political and literary angles.
  • Some sections renumbered for ease of use (don’t worry if you’re using the old numbers, we can cross-refer between them).

More on all the above in future blog posts!

Antique Alpacas Appraised

The BBC’s Antiques Roadshow recently paid a visit to Saltaire, one of the most attractive areas of Bradford, built by the progressive industrialist Titus Salt to provide decent homes for the workers in his mills.  Salt’s great innovation was making alpaca wool into a useful and appealing cloth: no. 3 of our 100 Objects exhibition is the notebook in which he recorded the purchase of the wool.  I missed the first Roadshow broadcast on 13 March; the second, on 20 March, is still available via the BBC iplayer.  I was delighted to see that one of the Roadshow objects was a plate connected to Salt featuring (what else?) an alpaca.

Priestley premiere: Uncle Phil on TV

Experience the world premiere of Uncle Phil on TV, a spooky tale by J.B. Priestley dramatised for the stage by Irene Lofthouse.

Being able to buy the first TV in the street has the Grigsons all a dither. So why does the novelty soon wear off and what are the strange images that leave them wary of turning on the television?  Priestley’s tale first appeared in 1953 in Lilliput magazine, and in collected form in The Other Place later that year.

This production is part of the Artspace programme at Bradford Cathedral, using this beautiful building as an atmospheric venue for visual and performance arts.

Bradford Cathedral, Stott Hill, Bradford, BD1 4EH.

Friday 8 and Saturday 9 7.30 October 2010.

£10 full, £8 concessions.

Matinee: Saturday 2.30.

Matinee Family ticket: 2 adults, 2 children (under 12) £25.

Booking: 01274 777722.

Priestley’s Lost City

Delighted to discover that “Lost City”, J.B. Priestley’s 1958 film revisiting the sites of his Bradford boyhood, is available to view on the BBC website.  This film is essential viewing for anyone interested in Priestley’s relationship with his Bradford past, but has been very difficult to access.  We don’t have a copy in the Priestley Archive!