Arts
Arts > Ian Hislop’s Olden Days

10 April 2014 | by John Morrish

Ian Hislop’s Olden Days

Television

 
It looks like a bank holiday weekend, and Ian Hislop is wandering around in a field full of battle re-enactment enthusiasts, brist­ling with weapons and resplendent in their costumes. “It is clear that many of us in Britain are in love with the past,” he says. “Whether it is swordcraft or Spitfires …” And with that, the sky fills with First World War biplanes. It’s not clear whether this was a joke, or directorial stupidity. Let’s give Ian Hislop’s Olden Days (9 April) the benefit of the doubt, and say that he was illustrating the theme of the series, which is that we love the past: we’re just not very interested in being accurate about it. Instead of a historically verifiable picture of how things were, we prefer the Olden Days:




Subscriptions

Subscribe to The Tablet from just £19.99 quarterly
3 options available
Subscribe




Share this story

Article List


Post a Comment

You can post as a subscriber user...


User Comments (0)

Newsletter

Sign up for our newsletter

Sign Up

Latest Issue
Digital/PDF Version

PDF version (iPad-friendly)

Previous Issues
Tablet Subscription

Manage my subcription here

Manage
Top