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Michael Smith - Novelist & TV Presenter

Novelist and raconteur Michael Smith explores Britain's modern obsession with cars and driving, as well as seeking to understand the effects it has on our daily lives.

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Deep North :
A Journey Back
To Newcastle

Starring...
Michael Smith


  Deep North : A Journey Back To Newcastle : 60 minutes.

Michael Smith goes in search of the Newcastle of his youth.

Approaching the Toon from the Tyne, he believes the place has more in common with Baltic City States than London, where he now lives. He argues that there are in fact several Norths; unlike the South, where everything is centered on London's inescapable black hole gravity, the North has plural accents and plural identities. The North East is the far north, the Deep North of the title, remote and disconnected from this axis. As far as the North East is concerned, Leeds and Manchester may as well be in the midlands.

Smith's North is a land apart entirely, and a land that defines itself by this basic fact. A small conurbation clustered by the coast, separated from the main rump by miles and miles of rural emptiness. Deep North is a lyrical meditation on Newcastle and the North East, and ultimately, a subjective and personal response of a prodigal son returning.

2010 60 click to donate

 

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Drivetime

Starring...
Michael Smith


  Series 1 : 6 episodes - 30 minutes each.

Novelist and raconteur Michael Smith explores Britain's modern obsession with cars and driving, as well as seeking to understand the effects it has on our daily lives. Whilst travelling to all corners of the UK, he questions why we love them, what they say about us and whether there is a car out there that even a stubborn non-driver like him could one day fall in love with. The young Geordie kicks off his odyssey by abandoning the cosy familiarity of his beloved London, with its tangible roots and history, to thrust out into the anonymous suburbia that he has christened Drivetime Britain.

Not available commercial on DVD in the shops

2009 6 x 30 click to donate

 

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Citizen Smith

Starring...
Michael Smith


  Series 1 : 6 episodes - 30 minutes each.

Writer Michael Smith investigates national identity by travelling around England in search of a modern definition for that most elusive of concepts as found in unsentimental humour, dialect and politics. Starting in his home town of Hartlepool, he examines the locals' sense of self and their place in the country as a whole.

Not available commercial on DVD in the shops

2008 6 x 30 click to donate
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