Stories by Peter Hummers

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Stream On: No country for young men—‘King’s Row’ puts the yikes! in melodrama

By Peter Hummers
Where’s the rest of me? The dark side of provincial American life through the eyes of children as they grow up at the turn of the previous century. Full story

Jul 11


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Stream On: ‘Ashes to Ashes’ takes up where ‘Life on Mars’ left off

By Peter Hummers
Is she mad, dead … or has Detective Alex Drake really travelled back in time? Have we been here before? Full story

Jul 5


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Stream On: ‘Life on Mars’ is even stranger than its title

By Peter Hummers
Is he mad, in a coma … or has Detective Sam Tyler really travelled back in time? Full story

Jun 27


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Stream On: ‘Wodehouse in Exile’—was he equipped for his nasty little century?

By Peter Hummers
English Humorist P.G. Wodehouse broadcasted from Germany during WWII. It was no joke. Full story

Jun 20


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Stream On: ‘The Forsyte Saga’—progenitor of the British costume dramas

By Peter Hummers
The 1967 series that inspired the creation of ‘Upstairs, Downstairs’ and similar series was rebooted in 2002. Full story

Jun 14


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Stream On: What if we already know the ending? ‘Day of the Jackal’

Peter Hummers
We do partly know the ending of Fred Zinneman’s 1973 political thriller, in which a professional assassin is hired to kill French president Charles de Gaulle. (He doesn’t succeed.) But the film (and the novel on which it’s based) is a masterpiece of suspense. Full story

Jun 6


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Stream On: The best ‘Sherlock Holmes?’

By Peter Hummers
There is something uncanny in Jeremy Brett’s brilliant portrayal of Sherlock Holmes. Full story

May 30


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Stream On: the battle of the British costume … dramas?, part three—‘Blandings’

By Peter Hummers The winner? ‘Blandings,’ from P.G. Wodehouse’s series of comic stories, may be the antidote to ‘Downton Abbey.’ Full story

May 24


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Stream On: Moose and squirrel through the years

By Peter Hummers
“Hey, Rocky! Watch me pull a rabbit out of my hat!” “Again?” The persistence of Rocky and Bullwinkle Full story

May 16


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Stream On: Outsiders, ‘In Cold Blood’ and ‘Capote’

By Peter Hummers
In 1960, Truman Capote, inspired by the Time magazine article “Kansas: The Killers,” a story about the murders of the Clutter family, wrote his great “non-fiction novel,” ‘In Cold Blood.’ Full story

May 9


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Stream On: or don’t—is the streaming bubble about to burst?

By Peter Hummers
Today there are more than 200 streaming services available worldwide, and now they’re all raising prices and putting advertisements on all but the most expensive tiers. Streamers aren’t happy! But there are workarounds. Full story

May 2


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Stream On: Gone too soon, part three—David Milch’s ‘Luck’

By Peter Hummers
“I was compelled to tell this story (‘Luck’) for a variety of reasons, not least of which was my own cultivated and nurtured commitment to being a gambler.” (Milch) Full story

Apr 25