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After two and a half years, this is my last column. As I bow out, there are signs of a creative renaissance in television. Pity we can't say the same about critics

By David Herman   August 2006

This is my last Smallscreen, so I would like to do two things. First, to say a little about the programmes that have most mattered to me over the past two and a half years since I started this column. Second, to say something about what I have tried to do with this column.

There have been two outstanding programmes in this period: the revival of Dr Who (BBC1) and House (Channel 5). They have a number of things in common. First, most obviously, they have taken a familiar genre (science fiction, medical drama) and done something new with it.…

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