The shamelessly self-congratulatory retrospective The South Bank Show 40th Anniversary Special began with Clive James confirming to Melvyn Bragg the secret of the show’s success. It was that if they feared it would be pretentious about popular culture and “insufficiently appreciative” of high culture, “it quickly showed that was the exact problem you were out to solve”. David Puttnam went one farther with the backslapping, telling Bragg that “you are the David Attenborough of the cultural world”.
The success of a current affairs documentary can be measured by how well it interrogates and explains the world in which we live. And, boy, does our world need explaining right now, not least the Arab world on its march into an abyss of conflict. House of Saud: A Family at War is already going some way to doing that by boldly examining the opaque tendrils of Saudi influence on the Muslim world — and not good tendrils.
1 Hard Sun (BBC One, Jan 6)Can a knotty contemporary conspiracy thriller set in pre-apocalyptic London fire up Saturday nights as Taboo did a year ago? The Luther creator Neil Cross certainly throws the kitchen sink into the plot as a pair of detectives (a shady Jim Sturgess and a tomboyish Agyness Deyn) stumble on secret information about the world’s fate — there are five years left — and find themselves targeted.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".