Margaret Howie made the jump from text to talk so we could discuss Quiz, the miniseries about the UK Who Wants To Be A Millionaire scandal. Is it as good for what it leaves out as what it puts in? Are there class issues at work that non-Brits can't get at? And how does Matthew MacFadyen manage to play Charles Ingram so neutrally?
Later, we talk about the great Alex Gibney's not-AS-great No Stone Unturned, a true-crime Troubles explainer that tackles the Loughinisland massacre in 1994. Gibney takes this one more personally than most; does that interfere with his usual "ear" for structure? Game-show process, overshadowing events, and six degrees of seventh-grade Sarah: it's The Blotter Presents, Episode 145.
The real WWTBAM episode on YouTube
The official podcast
No Stone Unturned on Amazon
The Irish Passport podcast
My review of Say Nothing
Thanks for picking out June’s review book: Vanity Fair’s Schools For Scandal. You can see what else I’m reading — and recommend stuff for me! — on Goodreads, or right here. — SDB
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