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Presenting a national obsession...
ver wanted to present the news instead of just watching it? Then head to Bradford’s National Media Museum and you could flex your skills in front of a live autocue. Trust us, you’ll realise that Sir Trevor McDonald makes it look very easy…
If the news is not your bag, how about being the next Michael Fish? It’s pretty difficult explaining what’s going on with those isobars, when all you’ve got to work with is a blue screen behind you.
As well as potentially shaping some telly stars of the future (well, you never know, eh?), there are a good few legends of the TV past at this museum, too. Gordon The Gopher, The Wombles (a long way from Wimbledon), and even a Dalek are among the exhibits.
But TV isn’t the only medium represented here: there are two art house cinemas and an IMAX cinema showing 3D movies – as well as an exhibition on the history of photography. After all, that’s where it all started.
While there’s no denying the attraction of TV and the silver screen, neither quite compares to the atmosphere of the stage, though (or maybe that’s just our opinion). Head to the nearby Bradford Playhouse, and we’ve a feeling you’ll agree.
There’s an eclectic program of music, dance and interactive installations that changes each week and the artists encourage creative feedback and lively debate after every show. Usually over a cheeky pint in the theatre’s bar.