Film

“You yell shark, we’ve got a panic on our hands on the fourth of July” – The impact of Jaws

There was something new about Jaws. It created a buzz that none of us had experienced before. It felt totally modern. A new type of film for a new type of age. Jaws was released in the US in June 1975, famously becoming the first big summer blockbuster. It wasn't released in Britain until December 26, by which time the country had been under the grip of Jaws-mania for six months. The name of the film and its accompanying poster…

Television

“It took seconds” – Growing up in a post-Kennedy world

Friday, November 22, 1963. US President John F. Kennedy is on a short tour of Texas. Having delivered a breakfast speech at the Hotel Texas in Fort Worth, the President, accompanied by his wife Jackie, is making a short 15 minute flight to Dallas, where he is due to give a luncheon speech at the city's Trade Mart. The visit to Dallas will include a motorcade tour through the city. Discussions take place as to whether the President's limousine should…