BBC America

After 65 years on the job, Attenborough worked on a fresh triumph

"Planet Earth II" may be the best TV series of this season ... or of most seasons. It's a brilliantly crafted documentary series ... as good, perhaps, as the original was a decade ago. Here's the story I sent to papers:

By Mike Hughes

When it comes to
wildlife, you'd think that David Attenborough has seen it all.

A thriving writer, 78, re-creates a dying poet at 39

We really don't expect this, you know. On a Wednesday, in the middle of all the Halloween gore and goofiness, we don't expect a richly crafted drama about a dying poet. But there it is, at 8 and 11:30 p.m. Oct. 29: "A Poet in New York" is one of the year's best TV films; here's the story I sent to papers:


Life before Bond: A drifting Ian Fleming transforms

Ian Fleming created epic fictional adventures for James Bond ... and apparently lived some semi-epic ones in real life. Now the story will be told in a four-week mini-series starting Wednesday (Jan. 29). Here's the story I sent to papers: