11 Articles by:

Fergal Kinney

Fergal Kinney is the culture editor of Tribune.

Another Eno World

A new documentary uses AI and innovative generative technology to profile the 76-year-old British musician and producer. Is its pioneering software a gateway or a gimmick?

Watch Dennis Potter

Thirty years after his death, the work of television dramatist and working-class innovator Dennis Potter is remnant of an era when complex and politically daring art was broadcast to a mass audience.

The Powell and Pressburger Cult

The British-Hungarian filmmaking duo Powell and Pressburger — celebrated in a new documentary presented by Martin Scorsese — made complex high art out of Empire, the British class system, and wartime renewal.

Labour’s Gang of Five

Andy Beckett’s new book tracks the journey of Diane Abbott, Jeremy Corbyn, Ken Livingstone and John McDonnell — under the influence of Tony Benn — from Labour outcasts to their attempt to remake British capitalism.

The Royle Family at 25

25 years after it first aired, the Royle Family is a landmark of popular working-class culture on screen — the inventive masterpiece of its brilliant but troubled creator, Caroline Aherne. 

Casualty vs Thatcher

In the 1980s, two young graduates set out to write a show about how Thatcherism had left Aneurin Bevan’s NHS dream ‘in tatters’. The creators of Casualty sat down with Tribune to discuss the politics that shaped its message.

In Search of a New North

Alex Niven speaks to Tribune about his new book The North Will Rise Again – an attempt to revive a future for the North from its modernist, radical traditions.

Jimmy Savile: Establishment Hero

Ten years ago today, Jimmy Savile died a national hero. Since then he has been exposed as a brutal child abuser – but his rise would have been impossible without powerful friends in the British establishment.

Our Friends in the Establishment

‘Our Friends in the North’ turns 25 this year. The show dealt with the institutions of British society with a rare honesty, and opened the eyes of many to the ongoing symbiosis between politicians, the police, and the press.