April 1st is when most pranksters come out to play. Yet some of the most memorable are amongst us all the time. Say hello to the best fictional pranksters.
This day, ninety-seven years ago, the legendary author Roald Dahl was born to Norwegian parents in Wales. He went on to become one of the world’s best selling authors. Famed for darkly humorous children’s classics like James and the Giant Peach, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and The Witches, he first started writing during the Forties when he was a fighter pilot in North Africa.
On September 30th, it will be 84 years since the world's first television broadcast. Television, based on Latin and Greek words meaning "far sight", is arguably one of the most influential technologies ever invented. Since the 1950s it's been the main medium for melding public opinion. And now, an incredible 78 percent of the world's households own at least one TV set. Yet throughout its long and illustrious history it's been the subject of much criticism. Here's ten writers, film makers, musicians and poets who who got turned off by the tube.