Yes, I know, apologies time again. I have nothing to do with the editing but I end up saying sorry for all the problems we have
Andrew’s job has been extremely time-consuming and he has struggled. However, you’ll be pleased to hear that not only has he edited the next show so that it can be released on it’s scheduled day of next Wednesday (28th), Mike is learning how to use the editing software so that they can share technological geekdom, thereby saving Andrew’s already slender grip on sanity from slipping any further…
Anyway, on with the show and we’re entering the much revered “Monster Season”. Will it be good, bad or ugly? God knows.
What I do know is that the Ice Tombs of Telos are a damn sight more convincing here than in Attack of the Cybermen…
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I know it’s been some time since we finished the William Hartnell era on the podcast but a very talented person on You Tube (Babelcolour) has put together a very fine two and a half minute tribute to the First Doctor.
Please watch this, it’s excellent!
It’s 11pm and I’ve just got back home from London. Throughout July the British Film Institute has dedicated a ‘season’ to Brian Clemens, a man who not only co-created, wrote and produced the iconic Sixties adventure series The Avengers, the hit Seventies anthology chiller series’ Thriller and The Professionals but has had fingers in the pies of many, many TV shows and films.
Tonight Brian made the first of two appearances, this one focusing on The Avengers and next Thursday on the rest of his career. The evening kick-started with a cinema screen showing of 1966′s A Touch of Brimstone, followed by Dick Fiddy chatting to Clemens and a Q&A session with the audience.
Recently he received an OBE and, at nearly 80, he’s looking a little frail these days, but his insights into the series and memories of writers and actors kept the packed NFT1 audience entranced.
Although he didn’t say a great deal that most fans wouldn’t already know and there were some tried and tested anecdotes wheeled out for another turn, he did them with a little extra flourish!
There was a lot of reminiscing and stream of consciousness and, to be fair, Brian is getting on a bit and once he got started he just kept on going. Dick Fiddy did a pretty good job of not interrupting unless he had to, mostly when Brian”s train of thought wandered off the point.
Interestingly, a revival of the stage show planned in Germany is being held up by “bloody Studio Canal”, Brian re-wrote the whole of Noon-Doomsday because Terry Nation was “a lazy bugger who didn’t like working”, and after his sacking at the end of Series 5 he went on holiday to Wales (“purgatory”) only to be hunted down within ten days to be re-hired to sort out the mess…
Given his extensive career over the last fifty years it’s a shame I can’t make it to next week’s event as it starts with a big screen outing for his Hammer classic, Captain Kronos: Vampire Hunter. Pity they couldn’t have double-billed it with the excellent Doctor Jekyll & Sister Hyde…
For those of you interested in the rise and fall of the Carry On movies (31 films between 1958 and 1978 with one last gasp in 1992) you could do worse than tune in to Radio 2 at 10pm on Monday the 19th July and Tuesday the 20th of July for a two part documentary presented by Leslie Phillips; Carry On Forever!
Beginning in the late fifties with Carry On Sergeant (starring William Hartnell) the series burst onto the scene just as kitchen sink dramas and angry young men were tearing into the Establishment, and Hammer films were scaring the bejeesus out of cinema audiences across the world.
Cheap, cheerful, bawdy and politically incorrect though they were, the Carry Ons reflected the changing social fabric of the nation, whether it was sending up sacred institutions like the NHS or the Empire, or spoofing the western, the Hammer horror and the spy movie.
Fans will enjoy hearing all this again and again. If you’re new – listen and learn. There is much to love here and more to the series than you might expect.
Hi everyone. Somewhat in the style of a teaser trailer, I thought I’d let you know that we’re attending a Big Finish studio recording this week! Our first for a few years (see Show 2 in the Archive section)…
We’re sworn to secrecy on pain of death (with spikes) about it’s title, main cast, guest cast, writer and director until BF officially announce it in a few months time – but we can say that it’s a Colin Baker story (as the BF Facebook group has already announced that’s what they’re recording over the next fortnight).
Exciting stuff eh? There will be interviews with Nick Briggs, David Richardson and all the splendid cast done in our usual informal/incompetent style
Well, that’s all the info you’re getting for now I’m afraid. Shocking tease I know but you should be used to that by now…
Okay, it’s taken a while but we finally sit down for the delights of some Hammer Horror.
At first glance, 1971′s DJ&SH might seem an odd choice given that it comes at the tail end of Hammer’s reign (rather than the acknowledged ‘classic’ period of the 1955-1969) and is sandwiched between two of their lesser films (Creatures the World Forgot and Hands of the Ripper) but we had our reasons.
Firstly, we wanted to do The Curse of Frankenstein (the first of the Hammer Horrors as the public came to know them) but couldn’t get hold of a copy. Then two weeks before recording, Doctor Jekyll & Sister Hyde was released on DVD. Perfect! Not only does it feature several well known actors from cult British TV but it was written by Brian Clemens and produced by Albert Fennell (both fresh from The Avengers which had finished it’s original run in 1969) and directed by Roy Ward Baker (who was also an Avengers stalwart, as well as directing The Champions, Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased), Department S, plenty of Hammer – including the excellent Quatermass and the Pit).
Anyway, this is the first of what I hope will be many excursions into Hammer’s life at Bray and Elstree Studios!
Oh, and Andrew has never seen a Hammer film before in his life, apparently, so this should be interesting…
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See you in a fortnight for some Doctor Who.
From today’s MediaGuardian:
Former Red Dwarf star’s ‘intimate and off-the-wall chatshow’ features him driving guests around
The TV channel Dave has commissioned a chatshow hosted by the former Red Dwarf star Robert Llewellyn, based on his web video format Carpool.
Carpool, in which Llewellyn interviews guests while driving them about in his car, will be funded entirely by its sponsor, Toyota Prius.
The web version of the show has been available to watch online for 18 months, after Llewellyn began filming it as “an experiment”.
Dave, the UKTV channel aimed at a young, male audience, is billing it as TV’s “most intimate and off the wall chatshow”.
The series of 10 30-minute shows is being made by RDF Contact, which was set up by the independent producer to make content in conjunction with big advertising agencies and brands.
RDF Contact’s Dominic Bowles says: “Having started as an online project before transferring to mainstream TV with the help of a commercial funding partner, Carpool is in many respects a case study for modern TV production.”
Llewellyn, who also co-hosted Channel 4′s Scrapheap Challenge, said: “I started Carpool 18 months ago as an experiment. A sort of talkshow recorded in a car as I drive busy people to meetings, events, gigs or just down the shops. The real joy is that people talk openly and intimately and it’s not only funny but a real insight into the interviewees.”
The online version has been downloaded more than 2m times on iTunes and has been in the top 10 in the iTunes podcast chart.
Each individual show is viewed on average 50,000 times, according to Dave.
Previous guests have included Ruby Wax, David Baddiel, Stephen Fry, Jonathan Ross, Patrick Stewart, David Mitchell and MediaGuardian.co.uk’s Jemima Kiss.