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Re-appreciationSociety: Tales of The Gold Monkey

When is a rip-off not a rip-off? When a TV show is unsuccessfully pitched until the successful film it is supposedly based on causes it to be greenlit. If adventure “homage” has a name, it must be Tales Of The Gold Monkey. Donald P Bellisario is something of a legend in American television history. The writer […]

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Sympathy For The Devil? Peaky Blinders’ Inspector Campbell

Minor spoilers ahead Peaky Blinders, BBC2’s new Autumn drama approaching its end run, has blown away the dusty cobwebs from traditional period storytelling fare. Writer / director Steven Knight (Eastern promises, Dirty pretty Things, Hummingbird) has created a stylised urban gangster drama based on fact, set in a post WWI 1919 Birmingham – a hitherto little […]

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Crikey DM! David Jason’s Tribute To Cosgrove hall

The relaunched Danger Mouse cartoon has seemingly won over a new generation of fans, and allayed fears of those who fondly remember the adventures of Britain’s other greatest secret agent, voiced by David Jason, and his bumbling assistant, Penfold (Terry Scott). So this is as good a time as any to listen to David Jason’s radio […]

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Ooer!! Sounds a Bit Rude!! – A Tribute to Filthy, Rich and Catflap

After they brought the second (and final) series of The Young Ones to a climax with an exploding bus, people wondered what would be next for Rik Mayall, Adrian Edmondson and Ben Elton. Apart from cameo roles here and there (Blackadder, Happy Families, Saturday Live), occasional Comic Strip films and a generation defining appearance on […]

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Sympathy For The Devil? The Long Firm’s Harry Starks

“There is a business like show business. It’s what I do.” Meet Harry Starks, the wickedly magnetic crime figure of ’60’s London, created by author Jake Arnott is his debut novel, The Long Firm, and brought to life on screen in the BBC adaptation by actor Mark Strong. Harry’s a larger then life character, a […]

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Hannibal: Script To Screen

Recently Hannibal, the TV adaptation of author Thomas Harris’ cannibalistic gourmand Hannibal Lector’s exploits finished its third run, with NBC ceasing to air any further seasons. As it looks unlikely that any other channels will pick the show up, it ended on a fitting cliff-hanger, Graham and Hannibal tumbling to their seeming doom, a la […]

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The Great Unmade? Dan Dare

Dan Dare, Pilot Of The Future, has seemingly had more revamps than the line up of The Sugababes. But did you know that the erstwhile Eagle comic strip nearly made it to the small screen in a live action spectacular show in 1981? An ATV production under the auspices of legend Lew Grade would have seen […]

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Scene Is Believing: Daredevil Corridor Fight

The corridor fight from Netflix’s Daredevil episode “Cut Man” is an early, confident contender for one of the best scenes of the year on any screen, big or small. And yes, it is one take – they had to film it 7 to 8 times to get the fluid, bruising, exhausting tussle you see in […]

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Harry’s Game: Sic Transit Spooks

My tribute from the vaults to the late lamented [Spooks] “Global terrorism, Islamic extremists, all phone-tap resources plus Echelon pointed at the Middle East, and now the old enemy looks like it’s rearing its ugly head…and it’s such a beautiful morning…” So opined Sir Harry Pearce, KBE, head of MI5’s Section D (counter-terrorism), in the very […]

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Entitled: Doctor Who – New Broom, New Titles

In a nice mirroring of life long fan Peter Capaldi landing his dream role as The Doctor (or Doctor Who, as he seems to refer to both show and character as one), the BBC has responded to the sterling creativity of a fan made title proposal by having the designer join with their team to […]

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