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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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Spy-Fi, Oh My – Alias’ Kick-Ass Sydney Bristow

In honour of the trailer for the awesome Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, here’s a Carla Darko tribute to producer J.J. Abrams’ TV super agent, Sydney Bristow of Alias, played with gusto by Jennifer Garner. While it’s great to see so many tough and resourceful women in the Mission: Impossible series, precious few get to headline […]

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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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Guilty Pleasures: Star Cops

Back in 1987 BBC2 screened a small screen cousin of the “hard” sci-fi of Outland, Moon, and more recently, Gravity, that fiendishly married the police procedural with the then “anything’s possible” concept of high frontier exploration – Star Cops. The show was the brainchild of Blake’s 7 and Doctor Who scripting maestro, Chris Boucher. He’d […]

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Reappreciation Society: The Making Of Blake’s 7

Have we got a treat for you! In 2003, an in-depth documentary with loads of interviews and behind the scenes goodies on the BBC1 science-fiction series Blake’s 7 was made for the DVD box set, but for some reason it was never included in the final release. Blake’s 7 ran on TV from 1978 to […]

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A Video Tribute To Deadwood, By Matt Zoller Seitz

Editor-in-chief of RogerEbert.Com and New York magazine TV critic Matt Zoller Seitz is a self confessed devotee of David Milch’s western drama, Deadwood. So much so that he has, together with editor Steven Santos, and Jim Beaver on voiceover duties (who played Ellsworth in the show),made a video essay on the show to mark the […]

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