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  • Kipper
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    Originally posted by David Mosley
    I'd say the 'Cult of...' documentaries worked best on those series that you weren't already cognisant of Adam Adamant Lives!, Doomwatch, Survivors but I daresay that anyone who was remotely familiar with them wouldn't have learnt much new. They really demanded more than 30mins to do the shows real justice imo.
    Agreed! Unconditionally. They did seem to be 'gap fillers' to me. I felt very much that I was waiting for more after each one, well except 'Adam Adamant', perhaps. My sides were extremely split after the 30 mins. Any more than that would have resulted in damage, I felt. So I watched the first episode. Such innocence, so '60s, the script! Har har har! (sorry!)

    But, I say, 'good on Beeb 4' for giving us the chance to see what went on, way back then.

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  • David Mosley
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    I think most of the interviews for the doc' were new, but we've heard them so many times that they seem old. Gareth Thomas' statement that he's never watched an episode of B7 doesn't explain how he apparently managed to record an audio commentary for the DVD.

    Overall, I'd say the 'Cult of...' documentaries worked best on those series that you weren't already cognisant of Adam Adamant Lives!, Doomwatch, Survivors but I daresay that anyone who was remotely familiar with them wouldn't have learnt much new. They really demanded more than 30mins to do the shows real justice imo.

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  • Governor of Rowe Island
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    I'm pretty sure I've seen most, if not all, of that B7 doc that was on last night.

    More disappointment.

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  • David Mosley
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    The original intention was to show the final episode of B7 ('Blake') and the premiere of Blakes Junction 7, a parody starring Johnny Vegas as Blake, Martin Freeman as Vila and MacKenzie Crook as Servalan(!) - where the crew of the Liberator end up at Newport Pagnell Services on the M1.

    Unfortunately, both were scuppered by rights issues (presumably with current rights owners B7 Enterprises*).

    *Who really have proved themselves to be total arses ever since they bought the rights from the Nation estate.

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  • Ilium
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    Originally posted by Governor of Rowe Island
    They should stop thinking about their DVD sales and put on some of those old series they made so many of.
    Agreed, I thought that they would show a few more classic shows than they did. I'm not sure it would do their DVD sale harm, it may even boost them, as many who catch an old episode of a classic Who or Blake 7 etc. may then be inclined to go and buy the DVD.

    It seems Blake 7 may be back in audio form at least: http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/article/ds40681.html

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  • Governor of Rowe Island
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    Originally posted by David Mosley
    They seem to start out with huge fanfares and then just fizzle out.
    Shame, really. They should stop thinking about their DVD sales and put on some of those old series they made so many of. All the way through, of course. It's frustrating seeing clips or one episode of a series.

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  • David Mosley
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    Originally posted by Governor of Rowe Island
    It's been a bit disappointing how this has petered out.
    I think that's an habitual problem with BBC4 'seasons' to be honest. They had a 'spy season' on a few weeks ago that seemed to be over before it'd even started. They seem to start out with huge fanfares and then just fizzle out.

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  • Governor of Rowe Island
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    It's been a bit disappointing how this has petered out. I'm still enjoying '...Triffids' but there doesn't seem to be much else on apart from 'Torchwood. Looking at the listings, the only thing of note coming up is a retrospective of 'Blake's 7' on Tuesday.

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  • David Mosley
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    Originally posted by Kipper
    I'm glad you enjoyed it David, sorry you missed it Ilium! Apparently it's a remake of a TV play/short film first shown in the '60s, (I think), called 'Quest for Love'. It's mentioned in a Beeb 4 programme called 'Time Shift: Parallel Worlds'. Repeated tonight at 11.00pm.
    As I understand it, Random Quest is the third version of the Wyndham short story. Apart from the Tom Bell/Joan Collins film version, Quest for Love, it was also adapted as part of the BBC's Out of the Unknown sf anthology series (also as QfL), but like much of the Beeb's output from the '60s it was junked, probably in the '70s.

    Both the previous Richard Fell productions are likewise BBC serials that no longer exist in the archives in their entirety, although in the case of The Quatermass Experiment it's more because episodes 3-6 weren't recorded because it was felt the recordings of Eps 1-2 were too poor rather than a deliberate policy to burn old tapes).

    Although I am not a big fan of Fell's updates & abridgements (both TQE & AfA were originally 6x and 7x 30min serials truncated to 90min films) it's commendable that he's attempting to restore some missing plays to the BBC's 'back catalog'. I'm hopeful that one day we might see a new version of Nigel Kneale's (lost) classic play The Road as well.
    Last edited by David Mosley; 11-29-2006, 09:39 AM.

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  • Ilium
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    Originally posted by Kipper
    There's a repeat of 'The Martians and Us' tonight as well, the last part. It's at an early 7.00pm, but if you miss it, there's a chance to tape it at midnight and another at 03.00am!
    Ah, cheer for that, will try and catch the 7pm showing, kids permitting, if not I'll have to wait for the midnight show.

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  • Kipper
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    Random Quest

    Originally posted by David Mosley
    Random Quest was pretty good, which I found surprising for a Richard Fell script/production. Very nice performances from Sam West and Shaun Parkes. I was only going to watch the first few minutes as I was taping it, but I ended up watching the whole film in the end.

    BBC4 normally repeat their programme seemingly indefinitely, so I'd be very surprised if RQ doesn't get a repeat some time.
    I'm glad you enjoyed it David, sorry you missed it Ilium! Apparently it's a remake of a TV play/short film first shown in the '60s, (I think), called 'Quest for Love'. It's mentioned in a Beeb 4 programme called 'Time Shift: Parallel Worlds'. Repeated tonight at 11.00pm.

    There's a repeat of 'The Martians and Us' tonight as well, the last part. It's at an early 7.00pm, but if you miss it, there's a chance to tape it at midnight and another at 03.00am!

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  • Ilium
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    Originally posted by David Mosley
    Random Quest was pretty good, which I found surprising for a Richard Fell script/production.

    Haven't seen any of the stuff he has written. Was going to listen to the QE, but forgot about that too!

    I was only going to watch the first few minutes as I was taping it, but I ended up watching the whole film in the end.
    Always a good sign of something worth watching.

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  • David Mosley
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    Originally posted by Ilium
    I missed Random Quest, I do hope it will be repeated.
    Random Quest was pretty good, which I found surprising for a Richard Fell script/production. (Fell wrte & produced the live Quatermass Experiment and the remake of A for Andromeda, both of which (but especially the latter) I felt were flawed. (In fact, AfA was pretty terrible imo. QE was redeemed by the fact it was a live production and had David Tennant in it.)).

    Very nice performances from Sam West and Shaun Parkes. I was only going to watch the first few minutes as I was taping it, but I ended up watching the whole film in the end.

    BBC4 normally repeat their programme seemingly indefinitely, so I'd be very surprised if RQ doesn't get a repeat some time.

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  • Ilium
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    Originally posted by Kipper
    ...anyone out there jog my memory for me to save me opening all the boxes in my loft?

    The Tripod books were written by John Christopher and the books were: The White Mountains, The City of Gold and Lead and The Pool of Fire.

    However, after all that, I can't seem to see if they are going to be repeating the two series after all.

    I missed Random Quest, I do hope it will be repeated.

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  • Kipper
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    Sci-Fi Brittania: wallowing in Sci-Fi nostalgia

    Originally posted by Ilium
    >The Tripods
    Ah! Haven't seen The Tripods since it was first on the BBC. I think it's one my kids will like too.
    I was going to post a thread but you're already onto it. This has been VERY interesting viewing. For those of us in the UK, there's another chance to see tonights offerings throughout the week on Beeb 4. Try to catch 'Random Quest', a John Wyndham short story which has been updated to the 21st century. It's on again tomorrow (tuesday 28th) at 11.35pm, and it'll be your last chance this week.
    The four-part series 'The Martians and Us' has proved to be compulsive viewing for me. I grew up on HG Wells, Arthur Clarke and John Wyndham, and there are some very interesting and informative comments about their works, as well as many other writers.
    This weeks offering, the last in the series, is entitled 'The End Of The World As We Know It'. It covers early stories from the turn of the century (The Purple Cloud) through the '20s (The Deluge) and proceeds through the works of Wyndham and Ballard to present times. It's repeated on Wed. 29th at 7.00pm and midnight, try and catch it if you can!
    The Ark in Space was on tonight, as mentioned by David earlier in the thread. Great fun to watch the second best Doctor again! (that should prompt some responses, ha ha).
    I absolutely howled at 'Adam Adamant' last week. I thoroughly enjoyed 'A for Andromeda' as well, I'd missed earlier screenings of this remake, so was glad for the chance to catch it this time round.
    The Cult of..... Star Cops, is on offer tomorrow (8.30pm). Followed by a doc. on parallel worlds and a first series Star Trek episode (Mirror Mirror).
    And, Ilium, I remember Tripods as well. I had the three books from the local library years ago and devoured them. Great juvenile sci-fi. I think the first book was called 'The City of Gold and Lead', - I have a copy of it somewhere. Can't think who the author was - anyone out there jog my memory for me to save me opening all the boxes in my loft? The TV series was made when I was older, and I missed most of it, pubbing and clubbing no doubt!
    This series of sci-fi focussed programmes has been Must See TV for Sci-Fans! Try and catch what's left.

    In case anyone's wondering, yes, I do have the TV pages in front of me!

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