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Dark Poem: Death Of Paris

[bLOG TEST ENTRY] Down the lights, a city known Of romance high and glory gone Those reveal the hid and hide the shown. But now the clouds stuff and fill The broken heights of Eiffel That rose the pride and domed the will. And by the shores of darkened eves And the noon of fates the sun weaves Cried a sound in hearing heaves. A sound to depress and harass yet to abash and embarrass The current stillness of Paris. And pale grows the face of Chirac And so the nationals of b

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Dark Poem: Death of Paris II

[bLOG TEST ENTRY] Down the lights, a city known Of romance high and glory gone Those reveal the hid and hide the shown. But now the clouds stuff and fill The broken heights of Eiffel That rose the pride and domed the will. And by the shores of darkened eves And the noon of fates the sun weaves Cried a sound in hearing heaves. A sound to depress and harass yet to abash and embarrass The current stillness of Paris. And pale grows the face of Chirac And so the nationals of b

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Just a little retcon...

Whilst the campaign is underway it is true to say that little room remains for personal whimsies and trivialities so it's time for my Blog to undergo a little Who-like regeneration. From this day forth I intend to let this blog lead you all backstage for the latest news and gossip from the campaign team: think of this as the 'Heat Magazine' of Back to Frank Black sans the diet and make-up tips. This decision was in no small part spurred on by yesterday's gem of an event, not only were we pro

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The Power of Christ Compells Thee!

You probably didn't hear it here first but the Beeb is providing us with a little genre treat this November in the shape of Apparitions. Now I'm reserved in my excitement for this project as the Beeb + Supernatural usually = caca (think Sea of Souls, Strange and other dodos) but sooner or later it will produce something worthy of the mantle of successor the X-Files or Millennium. So to whet your appetite, but don't whet it too much, here's a little promotional 'what not' about this forthcoming B

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Flavouring The Meat

Special 'meat coloured' entry today guys, hope it aint too troublesome to the eye! Ladies and gentlemen yesterday evening was a real benchmark in UK television for me and whilst it's true to say I am a biased consumer of 'Wire in The Blood' the conclusion of 'Unnatural Vices' stands as one of the rare moments when British Televisions disturbs and disturbs a lot. Working in the medical profession does leave you a little desensitized to sights of blood and flesh and viscera, no more so when you k

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Frank Black UK

With a somewhat misleading title I am chuffed to bits that 'Wire in the Blood' has burst like a blood vessel back on to British Screens and as I have oft stated it is the nearest to a British Millennium we have. After watching the latest episode I was startled by the degree of commonality between the depiction of Tony Hills 'Internal Perspective' in relation to how this was realised on Millennium. I grant you that similarities have been evident since the onset of this series and suggest that it

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I am not a number!

Well Bob's your Uncle and Fanny's your Aunt, another cult classic is heading back to British screens. ITV have confirmed the return of cult classis 'The Prisoner' which is something of a surprise as Sky One announced a remake of this not too long ago and had completed the scripts for the mini series. Not sure what happened there but obviously Sky have lost the rights and ITV have decided to offer up their own remake. Now all we need is Sapphire and Steel and the 70's/80's cult gems are well and

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BBC's Indiana Jones?

The BBC has been airing trailers that you have no doubt seen for its forthcoming genre show 'Bonekickers'. Whilst the trailers do little to whet the appetite, mearly serving to dish the cheese and offer glimpses of a substandard Indiana Jones rip-off I am willing to give this a go and hope that it has an intelliegnce and seriousness not afforded us by shows such as Doctor Who. The latest information with regards to the show states that.. We shall indeed see what the Beeb digs up this time.

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Jonathan Creek Returns

Well chaps, for those of you who saw Graham Norton last night this news will come of no surprise to you but it felt like Christmas at Chez Snafu last night I can tell you. Alan Davies talked of the new episode currently in production with a view to air it at Christmas. Just when you thought life couldn't get any better Sheridan Smith will star as his new assistant and if she is any where near as good in this as she is as Doctor Who assistant Lucy Miller we are in for a hell of ride. The only wa

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Seventh Dimension

My sincere apologies for a lack of entries this week. I had to be strict with myself in order to finish a segment of my PhD but I have more time on my hands now and will update furiously until the next segment needs doing. As I have mentioned before, despite the lack of good genre shows on the Beeb there are some interesting things to be found on BBC Radio. BBC7 regularly airs genre plays and audio books and whilst it may not be everyone's cup of tea may I urge you to give them a try. Here are

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Apocalyptonet

Hi chaps, Sorry there are no listings this week as I have had to chain myself to the PC and write some more for PhD and promise, and actually mean it, not to while away the hours on the net when I should be grafting. I have also mused about the content of the blog given the sheer lack of Cult TV news here in the UK and I truly do bemoan the British attitude to genre shows and its all pervasive obsession with saturating the schedules with reality TV. I have decided to branch out to cover 'Cult

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Survivors - BBC1 to remake cult 70's hit!

Hot on the heels of news that Sky One is to remake 'Blakes 7' another classic scifi offering from the 70's has been commisioned by the Beeb for broadcast in Autumn 2008. Julie Graham, Max Beesley, Nikki Amuka–Bird and Paterson Joseph are to star in Adrian Hodges’s exciting new action adventure drama series for BBC One produced by BBC Drama Production. Set in the present day, the drama series focuses on the world in the aftermath of a devastating virus which wipes out most of the world's popul

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Millenniumistic Radio for UK Listeners - Saturday 31st May - Friday 6th June

Here's a little something new for the 'Blog' but since there are a few scant offerings of genre related shows on radio I thought I would share them with you. Whilst I concur that most people view Radio as redundant the Eighth Doctor serial on BBC7 with Paul MGann and Sheridan Smith was absolutely amazing, better than the televisual cheese of the current Doctor's stories. SATURDAY 31 MAY BBC7 00.00 Heroes - The Official Radio Show SUNDAY 1ST JUNE BBC7 18.00 Earthsearch - Mindwarp

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Millenniumistic TV for UK Viewers - Sat 31st May - Friday 6th June

Hi guys, Just a little heads up that on Thursday 5th June the SciFi Channel is showing the 2006 Lance Henriksen horror Devil on the Mountain (or Sasquatch Mountain as it is also known). As with last week all film entries in the listings will be links to the film's IMDB page. SATURDAY 31ST MAY BBC1 19.00 Dr Who S04E08 ITV1 22.00 Pushing Daisies S01E08 C4 22.00 Blade II (2002) BBC3 19.45 Dr Who Confidential S04E08 ITV2 17.50 Back to the Future III (1990) ITV3 03.25

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Viewing the Cult TV Etherscope

I am currently adding HQ images of numerous Cult offerings to my 'Random Image' display all of which can be found in my gallery. They would make superb wallpapers should anyone want them and they can be found simply by clicking the image that is currently displayed. Cult TV listings will be up for the UK tomorrow evening and boy is it a better week than last for all things genre. Smiles as always, Eth

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Chemical Wedding - 30.05.08

After receiving its world Premiere at SciFi London, the Crowley inspired horror "Chemical Wedding' will hit the big screens in the UK on the 30th of this month. The movie is a sci-fi/horror hybrid starring Simon Callow and members of the Monty Python Team and for added celeb value was written by Iron Maiden crooner Bruce Dickinson. The plot revolves aroung the virtual reality reincarnation of notorious British occultist Aleister Crowley (Callow). Reviews of the movie in the weekend tabloids were

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Wire in the Blood - Series Six

Great news, especially for me as I love this series, 'Wire in the Blood' is filming its sixth series as we speak. Val MacDermid has confirmed this on her website. As far as I'm concerned it can't come soon enough. The nearest thing to 'Millennium' the UK has ever produced. Bring it on :)

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I Want to Believe and SciFi Icons

Issue 15 of SciFiNow Magazine has just been released in the UK and carries a small piece on the upcoming sequel to the first X-Files Movie. Whilst it is a 'small' mention it must be the first mention I have seen in the UK press. Here's hoping that this marks the beginning of the British media paying a little more attention to what's occurring across the pond. In addition readers of the magazine have been voting for the 'The Top 50 Sci-fi Icons' and whilst Frank failed to make a mark on the judg

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Doctor Who Guru Davies steps down.

Russell T Davies is to step down as executive producer of Doctor Who, the BBC has announced. Davies is credited with breathing new life into the show he brought back to television screens in 2005. Bafta-winning writer Steven Moffat will succeed Davies as lead writer and executive producer of the fifth series of Doctor Who. Moffat, who was behind Coupling and Jekyll, said the whole of his career was "a secret plan to get this job". BBC Fiction controller Jane Tranter said the past four series of

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Kiss of Death - 26.05.08

I posted a former entry regarding the upcoming Blood Rush starring Louise Lombard. Despite the fact that BBC were unsure of its transmission date only weeks ago it has now been confirmed, albeit with a new moniker, that it will air as Kiss of Death on Monday 26 May, 9:00 pm - 10:30 pm BBC1. This new crime drama that leaps backwards and forwards in time to uncover the crime from the points of view of everyone involved - those investigating, the perpetrator and the victims is being treated as a

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Millenniumistic TV for UK Viewers Sat 24th - Friday 30th

New update for the listings section and poor old Blighty continues to serve up its Cult TV from the back catalogue and American imports. The most notable addition to the schedule this week is 'Kiss of Death' formerly titled 'Blood Rush' which has worringly been cut from a two part drama to a one off showing (see individiual entry.) A new feature has been added as movie titles will now be links to the respective IMDB page to allow readers to get a feel of the movie if they are unfamiliar with th

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Ashes to Ashes given Second Series

Digital Spy reported that BBC One's time-travel series Ashes to Ashes has been picked up for a second season. Though not as popular as predecessor Life on Mars, Ashes has achieved a strong average audience of 6.5 million viewers in the United Kingdom, the Web site reported. The final episode of season one aired last week. Where Mars dealt with the predicament of a modern Manchester police detective suddenly thrust back in time to the 1970s, Ashes places a contemporary woman (Keeley Hawes) back i

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Sanctuary to debut on ITV4

Coming soon to ITV4 is the premiere of Sanctuary - a new, ground-breaking sci-fi series. The 13-part programme is based on the world's first high-definition web show and will be the first to use live-action actors against mostly virtual sets. Amanda Tapping is Dr Helen Magnus, a 157-year old physician who studies monsters. She is aided in her work by her reluctant protégé, psychiatrist Will Zimmerman (Dawson’s Creek), and her fearless daughter Ashley (Battlestar Gallactica). Together

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Blakes Seven returns to Sky One

Sky One is to remake the science fiction series Blake's 7, following the recent reimaginings of Doctor Who, Battlestar Galactica and Bionic Woman. The satellite channel has given the go-ahead for the development of two 60-minute scripts with a view to a potential "event series". Elaine Pyke, the commissioning editor, drama, at Sky One, Two and Three is working with Andrew Mark Sewell at B7 Productions on the project. "The time is ripe for a revival of a show that represents the best tra

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Friday 13th Series comes to Zone Horror - 18/06/08

I am over-the-moon to inform you that the cult classic Friday the 13th: The Series is coming to Zone Horror very soon. Taking its title from the phenomenally successful movies, Friday the 13th: The Series replaces the graphic bloodshed of the films with intense psychological terror and chilling suspense. Inheriting a shop filled with rare and mysterious antiques might be the ultimate fantasy for some, but for two young cousins it becomes a trip to hell. Lewis Vendredi made a deal with the devil

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