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[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 bold Barack

For loss has come to erode a name

That donated earth a glorious fame.

Then fades the dream of Liberte

And trusted no more is Sarkozy

Of clues ancient and demode.

And mad goes yet insane

The flowing Seine, the silent rain

Till seas no more, no more main.

Then fall the labors of Rodin

Over the tunes of Chopin,

Combine the thought of Renan.

And now the thick, turning lean

Lands and meadows, deserts green

Of wail heard and doom unseen.

Then lull the noise, the roads quick

And so the times of scrambled tick

Scouring through the city sick.

But found nowhere, the Louver high

The artful residence of the sigh

Gowned in ruins by and by.

Though remains are the greatest

Of every modern and every latest,

The fleeting flaws, the so faintest.

Then Monks sprang to gather

every Saint and every Father

To witness a wound too profound

Spearing the halo of their bound.

But whose belief is a moonlight

To prevent an end of doom tight

Or flare a sun firm and bright.

And out of done and coming day

And of hopeless might and futile may

Lays a gloom which has yet to lay

To purr the sound of fore-dying way.

A way to depress and harass

Yet to abash and embarrass

The current stillness of Paris.

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[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 bold Barack

For loss has come to erode a name

That donated earth a glorious fame.

Then fades the dream of Liberte

And trusted no more is Sarkozy

Of clues ancient and demode.

And mad goes yet insane

The flowing Seine, the silent rain

Till seas no more, no more main.

Then fall the labors of Rodin

Over the tunes of Chopin,

Combine the thought of Renan.

And now the thick, turning lean

Lands and meadows, deserts green

Of wail heard and doom unseen.

Then lull the noise, the roads quick

And so the times of scrambled tick

Scouring through the city sick.

But found nowhere, the Louver high

The artful residence of the sigh

Gowned in ruins by and by.

Though remains are the greatest

Of every modern and every latest,

The fleeting flaws, the so faintest.

Then Monks sprang to gather

every Saint and every Father

To witness a wound too profound

Spearing the halo of their bound.

But whose belief is a moonlight

To prevent an end of doom tight

Or flare a sun firm and bright.

And out of done and coming day

And of hopeless might and futile may

Lays a gloom which has yet to lay

To purr the sound of fore-dying way.

A way to depress and harass

Yet to abash and embarrass

The current stillness of Paris.

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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 proud to see our name in type over at John Muir's highly respected blog but we were, or more accurately I was, bursting with enthusiasm after hearing from my MM idol, Kristen Cloke. Now I don't pull punches when it comes to my love of Lara Means; there's no going round the houses on this subject for me, so it's fair to say this was the pinnacle thus far for yours truly.

Being an adult, debate amongst yourselves if you wish, the 'fan moment' still has the same thrall it held for me all those moons ago when I was gibbering behind the sofa watching Doctor Who. Investing so much of yourself in a franchise or character pays dividends when said franchise or character looks right back at you at smiles. Though I accept that in reality celebrities are human beings prone to the occasional mundanity as is every 'Joe Soap', I've never quite gotten my head round this concept and still suffer the 'dropped jaw' syndrome on the rare occasion I have encountered a face from the goggle box (Dale Winton was the sole exception to this rule I hasten to add.)

More than likely Kristen wrote a short reply ignorant of the effect it would have on one man and his day, in her world she sent an email, in my world she sent a quasi-mystical blessing that changed the whole fortunes of the campaign and rendered me feeling terribly mortal all of a sudden. Are words power?

They certainly were yesterday my friends.

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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 BBC Epic/Shite (delete as applicable).

Apparitions, a two parter new supernatural drama series produced by Lime Pictures for BBC One, which was due for broadcast early in 2008, has now been recommissioned as the first part of a longer series for transmission later this year.

Tony Wood, creative director of Lime Pictures said: “Apparitions is an exceptionally unique piece and we are thrilled with the results. To have the show commissioned as a series before the two-part special has even been transmitted is a great vote of confidence from the BBC. “

Apparitions stars Martin Shaw as Father Jacob, a priest who investigates miraculous happenings and promotes candidates to sainthood.

He is supported by Michelle Joseph (EastEnders), Elyes Gabel (Casualty), Rick Warden (Doomsday. Trial and Tribulation), Shaun Dooley ( Midsommer Murders, Mobile, The Street) and child actress Romy Irving (Casualty).

Apparitions has been written and directed by Joe Ahearne (Ultraviolet, Doctor Who, This Life) and created by Nick Collins (Murder In Suburbia) and Joe Ahearne. The producer is Annie Harrison-Baxter and the exec producers are Lime’s joint heads of production Tony Wood and Carolyn Reynolds.

Anne Mensah, a drama head with the BBC added: “The opportunity to move directly to series with Apparitions is a real testament to the vision and creativity of the team behind this unique project.

“The two-part special is all the things you'd want it to be, entertaining and scary but also thought provoking. It's fantastic to be able to develop this concept across a broader canvas."

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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 know it aint real anyway, but yesterdays denouement turned my stomach and I thoroughly enjoyed every toe curling second of it. If anyone thinks 'Wire' is afraid to venture into the same murky territories as gore shockers such as 'The Hostel' or 'Paradise Lost' then chaps it's time to revise your thinking and the reason? A stunningly crafted chiller which lead to the startling conclusion that the protagonists MO was to feed his victims 'flavoursome' food whilst slowly dismembering them over a period of weeks and consuming their flesh before them. Yuck on every level and for some reason it failed to inspire cries of 'Hannibal Lector' as it was managed so well it retained a sense of originality despite being no doubt influenced by the character. If I still haven't been successful in increasing anyone's interest in the series check out this fantastic scene when Tony Hill realises what's truly going off........oh and don't worry it aint a gory scene :) Missing Millennium? This is truly the next best thing.....

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Frank Black UK

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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 is not an intent to ape Millennium merely a coincidence when dramatising a similar concept but: this has reached preposterously Frank-like levels in the latest offering and I challenge anyone not to think of Millennium when they are viewing it.

The fascinating thing is this has never been dogged by questions of psychism as Millennium was and whilst it may never have been the intention to depict Frank as having a supernatural facility that was the only fitting conclusion to the subject as the use of his ability became broadened and less defined. With Tony Hill we merely presume that we are viewing the psychological process by which he dissects information and whilst it has been proposed that this reflects a form of autistic savant like thinking it has never been assumed that there is anything other worldly here. Of course MM Season Two opened the show's gates wide on the subject of the paranormal and established it as a reality at which point everything was viewed with new eyes and I guess this is why Wire has escaped some of the same debates Millennium engendered. Whilst not shying away from the supernatural in depicting cults, witches, voodoo and so on it leaves no question that there is anything other than malign human behavior or aberrant psychology behind the seemingly incorporeal events of certain episodes.

That said if you aren't watching this ITV has the first episode on catch-up so there's ample time to jump in with regards to the series. I promise you once you start the only place you will end up is Amazon to swallow up the DVDS. A hotly tipped recommendation from yours truly :)

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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 truly back.

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ITV1 has confirmed that Sir Ian McKellen and Jim Caviezel will star in the network's reinvention of the 1960s thriller, The Prisoner, to be broadcast next year.

Caviezel, who shot to fame playing the role of the idealist private Witt in The Thin Red Line, has been cast in the Patrick McGoohan role as Number Six, the hero who finds himself trapped in a mysterious and surreal place known as The Village, with no memory of how he arrived.

McKellen, who is best known globally for playing Gandalf in the Lord of the Rings movie trilogy, will take the role of Number Two, the sinister head of The Village.

ITV Productions is co-producing the six-part series with Granada International and AMC, the US cable network behind the critically acclaimed Mad Men, with a worldwide premiere slated for 2009.

Initially, ITV Productions and AMC developed the project for Sky One, but the satellite broadcaster pulled out of the project in early 2006.

The original series debuted in 1967 and was created, written and produced by McGoohan.

ITV today said the remake, which has been written by Bill Gallagher, "will reflect 21st century concerns and anxieties, such as liberty, security and surveillance, yet also showcase the same key elements of paranoia, tense action and socio-political commentary seen in McGoohan's enigmatic original".

Gallagher, who scripted BBC1's Lark Rise to Candleford, said: "I was haunted by The Prisoner when I saw it as a boy on its first broadcast. Here was something that was more than television, something I couldn't quite grasp but couldn't let go of. It's a unique opportunity for a writer to be able to go back to The Village and tell some new stories about that strange place and its surreal menace.

"We have a terrific cast and a wonderful director, so we hope to serve up something as beguiling and disturbing as the original was."

The Prisoner is an AMC and ITV Productions co-production and the deal gives ITV Worldwide all international rights, as well as sales and remake right to the original series. ITV DVD holds home entertainment rights.

Gallagher will also executive produce along with Michele Buck, Damien Timmer and Rebecca Keane for ITV, and AMC's Charlie Collier, Christina Wayne and Vlad Wolynetz.

The series' producer is Trevor Hopkins, who recently worked on the BBC1 Christmas adaptation of Dracula. The director is Jon Jones, whose credits include the ITV1 adaptation of Northanger Abbey and BBC4's The Alan Clark Diaries.

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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..

From the multi-award-winning co-creators of Life On Mars and Ashes To Ashes comes a new BBC One drama that is groundbreaking in every sense.

Bonekickers is a highly original six-part series about a dynamic team of archaeologists, led by Professor Gillian Magwilde (Julie Graham) and featuring Dr Ben Ergha (Adrian Lester), Professor Gregory Parton (Hugh Bonneville), Viv Davis (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) and Professor Daniel Mastiff (Michael Maloney).

Set against the backdrop of Bath, a city steeped in 3,000 years of history, each week the team uncovers a compelling mystery from the past that tells viewers something profound and revelatory about the present. Archaeology has never been so dramatic.

Julie Graham (Dalziel & Pascoe, William And Mary) is Gillian, a feisty Celt who heads up a team of archaeologists, working out of Wessex University. Adrian Lester (Hustle, Ballet Shoes) is Dr Ben Ergha, a forensic expert who brings an objective understanding to the team, Hugh Bonneville (Miss Austen Regrets, Tsunami, Filth) is the encyclopaedic but terminally louche Professor Gregory Parton and Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Spooks, Trish Jones in Doctor Who) is the eager, young, post-grad intern, Viv Davis.

As a team their skills combine under a variety of imperatives to extract bodies, books, weapons and all manner of artefacts which lead them into an investigation of the past that will unlock dangers and mysteries in the present.

We shall indeed see what the Beeb digs up this time.

Bonekickers - Tuesday 15 July 9.00-10.00pm BBC ONE

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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 way life could get any better is to hear the news that Alan has been cast as the good Doctor himself when DT leaves the show.

Alan Davies is set to return as Jonathan Creek for a one-off special written by David Renwick, due for transmission later this year on BBC One. The popular, award-winning comedy drama about the adventures of Jonathan Creek, the master of illusion who uses his brilliance and intellect to explain the unexplainable, begins filming this summer with guest star Sheridan Smith (Love Soup; Two Pints Of Lager And A Packet Of Crisps). Stuart Milligan returns as illusionist Adam Klaus, Creek's employer. Alan Davies says: "For the last five years whenever I've passed a locked room I've thought there might be a mystery lurking behind it, so I'm very happy to return to Jonathan Creek and to have something to actually solve. "I'm also chuffed that Sheridan Smith is joining us, she's going to be great." Writer David Renwick adds: "After a five-year break I think we're all looking forward to getting Creek back on the screen and the BBC appear to be quite excited, so fingers crossed. When Creek is called in to solve unexplained events in a vast Gothic house, following several disappearances inside a gloomy old attic known as "The Nightmare Room", he is completely baffled. For 70 years the room has been claiming lives. Could the ghost of a madman who preys upon human flesh really be to blame? When two young women take shelter there from a raging thunderstorm one night, it's not long before the ominous "presence" has claimed another victim. Determined to get to the truth about what has happened to her friend, the fearlessly sceptical Joey Ross (Sheridan Smith) finds herself working alongside veteran lateral thinker Jonathan Creek. Together they embark on a complex, often dangerous, investigation into a mystery which only continues to deepen... Can Jonathan Creek once again shed light on the riddle and render the impossible possible? Or are his once formidable powers of deduction about to be eclipsed by the raw intuition of his younger counterpart?

Lucy Lumsden, Controller, Comedy Commissioning, says: "We're delighted to have Jonathan Creek back on BBC One and with the addition of Sheridan Smith we should be in for a real treat."

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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 a few of the more intriguing plays due to air next week.

7th Dimension

David Calder stars in Alpha Omega

This is the follow-up play to Mike Walker's award-winning 'Alpha', broadcast last week. Strange things start happening to a man called John Stone when he starts building a tower for the sinister, powerful architect Brandt. Starring David Calder (pictured), Penelope Wilton, Sarah Jane Holm, Helen Longworth and Philip Voss, the director is Gordon House. The play was first broadcast on the World Service in 2002.

Sunday at 6pm

The Laxian Key

There's another chance to hear this 4 part sci-fi suspense thriller, written by Chris Larner and David Gilbert.

Set in the future, mankind is now colonising Mars, but continues with destructive behaviour. The fate of the species lies in the hands of two bungling interplanetary decontaminationists. The Laxian Key was produced as a commission for BBC7 and the director is Peter Kavanagh .

Monday to Thursday at 6pm and Midnight

The Mortal Immortal

A fantastical tale by Frankenstein author Mary Shelley which explores humankind's never ending fascination with eternal life. A young man working for an alchemist secretly drinks one of his Master's potions and discovers that he has accidentally sampled the elixir of life. Produced for BBC7 by Gemma Jenkins, the reader is Shaun Dooley.

Friday at 6pm and Midnight

Slaughterhouse 5

Robert Jezek reads Kurt Vonnegut's psychedelic, darkly humorous anti-war novel, first published in 1969.

Billy Pilgrim witnesses the complete destruction of Dresden and adjusts to his fate as a Prisoner of War. The producer is Mark Smalley.

Tuesday - Friday at 6.30pm and 12.30am

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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 on the Internet' to highlight and bring attention to subjects such as fanfilms, online comics and the way fandom has continued to live its love for defunct shows through the medium of the Internet. Hopefully this section will broaden to cover news and spoilers on our own Virtual Shows such as VS6 and Dragonfly and hopefully I shall be able to encourage Erin and Joe to allow me to share some little nuggets from the development that is happening behind the scenes.

My first entry is in regard to 'Big Finish Productions'.

Moons ago the nation mourned, or at least the anoraks and sci-fi nerds (me) did, when the BBC brought its heavy axe down on Doctor Who. Whilst ratings were falling and the series clearly needed a revamp there was a huge vacuum created by its absence and a legion of fans still aching for a quick spin in the Tardis. A group of chums began created Audio adventures from their homes under the banner of Audio Visual Productions and these amateur episodes distributed on cassettes became a hit with the countless numbers of Who-starved fanatics around the globe. Over time the financial success of the venture allowed for the purchase of professional recording equipment, the hiring of studio time and the recruitment of actors and success was at its peak when, as Big Finish Productions, they were granted the licence by the BBC to officially continue the Doctor's adventures in audio.

Now a big concern they hired Peter Davison, Sylvester McCoy, Paul Mgann and Colin Baker to reprise their roles as well as brining on board the original actors who played Ace, Leela, Turlough, Tegan, The Master and a host of other favourites from the series.

For an age these became the life blood of Who fandom and the freedom from the constraints of television allowed them to push the boundaries of the Doctor's stories beyond what they could achieve with the constraints of a visual budget. Those familiar with the Big Finish episodes will know that a fair number of them were revamped by their respective authors to become episodes in the New Series.

As well as the beloved Doctor other shows were later given the same treatment with new series' being created for Sapphire and Steel, Stargate, The Tomorrow People and others using as many of the original cast as possible.

If you have never heard of Big Finish or doubt the value of an audio episode can I note how truly wonderful they are. The sound effects, production values, music scores etc. are as good, if not better, than those used in television and the creativity they show in the episodes is magnificent.

In recent times the Eighth Doctor's audio adventures were featured on BBC Radio with making ofs, interviews and such and were to my mind better than the Tenth Doctor's adventures airing on BBC1.

So now I have brought it to your attention I hope you will pop over to their site and have a browse and if you are mildly curious might invest in a episode or two, pop it on the ipod, hide behind the sofa and remember what it was like to be frightened to death on a Saturday night all over again.

Best wishes,

Eth

Big Finish

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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 population. What would we do? How would any of us cope in a brave new world where all traditional 21st Century comforts – electricity, clean running water, advanced technology – have disappeared? These are the questions faced by the bewildered but resilient group of survivors at the centre of the drama. It is an opportunity for new beginnings, but with no society, no police and no law and order, they now face terrible dangers – not just the daily struggle for food and water but also the deadly threat from other survivors.

"What would you do if you were faced with the unimaginable?" says Kate Harwood, BBC Head of Drama Series & Serials.

"Survivors is an exciting new drama series which asks the most fundamental of questions. How would the human spirit endure when faced with the most exciting and terrifying adventures? We have managed to assemble a magnificent cast in a series set to take audiences on an emotional rollercoaster ride. Survivors is about what it means to be human," adds writer and executive producer Adrian Hodges (Ruby In The Smoke, Shadow In The North, Charles II and Primeval). It asks questions about our nature and confronts us with our deepest fears. When everything else is stripped away, would we band together and find the best in ourselves, or would we fall apart and retreat into barbarism and savagery?"

Survivors by Adrian Hodges is a re-imagining of the classic Seventies BBC drama series, and is based on the novel by Terry Nation.

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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 (SciFi Drama)

BBC7 20.00 The Elephant Man

BBC7 00.00 Doctor Who - The Commentaries

MONDAY 2ND JUNE

BBC7 18.30 The Day of the Triffids

TUESDAY 3RD JUNE

BBC7 18.30 The Day of the Triffids

WEDNESDAY 4TH JUNE

BBC7 18.30 The Day of the Triffids

THURSDAY 5TH JUNE

BBC4 23.00 Nebulous (SciFi Comedy)

BBC7 18.30 The Day of the Triffids

FRIDAY 6TH JUNE

BBC7 18.00 Atomic Tales (SciFi Spoof)

BBC7 18.30 The Day of the Triffids

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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 Tales of the Unexpected

E4 06.00 Joan of Arcadia S01E19

E4 19.00 Lost S01E08

ITV4 09.25 Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased)

FLM4 19.20 Thunderbird 6 (1968)

FLM4 23.35 John Carpenters Vampires (1998)

UKGD 22.05 Species (1995)

LVNG 20.00 Ghost Whisperer S02E16

FVUS 22.00 Fortress (1993)

FIVR 22.10 Californication S01E05

PREM 20.00 Sunshine (2007)

CLSC 22.50 Dead Silence (2007)

MDGT 17.50 Deep Impact (1998)

MDGT 23.50 Fright Night (1985)

TCM 01.05 Forbidden Planet (1956)

SUNDAY 1ST JUNE

ITV1 00.45 The People under the Stairs (1991)

FIVE 18.55 Gattaca (1997)

ITV2 00.15 Jurassic Park III (2001)

ITV3 23.00 Hammer House of Horror

SKY1 21.00 Lost S04E12&13

SKY1 23.00 Lost - The Answers Are Here

HLMK 19.00 Jericho S02E03

SKY2 00.30 A Town Called Eureka

DCVY 22.00 A Haunting

TCM 23.05 Westworld (1973)

ACTH 18.25 Superman Returns (2006)

ACTH 01.10 White Noise - The Light

MONDAY 2ND JUNE

E4 14.35 Joan of Arcadia

FLM4 19.15 Addams Family Values (1993)

NTGP 20.00 Stonehenge Decoded

CLSC 01.55 Kiss of the Vampire (1963)

TCM 01.05 Eye of the Devil (1966)

SCN2 21.00 Silent Hill (2006)

TUESDAY 3RD JUNE

FIVE 22.00 Mystery of the Mummies

ITV2 19.00 Smallville S01E19

E4 21.00 Smallville S07E02

E4 22.00 Smallville S07E03

BBC4 22.00 Batman

ITV4 13.55 Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased)

SKY1 21.00 Battlestar Galactica S04E09

LVNG 22.00 Moonlight S01E16

SKY 2 20.00 A Town Called Eureka

BRVO 22.00 Blade the Series

ACTH 19.00 Alien Ressurection (1997)

ACTH 00.55 Underworld Evolution (2006)

WEDNESDAY 4TH JUNE

BBC1 22.45 Minority Report (2002)

C4 22.00 Blade Trinity (2004)

BBC3 20.00 Galaxy Quest (1999)

ITV2 19.00 Smallville S01E20

BBC4 19.35 Batman

ITV4 09.55 Space 1999

SKY2 20.00 A Town Called Eureka

BBHD 2300 Torchwood S02E08

TCM 00.50 Hysteria (1965)

SCN1 00.40 The Crow (1994)

THURSDAY 5TH JUNE

BBC2 21.00 Heroes S02E07

BBC2 23.20 Heroes Unmasked S02E07

BBC3 22.30 Heroes S02E08

ITV2 19.00 Smallville S02E08

FLM4 21.00 AvP : Aliens versus Predator (2004) Lance Movie

SKY3 23.00 Hex S02E06

SCFI 23.50 Devil on the Mountain (2006) Lance Movie

NTGP 20.00 The Apocalypse

TCM 21.00 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

FRIDAY 6TH JUNE

ITV1 23.45 Raines S01E04

FLM4 21.00 The Day After Tomorrow (2004)

HLMK 20.00 Jericho S02E04

BRVO 21.00 X-Men (2005)

FIVR 21.00 Thir13en Ghosts (2001)

DCVY 22.00 A Haunting

NTGP 20.00 Dead Sea Scroll Secrets

CLSC 23.45 Seconds (1966)

MDGT 21.45 Excalibur (1981)

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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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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 largely favourable and despite this being a low budget offering it seems certain to maintain the air of controversy that dogged Crowley with sexual scenes, blasphemous speeches and scenes of blood letting and defecation.

For those interested the Showbiz feed on Sky News is showing a preview of the movie and I have added the trailer here as I know there are a few on the boards who have an interest in the colourful life of the man once dubbed 'the wickest man alive'.

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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.

"Filming is now under way for a sixth series of WITB. Again, we've got a terrific set of scripts and from what I've seen so far, performances to match. So keep an eye on the UK TV schedules and make sure you don't miss it. I guarantee it'll have you sweating in your seat."

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Val

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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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 judges, shame on you, Mulder and Scully did make the list at 36 with the highest ranking British entry being the Daleks at number 7.

I usually only read SFX but this is a great little magazine and if you see it on the shelves it is well worth £4.00 cover charge.

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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 Doctor Who had been "brilliantly helmed" by the "spectacularly talented" Davies. "As lead writer and executive producer, he has overseen the creative direction and detail of the 21st century relaunch of Doctor Who and we are delighted to have his continued presence on the specials over the next 18 months," she added. Davies will remain in charge of four specials to be shown in 2009. The fifth series, with Moffat at the helm, is scheduled to be broadcast on BBC One in spring 2010. Moffat has already written some of the most memorable Doctor Who episodes of recent times, including The Girl in the Fireplace and The Empty Chilld.

Moffat said: "I applied before but I got knocked back 'cos the BBC wanted someone else. Also I was seven. "Anyway, I'm glad the BBC has finally seen the light and it's a huge honour to be following Russell into the best - and the toughest - job in television. "I say toughest 'cos Russell's at my window right now, pointing and laughing." Doctor Who's return after a 16-year break from the screen received praise from critics and fans alike.

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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 back door pilot for a potential series. Sadly it has had zero promotion despite the fact it has the prime time slot on Bank Holiday Monday and Radio Times has given it only the briefest of mention.

Kiss of Death was created by the writer of Waking the Dead though it is notable for having a complex premise and has upped the gore leading reviewers to describe it as hard to watch.

Once again, to my mind, the BBC is petrified of innovation and scared to take a risk and seems to be adopting the policy that anything controversial can not been given a high profile or support.

Louise Lombard departed these shores an age ago and became a name in the US starring in CSI this is the first script she has deemed worthy of a return to British Television.

Whilst something potentially this good is largely overlooked the cover story of the latest issue of the Radio Times is given over to some sentimental BBC2 mush starring Julie Walters as Mary Whitehouse.

Mary would be very proud of the Beeb methinks.

Watch it folks and ensure a series gets made.

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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 the title

KEY

LVNG Living

VRG1 Virgin1

DCVY Discovery

PREM Sky Premiere

MDGT Sky Modern Greats

HLMK Hallmark

SCFI Sky SciFi/Horror

5US Five US

SCN2 Screen Two

UKGD Uk Gold

BRVO Bravo

NTGP National Geographic

ACTH Sky Action/Thriller

CLSC Sky Classics

FIVR Fiver

SATURDAY 24TH MAY

FIVE 16.40 Superman II (1980)

ITV1 21.00 Pushing Dasies S01E07

ITV2 1.00 The Grudge 2004

ITV3 3.20 Tales of the Unexpected

E4 18.00 Joan of Arcadia S01E17

E4 19.00 Lost S01E07

ITV4 12.10 Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased)

ITV4 22.30 Moonraker (1979)

FLM4 21.00 Sleepy Hollow (1999)

FLM4 23.00 Wrong Turn (2003)

LVNG 20.00 Ghost Whisperer S02E15

LVNG 3.00 Da Vinci's Inquest

BRVO 18.00 Buck Rogers in the 25th Century

FIVR 22.10 Californication S01E04

DCVY 19.00 The Kennedy Assassination - The Conspiracy

PREM 22.00 The Reaping (2007)

DRMA 22.00 The Prestige (2006)

SUNDAY 25TH MAY

BBC1 14.55 The Return of Indiana Jones

FIVE 15.05 Marooned (1969)

MRE4 22.00 The Girl with Eight Limbs

SKY1 21.00 Lost S04E12

SKY1 4.20 The Dresden Files

HLMK 19.00 Jericho S04E12

SKY2 14.30 A Town Called Eureka

SKY3 1.40 Lock Ness - The Search for the Truth.

DCVY 22.00 Most Evil - Cult Leaders

NTGP 8.00 The Gospel of Judas

NTGP 9.00 The Shroud of Turin

NTGP 10.00 The Da Vinci Code

MDGT 18.00 Arachnophobia (1990)

MONDAY 26TH MAY

FIVE 16.40 Escape from the Planet of the Apes (1971)

BBC1 21.00 Kiss of Death

ITV3 22.45 The Amityville Horror (2005)

ITV3 23.50 Tales of the Unexpected

E4 14.35 Joan of Arcadia

ITV4 19.00 Andromeda S04E22

SKY2 13.00 Terry Pratchett's The Colour of Magic

MDGT 00.10 Blade (1998)

TCM 00.25 The Haunting (1963)

TUESDAY 25TH MAY

ITV3 01.10 Tales of the Unexpected

E4 21.00 Smallville S07E01

E4 22.00 Smallville S07E02

BBC4 19.35 Batman

BBC4 22.30 The Baby's Room (2006)

ITV4 14.00 Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased)

ITV4 15.00 UFO

ITV4 19.00 Andromeda S05E01

SKY1 21.00 Battlestar Galactica

HSTY 21.00 Solomon's Treasures

ACTH 00.45 The Crow (1994)

WEDNESDAY 28TH MAY

ITV3 00.10 Tales of The Unexpected

E4 21.00 Reaper S01E17

BBC4 19.35 Batman

ITV4 10.30 UFO

ITV4 11.30 Space 1999

ITV4 20.00 The Prisoner

FLM4 21.00 White Noise (2005)

BBHD 23.00 Torchwood

TCM 18.50 Logan's Run (1976)

INDE 20.40 Them 2006

THURSDAY 29TH MAY

BBC2 21.00 Heroes S02E06

BBC2 23.20 Heroes Unmasked

BBC3 22.30 Heroes S02E07

E4 14.35 Joan of Arcadia

E4 22.30 The Reaper S01E17

ITV4 18.00 The Champions

SKy3 23.00 Hex So2E03

TCM 18.50 2010 (1984)

FRIDAY 30TH MAY

ITV1 23.45 Raines S01E03

FLM4 00.00 AvP - Alien versus Predator (2004)

LVNG 20.00 Moonlight S01E15

HLMK 20.00 Jericho S02E03

TCM 19.15 Soylent Green (1973)

SCN2 22.45 Next (2007)

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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 in the '80s. Simon Crawford-Collins, Ashes' executive producer and head of drama at the Kudos production company, told the site, "The '80s have had a real revival over the past few months. Ashes to Ashes seems to have captured the imagination of the nation. I'm sure viewers will be desperate to know who's back in the second [season], but for now they'll just have to tune into the last episode of [season] one to find out." Filming will begin in the summer for the show to return next year.

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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 they seek to find and help the strange and often frightening creatures that populate their world.

Dr Magnus is on a mission to finish her father’s work and unlock the secrets behind human evolution using a unique combination of science, medicine and her own knowledge of the supernatural.

After becoming entangled in a relationship with a time-travelling murderer and bearing his child, Magnus’s story fast-forwards to the present day where she and her daughter Ashley now operate an underground sanctuary and scientific laboratory that houses the monsters and creatures they capture and study.

It is here that Magnus, alongside her assistant, Will, explore the supernatural, the terrifying and the impossible in a bid to understand all life.

Sanctuary is making the leap to television from the internet, where it began as the world’s first high-definition sci-fi web series.

Within one month of Sanctuary’s online premiere on May 13, 2007, more than 500,000 people had viewed the 20-minute series pilot.

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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 traditions of the genre, not to mention one of the best-loved and most successful dramas of all time," Pyke said.

Created by sci-fi legend Terry Nation, Blake's 7 ran for four series on BBC1 between 1978 and 1981, and followed a band of rebels in their fight against the totalitarian system that ruled the galaxy.

Although the production values of the original series have dated, the show has proved both influential and enduringly popular.

B7 Productions is a subsidiary of B7 Media, the company that owns the licence to the show.

In recent years it has developed the brand with a series of Blake's 7 audio dramas, featuring actors such as James Bond star Colin Salmon and This Life's Daniela Nardini.

The prospect of a new Blake's 7 follows Russell T Davies's highly successful reworking of Doctor Who for the BBC, and the new Battlestar Galactica, the fourth and final series of which is currently showing on Sky One.

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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 to sell cursed collectibles in exchange for wealth and immortality, but he broke the pact and it cost him his soul. Now his niece Micki and her cousin Ryan have inherited the store and with it the curse. With the help of their friend Jack Marshak they embark on a dangerous assignment to track down and retrieve the cursed objects.