Posted on July 14, 2006 | |
US cable network The Sci Fi Channel is giving us all (for some reason, they haven't banned British viewers like they normally do) the chance to watch a couple of TV shows streamed over the Internet in not very high quality. Hoozah.
The first is Garth Marenghi's Dark Place, a Channel 4 series that starred Richard Ayoade of The IT Crowd among others. It's a parody of just about every 80s sci-fi/horror anthology series and serial going, with references to The Twilight Zone and The Ray Bradbury Theater in the opening titles alone, although the likes of Stephen King and Shaun Hutson are the main victims.
It's not actually very funny though. It's like something a bunch of students put together to show how clever they are (I, erm, wrote similar things when I was 16...): yes, you can see exactly what they're satirising, but it doesn't make you laugh, only go "Oh yes. Very clever."
Also appearing in stream-o-vision is The Amazing Screw-on Head, a pilot for a new animated series based on a comic book of the same name. Not too great either, but you can vote on it at the end to decide whether it should be made into a series.
While you're about it, if you decide to watch anything on the site, you'll get the SciFi video player and be able to watch interviews with the Doctor Who team. It has Eccles-cake in full humourless mode, sucking the fun and joy out of the atmosphere. But it'll make you all nostalgic for 2005.
Posted on July 12, 2006 | |
An enterprising vicar down in Emsworth plans to teach the Bible to kids by dressing up as Doctor Who.
The Rev Tom Kennar says, "Any child who watches Doctor Who will be familiar with the idea of time travel, so they'll understand going back in time to meet biblical characters. I can't promise there'll be any Daleks or Cybermen but we will be meeting some of God's heroes of the Bible, and some genuine villains."
About 120 children will get to watch daily episodes of Doctor Who alongside water play, cooking and craft activities at the club, which runs from July 25 to 28 in St James's School in Emsworth. How fun does that sound?
Posted on July 12, 2006 | |
Yesterday, I was so excited by the impending release of Dark Season and Century Falls that I forgot to check the Action TV DVD news page to see if there was anything else coming out this month that would be worth watching. Turns out there is.
First Born was a 1988 serial that saw Charles Dance have sex with a gorilla. Hang on. That doesn't sound right. Let me just check that. Ah. Let's start again.
First Born was a 1988 serial that saw genetic researcher Charles Dance decide that the human race is just too nasty and aggressive and if, paradoxically, we still acted a bit more like our ape ancestors - or, better still, gorillas - we'd be a whole lot nicer. So he decides to create a human-gorilla hybrid using his own sperm.
Eventually, he succeeds and the rest of the serial follows the growth into adulthood of young Gor (short for Gordon as well as the obvious) as he braves the sorts of things we all have to when our mum's a gorilla: not being able to speak, having colossal strength and being born with a fur coat.
Charles Dance was on fine form, despite the obvious eyebrow-raising potential of the script, and while it was at least thought-provoking, it lacked the punch of Edge of Darkness, say (while that particular masterpiece asked a whole load of important questions about the nuclear industry, as a result of First Born, I'm sorry to say no one campaigned parliament to ban human-gorilla cross-breeding, just in case the resulting children wouldn't make good army officers). It also provided future Hollywood star Gabrielle Anwar with one of her earliest TV roles (her other most notable appearance being Press Gang, of course).
It's out on the 24th and you can pre-order it from Amazon, if you like, or you can find out more from the IMDB.