Posted on July 11, 2006 | |
Russell T Davies has been around for a while and Doctor Who was not his first kids' drama series. That honour belongs to Dark Season, which amongst other things (almost) introduced Kate Winslet to the world. It, and his follow-up series Century Falls, are coming to DVD later this month (wow, what with A for Andromeda and Adam Adamant Lives! coming out too, it's like classic TV DVD month or something).
I only caught the second half of Dark Season when it aired back in 91, being at university and all and therefore not watching CBBC with any degree of regularity. But I do remember it had a cracking theme, a good plot and was reasonably creepy and fun - better, in fact, than most of RTD's Who scripts. General thing is that it was essentially a story of two halves, set in a school, with a gang of three school kids foiling the evil villain(s). But better than it sounds.
Century Falls was a whole different matter. That I tuned in for especially. It was utterly incomprehensible mind - basically a village of psychic old people with no kids try to use two psychic twins who move to the village to recapture their halcyon days. But I guarantee that by the end you won't understand more than about 50% of what was going on. Makes you realise how times have changed... Very creepy though and very well done.
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Posted on July 10, 2006 | |
To protect myself from any backlash stemming from my review of Saturday's episode of Doctor Who, I thought I'd point you all in the direction of this not particularly pleasant piece in the Daily Mail. It's about David Tennant on the beach and asks (because like Jeopardy answers, all Daily Mail headlines must be in the form of a question) "Is this the palest man in the galaxy?"
Hmm. Someone who spends all his time in Wales, Scotland and TV studios looks a bit pale? What are the chances of that happening?
Posted on July 10, 2006 | |
Remember Survivors? No? It was kind of a dark version of The Good Life, in which everyone in the world bar a couple of 'lucky' survivors is wiped out by accidental germ warfare, leaving those behind to eke out an existence for themselves by growing their own vegetables.
It degenerated after a while, but was a good show and it had one of the most chilling title sequences ever (you'll need RealPlayer to watch it).
It turns out the BBC is considering reviving it, according to the Media Guardian (free registration required). Interesting choice for the next revival: I'd have gone with Blake's 7 because the whole "terrorists or freedom fighters?" thing would work quite well right now, but I suspect Survivors would cost a whole lot less to remake. The question is, does self-sufficiency still resonate the way it did during the 70s?