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May 23, 2012

The Wednesday Play: Alice in Wonderland (1966)

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Alice in Wonderland

Once upon a time, the TV schedules in UK were full of plays. There were strands including The Wednesday Play, Play For Today, Theatre 625, Armchair Theatre, Espionage, Out of the Unknown, Tales of the Unexpected, Play of the Week, Twentieth Century Theatre, The Sunday Night Play and I've barely scratched the surface.

Now, we have Playhouse Presents on Sky Arts and that's about it.

So today, in an effort to boost the 'play count', I'm starting a new strand on TMINE, appropriately entitled 'The Wednesday Play', that's going to feature a different classic play each week. Now, I could start with almost anything, but since we have a taste for the unusual round here, let's start with Jonathan Miller's 1966 adaptation for The Wednesday Play of Alice in Wonderland, starring John Gielgud, Peter Sellers, Michael Redgrave, Michael Gough, Leo McKern, Peter Cook, Alan Bennett, Malcolm Muggeridge and Eric Idle.

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May 21, 2012

Review and competition: Fry's Planet Word

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Fry's Planet Word

BBC Shop BadgePrice: £19.99 (Amazon price: £14.97; BBC Shop price: £12.99)
Released: February 2nd 2012

Time for another competition, courtesy of the BBC Shop. This time, in a little change of pace, it's your chance to win Fry's Planet Word, a globe-trotting five-part, two-disc expedition by Stephen Fry that investigates language and its use around the world over time.

Follow me after the jump where I'll tell you all about it and how you can win it.

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May 18, 2012

Review: Wonder Woman #9/Justice League #9/Earth 2 #1

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Wonder Woman #9

Not wishing to sound too much like the late great Christopher Hitchens, this month's issues of Wonder Woman and Justice League are all about eros and thanatos - aka (sort of) love and death. Well, Eros is certainly there in Wonder Woman, as is his mother Aphrodite; Thanatos isn't, but in his place are Hades and his wife (or should that be wife-to-be) Wonder Woman. Meanwhile, over in Justice League, Steve Trevor has taken to drink over the love of a good woman (Wonder Woman, again) and there's the threat of death, too.

Add to those two themes truth, because people want to know it rather urgently, and eros again in the form of bondage, because a certain golden lasso is going to be important in both titles. And because it's Wonder Woman.

After the jump then, a brief rundown on each of the issues, plus a discussion of the general devaluation of women that will feature a guest appearance of the new nu52 parallel universe title Earth 2.

Justice League #9

Earth 2

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