Normally – by which I mean "in the three previous and indeed only entries in this series of weird old title sequences" – there's been something weird and off-putting about the titles themselves. This week, we're going to be a little different and have a weird and off-putting theme tune instead.
Picture Box was a schools' programme that went out mid-morning during the week and showed a ragbag of international, often entirely silent and quite mesmerising short films introduced by Alan Rothwell IIRC (TV Ark says Dorothy Smith presented in the 60s when it was in black and white). Although you'd be hard-pressed to remember a single one of those films, the really quite eery music played on what sounds like a fairground steam organ will have stuck with everyone who ever watched the show.
Press play and you'll see what I mean if you went to school in the 70s and 80s. Whether you did or you didn't, by the end of it, you should be expecting the grey ghost of an old carnie to beckon at you whenever you look in a mirror.
Cast your mind back a year or so, and you'll remember there was a stonking big writers' strike in the US. That stopped a whole load of shows from completing their run. Heroes, in particular, had to truncate a whole storyline, in which the Shanti virus would have escaped – rather than be destroyed by Peter in episode 11 – which is originally why Nathan would have keeled over during that press conference, rather than because future-Peter shot him.
The rest of season two would have consisted of two Volumes: Exodus, rather than Villains, and Fugitives, so I'm not sure whether Volume two would have ended at episode 11 or episode 13, as you might have expected. However, they did film some scenes for episode 13, which potentially could have been the first episode of Volume 3. And here's one of them.
I'm not sure exactly where this would have appeared in the scheme of things. While there are arguments to be made about actor availability, sets, etc, it's clear that the following scene was important enough to be a priority shoot. It might even have been the lead-in to Volume 3.
Although most of the scene did get used in Volume 3, it's interesting to see what the footage hints at in terms of the original direction of the Volume. Is that Jessica or Tracy who seems to be the leader of the baddies – was Niki/Jessica going to survive Volume 2 originally and be the Arthur Petrelli of Volume 3 or was Tracy intended to be a baddie originally? What was the storyline planned for Micah and Monica, who presumably might only have been around as long as Niki was?
Whatever, to me it looks like rather than being the creative uplift the writers claimed, the writers strike did in fact set the show moving in a bad direction as the writers tried to top what they'd already worked out. The Volume 3 hinted at here would have been a whole lot better than the one we ended up getting, even if you can see that quite a few elements of it survived and they weren't that good (eg Sylar/Angela stuff).
Sigh. Still, at least we got back on track with Volume 4, and hopefully, Volume 5 is going to be a cracker now Bryan Fuller's back behind the scenes as a consultant producer.
They're back. The ubiquitous Robert Webb and David Mitchell are back! Of course, being ubiquitous, it's not like they seem to have gone away, of course, but here they are, back again, with a new series of That Mitchell and Webb Look, which is - equally, of course - based on their radio show That Mitchell and Webb Sound.
When people say ubiquitous, they generally mean that in a bad way. But having Robert Webb and David Mitchell on just about every TV and radio programme on every TV channel imaginable - whether it's talking about poetry, dancing on Comic Relief, acting on Peep Show, appearing on game show panels or featuring in ads - is actually a good thing. Because they are very, very funny.
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I'm Rob Buckley, a freelance journalist who writes for UK media magazines that most people have never heard of, although you might have heard me on Radio 5 Live's Saturday Edition or Afternoon Edition. I've edited Dreamwatch, Sprocket and Cambridge Film Festival Daily; been technical editor for trade magazine Televisual; reviewed films for the short-lived newspaper Cambridge Insider and the equally short-lived Death Ray and Filmstar magazines; written features for the even shorter-lived newspaper Soho Independent; and was regularly sarcastic about television on the blink-and-you-missed-it "web site for urban hedonists" The Tribe. I'm freelance now and have contributed to the likes of Broadcast, Total Content + Media, Action TV, Off The Telly, Action Network and TV Scoop.