on March 5, 2014 | |
It's time for our regular look at the TV that the BFI is showing, this time in April 2014. Opera dominates the schedule this time, with a season of opera productions, both filmed and specially performed for television, and a Q&A with Mr Jonathan Miller himself about the future of opera on TV. But there’s also a season starting in April celebrating BBC2’s 50th anniversary, an evening devoted to April Fool jokes and a Missing Believed Wiped Special devoted to Michael Palin and Terry Jones’ The Complete and Utter History of Britain that will be introduced by Palin himself.
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on January 23, 2014 | |
I'm running a bit low on nostalgia. Okay, I'm not really - there's still plenty of shows piled up in the 'Nostalgia Corner' queue. However, the time needed to do them justice versus the time I actually have available most of the time aren't always the same thing.
So in a somewhat radical move, for the first time since I opened the blog in 2006, I'm asking you gentle reader if you'd like to contribute your memories of a TV show from your youth to Nostalgia Corner. They can have aired anywhere in the world and you can write as much or as little as you want. The only criteria I have are:
- There should, if at all possible, be illustrative clips available on sites such as YouTube, Vimeo, the Daily Motion, et al that can be embedded in an entry
- They should either be in English or be available subtitled/dubbed into English.
Do I have any volunteers?
on January 16, 2014 | |
Nigel Kneale is best known as the creator of legendary BBC science fiction character Professor Bernard Quatermass. As you might expect, that attracted science-fiction fans to him.
I can't help but feel he didn't have a very good experience with them, because after parting ways with the BBC in the 1970s and heading over to ITV, he came up with a sci-fi comedy, Kinvig, that took the serious piss out of sci-fi fans.
It starred Tony Hagarth as Des Kinvig, UFO enthusiast, sci-fi fan and owner of a small electrical shop. One day, 'Miss Griffin' (Prunella Gee) enters the shop wanting help. Kinvig soon deduces that she's an alien from the planet Venus - except she turns out to be from Mercury. Oh well. Close.
The trouble is, all of this could be the Walter Mitty-like delusions of a science-fiction fan, desperate for some excitement with a beautiful woman. The audience is never sure as Kneale takes us through seven episodes of one ridiculous sci-fi situation and set after another, mocking everything and everyone along the way.
It's not the funniest thing you'll ever see but it's interesting to see Kneale trying to do comedy and sci-fi at the same time. It's available on DVD but you can watch it on YouTube below. If you like it, buy it: