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October 13, 2014

Whenever Trevor Eve gets too serious, remind him about Shadow Chasers

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Trevor Eve is a serious actor. Very serious. Although best known for being only slightly grumpy in Shoestring, he's gone on to some pretty dour roles in the likes of Waking The Dead, Kidnap and Ransom and the miserable Channel 5 'updating' of Doomwatch. Even in interviews, he can be very serious.

But Trevor Eve has a sense of humour. Or at least he used to. He might not want anyone to remember that these days, but he did.

How else can you explain his decision to appear in the 1985 mystery series Shadow Chasers, in which he played an anthropologist blackmailed into working with tabloid journalist Dennis Dugan to investigate the paranormal? Created by Kenneth Johnson (The Bionic Woman, Alien Nation, V, The Incredible Hulk) and the Oscar-winning Brian Grazer (Splash, A Beautiful Mind), it was nevertheless the lowest rated of the 106 shows in the 1985-1986 season, with only the first nine of its episodes airing on ABC in the US, leaving the Armed Forces Network to air the remaining four.

Maybe the opening credits had something to do with that.

Poor old Eve - he never stood a chance. Maybe that's why he lost his sense of humour?

Still, if that's only whet your appetite for more, here's the whole of the first episode.

October 3, 2014

What TV's on at the BFI in October/November 2014?

Posted on October 3, 2014 | Post a comment | Bookmark and Share

It's time for our regular look at the TV that the BFI is showing, this time in October and November 2014. And gosh, what a bounty there is, thanks to not one but two sci-fi seasons. On top of a discussion of forthcoming BBC2 documentary series Tomorrow’s Worlds and a celebration of ‘queer sci-fi TV’, there are showings of both of Nigel Kneale’s versions of 1984 (with a Kim Newman discussion about Kneale’s work), a repeat of The Cloning of Joanna May, showings of a Doomwatch episodes, movie and the Channel 5 remake, and various science-fiction TV plays, including Fable, an Out of the Unknown, and a Play for Tomorrow.

Should be good!

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June 30, 2014

What TV's on at the BFI in August 2014? Bilko and a Moira Armstrong season

Posted on June 30, 2014 | Post a comment | Bookmark and Share

It's time for our regular look at the TV that the BFI is showing, this time in August 2014. Given that summer holidays are approaching fast, it's no surprise that there's less on this month, but there is a season of director Moira Armstrong's work, as well as an evening dedicated to the awesome The Phil Silvers Show - aka Bilko

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