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April 13, 2016

What TV's on at the BFI in May? Including Peaky Blinders, The Hamburg Cell and Safe

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The BFI left it a bit late putting out the PDF of its guide last month, so since I'm an intrinsically lazy person who couldn't be bothered to type it all in manually, I decided to skip April and head into May instead. However, to be honest, although there's a lot on at the BFI this month, there's not that much tele. 

There is a preview of series 3 of Peaky Blinders, complete with cast and crew Q&A. There's a new documentary about noted film and TV director Antonia Bird, Antonia Bird: From EastEnders to Hollywood, as well as a couple of her TV films, including Safe with Aidan Gillen, Robert Carlyle and Kate Hardie, and a docu-drama about the 9/11 terrorists, The Hamburg Cell. There's also a free talk for seniors about TV director Alan Clarke.

But that's it. Still, makes my life easier. What a lazy man I am.

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March 29, 2016

Dallas's theme tune had lyrics… but only in France

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So I was listening to the World in Words podcast this morning and discovered a fascinating fact. When Dallas aired on French TV back in the 80s, French broadcasters wanted to explain the show to its audience. So along with a new theme tune, they wrote some lyrics to explain it to them. Listen to them for yourselves:

And here are the lyrics in French in all their glory [via]:

Dallas
Ton univers impitoyable
Dallas
Glorifie la loi du plus fort
Dallas
Et sous ton soleil implacable
Dallas
Tu ne redoutes que la mort

Dallas
Patrie du dollar du pétrole
Dallas
Tu ne connais pas la pitié
Dallas
Le revolver est ton idole
Dallas
Tu te raccroches à ton passé

Dallas
Malheur à celui qui n'a pas compris
Dallas
Un jour il y perdra la vie
Dallas
Ton univers impitoyable
Dallas
Glorifie la loi du plus fort

Dallas
Malheur à celui qui n'a pas compris
Dallas
Un jour il y perdra la vie
Dallas
Ton univers impitoyable
Dallas
Glorifie la loi du plus fort

Dallas
Malheur à celui qui n'a pas compris
Dallas
Un jour il y perdra la vie
Dallas
Ton univers impitoyable

Which more or less means [via, since I can't be arsed to translate it myself]:

Dallas, your ruthless world,
Dallas, where might is right,
Dallas, and under your relentless sun,
Dallas, only death is feared.

Dallas, home of the oil dollar,
Dallas, you do not know pity;
Dallas, the revolver is your idol,
Dallas, you cling to the past.

Dallas, woe to him who does not understand,
Dallas, one day he will lose his life.
Dallas, your ruthless world,
Dallas, where might is right.

Wowzers, hey? But accurate.

Incidentally, it was not alone in this. I mentioned this discovery of mine to French TV journalist Thierry Attard, hoping to find out more, as he is not only a noted expert and consultant on European dubbing, he's literally written the book on it. He reveals that this is just the tip of the iceberg:

I hate when they put a French song on a foreign series. In the 80s they were legion: Hart to Hart, Vegas, Mr Merlin… Santa Barbara, The Bold and the Beautiful, Buck Rogers, The A Team, Days of our Lives (this one didn't last long). If my memory serves and without chronology, we can add Starsky & Hutch, Knots Landing. Later, Prison Break or... Heroes.

So much fun to be had! I leave the full quest to you, gentle reader, but brace yourself - here's your starter for 10. It's Prison Break's French lyrics:

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January 6, 2016

What TV's on at the BFI in February? Including Nuts In May, Penda's Fen, Artemis 81 and Leap In The Dark

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Time to look at what the BFI is showing in February. Yes, February. I never got my January guide, and since it's now January and the February guide turned up yesterday, let's just do February. I'll be ahead of schedule for a change then.

February's actually not got a huge amount of TV, but what there is is largely TV plays - and good 'uns, too. As well as Dexter Press Gang Fletcher introducing Nuts In May, we also have a season of David Rudkin's TV plays. Who's Rudkin? Well, he wrote about 90% of the pagan dramas in TMINE's guide to religion, including Penda's Fen and Artemis 81, both of which get an airing in the season (although since the BFI describes the latter as 'one of the medium's greatest productions', I'm not entirely sure they've actually watched it yet). 

But as well as those, Rudkin's The Living Grave is also being shown. This was part of a somewhat odd, supernatural anthology series that aired on BBC Two called Leap In The Dark. This ran for 20 episodes in four series, over a period of eight years from 1973 to 1980, and featured work from Rudkin, as well as Fay Weldon and Alan Garner among others. Each episode featured a different incident of the paranormal, some in the modern day, but most set in other time periods.

So far, so ordinary, you might think. What's odd about Leap In the Dark is that all these incidents were real events - indeed, the first series consisted only of documentaries, while the later series are technically docudramas, rather than dramas. Rushkin's The Living Grave is about a young woman who regresses under hypnosis to the 1700s, with Rushkin's play recreating both the hypnosis sessions and the 1700s. And it's this week's Wednesday's Play.

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