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May 10, 2017

What TV's on at the BFI in June 2017? Including Penda's Fen and Architecture on TV

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The BFI has something of a rum concoction for its June 2017 programme. The main season is dedicated to architecture on TV, with a whole host of documentaries from the archives, as well as a Q&A with the rather marvellous Jonathan Meades.

But the other entry in the calendar is an entire Saturday dedicated to former TMINE Wednesday Play, Penda's Fen. There's a showing of the play in the evening, but the rest of the day is dedicated to a Penda's Fen symposium, 'Child Be Strange', that will include a Q&A with the writer David Rudkin. Slightly odd order that, so you might want to watch the DVD a couple of times first.

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April 18, 2017

Totally Serialized: Le Repenti (Reborn) and Annette Andre - Randall and Hopkirk and Me

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Bruno Debrandt

A couple of intriguing events for TV lovers have popped up on my radar recently.

Long-time readers will remember that for five years, the Institut Français organised an annual French/UK TV festival called 'Totally Serialized'. Some of you might even have won tickets to it on this 'ere blog. However, there wasn't one this year, since Totally Serialized is going to become a series of ongoing events throughout the year. 

The first of these is a showing on 26 April at 6.30pm at Ciné Lumière in London of France 2's Le Repenti (Reborn), which is being made available on Walter Presents (US readers can get it through Amazon). It stars Engrenages (Spiral)'s Bruno Debrandt as Alexis, who six years after he was left for dead, burned and wounded by his best friend Victor whom he betrayed, returns to Le Havre to work undercover at Victor’s docks. After significant reconstructive surgery and a changed identity, he is unrecognizable but struggles to stay away from his ex-family.

As you do.

Debrandt will be there on stage in conversation with Walter himself, preceding the showing of episode one. It's worth noting that it's actually a two-part telemovie, originally broadcast in 2010, so you'll only be getting half the story and given that episode one is 90 minutes long and the event's supposed to finish at 8.15pm, that sounds like about 15 minutes of chat.

Unembeddable trailer is at the Walter Presents web site. Bookings here, with tickets £12 for adults.

Annette AndreElsewhere, for fans of old UK TV, on 22 April at 7pm at the Museum of Comedy, also in London, Annette Andre will be reminiscing about her career, particularly Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased), but also A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum and The Benny Hill Show. There'll also be a chance to meet her afterwards. Tickets are £17 each.

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March 30, 2017

It's reunion time! The Fresh Prince and Buffy crews have all got back together

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Fresh Prince Reunion

Gosh. This week we've seen not one but two cast reunions. First up, we had (most of) The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air's cast getting together for charity. While Uncle Phil (James Avery) had sadly passed away, Will Smith, Tatyana Ali (Ashley), Karyn Parsons (Hilary), Alfonso Ribeiro (Carlton), Daphne Maxwell Reid (Aunt Vivian no. 2), and Joseph Marcell (Geoffrey) were all in attendance to help the Sweet Blackberry Foundation.

Janet Hubert (Aunt Vivian no. 1)? Not so interested in attending…

The Fresh Prince finished 21 years ago, but Buffy The Vampire Slayer started 20 years this year and to commemorate, there was a much bigger event, this one organised by Entertainment Weekly.

Entertainment Weekly Buffy reunion cover

That got a cover shot, as well as a video…

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