The Likely Lads
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What TV’s on at the Prince Charles Cinema in March? Including a celebration of the Likely Lads

The Prince Charles Cinema off Leicester Square is a nice little place for watching cult movies. TV? Not so much… until now, since as well as a showing of The Likely Lads movie, it’s showing two newly recovered episodes of the TV series and will be running a Q&A with the show’s creators, Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais.

Tuesday 12 March

MORE THAN LIKELY : A CELEBRATION OF THE LIKELY LADS

The Likely Lads (1976)
Directed by Michael Tuchner
Starring James Bolam, Rodney Bewes
feat. Q&A with writers Dick Clement & Ian La Frenais
1976 / 1965 | 138mins | UK | rated (15)
Doors at 18:30 / Event Finishes approx 22:20

Spinning off from the BAFTA-winning 1970s sequel to the incredibly popular 1960s sitcom, James Bolam and Rodney Bewes star in this 1976 movie as Terry Collier and Bob Ferris, two life-long friends with vastly different outlooks on life. This feature presentation has been beautifully restored from original film elements.

And the night just gets better – for the very first time since they last aired over 50 years ago, we present two recently recovered episodes from the original BBC TV series:

A Star is Born: With one eye on a £25 prize and the other on Rhona the barmaid, Terry enters himself and Bob as a singing duo in a talent night at the local: but the lads can’t agree on the choice of song, or who gets first billing in the group name…

Far Away Places: The lads are contemplating their summer holiday, but lack of money is a problem: as is the choice of destination. Bob favours the continent, while Terry is all for tradition and can’t be persuaded to go abroad…

Then, to round off the evening, Likely Lads creators Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais will join us for a very special Q&A session.

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Walter Presents
BFI events

What TV’s on at the BFI in March? Including Cheat, The Macra Terror and Walter Iuzzolino

Every month, TMINE lets you know what TV the BFI will be presenting at the South Bank in London

If you like European plays, you’ll love March at the BFI, as there’s going to be a season of TV adaptations of European plays from down through the ages. Centrepiece of the season is a Q&A with Walter Iuzzolino of Walter Presents… fame, discussing with others including Cherie Lunghi, the British attitude to European TV.

If you dislike European plays, there’s some animated Doctor Who with assistant Anneke Wills and a preview of ITV’s Cheat that includes a Q&A with cast and crew. Full details after the jump…

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Talking Pictures TV
The Weekly Play

The Weekly Play: Armchair Theatre – A Bit of A Lift (1973)

Readers of the somewhat irregular and increasingly badly named TMINE feature The Weekly Play will recall classic ITV play strand Armchair Theatre, which as I mentioned here, resulted in numerous classics of the small screen.

While at least some of those plays have been releases on DVD, it’s never (AFAIK) been repeated on TV, beyond the occasional special, but this month changes that. Talking Pictures TV, one of the ‘nosebleed’ channels on your EPG (Virgin 445; Freeview 81; Sky channel 328; Freesat 306; Youview 81), is one of the rare channels out there on UK TV worth watching these days, particularly if you’re a classic film or TV buff. Airing all manner of rarities of both the silver and the small screen – it had Hannay last month and I can see it’s got the Roger Moore The Saint next month, too – it’s worth checking out if you can, although it really could do with a Roku/iOS/Android app, if you ask me.

And starting this Sunday, every week, it’s going to air a play from Armchair Theatre.

The season starts on Sunday with 1973’s A Bit of A Lift, directed by Dennis Vance and starring Ronald Fraser, Ann Beach, Donald Churchill and Denise Shaw.

A man meets a woman at a wedding and manages to sweet talk her, only to end up inadvertently helping out another male.

But it’s also this week’s Weekly Play. What serendipity, hey?

TISWAS
Events

What’s on at We Are Cult’s 2019 one-day conventions? Including Andrew Marshall, Stephen Volk and Tiswas

Not one of the regular events that TMINE covers, I know, but We Are Cult has announced not one but two one-day conventions to be held this year in Bristol and Manchester. I thought some of you might be interested…

Ghostwatch

The first WE ARE CULT one-day convention

Since its launch in September 2016, We Are Cult has brought you the best in news, reviews, interviews and features relating to anything leftfield, wayward and independently minded in pop culture, with an accent on all things retro. Our following and social media response has proven that there is an audience for all things Cult, from mainstream to slipstream, and that niche is nice.

In 2019, We Are Cult is taking it to the next level, with its first convention, a one-day event in Bristol this June, where we will present a series of informal, intimate panels with writers, actors and creators from the worlds of cult film and television, including a few surprises along the way.

Guests are scheduled to include:

  • Comedy writer Andrew Marshall (End Of Part One, 2 point 4 Children, Strange) in conversation with comedy historian Jem Roberts, biographer of Douglas Adams, Fry & Laurie and the ‘Blackadder’ saga
  • A special screening with Doctor Who DVD and Blu-Ray documentary maker and Big Finish writer Chris Chapman
  • We Sound Familiar, a comedy podcast from impressionists Peter Walsh, Elliott Crossley and Chris Walker-Thomson
  • An interview with Stephen Volk, writer of Ghostwatch
  • Artist Sophie Iles, whose work has appeared in DWM, BBC’s Anglophena’s DoctorWho TV, The Time Travel Nexus, Cosmic Masque & multiple charity works.

Your Master of Ceremonies will be Sam Michael, stand-up comedian and Kennet Radio DJ.

MORE EXCITING GUESTS TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON!

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TISWAS

The second WE ARE CULT one-day convention

Sat, 5 October 2019, 13:00-20:00 BST
Gullivers, 109 Oldham Street, Manchester, M4 1LW

Since its launch in September 2016, We Are Cult has brought you the best in news, reviews, interviews and features relating to anything leftfield, wayward and independently minded in pop culture, with an accent on all things retro. Our following and social media response has proven that there is an audience for all things Cult, from mainstream to slipstream, and that niche is nice.

In 2019, We Are Cult is taking it to the next level, with its second convention, a one-day event in Manchester this October, where we will present a series of informal, intimate panels with writers, actors and creators from the worlds of cult film and television, including a few surprises along the way.

Guests are scheduled to include:

  • A LIVE episode of Neil Perryman’s podcast series ‘Perfect Night In’ with writer Paul Magrs
  • Writer Stephen Gallagher (Warriors Gate, Chimera) in conversation with Andy Murray (Into The Unknown: The Fantastic Life of Nigel Kneale)
  • ‘TISWAS: PIE AND MIGHTY’, a tribute to the anarchic Saturday morning TV series hosted by stand-up comedian Pete Thomas of TISWAS ONLINE and with special guest Tiswas Bunny Boy Matthew Butler
  • A free-form conversation ‘In Company’ with writers Louis Barfe (Where Have All the Good Times Gone?, Turned Out Nice Again, The Trials and Triumphs of Les Dawson) and Matt Owen (Danger Mouse, Lenny Henry In Pieces, 2DTV)
  • The Ben Baker Quiz Explosion
  • The Doctor Who Restoration Team’s Steve Roberts on the full story behind the BOTTOM:FLUFF outtakes video including a unique screening of the original BOTTOM FLUFF edit that got them the BBC Video.

MORE EXCITING GUESTS TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON!

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