The Twilight Zone
Theatre

The Almeida theatre enters The Twilight Zone this December

Well colour me surprised – the Almeida Theatre in north London is putting on some adaptations of classic episodes of The Twilight Zone from this December. I wonder who’ll play Rod Serling?

Between light and shadow, science and superstition, fear and knowledge is a dimension of imagination. An area which we call the Twilight Zone.

Adapted by Anne Washburn (Mr Burns) and directed by Olivier Award-winner Richard Jones, this world premiere production of the acclaimed CBS Television Series The Twilight Zone lands on stage for the first time in its history. Or its present. Or its future.

Stage magic and fantasy unite as the ordinary becomes extraordinary.

The stories chosen are by Rod Serling, Charles Beaumont and Richard Matheson, so that should narrow things down – but only a little bit.

The production runs from 5th December 2017 to 27th January 2018, with a post-show discussion with members of the company on 11th January. Tickets cost £10-£48 and available here to the public from July 27.

Salford Sitcom Showcase
Events

The line-up for BBC Comedy and BBC North’s 2017 Salford Sitcom Showcase

BBC Comedy Commissioning and BBC North are running their Salford Sitcom Showcase again this year on Thursday 27 July. Comedian and broadcaster Ted Robbins will host the event, spotlighting new comedies in development. There will be a range of events on the programme, from a live staged reading of a new project in development starring Sian Gibson (Car Share) to a screening of Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer’s ‘new’ show, Vic & Bob’s Big Night Out, to a chat with TV’s Philomena Cunk, Diane Morgan.

This year BBC North, BBC Comedy Commissioning and BBC Writersroom are announcing the introduction of a new bursary for Northern female comedians. Aimed at writers/performers, the Caroline Aherne Bursary for Funny Northern Women will award £5,000 to the successful applicant to enable them to fund future development, alongside the guidance of an experienced BBC commissioning editor. The Bursary will be launched at the Salford Sitcom Showcase and full details on how to apply will be available on the BBC Writersroom website from 27 July.

Details of the shows audiences will be able to see on the day are after the jump.

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Patrick McGoohan as The Prisoner in Portmeirion
Events

Celebrate The Prisoner’s 50th birthday at Portmeirion

Network DVD, which releases all manner of archive DVDs, is celebrating the fact it’s the 50th birthday of The Prisoner this year with a very special event in the village itself – Portmeirion.

The Prisoner, Patrick McGoohan’s visionary television series, reaches the half century of its first UK transmission in September. In celebration, Network is returning to the place where it all began – the village, aka Portmeirion, to host a one day event for the launch of our new feature-length documentary plus a brand new Blu-ray and DVD edition

This unique day will bring together surviving cast, crew and other special guests alongside screenings of key episodes from brand new 35mm prints, Q&A’s, installations and more.

The centre piece will be the world premiere of Chris Rodley’s new feature-length documentary In My Mind, followed by a very special 35mm presentation of Arrival at 7.30pm, 50 years to the minute of its UK premiere.

The new edition of our Blu-ray and DVD set is included in the ticket price for those attending the event, ahead of the official release date. All 17 episodes feature brand new detailed text commentaries and a wealth of newly produced special features, including the documentary feature In My Mind, unseen footage and much more.

This deluxe edition also includes an updated edition of Andrew Pixley’s definitive and highly-regarded book on the series, lavishly illustrated with rare and unpublished photographs and a newly remastered 6-CD soundtrack of the specially composed music scores by Albert Elms, Wilfred Josephs and Robert Farnon, Ron Grainer’s themes and the Chappell music library pieces altogether in one set for the first time.

Tickets are available to purchase from today but places at this unique event are strictly limited, and offered on a first come, first served basis. Tickets are priced at £135, which includes admission to the premiere, all episode screenings, Q&As and events around the village throughout the day plus the new deluxe BluRay or DVD box set.

A very limited amount of overnight accommodation for 28th and/or 29th September in Portmeirion itself is available to purchase separately. Please email [email protected] with your details and PRISONER50ACCOM as the title for further details.

Playwright Joe Orton
BFI events

What TV’s on at the BFI in August 2017? Including What the Butler Saw and Strike: The Cuckoo’s Calling

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

August is normally a quiet time for the BFI, as it gambles that everyone’s probably on holiday. Maybe this year it’s gambling that Brexit means we’ll not be able to afford to go on holiday, because there’s actually a surprisingly full schedule. Most of this comes from a season of works by playwright Joe Orton, but there’s also a preview of BBC One’s adaptation of Robert Galbraith (JK Rowling)’s first Cormoran Strike novel, The Cuckoo’s Calling, and a showing of ITV’s seminal The Naked Civil Servant.

Purely by coincidence, The Weekly Play this week is an adaptation of Orton’s final play, What the Butler Saw, which was broadcast as part of BBC Two’s Theatre Night in 1987. The play is a farce in two acts and revolves around Dr Prentice (Dinsdale Landen), a psychiatrist attempting to seduce his attractive prospective secretary, Geraldine Barclay (Tessa Peake-Jones). Also along for the ride are Mrs Prentice (Prunella Scales), her lover/blackmailer Tyler Butterworth, government inspector Timothy West and cross-dressing police officer Bryan Pringle.

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Man Down
BAFTA events

What TV’s on at BAFTA in July 2017? Including Man Down

New feature, guys. I’ve just noticed that BAFTA TV showings are open to the public now – you can buy tickets to them and everything. Not only that, but they happen all over the UK, so even you non-London types can go.

So every month, I’ll be flagging up what TV BAFTA will be showing, just like I do with the BFI. Not much this month, mind, and it’s in London, too, but at least it’s something.

Monday, 31 July 2017

6:45pm Princess Anne Theatre, BAFTA, 195 Piccadilly, London

Preview: Man Down + Q&A with writer and star Greg Davies
An Avalon production: Producer, Jane Wallbank; Director, Al Campbell; Executive Producers, Richard Allen-Turner, James Taylor and Jon Thoday. Commissioned by Fiona McDermott, Head of Comedy at Channel 4. Man Down will be aired on C4 in August

A preview of the fourth series of critically acclaimed Channel 4 sitcom, written by and starring Greg Davies (Cuckoo, The Inbetweeners).
Dan (Davies) is a childish idiot trapped in an adult’s life and locked in a soft-focus dream of his impending fatherhood. He’s quit his much-hated job as a teacher and is applying his unique work ethic to another, more earthy profession. With Aunt Nesta (Stephanie Cole) and his Mum (Gwyneth Powell) now in a retirement village burning through his inheritance, Dan is on an increasingly desperate hunt to find a new home for his soon-to-be family. Helped by his oldest friends – uptight financial advisor Brian (Mike Wozniak) and serial ‘entrepreneur’ Jo (Roisin Conaty) – can Dan finally grow up into the man he hopes to be?

Buy tickets

Members’ booking: June 28 from 9.30am
Public booking: June 30 from 12.00pm

Prices

BAFTA Members/Guests: Free
Public: £7.50

Tickets will be available to collect from reception