Event review: Andromeda at the NFT

Julie Christie as Andromeda

Event: Andromeda at the NFT

Date: 10th July 2006

Host: Richard Hollis

Guests: Peter Halliday, Michael Hayes

Series summary: British scientists pick up a message from the Andromeda galaxy. After decoding it, they find it contains instructions on how to build a computer. They build it and after an accident that kills a lab worker, the computer creates a new life form in her image, which the scientists call Andromeda.

Episode summary: Episode six, The Face of the Tiger, sees the computer become ever more valuable to the government after it develops anti-ballistic missile technology. The computer, however, is starting to assert its own agenda through Andromeda, who is becomingly increasingly human.

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A Who event up North

Most of my Who event news is London-oriented. I’m a Londoner. It’s the only important place in the world (except Wales, of course). But as a concession, here’s a piece of news for Northern Who fans.

This is Lancashire reports that Elisabeth Sladen (Sarah Jane Smith), Eugene Washington (from School Reunion), K9 and writer Bob Baker will be at Blackpool Pleasure Beach’s Paradise Rooms on Saturday, July 8. Visitors will also be able to see the final episode of the current series, Doomsday, on a big screen. As if that weren’t exciting enough…:

Organisers The Who Shop, a London-based retailer of Doctor Who memorabilia, promise mystery guests, exclusive merchandise stalls, interviews and, most intriguingly of all, a world exclusive announcement.

Tickets, including a sit-down buffet meal, are priced at £25 and the event begins at 5pm. Contact The Who Shop on 020 8471 2356 or visit for more details.

No DT, I’m afraid, but at least you’ll have something Who-y to do now.

BFI events

NFT’s got some TV classics next month

The remake may have been rubbish, as was the sequel and… erm, those clips from the final episode that were around for years, but A for Andromeda is getting a massive amount of attention next month.

Julie Christie as Andromeda in A for AndromedaThe one remaining 1961 A for Andromeda episode, which only got handed back to the Beeb this year, is getting an airing at the NFT on the 10th. This special event will also feature appearances by members of the cast and crew. As if that weren’t enough, a DVD release that will include all sorts of things, including the remake, the remaining bits of the sequel (probably) and some “intriguing extras”, will be following shortly afterwards, either on the 17th or the 24th. Is there something ‘Andromeda-ish’ about July I should know about?

Adam Adamant Lives!As an aside, following the Andromeda showing at the NFT, there’s another special event, this time featuring Adam Adamant Lives! A “little-seen” episode of the series will be shown and once again, cast and crew will be on hand to reminisce. If you’ve never seen Adam Adamant, I’ll just say it’s an acquired taste: watch one episode and you’ve seen them all more or less, but it’s kind of fun to see Gerald Harper prance about as an Edwardian adventurer who’s frozen in ice and wakes up in the 1960s. I’m not sure if Harper is going, but if he is, I’m not sure I’ll have the nerve to ask him how he managed to go out with Sarah Alexander for so long. Honestly, I’m not making this stuff up! She really did (scroll down to the bottom). If you can’t go to the event, you can always buy the DVD.

There’s supposed to be a bundle deal if you buy tickets to both events, although I couldn’t find the option on the site. I’m hoping they’ll only charge me the bundle price (yes, I’ve booked already). Maybe you have to phone to get the discount price? Oh well.

If you’d rather watch something a bit more serious and a bit less fantastic, also showing at the T (not sure that’s going to catch on, but I’ll give it a try) in July are some Armchair Theatre plays, with producer Leonard White coming along to reminisce, too. Should be well worth it.


David Tennant, West Wing fan: apply for tickets to see him take the trivia challenge

David Tennant in CasanovaJust got this through the email. Thought some regular readers might appreciate the bit in bold:



The enormously popular E4 US import ‘The West Wing’ is coming to an end soon and the channel are bidding it a fond farewell with a special ‘West Wing Quiz’. Rory Bremner will be hosting as two panels of celebrity fans of the show (including Dr Who’s David Tennant) pitting their knowledge of the show against each other, for a night of light-hearted competition and fun.

The show will be taped on 7pm on 4th July in Teddington Studios, TW11 9NT (approx 30 mins train ride from Waterloo).

If you’d like to join us for this rather special night, booking is now open, so do apply quickly!

If you would like to join us for this event, then you may apply for tickets by calling 020 8684 3333 or by replying to this email stating your postcode and the number of tickets require. You may alternatively apply online at where you’ll find details of all the shows for which we are booking. Tickets for all of our shows are FREE.


Learn to be an editor for free

If you’re in ‘the biz’ or you just happen to have a day or two free around the 20th, Broadcast Live looks like it could be interesting, if only because they’re offering some free training sessions. Fancy being an editor or a camera-person? Now’s you chance to learn some of the basics.

Anyway, register now and you’ll avoid having to paid £20 on the door. Sounds good to me. Hell, I might even take an actual day off work for that one. Oh. To do more work. That’s not good planning, is it? What’s the number for Workaholics Anonymous?