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The Office meets The Office

2offbkn05 There’s an odd sort of meeting being planned at The Office. This one involves The Office. Confusing, huh?

Let me explain. The makers of the US version of The Office, which stars Steve Carrell from The Daily Show and The 40 Year Old Virgin, have a special episode planned for next season that will feature cameos by some of the cast of the British original.

In an interview with the New York Post, US executive producer Ben Silverman is quoted as saying: “Expect some cameos from the UK paper company. There’s a lot of love between the casts and crews of the two versions of the show.”

No word on which cast members will appear, although Ricky Gervais is unlikely to be one of them. He is, however, writing an episode for the US series, of which he is an exec producer.

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Dark Season and Century Falls out on DVD this month

Kate Winslet in Dark SeasonRussell T Davies has been around for a while and Doctor Who was not his first kids’ drama series. That honour belongs to Dark Season, which amongst other things (almost) introduced Kate Winslet to the world. It, and his follow-up series Century Falls, are coming to DVD later this month (wow, what with A for Andromeda and Adam Adamant Lives! coming out too, it’s like classic TV DVD month or something).

I only caught the second half of Dark Season when it aired back in 91, being at university and all and therefore not watching CBBC with any degree of regularity. But I do remember it had a cracking theme, a good plot and was reasonably creepy and fun – better, in fact, than most of RTD’s Who scripts. General thing is that it was essentially a story of two halves, set in a school, with a gang of three school kids foiling the evil villain(s). But better than it sounds.

Century Falls was a whole different matter. That I tuned in for especially. It was utterly incomprehensible mind – basically a village of psychic old people with no kids try to use two psychic twins who move to the village to recapture their halcyon days. But I guarantee that by the end you won’t understand more than about 50% of what was going on. Makes you realise how times have changed… Very creepy though and very well done.

If you’re curious, here are some Amazon links for you

Star Trek with new effects

Ever wondered what the original series of Star Trek might have looked like if they’d access to modern graphics technology? Wonder no more because someone’s had a go at fixing up the episode The Doomsday Machine with proper CGI. See what you think. Personally, I preferred it with 1960s technology but your mileage may vary.

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Event review: Adam Adamant Lives! at the NFT

The NFT

Just for a change, I’m going to review an event (Ooh, Rob went out the house!). Two, in fact.

Yesterday saw a double-header at the NFT, designed to coincide with the release of a couple of DVDs in a week or two. The first saw an airing of the Adam Adamant Lives! episode Allah is Not Always With You, followed by a Q&A with stars Gerald Harper and Juliet Harmer. The second featured the one remaining episode of the original version of A for Andromeda, followed by a Q&A with star Peter Halliday and producer/director Michael Hayes – I’ll deal with that one separately.

So, new thing, new style. Here goes…

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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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