Archive for the ‘TELEVISION’ Category

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Didn’t have enough time to properly, fully eulogise concerning the brilliant British film, stage and TV actor John Hurt, who passed away a few days ago after a struggle with pancreatic cancer.

There would be a lot to say about Hurt, whose rich, varied career included any number of memorable or stellar performances. But my own permanent sense of connection to Hurt’s on-screen legacy is a particular performance from his younger years.

While many would regard his portrayal of the Elephant Man as one of the great performances in cinema, John Hurt’s portrayal of the unhinged Emperor Caligula in the classic series I Claudius stands as one of the most compelling television performances there has ever been. (more…)

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Just a quick post here, to pay respect to Jerry Doyle, who has just died.

The news of his passing, at the age of 60, caught me off-guard. Known to some as a talk radio host, to others as a right-libertarian political commentator, he was also founder of the popular content platform Epic Times. (more…)

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Here is the latest podcast, featuring I, the Burning Blogger of Bedlam, and my co-conspirator Mumra 2K.

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Programme Name: World War Three: Inside the War Room - TX: 03/02/2016 - Episode: n/a (No. n/a) - Picture Shows: DRAMATISATION  - (C) BBC - Photographer: Gabriel Range

It’s always curious to note what kind of documentaries an organisation like the BBC chooses to make and what documentaries it chooses not to.

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The arrival of the new mini-series of The X-Files, which will feed the nostalgia needs of millions of long-time fans of the series (myself included), has also been met by some scepticism from a few conspiracy enthusiasts who are viewing the return of Fox Mulder and Dana Scully as a CIA or ‘Illuminati’-backed enterprise to ‘soft break’ key information about real-world secret conspiracies…

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Thanks to a very successful Kickstarter campaign, the documentary film that Adam Nimoy has been trying to make about his late father is going to be completed.
The project, which was started with the late Leonard Nimoy’s involvement, has seen 9,439 backers pledge $662,640 to help bring it to life.

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This latest podcast, featuring my friend Mumra 2K of HeWhoDares.com, was recorded hastily on Friday February 27th, the night the sad passing of Leonard Nimoy was announced. It is our initial reaction to the sad news, a reflection on Nimoy’s stature and legacy, Spock and Star Trek in general.
This is the link; you can download the mp3 for free (recommended). Or you can listen to it here in the player below.

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As I’m sitting to type this post out, I’m still trying to process the news, still trying to adjust to it. A podcast I recorded with my friend Mumra 2K is available for download at this link; it is basically our reaction, as lifelong fans, to Leonard Nimoy’s passing and a brief reflection on Nimoy, Spock, Star Trek and what they’ve meant to us (the audio is also embedded at the bottom of this page).
It’s hard for people sometimes to explain why someone mattered to them; someone they’ve never met, that is. Someone they had no personal relationship with. But Leonard Nimoy’s passing is one of those that hits you in a very felt way; one of those, in all honesty, I’ve been expecting for some time and dreading.

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It is 20 years since the first broadcast of one of the greatest television series’ of all time and the finest SF TV serial to have ever graced the small screen. J. Michael Stracynski’s  Babylon 5  set a standard for science fiction storytelling in television that hasn’t been matched since.
In fact it’s difficult to see it ever being matched, given the sheer dearth of televisual science-fiction and the unwillingness of major TV studios to support the genre (or to take chances with innovative ideas in general).

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