Month: March 2006

  • A for Effort

    BBC4 recently aired a new version of “A for Andromeda”, originally shown as seven 45-minute episodes back in 1961. Not much of the original series survives, so as with their recent production of “The Quatermass Experiment” the BBC has updated and re-made the production. Sadly, “A for Andromeda” wasn’t transmitted live. One of the most […]

  • A New World

    David E Kelley (he of Boston Legal and The Practice – oh, and some show that was inexplicably popular for a couple of years in the late 90s) has signed on to showrun the US remake of Life On Mars. I think it’s a great choice. Quirky humour and great drama in the same package. […]

  • Moving On

    Outside my house is a burned-out car, which was quite surprising. It appeared overnight, and I found it while walking to the newsagent in the morning. Apparently my housemate got to see them putting it out on her way into work, which was exciting. Surprising, because you don’t often see cars set alight in the […]

  • He’s in the best-selling show.

    Anyone in the UK who didn’t watch the superb Life On Mars over the last couple of months has been missing a rare treat. If only there were some way that people who’d missed it, or lived in a different country, could somehow download the entire series onto their computer instead of having to wait […]

  • New Canadian TV

    DMc from Dead Things On Sticks (in the sidebar – go visit, he’s good) has just had a new TV series commissioned. OK, so it’s in Canada, and is unlikely to have guns, explosions, or fights between thirty-storey-high giant robots. Which is a shame. But still. Yay Denis!

  • Terrorists or Freedom Fighters?

    Depends on your point of view.

  • Time is Money

    Ever wanted to know exactly how the budget for a 71-million-dollar movie is spent? The Smoking Gun has the answers as it publishes the full budget breakdown from “The Village”, and edited highlights of the spend on M. Night Shyamalan’s other films.

  • Armando Iannucci vs. Mainstream Sitcom

    Armando Iannucci, one of the finest comedic minds in the UK, has recently been lecturing at Oxford University on the current state of British Sitcom. MP3s available here.

  • State of Play

    Or, what Piers is working on right now. Persephone (formerly Untitled Horror Project) – a feature. I’m just finishing off the second draft, should be done by the end of next week. The narrative frame is OK, but there’s at least one subplot I’m going to have to take a long hard look at in […]

  • When Ds Attack

    There’s a terrible poster adorning the side of bus shelters in the UK right now. It features a picture of Sir Alan Sugar, star of the UK version of “The Apprentice”. He stares menacingly out of the poster, finger pointing directly at you. A wisp of smoke rises from his finger. Beneath it, the caption: […]