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5 items from 2013


Lewis Collins obituary

29 November 2013 3:10 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Actor who was both heart-throb and hardman as Bodie in The Professionals

In a 1980 episode of the hit British cop show The Professionals, an ill-advised villain tries to threaten the ex-mercenary William Bodie with his snarling doberman pinscher. After a brief altercation, Bodie, all sang-froid and minimally curled lip, inquires: "Would your little dog like to chew this electric fire? Or maybe you'll just leave."

This kind of butch badinage, along with rugged good looks, helped make Lewis Collins, who played Bodie in all 57 of the show's episodes from 1977 and 1983, and who has died aged 67 after suffering from cancer, into a household name. During that time he formed one half of Britain's answer to Starsky and Hutch, a crime-fighting duo called Bodie and Doyle who worked for a shadowy criminal intelligence agency, CI5, headed by Gordon Jackson's strait-laced George Cowley. At its height, The Professionals was watched by 12 million viewers a week, »

- Stuart Jeffries

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Lewis Collins obituary

29 November 2013 3:10 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Actor who was both heart-throb and hardman as Bodie in The Professionals

In a 1980 episode of the hit British cop show The Professionals, an ill-advised villain tries to threaten the ex-mercenary William Bodie with his snarling doberman pinscher. After a brief altercation, Bodie, all sang-froid and minimally curled lip, inquires: "Would your little dog like to chew this electric fire? Or maybe you'll just leave."

This kind of butch badinage, along with rugged good looks, helped make Lewis Collins, who played Bodie in all 57 of the show's episodes from 1977 and 1983, and who has died aged 67 after suffering from cancer, into a household name. During that time he formed one half of Britain's answer to Starsky and Hutch, a crime-fighting duo called Bodie and Doyle who worked for a shadowy criminal intelligence agency, CI5, headed by Gordon Jackson's strait-laced George Cowley. At its height, The Professionals was watched by 12 million viewers a week, »

- Stuart Jeffries

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The top 25 underappreciated films of 1995

22 October 2013 8:34 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 24 Oct 2013 - 06:46

Another 25 unsung greats come under the spotlight, as we provide our pick of the underappreciated films of 1995...

The year covered in this week's underrated movie rundown was significant for a number of reasons. It was the year that saw the release of Toy Story - the groundbreaking movie that would cement Pixar's reputation as an animation studio, and set the tempo for CG family movies for the next 18 years and counting. It was the year that saw James Bond (played by Pierce Brosnan for the first time) emerge for GoldenEye after a six-year break. It was also the year of Michael Mann's Heat, Dogme 95, and the moment where Terry Gilliam scored a much-deserved hit with 12 Monkeys.

As ever, we're focusing on a few of the lesser-known films from this particular year, and we've had to think carefully about what's made the cut and what hasn't. »

- ryanlambie

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TV Promos: ITV, Arrow, Treme, Atlantis

11 September 2013 12:16 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

ITV

UK broadcaster has released a specially made advert which mixes characters from its various Fall drama series in one location. Actors from "Downton Abbey," "Whitechapel," "Vera," "The Bletchley Circle," "Doc Martin," "Endeavour," "Mr. Selfridge" and "The Suspicions of Mr Whicher" all appear in character.

Added to that is a couple of old classic characters who have been digitally added into the mix such as Helen Mirren's Dci Jane Tennison from "Prime Suspect," John Thaw's "Inspector Morse," Anthony Andrews' Sebastian Flyte from "Brideshead Revisited" and David Suchet's Hercule Poirot from "Agatha Christie's Poirot" (the final episodes of which go to air later this year). Check it out below:

Arrow

The CW have unveiled a new one-minute trailer for the second season of "Arrow" which begins on the network on October 9th.

Treme

HBO has posted the teaser trailer for the shortened, five episode final season of »

- Garth Franklin

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DVD Release: The Scarlet Pimpernel

28 March 2013 10:46 AM, PDT | Disc Dish | See recent Disc Dish news »

DVD Release Date: April 30, 2013

Price: DVD $29.99

Studio: Acorn Media

Jane Seymour and Anthony Andrews star in The Scarlet Pimpernel.

The 1982 British romantic adventure TV miniseries The Scarlet Pimpernel is based on the novel of the same name and Eldorado by Baroness Emmuska Orczy, set during the French Revolution.

In 1792 during the Reign of Terror, “The Scarlet Pimpernel” (Anthony Andrews, TV’s Brideshead Revisited)  rescues French aristocrats while posing as the wealthy but foppish and seemingly empty-headed Sir Percival Blakeney. Percy marries the beautiful French actress Marguerite St. Just (Jane Seymour, Wedding Crashers), but her previous relationship with the evil Robespierre’s (Richard Morant) agent Paul Chauvelin (Ian McKellen, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey) may endanger the Pimpernel’s plans to save the young Dauphin (Richard Charles), eldest son of the former King of France.

Directed by Clive Donner, this version of The Scarlet Pimpernel was a fan favorite that premiered »

- Laurence

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