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8 items from 2015

Listening to BBC Radio 4’s The Stone Tape in the dark

25 October 2015 3:46 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »




Here's what happened when we listened to BBC Radio 4's chilling adaptation of The Stone Tape in an atmospheric London crypt...

I’m sitting in a crypt. Specifically, I’m sitting in the 17th century crypt beneath the church of St Andrew in Holborn. Above me, busy Londoners are making their way home from work; at semi-regular intervals, I can hear the distant rumbling of Underground trains. It’s still just about daylight outside, but down here in the crypt, it’s dark. If it weren’t for the green lights on the radio headphones of the people around me, it’d be pitch black. I’m here to listen to Radio 4’s new adaptation of The Stone Tape, and it’s hard to think of a spookier or more appropriate way to do it.

This is the first of several listening events being hosted by In »

- simonbrew

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Torchwood's Eve Myles and Naoko Mori star in the BBC's radio remake of classic Japanese horror Ring

22 October 2015 3:50 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Torchwood stars Eve Myles and Naoko Mori have joined a new radio adaptation of the classic Japanese horror film Ring.

Myles stars as Toni and Mori as the Narrator and Sadako in the drama adapted from Koji Suzuki's film, which has a unique binaural 3D sound.

Broadchurch's Matthew Gravelle stars as Mitchell, with Akira Koieyama as Ryugi, Masashi Fujimoto as Doctor Nagao, Yuriri Naka as Tomoko/Mai and Heather Emmanuel as Yuni.

The BBC Cymru Wales Production is directed by James Robinson.

The radio play is part of a Fright Night two-parter on BBC Radio 4, which suitably enough airs on Saturday, October 31.

The other drama is The Stone Tape, which is directed by modern horror maestro Peter Strickland, who gave us the remarkable Berberian Sound Studio.

It stars Romola Garai, Julian Rhind-Tutt and Julian Barratt with a special cameo by the star of the original version, Jane Asher. »

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Conflicts in the work of screenwriter Nigel Kneale

19 October 2015 10:13 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »




From Quatermass to The Year Of The Sex Olympics, the voice of classic British screenwriter Nigel Kneale is still resonant and exciting...

Conflict drives drama. What people want and how they set out to get it makes for the best entertainment: Chief Brody wants to make Amity Island a safe place for his kids; Indiana Jones wants to find the Ark of the Covenant; Mark Watney wants to survive on Mars, A giant shark, a bunch of Nazis, and a planet without an atmosphere respectively stand in their way.

But conflict isn't only a device from which to hang big action sequences. The tension between ideas can make for brilliant drama - the kind of film and television that you think about for years afterwards - and one of the best screenwriters for this conflict of ideas was Nigel Kneale.

Kneale was born in 1922 in Barrow-in-Furness and, »

- simonbrew

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It’s Vincent Price Week in St. Louis! Here Are His Ten Best Films

6 October 2015 5:28 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

   Born in St. Louis on May 27, 1911, iconic actor Vincent Price retained a special fondness for his place of origin, and that love was reciprocated with Vincentennial, a celebration of his 100th birthday in his hometown back in May of 2011 (for summary of all the Vincentennial activities go Here). One of the guests of honor at Vincentennial was Vincent Price’s daughter Victoria Price. Because of their close relationship and her access to his unpublished memoirs and letters, Victoria Price was able to provide a remarkably vivid account of her father’s public and private life in her essential book, Vincent Price, a Daughter’s Biography, originally published in 1999. .In 2011, her biography of her father was out of print. but now it’s been re-issued and Victoria will be in St. Louis this weekend (October 9th – 10th) for three special events. In addition to the biography, she will also be signing »

- Tom Stockman

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Fright Night: Radio 4's Halloween includes new versions of The Stone Tape and Ring

25 September 2015 3:57 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Peter Strickland is directing an audio version of cult 70s horror The Stone Tape with Romola Garai, Julian Barratt and Jane Asher, while Eve Myles and Naoko Mori star in a new radio adaptation of Koji Suzuki’s Ring

For many horror fans, Halloween isn’t just about creepy cosplay or getting the kids to hassle the neighbours for free sweets, it’s about the horror, the scares, the chills. And, thanks to Radio 4, this year the chills are multiplying.

On 31 October, it is devoting three hours of airtime to making listeners feel uncomfortable, unsettled and terrified.

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- Phelim O'Neill

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Readers recommend: songs about cooking | Peter Kimpton

12 March 2015 3:00 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Baking cakes to steaming stews, barbecue grills to saucy snacks, suggest a musical menu of your tastiest songs with food preparation as inspiration

Welcome to the Readers Recommend kitchen and diner. Here Elvis Presley may well have had huge appetite for hamburgers, butter and ice cream. Dolly Parton once said that when she’s not cooking on a Sunday with her husband “we travel around in our camper, stop at fast-food restaurants, and picnic. We love that stuff that will harden your arteries in a hurry.” Musicians are indeed often in a hurry, and don’t represent the most healthy of eaters. Paul McCartney however said that if he is cooking, he is “steaming vegetables, that kind of stuff”, but undoubtedly enjoyed many more tasty treats from the skilled hands of Jane Asher or Linda McCartney. But there many parallels between cookery and music – the rituals of preparation and practising with tools, »

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Matt Lucas is an eccentric aristocrat in trailer for BBC's Pompidou

22 February 2015 11:27 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Matt Lucas stars as an oddball aristocrat in a trailer for Pompidou.

BBC Two's silent comedy stars Lucas as Pompidou, a penniless eccentric who lives in a caravan with his dog and butler after falling on hard times.

Alex MacQueen (The Inbetweeners) stars opposite Lucas as Hove, Pompidou's loyal butler who finds himself involved in various hijinks.

Each week sees the duo faced with a new challenge, such as getting their hands on a priceless bowl and performing surgery.

The likes of Bella Emberg, Roy Barraclough, Jane Asher and Tony Way will make cameo appearances throughout the six-part series.

The show was inspired by Lucas's love for classic silent comedy such as Charlie Chaplin, Laurel and Hardy and Mr Bean.

Pompidou will start on BBC Two on Sunday, March 1 at 6.30pm. »

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Review: "Out Of This World", Hosted By Boris Karloff, British Film Institute DVD Release

17 January 2015 12:56 AM, PST | | See recent CinemaRetro news »

Out of This World: Little Lost Robot

DVD release from British Film Institute

Review by Adrian Smith

(This review pertains to the UK Region 2 DVD release)  

Alongside the recent BFI release of the BBC television series Out of the Unknown comes this oddity; the only completely surviving episode of Out of This World, a science fiction series produced in the early 1960s by independent television channel ABC. The series was created by Irene Shubick and produced by Leonard White, who would achieve lasting fame through his co-creating The Avengers. Like other anthology shows before it such as Armchair Theatre, this was conceived as an opportunity to present a variety of quality writing to mainstream audiences. It was Shubick's belief that science fiction contained some of the 'most original and philosophical ideas' in modern fiction.

Boris Karloff was employed as the presenter for the show. By this time he was »

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