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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 »
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, »
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 Because of their close relationship and her access to his unpublished memoirs and letters, Victoria Price was able to provide a remarkably vivid account of her father’s public and private life in her essential book, Vincent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
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
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, »
- Peter Kimpton
Each week sees the duo faced with a new challenge, such as getting their hands on a priceless bowl and performing surgery.
The show was inspired by Lucas's love for classic silent comedy such as Charlie Chaplin, Laurel and Hardy and Mr Bean.
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 »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
8 items from 2015
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