Today in Soap Opera History (February 16)

1968: Dark Shadows' Josette shocked Barnabas.

1981: Gh's Heather escaped from the sanitarium.

2009: Atwt aired a special fairy tales episode.

2009: AMC's Reese and Bianca were officially married,"Whoever wishes to foresee the future must consult the past; for human events ever resemble those of preceding times. This arises from the fact that they are produced by men who ever have been, and ever shall be, animated by the same passions, and thus they necessarily have the same results."

― Machiavelli

"Today in Soap Opera History" is a collection of the most memorable, interesting and influential events in the history of scripted, serialized programs. From birthdays and anniversaries to scandals and controversies, every day this column celebrates the soap opera in American culture.

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1966: On Another World, John Randolph (Michael M. Ryan) tried to convince his doubtful wife, Pat (Susan Trustman), that Mike
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Official painter for MI6's latest challenge: 50 years of James Bond

James Hart Dyke has depicted secret service agents on covert missions. Now he has commemorated the most famous spy of all

When James Hart Dyke was asked by the head of MI6 to paint a series of studies of the real work of foreign secret service officers last year, he was keen to show just how hard and low-key their lives were. "It's not James Bond," he said.

Well, now it is. Hart Dyke has since been recruited to chronicle the long life of 007. The producers of the James Bond films, Barbara Broccoli and Eon Productions, commissioned Hart Dyke to paint each of the six Bond actors in the role as part of the celebration of 50 years of the dynamic franchise.

His portraits of Sean Connery, George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig show them all in tuxedo and bow tie and have already been used
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Win The Beatles’ Yellow Submarine On Blu-ray

Once upon a time.or maybe twice.there was an unearthly paradise called Pepperland.

The Beatles. classic 1968 animated feature film, Yellow Submarine, has been digitally restored for DVD and Blu-ray release on June 5th in North America. The film.s songtrack album will be reissued on CD on the same date.

Currently out of print, the film has been restored in 4K digital resolution for the first time by Paul Rutan Jr. and his team of specialists at Triage Motion Picture Services and Eque Inc. Due to the delicate nature of the hand-drawn original artwork, no automated software was used in the digital clean-up of the film.s restored photochemical elements. This was all done by hand, frame by frame.

Bonus features for the Yellow Submarine DVD and Blu-ray include a short making-of documentary titled .Mod Odyssey. (Trt: 7:30), the film.s original theatrical trailer, audio commentary by producer John Coates
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Paul McCartney's Special Wedding Song for Nancy Shevell

Paul McCartney's Special Wedding Song for Nancy Shevell
It was a rock and roll reception for Paul McCartney and Nancy Shevell after their Sunday wedding, with a party afterward that included a special song the groom delivered for his bride. "There was a lovely song that our kid did, and they had a lovely dance together," Paul's brother, Mike McCartney, told reporters. "That was a nice little highlight of the evening." The sibling - who served as Paul's best man - spoke outside the house in St. John's Wood where the reception took place, with such guests who include fellow Beatle Ringo Starr, Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood, the bride's second cousin Barbara Walters,
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John Read obituary

His profile of Henry Moore revolutionised British television arts documentaries

The producer and director John Read, who has died aged 88, effectively invented the British arts documentary with his 1951 television programme Henry Moore – the first British film profile of a living artist. Read persuaded his managers at the BBC that the programme had to be shot on film, which was exceptional for the time, as almost all television programmes were broadcast live from studios using electronic cameras. John understood that to do justice to Moore's work, he required the precision, control and visual quality of 35mm film. He also wanted to shoot Moore in his studio and to film the sculptures in the open air, as Moore preferred. The argument that clinched it for him was that Moore's monumental bronzes could not easily – or cheaply – be brought into the studio.

John refined the arts documentary with unparalleled skill and sensitivity over the next 40 years.
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Melissa Reeves: The We Love Soaps TV Interview, Part Four

In Parts One, Two and Three of our interview with Melissa Reeves, the acclaimed and beloved actress discussed her early years training to be a professional dancer in New York City, getting hired on Santa Barbara, Jennifer Rose's loves and losses on Days Of Our Lives, and how she coped with personal and professional challenges after Matt Ashford left the show. In Part Four below, Reeves discusses the "rumors" that followed her 1995 departing from the show, how her faith has helped her survive criticism and gossip, and the highs & lows of her return to Days in the 2000s. Did she ever audition for General Hospital in the 90s? Find out below!

We Love Soaps TV: With Peter Blake we saw a more adult side to Jennifer. She even had a line about him bringing out the “woman” in her.

Melissa Reeves: He was the ultimate bad guy. And
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Melissa Reeves: The We Love Soaps TV Interview, Part Three

In Parts One and Two of our interview with Melissa Reeves, the beloved actress shared her early "rebellious" determination to be a New York dancer, her year on Santa Barbara, and some of Jennifer Rose's highs and lows on Days Of Our Lives in the 1980s. In Part Three below, Reeves recalls the Jack & Jennifer phenomenon, how she resisted the pressures that went along with the popularity, and the downside of fame following Matt Ashford's firing. Why exactly did she cut her hair? Find out below!

We Love Soaps TV: In 1989, after three-and-a-half years of being on the show your screen time increased, your popularity increased, your media attention increased. What was that like?

Melissa Reeves: Matt and I both said the same thing. We didn’t realize what was happening until after it had happened. We were so busy working, having so much fun, and enjoying what we were doing,
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The life and times of Ian Dury | pop

He could be warm and witty... or cruel and obnoxious. But there was never any doubt he was a true artist. We recall the life and times of Ian Dury, now the subject of both a new film and biography

In Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll, the new Ian Dury biopic, there is a scene that faithfully records the first time Dury met his songwriting partner, Chaz Jankel. It is May 1976 and the singer has just hobbled off stage after a particularly ramshackle London pub gig with his band of bedraggled misfits, Kilburn & the High Roads. The young, clean-cut Jankel strolls into the dressing room, grinning widely, and introduces himself. "Do I know you?" asks Dury, fixing him with a malevolent stare. "No," replies Jankel, still grinning. "Well do us a favour then," barks Dury, "and fuck off!"

Kilburn's guitarist Ed Speight convinced Jankel to return to the dressing room. In doing so,
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