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Your next box set: Blackadder

17 December 2010 12:00 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

From castle to first world war trenches, Blackadder was inspired comedy

Is Blackadder the most influential TV series ever? Look who came out of it: Richard Curtis, its original scriptwriter, who revolutionised the British film industry in the mid-1990s; regular guest Stephen Fry, now the unofficial leader of the Twitter generation; and, strangest of all, Hugh Laurie, once the dorkish Prince Regent, now arguably the biggest TV star in the Us. In fact, the one person relatively untouched by the Blackadder gold dust is its central figure, Rowan Atkinson; he's had his successes since, but nothing so brilliant and funny.

The basic premise barely needs repeating: the oily title character is reborn in successive historical epochs, accompanied by his much dumped-on sidekick Baldrick (Tony Robinson). Many episodes are now classics, but that's no reason not to revisit them: the one where Blackadder falls in love with "Bob"; the one »

- Andrew Pulver

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CriterionCast – Episode 049.5 – Disc 2 – On The Screen And Fess Up Friday With Moises Chiullan

10 September 2010 12:55 PM, PDT | CriterionCast | See recent CriterionCast news »

Disc 2 episodes are bonus/supplement episodes of The CriterionCast. Rudie Obias, Ryan Gallagher, Travis George & James McCormick ramble on and on about movies and movie experiences. “On The Screen” is where they discuss anything and everything that has been on their screens in the week. So anything from TV & movies to music & web junk, everything “On The Screen” is up for grabs. This is what they recommend to you, their listeners.

Special Guest: Moises Chiullan – The Arthouse Cowboy at Hollywood Elsewhere.

What do you think of their show? Please send them your feed back: CriterionCast@gmail.com or call their voicemail line @ 347.878.3430 or follow them on twitter @CriterionCast or Comment on their blog, http://CriterionCast.com.

Thank You for listening. Don’t forget to subscribe to their podcast and please leave your reviews in their iTunes feed.

Our next episode they will highlight and discuss Cc #266 Cecil B. DeMille’s 1927 film, »

- Rudie Obias

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In defence of The Phantom Menace

31 August 2010 11:23 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

George Lucas’ first Star Wars prequel has been widely criticised over the years, but does The Phantom Menace really deserve it? Here’s James’ defence of Episode One...

The late 1990s were a joyous time for Star Wars fans. The release date of The Phantom Menace was drawing ever closer, and anticipation for it was at an all time high. Fans were buying cinema tickets, watching the trailer for film in coming attractions, and then leaving before the film they'd paid to see began.

The big day finally came and the reaction was lukewarm at best. The reviews from critics were something of a mixed bag. American critic Roger Ebert gave it four out of five stars. Empire magazine was less favourable, giving it only three stars. The public, however, were far less forgiving. The Phantom Menace has been branded (among other things) 'a disgrace to Star Wars', 'unforgivably bad', »

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Sherlock Holmes's smarter brothers: the best pilots that never made it to air

28 May 2010 8:31 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The BBC has buried the pilot of its Martin Freeman Sherlock Holmes series. But will it prove a lost treasure to match these?

The BBC is currently licking its wounds after deciding not to broadcast the £800,000 pilot of its new Sherlock Holmes mini-series. How dare they waste the licence fee on something that nobody will ever see, thundered the Sun. But the BBC shouldn't get too downhearted. A pilot didn't make it to air. It happens. There are lots of failed pilots that were never broadcast – and while Sherlock was reportedly canned because it wasn't up to scratch, other never-seen pilots have become legendary …

Heat Vision And Jack

The legendary 1999 pilot to an unmade series about a super-intelligent fugitive astronaut and his talking motorcycle companion. Starring Jack Black, Heat Vision and Jack has been routinely heralded as one of the best pilots never to make it to air – directed by Ben Stiller, »

- Stuart Heritage

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