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‘Mindhorn’ DVD Review

Stars: Julian Barratt, Simon Farnaby, Essie Davis, Russell Tovey, Andrea Riseborough, Jessica Barden, Harriet Walter, Steve Coogan | Written by Julian Barratt, Simon Farnaby | Directed by Sean Foley

Washed-up Richard Thorncroft (Julian Barratt) peaked with hit 1980s detective show ‘Mindhorn’, playing the titular Isle of Man sleuth with a robotic eye that allowed him to literally “see the truth”. Decades later, when a deranged Manx criminal demands Mindhorn as his nemesis, Thorncroft returns to the scene of his greatest triumphs for one last chance to reignite his glory days, professional credibility and even romance with former co-star/paramour Patricia Deville (Essie Davis).

The idea of fans blurring the line between fiction and reality has been used numerous times in cinema, the latest example of which – Mindhorn – is a very British take on the idea: at once both spoofing and homaging the likes of 70s and 80s TV shows such as Bergerac,
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Robert Banks Stewart (1931- 2016)

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Robert Banks Stewart, the greatly-respected writer and creator of the Zygons, has died at the age of 84. Stewart is perhaps best known as the creator of Bergerac and Shoestrong, but Doctor Who fans will admire him most for creating the Zygons and Krynoids in Terror of the Zygons and The Seeds of Doom, both of which are now remembered as...

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Robert Banks Stewart obituary

Creator of Shoestring, Bergerac, Lovejoy and other popular television series

Robert Banks Stewart, who has died at the age of 84, was a writer and producer whose knack for casting and determination to break the mould made two of television’s most enduring detective series, Shoestring and Bergerac, big ratings winners for the BBC.

Knowing that the corporation was, in 1979, looking for a new crime show, Stewart decided to jettison the idea of traditional cops-and-robbers drama, instead conceiving – with the playwright Richard Harris – a series about a private eye, Eddie Shoestring, who works for a local radio station. With its Bristol setting (chosen by Stewart to be a welcome change from the London suburbs hitherto ubiquitous to such dramas), distinctive score by George Fenton, and breakout performance from the then little-known Trevor Eve, Shoestring became a ratings hit. It ran for two series and was nominated for a Bafta.

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Louise Jameson on Noises Off and how Doctor Who made geekdom fashionable

Her screen credits include Doctor Who, EastEnders, Tenko and Bergerac - but Louise Jameson has also forged a long and impressive career on the stage, and says performing for a live audience will always be her first love.

Jameson's latest stage stint will see her play Dotty in a new production of Noises Off - the 1982 'farce-within-a-farce' by playwright Michael Frayn - at The Mercury Theatre, Colchester.

While she was in the thick of rehearsals, Digital Spy got Louise on the phone to sound off about Noises Off - and, of course, her role on the world's greatest sci-fi series.

Noises Off is often hailed as one of the greatest theatrical comedies ever written. How are you feeling about bringing your version of Dotty to the stage?

It feels extraordinary but it's also been one of the most difficult rehearsal periods I've ever had. The whole thing has to look
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Case Histories Complete Collection and Lovejoy 5

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Within the crowded field of British detective shows, Case Histories truly stands out as one of the very best contemporary dramas in recent years. It’s not as gloomy as Vera, not as gory as Luther, and it lacks the frivolity of Midsomer Murders. What it does offer is a realistic central character played brilliantly by Harry Potter bad-guy Jason Isaacs. Jackson Brodie (Isaacs) is broody but he’s positively jovial when compared with Wallander. He’s something of a lady’s man and could be described as Scotland’s answer to Jim Bergerac only with a penchant for cigarettes rather than booze. Brodie has his demons and he’s not immune to the odd cock-up but he’s a good guy at heart and he usually unravels the perplexing mysteries that land in his lap.

Case Histories ran for two seasons each comprised of three feature length mysteries.
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Doctor Who: the 1988 report that sounded its death knell

This BBC audience reaction report was one of the first nails in Doctor Who's coffin in the late eighties…

“Not for publication” is printed at the top of the 1988 audience reaction report for Doctor Who’s 24th season. It’s there for the purposes of BBC confidentiality, but could equally be a pain-saving instruction to save Sylvester McCoy fans the distress of reading the show’s three-page death sentence.

Because this report is painful stuff. Compiled in February 1988 after the broadcast of McCoy’s first four serials as the Doctor (from Time And The Rani to Dragonfire), it doesn’t mince its words in describing audience apathy and antipathy towards late-eighties Doctor Who. Looking back with the knowledge that the wilderness years were around the corner, each unimpressed audience response and scathing comment feels like another nail being hammered into classic Who’s coffin.

To begin with, the numbers weren’t good.
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Brian Clemens: an appreciation of The Avengers and The Professionals writer

We pay tribute to Brian Clemens, a screenwriter and producer whose work lit up 1970s cult TV and beyond...

Brian Clemens, who died earlier this week aged 83, was a highly respected screenwriter and producer both for TV and Film. He will chiefly be remembered for his work on The Avengers, The New Avengers and The Professionals but his credits were numerous and encapsulated a real golden age of cult, escapist television from the 1950s onwards.

Clemens was born in Croydon in July 1931. He spent his National Service as a Weapons Training Instructor. After spending time as a copywriter, he established himself as a scriptwriter - sometimes using the pseudonym "Tony O'Grady" - O'Grady being his mother's maiden name. He received his first commission from the BBC at the age of 24 - a thriller called Valid For Single Journey Only. He went on to write for many of the big TV
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The Avengers and The Professionals writer Brian Clemens dies, aged 83

TV writer and producer Brian Clemens has died, aged 83.

Clemens was perhaps best known for being responsible for The Avengers, New Avengers and The Professionals.

Honoured by the Queen in 2010 for services to broadcasting and drama, he passed away on Saturday (January 10), his family confirmed.

He also wrote for various TV series, including The Baron, The Persuaders, The Protectors, Danger Man, The Invisible Man and Bergerac.

His production companies created The New Avengers and The Professionals, while he also wrote for several Us shows including Remington Steele, Perry Mason and Highlander.

Clemens also wrote and produced for Hammer Films, while also co-writing the story for Highlander II: The Quickening.

He was also involved in The Elstree Project, whose spokesman said: "Brian gave his support and time to The Elstree Project and is featured in our documentary film, through clips from the oral history interview he gave to us, as well
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Midsomer Murders’ John Nettles Talks to Best British TV

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Fans all over the world instantly recognize actor John Nettles as the star of the hit ITV drama Midsomer Murders which is available in the U.S. through Acorn Media. However, as a kid growing up in England I also recall John as the face of another TV detective series — Bergerac. I was fortunate enough to catch up with him at the American Public Television Fall Marketplace. I begin by asking him about his time as Jim Bergerac and of course what it was like to drive that iconic car. As soon as I mention the burgundy 1947 Triumph Roadster John begins to laugh.

“That was probably the worst sports car ever built,” he chuckles.

“We filmed Bergerac on Jersey and the whole island is covered in narrow roads surrounded by hedges. It’s difficult enough to drive a normal car out there but that
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Howards' Way actress Sally Farmiloe dies, aged 60

Actress Sally Farmiloe has died of cancer at the age of 60.

Born in South Africa, she was best known for her role of barmaid Dawn in BBC series Howards' Way.

She also hit the headlines in 1999 when details of an affair with Jeffrey Archer became public.

Novelist Archer said in a statement: "After Sally's brave struggle against this terrible disease, I was saddened to hear the news of her death."

In later years, Farmiloe raised money for cancer charities, while her book My Left Boob detailed her experiences with the disease.

Farmiloe also had roles in Steptoe and Son and Bergerac on TV, and Absent Friends and When the Lilac Blooms on stage.
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New Doctor Who: people who went the extra mile

Feature Andrew Blair 21 Nov 2013 - 07:00

In this celebration week, Andrew tips his cap to just a few of the people whose hard work and talent made New Who what it is today...

After writing about the Classic Series production crew, we take a look at some of the people whose hard work, talent, and ability to fib have worked wonders behind the scenes in the twenty-first century.

5. Jane Tranter

In the late Eighties, Jane Tranter could be found marking out rehearsal rooms with tape as part of her job as an Assistant Floor Manager. She worked on shows such as Eastenders, Bergerac, and Doctor Who.

In 2000, she became Head of Drama Commissioning at the BBC. Like the Seventh Doctor, she had a long-term planny-type thing. Unlike the Seventh Doctor, Tranter did not actively seek out conflict by immediately announcing that Doctor Who would come back, waiting until she had
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The peculiar charm of Benedict Cumberbatch

Sherlock Holmes made him an unlikely superstar. Now Benedict Cumberbatch is taking on Julian Assange in The Fifth Estate. He talks about email warnings from the WikiLeaks founder, his 'crush' on Matt Damon and why Chelsea Manning deserved her sentence

On 25 July 2010, two unrelated events took place in the space of 60 minutes that would change Benedict Cumberbatch's life for ever. At 9pm that evening, the BBC broadcast episode one of Sherlock. At 10pm, the Guardian, the New York Times and Der Spiegel published the first instalment of the Afghan war logs, courtesy of WikiLeaks.

Cumberbatch wasn't aware of the second event that night, because by then his name was trending on Twitter and his phone was going berserk. The actor was watching himself soar from respectable levels of critical acclaim into the stratosphere; Afghan war logs were the last thing on his mind. He'd never even heard of WikiLeaks or Julian Assange,
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Acorn Media’s Midsummer Midsomer Mania

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It is midsummer which means blood is flowing in the streets of England’s most dangerous county – Midsomer. Over the next few weeks, Acorn Media are releasing not one, not two but Six boxsets of the beloved hit series Midsomer Murders on DVD. Not only that, but they are also releasing the Alec Guinness classic Smiley’s People on Blu-ray. So without further ado, let’s begin.

Midsomer Murders Set 22

The four stories in this set were originally broadcast in the UK in late 2011 and have never been shown in the U.S. All four feature Neil Dudgeon as Barnaby and Jason Hughes as his ever-reliable sidekick. The first of the stories is Sleeper Under the Hill. It centers around a group of Druids and a Stonehenge-like monument that they use during rituals. A local farmer plans to plough up the surrounding meadow, an endeavor
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2013 – a year of prequels, sequels and reboots | Marina Hyde

This period of economic hardship hasn't brought about the predicted burst of creativity – instead it's More of the Same

It's said there are only seven master plots in fiction (or five, or 20, depending on who's counting). But at the current rate of rehash, scientists predict there will be only seven master franchises come 2025. These will include: Spiderman (played by a different 26-year-old every three years); that thing with Vin Diesel and the cars (Fast and Forty-fourious will see the gang of ageing speedsters pull off a heist on mobility scooters); and any amount of spun-off Star Wars characters (to be tired of Boba Fett's backstory is to be tired of life). Oh, and Poldark.

Poldark's back, in case you missed the news, or perhaps assumed the reports had wormed through some tear in the commissioning continuum from 1996, which is the last time the 18th-century Cornish romantic saga was revived.
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2013 – a year of prequels, sequels and reboots | Marina Hyde

This period of economic hardship hasn't brought about the predicted burst of creativity – instead it's More of the Same

It's said there are only seven master plots in fiction (or five, or 20, depending on who's counting). But at the current rate of rehash, scientists predict there will be only seven master franchises come 2025. These will include: Spiderman (played by a different 26-year-old every three years); that thing with Vin Diesel and the cars (Fast and Forty-fourious will see the gang of ageing speedsters pull off a heist on mobility scooters); and any amount of spun-off Star Wars characters (to be tired of Boba Fett's backstory is to be tired of life). Oh, and Poldark.

Poldark's back, in case you missed the news, or perhaps assumed the reports had wormed through some tear in the commissioning continuum from 1996, which is the last time the 18th-century Cornish romantic saga was revived.
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BBC bringing back Bergerac

The BBC are planning to bring back 'Bergerac'. Programme bosses are planning a ''reboot'' of the popular 80s crime drama - which ran for a decade until 1991 - which will target a younger audience than its original fan base. No script has been produced yet, but the show's creator, Robert Banks Stewart, has given the venture his blessing. He told industry publication Broadcast: ''The team involved has full artistic freedom to recreate 'Bergerac' the way they see it in the 21st century. ''Obviously the unique atmosphere of Jersey and the island's involvement will count for a lot. ''There will be, I'm sure, surprises in
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BBC bringing back Bergerac

The BBC are planning to bring back 'Bergerac'. Programme bosses are planning a ''reboot'' of the popular 80s crime drama - which ran for a decade until 1991 - which will target a younger audience than its original fan base. No script has been produced yet, but the show's creator, Robert Banks Stewart, has given the venture his blessing. He told industry publication Broadcast: ''The team involved has full artistic freedom to recreate 'Bergerac' the way they see it in the 21st century. ''Obviously the unique atmosphere of Jersey and the island's involvement will count for a lot. ''There will be, I'm sure, surprises in
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'Bergerac': Classic detective drama to be remade by BBC

The BBC is reportedly planning to remake Bergerac.

The classic drama - which aired on BBC One between 1981 and 1991 - followed Jersey-based detective Jim Bergerac (John Nettles).

The new series is in the early stages, with a script yet to be written, according to Broadcast.

However, the BBC is said to be keen to replicate the original's international appeal and is currently in discussions with global broadcasters and distributors.

Bergerac was created by Scottish writer Robert Banks Stewart, who has given his blessing to the remake.

"The team involved has full artistic freedom to recreate Bergerac the way they see it in the 21st century - though obviously the unique atmosphere of Jersey, and the island's involvement, will count for a lot," he said.

Banks Stewart recently told Digital Spy that he believes the UK television industry is neglecting older writers and criticised the BBC for relying on tried-and-tested formats.
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UK television neglecting older writers, says 'Bergerac' creator

Veteran television writer Robert Banks Stewart has claimed that older writers are neglected by today's television industry,

Banks Stewart - who created the popular detective dramas Bergerac and Shoestring - spoke to Digital Spy about his decision to adapt his TV pitch The Hurricane's Tail into his first novel.

"Back when I was still firing in possible new series, I began to feel that the attitude was, 'He's nearly 70, this guy - forget it' - it was a bit deflating when a Head of Drama doesn't write back to you, but gets his secretary to do it," said the 81-year-old.

"That was my experience then and there's a lot of writers I know - especially around my age - who have been finding it very hard to get any ideas over."

Banks Stewart - who wrote for Doctor Who, The Sweeney and The Avengers as well - also criticised "top
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'Withnail & I' actor Richard Griffiths dies, aged 65

'Withnail & I' actor Richard Griffiths dies, aged 65
Richard Griffiths has died at the age of 65.

Griffiths's agent Simon Beresford confirmed that the award-winning actor passed away on Thursday (March 28) after complications following heart surgery.

The British actor was most recently seen in the play The Sunshine Boys alongside Danny DeVito.

Griffiths had an acting career spanning over 30 years, first appearing in the 1975 movie It Shouldn't Happen to a Vet.

Since then, he has had roles in much-loved films such as Pirates of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides and Hugo, as well as classic TV series including Pie in the Sky, Minder, The Sweeney and Bergerac.

Griffiths won a Laurence Olivier Award and a Tony Award for 'Best Actor' when he starred in the play The History Boys.

He most notably appeared as Uncle Vernon in the Harry Potter series and as Uncle Monty in Withnail & I.

His Harry Potter and Equus co-star Daniel Radcliffe told BBC News
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