First official Sherlock event to be held in MelbourneBookmark and Share

Friday, 4 September 2015 - Reported by Harry Ward
BBC Worldwide Australia & New Zealand (ANZ) have announced the first ever official Sherlock event to be held in Australia. Sherlock: From Script to Screen will take place at the Regent Theatre in Melbourne on Monday, 23rd November and will give fans the chance to hear from series co-creators and Executive Producers Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss (who also stars as Sherlock’s brother Mycroft Holmes) as well as Series Producer Sue Vertue of Hartswood Films.

Sue Vertue, says:
We’re very excited to be bringing the magic of the show to Australia and meeting Sherlock fans over there. The game is most certainly on!
Sherlock: From Script to Screen (Credit: BBC Worldwide) Sherlock: From Script to Screen
Regent Theatre, Melbourne
Monday, 23rd November, 7.00-9.00pm

This is a must-attend for Sherlock fans, with the chance to hear from series co-creators and Executive Producers Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss (who also stars as Sherlock’s brother Mycroft Holmes) as well as Series Producer Sue Vertue of Hartswood Films.

Sherlock: From Script to Screen will take fans on a journey behind the scenes of the award-winning BBC drama, exploring the making of the show and how the stories and characters are created and developed.

The event comes ahead of the Sherlock Special, which will see Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman reprise their roles in a one-off episode set in Victorian London in 1895. The episode has been co-written by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, and will premiere exclusively on Stan in Australia later this year.

A limited run of special BBC Worldwide ANZ fan screenings, in association with Stan, is planned for selected cinemas in Australia following the episode’s premiere on the streaming service.
Tickets will go on sale on Monday, 14th September from Ticketmaster.

Supermarionation documentary on its wayBookmark and Share

Saturday, 5 April 2014 - Reported by John Bowman
A major new feature film about the life and work of Gerry and Sylvia Anderson has been made by video publishing company Network.

Filmed in Supermarionation - billed as "the definitive documentary about the unique puppetry and animation technique developed by Gerry and Sylvia and their team and utilised in all their programmes throughout the 1960s" - has been directed and co-produced by Stephen La Riviere from his book of the same name.

It is hosted by Thunderbirds characters Lady Penelope and Parker, and features previously unseen archive footage, new interviews with surviving cast and crew, and clips from the shows. In addition, pioneering techniques used in the productions have been accurately re-created for the film, which will be premièred at the BFI later this year ahead of a general release.

Before then, though, a preview of selected scenes together with a question-and-answer session with the film's creative team will be held at Andercon on Saturday 19th April.

In the meantime, Network, which specialises in classic British TV programmes, has released two clips from it:

With Thanks To Tony Clark

BBC Radio to celebrate Hitchhiker's Guide To The GalaxyBookmark and Share

Friday, 7 March 2014 - Reported by John Bowman
BBC Radio 4 Extra is bringing listeners the brand-new 30th anniversary edition of the Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy Game online and broadcasting the first two series from tomorrow - 36 years to the day since the first radio broadcast of Hitchhiker's and 30 years since the invention of the award-winning game.

Hitchhiker's started life as a BBC Radio 4 series in March 1978. The original scripts by the late Douglas Adams spawned novels, a feature film, at least three stage shows, a TV series and a collection of comic books - as well as various towels.

The game was devised in 1984 by Adams and Steve Meretzky from Infocom. Notoriously difficult and full of oddities, it was one of the best-selling games of its era.

The 20th-anniversary edition of the game launched on Radio 4's website in 2004, and more than three million moves were made in the game in its first three days of launch and more than 50 million moves had been played within six months. It went on to win a BAFTA for Best Online Entertainment.

The 30th-anniversary specially-updated version of the game will allow users to share their achievements with friends over social media via the official Twitter feed @h2g2game.

The game will now be in high definition, thanks to refreshed illustrations and graphics. It is web-based and will be accessible via Radio 4 Extra's website. Players will also be able to take the game on the move, as it will be compatible with tablets and other internet enabled devices.

Radio 4 Extra will also be broadcasting series one and two of The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy. It has been more than 10 years since these programmes were last heard on BBC Radio and they perfectly accompany the game. Actions within the game follow the plot of the radio series and some puzzles are only solvable by players with knowledge of the programmes and story.

The single-player game starts with lead character Arthur Dent working his way through a series of different challenges and zones. Players use a specially-designed keyboard to enter their commands and there are achievements to be won throughout the game by completing a series of tasks. This interactive work of fiction sees players visiting other planets, meeting aliens and robots, and creating (or losing) the plot, based on their decisions and choices as they progress through the game. It is renowned for its difficulty and it never misses a chance to kill players off in hilarious and infuriating ways.

Caroline Raphael, commissioning editor for Radio 4 Extra, said:
Douglas was a true visionary and in his own glorious way foresaw all the technology we now take for granted. Radio 4 Extra is delighted to host this game alongside the first two series. Hitchhiker's fans will be rewarded for their loyalty over the years and newer fans have a real, but fiendish, treat in store. March 8th is a special day for the galaxy, so help us celebrate it in the unique way that only BBC Radio 4 Extra can.
The first episode of the first series will be broadcast at 6pm, with further episodes following weekly in the same slot on Saturdays.

And later this month, the original Hitchhiker's cast will continue to shake up the Radio 4 schedule when they reunite for a special performance, broadcast live from the BBC Radio Theatre in Broadcasting House. Led by Simon Jones as Arthur Dent, they will be bringing to life the characters created for them by Adams in highlights from the entire Hitchhiker's saga. The actors will be joined on stage by a Special Guest Voice Of The Book - Adams's long-time collaborator and sometime flatmate John Lloyd, who co-wrote the fifth and sixth episodes of the first series and was associate producer of the TV version.

It takes place on Saturday 29th March at 10am as part of the Character Invasion event that will see some of the nation's best-loved characters invade Radio 4 and take over the airwaves. Tickets for the show can be applied for via this link. Please note that they will be allocated via a random draw. People can register for up to four tickets per household at any time until Thursday 13th March at 4pm. Other broadcasts that same day can also be applied for, but should you be successful in the draw you will only receive tickets for one session. It should also be noted that allocation of the free tickets does not guarantee entry.

The Tomorrow People trailer releasedBookmark and Share

Sunday, 5 January 2014 - Reported by John Bowman
A trailer for the upcoming start of The Tomorrow People on E4 has been released. The American reboot of the classic '70s ITV children's series about the next evolutionary leap of mankind - a generation of humans born with paranormal abilities - begins on the British digital channel on Wednesday 8th January at 9pm.

The show - which comprises 22 one-hour episodes - stars Robbie Amell as Stephen Jameson, Luke Mitchell as John Young, Peyton List as Cara Coburn, Aaron Yoo as Russell Kwon, Madeleine Mantock as Astrid Finch, and Mark Pellegrino as Dr Jedikiah Price.

12 days of Big-Finish-masBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 25 December 2013 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Big Finish are running a number of special offers over the next twelve days as part of the festive celebrations, selected from a many of their range of series.

Today's offering is the Dark Shadows story, A Collinwood Christmas, which is available to download at a special price.

Dark Shadows: A Collinwood Christmas (Credit: Big Finish)A Collinwood Christmas
Starring Jamison Selby as Jamison Collins, and Lizzie Hopley as Ivanka Romano

“I am your worst nightmare, Jamison Collins, for I am the woman who will make you live."

Jamison Collins is a lost and broken man. His wife has died, leaving him to bring up his children, Roger and Elizabeth, alone.

Ivanka Romano lives in the Old House on the Collinwood estate. Abandoned by her gypsy tribe, she is also alone.

But, on this dark and stormy night, ghosts from the past are returning. Ghosts from the past are threatening to end the lives of these lost and broken people.

It's Christmas Eve but the only present that the children of Collinwood will receive is death...

The Tomorrow People UK start date announcedBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 18 December 2013 - Reported by John Bowman
The revived series The Tomorrow People will start in the UK on Wednesday 8th January, it has been announced.

The US-made sci-fi drama is based on the ITV series of the same name that ran between 1973 and 1979, and features the next evolutionary leap of mankind - a generation of humans born with paranormal abilities.

Episode one of the 22-part series - which stars Robbie Amell as Stephen Jameson, Luke Mitchell as John Young, Peyton List as Cara Coburn, Aaron Yoo as Russell Kwon, Madeleine Mantock as Astrid Finch, and Mark Pellegrino as Dr Jedikiah Price - will air on the digital channel E4 at 9pm.
Teenager Stephen Jameson has been hearing voices and teleporting in his sleep, never knowing where he might wake up. Now his mother is worried about his strange behaviour, most of his school friends have abandoned him, and he is beginning to question his own sanity. In desperation, Stephen decides to listen to one of the voices in his head, and it leads him to his first encounter with the Tomorrow People: John, Cara, and Russell - members of a genetically-advanced race who are capable of telekinesis, teleportation, and telepathic communication.

Stephen learns from his new friends that the Tomorrow People are being hunted down by a paramilitary group of scientists known as Ultra, led by Dr Jedikiah Price. Tempted by the idea of joining the Tomorrow People, but unwilling to turn his back on his family, Stephen sets out on his own path in an attempt to uncover the truth about the mysterious disappearance of his own father years earlier.
The show began in America on The CW on 9th October and is currently on a mid-season break after the ninth episode, returning on 15th January. The first of the one-hour instalments is known only as a pilot episode, but episodes two to 11 are understood to have the following titles:
  • 2: In Too Deep
  • 3: Girl, Interrupted
  • 4: Kill Or Be Killed
  • 5: All Tomorrow's Parties
  • 6: Sorry For Your Loss
  • 7: Limbo
  • 8: Thanatos
  • 9: Death's Door
  • 10: The Citadel
  • 11: Rumble