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  • #28151
    Whisht @whisht

    Bugger.

    I have fond memories of trying to watch The Young Ones with the sound very very low as it was on BBC2 at 9pm while the BBC1 News was on.
    If my dad woke up he’d hear the ‘stupidity’ of The Young Ones and simply turn over for the news (and fall asleep again).

    Rik is simply too young to die.

    #28152
    Whisht @whisht

    btw @wolfweed – a while back you linked to (the excellant) The Sandman animation and I wanted to say that I remember seeing it along with several other brilliant animations as part of a “Best of British festival” back in 1994? possibly at the ICA?

    There was one animation that I now can’t find (lots of candy-striped tentacles spring to mind) but the other (easier to find on the webs) is “Ah Pook”. Mainly as the inimitable voice is burnt on my inner ear rather than anything else (and so I simply googled ‘ah pook…’).

    If you have any links to those animations then I’ll be a happy recipient (but if not no worries!)

    #28157
    ScaryB @scaryb

    Rik Mayall
    🙁
    @phaseshift Brilliant clips
    Not much to add except to echo what’s been said (@Whisht I had the same problem with Monty Python 😉 )
    The first time I came across Rik Mayall was as Kevin Turvey…

    Glorious 4 minute rambles
    The trouble with Rik Mayall tributes is that he keeps making you laugh 🙁

    #28160
    janetteB @janetteb

    Agree with all that has been said.

    @scaryb. “The trouble with Rik Mayall tributes is that he keeps making you laugh” I think that is the greatest tribute and just how he would have wanted it.

    Janette

    #28163
    toinfinityandbepond @toinfinityandbepond

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    #28164
    wolfweed @wolfweed

    Sorry to rub salt in the wound but Rik Mayall was set to be the villain in the aborted 30th Anniversary Dr Who ‘The Dark Dimension’.

    I always used to think he would have made a great Doctor, too. Best not to dwell on  these things…

    I loved Rik Mayall in nearly everything I saw him in (maybe even in that awful ‘Merlin’ ‘movie’). One of my favourites was Grim Tales.

     

    @whisht – I managed to find ‘Ah Pook’ but nothing else, I’m afraid… Tentacle animation sounds good! Oh, well….

    #28178
    Anonymous @

    Carrie Fisher to be a panellist on QI: Series L 😯 🙂

    I hope they let the Wookie win 😆

    #28293
    The Krynoid Man @thekrynoidman
    #28294
    Anonymous @
    #28295
    The Krynoid Man @thekrynoidman

    @fatmaninabox I was never a big Scooby Doo fan, but I did watch it so that does make me pretty sad too.

    #28302
    Anonymous @

    Sad news about Matthews but to me he was always the suave baddie in a gazillion of adventure series of 60s and 70s…

    #28588
    PhaseShift @phaseshift
    Time Lord

    Has anyone been watching Penny Dreadful? I don’t have Sky, but my brother recorded it for me, and I’ve just got the finale to get (probably in a couple of weeks).

    It’s an odd one, because it shows the progressive move of TV to ape Movie and move into the world of Comic Books for ongoing franchising. I’ve followed a few conversations elsewhere that are a bit too strident about denying any influence of Alan Moore on this (“he wasn’t the first guy to mix ‘n’ match historical genre, you know”). No – he wasn’t the first – but he’s certainly the most influential, and I think Penny Dreadful is the closest thing to League of Extraordinary Gentlemen you’re likely to get.

    The League saw a number of famous genre characters “team up” in an Avengers Assemble kind-off way. You had African explorer Allan Quatermain, Mina Harker from Dracula, Captain Nemo, Doctor Jekyll/Mr. Hyde, An Invisible Man. Jolly good fun as they battle threats to the British Empire under the direction of the mysterious “M”. It revelled in presenting the darker side of Victoriana. The bits that the politicians don’t probably mean when they call for a return to good old Victorian values. It’s all seedy, with Quatermain in particular being a burnt out opium junkie.

    The film they made really could never do that side of things justice, particularly when you casted someone like Sean Connery in the lead (who wasn’t about to play someone like that). It became a more camp action flick with very little bite, and therefore died the death.

    Penny Dreadful returns to the idea, but keeps the filth and depravity. Characters change, and the toybox of literary references expands to include Victor Frankenstein and his creature. One of the additions to the movie, Dorian Gray is seen here. Instead of Mina being in the group she’s missing, in the grip of a fearsome undead creature her father (Timothy Dalton as Sir Michael Murray, an African explorer that in no way resembles Quatermain, no indeedy) has recruited other talents to locate her.

    It lurches between very good drama and the eye-wincing (and in the case of Billie Piper’s Irish accent, ear bleeding) corn with gay abandon. It’s one of those projects that I think people should have taken a deep breath and thought a little bit more about. It looks fantastic though.

    Some of the strands and performances are very good. The Victor one, with Harry Treadaway as Victor and Rory Kinnear as his monster, Caliban, has a few interesting flourishes. Eva Green impresses me as Venessa Ives, who is a bit like Mina from the comics, but with a serious case of Demonic possession. People who remember The Exorcist with fondness will have a field day with her story.

    It’s also got some lovely turns from familiar faces like Simon Russell Beale, Helen McCrory and David Warner. All very peculiar. Not worth getting Sky for, but try to catch it if you can.

    #28589
    Miapatrick @miapatrick

    @phaseshift I’ve been watching and enjoying,  though I have missed the odd episode without minding (certain shows I’d have a meltdown).  I only saw the league of extraordinary gentlemen, because I thought the idea sounded great, but found it very disappointing. I’m not surprised the original is better. Penny Dreadful is better too- I think the name is inspired. A lot of supernatural, especially vampire/violence/both themed TV series are about right now, some gorier than others and I have thought of them as a modern successor to the PD, especially when they get dismissed as being inferior to Proper Novels/Quality Television, with varying degrees of fairness and snobbery.

    (Incidentally, it interests me the different ways we treat ‘popular’ and ‘folk’, as they pretty much mean the same thing.)

    Eva Green is amazing, her eyeballs, in one episode were outstanding. (Literally). Frankenstein is more interesting than his monster. And in the last episode I found it interesting to see this as an alternate universe where Mary Shelly and Bram Stoker don’t exist.) Pipers accent is dreadful (no pun intended) which is a shame for her. If it had to be Billie, did she have to be Orish?

    Worth waiting for a boxed set, I’d say. @phaseshift, thank you for the context.

    #28592
    PhaseShift @phaseshift
    Time Lord

    Welcome back @miapatrick ! Hope your study is going well.

    I’m glad someone else has enjoyed it. Eva Green has been a standout for me in the series, which I didn’t automatically expect. I think the way they played the cards on her story (particularly revealing her childhood association with the Murray’s) was really well done.

    I thought I’d mention the comic book source for the League because the film is no advertisement for it. The first collection is very good, but the second (and last of the Victorian era) is excellent, set against the Martian invasion of War of the Worlds. I think you (and many others) would enjoy it because they are stuffed with obscure literary references from the period.

    It’s also the only work you’ll get to see Nemo’s nautilus in a stand-off against Martian tripods, while the team tries to secure a biological weapon from Dr Moreau. Worth it alone,for Mr Hyde becoming a hero in a number of ways, finally “hulking out” to halt the advance of the tripods. It’s brilliantly barmy.

    #28596
    Miapatrick @miapatrick

    @phaseshift thank you! and yes. Started feeling a little repetitive with the constant TMA result announcements, so decided to reserve it for module results. (@Bluesqueakpip has been incredibly helpful.)

    It was a long time ago, but I remember thinking that the film seemed a really bad rendition of a great idea. I will admit, I love the avengers film (though it was my second favourite Whedon film that year) and your comment about Mr Hyde makes me wonder if Whedon was also a fan of the league of extraordinary gentlemen…

    And yes, obscure literary references from the 19th century are always good. That sounds amazing, with the war of the worlds. Growing up, all I read (all that was in the house) was 19th century novels and 20th century science fiction novels (Bridged by H.G. Wells)

    #28604
    Whisht @whisht

    Hi @phaseshift et al.

    I don’t get Sky Atlantic (is that what its on?) but would probably have avoided Penny Dreadful actually because of similarities to LoEG. No doubt my mistake (yet again!).

    I absolutely love the first two books of LoEG and Hyde really is a fantastic character. I won’t want to spoil it for anyone but can only heartily recommend.
    If nothing else Kevin O’Neil is on top form as the artist on this series and its wonderful to see both Moore and O’Neil taking their time and delivering ‘when its finished’ as opposed to rushing too much or getting another artist in (as happened on Nemesis I think).
    Deadlines are good, but botching the work up due to arbitrary deadlines is short-sighted.

    #28605
    Whisht @whisht

    Another recommend from me would be that I noticed that from tonight BBC Four are re-running Edge of Darkness from 1985.

    It really is an extraordinary series – one of the best I can remember. It was remade as a film but I didn’t see that.

    All the actors are astounding, from Bob Peck, Joe Don Baker, Charles Kay and Ian McNeice – to be honest all the way through the cast. And Joanne Whalley’s doe eyes were unfair to a 14 year old!
    (And then just as I’d gotten over that she plays the nurse in The Singing Detective!)

    Here’s the theme (there was a longer version but it had spoilers throughout the montage – pretty sure this one doesn’t).

    #28606
    The Krynoid Man @thekrynoidman

    @whisht Love Edge of Darkness, although I do think that some of the environmental themes are a bit dated. I’ve not seen the remake either but I am glad it exists otherwise I might not have heard of the original. I saw the DVD in ASDA around the same time as the remake came out (I remember because it had a sticker on it that said “now a major motion picture”). I bought it knowing very little about it other than what the blurb on the back said and ended up loving it, so thank you Mel Gibson.

    #28645
    blenkinsopthebrave @blenkinsopthebrave
    #28983
    Whisht @whisht

    For anyone in the UK, the second series of Utopia starts tonight on Channel 4 10pm.

    For anyone who hasn’t seen the first series, I’d heartily recommend it.

    If the second series is even half as good as the first it’ll be a treat, though I’m lowering expectations so I won’t be disappointed.

    Lord knows if the second series will make any sense without having seen the first series, but then again, if its like series 1, it won’t make any sense for a while anyway!

    😉

    #29079
    wolfweed @wolfweed

    Exclusive BFI DVD and Blu-ray releases will include the long-awaited 7-disc DVD box set of BBC TV series Out of the Unknown (1965-1971), and the DVD premiere of Nigel Kneale’s 1954 adaptation of George Orwell’s classic Nineteen Eighty-Four, starring the great Peter Cushing.
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    August sees the first ever release of two celebrated BBC series: The Changes (1973), the unsettling 10-part series, based on Peter Dickinson’s best-selling trilogy.

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    http://www.ukhorrorscene.com/the-bfi-takes-a-giant-leap-into-sci-fi-days-of-fear-and-wonder/

    #29082
    PhaseShift @phaseshift
    Time Lord

    @wolfweed

    You pre-empted me, but your link is much more detailed than the G’s little summary of the story. The big news for me are the TV releases (as events in Yorkshire are sparse to say the least). I’ve seen the Out of the Unknown stories that remain, but apparently the prints have been rescanned and cleaned up significantly for this release, so that’s all I wanted to hear.

    Great shot of the Robots from Asimov’s The Prophet (for anyone who doesn’t know, they were used again in the Doctor Who The Mind Robber). Alas, that’s a story that doesn’t exist anymore. A list of the available episodes is here.

    Another series with definite links to Sydney Newman, who surely has to be celebrated for his work in commissioning Sci-fi and recognising great female talent like Verity Lambert, and in Out of the Unknown’s case, Irene Shubick. The story of her one woman mission to convince authors like Asimov to allow rights is pretty legendary, with the tortuous negotiations in each case (which determined which territories they could be shown and sold to) probably highlighting why something like this wouldn’t be attempted today.

    #29094
    blenkinsopthebrave @blenkinsopthebrave

    @wolfweed, @phaseshift

    Out of the Unknown. At last! This was one of the best, certainly one of the most thoughtful, and challenging, anthology science fiction shows ever put on TV. And in October the remaining episodes released! And cleaned and spruced up! Wow.

    Out of the Unknown (like Who) suffered terribly from the policy of wiping tapes during those years, and so much of it was lost. Perhaps the story that affected me the most when I first saw it (probably in 1970 on Australian TV) was from series 3, and titled “Target Generation”. The experience of watching that (I was in my final year of high school, and participating in anti-Vietnam War demonstrations) was profound and has never left me. The story of a repressive future society where books were banned and religious dogma was used to repress the population, made a huge impact on me. Unfortunately, it was one of the tapes that was wiped. But here is a synopsis of that lost episode:

    http://www.625.org.uk/ootu/bbcents/bbces311.htm

    The ending (where the protagonist/rebel quite literally walks into the beam of glowing light and an uncertain future) is something I have always carried with me.  I would rank it as one of the most moving and inspiring TV experiences of my life.

    It is fabulous that the remaining episodes are being finally released with a proper restoration job done on them.

     

    #29113
    PhaseShift @phaseshift
    Time Lord

    @blenkinsopthebrave

    I guessed you may be one of the few people who’d seen them shown. I think Oz was one of the few territories that got the lot under the various permissions that were issued.

    One of the missing eps, Random Quest, was remounted by BBC4 a few years ago as part of the Sci-Fi Britannia season, but a lot of the permissions for others have expired now, so most of them would involve re-licensing, which is unlikely.

    Such as shame, as with all lost TV from that period.

    #29545
    PhaseShift @phaseshift
    Time Lord

    Just having had a laugh with @whisht on the B7 blog about Brian Blessed and OTT performance, and it reminded me.

    If anyone wants to enjoy Brian Blessed without the SHOUTING, can I really recommend an episode of The Avengers from 1967 (the first season in colour)? It’s called The Superlative Seven and it’s fantastic. He’s without a beard and it’s a performance of quiet menace that’s so far removed from what he’s more noted for it deserves real praise. I’m sure a causal relationship could be drawn between the bushier the beard, the more outlandish the performance.

    Brian!

    The episode is made even better because it also has Charlotte Rampling and a very young Donald Sutherland in prominent guest roles. They’re all brilliant and the Seven little Indians approach of the story, with the Seven being killed off one by one, is great.

    #29697
    wolfweed @wolfweed

    New episode of Sexy Beasts on BBC 3 tomorrow night…

    #31910
    Oblique @oblique

    Sapphire & Steel …. just lovely. They arrive – they go, with lots of surreal and usually scary moments in between.

    #31915
    Spider @spider

    A little late to the party since cos I’ve just joined, but just for the record, fav other TV shows have to be:

    Sci fi type: Blake’s 7, Babylon 5, Battlestar Galactica (both old and remake), DS9, Firefly, Space above and beyond.

    Others: A-team,  Blackadder, Bottom, Young ones, Fithy Rich and Catflap.

    No doubt I’ve missed something in that, but that’s off top of the head for the moment 🙂

     

    #32695

    The Grauniad reviewed the DVD set of Edge of Darkness(1) a couple of days ago.

    If you have never seen it, use this as an excuse to plug a great yawning chasm in your televisual experience.

    If Bob Peck had only ever done this, then his entire career would have still been worthwhile. His Ronnie Craven is a masterclass in understated agony. Pre-Kilmer Joanne Whalley is riveting as his daughter, gunned down in the opening sequence, and Joe Don Baker’s golf-obsessed CIA man is just wonderful.

    The absolute jewel in Troy Kennedy Martin’s pretty damned illustrious career.

    Also, probably the single most unsettling scene involving a vibrator you will ever see.

     

     

     

     

     

    (1) Not, obviously, the shitty, horrible starring-a-racist movie version.

    #32696
    blenkinsopthebrave @blenkinsopthebrave

    @pedant

    Edge of Darkness – Agree 100%. Should be required viewing.

    One of the finest thrillers ever made. It makes you realise just how dark and paranoid (or revolutionary–or both?) British TV drama was in the 1980s.

    The 1980s, with phrases like “the personal and the political” If there was a TV show that captured the indivisibility of the personal and the political, this had to be it.

    Which is not to say that I am in any way nostalgic for the 1980s. I found it a rather grim and depressing decade.

    #32815
    Anonymous @

    The first 2 episodes of new TV series Gotham have been great.  I think it could be the best Batman saga ever.  It is very dark with a lot of violence, so the over 14 age warning is probably true for this show.  I don’t know if it is showing in other countries besides the US?   I don’t expect it to pass up DW on my favorites list, but that is asking a lot. 

    I liked your science joke @bluesqueakpip.  I missed @rob‘s joke.  @phileasf you obviously know a lot about science and @phaseshift is a chemist.  If you like science jokes then you should definitely like a US show called The Big Bang Theory.  It is a sitcom but the dialog is very smart.  It was my favorite show for about the first 5 years before I discovered DW.  I sort of lost interest after that, but I still watch re-runs when they come on and it is still just as funny.  So it holds up well over time too. 

    I just had to recommend that show if you haven’t heard of it.  That show introduced me to Firefly when they mentioned it in an episode.  So when I heard people talking about Buffy here, produced my Joss Whedon too, that made me watch all of Buffy.  I am a fan on Joss Whedon now.  I wish Firefly had not got cancelled because it seemed like it had a lot of potential.  Buffy was great, because I thought it kept improving from one season to the next.  I think some people say that it declined at the end (they are also bigger fans than me), but I thought the ending was perfect and the show went out at its best instead of waiting too long to call it quits (I thought it was cool how the Capt. of Firefly was the Big Bad in Buffy too).

    I am a fan of Sherlock but I haven’t seen all of them yet.  

    I don’t want to say anything bad about people’s favorite shows, but I didn’t like Battlestar Gallactica or X-files, but I hope to  try Babylon 5 next.

    #32818
    The Krynoid Man @thekrynoidman

    @handles Have you ever seen The Twilight Zone? It’s in black and white, but it’s absolutely brilliant.
    I was watching the first season on Blu-Ray recently. I used to watch the show as a kid, but haven’t seen it in years. Only watched the first 5 episodes so far, but they’ve all been great so far.

    #32821
    thommck @thommck

    @Handles Glad to here Gotham has made a good start, I’d heard from a few people on twitter that it was a bit dull for them.

    It’s being broadcast on Channel 5 from mid-October so I’ll definitely be watching/recording it. Is it suitable for 10-13 year olds or more of a grown up affair?

    #32829
    PhaseShift @phaseshift
    Time Lord

    @handles

    I’ve watched the first Gotham, and enjoyed it enough to want to continue. Its noirish look and feel is a treat. It’s funny – Chris Nolans first Batman film took some familiar aspects from Frank Miller’s Batman: Year One for Bruce Wayne, and this looks to be doing the same as some of the scenes of the young Gordon learning his way around his new patch are very familiar.

    @thommck

    I’d say on the strength of the first episode it’s borderline for the age group. There is bloody violence, with a pretty brutal punishment beating (one of the perps having the nickname “The Penguin”). It’s one I’d probably say cast your eye over it yourself and decide.

    I think some people may have been anticipating a story about how a young Bruce Wayne becomes Batman, but I don’t think that will ever be the primary focus, which is Gordon, and the type of society Gotham is, and grows to be. With James Gordon, it’s a case of “the one good man” so I can see it touching on The Untouchables territory. I think the problem is, all the mythologies of Batman’s beginnings show Gordon’s attempts to change Gotham on his own fail, so it could be a downbeat story with, at heart, him providing an influence on a young Wayne and a basis for their future relationship.

    Fantastic piece of casting for Alfred, Wayne’s butler and Guardian though. Sean Pertwee!

    #32830
    thommck @thommck

    Thanks @phaseshift, sounds good to me!

    I’ll probably watch it live and give my kids the edited highlights!

    #32843
    ScaryB @scaryb

    Any Peaky Blinders fans should be getting VERY excited. Series 2 starts on BBC 2 tomorrow (Thurs) night. The whole series is directed by Bells of St John / Sherlock director Colm McCarthy.

    5 star, spoiler free review of episode 1 here –

    http://www.cultbox.co.uk/reviews/episodes/peaky-blinders-s02e01-season-2-episode-1-review

    (But def sounds like it’s for 18+ viewers only)

    #32844
    ScaryB @scaryb

    Thanks for the update on Gotham @phaseshift – sounds like it’s worth checking out

    #32858
    Anonymous @

    @thekrynoidman – I don’t know many other producers’ names, but Rod Serling has to be the Steven Moffat of his day. Although I’m pretty sure most people here think the producer of BG Who was the SM of his day ( 😕 ). But I’ve never seen an episode of The Twilight Zone that didn’t blow my mind. I watched the entire weekend marathon on Syfy chanel once. If tTLZ had a story arc I would definitely want to see them all. I’m watching BG Who right now. I just saw The Mind Robber with the second Doctor. It is now my favorite BG episodes so far.

    If I read it right, The Twilight Zone wiki says that Leonardo Dicaprio is working on making a new Twilight Zone movie.

    TY @phaseshift for answering that question. I didn’t know what to say because I remember people being upset about Clara’s Slap and the PC in The Caretaker getting blown up. I know for those people, avoid Gotham at all costs.

    @thommck,. What made me think it could be the best ever Batman show, is mainly based on the casting, like @ PhaseShift mentioned. All of the actors look perfect for the parts they are playing. That and my feelings tell me its good, but I didn’t think too much further than that before making my prediction. 

    I really think they should have tried to be closer to the Nolan movies, instead of going for total realism. Then kids could watch it too.

    #33593
    thommck @thommck

    I heard Professor Brian Cox on the radio this morning promoting his new show Human Universe on Tuesday nights on BBC2

    bbc.co.uk/programmes/p0276p50/episodes/guide

    It’s already a couple of episodes in (viewable on iPlayer) but he was saying how the next episode talks about multi-verses.

    Could be interesting watching considering current theories about what is going on in Doctor Who at the moment!

    #33653
    ScaryB @scaryb

    Thanks @thommck for the Human Universe link. (My iplayer to watch list is piling up!)

     

    Is anybody watching Peaky Blinders…? ANYONE?? @fatmaninabox??

    Would love to discuss what the hell’s going on!

    #33697
    Anonymous @

    @scaryb

    Sorry, I haven’t had chance to catch up yet – too much homework 👿

    #33713
    Whisht @whisht

    Just thought that anyone interested in TV would want to know that there was a conversation on the Mummy on the Orient Express thread about soap operas and TV writers.

    It may have begun around here but there may have been discussions before this (apologies, I’m not an archivist!)

    I for one learned (am learning, but this link is for in a few months time if anyone stumbles through a “TV thread” interested in TV writing) a lot about writers.

    Its one reason why I love this place – some impassioned and informed members.

    #33803
    Anonymous @

    @Purofilion – Gotham is good.  It isn’t blowing me away though, nothing like DW. 

    Gotham isn’t boring to me.  I have liked every episode so far.  If I had a memory worm to erase DW it would probably be my favorite show. 🙂

    It is a real life version of Gotham City, which can’t compete with all the adventure found in all of time and space.  Gotham is a pretty good change of pace from DW.  The violence in the show is made even more shocking by comparison, which I kinda like. 😯

     Then I feel guilty and watch DW again to make myself feel better. 😆

    #33804
    Anonymous @

    @barnable I totally get that. I watched on DVD (in one hot hit earlier this yr) Game of Thrones. Talk about violence. And yet in reading the first book I didn’t discover quite the same level of violence and sexual imagery, for instance that was all too obvious in the  show! Blimey. Too much for me. waaay to much. But Gotham, well if it’s like the batman films it would be dark and menacing? I found Sanctuary like that but it had humour too. Thank you for moving the discussion to ‘elsewhere’ I’m usually modded off to a different site when I start talking about Dora the Explorer on The Eleventh Hour (I kid).

     

    #33805
    Anonymous @

    @whisht I know!  This talk about Goethe (which I kinda get ) combined with soap opera themes and memes which I don’t get -but am learning is amazing. Then there was a time when I watched ( I was 27 and stuck  for a yr in what they call a clean room in the hospital) …Days of our Lives!! I knoooow. But, I learnt about fashion. How come these ppl (who are often drs) get changed ALL the time?  Do they really have jobs? They don’t seem to move for years….they’re standing in the same place for weeks/months. It’s slower than grass growing. Mind you, it was a bit wonderful. Heheh.

    #34382
    Anonymous @

    @phaseshift

    Did you know that Alan Moore has encountered demons?

    #34387
    BadWulf @badwulf

    @TheCrackIntheWall Did you know that Alan Moore has encountered demons?

    Well, if he lives in Northampton, he’s bound to have encountered some sort of eldritch abomination – it comes with the territory.

    #34420
    PhaseShift @phaseshift
    Time Lord

    @thecrackinthewall

    Did you know that Alan Moore has encountered demons?

    Given the amount of psychedelic drugs Alan has consumed over the years, I’d suggest he could legitimately claim to have met Demons, God, Flying pigs, Papa Smurf, fairies, and can probably conduct a 4 hour conversation with the vegetables on his plate over Sunday Lunch. It what makes him so remarkable. In terms of LSD, I think he may have gone further than any other living being.

    Alan in quite firm in his beliefs. Believe nothing I say – try it for yourself.

    @badwulf

    Well, if he lives in Northampton, he’s bound to have encountered some sort of eldritch abomination – it comes with the territory.

    Oh God, yes. As someone who spent some time there (Weekend visits – I was allowed to escape, and can I just say that if escaping to Milton Keynes is an attractive option, a place is possibly in dire trouble) during the late 80s I was convinced that Northampton, its one way system and wider environs were, in some timey-wimey way, responsible for Dante writing his vision of the Seven Circles of Hell.

    What a place. Anyone would need drugs. 😀

    I don’t know if either of you saw him on Stewart Lee’s Comedy show, discussing his research into William Churchill being an actual pig? The man is truly a legend.

    A link to the video. Warning – contains Alan Moore. May frighten some small Children, but mainly frighten actual adults.

    #36111
    Whisht @whisht

    Hi @purofilion – not exactly sure which thread the discussion on Buffy was but… will answer you here!

    Yes, I saw some Buffy. I seem to remember seeing early episodes and then sort of drifted away/ missed a few and didn’t return to it. Not because it wasn’t good, just me (can’t remember where I was – if very early 90’s at Uni).

    So perhaps I should join you on your early Buffy binge!

    As well as other things people have been telling you to watch (eg Deadwood). I’m pretty rubbish really. If I miss an episode of something or think I can’t sustain watching something I don’t bother continuing (including Sopranos which is/was truly excellent but I missed a few and didn’t want to watch aain without seeing them… and then a season drifted by…).

    Truly I’m someone who has “boxset” and “time to watch” written on his xmas list!

    🙂

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    @whisht exactly. I saw a bit of Buffy but was all “I have no time”. ’90s -working and partying.

    Box sets -all over the house. Some ppl think I watch TV all day and I don’t.

     

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