CTV Awards 2016 - voting closes

Tuesday, 15 November 2016 00:00

Voting has just concluded for the Cult TV Awards 2016, with a trio of incentives up for grabs, thanks to Fabulous Films. The First Prize was the entire 90 episodes, over 20 Blu-rays, of KNIGHT RIDER in a superb box set, with a RRP of £149.99 (this was won by Victoria Prince of Taunton). Next, there was THE WATER MARGIN on 8 Blu-ray discs, with a RRP of £79.99 (this was won by Malcolm Carrott of Warwick). Finally, there is the 26-DVD ultimate collection of THE WONDER YEARS, with a RRP of £124.99 (this was won by Diane Gies of Borehamwood). You could choose which prize you won. Following the nominations phase of the Awards, where we asked you who should go in each of the five pigeonholes for each Award, all to be in with a chance to win the coveted gongs, it was up to YOU to decide who the lucky winners would be – and now the counting begins to see who the winners were.

Three stunning prizes up for grabs - all just for voting in the Cult TV Awards 2016

Remember - if you didn’t vote, you can't complain about who has won! Here at Cult TV, we hope you appreciate that the prizes on offer were a small token of our appreciation for the several minutes it could take to cast your choices in the Cult TV Awards 2016. The Voting Form has a total of 26 categories. 13 of these Awards are part of our HALL OF FAME – an ever-expanding pantheon of the most deserving from nearly seven decades of television. The Cult TV Awards have gained an excellent reputation by celebrating the entire history of the small screen, not just the latest “flavours of the month” – every year you help us continue to live up to this billing, and have done so once more.

SO, keep coming back and checking our website to see who you all chose as the winners.

And now some more on those excellent prizes… starting off with the top of the pile…

Knight Rider - the complete series on Blu-ray - you could win a copy for voting“Knight Rider, a shadowy flight into the dangerous world of a man who does not exist. Michael Knight, a young loner on a crusade to champion the cause of the innocent, the helpless, the powerless in a world of criminals who operate above the law.”

Gear up for action with superstar David Hasselhoff and his supercar KITT as they throttle crime in all 90 high-octane episodes of Knight Rider now fully restored and in hi-definition. A detective, thought to be dead, is given a new face and identity. His assignment is to fight crime with the help of an artificially intelligent, talking car named KITT, a high-speed, futuristic weapon outfitted with high-tech gadgets and a personality of its own. Driven by justice, they set out to take down criminals who operate above the law.

The creator was Glen A Larson (Battlestar Galactica, The Fall Guy, Manimal, Automan) and likened KITT to Tonto from The Lone Ranger - “riding across the plains and going from one town to another to help law and order.”

There was an early name change to KITT from TATT: KITT – The Knight Industries Two Thousand was originally going to be TATT -Trans Am Two Thousand. Just after Larson approached Vista Group who represented GM about using the Pontiac Trans Am for Knight Rider, a train carrying 32 brand new Trans Ams derailed. Most of the cars were still in pristine condition but laws restricting the sale of cars involved in a crash meant that GM donated all the cars to Larson as long as they were never used on the road.

Half were used on Knight Rider and half on The Fall Guy. It was a good move by GM. Due to the success of the series, Pontiac was swamped with customers requesting black Firebird Trans-Ams with T-tops, tan interiors, and red lights on the front bumper. The scanner was based on the Cylon light bar in Battlestar Galactica and was available in kit form for Trans-Ams for several years following the show’s cancellation.

It was six months into filming before David Hasselhoff and William Daniels (voice of KITT) met face-to-face. The ‘auto-cruise’ car was driven by a stunt driver hiding inside the driver seat. In part 2 of the episode “Knight of the Phoenix”, while KITT is driving back from the Sheriff's station you can see the driver’s arm appearing out of the upholstery.

Michael’s boss was played by Edward Mulhare – an Irish actor who had learnt his trade in London’s West End with Orson Welles and John Gielgud. Lending support to the operation were Patricia McPherson and then Rebecca Holden.

Extras on this set include “Knight Moves”, “Knight Rider: Under the Hood”, a Photo Gallery, a Blueprints Gallery, and The Great 80s TV Flashback television special.

Knight Rider – The Complete Collection is released on Blu-ray on 21 November 2016 by Fabulous Films Ltd/Fremantle Media. It has a running time of 4,327 mins approx., a ‘12’ certificate, and a RRP of £149.99 – or get it for less at www.culttvstore.com


Meanwhile, over at The Water Margin

The Water Margin on Blu-ray - one of the prizes for voting in the Cult TV Awards - put yourself in with a chance“Nearly a thousand years ago in ancient China, there was a cruel government. 108 renegades will try to change the story.”

And nearly 30 years ago on the BBC, there was The Goodies. After them was a mysterious TV show from the East. After years of waiting, The Water Margin finally gets its fully restored release on on Blu-ray. The HD restoration includes many deleted and shortened scenes never seen before. This is as good as it gets for the show’s fans!

The ancient sages said, “Do not despise the snake for having no horns, for who is to say it will not become a dragon?” So may one just man become an army. Nearly a thousand years ago in ancient China, at the time of the Song Dynasty, there was a cruel and corrupt government. These men riding are outlaws, heroes who have been driven to live in the water margins of Liang Shan Po, far to the south of the capital city. Each fights tyranny with a price on his head, in a world very different from our own. The story starts in legend even then, for our heroes, it was said, were perhaps the souls reborn of other, earlier knights.

Based on the 14th century novel “Water Margin” by Shi Nai'an, the story is considered one of the Four Great Classical Novels of Chinese literature. Its popularity can be measured by the numerous restaurants named after it - the highest rated on Tripadvisor with 4.5 stars being in Oxford.

The Water Margin was broadcast in Japan in 1973 and 1974 as 水滸伝. David Weir (Monkey) wrote the script for the English-language adaptation without the aid of translations but with only brief plot synopses. The late Burt Kwouk (Cato in the “Pink Panther” films) augmented his cult following in England by narrating the series, which was aired on the BBC from 1976-8.

Atsuo Nakamura who plays Lin Chung later hosted several television news programs in Japan before going in to politics - where he was elected to the House of Councillors in 1998. He lost his seat in the 2004 election.

In 1981 Kei Satō who plays Kao Chiu appeared in the film “Daydream” performing an unsimulated sex scene with actress Kyoko Aizome. The involvement of a mainstream actor in a hardcore film made for much press coverage and brought audiences to the cinema “in droves”. It is considered to be the first hardcore theatrical release in Japan.

The Water Margin – The Complete Series is out now on Blu-ray from Fabulous Films/Fremantle Media Enterprises. It has a running time of 1,180 mins approx, a ‘15’ certificate and a RRP of £79.99, or get it from www.culttvstore.com

There is also a DVD version of The Water Margin available, with a RRP of £59.99, and again get it for the best price at www.culttvstore.com


And what can we tell you about The Wonder Years?

The Wonder Years - the Ultimate series DVD set - put yourself in with a chance of a copy by votingFor six seasons, The Wonder Years captured the angst of growing up in suburban middle-class America in the late 1960s, as seen through the life and times of Kevin Arnold. Audiences eagerly followed his evolution as a typical teenager who remembered every moment of his transition from childhood with excruciating detail and remarkable hindsight.

This show defined coming-of-age for a generation, and now for the first time in the world, this hit TV show has been released including Joe Cocker’s unforgettable rendition of The Beatles’ “With a Little Help from My Friends” and 100% of the original music. This 26-DVD set including 4 Bonus Discs contains all 115 episodes from all 6 seasons and a staggering 23 hours of exclusive bonus material.

After only six episodes aired, The Wonder Years won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series in 1988. In addition, at age 13, Fred Savage became the youngest actor ever nominated as “Outstanding Lead Actor for a Comedy Series”. The show was also awarded a Peabody Award in 1989, for “pushing the boundaries of the sitcom format and using new modes of storytelling.” In total, the series won 22 awards and was nominated for 54 more.

Kevin (Fred Savage) and Winnie’s (Danica McKellar) on-again, off-again romance was one of the show’s key storylines. At times the split was practical due to McKellar’s growth spurts, which saw her towering above Savage. Their first kiss in the pilot episode was doubly awkward having never kissed anyone in real life. McKellar has since said “the one good thing about getting your first kiss on camera is that you know for sure it’s going to happen.” Both Savage and McKellar have admitted to having mutual crushes. “I was in love with her for the same reasons every other boy fell in love with her,” said Savage. McKellar said in a 2010 interview, “I’ve always been really cautious about guys who have a Winnie Cooper fantasy.”

Many now-famous actors had some of their earliest roles in The Wonder Years including David Schwimmer (Friends), Juliette Lewis (“Cape Fear”), Jim Caviezel (“The Passion of the Christ”), Alicia Silverstone (“Clueless”), Giovanni Ribisi (Friends, My Name is Earl), Mark-Paul Gosselaar (Saved By The Bell), Carla Gugino (“Spy Kids”), and John Corbett (Northern Exposure, “My Big Fat Greek Wedding”) and Robin Thicke (co-writer of the controversial chart topper “Blurred Lines”).

When The Wonder Years was released on digital streaming services a few years ago it caused outrage among fans as Cocker’s cover of The Beatles’ “With a Little Help From My Friends” was noticeably absent, replaced with a far inferior cover.

The set also includes over 280 songs as they were featured in the original broadcasts, with classics by Jimi Hendrix, The Byrds, Joni Mitchell, The Monkees, Steppenwolf, Smokey Robinson, Bob Dylan, Aretha Franklin, The Temptations, Cream, Simon & Garfunkel, Diana Ross and the Supremes, James Taylor, Nat King Cole, The Beach Boys, The Who, The Righteous Brothers, James Brown, Jackie Wilson, Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, Bob Seger, Bachman-Turner Overdrive, Sonny and Cher, Bread, Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Four Seasons, Sly and the Family Stone, Ben E King, Stealers Wheel, Grateful Dead, Tammy Wynette, Eddie Cochran and The Rolling Stones.

The Wonder Years – The Complete Collection Deluxe Edition is out now from Fabulous Films Ltd / Fremantle Media Enterprises. The set has a ‘PG’ certificate, a running time of 4,089 mins approx, and a RRP of £124.99, or get it for less at www.culttvstore.com         



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