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Monday, 27 November 2017 00:01

CTV Awards 2017 voting closed

The time has come and gone to make your choices in the Cult TV Awards 2017!  CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE VOTING FORM.

Vote Now in the Cult TV Awards 2017

There were five huge prizes up for grabs, all just for telling us your favourites. Find out about what was on offer BY CLICKING HERE. Voting closed at 11.59pm GMT on Sunday 10 December 2017. The lucky winners were Graeme Michael of Nottingham (The Brothers 1-7 Complete DVD collection), Adrian Hall of Swadincote and Roger Clark of Wednesbury (1990 complete DVD collection), and Masih Malik of Epsom Downs and David Comerford of Peterborough (Spike Milligan's Q Almost Complete DVD Collection).

Don't forget, there's also the Cult TV Awards Ceremony to attend, for the first time in ten years, on Saturday 30 December 2017.  It's at The Broadway, the newly reopened theatre in Peterborough, and you can find out more BY CLICKING HERE. It's not just a ceremony, there's also a theme party and dinner included - all of which makes it excellent value!

And now, here's the details of all the nominees that got themselves onto the voting form...

Saturday, 18 November 2017 00:01

Voting begins in Cult TV Awards '17

Voting has just begun for the Cult TV Awards 2017, having just gone through the nominations stage where you had the chance to help decide the five nominees in each category.

You can access the Voting Form BY CLICKING HERE, and we now take the chance to inform you of the FIVE superb prizes we have up for grabs, thanks to Simply Media, just for supporting your favourites with your votes in this, the crucial stage of proceedings.

In summary, our star prize is the complete collection of THE BROTHERS – all seven seasons over 27 DVDs with a RRP of £149.99!  Next, we have two copies of THE ALMOST COMPLETE ‘Q’ COLLECTION, five DVDs of Spike Milligan madness with a RRP of £29.99.  Finally, we have two copies of 1990 – THE COMPLETE COLLECTION – Edward Woodward’s tale of a ‘near future’ set in the past, running over four DVDs with a RRP of £29.99.

Win prizes for voting in the Cult TV Awards 2017

And don’t forget to book your place for the actual live ceremony itself, happening on Saturday 30 December 2017 at The Broadway (Peterborough).  Further details can be found at:

http://thebroadway.today/index.php/class/cult-tv-awards-2017/

For those who want to know more about what’s on offer, just for voting, here are further details of the prizes…

Saturday, 28 October 2017 11:00

Nominations closed in CTV Awards

Voting has just closed in the nominations phase of this year’s Cult TV Awards, in what is now our 24th year of presenting our appreciation of the best in fictional television, to the talent behind the shows that we make time for more than others. Now we move on to the nitty-gritty as the voting form is prepared. As an incentive to cast your nominations, we had one copy each of The Steve Martin DVD Collection, The Peter Sellers DVD Collection, The Richard Pryor DVD Collection, and The ‘Killer B’ DVD Movie Collection, thanks to Fabulous Films/Fremantle Media Enterprises, available as an appreciation to four lucky voters to get their ‘thinking caps’ on and make your nominations.

The Cult TV Awards are back as a live event you can attend

You can find out more about the nomination incentive prizes BY CLICKING HERE. The top five nominations in each category from what you suggest will be compiled onto the Voting Form, which is the next stage of finding out this year’s eventual winners! Nominations closed on 12th November 2017.

You can also attend the actual CULT TV AWARDS 2017 Ceremony, Dinner and Party on Saturday 30th December 2017.  Tickets are available NOW. Find out more BY CLICKING HERE.

Saturday, 28 October 2017 00:01

Nomination prize winners drawn!

Voting has just closed in the nominations phase of this year’s Cult TV Awards, in what is now our 24th year of presenting our appreciation of the best in fictional television, to the talent behind the shows that we make time for more than others. The voting stage, featuring the top five in each Awards category, will be starting shortly - look out for the announcement, and more big prizes up for grabs, just for taking part.

Prizes for nominating in the Cult TV Awards 2017

You can find out more about making your nominations BY CLICKING HERE. You will also find a link to the nominations form at THIS LINK. As an incentive to make your votes, four lucky nominators have secured one of a quartet of DVD prizes from Fabulous Films.  These were The Peter Sellers Collection (won by Sue Wellings of Rushden), The Steve Martin Collection (won by Philippa Chapman of Glastonbury), The ‘Killer B’ Movie Collection (won by Colin Copper of March) and The Richard Pryor Collection (won by Matthew John Restaino of Walton - who was fourth out of the hat, but his first choice had already been taken).  Here we give you full details of what they won, simply for them elling us their favourites for 2017…

Saturday, 01 July 2017 17:52

The Brothers Series 6 on DVD

The Brothers - Series 6 out on DVD nowA family haulage business tries to keep expanding to survive. The more it tries, the more the relatives at its core realise they are losing control of their empire. There are slippery people with unclear motives getting involved, and very few outsiders are straight about what their part in proceedings is, or will be.  The Americans would later take such storylines to levels of excess in the likes of Dallas and Dynasty, but us Brits did it first, and in some ways did it a lot better.

The Brothers: The Complete Series 6 contains all 13 episodes of this Sunday night TV drama, this set dating from 1976, which follows the individual releases of the first five series by Simply Media. Series 1 came to us back in October 2006, with Series 2 taking until November 2015 to get a release. Series 3 followed in November 2016, and Series 4 in January 2017.  Cult TV gave you a primer on the series with the release in March 2017 of Series 5, which you can read by CLICKING HERE. Rest assured, undoubtedly the subsequent series have been well worth the wait!

Thursday, 22 June 2017 17:38

Knight Rider 2010 on DVD

Knight Rider 2010 - out on DVDBefore getting into the meat of a review of “Knight Rider 2010”, a little aside as to what we have here. Back in December 2003, when a ‘reboot’ of Battlestar Galactica appeared, many of the less-than-convinced original fan base nicknamed it ‘GINO’ – Galactica In Name Only. Original Knight Rider fans, when they saw “2010”, should have had the foresight to name this 1994 attempt ‘KRINO’ – Knight Rider In Name Only. It’s more ‘Mad Max’ than ‘Michael Knight’ – who’s nowhere to be seen in this version of the format. We even get teased to think the Black Trans-Am of the original will be the hook to what has gone before, as various super cars in pristine condition are revealed from under assorted tarpaulins.

What we get instead is a Mustang more suited to a stock car race track. Admittedly, in the “Knight Rider 2000” movie, (CLICK HERE for our review) we were told that KITT’s body had long since been disposed of, but they could have gone for some continuity by showing this was where it had ended up. There’s an attempt to wed the concept to some sort of high-tech wizardry with the way the car is eventually controlled by a crystal with a link to beyond the grave, but I have to say it really is like putting lipstick on a pig. It is a very strained attempt to actually have a car which talks to its driver, but goes one further by having a hologram which, at times, sits in the passenger seat. There is no way this sits just ten years after the events of “Knight Rider 2000” – too much has happened. Sure, 2100 would have made more sense, but all in all, this is a DVD worth getting for anyone who wants to see how NOT to do a revival or a reboot.

Monday, 19 June 2017 17:35

Knight Rider 2000 on DVD

Knight Rider 2000 out on DVDIn the year 1991, when this pilot movie was from, the year 2000 was the future. Guns are banned and criminals are sent to cryo-prison where they are frozen for the duration of their sentences, to many, this doesn’t seem like much of a punishment. When the mayor is murdered with an illegal handgun, thought destroyed as part of dis-arming the Police, Michael Knight (David Hasselhoff) is brought out of retirement by Devon Miles (the late, great Edward Mulhare) to fight for justice one last time in “Knight Rider 2000”.

Michael returns to find KITT has been dismantled and the parts sold for medical research uses. Devon manages to recover all of KITT’s interior parts except one computer chip. The body is long gone, so KITT is rebuilt and installed in Michael’s classic 1957 Chevy. Michael teams up with former female cop Shawn McCormick (Susan Norman – later the character of Susan Buckman Merrick in Parenthood) who was shot in the head and now has the missing chip belonging to KITT embedded in her brain. With the help of KITT (once again voiced by William Daniels - as in the original series), Michael and Shawn must uncover the conspiracy in the Police Department.

Monday, 12 June 2017 17:29

Star Maidens is back on DVD

Star Maidens is back on DVDStar Maidens has found its way back on to DVD, courtesy of Simply Media. The title originally came to the home market back in 2005 through the now-defunct Delta Home Entertainment, but it’s enough of a curiosity that copies of that version still command a good price, so there’s logic in bringing it back into the foreground once more. It was originally shown as a regional opt-out in some ITV regions (HTV had it, ATV didn’t – which is why I got to saw an episode or two when I was in Wales at the time).  Popping up here and there between 1976 and 1978, it’s classified as an Anglo-German production, with a take on a planet whose dominant sex is female. This is something which The Two Ronnies would do their own version of in their serial “The Worm That Turned” in 1980, in which women rule the Britain of 2012, and male and female gender roles are completely reversed.

So, here’s your chance to get something in for late night schlock sessions in good company, with all 13 half-hour episodes in a twin-DVD digitally remastered set.  There’s plenty of reasons for Cult TV appreciators to pick up a copy as it stars Gareth Thomas, three years before he played Blake in the Blake’s 7. As per the previous DVD release, it also contains a bonus interview with Gareth, weighing in at a very respectable 34 minutes and covers much of his career, but with a focus on Star Maidens.

Monday, 05 June 2017 17:23

1990 Series 2 out on DVD now

1990 - Series 2 out on DVDFollowing on from the release of 1990 Series 1 earlier in the year, here we are already with the second and final series now on the shelves to complete this compelling story. Wilfred Greatorex described the format as "Nineteen Eighty-Four plus six" and details Jim Kyle’s (Edward Woodward) fight against a corrupt government in a disturbing then-future Britain, devoid of rights of any kind, in a world which is heading in the direction of the worst nightmares foretold by Orwell and Huxley . It is as relevant today as when it first aired, and is something a lost gem for Cult TV appreciators to get their hands on.

For those of you familiar with what has happened previously in this dystopian vision from 1977-8, here’s what’s changed between runs. Kyle’s actions at the end of the last series mean that Dan Mellor is no longer the Home Secretary, replaced by Kate Smith (Yvonne Mitchell), who Skardon (Robert Lang) sees as a threat. Delly Lomas and Henry Tasker have been moved away, to be replaced in one swoop by an old flame of Kyle’s, Lynn Blake (Lisa Harrow), put there to keep Kyle on a leash. And Kyle no longer has ‘Tiny’ Greaves as his editor – he’s gone to the ‘Alcoholics’ Laundry’ and been replaced by Tom Doran (Clive Swift) who now rather weakly fills his boots, he’s not much into putting the cat amongst he pigeons.

Monday, 29 May 2017 17:10

The Brothers Series 5 on DVD

The Brothers - Series 5 out on DVDThe Brothers as part of the Cult TV landscape? In the 1970s this Sunday night drama about a road haulage company was, ah-hem, something of a ‘juggernaut’ in the ratings. After four seasons, the show needed a lift, so colourful characters were brought in or given greater prominence via Cult TV stalwarts Colin Baker (the sixth Doctor Who), Kate O'Mara (who would later cross paths again with Colin in his Time Lord regeneration as the Rani) and Mike Pratt (Randall in the original Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased)). They complicated the world of the Hammond family, so they are now nowhere near as cosy as they had been. They face an uncertain future with power struggles for the control of the family business, ill health, new additions to the family, and having to face the consequences of their own personal vices and demons.

The Brothers: The Complete Series 5, contains all 13 episodes from Spring 1975 of this reignited format, created by N J Crisp (Dixon of Dock Green) and Gerard Glaister (Dr Finlay’s Casebook). Doctor Who aficionados will be able to see why Colin Baker gained nationwide fame and notoriety, and if this is this is the nature of your interest, this is an ideal jumping-in point. Although his Paul Merroney character was much-talked about in Series 4, he was actually only seen in a handful of episodes (“Partings” - Episode 4.5, “Hit and Miss” – 4.7, “Public Concern” – 4.8, “A Bad Mistake” – 4.12, “The Fall Guy” – 4.13). Series 5 is where he becomes an unmissable core of the proceedings.

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