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Saturday, 08 November 2008

 

Not quite the second coming, but probably taken as long. For those who are desperate for their fix of Cult TV entertainment (and thanks to all those who've contacted us to say how much you've missed us), the 2-DVD set that is the CULT TV 2007 HIGHLIGHTS discs is now available via eBay.

Featuring highlights from the celebrity guest interviews, including the likes of Philip Glenister (Gene Hunt in Life on Mars and Ashes to Ashes), Ben Miller (Primeval, Armstrong & Miller), Ron Harper (Planet of the Apes), Antonio Fargas (Starsky and Hutch), as well as Jared Martin and Ike Eisenmann from The Fantastic Journey, this shows how we reached the grand finale of the Cult TV Festival in Style!
The cost is a reasonable £19.99. And for a limited time only it's free P&P to UK addresses.

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Saturday, 13 September 2008

Cult TV’s Personality of the Year at last year’s Cult TV Awards is on tour this autumn, with his band Mitch Benn & The Distractions.

Following the release of his latest single SING LIKE AN ANGEL (featuring Rick Wakeman on piano - download it now from iTunes ), the UK’s leading musical satirist Mitch Benn is back on tour. Is it a gig? Is it a comedy show? Well, so musically adept are the band and so droll are their parodies, you get the best of both worlds! And TV fans will delight in the numerous genre references throughout.

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Tuesday, 03 June 2008


As some of you may be aware, American network CBS has cancelled the series Moonlight – currently screening in the UK on LIVING. The show’s fans have just begun campaigning to have another network pick up the show.

Recently it was reported the The CW network Stateside had decided against picking up Moonlight; but Harry Werksman, one of the show's co-executive producers and showrunner, told the fans who attended MoonlightCon 2008 during the recent American Memorial Day weekend that the American Sci-Fi Network is indeed interested in stepping in to save the series from the cancellation abyss.

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Tuesday, 22 April 2008

B7 Productions has announced a series of prequel audio adventures based on the cult television classic, BLAKE’S 7.

Following the success of last year’s audio re-imagining of BLAKE’S 7 (broadcast on BBC7 over Christmas) and 30 years since the dramatic and shocking finale of the original series, MICHAEL KEATING will reprise his role as the cowardly thief, Vila Restal, the only character to appear in all 52 episodes of the original series. The new audio incarnation of Olag Gan played by OWEN AARONOVITCH (Jon Lindsay in Coronation Street) also stars.

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Thursday, 13 March 2008

SATURDAY 8TH NOVEMBER 2008 AT THE ROYAL FESTIVAL HALL, THE SOUTH BANK, LONDON

The Philharmonia Orchestra will perform together with guest musicians, including composer-pianist Crispin Merrell (Space Precinct, Lavender Castle and New Captain Scarlet).

Gerry Anderson will be guest of honour along with wife Mary and son Jamie. Brian Blessed will be the compere for the event. Harry Stoneham will be playing on the UFO section as he did with the original sessions recordings.

Net proceeds will be donated to The Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund.

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Sunday, 24 February 2008

Hit reimagined SF drama Battlestar Galactica returns to Sky One in April with the first half of its fourth and final season.

Season three's stunning finale provided some of the biggest shocks of the series to date, as four of the remaining five Cylons were revealed, and Starbuck (Katee Sackhoff), presumed dead, reappeared alive and kicking. Is Starbuck the final Cylon, as hinted at during season three?

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Sunday, 24 February 2008

Virgin 1 has bagged the UK premiere of the TV spin-off from the Terminator film franchise - The Sarah Connor Chronicles. It makes its debut at 10.00pm on Thursday 21 February. There is also a raft of "another chance to see" repeats of this premiere episode on Friday 22 February at 10.00pm, Saturday 23 February at 8.00pm, and Monday 25 February at 9.00pm (all are one-week-only happenings), with a regular repeat screening at 11.00pm on Wednesdays from 27 February.

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Sunday, 24 February 2008

From mythic comic strip conqueror to pulp-serial superstar legend, Flash Gordon returns exclusively on the UK's SCI FI channel for the 21st century in an action-packed new series about the greatest hero on Earth — and beyond!

The UK series premiere is on Monday 3 March at 8.00pm, preceded by an exclusive documentary, "The Flash Gordon Story", on Monday 3 March at 7.00pm. You can also catch the 1980 "Flash Gordon" movie on SCI FI, Sunday 2 March at 4.50pm.

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Sunday, 24 February 2008
Emmy Award winning actor and Golden Globe nominee John Leguizamo ("Carlito’s Way", "Moulin Rouge", ER) teams up with Donnie Wahlberg (Boomtown, Band of Brothers) for the electrifying thriller The Kill Point, premiering on Bravo on 5 March 2008 at 10.00pm.

This action-packed eight-part series is filmed in real time, much the same as we are used to from 24. It focuses on two men that go head-to-head when a bank robbery in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, goes terribly wrong and starts an action-fuelled and tense hostage situation. Leguizamo, also known as “Mr. Wolf”, heads up the crew of veterans who fought alongside each other in the Iraq war.

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Sunday, 24 February 2008

Planning is well underway for an ON THE BUSES event in Elstree and Borehamwood on Saturday 28 June 2008.

Organised by the On The Buses Fan Club, a welcome ceremony will commence at 10.00am at the Innkeepers Lodge function room in Borehamwood, with events during the day including a Cinema Screening of “Holiday On The Buses” – see it in the form it was designed to be seen in at the Reel Cinema!

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Sunday, 24 February 2008

Marching onto LIVING from Thursday 28 Febriurary is the American ensemble drama Army Wives. Produced by Mark Gordon (Grey’s Anatomy), it follows the struggles, dreams and friendships of four women and one man who are united by the common experience of having a spouse in the military. Its sensitive handling of issues including alcoholism, post-traumatic stress and marital strife has already made it a massive hit Stateside, where it averaged a respectable 3.5 million viewers.

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Tuesday, 19 February 2008
Recently voted Best New TV Drama by The People’s Choice Awards 2008 in the USA, Moonlight is already leaving its mark on Stateside viewers and arrives on LIVING this month.

Private Investigator Mick St John (Alex O’Loughlin, Detective Kevin Hiatt in The Shield) is a vampire who ironically makes it his mission to help people, rather than adhere to the usual vampiric tendencies. He teams up with beautiful and tenacious reporter Beth Turner (Sophia Myles, Lady Penelope in the "Thunderbirds" movie, as well as Reinette in the Doctor Who episode "Girl In The Fireplace").

Mick makes it his mission to uncover murders and mysteries, and protect the innocent. Garlic and ornate crucifixes are no match for this modern-day vampire; a stake through the heart will only render a vampire paralysed ... but only until someone kindly removes it.

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Tuesday, 19 February 2008

We are delighted to announce that satellite channel film24 has begun transmitting the Kevin Jon Davies documentary on Cult TV - expect to see it in their schedules several times over the next few weeks. 

And now you can download it from JOOST - as soon as you have downloaded their nifty software to your computer that makes it all happen!

Filmed during our 2007 Festival Weekender at Heythrop Park in Oxfordshire, there are several versions of the programme, and the full cut made its debut on Sunday 17 February at 9.00pm - 9.40pm on Sky Channel 158.

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Sunday, 17 February 2008
It's a little bit frightening when you think that it has been five years since the main CULT TV website has had any sort of refit. However, if a job's worth doing it's worth doing well, so we are proud to present a brand new look, with a brand new 'back office' to bring you more essential television information quicker and better.


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Sunday, 10 February 2008

Two and a Half Men season 5 on Paramount in February ...

 

There's more good news for fans of sit-coms from Stateside in the shape of a welcome return for another season of Two and a Half Men. The Charlie Sheen-helmed sit-com returns to its home on the Paramount Comedy Channel in the UK, on Monday, 25th February, with the season five debut at 9.00pm - a double bill of episodes gets us off to a flying start! There's also a timeshift available with the episodes being repeated just after midnight.

For those of you who have not caught this gem, it is the story of two brothers, a son/nephew and the many women who surround them all. Charlie Harper (Charlie Sheen) is a well-to-do jingle writer who has his Malibu lifestyle disrupted when his uptight brother, Alan (Jon Cryer), and Alan's son, Jake (Angus T Jones), come to stay.

Season 5 sees Jake getting ready to start a new school as he advances to junior high, whilst his twice-divorced dad Alan tries to convince his brother Charlie that he needs to date more respectable women. Yeah, like THAT is gonna happen!

 

 

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Sunday, 13 January 2008

Shatner's back on LIVINGtv for a fourth season of legal fun ...

 

The fourth series of the smash-hit US legal drama from the multi-award-winning maestro of legal drama David E Kelley (Ally McBeal, LA Law) comes back exclusively to LIVING on Thursday 31 January at 10.00pm.

Set in the morally dubious world of high-priced litigation at a Boston law firm, the show has garnered both critical acclaim and major awards. Both its leading men, James Spader and William Shatner, have won Emmy Awards for their roles, while Shatner has also been honoured with a Golden Globe. This series also sees Hollywood actress Saffron Burrows ("Enigma", "Troy") join the cast.

Fast-paced and darkly comic, Boston Legal follows the personal and professional lives of the litigators at Crane, Poole and Schmidt. Five times Emmy-winner Candice Bergen plays Shirley Schmidt, the firm’s founding partner who continually tries to bring order to the chaotic office.

Other members of the practice include Jerry ‘Hands’ Espenson (Christian Clemenson - a guest star who has now become a series regular), a lawyer with Asperger’s Syndrome, and Clarence Bell (Gary Anthony Williams), an attorney whose feelings of inadequacy cripple him to such an extent he often switches between personalities, meaning he is also known as Clarice, Clevant and Oprah.

In a captivating series premiere, Shirley asks Alan Shore (Spader) to represent her when she is sued after withdrawing her donation to a university. Alan is happy to help, but is distracted when he discovers that the opposing council is one of his ex-girlfriends (Burrows). Also, Denny Crane (Shatner) is arrested for soliciting a prostitute, and no-nonsense attorney Carl Sack (John Larroquette) joins the team. Sack immediately puts Clarence’s nose out of joint when he berates him after uncovering a video of ‘Clarice’ performing at a local dance competition.

Also joining the cast is Tara Summers as Katie Lloyd, a 'freshman' lawyer who immediately finds herself defending a murder suspect who doesn't want to be defended. Born in London, Tara trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, guest-starred on a trio of episodes of Dirt, and was also seen in the movies "Wha A Girl Wants", "Factory Girl" and "Rabbit Fever".

The show was originally going to be called The Practice: Fleet Street, as it was designed as a civil law spin-off from that series (another of the David E Kelly stable, which also includes Doogie Howser MD, Picket Fences, and Chicago Hope).

An accomplished actor, James Spader appeared alongside Maggie Gyllenhaal in the critically-acclaimed film, "Secretary" which won the 2002 Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize for Originality. Spader also starred in "Speaking of Sex", "Supernova", "Slow Burn", "Critical Care" and "Crash".

The characters of both Shore and Crane originally made their debut in The Practice. Brad Chase (Mark Valley - previous the lead in Keen Eddie) has left the show this season. Mark Valley's career began when he was discovered by an agent in Berlin, and his first role was working in John Schlesinger's "The Innocent", which starred Anthony Hopkins and was filmed in Germany. Mark made an impact on television viewers with his lead role in Pasadena, as well as in recurring roles on ER and Once and Again, plusguest spots on CSI, The Lone Gunmen and Gideon's Crossing. He also featured in the long-running daytime drama Days of Our Lives.

Rene Auberjonois (Odo in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine) who was Paul Lewiston, has also left the regular roster of the series, along with Julie Bowen (who played Denise Bauer) and Constance Zimmer (Claire Simms). The show already has a reputation of regularly freshening up the line-up of its less quirky characters each season.

 

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