Cult TV Award Winners 2014

Monday, 05 January 2015 00:00

The Cult TV Awards winners for 2014 have just been announced. Appreciators from the UK of extraordinary fictional television are given the chance every year (since 1994) to nominate and vote for their favourites in a couple of dozen categories, including an expansive ‘Hall of Fame’ as well as a trio of gongs in the infamous ‘Hall of Shame’. It provides an excellent litmus test of where mainstream views cross over, and differ, from those in the fan communities.

Voting in the Cult TV Awards 2014 gave you a chance to win some top prizes

This year gauged from September 2013 to August 2014 inclusive, next year will see the Cult TV Awards Ceremony return as a live event, which everyone can attend.  Part of the Cult TV Festival’s 21st Birthday Party, a one day-and-night convention will share a weekend with “Doomwatch Live” – a similar style of event for extraordinary happenings in the real world. The weekend to mark in your diaries is 6-9 November 2015 at the Park Inn Telford, Shropshire. Full details and booking information can be found at www.culttv.biz

But back to last year’s winners, and it was good to see that in 2014 a few notable absentees from various ‘Hall of Fame’ categories were finally allowed through the door to the pantheon – once into the respective ‘Hall of Fame’ listings, they stay there for good, never needing to be voted in again.

Top ‘Hall of Fame’ category is for Series – and the original Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons became only the third format from Gerry and Sylvia Anderson to make it there, following Thunderbirds in 2000 and UFO in 2003. It’s taken a long time, but has certainly been well worth the wait!

With annual awards currently distinguishing between shows that are ‘free to air’ (you don’t have to pay anything above the licence fee to see them) and those which appear on premium channels, the current change in the marketplace means that a change may have to be made in 2015, with premium perhaps being split between broadcast channels, and other carriers such as Netflix and Amazon. The jury is still out on how to best approach this, but rest assured that it will all add another level of intrigue for when the next set of winners are announced in November!

And now, without further ado, here are those who got the vote of the majority in 2014...

 

Best New Premium Channel Series

Sleepy Hollow

Making its debut on the Universal Channel in the UK on 9 October 2013, Ichabod Crane (Tom Mison) is resurrected and wakes up 250 years to unravel a mystery that dates all the way back to the American founding fathers.

 

Best New FREE-TO-AIR Series

Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD

Making its debut on Channel 4 on 27 September 2013, Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) gets regenerated from the Avengers movie franchise to lead the Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division against forces evil, both conventional and comic-book.

 

Best Returning Premium Channel Series

Arrow

Having been selected as the Best New Premium Channel series last year, the continuing adventures of Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) and his team did not disappoint.

 

Best Returning FREE-TO-AIR Series

Doctor Who

Despite Peter Capaldi’s debut season just making it into the qualifying period for this year’s Awards, this year’s win was not as unanimous as it had been in previous years, with both Sherlock and The Walking Dead being strong contenders.

 

BEST Special/Mini Series

An Adventure in Space and Time

A resounding thumbs-up for the Mark Gatiss-penned dramatisation of the conception, birth and early years of Doctor Who. The story revolving around BBC executive Sydney Newman, novice producer Verity Lambert and actor William Hartnell.

 

Show They Should Not Have Cancelled

Warehouse 13

Pushed close by the reboot of The Tomorrow People, a short six-episode final fifth season of Warehouse 13 was not enough for fans to think the show had run its course. The Warehouse is a covert location in South Dakota which houses supernatural objects that the Regents, an authority above and outside any government, have collected over the centuries.

 

Best Guest Appearance

John Hurt (Doctor Who)

As The War Doctor, Hurt tore up the televisual carpet with his episode-stealing performance in “The Day of the Doctor”, the 50th anniversary episode of Doctor Who.

 

Breakout PerformancE

Elizabeth Henstridge (Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD)

Sheffield-born Elizabeth featured in a couple of episodes of Hollyoaks in 2011, before a pair of independent movies raised her profile, landing her the role of Jemma Simmons in Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD.

 

BEST NEW Title Sequence

The Musketeers

The BBC’s adventure drama had some notable opening credits and music which summed up the ethos of the series in a nutshell.

 

DVD/BLU-RAY PRESENTATION

The Professionals – MkI – Blu-ray (Network Releasing)

Some absolutely superb restoration work here, on the first season of the series which introduced us to Bodie and Doyle. This calibre of material actually deserves to be rescreened in prime time on a major channel, the pacing and storylines being given a tremendous lift by looking like they were filmed only yesterday.

 

CULT PERSONALITY

Richard Osman

Now branching out from his role as the creator and backbone of game show Pointless, Richard has also worked as executive producer on Deal or No Deal, 8 out of 10 Cats and 10 O'Clock Live. He created the short-lived 2013 ITV game show Prize Island.

 

HALL OF FAME - SERIES

Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons

Gerry and Sylvia Anderson’s debut series for second generation Supermarionation from 1967 stands the test of time, as the recent release of a couple of restored episodes on Blu-ray from Network Releasing has proven.

 

HALL OF FAME - ACTOR

Leonard Nimoy

He may have once noted “I am not Spock”, but certainly his numerous roles in Cult TV favourites across the decades cements Leonard’s place in the Hall of Fame pantheon.

 

HALL OF FAME - ACTRESS

Katy Manning

Jo Grant she may have been in Pertwee-era Doctor Who, but she has made a new niche for herself as Iris Wildthyme in various Big Finish audio productions.

 

HALL OF FAME - DIRECTOR

Ray Austin

Directing episodes of the likes of The Avengers (1968), The Saint (1968), Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) (1969–70), Space: 1999 (1975–76), The New Avengers (1976–77), The Professionals (1978), Hart to Hart (1979-84), Airwolf (1984) and V (1984), Ray Austin too charge of 50 of the 88 episodes of the series Zorro (1989-92). He has also directed made-for-TV films, including The Return of the Man from U.N.C.L.E. (1983) and The Return of the Six Million Dollar Man and The Bionic Woman (1987).

 
HALL OF FAME - PRODUCER

Stephen J Cannell

Cannell created or co-created nearly 40 television series, mostly crime dramas, including The Rockford Files, Chase, Black Sheep Squadron, Baretta, and City of Angels. Under his own production, we had the likes of The Greatest American Hero, The A-Team, Hardcastle and McCormick, Wiseguy, 21 Jump Street, Silk Stalkings, and The Commish. In the process he had, by his own count, scripted more than 450 episodes, and produced or executive produced over 1,500 episodes.

 

HALL OF FAME - WRITER

Nigel Kneale

Nigel wrote television dramas such as “The Year of the Sex Olympics” (1968) and “The Stone Tape” (1972) in addition to the Quatermass serials. He has been described as "one of the most influential writers of the 20th century", and as "having invented popular TV."

 

HALL OF FAME - HERO

Bernard Quatermass

Professor Bernard Quatermass is a fictional scientist, originally created by Nigel Kneale. An intelligent and highly moral British scientist, Quatermass was a pioneer of the British space programme, heading up the British Experimental Rocket Group. He continually found himself confronting sinister alien forces that threatened to destroy humanity. Quatermass appeared in three influential BBC science fiction serials of the 1950s, and returned in a final serial for Thames Television in 1979. A remake of the first serial appeared on BBC Four in 2005. The character also appeared in films, on the radio and in print over a fifty-year period.

 

HALL OF FAME - VILLAIN

The Klingons (Star Trek)

Klingons are recurring antagonists in the 1960s television series Star Trek: The Original Series, and have appeared in all five spin-off series, along with eight of the feature films. Initially intended to be antagonists for the crew of the USS Enterprise, the Klingons became a close ally of humanity and the United Federation of Planets in Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Voyager. In the 1990s series Star Trek: Deep Space Nine the United Federation of Planets briefly goes to war with the Klingons. Later in that series, the two join together with the Romulans to fight the Dominion.

 

HALL OF FAME - SPECIAL EFFECTS

KNB EFX Group

They have been a Make-up Effects powerhouse in Hollywood for 25 years, specialising in character prosthetics, animatronics, creatures creation and replica animals. Greg Nicotero and Howard Berger have over 800 feature film and television credits to their name including Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead.

 

HALL OF FAME - COSTUMES

Robert Blackman (Star Trek TNG/DS9/Voyager/Enterprise)

Robert has received ten Emmy nominations for his work on Star Trek, winning twice for The Next Generation’s episodes “Cost of Living” and “Time's Arrow, Part II”. He also won an Emmy in 2009 for his work on the Pushing Daisies episode “Bzzzzzzzzz!” In 2006, he was awarded with a Career Achievement Award from the Costume Designers Guild, and their Spotlight Award.

 

HALL OF FAME - ANIMATED CHARACTER

The Firemen (Trumpton)

The fire brigade is perhaps Trumpton's most-recognised feature. Captain Flack's roll-call was recited in all but one episode: “Pugh, Pugh, Barney McGrew, Cuthbert, Dibble, Grub”. Puppeteer Gordon Murray explains that “Pugh and Pugh are twins you must understand - not Hugh, Pugh.”

 

HALL OF FAME - ADVERT

J R Hartley (Yellow Pages)

J R Hartley is the name of a fictional character promoting the Yellow Pages, an advert first shown in 1983. An elderly man (actor Norman Lumsden) asks in several second-hand bookshops for “Fly Fishing by J R Hartley”. Every attempt fails, before his daughter, sympathising, hands him the Yellow Pages. In the next scene he is delighted as his end of a telephone conversation reveals that a shop has a copy of the book. He asks them to keep it for him. He responds at dictation speed to a question: “My name? Oh, yes, it's J R Hartley”.

 

HALL OF FAME - TV MUSIC

Pete Carpenter (Hunter, Magnum PI, The A-Team)

Carpenter's collaboration with Mike Post began in 1968 and lasted until his death nearly two decades later. The two wrote the theme for producer Stephen . Cannell's first show, the police detective drama Toma in 1973. Their big breakthrough was the top 10 Billboard hit and Grammy Award-winning theme for Cannell's private detective drama The Rockford Files in 1974, starring James Garner. Carpenter and Post went on to score over 1,800 hours of television, and to compose the music for both television shows like CHiPs, Magnum PI, Tenspeed and Brown Shoe, The A-Team, Hardcastle and McCormick, Riptide, Hunter, Stingray (the Cannell series), and movies such as “Vanishing Point” (1971), “Rabbit Test” (1978), and “Will: G Gordon Liddy” (1982).

 

HALL OF SHAME - WORST LINE OF DIALOGUE

 “...And now, adrenaline-fuelled action...” - (Channel 4 continuity announcers prior to EVERY episode of Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD). Our perceptive voters noted that it almost seems to be a contractual obligation that Channel 4’s continuity announcers, before every episode, must utter the words “Adrenaline-fuelled action”. Once is quirky, twice raises eyebrows, more than that and it has created teeth gnashing and sighs halfway between ridicule and frustration.

 

HALL OF SHAME - CONTINUITY CLANGER

Cloaking devices appearing in ENTERPRISE when it’s brand-new technology in The Original Series -(Star Trek, Star Trek: Enterprise). Attempts to try and legitimise this clanger with a McGuffin or two simply hasn’t washed with the strict-orthodox Trekdom out there.

 

HALL OF SHAME - WORST SPECIAL EFFECT

Blake’s spacewalk (Blake’s 7 “Voice from the Past”). CSO was way past its sell-by date at this point, and even at the time of original transmission it was difficult to be forgiving for this non-expense-spent scene.

 

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